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"America . has called Itself the
promised landand themselves God's
chosen people. This is where we come in.
Black people. God's chosen people have
always had to suffer to endure-to
overcome. We have suffered and america
has been rewarded. This is a foul
These are the words of poet Nikki
Clovsr.ni 'torn "Reueciians on April 4,
1968." Giovanni will read and comment
on her works tonight at 8 p.m. in the
Regarded as one of America's loading
black poets Giovanni has printed essays
and poems in such publications as
Essence, Negro DigestBlack World,
Journal of Black Poetry, and Encore. She
is currently working on the editorial staff
Giovanni was born in Knoxvllle, Term,
end grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was
graduated with honors from Fisk
University where she helped found a
In 1972 she was presented an
honorary Doctor of Humanities degree
from Wilburf orce University.
She hss toured Europe and Africa,
taught, lectured and written.
' Among her books are Black Feeling,
Black Talk (1968), Re.Creation (1971),
and Black Judgment (1968). An album.
Truth is on Its Way (1971), uses her
poetry with a background of gospel
Giovanni regards her poetry as an
exploration of black consciousness. Black
music often plays a centra! role. In a
section of "The Geni in a Jar" (frorrvN
Re: Creation) she writes:
take the air and weave the sky
around the Black loom around the
Black loom , ,
make the sky sing a Black song sing a -
sing my song make the sky sing a
from the Black loom from the Black
loom . ': :
don't prick your finger
An informal discussion with Giovanni
is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at the Culture
Center, 16th and "Y" streets. This event
is sponsored by the Nebraska Union ;
Black Activities, and Talks and Topics
v , tuesday, april 9, 1974
lincoln, nebraska col, 97, no. 43
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St. Mark's on the Campus at 13th and R streets.
, By Rebecca Brite
St. Mark's On the Campus is, a flyer
proclaims, an institution of the
Episcopal Diocese of Nebraska. It is
one of eight ministries, sponsored by
various denominations, included in the
UNL campus church directory.
"(St. Mark's) concern will be to
minister to the University
-a . community," continues the flyer,
quoting the Canons of the Episcopal
But the brochure goes on to stress
that St. Mark's strives to minister to a
broad base of people in a Christian
community, and the center's staff
echoed, this goal.
"We are . organized much like any
parish church," Vicar Ron Wiley said.
"We are primarily a worship
community, and our congregation
includes many nonitudents."
St. Mark's offers a traditional
schedule of services-including Folk
Mass twice a month as well as church
school clasps and youth arouos.
Wiley compared his pastorate with
those that might be found in an inner
"The University is kind of like a
ghetto." he said. "So we try to expose
' our student parishoners to a variety of
experience, and appeal to a broad
spectrum of age groups in order to
widen that experience."
As part of this effort, St. Mark's
holds some weekday services
throughout the year, as well as special
. services such as late right Lenten
Brent Bohlke, chaplain at the
center end a Ph.D. candidate at UNL,
outlined some other programs St.
: Mark's offers. ' . ' '
Study and meditation groups,,
. classes in church doctrine and a choir
are organized by the tenter's staff and "
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beyond UNL perimeters
"And we have social action
groups," he said, citing St. Mark's
Project, which collects food for
distribution to people in need.
Both Bohlke and Wiley also are
involved actively in individual
In addition to the programs
organized from within St. Mark's, the
church building is open for use by any
University group not involved in fund
raising, Wiley said.
Organizations such as Free
University, the High School
Equivalency Program, Prayer and
, Praise and a food coop ha used, and
continue to use, the center's facitilites.
"In fact, there is such a variety of
groups meeting here, it becomes
difficult to talk about a sense of
community," Bohiks said.
"But that creates a diversity in our
ministry which we feel is healthy," he
"It (the diversity) enables us to
objective and subjective,'
St. Mark's on the Campus is funded
by the state diocese of the Episcopal
Church, and by pledges from the
congregation. Bohlke and Wiley agreed
there has been little trouble procuring
funds for the center.
"Of course, we mmi continually
justify lite programs we have," Bohlke
said, "but that's both inevitable and
Wiley said St. Mark's also is on
good terms with the UNL
"We are affected by University
policy," he said. "However, there have
been no real problems in
communication. We go through the
channels-it's a fairly formal
Asked whether they though general
religious activity was increasing, both
hesitated to comment. Bohlke said he
thought it dangerous to "project new
trends in religious activity."
"There's been a definite pulling in
of social action," he said, "and more
visibility of new searches for
something or other.
"But it's hard to tell if it's
happening, or if it just looks like it's
happening (religious revival)," he said.
"It may just be a fragmentation of
"It's human nature, you know, to
look for easy answers to the problems
of religious life," he added.
Wiley expressed doubt about the
'futures of many now-popular religious
"The charismatic movement
(speaking in tongues, etc.) may have
more long term effects than some of
the others," he said.
"As for the Eastern religions-they"
may provide insights, as the Native
American Church has done but, in the
long run, I believe Western Christianity
will prove to make the most sense in
cur culture," he said.
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