Unity Now

October 13, 1970
1970 HFP, Volume 2 Number 20

"Strange days have found us, strange days have tracked us down," Jim Morrison sang, and never did his dark, haunting refrain seem more appropriate than in October of 1970, a time when many of us began to feel that strange times had indeed tracked us down.

Counterculture guru Timothy Leary had escaped from a California prison to join Black Panther fugitive Eldridge Cleaver in Algiers, and rock legends Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin had both died at the age of 27, the same age at which Morrison himself would die less than a year later. The HFP waved a sad goodbye, saying "Dream on, Janis, dream on, Jimi, dream on."

Our feature article observed that neither economic prosperity nor education seemed to bring happiness or offer any lasting solution to the human problems of racism, hatred and war, and we rejected the popular notion that "if the present system could only be burned down, all men would magically come together in love and all ego trips would instantly vanish." Neither "earn", "learn" nor "burn" seemed to hold the key. The only option left was to "turn" - to a relationship with Jesus who alone could change us from the inside out.

We took a fearless and unflinching look at the injustice, prejudice and exploitation women must endure in American society "in order to make it in a man's world." We insisted that God has invested both men and women with equal individual worth, and rejected the "playboy values" of a chauvinist society where women are treated as sexual objects, men's toys, or "a piece of Kleenex to be used and then discarded until the next sneeze." Dale Yancy's dramatic cartoon, pictured at right, asked women if they were "still chained to this world."

The California state legislature passed a resolution designating Feburary 13, 1971 as Spiritual Revolution Day throughout the whole state. Our brothers and sisters at Students for a Spiritual Revolution were planning a major rally in Sacramento with more than 20,000 students and others expected to attend.

Our friends Ron Turner and Fred Caban and their Jesus band Agape announced plans for a series of thirteen concerts across southern California and at UC Berkeley, in October and November.

As we marked our official transition from a small, primarily West Coast newspaper to a national edition, our expanded national bulletin board page listed Jesus centers, Bible studies, coffeehouses and more in Arizona, California, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Missouri, Oregon and Utah.

Dale Yancy also created our back page poster, the Good Shepherd, pictured at lower right.

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