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The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, January 24, 1978-Page S

Presbyterians

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More of Lesa Daily Photo by ANDY FREEBERG
-Jazz pianist Les McCann played two rousing sets to a packed house at Second Chance Sunday night.
Grauel supports Israeli
view oP Palesti ia

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NEW YORK (AP) - The United
Presbyterian Church was thrown
into the forefront of the battle over
ordination of acknowledged homo-
sexuals yesterday after a committee
report recommended 'that they be
accepted.
But there were indications that a
majqrity of the denomination's 2.6
million members strongly oppose
such a position, making its adoption
highly questionable.
THE ISSUE has flared widely in
various denominations recently,
along with the open drive by homo-
sexuals against discrimination in
society. in general as well as in
church life.
The recommendations by a major-
ity of a 19-member United Presbyter-
ian task force on the issue projects
the Protestant body into a showdown
test over it.
That will come at the church's
governing general assembly in May
in San Diego, with prospects for
sharp conflict.
HOWEVER, A recent national
sampling of opinion ' in the church
found that a heavy majority - 71 per
cent of members and 68 per cent of
pastors - would regard it as
improper to ordain a homosexual.
An even larger majority - 80 per
cent of members and 73 per cent of
pastors - indicate they would not
accept such a person as their pastor.
However, the task force majority
- 14 of 19 members - asked the
church to adopt a policy that a homo-
sexual may be ordained "if the
person manifests such gifts as are re-
quired for ordination."
BUT THE OTHER five members,
in a minority report, asked the
church to declare that "our present
understanding of God's will for His
people precludes the ordination of
avowed, practicing homosexuals."
The task force, chaired by Virginia
Davidson, a Rochester, N.Y., lay
woman, includes biblical scholars,
theologians and specialists in coun-
seling, medicine and the social
sciences.
The issue grew out of a query posed
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ngay ministers:
by the New York City presbytery, the may take divergent courses on the
local church governing unit, asking matter. It said the policy would
the National Assembly to rule in 1976 "threaten the unity" of the church
whether an acknowledged homo- "only if we allow .it to undermine our
sexual, otherwise qualified, could be common ultimate loyalty to Jesus
ordained. Christ."
THAT ASSEMBLY, held that such IN RECENT times, two ackno*l-
an ordination "would at the present edged homosexuals have been or-
time be injudicious if not improper," dained in U.S. churches, but in both
but set up the special task force to cases, the steps were taken by local
provide more light on the question. church units without approval of the
In effect, the task force majority denominations as a whole.
said decisions about ordination Involved were the ordination of
should be left where* they always William Johnson of San Francisco in
have been - with local congrega- 1972 by a local association of the
tions and local governing presbyter- United Church of Christ and the or-
ies having the duty of determining dination last year in New York of the
"the fitness of candidates." Rev. Ellen Barrett as an Episcopal
The report said the local units, if priest. Both cases have aroused wide
the recommendations are adopted, controversy.
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(Continued from Page 1)
GRAUEL, HOWEVER, did praise Is-
raeli action toward the thousands of
Jewish refugees forced out of Arab lan-
ds shortly after the 1948 War of Inde-
pendence.
"They were never put into refugee
camps for 19 years," he said.
He also said 41 per cent of Israel's
present day population 'is made up of
Jewish refugees from Arab countries
who were "absorbed into the econo-
my."
GRAUEL ALSO defended the Israeli
settlements in the Sinai desert which
has been one of many barriers plaguing
the resumption- of peace negotiations

between Israel and Egypt.
The Israeli Government has main-
tained its desire to keep existing settle-
ments in the Sinai, even under constant
pressure from Egyptian President Sa-
dat's demands to withdraw. Israeli
Prime Minister Menahem Begin has
claimed Israel has the right to the Sinai
settlements.
Responding to the settlement issue,
Grauel said," I can easily understand
the goals of the Begin Government to
settle in those lands."
CLAIMING HE has seen "the force of
hatred build up in Israel," Grauel said
he believes the horrors of the Holocaust
I(the destruction of six million Jews in

World War II) could happen again.
He also sympathized with Israeli con-
cerns regarding U.S. peace guarantees
toward Israel. He said the Israelis were
given certain peace guarantees by the
United States in the 1956 war involving
the Suez Canal and they were not
upheld.
"I can see how the Israeli Govern-
ment would be very concerned About
U.S. guarantees," Grauel said.
IN AN AFTERNOON interview with
the Daily, Grauel said he believes
President Sadat began his peace initia-
tives with Israel in an attempt "to get
all there was to get from Israel" and
their historic meeting in Jerusalem last
November was an accident.

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By DENNIS SABO
Attorney General Frank Kelley ruled
yesterday that the Ann Arbor-based
Huron River Watershed Council must
notify area citizens of its meetings in
'accordance with Michigan's Open
Meetings Act.
Prior to Kelley's ruling, the council
had announced meetings only sporadi-
cally.
Kelley defined the council as a public
body, making it bound by the law re-
'quiring most meetings of governmental
panels to be open.
"REVIEW OF THE powers exer-
cised by watershed councils clearly in-
dicates that they are public bodies per-
forming governmental functions,"
Kelley said.
Kelley added that although the coun-
cil's principal function is to conduct
studies and render recommendations,
it also conducts investigations of water
uses, quality, and the reliability of
water resources, thus making its meet-
ings of public concern.
Kelley's opinion on the council's
meetings was sought by Rep. Perry
Bullard (D-Ann Arbor), on a year-old
request by the water shed council's

members.
BULLARD SAID the council
want to be defined as a publi
because of the extra costs of n(
the public of its meetings.
Watershed Executive Sec
Owen Janssen said the counci
ings when expenditures and p
are discussed have always been
the public.
"In terms of the spirit of ou
ings," Janssen said, "we have
been open. We just wanted an
clarification (of the act's provis
"What's the use of having ope
ings," Bullard commented, "if
knows about them?"

I O 'The most surprised people of the
Begin-Sadat meeting were Begin and
Sadat. The whole thing was an accident,
as Sadat offered to come to Israel and
Begin accepted," said Grauel.
Grauel, however, pointed out that
Israel has recognized the existence of
the Arab states for three decades and
has continuously offered to negotiate
did notdirectly with the Arabs.
did not d Israel has been saying for years it
c body would meet with Arab leaders any-
tifying where and suddenly Sadat comes along
retaryand they meet," Grauel said.
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