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Johnny Cash seeks help of clergy in prison reform Alton Evening Telegraph Saturday, August. 10, 1972 A-lt WASHINGTON - Johnny Cash, popular country music star who spends a lot of time giving his Christian testimony at religious rallies, appeared before a Senate subcommittee here to talk about one of his favorite subjects: prison reform. Cash declared that the biggest need in rehabilitating prisoners is "for people who care." Ministers, deacons, rabbis and other responsible community citizens must get involved in one-to-one caring relationships with ^prisoners, Cash told Senate panel. "Money will not do It," Cash stressed. "The public must earn and get Involved ... it all comes down to caring." The Senate subcommittee on penitentaries is considering a number of bills aimed at reforming the criminal justice system. Sen. William Brock (R., Tenn.) sponsor of one of the bills, introduced Cash and two recently paroled men, Glen Sherley and Harlan Sanders. Sherley testified that he was a "three • time loser at Folsom prison" when Johnny Cash "reached down a hand to me ... that and only that pulled me out of the mud." Sherley has appeared on several of Cash's shows, and Cash has helped Sherley get a start as a country music singer. Earlier Sherley told the committee that in prison, "a man's life is worth no more than a pack of cigarettes, because people will take anything you have, including your pride. Sherley called prison life "a subculture where it's easy to be a cog in the wheel." Hardened criminals, he said, can be reached "only with concern and love and care . . and you've got to feel the caring." The ex-convict judged that the emotional growth of most of the people in prison "was aborted in childhood." Cash again repeated the need for local citizens to be involved. Work could be done on the state and local, level where "governors and mayors could ask for and enlist aid from ministers, clergymen, responsible businessmen and other citizens who care," Cash said. Reigning guru The Mother By ARNOLD 35EITLIN Associated Press Writer PONDICHERRY, India '(AP) — The darshan starts with a gnarled hand suddenly gripping the railing of a pink draped balcony three stories above your head. The hand is followed by a glimpse of the closely cropped head of a 94-year-old Frenchwoman. From weary eyes set over dark pouches, she peers quizzically at the crowd jammed in the street below. You are in the presence of The Mother. Those around you go slackjawed with adoration, eyeballs rolling upward in devotion. Some mutter incantations or appeals. Others glow silently. This is religious experience, Indian style. The Mother is the reigning guru of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram which this year is celebrating the one hundredth anniversary of the birth of the founder. Sri Aurobindo Ghose, born In Calcutta in 1872, was a Hindu, Bengali Indian nationalist who fled after a bomb throwing incident in April 1910 to Pondicherry, then a French enclave on the east coast of British India. After four years of silent Yoga, Sri — an honorific title throughout India — Aurobindo with the help of The Mother founded his religious colony in search of what he called the "Supermind." The Mother appears to her followers four times a year at darshan which is translated roughly as an interview in the presence of a saintly person. The next darshan is Aug. 15. It probably will be the most spectacular in the Ashram's history, marking not only Sri Aurobindo's one hundredth birthday but the 25th anniversary of Indian independence. "We may even have a boat coming straight from the United States," said Gene Maslow, an American bora on New York's Lower East Side who once worked for the show biz octopus. Music Corporation of America, before finding Yoga and peace of mind in Pondicherry. In shorts, sandals and a vest made of toweling over his bare chest, Gene, as he prefers being called, helps tell visitors what the Ashram is about. The Indians in the street below The Mother's balcony are not the stick-limbed, malnourished lot one often encounters at Hindu shrines throughout this country. They are well-to-do men and women in good clothes, usually leading around children with plump limbs and alert expressions. The movement strictly is for the middle class Indian, and up. The colony is building Auro- ville, a township along Utan lines for eventual population of 50,000. The Mother hopes they will live in harmony around the township centerpiece, a six- story golden ball called the Matrimandir, the shrine of The Mother. Several hundred Aurovillians, mostly foreigners, live in two settlements which are clusters of thickly thatched A-frame houses dug in six-foot foundations and lined with concrete, comfortably fitted with modem plumbing and electricity. Class for deaf offered at Alton Sunday School A special class for those of junior age who are deaf is being formed in the Sunday school department at the Alton Pentecostal Church, 200 E. 8th St., Alton, it has been announced. Training aids such as sign language and flannelgraph will be used. Sign language classes are in progress at the church at 7 p.m. each Tuesday and parents of the deaf are invited to attend the special classes. Bethany Baptist Church 4712 North Alby Road Godfrey, Illinois 63085 Telephone 618/466-1673 Sunday School 9:30 am Church Training 6:30 pm Morning Worship 10:35 am • Evening Worship 7:30 pm Wednesday 7:00 pm Prayer Time Norman L. Jameson, Pastor Melvyn Jolly, Minister of Music A GOING CHURCH FOR A COMING SAVIOUR DEDICATION SERVICE JONES FAITH TEMPLE OF DELIVERANCE 1123 Central Ave. Alton, IU. ALL DAY AUGUST 20, 1972 Guest Speaker: ELDER M. C. JOHNSON, Kansas City, Mo. SPECIAL GUESTS: Sister Martha Bass, Solo; Brother Columbus Gregory and the Gregory-Aires (KXLVV), The Traveling Fours of Kansas City, and the Cheerateers. • FREE DINNER SISTER ANN JONES, Mistress of Ceremonies PASTOR: ELDER M. L. JONES BISHOP TRACY Catholics ease view of divorce By GEORGE W. CORNELF. NEW YORK (AP) — Through the years, countless numbers of Roman Catholics who have divorced and remarried have been prohibited — to their distress — from receiving church sacraments, including Communion. But approved ways now are gradually developing for them to do it. Some .dioceses are welcoming them back into full participation — if they themselves assert a "good conscience" about it. The rules barring them from sharing in the Church's central rites have long been a source of anguish to many American Catholics involved in remarriages, as well as to their wives or husbands, who often are Protestants. Generally, under Catholic law banning the breakup of a valid marriage, Churrh members who have divorced anyhow and remarried .still remain cut off from Communion in most dioceses — automatically excommunicated. . But in a few areas, changed practices are taking shape. Bishop Robert Tracy, of Baton Rouge, La., recently announced that his dioceses was setting up procedures for recognizing "good conscience" cases when divorced and remarried Catholics sincerely believe their first marriages were invalid, in spite of the apparent impossibility of getting it officially annulled by the Church. "The Church has a pastoral responsibility of healing and forgiveness, following the example of Christ," Bishop Tracy said in a pastoral letter outlining the new approach. Knopp resigns his youth post Richard Knopp has resigned as youth minister of the Wood River First Church of Christ Christian to accept a position with St.. Louis Christian College. The youthful religioi"; leader, who is a former student of St. Louis Christian College, and his wife will enter a new type of ministry representing the college in a visitation program to various churches to recruit support and students. The Knopps have served the local church since the spring of 1971. Lutheran minister tends bar in pub By CHARLES AUSTIN Lutheran Council USA NEW YORK - Knickers Restaurant is like a lot of other pubs on Manhattan's East Side. The long mahogany bar is backed by a mirror, a row of dimly-lighted booths lines the paneled wall, the small dining room has checkered tablecloths, and there are the usual autographed photos of the great and once-great who have frequented the spot. But Knickers is different In one respect. No othor Manhattan pub has a Lutheran minister as manager and bartender. The Rev. Dale Lind, who admits that he felt "very uncomfortable" during the first few months of his new career, has been called to' develop his unusual ministry to young adults by the Metropolitan New York Synod of the Lutheran Church m America. The logical question one asks upon meeting the tall, soft-spoken minister, is, "what's a nice boy like, you doing in a place like this?" Mr. Lind has a ready answer. "The church has to be where people are, even to the point of invading their off hours Lunch and leisure time are no small part of their lives, Miss Dyer on church staff Miss Connie Dyer of Urbana, a spring graduate of Lincoln Christian College with a degree in Christian Education, has joined the staff of the Wood River First Church of Christ, Christian, as church secretary. Miss Ralpha Painter, who has served the church as secretary the past year, has resigned to further her education at Lincoln Christian College. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Painter, 223 Polar, Cottage Hills, and a 1971 graduate of Civic Memorial High School, Bethalto. A large delegation of the church youth group and their sponsors will attend the annual Youth Rally and Talent Round-up at Lincoln Christian College Aug. 15-17. Attending the "international Christ In Youth Conference at Christ's Forty Acres in the K i a m i c h i Mountains in Oklahoma are: Mr. and Mrs. Fred Francis, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Stewart, Tom Stewart, Mr. and Mrs. Dean Zumwalt, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Ufert, Mr. and Mrs. George McCarty, Mr. and Mrs. Rich Knopp, Dena McVey, Fred Bowman, Vicki Hardesty, Randy Zumwalt, Vicky White, Rich Ufert, Bob Bligh, Melodic Thomas, Luanne Stanton, Debbie Cahill, Vickie Gregory, Pam Wheat and James Cox. and its a good time to tune into people." Mr. Lind, a graduate of Gettysburg (Pa.) College and Seminary, became concerned about young adults during the three years he was an assistant pastor at St Peter's Lutheran church in Manhattan, from 1964-1967. This was the time of the "pub room," he explained, when dozens of bars catering to young adults sprang up all over the city. "I found that these were the places to contact people," Mr. Lind said. "And I found young adults for whom the church had played a role in childhood, but now seemed irrelevant." While attending New York Theological Seminary, whe'-e he earned a master's degree in urban ministry, Mr. Liiid took a crash course at a bartending school and landed a job on the West Side. He worked in several places over a five-year period and wrote a number of proposals to the North Side Assembly of God 4836 N. Alby. Godfrey, 111. SUNDAY— 9:30 A.M. Sunday School 10:45 A.M. Morning Service 7:00 P.M. Evening Service WEDNESDAY 7:30 P.M. Prayer and Bible Study Christ Ambassadors (Youth) DAY OK NIGHT DIAL-A-DBVOTION 466-6317 Rev. I. T. Beard. Vastor First Baptist Church College and Johnson Street, Alton, Illinois ORKIN M. ANDERSON, Pastor 9:00 a.m. — Sunday Church School 10:00 a.m. — Morning Worship Sprmon: "Get Smart" Nursery Provided ALTON'S FIRST ASSEMBLY EDWARDS STREET ASSEMBLY OF Collage Av«nu« Edwordt Slr..» Brown Strut Broadway James Kuiuhl 9:30 AM—Bible Lesson Auditorium Study of Romans 10 "The Law of Confession" • Sunday Morning 10:30 am "On Building A Tower of Prayer" • Evangelistic Kally ^ ;oo i>m "The Mystery of Uevine Keluetanee." • Family Night Wednesday 7:00 |>m synod in which he outlined Jiis plans for a unique ministry. "At first I didn't ask permission from the church i'nr what I was doing, but neither did I hide it from them," the minister said. "But I felt strongly about the need for the church to shape a non- parish ministry to those whose lives are not usually affected by the church." Last fall the Metropolitan' New York Synod issued a "call to special service" which authorizes Mr. Lind to engage in his ministry. He supports himself, but at the same time considers his work an extension of traditional pastoral work. "I'm not in rebellion against the church," the minister-bartender emphasized. "I'm not a freak or quack doing this on my own. My experience in the church and as a parish pastor led me to this work." Mr: Lind suggested that the bar may parallel the wells of Palestine where Jesus frequently met people during his ministry. "One of the most appealing aspects of Jesus' life was that he was a friend to everyone who sought him out," the pastor believes. To his mind, the bar is not merely a place where alcoholic beverages are sold and consumed, nor just a meeting place for discussion and entertainment. "It's a unique arena of human life, and one just as worthy of God's concern as any other part of life," he said. What does a bartender- minister do? There's no pulpit in the pub, no Sunday School, altar guild, or regular worship services (although Mr. Lind assists at St. Peter's occasionally and often conducts the weekday .services there). The minister sometimes defines his work as a '.'ministry of presence." Rather than expecting a vast number of young adults to by led into local churches, Mr. Lind feels the church should To present sacred music A male quartet, one of four ensembles representing Bob Jones University on tours throughout the country this summer, will present a program of sacred music at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25, ?( the Faith Community Church, 7505 Humbert Kd., Godfrey. The university is located in Greenville, S.C. confront, listen to and learn from the young adult on his own territory. Much of his work is counseling, and the Lutheran clergyman brings his theological and pastoral training to the conversations with patrons and fellow workers. "Today's young adult, experiencing a change in his values, faces one identity crisis after another/' Mr. Lind observed. "And while they do not express themselves in theological categories, t h e 'ultimate concerns' of life are very important to them." The bartender-minister sa:d he had to learn "new frames of reference," in order to speak to people who had a background which was different from his own rural Maryland childhood. His ministry, he added, gives him an "opportunity to put my faith up against new, modern challenges." Sometimes bar owners and patrons have been suspicious when they learn that he is a clergyman in secular work. But Mr. Lind counts upon his own competence and sincerity to overcome suspicion. "The wary ones soon get to trust me as a person, not as the stereotype of what they imagine a minister to be,' he said; "I've always been respected wherever I work.' Despite initial hesitation, "most people finally conclude that it's important for me — a minister — to be where I am." He also extends his ministry to those who share his new profession, and has conducted a number of weddings Tor restaurant employes. In addition to his work at Knickers Restaurant, Mr. Lind teaches a course at New York Theological Seminary, just around tht corner from the pub. The class, which occasionally meets at the bar, examines the life styles of young adults in the city. Mr. Lind arranges for the •seminarians, graduate students, and lay persons in the course to meet a variety of people who live in New York. "We've had groups of models, actors, and advertising people explain how "The Bible Is the Word of God: Inspired • Inerrant - Infallible "Worship Where Christ Is Real" WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 212 East Elm Street, Alton Bible School 9:H Morning Worship 10:40 Gospel Service 7:00 LIKE IT IS If God should say to you "Why should I let you Into my heaven?" Would you reply "Because I've been 'good', gone to Sunday School and paid my taxes"? Don't you know that the only WAY to the Father is Christ and the sole basis for entrance to heaven is our acceptance before God In Christ? (John 14:6; Eph. 1:6,7) TWELFTH STREET PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 604 East 13th St., Alton Rev. VV. Russell Shaw Church School—9:30 a.m. Worship—9:30 a.m. (Nursery Provided) SERMON: "Don't Park By Your Religions Experiences!" the episcopal paoash of ateon.rtlmois canny dupet stpauftchuuch wasuie sweet 8:00 A.M.—Holy Communion The Rev. Roger J. White, Rector 9:30 A.M.—Parish Eucharist Suited <E?Aurc/t cj e 1212GODFREY BELTLINE GODFREY, ILLINOIS REV. WALTER H. KREBS, PASTOR REV. GEORGE W. HURTER, MIN. of ED. CHURCH SCHOOL —9 A.M. MORNING WORSHIP —8:00 & 10:00 A.M. Sermon: "Choose Your Fences Carefully!" Nursery at 10 urn and Church School 10:00 to 11:00 Broadcast Over WOKZ Brown Street Baptist Church 3125 Brown Street G.A.R.B.C. (Where Everybody Is Somebody and Christ la Lord) Welcomes You to The§e Services SUNDAY — Echoes of Grace - WOKZ Radio .. 8:30 A.M. Sunday School 9:30 A.M. Morning Worship 10:30 A.M. Training Union 6:00 P.M. Evangelistic Service 7:00 P.M. WEDNESDAY — Bible Study 7:00 P.M. MID-DAY MEDITATIONS—WOKZ DAILY—12:15 P.M. Thomas M. Burke, Pastor Read Telegraph Want Ads Daily! CALVARY BAPTIST (SOUTHERN! 1423 WASHINGTON AVE., ALTON ED CLAYBROOK RAYFORD RABY 1'astor Min. of Alusio • Sunduy School 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship 10:40 "I Will Give You Rest" a.m. • Christian Training Union 6:30 p.m. Evening Worship 7:80 ".Love's Constraint" p.m. • Wednesday—Prayer Service—7:45 p.m. ATTRACTIONS friendliness You Cun Feel A Stuff of Trained Personnel Graded 1'rogram of Inspiring Music Nursery Service • Comfortable, KueJlities Ministering to the Whole Alton Area Air-Conditioned for your Comfort "Constrained Only By Christian Love" CLIFTON BAPTIST CHURCH TURNING A VISION INTO A REALITY in • Largest Bus Ministry the Greater Alton-Godfrey area. Em'melt Cox Pastor Sunday School 9:30 Morning Service 10:40 Evening Service 7:00 Wednesday Service 7:30 • A class for every age, plus a class for the Educable Slow. • Straightforward Preaching Bible • Exceptional Choir and fine Special Music. . IF YOU CAN FIND CLIFTON BAPTIST YOU HAVE FOUND WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN MISSING IN A CHURCH CLIFTON BAPTIST CHURCH BOH W. Delmar Ph. 466-1716 I'AKSO.VU.i: Godfrey, Illinois they relate to life in New York, and discuss the place of the church in urban We," Mr. Lind said. There are those who believe that the only drinks a minister should dispense, if any, are the sips of wine given at communion. Mr. Lind said he can understand their opposition; but he firmly believes that this new style of ministry is valid and important. The Metropolitan New York Synod has not received any strong complaints about the Lutheran pastor's unusual work, according to a spokesman for the synod, who also reported 1 that synod officials are very satisfied with Mr. Lind's ministry. Mr. Lind's work corner under the category of "tent- making ministries," a newly- popular concept in which a clergyman does not receive any support from a congregation, but earns his living in a way which brings him in close contact with those to whom he ministers. Knickers Restaurant is like a lot of other pubs in Manhattan and the Rev. Dale Lind is like a lot of other modern clergymen — interested in providing a ministry to diverse elements of modern society, even if that ministry takes him outside of the traditional clerical role. He's still a clergyman, but one with a pub for a parish. Gospel sing The Spiritual Aires and The Melody Aires are among the gospel singing groups that will give a program at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Hamlett Temple at 1713 Maupin St. GRACE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH E. 7th at Henry — Alton Sunday Services Church School 9:30 Worship Service 10:30 "The Bondage Of Our Feelings" Methodist Youth 6:30 Wilbur O. Reinhardt, Pastor FIRST ASSEMBLY OF GOD 407 VV. Fayette St. Bunker Hill, Illinois —Pentecostal- Sunday School 0:30 am Worship 11:00 am Evangelistic 7:30 pm Wednesday 7:30 Pm "The End of Your Search for a Spiritual Church" ALFRED ALLEN, PASTOR Ph. 466-2631 01 IHK AN OFFER OF HELP Life can seem pretty rough sometimes. Greed, carelessness and anger can get to you, if you let them. But many people have found something that is helping them hold on— something that is restoring peace and order and purpose in their lives. It's a deeper knowledge of God, gained through reading the Bible and the Christian Science textbook. Come in and read them yourself. Or borrow them to read at home, without charge. Christian Science Church Services Subject Sunday: '•MIND" ALTON. 533 t. Tenth St. Church Service and Sunday School — IU a.m. Nursery provided. Wednesday i'esli- mony Mfeliny, 8 p in. Heading Kooin. lull K Broadway, 11 a.m. to -l.-.'iu p.m. Uaily. ELSAH Church Service and Sunday School iJ:30 a.m. Nursery provided. TeMimony Meet- iiiy Wednesday S:IIU p.m. Heading Hi mm at !i;j l.uSalle St. open dtiily 3:^0 to o:3u p.m. and Sunday 2:UU to 4:U(.i

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