Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 30, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
Saturday, May 30, 197: THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD 9 Middle East Problem Seen Most Threatening By K. J. ANDERSON i TORONTO (CP) When, 15-years ago, Rev. A. C. For- rest took over as editor of the United Church Observer he made it plain that a church paper should mind its own business. His definition of church business: "Anything which comes be- tween a man and his God." That framework is elastic. Not a few members of the United Church, and many oth- er's, think he has stretched it to the breaking'point. Dr. Forrest has been called "that pink editor" and a Red. He's been termed a right-wing John Bircher and a crypto- Fascist. He has incurred the wrath of organized labor. Big business has looked askance at his stand on labor disputes. Eight now, he is supposed to be anti-Semitic. He has said: "I've been called nearly everything ex- cept a Christian." The barbs don't any more." Perhaps he is talking only for effect when he says there are times when he would like to return to a could be the most fruitful job in the world." But in the next breath he'll say: "It can also be the most miserable." SPEAKS FOR HIMSELF He is far fr'om miserable in his editorial hot seat despite the criticism. The pay, about a year, could be better but "money is important only to a point; I'd be embarrassed if I were paid too much." He is doing what he likes to do- conveying, through the maga- zine and his writings, what he feels is the Christian message to the people. At the outset of any inter- view, Dr. Forrest makes one point clear: The Observer is not an official publication of The United Church of Canada. It is published under the au- thority of the general council of the United Church and the editor is responsible to the council. The editor's editorial opinions are his own. "I have been under criti- cism for not sticking to church said Dr. For- rest. "But it is important for the people to be informed. Ev- erything is the business of the unemploy- ment, sex, foreign affairs, drugs. We have a duty to comment on such things." The general council has just appointed Dr. Forrest pub- lishef as well as editor of The Observer. There is no more money in it but the move will give him more freedom of movement in executive deci- LETHBRIDGE BUDDHIST CHURCH 1303 13th Street North REVEREND S. KOSAKA REVEREND O. FU.'IKAWA Sunday a.m. sions. "In he says, "I may dominate the magazine less." RANGE BROADENED Rev. Alfred Clinton Forrest did not take over an ailing church paper in 1955 at (lie age of 38. Its circulating was a healthy The editori- als were tough, hard-hitting. But the rest of the magazine was made up largely of what newspaper men term "parish pump" news and social chit- chat. Changes came rapidly. Color photography was intro- REV. A. C. FORREST Controversial Editor duced. Longer articles on a wide range of topics were used. In came book, theatre and movie reviews, witty car- toons, pungent, down-to-earth editorial opinions. Out went "parish pump" reports of local church happenings. One issue featured a laudatory ar- ticle of the. late Pope John with a color picture on the cover. Circulation went up. It reached a high of in 1968, the largest in any Prot- estant publication in the Com- monwealth, and The Observer almost br'oke even financially that year. Then the postal-rate in- creases of 1969 started to hurt. The annual mailing bill of about jumped to In a riold-the-line move to maintain subscription rates at a year, issues were cut to 20 a year from 24. They will be cut further this year, to 12. WANTS ONE PAPER Dr. Forrest would like to see one national church news- Short Finances Cut Program TORONTO (CP) The Angli- can Church of Canada has had to cut back its already-reduced 1971 program because of finan-, cial limitations, the Canadian Churchman, the national news- paper of the Anglican Church, reports in its June issue. All the national body can ex- pect from its 28 dioceses is almost less than the sought-for quota, the article says. Lakeview Mennonite Brethren Church 1509-29th Street So. Pastor. Study Hour Service Service Rev. Henry Loewen CHURCH OF CHRIST 5720-21itAvi.S. SUNDAY Study Worship WEDNESDAY Study JOE CORLiY Minister 328-5781 paper, supported by all de- nominations. Still more, he'd like to see the newspapers doing a better job. He says: "I'd like to see the news- papers and The Canadian Press and the CBC and CTV doing a thorough job on reli- gion. "Most papers don't do reli- gious reporting in sports, business news and so on. Here and there an excel- lent job is being done. "If they (the newspapers) got good at this, they'd run us out of business. And I'd like to see that happen. The church papers would have to change their style." Al Forrest was born on a farm near Woodville, about 70 miles northeast of Toronto, in 1916. Later the family moved to Maple. Between the ages of seven and 18, he attended a Lutheran church; that was the closest one in the area. While at Victoria College, University of Toronto, he switched from a science course to theology. After graduation he had pastorates in Creighton Mines, Ont., near Sudbury, and in Hamilton. He became a chaplain in the air force although he did not get overseas. KEEPS HAND IN Aftef the war he went to Port Credit, west of Toronto, and then to The Observer. He had reportorial and editorial Evangelism Coi igress Aug. 24-28 OTTAWA (CP) More than 800 delegates from 40 Christian churches are to meet here Aug. 24-28 for a Canadian congress on evangelism. Organizers say the meeting is intended as a study not an evangelistic crusade. Among the speakers will be Most Hev. Donald Coggan, An- glican archbishop of York, Eng- land; Femand St. Louis, direc- tor of a French-language evan- gelistic radio program in Quebec, and Dr. Leighton Ford, an associate of evangelist Billy Graham. U.S. Evangelist Opens London Mission June 16 NEW YORK Oral Roberts, the internationally-known evan- gelist minister of the United Methodist Church, will take his worldwide ministry to the Uni- ted Kingdom in a Mission at London's Westminster Method- ist Central Hall on T u e s day, June Sunday, June 21. High points of the Mission will be six evening worship ser- vices in Westminster Methodist Central Hall at which Dr. Rob- erts will speak. On Friday eve- ning, June 19, the program will be a Youth Rendezvous at which Dr. Roberts will address the young people of Great Brit- ain on the relevancy, of Chris- tianity in today's world. CENTRAL CHURCH OF CHRIST 425 llth St. S. MM. Penny Dodd, Organist J. R. CHAPMAN, Minister Sunday a.m. Morning a.m. EVERYBODY WELCOME The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints PriMthood 1912 10th Avenue South Muling '.st Ward a.m. 3rd Ward a.m. 4th Ward................................ a.m. 580! 28th Street Soulh University Ward a.m. Avenue 'A' and 23rd Street North 2nd Ward a.m. 5th Ward a.m. 6th Ward a.m. Elders a.m. Sunday School a.m.' a.m. a.m. a.m. a.m. a.m. a.m. Sacrament Service p.ni. p.m. p.m. p.m. p.m. p.m. p.m. experience on The Varsity, the University of Toronto's student paper, whore he was editor-in-chief in 1938-39. He still keeps his hand in- day-to- day work with a religious column in four daily papers. As editor of The Observer, he will not as a rule oppose United Church policy, but will if he feels it necessary. He has Suid in a statement of edi- torial policy that the general council is the official, "but not the voice of the church. Dr. Forrest has supported defensive nucleaf arms for Canada. He has criticized the Unitarian Service Committee, which provides aid to the needy, for co-operating only with secular groups. He has solicited funds for striking labor unions and been bela- bored by the same unions for labor's color bar in South Af- rica. He favored diplomatic recognition of China and East-West coexistence. In recent months, the most bitter, sustained criticism of Dr. Forrest has been on his editorial stand on the Middle East. He thinks the Arabs have a point. He has visited Israel and the Arab countries eight times, and to those who sup- port Israel's position, for which he has some sympathy, he says simply: "If you go there, go to both sides." ISSUED STATEMENT He issued this statement on his position: "The Jewish people have suffered persecution through long centuries, often at the hands of Christians. It is less well known that they were well treated by their first cousins, the Arabs, who are Semites also. "In attempting to do justice to the remnants of the Jewish people the world has done a great injustice to the Palestin- ian Arabs, some of whom were driven, others nf whom fled, from the homes where they had lived for centuries. "I have deplored violence from both sides. I do not want Israel destroyed, or hurt, or even threatened. (But) Israel is, in my opinion, an aggressive, expansionist state." Dr. Forrest views the Mid- dle East problem as probably the most threatening in the world today. In a submission to the Senate committee on news media he was critical of Canadian newspapers for what he termed insufficient information from the Arab countries while giving promin- ence to the position of Israel, which he said has "superb" public relations. His brief said: "The astounding inadequa- cies of our mass media in re- porting and commenting on the Middle East problem sometimes shake my confid- ence in their competence and their courage in dealing with other issues." HOW CAN YOU KEEP FROM BEING MISTREATED? listen this Sunday to the Christian Science Radio Series for some interesting insights on this question. It's on 4 Alberta stations: a.m.-CJOC-1220.KC a.m.-CHQR-SlO KC a.m.-CHQT-lHO KC a.m.-CHAT-1270 KC THE ninir SPEAKS BIBLE TO YOU CHRISTIAN SCIENCE CHURCH 1203 4lh AVI. J. Sunday School a.m. Sunday Service 11 a.m. TESTIMONIAL MEETING Wednesday, p.m. READING ROOM Open TUBS., Thurs. and Sat. except holidays. Noon 2 p.m. St. Andrew's PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 1818 5lh Avenue South Minister. REVEREND 1. D. HANKINSON, B.A. Director of Music-A. G. BARTER, F.T.C.L., A N D lope REFORMED CHURCH (Reformed Church in America) 1505 6th Avenue South COME TO. WORSHIP at St. Andrew's "A BORROWED CREED IS NOT ENOUGH" DEPART in Hope Reformed Church rr-nwr- "WHERE DOES GOD E'lT INTO OUR It) SERVE Church School for all ages and a.m. CHRISTIAN TABERNACLE SALVATION HEALING MIRACLES Pailor: Rev. T. W. Roycrofl Corner 5th Avc. and !3lli SI. S. School Service Service BEREAN CHRISTADELPHIANS 633 7th St. South of Bread School KINGDOM IS NOT OK THIS WORLD" W. Pickford Thursday, Class A Great Welcome Awaits You Here EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH 12lh Ave. and Mayor Mograth Or. Phone 327-6113 Poster, REV. H. J. JOST School "A BUSY DAY IN THE LIFE OF OUR LORD" Service "WHAT IS YOUR Golden Anniversary Open House for the Church at p.m. A CORDIAL INVITATION TO ALL! Service "RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN FAITH AND CONFIDENCE" (Nursery and Pre-School RN on duty at all times) Service "WHY Part II 1202 3rd Avenue South Phone 327-2996 School Service Rev. Norm Heebner Service Rev. Norm Heebner Wednesday p.m. Bible Study and Prayer. For Inspiration, J0iak4-Tnot 327-4581 327-4581 Lutheran Churches CHRIST TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH 416 Stmt South 327-0709 HV. E. MOODY, B.A.. i.O. a.m.-Sunday School-nfoo a.m. Morning Worship IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH Corner 6fh Avenue and 18th Street S. Minister W. f. Schoepp-Phone 327-4336 Office, 328-6987 Res. School and Bible Classes Worship with Holy Communion Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd llth Avenue and 24th Street South PASTOR ALBERT OLSON School Service Communion First Sunday Each Month liittn to the Lutheran Hour-Sunday P.m. CFAC Colgnry LETHBRIDGE PENTECOSTAL TABERNACLE 520 7th Street Soulh REV. W. J. GAMBLE, PASTOR School with classes for all ages Worship Service of Evangelism 'to: "THE SUNSHINE EVANGEL CJOC 1220 K.C. Wednesday p.m. Prayer and Bible Study Friday, Ambassadors Youlh Service. Prayer for the sick up "A HEARTY INVITATION IS EXTENDED TO YOU AND A WARM WELCOME AWAITS YOU" FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH AT TWO LOCATIONS Minister, REV. G. R. EASTER, B.A., B.lri. Organist and Choir, Director, Marilyn Sinclair, A.R.CJ, R.M.T. 1402 8th Avenuo N. School 1614 5th Avenue S. School FRONT DOOR BELL'' NATURE OF GRACE" EVERYONE WELCOME CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE Pastor: REV. R. DEASLEY 9lh Avenue and 16lli Street Soulh School Hour Worship Service Service GOSPEL CHAPEL 907 9lh SI. Soulh SUNDAY SERVICES of Bread Bible Hour and Sunday School and Bible Study ALL ARE WARMLY WELCOME Lethbridge Christian Reformed Church 2nd Ava. A and 18lh SI. N. JOHN VRIEND. I'ASIOK SUNDAY, MAY 31st AT NIGHT" Dienst CHURCH AS EXORCIST" The evening service will be a Youth Service. All young people are wel- comed (their parents, THE ANGLICAN CHURCH OF CANADA SAINT AUGUSTINE'S Rector: Rev. R. L. Crisfield, B.A., B.D. Choirmaster and Orgonisl: B. G, Barrow, A.T.C.M. Holy Communion Folk Mass, hymns and service set to Folk Music, Parade Service, Brownies, Guides, Cubs and Scouts. Sunday School. MISSION HALL a.m. Holy .Communion MIDWEEK SERVICES Thursday, June 4th at Holy Communion RECTOR. Reverend Conon Robert W. Cowan, B.A.. L.Th. ST. MARY THE VIRGIN FIRST AFTER TRINITY Eucharist School in Hall Eucharist Wednesday, p.m. Eucharist Thursday Festival of the Holy Eucharist a.m. Eucharist Friday St. Boniface a.m. Eucharist Saturday p.m. Prepartion for Parish Eucharist Saturday St. Joan p.m. Preparation for Parish Eucharist THE UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA A UNION OF PRESBYTERIAN, METHODIST AND CONGREGATIONAL CHURCHES Moderator: DR. ROBERT B. McCLURE, FRCS FRED HOLBERTON, Calgary President of Alberta Conference REV. t. BRIAN JONES, Lethbridga Chairman, South Alberta Presbytery SOUTHMINSTER 4th Ave.and llth St. S. MINISTERS: R. W. K. ELLIOTT REV. A. T. KING Musical Director: Mr. W. M. Woolhouse Organist Emeritus: Mr. A. K. Rutland SUNDAY, MAY 31, 1970 TRUE WORSHIP" CHURCH SCHOOL IN ALL DEPARTMENTS Anthem !'I Will Magnify Thee" Colling Wood. Offertory Anthm "A Prayer" Handel. McKILLOP UNITED CHURCH Serving Southeast Lethbridge from 15th Ave. and 24th St. S. Minister: Rev. t. Brian Jones, M.A., B.D. Choir Director: Mr. f. H. Word Organist: Mr. J. E. Longford SUNDAY, MAY 31, 1970 Worship "THE CHURCH OUTDATED OR UPDATED" Clefs CHRISTIAN EDUCATION A, Jr. B, Intermediate Depts. Kindergarten and Primary Dcpls. SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT: Listen for it on CJOC weekdays at noon by L. Brian Jones. EVERYONE WELCOME FIRST UNITED CHURCH (NORTH) IETHBRIDGE Minister: REV. R. E. (Ted) ESKDAIE STUDENT ASST.: MR. WILLIAM C. TESKEY Choir Director. MR. H. VAN EGTEREN Organist: MRS. J. L. (LOIS) LEES SUNDAY, MAY 31, 1970 53rd ANNIVERSARY SERVICES Worship' SERMON: "THE DISEASES OF THE CHURCH" Guest Preacher: Mr. Lowell Hubbard (Of Marquis, Saskatchewan) Hour and Sing-Along With music by UK Junior Choir and 60 Plus Club, with other musical features and lunch. School For Intermediates and Seniors Sunday School and Primary Dept. Nursery Facilities Available A CITY CHURCH WITH A RURAL WELCOME!