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PAGE 8 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC MARCH 10. 1991 Never give. Church an "all-wh,te" face, Church HansenWOrkers told 4 Washington (CNS)- Never give the commu- E I ~ nity the false impression that the Church has an "aU-white face," Church workers were told at a ~,~ ~/i --~, conference to commemorate the 100th anni- ~"&'~ r~N versary of Pope Leo X[II's labor encyclical, RerUmNovaru~ '1 1 ~,'~ ~ ~~ ~ ;[~'?~r'~'~i' '~~ this is an aU-white Church" suggests that "it's only the white people in the Church that have wisdom, faith and knowledge," said Jackie Wfl- the Om e Black of the Archdiocese of Washington. Wilson said that many African-Americans L to : Rev.Willlam Buchanan, President, Methodist Church in Ireland, "think holisfic - for us the sacred and secular are not d'wided." Dealing with 'hunger and oppression (is) just as sacred as the prayers I say in the morn- hag." The Church, she said, should "capitalize on this connection between ~I and justice." "It's okay to be different" in the Church, said Wilson. "We need to resolve our differences, not dissolve our differences, There's a big dif- ference." In this, she said, Church leadership should be an example to the rest of the Church, dally in its efforts at "dialogue concerning racks~ sexism, clericalism, ageism and homophobia." Ronaldo Cry, associate director of the U,S. bishops' Secretariat for Hispanic Affairs, said integration in the Church requires knowing some symbols of the Church's diverse groups "and feeling at ease with them. It requires my becoming sensitive to the language, music, food and religious traditions" of another group, said Cruz. Only after there is dialogue between various peoples who respect each other's cultures and symbols and use each other's languages "then we can talk about a common vision," he saicL Cruz noted that if one adds together the numbers of IT~panic Catholics, African-Ameri- can Catholics and immigrant non-white Catholics, ~zrsons of color are already the majority" in the U~ Church. Rev. Peter Zendzian, US. bishops' assodate director for pastoral care for migrants and refu- gees, said that because of its diversity the Church in the US. "can be maly "catholic,' unlike any other country in the world." To appreciate diverse peoples, he said, "don't try to change them to something comfortable, to the so-called predominant group that's not even predominant anymore." "Our Church is changing," he said. Archbishop Robin Eames, Primate, Episcopal Church of Ireland; Dr. Brendan O'Regan, Founder, Co-operation Ireland; Archbishop Cahal Daly, Primate, Catholic Church in Ireland; Rev. Dr. Finlay Holmes, Moderator, Presbyte- rian Church in Ireland. for Ireland campaign underway LAMPS New York-A one-day international fund- raising drive aimed at encouraging cross- community recondliafion in Ireland will be held on St. Patrick's Day, Mar. 17. The project, the first of its kind in the world, is entitled "Peace for Ireland." The oneday campaign, organized by Co- operation Ireland, has the support and endorsement of all major churches and religious communities in countries with sizeable Irish communities. Participating countries are Ireland, Great Britain, the Canada, Austria and New Zealand. In the Church leaders are being asked to offer special St. Patrick's Day prayers for peace in Ireland and to hold collections to support Co43peration Ireland's aims of Choir member invents computer to solve musician shortage Pensacola, FL (CNS) - A choir member at a small Catholic mission in the Florid'a iI ~. Panhandle used ,his computer expertise to, solve the mission s problem of having ~0 de musician. Ilal Called "Synthia," the battery-run bo~ hooks up to an electronic keyboard ano lit can play from a repertory of hundreds of lc songs preprogranmaed at the time of the[ a purchase, or from music entered in by ~[ c~ musician after purchase. , { w( ~he concept is sort of a player piano, v~ Tom Simard, the inventor, told The Florida Catholic, newspaper of tlae Pensacola-Tallahassee Diocese. ] e~ While other computer devices worl~i 1~ sinailarly in playing back prc~rarmned mt~6 ! Simard said that Synthia is the first sue' device designed with church use in mi0d'i The black box, roughly the size a0d~ weight of a telephone, sells for about $730 i with 200 songs preprogrammed. More #! fewer songs would change the price by ab0d dispelling prejudice, changing attitudesand $1 a song, Simard told CNS. About 500 increasing dialoKue among all the people songs are currently available from Catho of Ireland, North and South. Baptist and Methodist hymnody, with 20-30 Since its inception in 1979, Co-operation added each week, he said. Ireland, a non-profit, multi-denominational Synthia also features key-change a_no tempc change functions, and permits grouP,border haSand beencross.communityinitiating practiCalprogramscrOSS-to user to not have every verse of a song playe .,., build bridges of friendship. Lastyear, more Up to 12 songs can be preselected for than 25,000 people participated in its pro- in worship. Simard, president of Suncoast Systea i Inc., a Pensacola firm that markets co~ In addition to church collections, do- puter software and hardware, said the nc~7 [ nations may be sent to: Cooperation Ire- to create Synthia arose after St. Elizabe [ .... tO t land, Account Number 0144)0045, Bank of Missmn m Barrineau Park, FL, failed g Ireland, 640 Fdth Ave., NewYork, N'Z, 10019. a permanent church musidan. / "We co dn't buy people, borrow peol i All donations are tax deductible and will be steal, beg,' Simard said. "So you dropI acknowledged. on what you know, and I know computer [ Suncoast started marketed Synthiz:.ifl1 Birmingham Six headed for freedom Rev. Richard Dawson, who pastors a London (CNS) - Six Irish men, impris- An appeal hearing is scheduled for Mar. ish and a mission in rural Calhoun ty i oned for 17 years for the bombing of two 4 to present the evidence leading to the was given a test modeL British taverns, could be free soon. derision on the case by the director ofpublic "In a lot of these smaller areas, it's al . ] Britain's chief prosecutor said their con- prosecutions, Sir Allan Green, who said that lutely impossible to find a musician," or to ! vicfions can no longer stand on the evidence the convictions of the so