Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on June 11, 1977 · Page 54
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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 54

Phoenix, Arizona
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Saturday, June 11, 1977
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ALL EDITIONS C-2 Sat., Jun. 11, '77 I'll A wic t ? ; JjpP lip 2P Mrs. Joy Thornton, left, and her husband, the Rev. Verlin Thornton, Bishop J. Eddie Mounce, Arizona and Nevada overseer, and his wife, Genelle, look at banner that is dis- Baptists By GEORGE W. CORNELL AP Religion Writer NEW YORK - Southern Baptists have tended! - to look askance at Roman Catholicism more than . most major Protestant denominations. But there is an effort under way to ally Southern Baptists with Catholics on a major contemporary issue abortion. A resolution supporting an amendment to the Constitution to ban abortions except to save the life of the mother is being pushed for adoption next week at the Southern Baptist convention in Kansas City. "It would make our own position coincide with that of Catholicism," says John F. Wilder Jr., coordinator of "Christians for Life," an anti-abortion group at Tower Grove Baptist Church in St. Louis. "It's something they've been doing, but we've been neglecting to do." Wilder, a layman and the St. Louis congregation's representative on social issues, says material backing anti-abortion action at the convention Directory's Bible quote OKd Religious SACRAMENTO - The cover of the new Califor. nia state government telephone book, which incorporates a Bible quotation in the design, is constitu-t i 0 n a 1 1 v Dermissihle because the ouote lacks religious significance ac- cording to Attorney General Yvelle j. Younger. Publication of the' direc tory was delayed more than a month for to allow Younger to give a legal opinion on the cover design, whichwasse- The Arizona Republic Allied with 1 " " push anti-abortion plan has been circulated to all 35,000 Southern Baptist churches. He said he thinks the reasons Southern Baptists have not taken a strong stand on the issue earlier were a lack of information and) an unspoken aversion to taking the same stand as Catholicism. "We simply haven't looked into it because Catholics have been pushing it," he said in a telephone interview. "There's been a f e e 1 i n g that we shouldn't take the same position as Catholics since we disagree with them on nearly everything else. "The assumption was that it must not be right if Catholics backed it, so we haven't. Unfortunately, it's a conclusion based on prejudice." Wilder said that for Southern Baptists offi- News Service lected bv Gov Gerald Brown. It features a two-color satellite photograph of the earth, and a quotation from Genesis 1:2,3 "and the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light; and there was light." Younger compared the quotation to the phrase "In God We Trust" on U.S. coins, ruling that both are devoid of religious significance. Rtsublic Photo bv Sut Ltw played at 44th annual state convention of the Church of God of Prophecy being held Thursday through Sunday at Madison School No. 1 auditorium, 16th Street and Missouri. Catholics cially to side with Catholicism on the issue might be an opening that would help overcome some of the prejudice. "We need to cure it," he said. "Whatever our differences on points of theology, we need to talk across the bridge. Our Baptist brethren should listen to what Catholics are saying, and they should listen to us more, too." Southern Baptists, with 12.9 million members, make up the nation's larg-e s t Protestant denomina- t i o n , and 49 million Roman Catholics make that church the country's largest religious body. In contrast to continuing dialogues between representatives of most other major Protestant denominations and Roman Catholicism, the Southern Baptist Convention has stayed aloof from such official relationships. Talks have been limited to sporadic, unofficial forums. If they adopt parallel positions on abortion, it would put more than 60 million Christians behind an anti-abortion amendment effort. Many individ-ual Protestants already participate in that effort with Catholics, but none of the larger Protestant denominations have taken an official position for a constitutional amendment. Wilder said, "We need to gel behind any effort to protect God's children that are being murdered every day," He said the U.S. Supreme Court, in its 19 7 3 decision allowing abortion and its 1976 decision entitling women to get abortions without consent of parents or husbands, has "set a dangerous precedent for federal control of the family." "But the worst thing is the wholesale murder of unborn babies euphemisti-cally referred to as 'termination of p r e g-nancy.' To parallel such atrocity we must go all the way back to Herod's time and his, order for murdering the innocent children of Bethlehem to try to kill Jesus. "There are over 6,000 references to children in the Bible, both bom and the unborn. In every case that the unborn baby is mentioned in the Bible, he is known by name, approved, consecrated, set apart, and never is mentioned in anything other than a personal sense. "We must cry out against this mass murder for Jesus told us that 'whatsoever we do for the least of these His brethren, we also do for Him and to Him.' " r A Trans-dtnominational fellowship of 9:15 a.m. and 1045 am. Morning Praise and Worship Simultaneous Bible Studies for All ages 915 & 1045 6:00 pm. Praise and Celebration I I A the CORTB Balloons Many churches are con- ducting vacation Bible schools this month for children, but unusual methods are being used to promote the message of Jesus Christ. At Phoenix Bible Church of God, 1710 W. Highland, a parade will begin at 1 p.m. today. Hie entries include a large plastic bull, Humpty Dumpty, Jack the Gown and police motorcycles. And after the morning service Sunday, hundreds of balloons will be released at the church to celebrate the opening of the school, which will be held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until noon. At First Baptist Church, 7000 N. Central, puppets are used to give announcements, lead singing and help teach the children. The puppet ministry is under the direction of the Rev. Rod Layman, children and youth minister. The school, started this week and will continue from 9 a.m. until 11:15 a.m. daily Monday through Thursday. Also on . the program are a Christian clown and magician, cartoons, arts and crafts, free balloons and a swim party. A school will be held beginning at 9:30 a.m. Monday at King of Kings Lutheran Church, 3314 W. Rose Lane, and will continue through June 2 3 . The theme is "Sing It Out, Jesus Loves You." Unitarians Religious News Service NEW YORK - The value system of Unitarian Universalists is least like that of Christians and most like that of non-believers, a minister who researched the subject concludes. The research is reported jointly in the Review of Religious Research and the Unitarian Universalist World. It was conducted by Dr. Robert Miller, a Unitarian U n i-versalist minister and associate professor of religion at Tufts University. Self-respect, wisdom, inner harmony, nature, love, and a world of beauty emerge as important Unitarian Universalist values, as do being lov-i n g , independent, intellectual, imaginative and logical. Miller received replies from 1,979 persons on Unitarian Universalist congregational mailing lists and compared results with earlier surveys of the value systems of Christians, Jews and non-believers. "Salvation," a high-ranking concern of Christians, was consistently placed lowest by Unitar-i a m Universalist respondents. "While we anticipated this, we were not prepared for the full force of the results," Dr. Miller writes. "Respondents frequently communicated their intense desire to rule out salvation as a part of their value system. . . . Salvation comes close to GRACE COMMUNITY CHURCH East of Rural on Southern Tempe Pastorsi Guy DavidsonKeith HillJim Rentz DRYSPRING special music group from Bethany Bible College ministering, with Pastor Price in the 6:00 p.m. service Office What'i Ualleu Cathedral HIGH SCHOOL 31st Ave& Dunlap and puppets promote Bible schools r - - - - i , , - .,., ' .. Jlill MliMffi lir-w gr-- The Rev. Rod Layman listens as puppet named Granny asks him how to Westwood Assembly of God Church, 5020 N: 23rd Ave., will conduct a school from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. daily Monday through Friday. The theme is "The King is Coming." Children will attend a vacation Bible school beginning at 8:30 a.m. Monday at North Phoenix Baptist Church, 6225 N. deny Qiristian values being a disvalue for Unitarian Universalists." "Forgiveness," called an important measure of Christian religiousness, was also ranked relatively low by Unitariani Universalists. Miller suggests that the religious liberals "appear to emphasize acceptance of others and a non-judgmental approach to d i f-ferences between persons which diminish the rele-v a n c e of forgiveness. Correlatively, because no one is blamed, no one needs to be forgiven." Unlike the Christian1 responses, the indicated value system of Unitarian Universalists d i d not re-1 a t e to income, geography, frequency of church attendance, a feeling that religion is important, or the degree of approval of church involvement in social action. "The fact that one is OIL (Christian Life Centr', 2831 WEST glendale: 1:30 a.m. SUNDAY SCHOOL 10:45 a.m. WORSHIP SYVELIE PHILLIPS 6 P.M. "Tip Fr Tetnt" futor Duncan Christian Lift Cinlir Tim KRDS 1190 4:30 p.m. Dally Christ Exalting Charismatic 242-224S Rev. Oran E. Duncan Pastor 2831 WEST LENDALEjsP ENJOY OUR SIIMHFR SIINniVt Worship & Church School at 8,009.0010,1511,30 AM Pastor Davidson snanlrs nt nl fnv hAivd & Expositionl In the evening at 6 00 . . . th colorful musical . . . "THE BACKPACKER'S SUITE". Coming June 10, FRED FRANK, "Hour ol Power" soloist m on evening of songl Charismatic Believers Phone: 995-9070 Happening line: 995-0003 W. Donald Price Pastor Central. It will end June 22, At Trinity Bible Church, 3420 W. Peoria, a school will be presented at 9 a.m. daily Monday through Fridlay. The theme is taken from the citizens band radio jargon: "Ten-Four! God's Message Received and Understood." willing to be identified as a Unitarian Universalist appears to be strongly correlated with a distinctive and unique value pat-t e r n which is nearly impervious to t h e influence of such other factors," Miller concludes. His research did find that most Unitarian Universalists are "upper middle class." W0RSHI, KntvuM. church school 9:30 "MAKE YOUR INTERRUPTIONS PAY" prtochinfl FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH UNITED CHURCH of CHRIST 1407 North Second Street PHOENIX, ARIZONA Sun. SilO t.M. K00L Radio. Special Service Now Each Sunday Night AT 7:30 P.M. CAPSTONE AUDITORIUM Tatum & Shea Blvd., Phoenix "A New Dynamic and Refreshing move of the Spirit is Here" Joel 2:21-28, "Be glad and rejoice for the Lord will do great things." "An unusual Ministry in Messages And Results . . ." AU FAITHS WELCOME (THOUSANDS OF SEATS) You Are Invited To The CHURCH OF Dr. PaolL Walker if One of America's leading pastors and speakers at Charismatic Conferences. Speaks Tues.-Fri., 11:00 A.M. Special Invitation to Pastors . . . Poitots' Seminor. Tuet.-Thurt. at 2:30 p.m. for information nil, Carter's PLAINS, Ga. (AP)-The Rev. Bruce Edwards, former pastor of President Carter's hometown Baptist church, said this week he has accepted a post with a church in Hawaii. M r . Edwards, who resigned under fire as pastor of the Plains Baptist Church in February, said he would leave Plains sometime in July to take over as pastor of the Ma-kakilo Baptist Church in Makakilo, Hawaii. Carter, who now attends a Baptist church in Washington, publicly backed t h e 30-year-old minister last year in his controversial bid to convince the all-white church to admit blacks. H i s resignation came during a Feb. 20 church meeting in which mem . UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST l.M. Churches in the Valley vuii fcvf-oii iui till w SfcplltrfoitlifHilEf CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH 5524 E. LAFAYETTE BLVD. 959-3130 WORSHIP, CHURCH SCHOOL tnC NURSERY 10 t.H. "FAITH AND CLAIMS OF WORTH AND UNVVORTHINESS" Rev. Donald H. Heinrich, preaching t HEAL FRISBY "Wings of Restoration! Real Revival" PRAYER FOR THE SICK Miracles are real! . . . GOD state convention camp meeting JUNE 13 - 18, 1977 Rev. Lamar Vest CATHEDRAL of the VALLEY 8807 N. 61st Ave. Glendale, Az. Sh"fth. f. G?l S,a.!e..0ffiie. .9"""74' vcnnearai oi ine vauey pray during Bible school. ex-pastor hired bers tried to dismiss him. The congregation had been rocked by dissension since the Rev. Clennon King, a black preacher, tried to join the church shortly before the 1976 presidential election. Mr. Edwards, who had been pastor of the church for two years, said he is not bitter about his experience in Plains. . "That was something that happened, and we just try to make the best ' of it and go on," he said. u . ChURChOthe UU IrVc bfcAULUOeS Glendale & 7th Avenues WORSHIP l CHURCH SCHOOL On Sirvic Only 1:30 A.M. "HUMILITY, BE NOT PROUD" Sr. Culver H. Nelson, preaching Outstanding Camp Meeting speaker and youth leader. Speaks uch encninf, 7:30 P.M. Special Youth Rally, Saturday, at 7:30 p.m. Rev. Vest, speaker. V.1W413

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