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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 5, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 8 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Saturday, S, 1970 African Black Christians Challenge White Church KOO.N LEN'AU) JOHANNESBURG (AP) Clu-istianily faces a new chal- lenge in South Alrica as black men seek to reshape the whito man's churches in their own image. A welter of new sects has attracted a quarter of South Africa's black majority and some churchmen see this as a measure of failure in the while Christian establishment. Black priests have lired the first salvos in a battle for a greater voice in established churches. And an ulter-deiiominational reform movement is under way to resist the distortion of church life caused by more than two decades of official- ly-sanctioned race separation Five black Roman Catholic priests wrote in a manifesto published in a Johannesburg newspaper that despite Pope Paul's plea In Uganda last year for the "precious and original contribution of negri- tude" black Roman Catholicism, his church in South Africa "cher- ishes" apartheid white pre- tending to condemn it. The priests pleaded for "Af- ricanization" of the church while accepting the temporar- ily unalterable fact of apart- heid in public life. They de- manded more openings in the hierarchy for black priests CENTRAL CHURCH OF CHRIST 425 lllh St. S. Mrs. Penny Dodd, Organist J. R. CHAPMAN, Minister Sunday a.m. Morning a.m. EVERYBODY WELCOME who, tlicy charged, arc often "clumped in the bush in non- viable parishes." CONDEMN APARTHEID Though control of all estab- lished denominations is se- c'Tely in wliite hands, most South African church leaders officially condemn apartheid. The major exceptions are the three powerful Calvinist Dutch Reformed churches which spiritually underpin rul- ing white Afrikanerdom and seek to justify apartheid in biblical terms. The Afrikaner churches were the only ones to repu- diate a "message to the peo- ple of South Africa" in which I h e inter-denominational South African Council of Churches last year con- demned apartheid as "rooted in and dependent on a policy of sin." Disregarding Premier John Vofster's warning that "pulpit politics" will not be tolerated, the council joined the Chris- tian Institute of Southern Af- rica in seeking a Christian an- swer to apartheid. It recently sponsored a manifesto warn- ing Cliristians of their respon- sibility as voters in the coun- try's general election next year. A major problem facing re- form-minded clergymen is the social gap between white and black. Christians caused by apartheid. ENFORCE SEPARATION Though there is no law against multi-racial worship, the three Afrikaner churches enforce segregation. Social separation makes it physi- cally difficult for different races to worship together even in multi-racial denomi- nations. ID addition, most white Christians by now ac- cept social segregation no mailer what their churches say. A few blacks can usually be seen in the rear benches of white churches in cities, but even this is rare in more con- servative rural areas. Some church authorities or- ganize group visits by wlu'tes to black churches. Though of- ficialdom is usually co-opera- tive, white women bringing food to black church socials need permits every time they enter a black township. Different languages, cus- toms and ways of thinking are barriers. Urban blacks can usually follow the gist of a whito clergyman's sermon, but tribal vernacular services are a closed book to whites. FOREIGN TO NATURE Less-sophisticated blacks in particular find the rigidly Western forms and traditions of established churches for- eign to their nature. In the last quarter-century this has caused a mushroom prolilera- tion of independent black sects. They had only about members in 1W6. By I960, the number had in- creased to 2.3 per cent of the black four-to- one majority of about 13 mil- lion. The sects now claim the support of an estimated 25 per cent of the country's .blacks. By comparison, black mem- bership of (he established1 churches remained mostly static. Of while-led churches, Methodists have tire most 12 per cent. The largest association of the new sects is the African Independent Church Associa- tion, which has 308 member churches. Many of these preach a blend of Christianity and elements from 'Africa's animist tribal past which would have made a 19lh cen- tury missionary grab for his Bible. Though an older generation of white churchmen would have condemned many of the new sects outright some Es- tablishment thinkers now feel there is room for a fruitful ex- change of thought. Wrong Obituary Printed; Nobel Changes His Image Lakeview Mennonite Brethren Church 1509-2911, Street So. Paslon Rev. Henry Loewen Study Hour Service with guest speaker, Eudy Heidebrecht, Hepburn, Sask. CHRISTIAN TABERNACLE SALVATION HEALING MIRACLES Pastor: Rev. 7. W. Roycroft Corner ith Avo. andltJlh St. S. Service Service By REV. BRUCE MILES Winnipeg Free Press morning in 1838, AI- fred Nobel, inventor of dynamite, the man who had spent his life amassing a for- tune from the manufacture and sale of weapons of de- struction, awoke to read his own obituary. There had been a journalistic Error. Nobel's mother had died and the wrong obit had been printed. Nobel saw himself as the saw him the dyna- mite king, the great indus- trialist who had made an im- mense fortune from explos- ives. This, as far as the general public was concerned, was the entire purpose his life. He was a merchant of death and for that alone, he would be remembered. As he read his obit with horror Nobel resolved to make clear to the world the true meaning of his life. This could be done through the final disposition of his fortune. New Minister Is Installed CHURCH OF CHRIST 2720 21st Ave. S. SUNDAY Study Worship WEDNESDAY Study JOE CORLEY Minister Phone 328-5781 EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH 12lh Ave. ond Mayor Magrath Dr. Phons 327-6113 Paslon REV. H. J. JOST School Service "AMOS AND NORTH AJIERICA" Evening Service "WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO Sept. 9th, Billy Graham's Recent Film "HIS LAND" at p.m. EVERYONE WELCOME THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS LETHBRIDGE STAKE QUARTERLY CONFERENCE Saturday and Sunday, September 5lh and 6th Stoke President ELMO E. FLETCHER presiding at oil sessions. in North Building Stake High Council Meeting. in North Building STAKE LEADERSHIP MEETING (For all Stake and Ward Leaders) in the Lethbrtdge Exhibition Pavil- ion, GENERAL SESSION OF CONFERENCE Sacrament meetings in the Wards in afternoon and evening. ALL ARE WELCOME REV. L. MULDER v. L. Alidder has been in- stalled as pastor of the Leth- bridge Christian Reformed Dmrch. The new pastor came to this city from Burlington Christian Reformed Church, Burlington, Ont., where he had served for the past fiva years. Installation services were conducted by Rev. R. Koops of Iron Springs assisted by Rev. R. Fisher of Brooks who brought greetings from classis Alberta South. Tcter Hanhart extended greetings to the new pastor on bshalf of Hope lielormed Church, Lethbridge. Rev. Mulder is married and the father of two daughters. The church and parsonage are located at 1807 2nd Ave. A N. 1202 3rd Avenue S. A. DANIEL GOLDSMITH Minister a.m. Morning Servica ADOPTION CHANGE OF FAMILY p.m. Evening Servico a.m. SUNDAY SCHOOL DIAL-A-THOT 327-4581 His last mil and testament would be the expression of his life's ideals. The result was the most valued of prizes, given to those who have done most for the cause of world peace. And so, since his death, the Nobel Peace Prize has been given annually to worthy recipients the result of one man's effort to make the world a better place in which to live. Tell me, how would your obit read? I wonder what mine would say? Laud Refused By City Council CHTCOUnW, Que. (CP) A group of Jehovah's Witnesses has been refused permission to purchase a piece of land from the city following vigorous opposition by members of a Roman Catholic parish. City council voted against changing a zoning bylaw to al- low the group lo buy a lot in an area zoned for parks and rec- reation. Emile Corneau, the only al- derman who voted in favor of he zoning change, criticized the etter as an attack on freedom of religion. Bring out the best in yourself. And in others. How? By treasuring your own spiritual identity. Learning how to recognize it. Improv- ing your life with it. When you do, healing takes place. Bad traits of character fall away. You bring out the best in you, and you help to bring out the best in others. We have Sunday School classes for everyone up to the age of 20. There young-people talk over their God-given indi-" viduality and its meaning :n their iives. Why not join them this Sunday? CHRISTIAN SCIENCE iUNDAY SCHOOL at a.m. unday Service at a.m. Testimony Meetings Wednesday, p.m. Reading Room Open Tues., Thurs. and Sal. except holidays. Noon 2 p.rn 1203 4lh Ave. S. Lethbridge Christian Reformed Church 2nd Avo. A and IBIIiSt. N. Paston REV. L. MULDER 1807 2nd 'A' N. SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6th WORSHIP SERVICES R. Koops Guest Minister Servlco Rev. L. Mulder. Rev. R. Koops, officiating of THE SALVATION ARMY Corps Officer CAPT. AMD MRS, H. COBB 1302 4th Avenue S. School Service of Song WE INVITE YOU TO ATTEND LETHBRIDGE PENTECOSTAL TABERNACLE 520 7th Sire.I South REV. W. J. GAMBLE, PASTOR School with classes for all ages Worship Service of Evangelism p.m.-Listen to "THE SUNSHINE EVANGEL HOUR" C.IOC 1220 kc Tuesday p.m. GREAT MISSIONARY SER- VICE with Rev. and Mrs. Howard Kerr of Argentine, South America, Rev. and Mrs. Robert Eames of Uganda, East Africa. Friday, Ambassadors Youth Service "A HEARTY INVITATION IS EXTENDED TO YOU AND A WARM WELCOME AWAITS YOU" Service (Nursery and Prc-School RN on duty at all limes; Service Ghtirch of the Nazarene REV. R. G. DEASLEY, Minister Phone 327-8827 Res. SUNDAY SERVICES School Classes for all ages. Worship Subject: "NEW HEARTS FOR OLD" EVENING SERVICE p.m.-Subject "FELIX" MID-WEEK ACTIVITIES WEDNESDAY Prayer Meeting FRIDAY Choir Practice p.m.-Youth Night A Friendly Welcome Awaits You THE ANGLICAN CHURCH OF CANADA (EPISCOPAL, SAINT AUGUSTINE'S Rector: Rev. R. L. Crisfield, B.A., B.D. Asociole Rev. t. R. Doyle, BA. L.T.H. Communion (Said) Service, Junior Choir (Nursery Provided) Address: The Rector Beginners Department of Sunday School MIDWEEK SERVICES Thursday, Sept. 10th a.m. Holy Communion ST. MARY THE VIRGIN c.nd RECTOR: The Reverend Conon Robert W. Cowon, B.A., L.Th. FIFTEENTH AFTER TRINITY Eucharist Tuesday Nativity of Our Lady 9: :30 a.m. Eucharist Saturday p.m. Preparation for Parish Eucharist Lutheran Churches CHRIST TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH 416 12th Stre.t South Phona 327-0709 REV. E. R. MOODY, B.A., B.D. Worship IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH Corner dlh Avenuo and 18th Slreet S. Minister W. F. Schoepp-Phone 327-4336 Office, 328-6987 School and Bible Class Worship Service Lutheran Church of the Good Sheperd ELCC lllh Avenue and 24th Street South PASTOR ALBERT OLSON School Service Communion First Sunday Each Month Listen lo the Lutheran a.m. CFAC Calgary THE UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA A UNION OF PRESBYTERIAN, METHODIST AND CONGREGATIONAL CHURCHES Modsrolor; DR. ROBERT B. McCLURE, MD, TRCS DR. J. L. PATERSON, Colgory President oF Alberla Conference REV. L. BRIAN JONES, Lelhbridqa Chairman, South Alberta Presbytery SOUTHMINSTER 4lh Ave. and lllh St. S. MINISTERSi R. W. K. ELLIOTT REV. A. T. KING Musical Director: Mr. W- M. Woolhouse Organist Emeritus: Mr. A. K. Putland SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER dlh THAT ARE BY-PASSED." McKillop United Church will worship with Soutliminster. Rev. L. Brian Jones will con- duct the service and R. W. K. Elliott will preach. MUSIC: Solo "Then shall the Righteous shine forth. Mendelssohn. Mr. Robert Bain- borough Soloist. Choir; "With A Voice of Singing" Martin Shaw. "Go Not Far from, 0 God." Zingarelli This will be a joint Choir of McKillop and Southminster Members. Rehearsal will be held at a.m. CHURCH SCHOOL WILL CONVENE ON SEPTEMBER 13th at a.m. McKILLOP UNITED CHURCH Serving Southeast Iclhbridge from 15th Ave. and 24lh St. S. Minister: Rev. L. Brian Jones, M.A., B.D. Choir Director: Mr. f. H. Ward Organist: Mr. J. E. Longford SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER (5th Joint Service in Southminster United Church with United Choir and ministers. September 13th there will be registration for the Church School at a.m. and a.m. for all Departments. Cub registration will be Sept. 8, 9 and 14th. Scouts re- gistration will be Sept. 9th and llth. EVERYONE WELCOME FIRST UNITED CHURCH Corner of 5th Avenui and 13th Slreel North Minister: REV. R. E. (Ted) E5KDALE Choir Director: MR. H. VAN EGTEREN Organiili MRS. J. L. (LOIS) LEES SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6fh "LABOR SUNDAY" a.m.-Divnie Worship "EVERYDAY IS LABOR (Mr. Eskdale NO SUNDAY SCHOOL Nursery Facilities available. A CITY CHURCH WITH A RURAL WELCOME! St. Andrew's PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 1818 5th Avenue South A N D Hope REFORMED CHURCH (Reformed Church in America) 1505 6th Avenue South COME TO WORSHIP First Baptist CHURCH 1614 5th AVENUE SOUTH Rev. L. D. Ilankinson of St. Andrew's preaching Organist: Mrs. Marilyn Sinclair, A.R.C.T., Il.M.T. COMBINED SUMMER SERVICES a.m.-Sunday School in Norbridge Building, 1102 8th Avenue North. School in First Baptist Church a.m.-0pen Church School in St. Andrew's Church IS CREATED FOR WORK" Service in First Baptist Church WHAT DOES IT Service in Hope Reformed Church EVERYONE WELCOME DEPART TO SERVE ;