Page 2-Wednesday, February 22, 1978-The Michigan Daily
Gay Christians find'home'in local church
By MARTHA RETALLICK
John has taken up several new hob-
bies and has been active in his church
since his recent retirement. Greg, a
member of the same church, is much
younger than John and works in Ann
Arbor. But Greg and John (not their
real names) are different than most
members of their parish - both are
John and Greg belong to the Gay
Christians of Ann Arbor, a group of
about 20 men and women which meets
twice a month at St. Mary's Student
Chapel, and will celebrate its second
ariniversary this April. Although the
grlup meets in a Catholic church, not
all of its members are Catholic.
TO GREG, the group serves as
means for gays to come together to
discuss the difficulties they face in
'society as a minority group as well as
matters which affect them as both
Christians and gays.
"You need groups to get support from
if you're in a minority," he said.
Once a month, the group selects a
topic for discussion relating to gayness
and Christianity. Recently, members
talked about whether gayness and
Christianity are compatible, a topic
they found so interesting they pursued.
it at several meetings. At future
sessions, the group plans to consider
how its members relate to other gay
Christians as well as straight people.
. AT THE GROUP'S second meeting
each month, St. Mary's Father Nilus
Hubble celebrates a Massfor the mem-
bers. Hubble - "Father Nick" to many
of his parishioners - serves as staff,
liaison for the group.
When not celebrating the Mass, Hub-
ble shuns his long robes and stiff collar
for thick cable knit sweaters and cor-
duroy jeans. Instead of the typical dark
wood paneled decor, Hubble's office
features bright yellow walls and multi-
Countless books and papers are
strewn about the room. A crepe paper
caterpillar hangs above Hubble's desk
in place of the usual crucifix.
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August, Hubble says he has heard few
complaints about the group meeting in
the church. Nationwide, he says, the
Catholic church is moving away from
dealing with the moral aspects of
homosexuality and more toward accep-
ting homosexuals as people.
Although the church does not condone
homosexuality, it should not ignore
homosexuals, Hubble said, because
"homosexuals are, in fact, people."
To Hubble, ignoring homosexuals
would be like a priest telling a couple
living together out of wedlock, "Don't
come into my office until you stop living
"YOU SHOULD accept a homosexual
as a person just the way God does. Af-
ter all, Christ never put down
anybody," he said.
Both Greg and John affirm they feel,
accepted by most of the other members
of St. Mary's. However, Greg admits he
has also felt some of the indifference
and fear directed toward gays, "even in
a liberal church like St. Mary's."
According to John, some people have
this attitude because they are afraid of
what others will say if they are seen
BUT, HE ADDED, there are "some
who are so secure they don't care what
other people say and will associate with
To St. Mary's member Ruthie Egler,
Gay Christians of Ann Arbor is "a nice
idea. It's more Christian than being
oblivious to it (homosexuality) and by
Although sophomore Kelly Mahoney
doesn't mind the group meeting in her
church, she admits, "I've never heard
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Supervisor at the facility, "The
frogs here,-ranging from youngsters
to senior citizens, eat on the aver-
age about 2,000-3,000 crickets a-
THE FACILITY, located on S. Fourth,
is funded by the National Institue of
apt a Health. Under the direction of Dr.
George Nace, it is the largest of its kin-
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Frogs are an excellent research sub-
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MUCH OF THE experimentation
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of turns ted.
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And after eleven years, Power is
tired of just writing about problems.
"IN THE newspaper business, when
you see someone who has a problem,
you write a story about it," he said.
"Words are not enough. I want to do
something. I want to write laws and
pass legislation. JUST WRITING A
STORY ISN'T ENOUGH."
This view is in sharp contrast to the
attitude of a growing number of public
officials who are quitting their jobs out
of frustration. Power contends he has
not fallen into the naive illusion that in
the Senate he could move mountains.
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ted isn't going to change a lot. But you
can make a difference."
POWER'S CAMPAIGN for the
Democratic nomination, and the ac-
companying right to take on incumbent
Republican Robert Griffin in Novem-
ber, will play on the familiar theme of
the outsider going to Washington to do
battle with an inefficient federal
"I think there is room in the political
structure for a citizen politician," he
said. "Someone who has not become so
immersed in the system that they have
become a part of it."
Power chides the single interest lob-
byists in Washington, then aims his
sights at the federal government.
"They design the programs, they send
them to Congress, they lobby for them.
It's like judge, hangman and jury..
There's no citizen review."z
POWER COUPLES his attack on
bureaucracy$ with an equally stinging
indictment of Congress. "carter sent to
Congress in the last year more substan-
tial legislation on more important
issues than any President since Lyndon
Johnson," he said. "And what has
Congress done about it? They're still
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messing around with the energy bill."
And if Phil Power becomes a member
of that legislative body, he plans to
make the slow-moving machinery of
government tackle his pet-peeve,
"We just have to have a commitment
to full employment in this country,"
Power said, readily producing his own
statistics. "We have accepted that the
way to stop inflation is with high unem-
ployment. We have in Michigan an
unemployment rate that they now say
is six per cent, but that's probably an
understatement. In cities like Detroit,
black teenage unemployment is forty
POWER ADVOCATES a mixture of
public works programs, like CETA,
together with incentives to encourage
the private sector to hire, especially in
the highest unemployment areas like
Power also says that he will soon be
unveiling his own major unemployment
proposal, but first he is taking it to
economists and labor leaders to test the
Phil Power holds true to traditional
Democratic party line. He wants to
break up the oil companies' vertical
hold over all aspects of the business,
from refining to distribution. "They
pump the oil from the ground, they ship
it to the United States, they sell it to you
at the gas station," he says "There's
no incentive to develop new sources of
"I WOULD LIKE t break u this ver-
tical integratipn," Power said. "I'd like
to have a separate refining industry
and distribution industry. It would
probably call for new legislation."
While Power holds true to the Demo-
cratic party line, he must catapult him-
self out of a field of eight traditional
Democrats all hoping for the chance to
challenge Griffin in November.
Power is relying on his support
among independents, and in the subur-
bs, the home base for his weekly
newspaper chain. By running strong in
the suburbs, he hopes to off-set the
strength of Carl . Levin, the former
Detroit city council president whose
primary base of support is Detroit.
"I'M THE ONLY guy who can beat
Griffin," he said. "The question in the
primary will be who can persuade the
public he can represent the entire
ALready Power has a leap on the
pack, having announced his candidacy
last December. Also, being independen-
tly wealthy, the publisher is the best fi-
nanced of all the contenders in either
Power has no qualms about using his
own wealth to finance his campaign. "I
don't see any reason why the
Democrats should commit suicide by
not communicating with their voters,"
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