Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 1, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
24 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Saturday, September 1, 1973 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD ELIGION Denmark simmers over 'Love Affairs of Jesus' COPENHAGEN (AP) Dan- ish film maker Jens Joergen Thorsen said this week it would take more than a papal condemnation, an official, French ban and a possible loss of Danish government support to thwart his plans to make a film on The Love Affairs of Jesus Christ. ___ The national French Cinema Centre decided Tuesday to ban the shooting of the movie on lo- cation in southern France be- ginning next month. whole thing is ridicu- lous, with condemnations from a lot of people who haven't even read my Thorsen said. "If these reactions truly reflect Christian message then film will come closer to the truth than I originally imag- ined." But while Thorsen refused to concede defeat today, there were signs that the financial basis of his project might be crumbling. The Danish governments film institute, which guaranteed a kroner bank loan for the movie, said it would to reconsider its backing in the light of the French ban. Leif Feilberg, institute direc- tor, said a change of filming lo- cation also would change the preconditions on which the credit guarantee was based. "We have to protect our own, financial interests and will de- mand documentation by Thor- sen that the budget remains te- nable." Feilberg said, in- dicating that new locations would inevitably increase costs. Feilberg said' a reassessment of the project would have no bearing on moral or artistic is- sues. STANDS FIRM Under pressure by vated decision to support Thor- sen's project. Thorsen was unperturbed. He said there is private capital ready to take over despite a ban against the moviet through- out the Roman Catholic world. No Danish film project ever cl sated a stir comparable to the storm which blew up after rhorsen hinted his movie would include a bank-robbing Jesus riding a motorcycle in the nude and making love to Mary Mag- dalene in a brothel. Last Sunday Pope Paul de- nounced it as "an ignoble and con- j blasphemous and servative politicians and Lu-1 gasoline bombs were thrown at them and Roman Catholic the Danish ambsasador's resi- clergy here, the institute stood firm on the artistically moti- dence in Rome Tuesday. In a number of other countries, Dan- CENTRAl CHURCH OF CHRIST j 425 Hth St. S. J. R. CHAPMAN, Miniiter Mr. D. Maisey, Organijt "DIAL AN ANSWER" 327-4774 Family Service a.m. (Worship service for adults S.S. Classes for Children) Evening Service p.m. EVERYBODY WELCOME ish embassies reported a stream of protest letters. In Copenhagen, the Young Christians held a protest rally, started a leaflet campaign and pledged to sabotage the filming wherever Thorsen went. Denmark's small Cathlic mi- nority joined forces with Lu- theran vicars in a country-wide protest movement, and con- servatives moved to raise the matter in parliament. Thorsen said the reactions showed that his film "hits home with those who fear an attack VATICAN CITY (Reuterl on their Jesus CHRISTIAN SCIENCE 1203 4 AVE. S. SUNDAY "The TRUTH That HEALS" School Service "CHRIST JESUS" WEDNESDAY Meeting READING ROOM p.m. Open Tues., Thurs.. Sat. Watch for Christian Scieince Lecture on Sunday, Septem- ber 30th. The Vatican issued a searing attack here against the Dan- ish government for subsidizing a film on the imagined sex life of Christ. The film, The Loves of Jesus Christ, has received a subsidy from the Danish ministry of cultural affairs and will be di- rected by Jens Jeorgen Thor- sen. Thorsen. who plans to begin shooting shortly in France, has already announced that his film will be "extremely obscene." The Vatican said a state should not finance such enter- prises, but rather protect Chris- tianity from the "infamous slander of an industry." Pope Paul VI described the erotic film an "ignoble and blasphemous outrage." The Pope, speaking during his weekly blessing at the papal summer palace near Rome, said the planned film will of- fend all Christians. "Where has the community's conscience he asked. Director Gert Fredholm. who recommended the institute's support, said the film will deal with elements of today's society such as changes in the church and evolution in behavior norms. He said he planned the film to be a poetic story of human love and of the dream to save the world. Thorsen now is considering filming it in North Africa or South America. The new team Bill (left) and Rev. Kenneth Morris share a team ministry at Scuth- minster United Church. Mennonites mark Manitoba century 'CARNEY PRIEST' VISITS CNE ByTCOEL RUUHVW Herald Staff Writer God's team at Southminster United Church, Lelhbridgc, is aiming for new points in the care. cth Morris and Bill i Calderwood inducted as ministers of Ihe congregation TORONTO (CP) That fel- t f The clergjmsn arc part of a United Church of Canada ex-' 'which had been him since i wan. and last jcnr preached vouth became more definite, j regularly in the Chinook Co- Mr. Morris explained. Operative Parish while em- A summer session in North-! as a University of Leth- ern Alberta helping with a mis- bridge teacher. "I have a background similar to Plymouth Mr. Calderwood said. "The United Church of Canada doesn't rec- ognize Bible college training I took in Ireland.'' Before being ready for ordin- ation, Mr sion a! Rochester further ificd the call to preach. Mr. Morris enjoyed the rurpl pas- toring experience, the baseball and the development of minis- try talents. taking the plunge, which links the Mr. Morris opted to complete STETNBACH. Man. (CP) More than persons are expected to gather this weekend a.i a 72-foot windmill here to celebrate the arrival of Men- nonites in Manitoba nearly 100 years ago. The occasion is Pioneer Days, three days set aside each year for southeastern Manitoba resi- dents and visitors alike to look back on the religious group's history in the province. The windmill, which towers over the 40-acre grounds of the Mennonite Village Museum, is an authentic replica of one built here in 1877, a few years after the first settlers arrived from Russia. "They came here with noth- ing, and a person with nothing always works says Abe Warkentin, editor of the lo- cal newspaper and a local histo- rian. Agriculture was their tradi- tional occupation, and it has only been in recent years that Manitoba Mennonites have pur- sued successful careers in other professions. Some have even distinguished themselves in pol- itics, a calling still frowned upon by more conservative members of the faith. "At first, agriculture was the only legitimate occupation, ex- cept for the Mr. Warkentin explains, "but later on, teaching, nursing and other careers became acceptable." Pioneer Days pay due atten- tion to the rural traditions of j the Mennonites. Agricultural displays of various kinds are prominent and the windmill will be put into service to grind flour for sale to visitors. The history of the group is also apparent in the artifacts building, house-barn, school- house, blacksmith and printing shops at the museum. Plans ars in the works to restore Stein- bach's first store for centennial celebrations next year, and a cheese factory may also be added. i Many divisions of the Men- nonite church are represented in Manitoba today, but all sharo a belief in adult baptism and an opposition to military combat that have characterized the faith since its founlmg early in the 16th century by the Dutch reformer Menno Simons. And while all groups do not require men to grow beards or married women to wear black bonnets, they do share a basic rejection of worldly flamboy- ance and a dedication to hard work. The province's Mennonita population has fluctuated in size over the years, with large num- bers arriving from Russia in the 1920s and others leaving for new homes elsewhere in Can- ada, in Mexico or South Amer- ica, An estimated mem- bers of the faith, the largest number of any province, still live in Manitoba. YOUNG MOVE AWAY While most have their homes in small rural communities founded by their ancestors, many of them, particularly the young, have moved to Winnipeg and broken with other traditions as well. Rev. P. J. B. Reimer of Rosenort, whose father was ,one of the first residents of Stein- bach, says the changes in the life style of his people in recent years have been "almost bewil- "They still arc a people as well as a church, but we now are losing this identity and are accepting the English language and the Canadian way of life." More Mennoniles are marry- ing persons outside their reli- gion and more young people, in- cluding some of his own grand- children, no longer speak Ger- man, he said. Perhaps the impact of a mod- em society on their traditional one are best seen in Sfeinbach. The town has become known as a centre for automobile deal- ers, yet it is only in recent years that worldly activities such as hockey and curling have begun to find wide sup- port. Calderwood will I i complete his bachelor of divin-' er resources and facilities of a the remaining three years of his jt H fa preparin" a> low strolling around the Cana- du. church wilh maintenance agriculture degree as a means -y ueBret._ nc_ is a Charisma Christian Bookstore OF LETHBRIDGE 303 5th St. S. Phone 328-2549 FORMERLY 'THE BIBLE BOOKSTOR-E" is pleased to announce operations commencing Sept. 1, 1973 under new management. We welcome the opportunity to serve all existing clients in the same efficient manner as our predecessors. We carry a wide variety of Christian literature with an expanded stock to include charismatic titles available now. During our first week of operation we are offering a selection of artifacts produced by Haitian bible students at bargain prices. Drop in and see for yourself everyone welcome. Hear RONALD DE PRIEST former gang member of Hell's Angels and the Devil's Disciples, 2nd 11 CHRISTIAN TABERNACLE Corner 5th Ave. and 13th St. S. d i a n National Exhibition (CNE) Tuesday in a baseball cap, brown suede shoes and a white collar was Monsignor R. J. McCarthy, the so-called carney priest. Father McCarthy, from Wa- tertown, N.Y., has visited more than 300 fairs in the United States. But it was the first visit for the 55-year-old priest to the CNE. He spent the day swapping stories with midway barkers, introducing himself to CNE employees and blessing rides and performers. Father McCarthy leaves his church in Water-town every Monday, puts on his baseball cap and visits fairs until Fri- day. of "community congregations in small mral areas "I guess because of experi- ence you would call r.ic the senior associate.'1 Mr. Morris said in an interview this week. A graduate of St. Stephen's Theolosical College. Edmonton. of testing his call to the minis- thesis on the Protestant press i during the Elizabethan era as part of those studies. Theological training endowed yoUTII CLUBS him with a bachelor of divinity Qne degree from St. Stephen's Col- lege, and he has since taken several short courses in British Columbia and at Union Theolog- thc projects Mr. Calderwood will devote time to this fall is stimulating youth programs at While a strong Cub and Scout Mr. Morris served at Elk Point, icM Seminary, New York, to i program exists at the church IT" nt .-I nXiiij-x-n (r. VIIQ in in id t_ _ _ i _ Killam and Taber prior to mov- ing to Lethbridge this summer. He was ordained in I960. aid his ministry. KIVD Mr. Morris said he iikes lo Raised on a farm at Dids- j mc-ei people ''in a kindly way, bury. Mr. Morris pursued a J showing them there is a spiritu- bachelor of science course in i al perspective to life.'1 The agriculture at the Unhersitv of j mm'sler said he likes to visit Alberta upon complclion of liigh I with purpose in the home, show- school. During that time, he' ing himself a sensitive, non- took a year out from university j judgmental clergyman who to attend Naramata, a United Church continuing education centre in the Okanasan, B.C. During that year, the ''uncon- scious pull" of the ministry Women told be better witnesses for Christ EDMONTON (CP) The question of women becoming priests is less important than the need for women to be better witnesses for Christ, Most Rev. Hubert O'Connor, in- coming national director of the Catholic Women's League of Canada, said in an interview during the 53rd annual CWL convention. A native of Huntingdon. Que., he has jurisdiction over square miles and about Roman Catholics in Northern British Columbia and the Yu- kon. The bishop principal of DIAL-A-TH0T 327-4581 DEDICATE GIDEON BIBLES a continuing memorial Ph. 327-5322 or 327-2735 PLACED IN HOTELS, SCHOOLS, HOSPITALS, PRISONS an Indian residence school at Williams Lake, B.C., from to 19C7, and has also worked in Ottawa and a Scotia. "The Indian people have al- ways had deep religious con- he said. "In many ways they have a greater re- spect for life than we do. "They see life in trees and animals. They never cut more wood than they need for one particular occasion. Whites say it's a lack of foresightcdness. but native people hava more trust in providonce." One reason there are no In- dian priests iii the North, said Bishop O'Connor, is that becom- ing a priest is a lifetime com- mitment and ''Indians arsn't used to looking that far He criticized joung people who move to the country to es- cape society's pressures, saying they are evading ths responsi- bility of "God's broader mis- sion." Abortion also was an evasion of responsibility. ''There is a trend to do away with capital punishment. it's only logical that man hasn't the right to take the life of an unborn child." can approached. He feels this way he is able to learn what makes an individual tick and thus be more useful when counselling at times of stress or tragedy. Mr. Morris feels a team min- istry calls for each man being in tune theologically, and each j man having a clear understand- ing of his job description. Mr. Calderwood works 60 per cent in the city and 40 per cent at country points, Mr. Morris explained. Any hospital visit- ing or funerals coming to South- minster from rural points will be handled automatically by Mr. Calderwood. Once a month, Mr. Calderwood fills the city pulpit and he is generally re- sponsible for administration of Christian education activities at Southminster. The pastoral ?one experiment THEOPHILUS rHURCH OF CHRIST WE HAD A GOOD 7 WE THE WE LESSON IN SOCIAL INJUSTICE DISCUSSED SCHOOL ON WHO OF LIFE IN NATUR6- TO VOTE FOR IN THE GHETTO V THE BEAUTY OF 'c' V WHAT PIP YOU STUDY IN SUNDAY SCHOOL, BIBLE HA? SOUTHSIDE CHURCH OF CHRIST 2720 21st Ave. S. Donald R. Givens, Evangelist Sunday: Bible Study 10 a.m. Worship: 1 1 a.m, and 6 p.m. Wed.: o.rn. For information and Home Study Phone: 328-0972 or 328-OC5S EVERYONE WELCOME BETHANY BAPTIST CHURCH (North American Baptist General Conference) 329 19 Street North Church Moderator: MR. OTTO FRITZ 327-6779 and English classes) Worship Service Gospel Service "We Preach Christ the Power and Wisdom of God'' the clergymen would like to see more mid-week programs. Efforts will be made to Messengers, boys and girls six to eight years: Explorers, girls, nine to II; and Canadian Girls In Training, 32 through 17. Another proiect, in coniunc- tion with McKillop and First United Church will" be resump- tion of Sunday evening services at Southminster. A variety of worship forms may be used, Mr. Calderwood said. Both men are married. Mr. Morris's wife, Marjorie cares for two children: Mr. Calder- wood's wife, Maidra looks after three youngsters. 9th Ave. and 16th St. 5, Phone 327-8527 REV. R. G. DEASLEY Minister Res. 327-4786 SUNDAY SERVICES School for all ages Worship Service MIDWEEK SERVICES AS USUAL WCC marking c? anniversary GENEVA (AP) Churchmen from more than 80 countries at- tended services at St. Peter's Cathedral here this week to mark the 25th anniversary of the World Council of Churches, (he Geneva-based organization of more than Protestant and old Orthodox churches. links Southminster with United The council's general secre f mi Tl T Lethbridge Christian Reformed Church Invites you to listen to the Back to God Hour every Sun- day night at p.m. over CHEC radio, THE HANDS OF' MAN is a radio mesage that examines the Bible's great teaching about the dignity cf human work. It is a perspective for Labor Day and for all year long. The Christian Reformed church is located at 1807 2nd Ave. 'A' North in the city. Services at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. You are invited cordially. Churches at Picture Butte, Iron Springs, Nobleford and Barons. While congregations and build- ings continue to function in each community, Mr. Calderwood serves each point from one cen- tral office. Raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Mr. Calderwood migra- ted to Canada in the fall of tary, Dr. Philip Potter, con- j dueled the ceremony, held un-1: der the theme of The World of j j Today. He said the theme had a bad message for the poor throughout the world: "They are getting poorer still. "And the oppressed of our world today have litllc or no hope for liberation. Yet both op- He has served United i pressed and the oppressors are Church pulpits in Saskatche-1 part of God's plan today." Pat Boone sings show in 73 An hour-long television spe- cial starring Pat Boonc will be broadcast September 9 at 4 p.m. on Ihe CBC network. Called Come Together, the program is the second to be brought to Canada this year by churches participating in Key 73 a co-operative thrust of evan- gelism by more than 150 de- nominations, Protestant and Calholic. Key 73 proposes to "srirc with every person in North America more fully and more forcefu'ly the claims and mes- sage of the gospel of Jesus Christ." Pat Boone is narrator and soloist. He also shares with his wife Shirley and children, Cher- ry, Lindy, Debby and Laury, in the musical numbers of his col- our production. Other soloists are: Harold Brinldcy, Annie Herring, Jamie Owens, Barry McGuire. Nellie Ward and Mat- thew Ward. NORBRIDGE COMMUNITY CHURCH The Evangelical Church In Canada 1402 8 Ave. N. Pastor: D.E. SIPfc School Worship REV. N. W. HEEBNER WILL BE SPEAKING AT BOTH SERVICES EVERYONE CUK1J1ALLY WELCOME. LETHBRIDGE PENTECOSTAL TABERNACLE PASTOR M. L. ISRAELSON 520 Street South Home of the Sunshine Evangel Hour listen every Sunday p.m. CJOC 1220 K.C. School with classes for all ages. Worship Service Tuesday p.m. Prayer and Bible Study Friday p.m. Christ's Ambassador's (Young People's) Service A HEARTY INVITATION IS EXTENDED TO ALL AND A WARM WELCOME AWAITS YOU.