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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 63

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Saturday, August 15, 1970
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IX U,I UUL.IU I X l_ I CITY MAIL Religion is blamed for sexual hangups —^THEARIZQNAREPOBLIC RELIGION Los ABgeles Times service 34 Plneaft, Sat, Aug. IS, 1979 SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Religious training may te a major factor in adult sexual hangups, according to a psychotherapist. "Basically, one of the most prominent factors in terms of nonsexual functioning seems to be religious training in childhood and early teens," Dr. Alexander P. Runciman said. "This tionihg. Christ as one child sees him MMWMie nwt* *y Earl McCartney Mike Lincoln, 12, draws his version of how Christ looked during Vacation Church School classes at Ascension Lutheran Church, 7100 N. Mockingbird Lane, Scottsdale. Bible school classes throughout the state are drawing to a close as the end of August approaches and school days loom ahead. The Ascension Church classes began Monday and will run through Aug. 21. They meet from I to 11:30 a.m. affects sexual func- —-„. Almost everyone is affected one way or another." Runciman, 46, is a practicing psychotherapist here. Clergymen, he said, "very often are ill-equipped to handle such cases." "Often they don't realize their own shortcomings," Runciman said. "Sometimes they approach impotence themselves — how could they then successfully counsel others?" Runciman hailed the tendency in some theological seminaries to develop counseling courses that, "if nothing else, teach prospective ministers to recognize deep problems they Orthodox Christianity truly quite materialistic By THE REV. PAUL D. URBANO Rector, All Saints Episcopal Church At least in this parish, summer is the time for the college kids to come in to see the minister. They have more time than at other times of year. Sometimes they have time for a series of visits. And I am delighted to see them. After all, I baptized many of them and have watched them grow up. But beyond that, I am gratified because their coming indicates that religion has not become entirely "irrelevant" to all of them (quite the contrary), and that they very much trust somebody who is light-years over 30. They are, of course, quite heavily infected with the vocabulary of their age, most of them: "irrelevant," "intimacy," "my thing," "restructuring," and the rest —but above all they are infected by the largely unexamined thesis that "materialism" is per se bad. When they designate anything "materialistic," that means they are intellectually disposing of it. And their ultimate (and, in fact, quintessential) condemnation of American society lies in the fact that it is "materialistic." The first reply tor a Christian minister to make is, of course, that Christianity is the most materialistic of all the great religions. I would not except even Judaism. For Chis- tianity goes beyond the Jewish emphasis upon God the Creator and upon the importance of this world to say that God Himself took human flesh and human nature and walked the earth. That is pretty materialistic! But ihere is much more. Christianity, though at times opposed, and even stupidly opposed, to the conclusions of the natural sciences, actually made science possible in the West by putting the capricious pagan gods to death and permitting men to conceive of an orderly universe. Subsequently, and despite continuing collisions between science and religion, the Christian glorification of the world and of life as God's creation and therefore good — and important — had much to do with the rise of technology and the amelioration of living conditions, at least in the West, which had made human existence for most people "nasty dirty, brutish and short." ' The strong contrast between East and West with respect to the common lot of humanity, indeed with respect to the common attitude toward humanity, is, in this view, to be explained chiefly by the difference between the impact of Christianity and the impact of most other religions. Although my young college friends (predictably) have nearly all (I believe temporarily) jettisoned the doctrinal content of the Christian religion and make modish references to Buddhism, few of them appear to know what Buddha really taught. It can in all fairness be summed up thus: That man is made unhappy by his desires, since most of them will never be satisfied. Therefore the 'only way to happiness is through the suppression of desire. There is more than a little evidence that the Buddha himself (though not most of his modem followers) went further to suggest: So long as a man lives, he will desire..Therefore it is better not to exist than to exist. This, of course, is the ultimate pessimism. And whether or not a Buddhist would agree with this appraisal, it remains frue that toe fundamental philosophical difference between East and West has been that the West, in opposition to the East has always thought it better to be than not to be. Thus, the West has struggled with nature, wringing some of her secrets from her and vastly improving the conditions of human life. The East has, by and large, remained a hell for the majority. A generation so vocally (and truly) devoted to mankind's Happiness as the present college generation should think twice before condemning a concentration on matter which represents a spiritual triumph of the highest order, and which is in no way invalidated by the occasional slob who misuses it. FIRST UNITIO MITHODIST CHURCH 5510 N. CINTRAL AVI. Worohip Sarvicot 9:30 I 11 A.M, Church School *:30 t 11 A.M. Youth Faliowihips 5:10 P.M. Child Cor* *t All Sorvico* "INSHAPIWITH THI WOtlD" Th» Jltv. Hor«cio Rios, Preacher — MINIITIRI — Richard w. Cain/ Melylo j. Pritu, Winfried Ritter, 4«bn «. Jamison C. P«ul Harper, Director of Music SCOTTSDALE'S FIRST ASSEMILY OF GOD 621 N. 741* St. 945-8155 Allen C. Clauder, fattar Sunday School 9:4$] *Worshj»..ll A.M. 47P.M.! I Wtdntsdty Evtning 1 I Family Night.... 7:30 P.M.' 4 II A.M, i Pilfer Cl«ud*r Miniitoring I 1 P,M, 1 P«*ter O«udtr 2 Prt«chinf f Scottjdale'* Christian X Centtr V-*>^^ Rhodesian Catholics, Protestants unite to fight nation's apartheid By LOUIS CASSELS UPI Religion Writer Christian churches in Rhodesia are risking their existence to defy a new apartheid law enacted by the white supremacy regime of Premier Ian Smith. Their open defiance of the government on grounds of Christian principle confronts Smith with a hard choice: — If he backs down in the face of adamant church opposition, he'll lose support among white Rhodesian voters committed to segregation at any cost. — If he responds with hard-handed suppression of the churches, seizure of their property and wholesale arrests of their leaders, he'll outrage public opinion in countries such as the United States and Britain, whose favor Rhodesia is earnestly courting. One thing seems clear — if any backing down is done, the government will have to do it. Protestant and Roman Catholic church leaders, in an unprecedented display of unity, have set their jaws for a showdown and are prepared to accept whatever institutional or personal martyrdom it may entail. The only exception to the United Christian Front is the Uof A gets $4,990 grant to study church mobility Do people change their church memberships as they move upward or downward on the status ladder? The University of Arizona department of sociology will attempt to answer this question in a study financed by a $4,990 grant from the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. The research under the direction of Dr. Jerry G. Bode, titled "Status and Mobility," will concentrate on religious affiliation as it is related to social mobility. Bode will further analyze data he gathered three years ago for his doctoral dissertation during the study, which will end June 30, 1971. The original material was obtained in a statewide sampling of Nebraska. The study considers church membership as a voluntary association, Dr. Bode said, explaining that many people regard church membership in much the same way they do bridge club or lodge membership. Dr. Bode said he discovered in his original research that people who are moving up the social and economic scale are more likely to change to a higher status church, and that Roman Catholics are more mobile than Protestants. The study will attempt to determine whether or not downwardly mobile people are apt to retain membership in their churches. "This is part of a much bigger study," Dr. Bode said. "The behavior of people relative to major institutions is fairly well understood. "Their behavior in relation to the family and to the educational system has been researched to death. Churches are in a kind of residual category. We are considering them as a voluntary association." Dutch Reformed Church, which has managed in Rhodesia, as in South Africa, to reconcile apartheid with its conception of the gospel. All other major Protestant bodies, including the Angeli- cans, Methodists, Presbyterians and the Salvation Army, are standing together with the Roman Catholic hierarchy in flatly refusing to comply with the ,new law, called the Land Tenure Act. Churchmen regard the law as basically unjust because it divides Rhodesia into rigorously segregated racial areas, with 234,000 whites holding the same amount of land as 4.8 million blacks. They also protest provisions of the law requiring churches to segregate their worship and service institutions, such as schools and hospitals, and compelling them to register with the government as "voluntary agencies." A "voluntary agency" would be allowed to function in both black and white areas of Rhodesia only with the permission of the government, and under whatever restrictions the government saw fit to impose. Following enactment of the law, leaders of 17 Christian denominations adopted a declaration stating that "we will not register as voluntary associations under the Land Tenure Act; we affirm that the church intends to carry on its work in areas of either race." cannot handle and to refer to them." However, he added, "Only a very small number of ministers have yet emerged from that kind of seminary." Until such training J* mor« general, he said, "their advice in such matters frequently is not only not helpful, but detrimental. "It is necessary for people to function normally sexually in order to live normally. Doing what is psychologically harmful often is also physically harmful!" Too often, Dr. Runciman said, religious training "instills guilt and fear about sexual matters and that may result in sexual difficulties. "When that occurs the person becomes unable to function normally and this, in addition to being detrimental to himself, may affect adversely his other human r e 1 a t i o n- ships," he added. Runciman said that persons most frequently affected adversely by religious training were fundamentalist Protestant, strict Roman Catholic or Orthodox Jewish in background. "Culture has a great deal to do with sex attitudes," he said, "but it is difficult sometimes to know how much is due to culture and how much to religious customs." He said that "one of the reasons pornography began here was the repressive attitude of religion and culture toward sex." Runciman said he believed strongly in the essential nature of the family structure. "The real direction i> work toward is that a couple work together as a team sexually," he said. "Lots of the wife-swapping and all that results from inadequate information and misinformation purveyed by the mass media about sex, and wrong concepts of marriage, the nature of marriage and its purpose. "With these erroneous Impressions, couples become bored with each other shortly, and they join the local swap club. They never learned to work together sexually. "If they do learn this, they can spend a lifetime together and never have any need for anyone else, never look be- yond'their partner. When you get. that going, they can spend a lifetime with each other and never become bored. "However, very few ever achieve this." C. Bryant Whiting takes Mormon post RELICS IN AVON STRATFORD ON AVON, England (AP) — Officials say this town may become known as more than William Shakespeare's birthplace because teams of young diggers have turned up ancient Anglo-Saxon relics and evidence of Roman settlement. CANS IN THE GARDEN" Tha Rev. George Lacy CHURCH SCHOOL • AND WORSHIP 10 A.M. FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH tUNITID CHURCH of CHRIST) 1407 NMfth SOCON*] Street PHOINIX. ARIZONA Episcopal Churches TRINITY CATHIORAL too w. Roosevelt 8:00 a.m. The Communion 10:00 a.m. Morninf Prayer ALL SAINTS 4JOO N. CMtraj 7:30 a.m. Holy Communion 9:15 a.m. Holy Communion 11:00 a.m. Morning Prayer 9:00 a.m. Holy Communion IT, MAJVt ** *vtv o> Marriott 8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist 10:00 e.m. Holy Eucharist ST. PAULt SMI N. Hit H. 1:00 a.m. Holy Communion 10:00 a.m. Morning Prayer •OOD SHIPHHI OF TNI NlUf Cove Creek-Coretree 9:90 a.m. Morning Prayer ST. lARNAIAS •'"""""ggtffi KOTTSOALI 7:30 a.m. Holy Communion 10:00 a.m. Holy Communion ST. ST1PHIN-S UHJ N. MM ft., Phot** 7:» a.m. Holy Eucharist 10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist CHRIST CHURCH Of THI ASCIMSION •II E. United Presbyterian FIRST Pitth West Monroe batween fourth 10:00 A.M. "HOW TO DEAL WITH REIELS" The Letter fo Titus—Mr. Vogel, preaching Charles R. Ehrhardt, D.D., William Vogel, Roy K. Shtpler, Laylon N. Jackson ( Ministers Dial-A-Praver SM-3102 ORANGE WOOD 7121 N. 10th ST. — 944-1100 CONTIMPORARY SIRVICI 9:30 A.M. "THE LIVING WORD" . Samuel J. Lindemeod Jr. Ova** P. Hoiioran, Cuoene Letakvra. Pasters 1421 N. Haydan Ph. f 4MS07 SCOTTSDALE "WORSHIPING GOD WITH OUR IARS" (Family Services) ' Church School & Worship 9:30 A.M. Alton Goodenberger and Wallace Hutchison Pastor* o*47 E. McDonald Or. MS-tfM Scottsdale VALLEY WORSHIP AND CHURCH SCHOOL 9:30 A.M. "CAN YOU TRUST A GODOVIR30?" Herbert P. LaMet, John p. Shaw, Gary L. Kusft, Pastors 0:00 a.m. Holy Communion 10:00 a.m. Holy Communion IT. yACXI Meta-ut N. HKM 0:00 a.m. Holy Communion 9:1$ a.m. Holy Communion AND 103rd i Peo/io Avos. Sun C 10.00 d.m. Mornina Prayer City it. ll«! N. at* It,, ll:0ft a.m. Holy Communion ST. ANMIW'f tm W. Camoto* M. 8:00 ».m. Holy Communion 10:00 a.m. Holy Communion DETNANY Herbert N. Christ, PasMT CAMELBACK TMOHO I. Plshor * Kant M. Orwn, Paslori MM N. Mln St. Ltawato Dr. « •*!* CrtsW Worshi* * cawrcft Sthoet I* A.M. CHRIST Marmot Wertfeio'aaj Own* MM* W AJN. Bay. JOHNPREDRICK, ««*ot SpuMr «•»««• '*'* "• Av«; MEMORIAL 4141 E. Thoma* E*.-*ianr» 0. frMNiaV MORNING! pgpc r _ UrilVEMIVV (flMH) |OW fi. Rwsavelt Patter Brwce o. C. wJ&W&ttf* 1 " ** school ii IjjT-l Charles i Worship ft Church School t:» WESTMINSTER Poaald E. Lesvilt, Minister ""' A.-Wor»hip and Church School I* A.M. "* N> "* Nur»»i-y Thru |tt) Cr«d« MESA - C. Bryant Whiting of Soowflake, a native of Ea> gar, has been called as president of the Arizona Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Whiting succeeds President Jesse M, Smith, also of Snowflake, who served at the temple the past seven years. Mrs. Whiting will be the temple matron. Whiting has been active in church and civic service. Since 1967, he has served as regional representative for the LDS church in the northern Arizona area. Born in Colonia Diaz, Chihuahua, Mexico, Whiting came with his family to Arizona as a refugee at the time of Pancho Villa's raids on white settlers in Mexico. He spent nearly three years on a mission to the central states for the church and was the first mission president of the St. John's stake in eastern Arizona and western New Mexico. His other church positions include bishop of the Eagar Ward, counselor to the St. John's stake president, president of the St. John's stake, and superintendent of the Mutual Improvement Association. He is a building contractor, "insurance agency owner and cattleman. He was a member of the Arizona Highway Commission from 1960 to 1965, was the first mayor of Springerville, served two terms as a state senator from Apache County, was a member of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce for 10 years and served on the White Mountain Hospital board. A former president and governor of the Arizona District of Rotary International, he has 24 years of perfect attendance in that organization. His attendance at his church's services is almost as good. ' One Sunday while he and Bryant Whiting Mrs. Whiting were touring Europe, they found themselves in Vienna on a Sunday; there was no branch of their church, and they did not attend services. "It was the most miserable Sunday I ever spent," he says. The Whitings have three sons, James, Michael and John C., allofTempe. Mrs. Whiting taught school 25 years in Apache County and has been active in the church. The couple will assume their new posts in Mesa Sept. 1. gg£|^^^^^^^^gg^^^^'"^'"MI^ — CENTRAL UHITEft METHODIST CHURCH "Mother of Arizona Methodism" 1175 N. CENTRAL • 2st.i04j WORSHIP 9:30 & 11 Sermon Title: "WE HAVE FELLOWSHIP" Or. Scrniotl C Carre* Preaching Church School 9:30 A.M. Yoirth Group* •••:30 P.M. Nursary « Chile) Car* MINISTERS Chilton McPheeten- Evyn Adams Sam Carruth - entries Gilliiand Cordon McMillan, Onanist-Director Assemblies Of God Welcome You TUNE MVWAL TIMB-KAM. 1M. KO-I P.M. * FIRST ASSEMBLY - MESA »:45 A.M. Sunday School 10:45 A.M. Morning Wonhip «:00 P.M. "KE6N TEENS" 7:00 P.M. Evening Service Wodwcttey, 7:30 P.M. Family Night "Tha Difference It Worth Tha Distance" FAITH Assembly REVIVAL LottTlmoToHoftr KEN WILSON SUN. 10:50 A.M. * 7 P.M. 1441 w. Glendale Avt. Willis K. Hirschy, Pastor JoseM Lack, Assistant • Youth respond ta Kin. • Ktn Wilson has town* a pur- post tar living In Jesus Christ. • SPECIAL MUSIC. 2025 N. 3rd St. FIRST ASSEMBLY M. R. Hutchinsen, Pastor VI llUU J. E. Jackson, Asst. Pastor Eugene Shaw, Ml. of Music • 0:00 A.M. Tuna In Radio KM IP • t:« A.M. Grade* Sunday School II A.M. "SEED TIME AND HARVEST"— Paster HutchinsoM 7 P.M. "THE MIDDLE EAST— ITS PUCE IN GOO'S PROGRAM"— Pastor Hutchinson Maetinos tar the Deal. Sun. »:« A II A.M. • 1:00 P.M. Rev. L.M. Heath, Minister An Air MirilM iaayland for yew Convenience. Entire Church Cooled ______________ loLJfour comtort. ___ GLAD TIDINGS ASSEMBLY 2417 N. SM St. Pastor D. J. Cotet-*M-*»l •Wo School-Par Me Wkete Pamily-t:4| AM. 11 AJM. "THE ULTIMATE ATTAINMENT" ? P.M. THE AMBASSADORS QUARTET We*. Eve. i PJW^PamUy MUM, THE CHURCH WITH * •LAD HEART AMP HAND* AM, TMEi^gM* j. P*"*** •»• *t#v» At M» Wiilafcuni, Pi Wersta 11 A,M. ft 7: •ay. *• M I*. | ».». ft 7 ••«. R.V. N. tint **•. Worth* l-ll ft 7:10 Wednesday 7:M P-IB. Motor/ Sft>iKf 7 P.lFftt e ion «. J. A, Eastta, Paslor. T0UISON~)f f. ttra) At* 6IU9ERT FlftST-lst Street tuadov School 0:4} »,m. Worship II A.M. * 7:M P.M. . Youth Friday 7:}» ».M. Boy. RoaaU N.

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