New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 28, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
106 New Braunfels Heralri-Ze/n/ny Friday. October 28,1983Vandals threatening Baptist church
Continued from Page IB It is so easy to loose sight of who we are and where we are. But it is into this broken world that our Lord has delivered the same words of comfort. Apd because of His coming and because of His teachings we can look at one another and confess, “There’s a kid in here!” The good news is that we don’t have to purchase masks and pretend to be somebody we’re not. In fact, we’re pretty much alike. To know Jesus Christ as Lord frees us from worry — worry that can lead down the pathway of unbelief. Worry that can drive us into the corner of
frustration so that we wonder, “Who’s in charge here?” And if no one is in charge, then we do have a lot to worry about!”
God still reigns above all things. We must never let such a belief slip from souls. With such a trust, with sud) hope in Him we can indeed while doing what we can, where we are ade, find security that “passes all understanding. We might even find some humor as we hear again, “There’s only a kid in here!” Most certainly we shall find strength for life, for abundant life living in His presence.Peace Museum displays John Lennon's auitar
CHICAGO (AP) — The idea of writing to Yoko Ono for help was a bit ambitious for a museum not yet I year old, but staffers at the nation’s only peace museum figured the worst she could do was say no.
She said yes, within days, and another Peace Museum dream started coming true.
One year later, the guitar used by the late John Lennon to record “Give Peace A Chance” was on display at The Peace Museum, not far from a “peace quilt” awarded to folk singer Pete Seeger by the women of Boise, Idaho.
Those and hundreds of posters, manuscripts, photographs and other memorabilia make up the museum's “Give Peace A Chance” exhibition, which opened in September on the fourth floor of a converted warehouse.
Seven rooms, laid out like a maze, chronicle the peace songs and campaigns of this century’s folk and rock musicians.
“It’s a palace now, a real people’s palace,” Peace Museum co-founder and director Mark Rogovin said after the opening, which several thousand people lined up around the block to view. "There were people who laid flowers at the base of the Lennon guitar; people were crying.”
The exhibition’s name comes from the Lennon song, which the former Beatie wrote during one of his 1969 ‘‘bed-ins” for peace after his marriage to Ms. Ono. He was fatally shot outside his New York City apartment in December 1980.
Their influence is strongly felt in the exhibition. Lennon’s gold records hang on the wall surrounding the glasa-encased guitar, which is on loan from Ms. Ono. Photographs, record covers and a box of “peace acorns” from among those the couple sent to world leaders in 1969 fill two rooms. A message from Bls. Ono hangs at the exit.
In the room dedicated to folk singers, one can read Joan Baez’s
reaction to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, which she typed out that day in 1963 and saved.
There are sections devoted to Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Country Joe McDonald, Harry Chapin and Phil Ochs, and festivals such as Woodstock and the concerts for Bangladesh.
In another room, a photograph captures the late reggae musician Bob Marley smiling as rival Jamaican political leaders Michael Manley and Edward Seaga shake hands on stage at the One Love Peace Concert in 1978.
“It’s a piece of history that could have slipped away,” curator Marianne Philbin says of the entire project. "It’s very important resource material.”
But Rogovin and Ms. Philbin are quick to point out that the exhibition is not merely a nostalgia trip for those who lived the protests and music of the 1960s.
“Our primary focus is actually on the future ... that we must have a future,” said Rogovin. “The greatest musicians have seen the theme of peace as their mission.”
At the museum’s request, many items were loaned or donated by the musicians or their families. Hundreds of volunteers, including architects and carpenters, gave their time and skills to complete the exhibition. Donated sound systems pipe in the song “Give Peace A Chance” and others.
The Peace Museum opened in November 1961, billing itself as “a unique institution dedicated to exploring issues of war and peace through the visual, literary and performing arts.”
Rogovin, a Chicago muralist, founded it with Marjorie Craig Benton, former U.S. representative to UNICEF and a former member of the U.N. Committee on Disarmament.
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By PHILIP BRASHER Associated Press
GODLEY, Texas — Southern Baptist churches normally thrive in this rolling dairy country, but Lynn Godsey feared bigotry was trying to destroy his small congregation.
On July 30, amid threats that a new Spanish-language mission would be tom down if the First Baptist Church insisted on building it, someone clipped the fences that surrounded the construction site.
The next day in East Texas, a mission pastor, Jose Amaya, was picking up parishioners for a Sunday afternoon service when he was allegedly assaulted by a farmer.
Godsey, a portly seminary graduate whose mother was Mexican-American, said he feared the attacks sprang from a new round of racism, this one aimed at Spanish-speaking
clergy and their congregations.
A newspaper publisher in nearby Cleburne called (Mi the tiny community “to put the ’God’ back in Godley.”
“Apparently people don’t think we have the right to worship,” said Godsey. “We’ve been here for years working, worshipping God and minding our business and now we’re being persecuted.”
Rumors about the mission still circulate around Godley among disgrunted residents, certain that the church will become a sanctuary for undocumented workers.
But Godsey, and members of First Baptist, pressed forward with their plans to build the new church and a record IOO people attend a Spanish-language service after the vandalism.
“If these people think they’ll scare us off, they’re wrong,” Godsey said. The threats have subsided, and
Saturday about 40 volunteers, many members of churches in nearby Fort Worth, are expected to help frame the small sanctuary which will be the site of the community’s annual Thanksgiving service.
The situation “seems to have smoothed out a whole lot,” says the Rev. Gordon Bergstrom, pastor of First Baptist. “It’s a minor irritation, not really confrontation.”
Angers had begun simmering this summer in Godley, population 612, after Roy Carrell, a dairy farmer and First Baptist deacon, donated two acres of his land to the church on which to build the Spanish-language mission.
Residents near the church site, located about a mile northwest of town, submitted a petition to Johnson County Judge Tommy Altaras demanding that tye project be stopped and claiming the church
would really be a sanctuary for illegal aliens.
Altaras acknowledged that there was nothing the county could do. But rumors of further vandalism persisted for a while.
“I moved to the country for the peace and quiet,” said Nan Grimsley, whose home is several hundred feet toward town from the church site. “I feel that they definitely need a place of fellowship, but I think they should be where they’re wanted.”
Mrs. Grimsley said she was resigned to the fact that the mission would be built but convinced that illegal aliens would flock there.
“I haven’t heard anybody say they wanted it next to them,” she said.
Bergstorm says the church and mission members “didn't do a good job of letting people know that we were here.”
The Spanish-language program
began 3to years ago when the church took a survey and found that at least 300 people of Mexican descent along with a few Cubans and Salvadorans lived in the area.
Godsey, then a student at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, took over the mission, which eventually hopes to become an autonomous church when its membership and contributions increase.
The 90 people who now attend the Spanish services squeeze into a Sunday-school room at First Baptist. They were wang the civic center, but left when the city tripled the rent after complaints the mission members weren't keeping the building clean.
Carrell then offered a comer of his farm for a new church, and later began receiving threats aimed at the church.
“They just don’t want illegals there,” he said. “We can’t help that. They’re already here .... They come here to work. They don’t come here to rape and steal.”
A few rumors about the church still persist. One has it that the plumbing roughed in at one of end the slab poured recently for the church is for a washer and dryer—further proof that the church will become a sanctuary, says Bergstorm. The plumbing is actually for the church baptistry.
Publicity about the vandalism brought letters of support from across the state, and Bergstrom says the mission members can even thank its opponents.
“I hate to encourage them more or antagonize them, but they did us more good in the long run than they did harm,” Begstrom says.