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1 2-B-£V£rV/NG JOURNAL, Lubbcck, Texos-Mdoy, March 23, 1984 — — ••-•••"~<"-'wr>f^i.,i.uB»ocK, ?exas— rrtaay, March 23, 1984 Campus minister, family find beauty Ftv" R VTfl PR ATTT • ' • * u^ i>r* i ii z r\A i i n^^^irt in n< n i .,MVA~I, „„««. , :„!.* i - __ ' •_..,., ...... By BETH PRATT Evening Journal Staff Even after experiencing the re;cent sandstorms, Dr. Bill Pautey, a • native of Virginia and new Pr- 'csbyterian campus pastor at Univcr- •sity Ministries/ finds the Lubbook •area has a "beauty of its own that' .residents need to appreciate." • Although the geography is different from that in West Virginia, he .finds the people are much alike, with ;no putting on airs. "We have felt very much at home Trom the beginning," he said, "and .'one person told me, 'We don't beat around the bush much because we don't have a bush to beat around.'" ' Pauley, his wife Margaret and Daughters Maria, Meg and Mattic •Watts, moved to Lubbock in Decem- iber from Roanoke, Va., where he had ;becn a regional communicator for ;lhe General Assembly Mission Board 'for the Synod of the Virginias since ;t[)77. ; Pauley will be formally installed -as Presbyterian campus minister at ;7 p.m. Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church, 14th Street and Ave- •ri'.je 0. His office will be at University .Ministries. 241213th St. ; Religious expression among Pre.s- •bytcrians differs little, he said, but he :is enjoying getting acquainted with ihc Church of Christ and Christian •Church 'Disciples of Christ) denomi- !nations with which he had had little .'previous contact. I "There's not as much difference ,'iri people as we are led to believe. People in the Lubbock area might be c&nsidered 'conservative 1 but they are not rigid. I have found one of the good things about Lubbock is that people can disagree (politics and re-- ligion) and if their beliefs are supported with integrity, the differences do not break trust and friendship," Pauley observed. He speculates that the acceptance of differing views without making a "good guy, bad guy" judgment of the issue has to do with the newness of the area and the lack of uniformity in migration patlenu and cultural dominance. "People tend to enjoy being West Texans, having developed a West Texas culture with a certain sense of humor," he said. He explained his feeling about the flat countryside to a native by say-, ing, "You decide if you like a high percentage of sky (as in Lubbock > or a high percentage of dirt (as in the mountains). "Just wait until April and you get them mixed together," the friend quipped. About three months into his duties as campus minister, which also includes being an instructor in the department of religion at Texas Tech, Pauley said at this point he has a fairly vvholislic view of the task. Here much of the work with undergraduates and graduate students takes place in the local congregations and he sees the campus ministry as "not a competition, but complementary and supplementary to strengthen the entire ministry." As a campus minister he also wilt relate to faculty and staff at Texas Dr. Bill Pauley Tech, although in many cases they are also involved with local congregations. "Bui because higher educational enterprises are unique," he believes that it can be helpful to have a minister who can bo in touch with those working for the institution. ' providing a forum and contact for those who arc concerned about the spiritual needs of students and faculty. The existence of campus ministries is an intangible presence which is difficult to measure or describe, but It says that churches are affirm- Baptist professor enlists Jews in research on Old Testament ing that the presence of the dimension of faith is an important part of a university education, he explained. • "I do not regard the relationship as a church and state issue," he said, "and one of the things I have observed here is the way in which the university and church cooperate. Our faculty status gives credibility to the courses we offer. At the same time, the university is not able to sponsor a department of religion as part of their payroll, but I have found nothing but cooperation from the administration." Noting that his student contact so far has been limited to those in his class and .those who serve on the advisory board at University Ministries, Pauley said his impressions concerning the students are positive. Although in denominational and pastoral work most recently, Pauicy is no stranger to the campus scene. He has been an admissions counselor, registrar and professor in several Presbyterian schools. He is a member of Sigma Upsilon Literary, Eta Sigma Phi Classical Language and Sigma Delta Journalism Fraternities and in 1067-68 was a University Fellow at Emory University where he received his doctoral degree in 1974. As an instructor he hopes to "contribute out of my own background and experience to challenge the mind as well as the spirit." Speaking of the museum as an example of the cooperation between the university and the city. Pauley is im- : FORT WORTH (Special) - A Baptist professor's sabbatical project helped him find now understanding of the Old Testament prophets last fall as he spent time with the Ahavath Sholom Synagogue. .; Charles Ashby, assistant professor of foundations of education at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, researched the educational process of the Jewish home and synagogue, an important System he said, "because everything jhcy do is education." , During his study, he was voted admission into a "women only" class, attended bar mitzvahs, basic Judaism classes for potential converts, <jnd meetings of staff, faculty, boards find educational committees. • He was hugged until he hurt, kissed to embarrassment and fed like n feedlot steer, he said. He gained 10 pounds, a hundred ('fiends and insight into the Jewish mind that in- greased his understanding of the Old Testament. "The prophets were not so much foretellers as they were 'fourth' tellers," Ashby said. "I've heard that all my life but never reall/ed until now what ail my teachers were trying to tell me. It's forcing me to keep them (prophets) within the context of their times, instead of reading things back into, the Old Testament from the perspective of the New Testament." Ashby admitted some early tensions at the synagogue, "going around with one eyebrow raised 6n the part of a lot of them. They just did not trust Christians, for a lot of historical reasons," he said. "Their idea of a Christian was ranting and raving and buttonholing. We've gotten around that now." Rabbi Izakson, Ashby's project mentor, has spoken several semesters in Ashby's classes at Southwestern. He is "open and honest and the students love him. He wants me to understand more about Judaism and he wants to understand more about Christianity," Ashby says. One understanding Ashby gained is what it is like to be in the minority. He says he is trying his best to think as a Jew. "Even now I catch myself, with things I see in the newspaper or read elsewhere or hear, thinking what my attitude would be if! were a. Jew, even at the point of reading Scripture," Ashby said since the Jews incorporated Sunday school into their ed- ualional system two decades ago, they have been doing what Southern Baptists have done since the beginning of Sunday school; they have relegated the religious' upbringing of their children to the synagogue school and said 'Here, you teach them,' regardless of what the children see, hear and observe at home. "In so much as I can tell, God has given the responsibility for religious upbringing to the parents. I don't know of any point where that responsibility was. taken back by God and given to the church or anybody else," Ashby said. Television program focuses on women ignored in history ; Lynn Redgrave will host a 60-min• ute documentary which focuses on Ihc lives of women who have been largely ignored by historians, but whose courageous actions and ochievements arc worthy of recognition. ; Initiated by the Pan Methodist Bicentennial Committee, "A Lost History" will include the names of Harriet Tubman, Maggie Van Coll, .Mary McLeod Bcthune and Marjoric Matthews. The NBC special will air on KCDR-TV, channel 11, at I p,m. Saturday. It was Tubman, who despite her illiteracy and a $40,000 reward for her capture, smuggled hundreds of runaway slaves to freedom without a single casualty. Maggie Van Cott was the first American Methodist woman licensed to preach. She traveled more than 5.- 000 miles per year during her 30-year itinerant ministry. Mary McLcod Bethune was the 15th child of former slaves. She grew up to become the most influential black woman in American history. Marjorie Matthews became the first woman bishop in Christendom. These and other remarkable women of (he church will be the focus of "A Lost History." More salty love It Di TOR'S NOTEi Or. Outfit r ilrttn It t»-min!inr el Wejlm«nl Chrhlun Church, (tin Mrctr »n4 Ul(«» Avenue. His column ippcmckch F rid t von ThcCycntn> Jour nil tburtti me.) When salt is added to food in proper portions, it docs not call attention to.itself, but brings out the natural taste of the food so seasoned. It makes an egg taste more like an egg. It mades a carrot tnste more like a carrot. But, when salt so dominates a dish, or when an unthinking husband adds more salt to his food while his wife looks on with a scowl, then it detracts from enriching the fowl. Salt can give zest to food only when used carefully. You've heard the story of (he young couple who had just returned from their honeymoon. The wife had prepared n delicious dinner, her first ever, for her husband. Everything was going along smoothly. After a delicious main course she brought In the dessert which was apple pic. Tom took one bite and gulped, reaching for some water. "Is something wrong? Did I leave something out?" To-which he replied. "Honey, it isn't what you left out that makes pie taste as it does." They both had a good laugh. They passed the "sense of humor" test so essential to every happy marriage. Last week we talked about "salty love" as a special kind of attention and concern which a Christian shows if he takes seriously the word of Jesus, "You are the sail of the earth." Salty love works quietly, patiently, hopefully wherever SI goes. It does not dominate the scene, but acts as a levening and steadying influence that draws people Into one closely-knit unit. Each of us knows the debt we owe to our mothers. The mother endowed with salty love docs not call attention to herself. She does not dominate, but rather helps each member of the family to be more richly and truly himself. A good mother mothers, and never smothers. A smothering mother can be as distasteful as food with loo much salt. This is so with a teacher, and with all of us. A smothering Christian can bring about a distasteful result, also. Salt penelrntes whal it touches. It is an active agent. It is not like a sponge, absorbing from what Is by Dudley Strain around it, but rather it is pervasive, giving out its seasoning power. Most cooks know that when a recipe calls for a pinch of salt, it means just that. Make it a teaspoon of sail, and the results are disastrous. You can't take it out. It penetrates immediately. If we understand this we understand why Jesus was never anxious about the number of persons who were his followers. He required only one thing — commitment, the commitment of one's whole self. We are NOT to be hermits or monks. The disciples of Jesus arc to stay in the world touching even Its unworthy life, If they would redeem it. We are not called to stand on the street corner and shout, or to scream at people, or to be sensational. Salt Is incon- sptciotis; it is ordinary. There is also a saltiness which keeps things sweet This is just what a Christian's influence can be — not a sentimcntalism which sugar coats the bitter facts of life. We know that suffering, pain and hardship will come along. But salty love knows how to roll up its shirtsleeves, It exemplifies the truth that a loving and kindly heart can bring joy in despair and hope in uncertainly. Such realism may not seem very pleasant today, but tomorrow it will Keep things unspoiled. Each of us can call to mind some person of whom we can easily say, "She (he) is the salt of the earth." God never leaves himself without a witness in fmy generation — in any moment of lime. The potential Is in every one of us. "You arc the salt of the earth, but If the salt has lost Its taste...." pressed with the high degree of appreciation the community has for what Tech brings to Lubbock. On the other hand, he sees an appreciation for the community on the campus. For relaxation he enjoys reading spy-type novels, admiring the complexity of plot the adventure-writers Church news achieve. But he also admires writers like Faulkner. Hemingway and Steinbeck whose writings hinge on character development instead of plot. Paulcy's studies have been in history, theology and the psychology of religion as well as spiritual development. During the last three or four years, writers John Sanford and Morion Kclsey have been influential for him, he said. As a church historian studying the development of Christian thought, Pauicy researched the role of religion in the South during the Ameri,can Revoluijon. The current controversy over a Prayer Amendment to the Constitution reflects a basic assumption by thu American people that a religious foundation is necessary for a stable society, he said. And there is ho doubt that religious language had an important place during the events surrounding Band member will present concert here A member of The New Gaither Vocal Band. Steve Green, will be in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at Lubbock's First Church of the Na- vcarene, 4510 Ave. Q. and will also sing at the 10:30 a.m. worship service Sunday. Evangelism was a family affair for Green, the son of Baptist missionary parents in South America. Fluent in Spanish as well as English, Green and his two brothers were encouraged by their father to play their guitars and sing on Argentine streets to attract passers-by, enabling their father to then share the gospel. Alter two years at Grand Canyon College in Phoenix, Ariz., and an unintended vocal audition, Green was invited to travel with Roger Breland and Truth as a tenor. Singing with Truth from 197G- 78, he traveled the United States. Canada. Mexico, Germany, Holland. Sweden, Jamaica and the Bahamas. He appeared with the group on the PTL Club, with B.J. Thomas and in the feature fjlm about John \V. Peterson, "The Miracle Goes On." Steve Green In 197(5 he married Marijean McCarly, a former member of Truth, and Bill Gaither asked them to sing as background vocalists for The Bill Gaither Trio. The New Gaither Vocal Band evolved recently and the group's first album has topped the charts since its release in 1981. In addition to appearing wjlh The Bill Gaither Trio, The New Gaither Vocal Band, and as a soloist. Green also appears with a contemporary group called White Heart, which targets its music to the college community. Although there is no admission charge for the concert Saturday an offering will be collected. the Revolution, indicating that" the audipnce for political rhetoric would .be swayed by such argument, he noted, "-'a In the newspapers of (he day,'-as much as one and a half pages ouWJf an eight-page publication mightMjg devoted'to scripture parodies whi«h always cast the British as the "b'a'c) guys" and the Colonists as the "good guys," a practice that hasn't changed all that much, ho said. '<" ' "The : question yrtu can't answer (through research) is motivations^ whether they believed (what they said) or were merely using (a refh gious language) to gain support." '. Whori Virginia legislators decided to hold a day of prayer and fasting concerning the tea controversy, thuy asked the • members noted for IhfSTr* piety to, introduce the resolution, fig found. "I don't believe the introduction of. ritualized prayer into the school will make a difference. I personally find; it a'Hricky' argument that can disintegrate or get on the wrong track casV; ily. making prayer and rcligiQrj; merely a function of society. . .*•-' "I think it (the prayer amend-" menu is the wrong way to get the citizenry to ; lake seriously the need for life to be founded on a theological base," Pauley remarked. - •;££' ."There is a tendency among Christian folks to assume that those who disagree with thorn aren't Christian," he said, "but there is a yearning for a sense of stability." '^; Catholics recruiting *'.*•<* seminarians: "BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (APi - By, means of a'down-to-earth'sign, l|ie' Roman Catholic Church hopes more men will hear a higher call to the' priesthood. '^ As a' tryoiit project that may K£ expanded across the country, i\\e church has rented a billboard located in Bridgeport along'the southbound lanes of Interstate 95, aimed at motorists headed in the direction of New York City. • : .'•>The message, in, kirge gray letters, is simple:: "God Calls To The! Priesthood At Any Age." ', "The Roman Catholic Church MS; experiencing^ vocation crisis," said' the Rev. Francis J. Fajella. director of the Second Career Vocation Project, an international campaign to attract older men to the priesthood. • Fajella said the advertising space was rented at the beginning of February, and it sparked such a tremeridr. ous response in its first month that he; extended the rental for another' month. . .,, . , .,''.* In addition to the message, lh*e billboard has a picture of Pope John •Paul II raising a chalice and a phone number. • I V