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Violence and U.S. Films Saturday, Feb. 17, . 1973 tXfjt Ciltttfif Sari Ma?J0 - 31 By GEORGE W. CORNELL AP Religion Writer One of Hhe keenest, most levelheaded evaluaters of motion pictures n the natron, the Broadcasting and Film Division of the U.S - . CatboEc Conference, says violence is he newiy (tmnmant - ingredient on the American screen, But a 'shrinking, sector of rthe popuOalkm is looking at it, tJie analysis adds. ' "There js a noticeable shift from 'the earlier preoccupation with sex to a new dimension of emphasis cn violence," says the Rev. Patrick J. Sulivait, the perceptive, long - tone director of the agency. It .puis .01 a fortnightly collection of . reviews, the Catholic Film 'Newsletter, .mttich offers a penetrating, balanced estimate of new movies for potential, viewers, wiiatever their faith. The service has been described by other experts in 'the field, such as tflie show business weekly, Variety, as one of the most astute, informed guides to wortbwMe' movie - going . for - adults'. and youngsters alike, - In any case, it's a far cry. from the church's old Legion of decency office, which whs scuttled in the earty 60s aire? which nated movies mainly on 'whether they contained nudity or profanity with whether it was warranted to mirror over - ail .trutlh. Although freed of such truncated approaches, the present - day service still ranks films tor their suitability For various ages, but on a basis of their un - ' derlying honesty about life, including its harsher aspects. "We're seriously .concerned about encouraging content in the film media that brings out 15 best potential, " says FaMier Sullivan, whose. staff of lay ar.a - 1 y s t s includes broad back - grounds in history, .communications, psychology, education and phHosaphy. , "While films must he entertaining, fihey also should expand understanding about reality and loot distort - - misrepresent it," he added in 'an interview. The interdenominational (Broadcasting and Film Ctxnmis - isaon of the 'National Council of Churches, made up of Protes - . tanit and Orthodox denominations, also puts out a regular evaluation ,of movies,, called Film Information, from offices at ,New York's 477 Riverside Dri ve'. " . It avoidfe. judgments about ilhe "morality" of movies, .but also makes assessment of their worth from a. Christian' (perspective. However, its evaluations are! made by individual theologi - aneand critics. In contrast 'tine Catholic Film 'Newsletter, issued from offices at 405 Lexington Ave', in New York, reaches its estimates through consensus of its' widely backgrounded staff and - a board of consultors. in Us year - end report on bhe current stalte of the movie industry, tfie churdh agency says: "Moviegoers have on the whole bad it with the . more explicit displays of sexual material." . Now in Mb place, "they are buying, or. at least (putting up with . the new 'trend: toward su - pergraphk; violence," the report days of 1972 mm output, and adds:. "'Violence in action, in 'language, and as' a social prob - lem - sohing device has,come into its own on the American screen." The "iprevalence of violence and its dissensitizhig effect" reflects conditions in sdciety. - itself, the report notes, tut it says the movie industry hears a "heavy responsibility for using violence in an antisocial "romanticizing of btoodlstling and mayhem" without any legitimate ipurpose. To exploit violence simjpSy on the hasis of box - office returns "is nothing less than wie - dollar ". dictating a denial of social' responsibility,' ' 'the report says . , It notes, however, that - rtic movie audience has shrunk to an "exceedingly . narrow, base" of mostly younger people, with 73 per cent of total 1972 admissions between 12 and 29: ' That audience might be broadened, the report suggests, 'if "quality films" received more promotion and a chaDce - to prove themselves in neighbor - , hood theaters, instead of being sidetracked ro favor of sensationalized products. Actually, the report ' says, films last year were a "better - than - average lot" with more !aduk themes, but many of the toest ones were lost to viewera in .most cities because of failure.of tte industry to promote them. "Perhaps we are at a turning - point," .the .report adds hopefully. It says that perhaps, because of the "startling increase" of screen violence, the shrinkage - j&f tile movre - igoing population am! inroads of television, the Jiiiri industry may rediscover the sources of the peculiarly dis - Wnoti've - appeal of motion pit tures and .(heir, ability to move, and enlighten - and entertain." Learning to Read the Bible By LOUIS CASSELS UPI Religion Writer The faculty of Concordia Seminary at St. Louis, Mo,, has made a courageous effort to heal a division that 'bedevils nearly every conservative Protestant denomination. It concerns the way the Bible is to be read and understood. in the Lutheran Church's Missouri 'Synod which Concor - . dia Seminary serves, as in the Southern Baptist Convention and many other conservative bodies, there are large numbers of ministers and laymen who think it heresy to question the literal, historical accuracy of any sentence in the Bible. This commitment to "verbal inerrancy" of the scriptures is upheld with such emotional fervor that a seminary .professor is apt to find himself in hot water if he suggests that some iparts of the Old Testament, such as the account of 'Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, are meant to be read, like Jesus' parable of the Prodigai Son. as a story with a moral rather than a historical record of an actL.al event. The faculty of Concordia Seminary has been accused by some Missouri Lutherans of. being tainted with "theological liberalism" 'because it - recognizes in its teaching that the Bible contains not just one kind of literature literal history but many kinds, including poetry, drama, allegories, parables, and those attempts to esipress other - worldly truths in this world's language which are known technically as "myths." - ' Calling a story a myth docs not mean it is untrue. It simply means it is a form, of Biblical literature in which the moral or spiritual lesson, not the actuality of the story, is the important thing. The faculty of Concordia tries to explain, all of this not in inflammatory or argumentative language, but in a loving and pastoral spirit in a newly - published pamphlet entitled "Faithful to Our Calling - Faithful to Our Lord." Speaiting of the early chapters of Genesis, it says: "We distinguish today between news reports, editorials, short stories, poems, dramas and other types of literature and the various ways in which, they communicate a message. The holy .scriptures also include .many different kinds of literature including poems, historical narratives, parables and sermons. Regardless of what form of literature a given Biblical writer may employ, his ultimate purpose is always to convey the word of God to His people." Thus, the Concordia faculty says, the Genesis story of the fall of rnan through disobedience (eating the forbidden fruit) may be regarded by some as a "literal historical account" while others, with equal .piety and reverence, 'may see it as being "more like a sermon than a "news report," In their view, the essential. point of the story applicable to men and women of every age is that "our sinfulness is our own fault." Coming from one of the finest seminaries of one of the - most conservative - U.S. denominations, this pamphlet demonstrates it is possible to believe profoundly in the validity of the Bible's message without necessarily' subscribing to the idea that all its contents are literal history. A - great deal of unchristian bickering aid animosity could be eliminated from U.S. protestantism if all hands would acknowledge that possibility. New Belmont Pastor The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America has appointed the Very Reverend Philip Koutoufas as pastor to Holy Cross Church, Belmont. This parish serves the area from San Bruno to San Jose. Father Koutoufas was born in Greece and received his education there graduating from the Theological School of the University of Athens in 1954. He was Drdained.to the priesthood by the Archbishop 'Iakovos in 1060. Archbishop Ia - kovos, the present Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America bestowed upon him the title of Archimandrite in 1961. Father Philip is eligible For elevation Id the office of Bishop by the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate. Prior to coming to Holy Cross Community, Father Philip served the parish of St. Gerasimos, Manhattan, New York for ten years. While at St. Gerasimos, Father Phiiip continued his education towards his PhD. al Bridgeport University, Bridgeport, Connecticut and Adelphi University of Garden City, Long Island; New York. The Holy Cross Parish Council is sponsoring a welcome dinner honoring the Very Reverend Phili,p Koutoufas at the Congrega - - tional Church, 225 Tilton Avenue, San Ma - tcD, at 5:30 p.m., Sunday, February 25, 1973, rmrm) i REV. PHIL - IP KOUTOUFAS Golden Jubilee Convention Rev. Randy Helton, pastor San iMateo Foursquare Ctiurch. will attend tile 50th Golden Jubi lee convention of the denomina tion, calendared for February 21 - 28 in Los Angeles at the parent church, Angelus Temple. The focal minister, also divi sion superintendent of Foursquare churches in the Peninsula area, noted that the organization, established a half - century ago by the late Aimee Semple McPherson, lias more than 800 churches and four major Bible colleges in the United States and Canada, as well as missionaries in over 30 different countries around the world, . The movement is ntiw headed by Dr. Kolf K. McPherson, president and son of the founder. He will host the significant conclave, themed to "We Would See Jesus," and expected to attract several thousand delegates, including pastors, evangelists, missionaries, youth leaders and lay people from this and other lands, Plans for up - dating evangelism and witnessing activities, slating of a new outreach lor youth, and sparking Df an increased interest in home and foreign missions programs .are major issues of the week - long parley, disclosed Mr. Helton. Events will emphasize seminars, workshops and .public services designed for the delegates. Program personalities will include Rev. Dave Wilkerson, founder of Teen Challenge and author of "The Sword and1 the Switchblade," Dr. Robert Schuller, Southern California - based well - known .pulpit and tel - i YOU'RE NOT A VICTIM OF WEATHER! A New Zsaland farmer, a jet - - tanker pilot, and a businessman each tell how, through prayer, they had complete protection from acute slorm conditions. Broadcast this week over many stations including; KG0 8101 B:3S a.m. KBHS - FM 105.3me 9:00 a.m. KSAY lQlOkC 9:30 a.m. theTRUIH ifohHCfllS A ClUMrtian Scnnct rele Mrin evision minister, and a host of other top speakers from in and out of the denomination. Growth Christ the Victor Lutheran Church, Foster City, will spon sor personal growth groups for adults and teenagers. The will be lead toy Rev. James T. Hei nemeier, Pastor of Christ the Victor, using various psychologi cal techniques, especially the Yokefellow system. . . The first group, for teens, will start Monday at 6 p.m. The adult group will meet for its First session on Tuesday, Febru - ; ary 29. at 1 p.m. Both groups' will meet in ttie church building FESTIVAL OF FAITH SUNDAY, FEBRUARY IB, 7:00 P.M. COME AND HEAR THE HAPPY COMBINATION OF JOHN KRAUS, Pianist and TRUDY KRAUS, Soprano A truly enjoyable evening with this husband and wile duo FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF SAN MATEO 25th at Hacienda Dial 345 - 1633 f "It's Ihc plane to be rm Sunday night) Conference for Jews Is Readied "Changing Jewish ' Attitudes Toward Sex, Marriage and Divorce" will be the subject of the 1973 Forum o the South Peninsula Section orMhe Women's Division of the Jewish Welfare Federation. The Forum witl take plate Wednesday, February 28, from 9:3(1 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cabana Hyatt House, Palo Alto. The program will feature the following speakers and their subjects: Rabbi Herbert D. Teitelbauirij Temple Beth Jacob, Redwood City, "Traditional Jewish Attitudes Toward Sex, Marriage and DivoTce"; Dr. Ben - Zion Taber, vice president and medical director, Syntes Laboratories, "The Impact of New Birth Control Methods." Dr. Herbert - Leiderman, professor of psychiatry,. Stanford University Medical School, "New Sexual Experiences"; Muriel Brodsky, M.S.W., Jewish Family Service Agency, San Francisco,' "New Forms of Marriage." The luncheon speakers will be Dr. Akiva Kohane, Joint Distribution Committee representative for Poland, and Mrs. Harold S. Dobbs, president of the Women's Division. The Forum is not a fund raising event. For reservations at 4.75 per person, including lunch, contact Mrs, Hyman Mitcbner, 270 Yerba Buena Place, Los Alios. The Circle of Concern of San Mateo will meet to observe Negro History Week at 7:30 ip.m February 36 at the Congrega tional Church of Kan Mateo. Dr. T, Lightfoote Wilson, a profes sor rrom aan Jose btate College, will he the guest speaker. Exploration Rabbi Sanford E. Rosen will engage in another exploration into "Quests for Faith" with the congregation at Sabbath evening services, Friday, February 23, 8 p.m., at Peninsula Temple Beth JS1. A Speakers Two missionaries, Paul and Merrian Wrighi, will speak during Sunday services at the 'Redwood ' City Assembly of God this weekend. Preacher The Rev. John B. Andrew, rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Fifth Avenue, New York City, will be guest preacher Sunday - at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, San Mateo. He will speak at the B, 9:15, and U a.ni. services. Conference The annual meeting of the San Mateo County Conference on Religion, Race and Social Concern will be held at 2. p.m. February 25 at the Hillsdale United Methodist Church, San .Mateo. Honors for S.M. Students Sharon Higaki, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Higaki, 1491 Laurel Hill. Drive, San Mateo has won academic honors at Se attie f acme college tor superi or scholarship autumn quarter Sharon is a freshman at the college. The Dean s List, issued at the end of each quarter, includes those students in good standing who have taken at least 12 hours of - work and attained. Birthdays iBirthdys will be celebrated: when Holy Trinity Lutheran Church women of San Carlos meet for dessert on Tuesday - February 27, from 12 to 2 p.m at the parish hall CCMTrWL PGfllhSULrl cmjRCr cmie si sm aunt C Services 9:4S a.m. Sunday School 11:00 ft.K. - Gnest Stoker, Rev. Doe I. Rood Pocket Testament teue BOYS' BRIGADE PIONEER fiMLS The church is near you both - in concern and in distance. Call on us when you desire counsel, assurance or comfort. Visit us to enjoy the blessing , ' of worship and fellowship. 9:45 A.M. SUNDAY; SCHOOL 11:00 A.M. "LIGHTS IN THE WORLD" ' 6 03 P.M. YOUTH GROUPS 7:00 P.M. "NO OTNtR GODS" HOME BIBLE S1UOY 10ES. 4 WED.. 7.3E F Concern Religion Meetings to Be Held at SM Temple A new program has been in tiated at Peninsula Temple Bethl El. San Mateo, that involves the entire congregation in the planning of future activities at the temple. Called the "Congregational Meetings At Home," three days have been set aside to' meet in small groups at several homes .of the members of the Board of Trustees. Each Temple member will have the opportunity to express his opinion at these meetings. The opinions will be recorded and, at the annua! Congregational meeting in April, a report will be given on the results. , It is the desire of Rabbi San - ford E. Rosen, Temple president ' Zara C. Jaffe, and' the Temple Board of Trustees that, through utilization of this program, (he major needs of the Temple members might be met. Officers at Vallombrosa The Vaallombrosa Retreat Association recently installed its newly elected officers for 1973 al an evening Mass in ihe chaoel al Vallombrosa Center, Menlo Park. Heading the group as president is Mrs. Lorene Musso of San Francisco. Assisting her will be Mrs. Edith Perrelli, San Jose, first vice president;' Mrs. Marge Cunningham, San Francisco, second vice president: Mrs. Janice SaKoerg, San Jose, secretary; and Mrs. Bernice D'Arcy, Menlo Park, treasurer. In addition - to the officers, fourteen board members from throughout the Bay Area were also installed. TURNED OFF ON CHURCHES? Unitarian Fe - llowihip 300 E. Santa lni San Mt 34I.S94 r 11:00 A.M. TRY !T YOU'LL LIKE IT! JOHN KRAES, a pianist, will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church, San Mateo. Novitiates Three young women have been received into the novitiate of the Sisters of Mercy in Bur - lingame. Al a simple community prayer service Sister Mary Eucharia, Superior General, welcomed1 Sister Mary Frigon Our Lady or Angeles, Burlin - game). Sister Elisabeth Ann Cook (Our Lady of Mercy, San Francisco), Sisler Constance March (SI, John (he Evangelist, Bergenficld, 'New Jersey). THE FIRST CHURffloF BKME MORNING WORSHIP AND CHURCH SCHOOL 9:00 ord 1 0:30 A.M. "TURNING THE WORLD DOWNSIOE - UP" Dr. Thomcw V. Gill.ipi EiCjininostEnslon DriVE BurliitE?nic S j nifiiy Setvice - 11;00 I'M. Sunday School - 11:00.M, Wid. Testimny Mtelinij - 8:00 I'M. Seooiiil Clhiirch of. Christ, Scienlipl . 3M - 37tH en Sail Malta Se'Vite Kiiiic'iirSttlHOI 10:Dn A.M. Wed. Testimony MctlinE - 12ii0 & '7:30 Lesson Sermon Subject: "SOUL'.' THE CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF SAN MATEO Tilton (mm ind Sin Mileo Dr. 343 - 3694 Ct. 3i.il! M. Meld Riv. Kwl't LffldWsom Ren. Hugh M. Rehiet, Ministers . 8:45 A.M. CELEBRATION Innovative Worship 9,30 i 10 30 A.W. CHURCH SCHOOL 9:30 A.M. ADULT CLASSES 10:30 AM. MORNING WORSHIP ''REDISCOVERING THE BIBLE" Dr. Dovid M. H.id 7:00 P.M. YOUTH FELLOWSHIP COLLEGE HEIGHTS CHURCH 1130 West Hillsdale BoulMjrd San Mateo 341 - 7311 10:0(1 A.M. MORNING WORSHIP ANO CHUBCH SCHOOL Guest Minister Rev. Terou Kawst CHURCH OF CHRIST Bible School - S:45 a.m. Evening Worship - 6:30 p.m. Ved. Prayer Meeting - 7:30 p.m Noah A Hackwortti, Minister CHURCH OF CHRIST Sunday: 10 a.m. and 11 a m. Eve. 6:30 p.m. Thursday 7:30 p.r Phone 345 - 3066 HILLSDALE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 3d!h and Hacienda Avenui San WateD 345 - 8514 9 s.m. and II a.m. Wnrshi;j 11:00 a.m. Church School ' "PRESSING ON" lev. J. Rinha'd Marl, Pulpil Kiiosl BURUNGAME UNITED METHODIST CHURCH El Cnmino and Ht,vcrd Avenue 344 6321 5:3D a.m. Wansi - 'IP ISajicln7) and CHURCH SCHOOL 11:00 a.m. WORSHIP (Chape l. "CHRISTIAN EDUCATION SUNDAY" He. Donald H. Fido: Pastor Rev Richard . Wsilnvire. ftsscc. Paslor Ro Damonle. Ch. - isliaii Ediicsl.nn 0nec:r,r ST. ANDREW'S UOl Soulh El Cntiilno Ba Son Mateo - 3451625 8.45 and 10:00 a.m. WORSHIP :3:0O CHURCH SCHOOL AND WORSHIP HOPE EV. LUTHERAN !ALC) GOD W. HZnd Ave. loll Aljr - fdd) San Mata 573 - 6665 SUNDAY SCHOOL - !! 30 a.ir. CHURCH and NURSERY - 9:30, 11:011 3J". Cidt 1. Grimsiicdi. Paslor Gerald H. Durtvuler, Ass t. Pai - lci FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF SAN MATEO 25th Ave. and Hacienda San MaleD 345 - 1633 Morning Worship 9:30 and 11 a.m. "SIFTED AS WHEAT THEN WHAT?" 'Festiwl of Faiih 7 p.m. Minialm Robert A. Pitnan Graham F. Bardsley lyle ftichardson. Music Director CHURCH OF RELIGIOUS SCIENCE '".THE ART OF .FORGIVENESS" lnulB TMC,, Audilorun 211 Norlh 1 Comino San Molfo - 31 - 761 Hii'linpNC Fid. Iiiitisl; Church El Camino mi Palm Drive, Burlin(jame Rrv. P,n.land 7 r;f ,v (111 Rw. Janus H. Hz haicn SHUCimar.n, Mlizi'j Director FIRST SOUTHERN BAPTIST CHURCH 39 E. Thirly - ninlh Avnu an MdIo 31.775 K. M 1 1 Ion Hijfjins. Pfiftur Sunday School - 9. - 30 s.m Morning Wnrship !l:D0 a.m. Church Training - 5 - .45 p.m Evening Wnrsinp - 7:00 p.m. Wed. Prayer Service - 7:20 p.n. AW7 Pmri,i;l All S. - rri, ,'i CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH :'H5 Alameda rJe ias Pulrjai in Malcn 311 - 5096 John W. Pelari, Paslor Morning Worship - 11:00 am. veil np. Service 7:00 p.m. Sunday School - 9:45 a.m. A Conservative Baptist Churcn 130b MmdleliE - d Road al Cassia Si P.a(K:d City 363 - 2979 RioS C. h'ouaid. I'tmiur SUNDAY Sunday School 9:33 - Wc,r;l ip 10 1 Evening 6:00 .p.m. WEDNESDAY - 7:30 p.m. Radio KPEH - &jnd8y 9:00 ' Haysnaler & Lorton Aves. Burliiifiamo 343 - 144i 9.30 a.m. Sunday School 10:i5 a.m. Worship Setvice 6:00 nm, tuning Service Wednesday 7:3C - Family NiBht Douglas M, Fairrington. Pastor

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