The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 20, 1996 · Page 4
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Salina, Kansas
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Saturday, January 20, 1996
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'A4 SATURDAY. JANUARY 20. 1996 RELIGION THE SALINA JOURNAL V MINISTRY FOR ALL T HOMOSEXUALITY Integration service Pastor aims to include those high and low in ministry Theologians wrestle issue By KARYN HUNT The Associated Press : SAN FRANCISCO — When the Rev. Cecil Williams was a child, one of his favorite games was "funeral." He and his six siblings would kill cockroaches, round up decaying rats and gather stiff birds to provide them with proper burials. Williams always played the role of pastor. "We were having two or three funerals every day," he remembers with a laugh. There was a twist, though. Unlike most services in his hometown of San Angelo, Texas, Williams' make-believe funerals were integrated. He would assign each of his brothers and sisters a race — red, yellow, white or black. Together, they would sing hymns, pray and give their insect or rodent friends a proper send-off. From such humble beginnings, Williams went on to become a preacher of national stature. His goal is to create a model that churches of all denominations can use to integrate their congregations. He teaches by example. Williams ministers to San Francisco's largest congregation — nearly 6,000 homeless people, prostitutes, drug addicts, gang members, Jews, Muslims and Buddhists, who crowd into Glide Memorial United Methodist Church every day for free meals, self-help classes, sermons and inspiration. Alongside society's castoffs sit some of the city's wealthiest residents, most powerful politicians and Hollywood stars. His "feel good" gospel cum revival services on Sundays have standing room only. Some of the celebrities joining in the whooping and hollering and singing and dancing have included poet Maya Angelou, comedian Bill Cosby, talk show hostess Oprah Winfrey and John F. Kennedy Jr. Mayor-elect Willie Brown is a big fan. Even President Clinton has attended Williams' sermons. For those reasons and more, these are heady days for a man who moved to the West Coast 32 years ago to take over a 35-member, all white, middle-class Methodist congregation in the middle of a deteriorating neighborhood. The church's members didn't take well to Williams' egalitarian views, but he defied their prejudice and invited in the destitute from strip clubs, X-rated movie theaters and flop houses. Within a month, he was involved in a battle to protect prostitutes from police brutality and became active in the homosexual community. Glide eventually became the city's most comprehensive* nonprofit provider of human services, feeding meals to 3,500 people. Williams, 66, hopes his empire will one day become a model and training center for other churches, where ministers, priests and rabbis can learn to promote the diversity and tolerance he thinks is essential to the nation's — and the church's — survival. SPECIAL EVENTS • Holy Eucharist will be conducted at 9 a.m. Sunday at Christ Cathedral, 138 S. Eighth, to be followed by the annual parish meeting. There will be no Christian Education or Adult Forum. • The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will offer a Meditation Service at 10 a.m. Sunday at the YWCA, 651 Prescott. It will continue on the first and third Sundays of each month, and consist of inspirational readings, quiet music and meditation. For further information, call Kent Johnson at 827-8879. • The Christian Women's Fellowship of the First Christian Church is sponsoring a ham dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the church, 2727 E. Crawford. Tickets are $6.50 for adults and $3 for children. At 7 p.m. a drawing will be held for a hand-quilted flower garden quilt. For tickets, call 825-4314 or 825-8296. From Staff Reports enrich your p5|L, spiritual <Z~P >ATTEND lifeljT CHURCH If you are skiing out in the woods with an amiable companion, you can revel in the white beauty of the \ snow. If, on the other hand, you are on a ; city street, facing an icy wind, you may feel quite differently about the matter. Isn't that the way it is with almost everything? The way we react to a situation so often depends upon the way it affects us personally. We aren't to be blamed for this; yet, we should stop to think that there are two sides to every story. We should not judge the merit of a viewpoint on whether or not it agrees with our own opinion. God's House is used to different viewpoints, to controversy. It has lived with changing times and opinions for centuries, and it has never been more involved than it is today. The Church is changing as change is needed, ever ready to investigate and to explore the new. Have you been keeping up with it? Why not get involved with your church or synagogue now? SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY MATTHEW MATTHEW MATTHEW MATTHEW MATTHEW MATTHEW MATTHEW 12:9-21 12:22-32 13:1-17 13:18-23 16:13-20 16:21-28 15:1-20 Scriptures Selected by The American Bible Society Copyright 1996, Keister-Williams Newspaper Services, P. O. Box 8005, Charlottesville, VA 22906 The Sponsors Of This Feature Do So With The Hope That More People Will Attend The Church Or Synagogue Of Their Choice On A Weekly Basis! Bennett Pontiac Jeep & Mazda, Inc. Ralph & Jeff Bennett Hassman Termite and Pest Control, Inc. Howard Hassman & Staff Farm Bureau Insurance Service Terry Burger & Associates Warta Buick-Subaru, Inc. & Personnel Vldricksen Distributing Co. The Vidricksen's Noon Kiwanis of Salina > Your Community Service Club Salina Concrete Products, Inc. Entire Staff UMB/National Bank of America Officers, Directors & Staff Western Sizzlin Steak House DubMcElroy& Employees Tox-Eol Termite Service Jim Jarvis & Employees Headley's Clothing Glen and Elaine Headley Wood Fashion Cleaners & Pete's Laundry Employees ComputerLand of Salina John Gunn & Staff Ban-agree Rent-All Lonnie Adamson & Staff Holiday Inn of Salina Kevin Williams & Employees Both your FAITH and your CHURCH GROW through REGULAR CHURCH ATTENDANCE Homosexuality still divides churches, which struggle for answers By GARY D. ROBERTSON The Associated Press DURHAM, N.C. — What happens when a church discovers its new minister is gay? What if a lesbian couple wants to be blessed by the parish pastor? As congregations grapple with these issues, an author on the subject counsels that good communication and decision-making skills can help unify Christians, even when they agree to disagree over homosexuality. "How do you resolve a conflict that keeps everybody in the community of faith and say at the end, 'It's been a good process?' " says Keith Hartman, whose "Congregations in Conflict: The fiattle Over Homosexuality," will be published in February by Rutgers University Press. Hartman used the Research Triangle area of North Carolina for his research on homosexuality, which he calls "the most divisive element facing the church today." The Triangle has been trans- "How do you resolve a conflict that keeps everybody in the community of faith?" Keith Hartman researcher formed over the last 40 years from a sleepy Southern region to a thriving urban and academic center of 1 million people. The influx of academics and high-tech jobs has brought with it new residents with differing attitudes about Christianity. Jackson Carroll, a professor at Duke University's divinity school, says the Triangle exemplifies the theological wrestling in the New South over ethical issues that once went unquestioned. "Anytime you get an area where you get three or four major universities and an industry that brings in highly educated folk, you'll find more progressive views on social issues," Carroll said. "The Triangle area is atypical of the rest of North Carolina." Hartman, 29, who said he became openly gay while a Duke graduate student, devotes single chapters to Triangle congregations and how each of them dealt with a gay-related issue. He offers advice to other churches on how to handle such disputes in the future. Many denominations continue to reject homosexuality as an acceptable lifestyle, claiming the Bible is plain in its prohibition of same-sex relationships. But other- Christians believe the Bible is not clear on the subject, and that churches should accept gays as church members and leaders. "You've got some culturally progressive people. You got people who vote for Jesse Helms and like Jesse Helms and those folks go to the same church," said Hartman from Atlanta, where he lives. Some of his book takes a look at the most highly visible actions involving gays and the nation's largest Protestant denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention. WORSHIP AT THE CHURCH OF YOUR CHOICE Elmhurst & Ohio 8254918 Pastor Doug King Sunday School 9:30 am Sunday Worship 10:30 am & 7:00 pm Family Night Wed. 7:00 pm CHRIST CATHEDRAL (EPISCOPAL) 138 S. Eighth St. 827-4440 Morning Prayer Daily Sam Tuesday Holy Eucharist 7 am Wednesday Holy Eucharist with Unction 6 pm Thursday Holy Eucharist 9 am Saturday Holy Eucharist 5 pm Church School Sunday 9 am Sunday Holy Eucharist 10am Father Keith Whitmore, Dean EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF THE INCARNATION Max & Norton 823-2850 Sunday School 9:15 am Holy Communion 9:30 am The Rev. Mary Kay Bond, Vicar 827-9294 ELCA Evangelical Lutheran Church In America L U T H E R A N REDEEMER 743 E. Magnolia 827-8195 Sunday School 9:15 am Sunday Worship ....8:30 am & 10:30 am Chads L. Combs-Lay, Pastor IMMANUEL 255 South 7th 825-4750 Worship 8:30 am & 11:00 am Church School Loren D. Mai, Pastor ST. JOHN'S 302 South 7th 825-5081 Sunday School 9:30 am Worship 8:15 am & 10:45 am Pastor Charles Aase Rev. Donald Trued, visitation Pastor Mark Frickey, Youth Worker Christ The King Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod 111 W. Magnolia 827-7492 Sunday Worship 9:00 am Adult Bible Class 10:15 am Sunday School 10:15 am Rev. Mark D. Wiesner, Pastor ST. MARK WlKoniln Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) N.E. Comer Ohio & Magnolia Worship Service 11:00 am Sunday School 9:45 am "Preaching KepenUnce And . The Forgiveness Of Sin In Jesus Christ" Donald Laude, Pastor 825-7455 IS TRINITY LUTHERAN Missouri Synod West Crawford at 9th & 10th Streets Wendell Haubetn, Pastor "A Lacing God In A Loving Church" Sunday Worship 8:30 am, 11:00 am, 7:00 pm Sunday School & Bible Classes 9:45 am Children Welcome In Church & Nursery FIRST 308 S. 8th Phone 825-0226 Chapel Service 8:00 am Church School : 9:00 am Sanctuary Worship 10:15 am Child Care Provided 9:00-11:30 am (Live Broadcast on MNA 910 AM) "Three Little Words" By Rev. Clark Williams Interim Pastor, Rev. F. CUrk Williams Associate Pastor, Tlie Rev. Barry W. Williams Dir. of Family Hope Center, Mary Ellen Evans Interim Youth Coordinator. Sue Mitchell Sunrise 825E.Beloit Phone 823-6344 Church Services 8:30 am & 11:00 am Coffee & Fellowship 9:30 am Church School (all ages) 9:40 am ~ Nursery Provided A- "Don't Be Late V^ For Supper" by Rev. Don Schroeder, Pastor Joni Seymour, Director of Christian Education S |> V ••• m J. E -p K T A fr N Faith Assembly of God 905 W. Cloud - Across from Armory Sunday School : 9:00 am Worship 10:00am 46pm Wed., Night - Prayer Clinic 7 pm "A New Thing" SALINA MENNONITE CHURCH 2026 Starlight Drive, 826-2663 Worship Service .'. 8:30 am Sunday School 9:45 am TruinpomUon Available Pastor Chris Juhnke Baha'i Faith* Sundays 6:00 pm 6221 S. Fairchilds 913-823-0661 or 913-668-2463 "God grant that tho light of unity may envelop the whole earth, and thai the seal, • The Klngdonvis Qod's", may be stamped upon the brow of all Its peoples* From the Baha'i Sacred Writings 8th & Iron, Salina,KS Church Office 823-3640 Victor Unruh, Pastor Sunday Service &:30am Worship HMO am A 6:00 pm Wed. Family Night .'. 7:00 pm Watch T.B.N., UHF, Channel "16" 24 honra H'c invite all ogee to come Lord with us. in the 1 Wonfeip Services—,.!.J,U8:30,11:00 a.m. ' Sunday School; alTages....w.. ^45 ' ; ; £**.• SUNDAY- A Orthros' '< 8:30amj fr Divine yturgy ;9:30arrt , . Trw Rav. Pn'MjR. Chad Hsaflekfrpastor \ \ The Raft Fr. W.^Thomas Neustrc^iABloc First Christian Church 2727 E.Crawford Skilled Nursery Attendant "A Game Plan" Co-Ministers: Kim Blakley Rea & Greg Lombard Rea Sunday School ............................................. ftOO am Worship Service ......................................... 10:15 am Sunset Bible Chapel 760 Hancock Worship 9:30 am Family Bible Hour 11:00 am Evening Service 7:30 pm George Easter, Secretary 827-9437 FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST 8th & Mulberry Sunday Service 10:45 am Sunday School 9:30 am Wed. Evening Meeting 7:30 pm Reading Room in Church Wednesday only 6:45-7:15 pm Salina Church of Christ 1646 N. 9th 827-2957 Sunday School 9:30 am Worship 10:30 am & 6:00 pm Wed. Bible Study 7:30 pm Jimmie Keas, Minister Salina Bible Church Wayne & Quincy Phone 823-9138 Sunday School ,.9:45 am Morning Worship , 10:45 am Evening Service 6:30 pm Wednesday Awana 6:45 pm Wednesday Service 7:30 pm ST. JOHN'S BAPTIST CHURCH 339 N. 9th 827-7082 Sunday School 9:30 am Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 am Sunday Evening Worship 6:30 pm Prayer Meeting (Wed.) 10:30 am & 7:00 pm Bible Study (Wed.) 7:00 pm "The awe* mm SaryMy li Somebody And CMil h AU" . T. Ray McJunWns,Pastor First Baptist Church JL 843 Lewis, Salina, KS C""\, Church 9:30 A.M. ^^ Children's Church & Nursery Sunday School 11:00 A.M. ...reaching out to others Pastor, Jim Bridges FIRST SOUTHERN BAPTIST Magnolia & Ohio 823-6828 Sunday Worship 9:30 am, 10:50 am Sunday School-For AU Ages 9:30 am, 10:50 am Sunday Evening Worship 6:30 pm Wednesday Evening Worship 7:00 pm Nursery Provided All Services • Handicap Accessible Glenn Davis, Pastor Belmont Boulevard Christian Church 2508 Belmont Blvd., 827-4882 Dr. Paxton Jones - Pastor Nursery Provided Sunday School for all ages....'. 9:15 am' Worship and Communion 10:30 am ROLLING HILLS CONGREGATIONAL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST 2026 Starlight Drive, Rev. Larry Grim Sunday School 10:00 am Service 11:00 am All Visitors Welcome faith Word fellowship A Charitmattc Church qfPraltc A Wonhlp 1019 N. 9th 823-7434 Salina, Ks Sunday School 9:45 am Sunday Service 10:20 am Wednesday Bible Study 7:00 pm Pastors: Larry & Ethel Knox FIRST CHURCH OFTHENAZARENE 1426 South Ohio 823-6331 or 823-6948 Prayer Time In The Sanctuary 9-9:30 am Sunday School Class For All Ages 9:45 am Morning Worship 10:45 am Evening Worship 6:00 pm Wednesday Family Night 7:00 pm Pastor N. Rene Colaw Congregational Care: Jack Driscoll Financial Counselor Jim Holder Nonie Nicklas, Marriage & Family Therapist QDM UNITED METHODIST CHUBCH 725Commanche 82M835 Fasten Clyde Calhoun, Jr. Sunday School 10:00 am Worship Service: 11:00 am Prayer Meeting-Wednesday 6:30 pm Choir Practice-Wednesday 7:30 pm MENTOR UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Christian Education Classes.... 10:00 am Morning Worship 11:00 am "Dreaming Impossible Dreams" Matt 4:12-23 Pastor Ken Trickle HP 1600 Rush •*• (913)825-5170 Cloud & Broadway Paul Wilke, Pastor E Sunday School for All Ages ....... 9:30 am Worshi Services .......... 8:3 Worship Services .......... 8:30 & 10:45 am D "Vital signs" 1st Cor. 1:10-18 M E T H O D I S T C H U R C H E S Angel Academy Preschool 9:00 am-ll:30 am Christian Service Without Boundaries Trinity John V. Martin, Pastor 901 Neal ('/. mi. S. of corner of Ohio & Magnolia) Worship ................. 8:30, 9:45 & 11:00 am Sunday School .................... 9:45 am only "Teaching, Proclaiming & _ Curing" _ • Grand Ave. 304 W. Grand 823*272 Sunday School ............................ 9:00 am Worship ............. ... ...................... 10:15 am Fellowship Supper ..................... 6:00 pm "I'll Get Back To You" Rev. Rick Just, Pastor Nursery, North 8th a Grand FffiST UNITED METHODIST 122 N. 8th PASTORS: Rev. Paul Mugler & David Bolz Amy Bowers, Minister of Visitation Cindy Ramsey, Christian Family Life Educator Church School ............................ 9:40 am Worship ...... - .................. 8:25 & 10:50 am Thursday Eve. Worship ............. 6:00 pm ft "Following Foolishly" V>^ By Rev. David Bolz Elevator HNA Broadcast 910 on your dial 11:00 am Nursery Provided All Services University 1509 S. Santa Fe 825-9505 Nursery Available at all Services Morning Worship....8:25 & 10:45 am Sunday School ....... ; .............. 9:30 am "From Despair To Hope" Pastor Robert Conway Dr. Wayne Crist, Pastor Of vlailaoon

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