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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21,1963 ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH PAGE SEVEN Reporter Inquires Four Churchmen Face Race Issue By JIM KULP Telegraph Staff Writer No area in human life is more sensitive than that of racial relations and there are few in any community who do riot have their opinions on the subject. Those who have feelings, feel ttrongly. The Telegraph composed a ser- tel of five theoretical questions on the racial question formed from the criticism that some white people have been saying privately and publicly. ' . >' Tad QUMUGllB With these questions, the Telegraph put four Alton ministers— chosen at random — on the "•pqt", trying to determine from them what their answers would be if these queries were put to them by the average man. The ministers were the Rev. Robert Chatfield Kemper, Con- greational Church of the Redeemer, 600 Henry St.; the Rev. M. Richard Jones of the Church of the Nazarene, 3316 Hillcrest Ave.; the Rev. Robert L. Simpson of First Methodist Church of Alton; and the Rev. Orrin M. Anderson of First Baptist Church of Alton. The questions asked of them, (in bold face type), and the answers of each minister, follow: Why don't yon stick to religion and stop talking about mixing of the races? . Rev. Kemper: Religion refers to people and of the latter there are all races and classes. There- fore we all should have the right relationship, not only with God but with people because God created them all. Vitally Involved Rev. Jones: Relogion is vitally involed in the question. The Gold- en'Rule Is involved. Our involvement with Christ has to do with the ideal of the Good Samaritan and this implicates every man. Rev. Simpson: You can't be a Christian and do that, because a Christian is supposed to imitate Christ and He didn't mind his own business either. Strangely enough He .didn't say a word about Roman domination to encourage rebellion. What put him on the cross was speaking out against abuses of the church of that day. Love Neighbors Rev. Anderson: True religion means that we must love our neighbors because of the two great commandments that Jesus gave us, one was to love our neighbor. We cannot escape this obligation. But what about such things as real estate values? Keep pushing this thing and you are going to do some grave injustice to property owners? Rev. Kemper: Well, I've heard that disputed, that property values go down when Negroes move in. Rev. Jones: Declined to comment. Rev. Simpson: Declined to comment. Rev. Anderson: What is right must never be termed in monetary values, but rather in terms of spiritual values. The monetary must always be second. It's important but not all-important. What about statistics that Bhotv the Negro Is brutal and criminally Inclined? Yon surely wouldn't want to live in their midst. Rev. Kemper: If they are it is often due to the environment they've lived In, the same as in the case of some white people. Usually by improving the environment there is less inclination to crime. Need Specifics Rev. Jones: From the statistical, this would have to be broken down to specifics. From the standpoint of. justice, Christianity teaches that there is good and bad among all of us, In every race. Rev. Simpson: -There's no doubt about that, no denying it. It's kept quiet but I wonder if we're wise in keeping It quiet. This is something Negro leaders have to face. I've studied statistics all over the country and we're not going to conquer this issue by keeping it under cover. Part of the reason is the fact that while there shouldn't be any intrusion of the Negro where he isn't qualified, he is kept out of a lot of jobs where he is. This creates idleness and a demand for money, causing rebellion and leading to crime. A False Statement Rev. Anderson: This is not true. This is false, because statistics from the best of sociologists prove that the poetential of Negro violence as against white violence is no greater. Do you know that white people get tired of the clergy always taking the Negro's part? What-ever he dors seems to be approved. White people have some rights too. Rev. Kemper: I think the clergy are inclined to take the part of the underdog, of the person whose not being given a fair chance, of whatever color. Rev. Jones: The clergyman concerns himself with justice and equality regardless of creed and color. Rev. Simpson: Declined to comment. Rev. Anderson: Of course, it is not true that the clergy always takes the side of the Negro. We feel that the Negro has as much to do as the white man in the problem of race relations. We don't seek preferential treatment for anyone. Don't you think the clergy is disgracing the church by participating In these civil rights demonstration? Rev. Kemper: I think that's up to the individual minister's own conscience, whether he should participate or not. Rev. Jones: Declined to comment. Their Design Rev. Simpson: These demonstrations are theoretically design- ed to call attention to these injustices and injustice needs attention. The Washington demonstration, while I don't think it will have much result on the civil rights legislation, was a credit to the entire country because it was carried out peacefully. It was such a credit to democracy that Russia canceled their telecast of it. They couldn't show the well- dressed, so-called underprivileged, who were dressed so much better than their own people. I think the Washington demonstration was as good as the St. Louis demonstrations were bad. Negroes will find that most clergymen are pulling for them all the way when it comes to their rights. I think Negroes should be careful to keep a checkrein on irresponsible leaders who lead them into open violation of the law and might cost them some of their white sympathizers. Jomn Wesley , John Wesley said, "Let everything be done decently and in order." This is a good motto for the civil rights movement now. They'll get a lot farther that way if they take their time. Rev. Anderson: This is a debatable question, for sure. However, for too long the church and its clergy have been' on the side of the status quo and there ought to be leadership from the clergy in the principles that are right. Lutheran Woman's Group Gets Report A report of the biennial convention of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League has been given by Mrs. Raymond Jones of Cottage Hills to the Trinity Lu theran Church Women's Assn. of Alton. Mrs. Jones, who attended the convention in Kansas City, is president of the league circuit for this area. She will be giving the report to each of the 10 churches in the circuit. He report, illustrated with slides, centered around the .inspiration she received from convention speakers and missionaries in the foreign field. The association also has viewed a filift ajjout the Jeague entitled "life liOght Host," shown by the pastor, the Rev. reuben Baerwald. Hostesses at the last meeting of the association were Mrs. Alfred Brandt, Mrs. Edwin Buhs, Mrs. H. E- Brunnworth and Mrs. Victor Amschler. Next meeting is Nov. 1 18, Mrs. Lebeque Speaker at Conference A good leader is humble, willing and dependable, and has an awareness of the needs of the organization, Mrs. Arzella Lebeque of Alhambra, told members of the Woman's Missionary Society of First Baptist Church of East Alton, at the annual leadership conference Wednesday. Speaking on the topic, "Leadership Qualities and Duties," Mrs. Lebeque president of the Alton Association of American Baptist Women, pointed out a thorough knowledge of the constitution of the organization, a working knowledge of parliamentary procedure, and a work book to be passed on, are essential tools of the efficient leader. She must be quick to praise those working under her, and give her support and encouragement. The meeting opened with Mrs. Stanley Stepson, president, giving the welcoming address. Plans were made to host a party for patients of the Alton State Hospital at 1 p.m. Friday. The regular meeting of the society will be held the same evening at 7:30 p.m. in the church, Mrs. Stepson announced. Moro United Presby Women Plan Retreat Moro United Presbyterian Women and Bethajto United Presbyterian Women will have a joint retreat at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Bethalto Presbyterian Church. COLOMBO — Ceylon has put price ceilings on crude petroleum Education Workshop Set Sunday Christian education workshops for church school teachers and youth fellowship advisers will be staged Sunday at Elm Street Presbyterian Church. The workshops will be sponsored by Alton Presbytery between 2 and 5 p.m. The section for adults will be directed by the Rev. Ellis Butler of Chicago, field director in Christian education for the Presbyterian Synod of Illinois. The Rev. Carl Bennett, the synod's youth work chairman, will direct ,t w o junior high sections. Bazaar Dec. 1 at Bethalto Our Lady Queen of Peace Church of Bethaito will conduct its annual smorgasboard and bazaar Dec. 1 from 12 noon to 7 p.m., it was announced today. Featured at the affair will be Christmas cookies and candies, fancy work, aprons, and Christmas novelties. Senior High Fellowship Plans Meeting The Senior High Fellowship of Twelfth Street Presbyterian Church will meet Sunday at 7 p.m. Vic Schwartz will present the lesson. At their meeting last Sunday evening the Senior High Fellowship elected the following officers: Jackie Churchill, president; Dwight Duke, vice president; Vic Schwartz, treasurer; and Marilyn Schwartz, secretary. Sponsors for this group for the coming year are Louis Mohler, Miss Norma Nolan, Mrs. Dardanella Churchill, and Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Sewell. Primitive Baptists to Meet Sunday A Primitive Baptist Church meeting has been scheduled Sunday 7:30 p.m. at the Westerner Club. REVIVAL EVANGELIST, Rev. Grady Qofff ROSEWOOD HEIGHTS ASSEMBLY OF ODD CHURCH 145 Mayweed Drlyt Service* Nightly, Except Saturday, 7:30 p.m. SEPT. 22nd* thru OCT. 6th R«v. Harold Curry, P*itor Blanshard Sees Change On Horizon By GEORGE W. CORNELL AP Religion Writer Paul Blanshard, long-time hurler of thunderbolts against Roman Catholic policies, today finds cause for tempering his criticisms with commendations. He sees harbingers of change on the horizon. "There are signs that the Roman Catholic Church is shifting toward a belief in real religious liberty," he said. "It seems to be moving toward a commitment to freedom." This contrasts considerably with past appraisals in which Blanshard has pictured the church's traditional positions as contrary to democratic principles. "There are hopeful elements o; a progressive trend in the church," he said. "There is a new attitude of personal cordiality which is much better than the petty, old hostilities." In Blanshard's view, the church still needs to make many readjustments, to implement specifically the newly developing outlook, and he foresees harmful tensions in Catholic demands for tax aid to parochial schools. Blanshard, a lawyer, author and one-time public official, was on his way to Rome this week, to take in the second session of the Vatican Ecumenical Council, opening Sept. 29. The first session last year loosed new currents in the. church. At 71, he is an alert, relaxed man, as courtly as his trim mustache and tweedy suit, and as personally genial in manner as he often has been slashing in his thrusts at Catholicism. A new book by Blanshard, "Religion and the' Schools," is being published by Beacon Press Oct. 2, and compared to some of his >revious works, such as the con- roversial "American Freedom and Catholic Power," he says: "I've tried harder to be objective. It's fully as critical of Protestants as Catholics. If there is any hero of the book, it is the U.S. Supreme Court." He traces a history of glaring discrimination against Catholics through Protestant-oriented public school observances, of anti-Roman history books, and of Catholic children sometimes expelled, even flogged, in the last century. In the past approach to separa tion of church and state, he told this interviewer, Protestants have been "more frequent violators" than Catholics in using the schools —an arm of the sta>e—to promote their religion. On the other hand, Blanshard, with characteristic bluntness, assails efforts of Catholic leaders secure government funds for church schools. "They want to change the whole tax system," he asserted. A native of Ohio, B'anshard was once a New York City rackets investigator, a Congregational minister, magazine editor, and World Mrs. Sandner Heads Bible Presby Women Mrs. Jack Sander has been elected president of the Women's fellowship group of Bible Presbyterian Church, Alton. Mrs. William Skelton is vice president, Mrs. William Wooff is sec- 'etary and Mrs. Dale Eisienri'ech is treasurer. Mrs. Anna Cochran was named head of the cheer committee, Mrs. William Leffler head of the nursery committee and Mrs. Russell Buffington head of the missionary committee; Plans are in the making for a father-son banquet. Upper Alton Baptists Hear Missionary Miss Jewell Sutherland, a re cently returned missionary from Japan, will talk on family worship in Japan at the Upper Alton Baptist Church's Evening Fellowship at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Miss Sutherland is a retired teacher from the Alton school system. Erwin Ballard will lead a sing- spiration and a group discussion will be held following the worship service. Dr. Max Strang Congregational Speaker Sunday A guest speaker at the Congregational Church of the Redeemer, on Henry street at 6th on Sunday morning at 10:45 will preach dur- ng the Service of Worship. He is Dr. Max Strang, assistant :o the president of Piedmont Col- ege. The school he represents is ocated in the Blue Ridge Moun- ains at Demorest, Ga. Dr. Strang was formerly pastor of the Congregational Church in Marshalltown, Iowa. Book Review Scheduled for Congregational Miss Estelle Asckenasy of St. Louis will review "My Darling Clementine" at the Congregational Church of the Redeemer, Sixth and Henry Streets, Women's Fellowship meeting at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 3. Tickets may be purchased from Mrs. George Juttemeyer and Mrs. Robert Kemper or at the door. War II State Department aide. He has turned out a series of brx on church-state issues. He and his wife, Julia, now live on a 100 acre Thetford Center, Vt., farm. Come to The Congregational Church Of The Redeemer on Henry Street at Sixth In Alton SUNDAY SERVICES: 9:30 A.M. — Church School Ctaites 10:45 A.M.—Service of Worship Guest Speaker—Dr. Max Strang from Piedmont College. Anthem: "The Lord U Exalted" by Weit 6:30 P.M.—Pilgrlm Foiiowihlp fteee/t CharfleW tamper, Patter To Protest Birmingham ... A 6 Day of Sorrow' Episcopalians will be urged from the pulpit to observe Sunday as a day of sorrow because of the "moral outrage" which occurred in Birmingham, Ala., last Sunday. Segregation and other forms of discrimination are sinful and contrary to the Gospel of Christ, the Bishop Albert A .Chambers of Springfield said in a letter to clergy of the diocese. He urged Episcopalians to "pray for our legislators, that they may be led to pass laws to guarantee civil rights." He also urged Episcopalians to "pray for the repose of the souls of those who died so unnecessarily and pray fervently that peace and good will among races may come to our troubled country." "We must do everything in our power," the Bishop said, "to affirm the unity of the human race." Presby Women's Meeting Oct. 1 GREENFIELD—The Greenfield | of United Presbyterian Women Presbyterian Women's Organization will be the hostess group for a district meeting of the Alton Presbyterian, Illinois Synod Meadowbrook Baptist Class Hayride Tonight The young peoples Christian Endeavor class of the First General Baptist Church of Meadow- jrook will have a hayride and wiener roast at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Cox of Moro Road tonight. It was announced the new church was completed last weekend and was used for the first time Sunday. Formal dedication will be in mid-November, a church spokesman said. Summerville Women Plan Fall Supper MEDORA—At the Ladies Aid Society meeting recently at the wme of Mrs. Florence Warner, the Summerville Presbyterian Ladies Aid made plans for a fall supper Thursday, Nov. 14. A bazaar and country store will also be held. on Oct. 1. Mrs. Charles Burroughs, president of the Greenfield organization, is in charge of arrangements. The sessions will open with a coffee hour at 8:30 a.m. with registration at 9 a.m. at the Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Marilyn 'Moening, area secretary, will be guest speaker in the afternoon and workshop sessions on administration, pro gram planning, world service, fellowship, and nomination, during the morning. A sack lunch will be served at noon, with the local group providing the dessert and coffee, in the basement social rooms of the church. The Rev. S. W. Thornton will conduct the devotional service. Sam Thornton Jr. and John Thornton will present musical selections at the morning session. Mrs. John Euart will be hostess at a regular meeting of the Presbyterian Women's Organization Thursday afternoon. Mrs. S. W. Thornton will be leader of the lesson on stewardship and Mrs. Richard Dalton will review the chapter from the study book, "One People of God." The devotional service will include a special prayer for Mrs Zachary, a missionary leader in Syria. WINDOW DEDICATION Stained glass windows In the First "Prophetic Vision", one of the series of Presbyterian Church, Wood River, a 10 large windows which present a pic- $10,000 gift of the late Mrs. R. E. Deans, toral summary of "Our Faith from will be dedicated in 10:45 a.m. services Creation to the Continuing Christian by the Rev. Manley Mace, pastor. Pic- Church", hired is the window portraying the Calvary Baptist Girls' Auxiliary Crowns Queen Miss Jana Searles has been crowned queen of the Girl's Auxiliary of Calvary Southern Baptist Church. Mrs. Harold Hurst, missionary to Honduras, served as mistress of ceremonies. The following girls were presented as maidens: Patricia Judkins, Sharon Price, Becky Redman, Pamela Reno, Becky Ford Terra Mead, Sharon Mead, Debra Evans, Gwen Harris, Ann Korre ;ay, Debbie Corner, Cinda Clarkson, Gloria Dunnagan, Elizabeth I?idwell and Beverly Harris. Ladies in waiting were: Brenda Moore, Debbie Herring, Althea Steele, Mary Beth Workman, Randy Reno and Kay Peterson. Presented as princesses were: Patricia Seago, Debbie Richards, Patricia Maple, anc Vickie Staats. Terry Cown served, as trum peteer and others in the cere mony were: Dennis Hibbs, crown Huddelson Baptist Home Has Officers 9 Election New officers have been elected by the board of directors oi Huddelson Baptist Children's Home at Centralia. Elected for the coming year Anderson Memorial Set Sunday Memorial services are scheduled Sunday at 9 a.m. at the Hardin Presbyterian Church for the late Joseph Anderson who died March 22. The new Presbyterian hymnbook will be dedicated in memory of S." C. Holloway and S. C. Austin. These books were purchased by the Holloway family as a memorial. P§stor F. B. Hockemeyer will conduct the dedicatory service. 2W at CtlLttck tJllton, Illinois 10:45 Morning Worship and Church School. Series: "Great Turning Points in Contemporary Life." III. "I've Been Working On the Railroad" HUGH J. KENNEDY, Minister REVIVAL HEAR Evangelist DELMAR BLASE SERVICES NIGHTLY 7:30 P.M. (Except Saturday) First Assembly of God Churob 20 Marvel Court Cortaa.* Hills Rev. Maurice Burgund, Pastor. 1 •MIIIIIIIW^ are: Rev. .Willard,Ballard,, Flora, president; Roy Summer, Murphysboro, vice-president; Rev. William Bohn, Benton, secretary; and Hurschel Barrow, Centralia, treasurer. Located on the east edge of Centralia, Hudelson Baptist Children's Home facilities provide for the care of 30 children plus those in foster homes under the supervision of the children's home. bearer; Nancy Taylor and Diane Malone, heralds. A reception in he social rooms followed the coronation. In other activities at Calvary Baptist, the Rev. Howard"Todd" Taylor will conduct an evangelistic crusade at Herrin First Baptist Church Sept. 23-29. In his absence Rayford Raby will be in charge of the Wednesday night prayer service. The Rev. Carl Jacobs, superintendent of missions for Alton Industrial Baptist Association, will be guest speaker on Sunday, Sept. 29 for all services at the church. The Rev. Taylor will conduct the chapel service at the Southern Illinois College of Bible on Sept. 27, at Carbondale, and will attend a meeting of the board of directors of Illinois Baptist State Association while here. After Church—Re Our Guest • FREE COFFEE and DON UTS Sunday Morning ZiKE PHARMA CY •27 E. Airline Drive ROSEWOOD HEIGHTS Dial 259-2283 CHURCH OF CHRIST GODFREY, ILL MEETING AT THE PRESENT TIME AT GODFREY CIVIC CENTER PAUL HUSHEY, Minister BIBLE STUDY 9:45 A.M. WORSHIP SERVICE .'. 10:45 A.M. EVENING SERVICE 7:30 P.M. WEDNESDAY EVENING BIBLE STUDY ... 7:30 P.M. ALTON GOSPEL TABERNACLE 512 Spring St. TEXAS SINOINQ EVANGELIST.... G. B. MCDOWELL From Dallas, Texas Robert Ripley—related in his "Believe It or Not" how God gave him the gift of playing the piano in one hour's time. G. B. MCDOWELL Evangelist All have thrilled at bis beautiful music. He will be speaking In Morning Worship. Theme: "More Than Enough" 10:45 The testimony of those who have been in this Growing Revival, run like this.. ."He is wonderful".. .His messages are the best ever".. ."We hope he can be here longer." RADIO—WOKZ—Word of Life Hour 8:30 SUNDAY SCHOOL—PREPARING FOR GREAT FESTIVAL 9:30 Bring the entire family.. .Something special for everyone. REVIVAL IS HEREI.. .Come Enjoy Each Night 7:30 (Except Saturday) Theme for Evening Service is; "The Haunted Platter" It's Mystetlom Hear This NEVER TO BE FORGOTTEN SERMON. It U a Most Popular llluitr«ted MESSAGE. For Free Transportation, Call 462-3565 RIV. C. I, GRUVER, Pastor

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