Lance Shilton

Lance Shilton ( 1921 – 1998) founder of a Community Standards Organisation
In Australia, the seed of The Festival of Light first took root in Adelaide, where Rev Lance Shilton, Rector of Holy Trinity, already shared its concerns. Mr Shilton had founded the Moral Action Committee in 1971 (it became the Community Standards Organisation in 1972) to stop the staging of a play featuring nudity and violence.

In Australia, the seed of The Festival of Light first took root in Adelaide, where Rev Lance Shilton, Rector of Holy Trinity, already shared its concerns. Mr Shilton had founded the Moral Action Committee in 1971 (it became the Community Standards Organisation in 1972) to stop the staging of a play featuring nudity and violence.

Among his parishioners was Sunday Mail journalist Helen Caterer, who had been awarded an MBE in 1964 for her services (including a Blanket Appeal every winter) to underprivileged families.

On her return to Adelaide, Helen Caterer gave her pastor Lance Shilton a glowing report of Mary Whitehouse and the Festival of Light in London. “I was inspired by the loving atmosphere,” she said later. “There were ferry boats on the River Thames, full of Christians; there were Christians in Hyde Park, groups of four or five with their arms around the ‘hippies’, praying for them. London was ‘lit up’.

“Cliff Richard was there, and Bishop David Shepherd of Liverpool, the former test cricketer. The homosexual protesters were there too, heckling and disrupting – but they were handled with love and good humour.”

Lance Shilton, encouraged by Helen Caterer’s testimony, invited interested people to discuss the formation of a Festival of Light in Australia. That first meeting, held in the Adelaide home of Christian lawyer George Charlton in November 1972, agreed to ask Mary Whitehouse to visit Australia to help launch the Festival in 1973. Lance Shilton and Bruce Townsend of Campaigners for Christ in South Australia said they would contact Evangelical Alliance leaders interstate to help establish committees in other capital cities.

Dr John Court was elected inaugural chairman of The Festival of Light for South Australia. A senior lecturer in clinical psychology at Flinders University, he had done extensive research on the effects of pornography. Dr Court, with Helen Caterer, wrote a special book to mobilise Australians to become part of a Festival of Light. Stand Up and Be Counted was published in May 1973.

Their book outlined in some detail the disturbing trends in Western society in the early 1970s – “the heartbreak of social problems like broken marriages, unwanted pregnancies, rising (STD) and mental illness figures” and the increasing violence and pornography in the media. They called on Australians to join The Festival of Light in 1973: “Just as thousands made their views clearly known in England through the Festival of Light in 1971; as New Zealand had its March for Righteousness in 1972; so now Australia’s time has come to stop protesting against what others are doing, and publicly proclaim that there are better things.”

There was, as in Britain, media ridicule from the beginning. As Court and Caterer noted: “It is an interesting paradox that the ideal of freedom of speech is so widely encouraged by radicals – provided one says what they wish to hear.” Such mockery has perhaps been why “many Christians have been sadly silent, both individually and collectively, as they have watched unwelcome changes with uneasy foreboding.”

Source with details on the formation of The Festival of Light : http://www.fol.org.au/magazines/docs/light-200305.pdf (no longer available)

http://www.fava.org.au/about-us/history/

Speaking out: A life in urban ministry : the autobiography of Lance Shilton (Library of Australian Christian biography) : http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5137693.Speaking_out_A_life_in_urban_ministry_the_autobiography_of_Lance_Shilton

Other books and publications by Lance Shilton : http://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/2741823
http://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/2993497

Refer also:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lance_Shilton

Image – Holy Trinity Church, Adelaide
Details : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holy_Trinity_Church,_Adelaide
and
http://www.trinityadelaide.org.au/

Refer also,  Fred Nile: https://atributetoaustralianchristians.wordpress.com/2017/01/29/fred-nile

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