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Church of the Brethren January/February 2000 





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January/February 2000 

Editor: Fletcher Farrar 
News: Walt Wiltschek 
Subscriptions: Peggy Reinacher 
Publisher: Wendy McFadden 
Designer: Marianne Sackett 
Advertising: Russ Matteson 

The Gifts of God for the People of God 

On the cover: The woman in the bright red wide- 
brimmed hat was one of my favorite people to visit. 
She lived all the years that I knew her in a nursing 
home. Lillian was young compared to many of the people who 
shared those halls. And she had multiple sclerosis. Lillian went 
places in a wheelchair because her legs didn't work so well. She had 
a hard time eating and it got more and more difficult to understand 
her words. Still, when I would stop to see her it often took some 
looking to find my friend. Lillian didn't let her troubles keep her 
down. She didn't miss many of the 
home's activities and many afternoons 
she was at her post folding laundry. She 
did the hand towels, bibs, and lap robes. 
And she did them with a cheerful heart 
and a ready smile. 

It wasn't easy work, making her arms 
and hands cooperate to fold the linens. 
But Lillian was not going to give up her 
"job." She knew something that can be easily forgotten. Everything 
we have and every breath we take is a gift, a gift from God. And Lil- 
lian, a gracious recipient, didn't want the cycle to end with her. She 
wanted to share something with those around her. And so she 
folded laundry and shared her gift of laughter. 

The gifts of God for the people of God can be so basic that we 
take them for granted. We expect that the air we breathe, the com- 
fort we find in being a part of a circle of family and friends, the 
morning light, will just keep being there. With eyes of faith we can 
begin to see that the bread on the table is a gift of God, sometimes a 
symbol of God's very presence in our midst. With eyes of faith we 
can see that the sunrise signals another day to be lived to God's 
glory. With eyes of faith we discover that the gifts of God for the 
people of God are a delight to share. — Beth Sollenberger Mor- 

Beth Sollenberger Morphew, of 
Elgin. III., is the Congregational 
Life Team coordinator in Area 2. 
Cover art courtesy of Ecumenical 
Center for Stewardship Studies. 



From the Publisher 


In Touch 






Turning Points 




2 Women in ministry 

Women have been given official full status 
as ministers in the Church of the Brethren 
since 1958, but statistics suggest that 
women are not being accepted as pastors 
and called to serve churches equally with 
men. What's wrong? 

17 National Council of Churches 

A delegation of 50 Brethren were in Cleve- 
land 50 years ago to help launch the 
National Council of Churches of Christ. 
Another large delegation of Brethren went 
back to Cleveland in the fall to help the 
organization celebrate its jubilee. Howard 
Royer reports on the troubled but buoyant 
venture in ecumenicity called NCCC. 

20 Nigerian student at Bethany 

Meet Patrick Bugu, the first Nigerian stu- 
dent in several years to receive a visa to 
study at Bethany Theological Seminary. 

22 Mid-Atlantic's new camp 

Rustic is not a word used to describe the 
Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry 
Center. It is a beautiful new year-round 
facility, with a mission of changing lives 
for Christ. 

24 On Earth Peace Assembly 

OEPA marked 25 years of peacemaking 
witness with a five-day celebration in 
October. As with all good birthdays, the 
event prompted plans for a bright future. 

26 Caring for disaster's children 

Soon after EgyptAir Flight 990 crashed 
into the Atlantic, a call went out to the 
Church of the Brethren disaster child care 
team to respond. Here is Lydia Walker's 
firsthand report on what it's like to care for 
children who have lost so much. 

January/February 2000 Messenger 1 

im Ik Piliskr 

In all my years of traveling, I have never accumulated enough miles on any airline 
to get anything — no upgrades to first class, no free hotel rooms, no specials on 
rental cars, and no free tickets anywhere. I don't travel that much, and what flying I 
do seems to be spread out on a number of airlines. 

Recently, one of those airlines sent a special offer to me and the other members of 
my family: We could cash in our miles for free magazine subscriptions. We had used 
this carrier to fly to Annual Conference in Long Beach, but doubted we'd be using it 
again anytime soon. 

I paid little attention to the offer, but my husband scrutinized the list of magazines 
and ordered as many as it took to use up his miles. Within a few weeks the maga- 
zines began pouring in. On top of all the other reading material that accumulates 
around our house in guilt-inducing piles, we now receive a slew of other magazines, 
most of which I had never heard of before. That means we're all set to keep up with 
cars, handyman projects for the house, pop culture, and Reader's Digest jokes. 

This offer was a reminder of the plethora of special-interest magazines that come 
and go. It's amazing how many magazines populate our newsstands, especially given 
the competition from electronic forms of communication. For every niche that 
emerges there quickly is a magazine to appeal to its devotees. 

Our own Messenger is directed at one of the smaller niches — members of the 
Church of the Brethren. Unlike some of the other magazines (both small and large), 
however, it has been around for a very long time. Its history stretches back 149 
years. In the early years, The Gospel Messenger and its predecessors sought to pro- 
vide a forum for dialog and a means for bringing the far-flung Brethren together. 
We're even more far-flung today, and those tasks are no less important. In fact, in 
the cacophany of voices surrounding all of us, its message is startlingly simple: We 
belong together. 

It's sort of like the reverse of that offer from the airline. In this case, subscribing to 
the magazine gets you more frequent-flyer points. And eventually all that traveling 
around the rest of the church earns you upgrades — upgrades worth a lot more than 
a free hotel stay. 

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Don Fogelsanger c/cW/'esses Chambersburg Church of the Brethren members upon receiving 
a certificate from Don Fechen director of the Brethren Pension Plan. 

Pension Plan honors its 1000th recipient 

Longtime Church of the Brethren pastor Don Fogelsanger was honored Oct. 24 at 
Chambersburg (Pa.) Church of the Brethren by Brethren Benefit Trust's Pension Plan 
for his role in helping the Plan reach a significant milestone. 

When Fogelsanger notified the Pension Plan in October that he was ready to begin 
receiving his retirement benefits, the group of Brethren Pension Plan members who 
actively draw on their retirement became 1,000 strong. 

In honor of Fogelsanger being identified as the Pension Plan's 1,000th active recipient, 
Don Fecher, Brethren Pension Plan director, presented Fogelsanger with a certificate at 
the Chambersburg church during morning worship. 

The certificate recognized Fogelsanger's more than 30 years of financial stewardship as 
a Pension Plan member during his nearly 36 years as a pastor. It also acknowledged the 
four churches he served during his full-time career for believing in the importance of 
making contributions to Fogelsanger's pension account — Chambersburg, Lebanon 
(Pa.) Church of the Brethren. Harrisonburg (Va.) Church of the Brethren, and 28th 
Street Church of the Brethren, Altoona, Pa. 

Brethren teen speaks 
at National Press Club 
against violence 

The National Press Club, 
in Washington, D.C., fea- 
tured a speaker from the 
Church of the Brethren on 
Oct. 18. 

Others represented 
included the Christian 
Coalition, the Family 
Research Council, and Lt. 
Col. David Grossman, 

author of Stop Teaching 
Our Kids to Kill. 

Grossman was featured 
in the General Board's live 
report at Annual Confer- 
ence in Milwaukee. He 
was impressed with what 
the Brethren are doing to 
curtail violence against 

Grossman contacted the 
the General Board's Wit- 
ness Office to invite 
someone to share ways the 

Brethren are witnessing 
against violent toys and 
games. Amy Rhoades, an 
18-year-old member of 
Trinity Church of the 
Brethren in Botetourt 
County, Va., and an intern 
in the Witness Office, 
answered the call. 

She spoke at the National 
Press Club about the toy 
trade-in a Colorado con- 
gregation sponsored. Her 
speech was broadcast by 

January/February 2000 Messenger 3 



A recent high school 
honor graduate, Amy 
served on Virhna's Youth 
Cabinet for three years and 
on the National Youth 
Peace Travel Team last 
summer. She will visit the 
Dominican Republic in 
January 2000 for six 
months of mission service. 

What is Lima's Beanie doing 
in the church kitchen? 

Beanie, the mascot of Lima, Ohio, stopped by for a 
visit at Elm Street Church of the Brethren on national 
Make a Difference Day, Oct. 23, where neighborhood 
women were preparing chili for the noon meal. 

Approximately 100 children and adults from the imme- 
diate neighborhood came to the church for chili, games, 
and face-painting for the Fall Fest sponsored by the 
Midway East neighborhood association. 

In addition, neighborhood men gathered enough trash 
to fill two dumpsters the city placed on the church 
grounds. The association has met monthly at the church 
for the past four years to solve problems and to plan pro- 
jects to improve the neighborhood. 

Co-pastors Wesley and Sue Richard, association mem- 
bers, say, "It's wonderful to see 30 to 40 people coming 
together who didn't used to talk with each other." 

The pastors recently began a weekly noon prayer meeting 
at the church. They invited neighbors to come to pray 
together for neighbors and neighborhood concerns. — Wes 

Her task will be translating 
for workcamps and teach- 
ing English as a second 

Bible Conference 
tradition continues 

The Sebring (Fla.) Church 
of the Brethren has sched- 
uled its annual Bible 
Conference for Jan. 
23-30, to be led by 
Donald Miller, professor 
emeritus of Bethany Theo- 
logical Seminary and 
former general secretary of 
the Church of the Brethren 
General Board. There are 
worship services nightly 
and Bible study sessions 
each morning. 

The conference contin- 
ues an annual tradtion 
begun in 1918, when the 
first Bible Conference was 
led by A. C. Wieand, a 
founder of what is now 
Bethany Theological Semi- 
nary. Other outstanding 
speakers over the years 
have included Otho 
Winger, Charles Ellis, 
Edward Ziegler, Harold 
Bomberger, M. R. Zigler, 
Paul M. Robinson, and 
Robert Neff. 

For information call 
Cecil Hess or Ralph Eber- 
sole at 863-385-1597. 

Spiritual renewal 
conference scheduled 
at Elizabethtown 

Richard Foster, the 
acclaimed Quaker author 
oi Celebration of Disci- 
pline and other books on 

spiritual practices, will 
lead a major spiritual 
renewal conference MarchI 
10 and 11 at Ehzabeth- 
town College. 

The conference, titled 
"RENOVARE: A Journey 
of Personal Spiritual 
Renewal," is sponsored by 
the Atlantic Northeast Dis 
trict of the Church of the 
Brethren and is an out- 
growth of the work of the 
district's Spiritual Renewa 
Team. Foster, along with 
Emilie Griffin and George 
Skramstad, will lead par- 
ticipants in ways to grow 
in six areas: the prayer- 
filled life, the virtuous life, 
the spirit-empowered life, 
the compassionate life, the 
Word-centered life, and 
the sacramental life. 

The conference is sched- 
uled for 6-10 p.m. Friday, 
March 1 1, and 8:30 a.m.-4 
p.m. March 11. Registra- 
tion is $25 before Feb. 1; 
$35 after. Attendees 
arrange their own lodging, 
For more information or t( 
register contact Atlantic 
Northeast District Church 
of the Brethren. 500 East 
Cedar Street, Elizabeth- 
town, PA 17022. Tel. 

District hosts session 
on children's ministry 

Fifty people attended the 
Southeastern District Nur 
ture Commission's 
Children's Ministry Work- 
shop Nov. 6 at the Jackson! 
Park Church of the 
Brethren in Jonesborough, 
Tenn. The workshop fea- 

4 Messenger January/February 2000 

sured many talented people 
rom the Southeastern Dis- 
rict who routinely work 
vith children's ministry. 

Kathy Blair, a resident of 
onesborough and member 
)f the National Storytellers 
Vssociation, conducted a 
.ession on storytelling as a 
ninistry. Curtis Rhudy, 
)astor of the lackson Park 
;hurch, described the Youth 
Hub, which involves 40 
;hildren in a Wednesday 
;vening program of Bible 
;tudy, crafts, music, and 
■ecreation. The Handbell 
Zhoir of lackson Park gave 
i demonstration of how to 
ise handbells in worship. 
£ddie Wooten, youth min- 
ster of Little Pine Church 
i)f the Brethen in Ennice, 
M.C., presented a session 
)n getting youth involved 
ind excited in the local 

hurch. The junior High 
Zhoir of Spindale (N.C.) 

hurch of the Brethren, led 
ly lane Blackwell, demon- 
strated their talents in 
songs of worship. The Pup- 
3eteers from Beaver Creek 

hurch of the Brethren, 
iCnoxville, Tenn., led by 
(Cathi lones, brought humor 
:o worship through their 
ise of puppet skits. 
— Donna Shumate 

Stewardship seminars 
ilield in CLT Area 1 

The Congregational Life 
Team of Area 1 recently 
oartnered with Christian 
Community to present two 
itewardship seminars. 
Christian Community is a 
lonprofit organization 

doing research and pro- 
gram development. 

The seminars were at the 
Hagerstown (Md.) Church 
of the Brethren on Oct. 23 
and the HoUidaysburg (Pa.) 
Church of the Brethren on 
Oct. 30. 

The resource leader was 
Steve Clapp, president of 
Christian Community. The 
three main topics were 
stewardship and the spiri- 
tual life, effective 
stewardship education 
strategies, and practical 
ways to increase congrega- 
tional giving without 
manipulation. More than 
1 10 participants represent- 
ing 40 congregations 
attended the seminars. 

District board learns 
Worshipful Work 

The Western Pennsylvania 
district board focused on 
Worshipful Work during its 
annual retreat Nov. 6. 

The retreat was at the 
Westmont Church of the 
Brethren, Johnstown, Pa. 
Resource leaders were 
Ronald St. Clair, pastor of 
the Scalp Level Church of the 
Brethren, Windber, Pa., and 
Linda McCauliff, Congrega- 
tional Life Team Area 1 . 

Worshipful Work focuses 
on intentionally introducing 
spirituality into a board's 
business agenda. The retreat 
included group building, 
storytelling with biblical and 
theological reflection, Bible 
study, and opportunity to 
revise the agendas of the 
four commissions. 

For more information 

A life devoted 
to nonviolence 


David jehnsen 

(avid lehnsen has 
had a passion and 
commitment to nonvio- 
lence and peacemaking 
since 1962. 

His commitment 
originated from his 
early experiences in 
Michigan and the 
Church of the Brethren. 
His parents had served 
as pastor and leaders of 
Brethren congregations 
for more than 55 years. 
His nonviolence com- 
mitment was stimulated while serving as a 
conscientious objector in Brethren Volunteer Service 
1962-64 and working closely with Martin Luther 
King, Jr.'s nonviolence civil rights campaigns from 
1962-68. In 1962 he participated with a national del- 
egation of interfaith leaders that joined King in jail in 
Albany, Ga., for several days. He served as a field 
staff coordinator (1965-68) with the Chicago Project 
- End Slums Movement. 

Since 1968 his focus has been on institutionalizing 
the capacity for training and education, research, and 
public information about nonviolence conflict recon- 

Since 1978, David has served as volunteer chair of 
the Institute for Human Rights and Responsibilities. 
Today he writes and publishes nonviolence and 
democratic social change educational materials for 
use in training programs in the US and other coun- 
tries. Since 1997 he has helped expand the capacity 
of an institution in Havana, Cuba, to conduct 
Kingian nonviolence education there. And, with col- 
league Bernard LaFayette, he is helping to lead a 
series of annual international conferences on nonvio- 
lence that began in 1998 and are planned through the 
year 2010. 

David lives with his wife Deborah in Galena, Ohio, 
and is one of the founding members of the New 
Covenant Church of the Brethren in Columbus, Ohio. 
He joined the On Earth Peace Assembly board in 
1999. — Mike Leiter 

about the Worshipful-Work 
Network, call the Congre- 

gational Life Ministry 
Office at 800-323-8039. 

January/February 2000 Messenger 5 



The look of the new 
Annual Conference 

Shorter, but better, and the best is preserved 

Everything's up to date 
in Kansas City," as 
the music of Richard 
Rodgers informed us 
in Oklahoma. And Kansas 
City is where, appropriately. 
Annual Conference debuts its 
new schedule for "2000 and 

In a departure from the old 
Tuesday-Sunday schedule, 
this Conference begins the 
evening of Saturday, luly 1 5, 
and closes at noon on 
Wednesday. A weekend with 
two worship services and a 
"Brethren Ministries Live" 
presentation lay the spiritual 
basis for doing the business of 
the church beginning Sunday 
evening. Seminars, work- 
shops, and other educational 
events have been scheduled 
after Conference. 

Recognizing that Annual Confer- 
ence is vital to the life of the 
denomination in providing for com- 
munity worship, renewal of 
friendships among Brethren, and a 
setting to do the business of the 
church, the Program and Arrange- 
ments Committee wanted to preserve 
the best of the old while making 
room for the new. 

The committee said it wanted to 
build a better spiritual base for the 
Conference event by having two 
major worship services prior to start 
of business. By beginning with back- 
to-back worship services on 
Saturday night and Sunday morning. 
Conference can offer a weekend of 
worship and fellowship to those who 
may not be able to attend the whole 

Family fun at the 1999 Annual L unlciciit 


The committee also recognized 
that Annual Conference is the "main 
event" and that many of the pre- 
Conference events were sapping the 
energy and enthusiasm from the 
Annual Conference itself. So, in the 
new schedule, many of those events 
have either been eliminated or have 
been changed to post-Conference 

The abbreviated schedule addresses 
increasing concerns about the cost of 
Conference from attendees and agen- 
cies. Reducing the schedule by one 
day will also help the Annual Confer- 
ence Fund to balance its budget. 

However, according to Duane 
Steiner, Conference executive direc- 
tor, the best has been preserved. 
"We'll continue to have lots of good 

fellowship among Brethren, 
the Conference choir, and 
time to do the business of the 
denomination," he said. As 
usual, there will be age group 
activities (new this year are 
two groups for children: 
kindergarten through second 
grade, and third through fifth 
grades), insight sessions, Bible 
studies, and early evening 
concerts. As usual, there will 
also be a hall full of exhibits, 
as well as the quilt auction 
sponsored by AACB (Associa- 
tion of the Arts for the Church 
of the Brethren) following the 
closing worship on Wednes- 

Special to "Kansas City 
2000" are the ecumenical 
leaders presented. They 

• David Haas, director of the 
Emmaus Center for Music, Prayer, 
and Ministry in Eagan, Minn. He will 
share his talents in music and worship 
on Sunday afternoon around Brethren 
Ministries Live, plus an early evening 
concert and an insight session. 

• Emanuel Cleaver, pastor of St. 
lames United Methodist Church and 
immediate past mayor of Kansas 
City, Mo. He will be the preacher for 
Tuesday evening. 

• Thomas Troeger, professor of 
preaching and communications at 
Iliff School of Theology, Denver. 
Colo. He will bring the message at 
closing worship on Wednesday 
morning. He is also the featured 
speaker at the Ministers' Association 
event following Conference. — rrj- 
Fletcher Farrar r^' 

6 Messenger January/February 2000 

"if we suddenly find ourselves 
face to face with dying, we come up 

against ultimate questions After 

I received the diagnosis of advanced 
lung cancer, 1 needed to deal with 
those questions more intensely 
than I ever had before.^' 

. Hope 



A Cancer Journal 



by Dale Aukerman 
Foreword by Jim Wallis 


The first thing many people think of upon hearing a 
diagnosis of cancer is death. But for Brethren activist 
and author Dale Aukerman, the first thought was life. 
When Dale learned he had lung cancer, his impulse 
was to vigorously renew his focus on Jesus Christ and 
God's presence in his life. 

Hope Beyond Healing: A Cancer Journal is Dale's record 
of his faith and life during his nearly three-year battle 
with cancer. Up to the last hours of life, he shares the 
highs and lows of his illness, pointing others beyond 
physical healing toward the hope that comes from 
faith in Christ. 

Hope Beyond Healing: A Cancer Journal by Dale 
Aukerman available February, 2000 from Brethren Press 
for $ 14.95 plus shipping and handling charges. 



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Phil Jones, pas/or, with Dennis Lipton. 

Conscientious objector 
dismissed from military 

His conscientious objector claims 
denied, Dennis Lipton pled guilty in 
a Nov. 16 court martial trial at 
Maxwell Air Force base in IVlont- 
gomery, Ala. After eight hours of 
testimony and arguments by the 
defense and prosecution, Lipton, a 
medical doctor, was dismissed from 
the Air Force with a $30,000 fine 
and five days of confinement. 

Lipton began his path toward con- 
scientious objection over two years 
ago. Even as the military was paying 
for his medical school education, he 
was haunted by the Hippocratic 
Oath, as well as by the teachings of 

"As a physician, I am called to pro- 
mote and protect life. In war, the 
military takes life. As a Christian, a 
follower of the Prince of Peace, I am 
to love my enemies, turn the cheek, 
and do unto others what I would 
have them do unto me. To me, war is 
a violation of all these commands, 
and I must continue to live my life in 
opposition to participation in war in 
any form," Lipton said in his state- 
ment to the court. 

The Air Force had earlier denied 

his CO. claim, in spite of strong 
supporting testimony from military 
officers and civilians who knew 
Lipton. He had previously attempted 
to reach a settlement with the Air 
Force by offering to repay its invest- 
ment in his education, but had the 
offer turned down. 

Dennis and his wife, Melissa, 
attend the Shalom Church of the 
Brethren in Durham, N.C.. near 
where they currently live. Shalom 
pastor Phil [ones testified at the trial, 
and the congregation has become a 
spiritual home for the Liptons since 
they first discovered it in September. 
Present at a pre-trial worship service 
and at the trial itself were members 
of the Shalom fellowship, other 
Brethren from as far away as Penn- 
sylvania, and Mennonites, Friends, 
Roman Catholics, and other Chris- 
tians. Representing the General 
Board was Brethren Witness director 
David Radcliff. 

"This level of support in a trial like 
this was unusual. It meant a great 
deal to Dennis and certainly had an 
influence on the proceedings," noted 
Louis Font, Dennis" civilian attorney. 

To assist in paying Lipton's legal 
fees and court-imposed fines, a legal 
defense fund has been established by 

8 Messenger January/February 2000 

the General Board. Contributions 
can be sent to the General Board, 
designated for Dennis Lipton. 

Emergency Disaster Fund 
responds to many needs 

The crash of EgyptAir Flight 990 
brought quick response from the 
General Board's Emergency 
Response/Service Ministries. 
ER/SM"s Childcare Aviation Incident 
Response team was activated Nov. 1 
by the National Transportation 
Safety Board and American Red 
Cross to provide child care in Rhode 
Island to family and friends of vic- 
tims of the disaster. 

ER/SM staff member Lydia Walker 
served as administrator of the CAIR 
team, which also included Church of 
the Brethren member Sharon Gilbert 
of Fullerton, Calif., and several care- 
givers from other denominations (see 
article p. 26). 

The Church of the Brethren Gen- 
eral Board made a number of recent 
allocations from the Emergency Dis- 
aster Fund: 

•A grant of $ 1 0.000 will go to 
support relief efforts in the wake of 
severe flooding in central and south- 
eastern Mexico. The request, from 
Emergency Response/Service Min- 
istries manager Stan Noffsinger, 

BVS Orientation Unit #236 brought together 1 7 volunteers from Germany, japan, 
the Netherlands. Switzerland, and all over the US at the Brethren Service 
Center in New Windsor. Md. For three weeks they lived together as a community 
and studied such topics as Church of the Brethren beliefs and practices, health 
care, conflict resolution, peacemaking, and capital punishment. They spent a 
day in Baltimore. Md., working for Chesapeake Habitat for Hiunanity, learning 
about building houses for loiv-income owners. A weekend was also spent at I 
Can. Inc.. a Baltimore homeless shelter, meeting the men. listening to their 
stories, and learning about issues they face. 

Included in the picture, from left to right, top row: Dennis Rosas. Hauke Steg, 
Mike Lawrence, and Sue Grubb (staff). Middle row: Frank Schumann. Mariko 
Sato, Don Vermilyea, Mariana Marie. Rebekah Seilhamer, Regina Bode, and 
Timon Trondle. Bottom row: Matt Stauffer (staff). Ruth Heidingsfelder. Carrie 
Fennig, Caitlin Keeler. Daniela Wurz. Bethany Williams. Jacki Hartley, and 
Avke Pietsch. 

comes in response to a Church 
World Service appeal for $100,000 
in denominational support. 

•An allocation of $1,725 will go to 
meet an ER/SM request for shipping 
50 cartons of beef chunks to El Sal- 
vador. The shipment will be sent to 
Doctors for the Right to Health in 

San Salvador, the capital. Audrey E. 
Lenhart, a member of the Manassas 
(Va.) congregation who is in El Sal- 
vador, will assist the doctors with the 
distribution of the beef chunks to 
needy persons as the doctors travel 
from village to village in their moving 

January/February 2000 Messenger 9 

•An allocation of $25,000 was 
approved in support of the Church 
World Service/ Emergency Response 
appeal for earthquake relief in 

•Another grant allocates an addi- 
tional $20,000 to support ER/SM's 
response to Hurricane Floyd in Vir- 
ginia and North Carolina. Six weeks 
of Disaster Child Care response was 
completed in November, and ER/SM 
is laying the groundwork for two 
long-term repair and reconstruction 

•An allocation of $9, 1 00 will sup- 
port Interfaith Disaster Response's 
recovery efforts following Hurricane 
Bret in Falfurrias, Tex. The storm 
struck early in the hurricane season 
and received only minimal response 
from the American Red Cross and 
federal agencies. Funds will be used 
to purchase materials for 14 roofing 
projects for low-income families who 
have "fallen through the cracks." 

•A grant for $30,000 will support 
the work of North Carolina Interfaith 
Disaster Response, also in the wake 
of Hurricane Floyd. NCIDR is an 
experienced disaster relief agency 
working at meeting emergency and 
long-term needs of the survivors of 
the hurricane. The aid includes food, 
baby and hygiene items, cleaning 
supplies, building materials, and 

First Alexander Mack Festival 
draws a crowd and dollars 

About 1,500 people attended the first 
Alexander Mack Festival at Camp 
Mack in Milford, Ind., on Oct. 2. 

The festival, celebrating the 50th 
anniversary of 12 large Church of the 
Brethren history murals at the camp, 
netted nearly $18,000. More than 
$ 1 0,000 of that came from an auc- 

Some of the funds are earmarked 
for a new mural being painted by 
Margie Retry to bring the Church of 
the Brethren history up to date. 

Next year will mark the camp's 
75th anniversary. Andrew Young, 
former ambassador to the United 
Nations and mayor of Atlanta, Ga., 
who was recently named president of 
the National Council of Churches, 
will speak at a celebration service 
following a golf tournament on May 
20, when the new mural will also be 

McPherson inducts first nine 
into Athletic Hall of Fame 

McPherson (Kan.) College launched 
its Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 23 
with nine inductees. 

The charter group included Earl 
Kinzie (Class of '28), Guy Hayes 
('34), Doris Coppock ('48), George 
Keim ('54), Ed Delk ('59), leanne 
Suellentrop Boucek ('77), Craig 
Holman ('79), Denise Race ('87), 
and coach Sid Smith. 

Coppock and Smith taught athlet- 
ics at the school, and all but Smith 
starred in a variety of sports there. 

McPherson also recently 
announced its 1999 Young Alumni 
Award recipients, honoring signifi- 
cant achievements of McPherson 
alumni who have graduated in the 
past 25 years. Awards went to Jeffrey 

Bach ('79), now a professor at 
Bethany Theological Seminary; 
family therapist Carol White Leland 
('74); and McPherson theatre pro- 
fessor Rick Tyler ('74). 

Video on workcamps is now 
available in district offices 

The 2000 Workcamp Video is now 
available from the Youth and Young 
Adult Ministry office of the General 
Board. The video provides an 
overview of each of the 22 junior 
high, senior high, and young adult 
workcamps offered during the 
summer of 2000 and explains what 
the workcamp experience is all about 
through interviews with coordinators 
and past participants. 

Those interested in viewing the 
video should contact their district 
office, which has a copy available to 
be loaned out, or call Jacki Hartley 
or Alan Edwards in the Youth and 
Young Adult Ministry office at 800- 

Bethany conducts training for 
interim ministry specialists 

Training for effective interim min- 
istry was the focus of a seminar held 
at Bethany Theological Seminary on 
Nov. 6. About 25 people from Men- 
nonite, Quaker, Brethren, and other 
churches gathered to learn how 
interim ministry specialists can effec- 
tively help congregations through a 
time of transition. 

lames Bower of Earlham School of 
Religion spoke about the specialized 
work of an intentional interim minis- 

1 Messenger January/February 2000 

ter in moving through the five devel- 
opmental tasks in transition ministry. 
Tara Hornbacker of Bethany moder- 
ated the discussion of panelists Opal 
Pence Nees, lames Davis, and Donna 
Moore, all of whom have experience 
'.in interim ministry. 

Those attending this training event 
included seminary students, active 
pastors, retirees who may be looking 
forward to possible interims, and 
several persons currently serving as 

Leadership conference 
^planned for June at Juniata 

!The Area 1 (Northeast) districts and 
the Ministry Office of the General 
Board are sponsoring a lune 8-10 
event called "Leadership 2000 . . . 
Preparing Church Leaders for the 
New Millennium." 
The conference, designed for pas- 

Uors, licensed ministers, deacons, 
other congregational leaders, district 
leaders, and district and associate 
executives, will be at |uniata College 
in Huntingdon, Pa. 

i A focus on pastoral and district/ 

lassociate executive leadership issues 
will run all three days, while a focus 
on district and congregational lay 
leadership issues will run [une 9-10. 
Messiah College president Rodney 

'Sawatsky, St. Paul School of Theol- 
ogy president Lovett Weems, and 
Jeff Woods of the Alban Institute will 
be the keynote speakers. Christina A. 
Bucher, chair of the department of 
religion at Elizabethtown (Pa.) Col- 
lege will be the Bible study 

on the Young Adult Steering Com- 
mittee, written articles for 
Messenger, and assisted the com- 
munication team at two Annual 
Conferences and at the 1998 
National Youth Conference. He has 
also been active in Southern Pennsyl- 
vania and Mid-Atlantic districts, and 
in his local congregations. 

Wiltschek has nearly eight years of 
experience on two different newspa- 
per staffs, the York (Pa.) Daily 
Record and the Carroll County (Md.) 

Staff changes 

Steven Abe has been called as dis- 
trict minister for West Marva 
District, effective |an. 1 . Abe has 
been pastor of the Elkins, W.Va., 
congregation since 1992. He and his 
family will move to the district par- 
sonage in Oakland, Md. 

• Steve Gregory has accepted the 
call as half-time Congregational Life 
Team Member, Area 5 (West), begin- 
ning )an. 1 . Prior to this assignment, 
Gregory was half-time district execu- 
tive for Oregon - 
Washington District. 
He has pastored the 
Outlook (Wash.), 
Ladera (Calif.), and 
Mountain View 
(Idaho) congrega- 
tions. He has also 
held various district 
offices in Pacific 
Southwest, Idaho, 
and Oregon-Wash- 
ington districts. 

• Walt Wiltschek 
begins |an. 5 1 as 
manager of news 
services. An ordained 
minister, Wiltschek 
is associate pastor of 
the Westminster 
(Md.) Church of the 
Brethren. He also is 
editor of the denomi- 
national young adult Brethren Volunteer Service Unit #235, sponsored by 
newsletter. Bridge. Brethren Revival Fellowship, completed orientation at 
serves on the |unior Roxhury. Pa. They are. from left to right top row: 
High Task Force, and Shannon Lehigh. Lowell Ebersole. and Regina Zook. 
is interim Newsline Bottom row: Heidi Lehigh. Morgan Lehigh (baby). 
editor. He has served Pertrevian Toledo. Clara Witmer and Lowell Witmer 

January/February 2000 Messenger 1 1 

^rcQcfi, sisters ! 

tDemen fiQue f\Q§ officio I full rigfits os m misters for uears, ^ut tee few are coHeSte serve 

BY Christy J. Waltersdorff 

1 2 Messenger January/February 2000 

"Z uuill pour out mu spirit on oil 
(flesf\;uour sons onduour Sougfiters 
snoll propnesu. . . . -j^/sas 

y:^^omen were with Jesus from the cradle to the cross. 
vJO'On Easter Sunday morning, who was the first to see 
and recognize the risen Christ? A woman. Knowing all of 
this, why in the world would human beings think that 
God would not want women to preach the gospel?" 

These words were spoken to me, with emotion, by an 
elderly Brethren woman 1 visited many years ago. She was 
in her 90s and wore the traditional Brethren garb, 
prayer covering, plain black dress, and plain black 
shoes. This dear woman was a lifelong member of 
the Church of the Brethren and a committed fol- 
lower of Christ. On our visits she would often 
quote scripture and share her memories of the 
church in years past. She was overjoyed to meet me 
because I was the first woman pastor to ever 
enter her home. She thought it was quite sad 
that she had to wait until she was 93 to meet 
an ordained woman. 

Even though three women were among the origina 
eight people to be baptized in the Eder River, thus giving 
birth to the church called "Brethren," women have had 
to struggle to find acceptance and to claim their God 
given role in leadership in the church. In 1892 the 
General Conference granted women "all the privileges 
which brethren claim for themselves." 

In the late 1800s and early 1900s women were ordained 
and served as pastors and preachers. That blessing came 
to an end in the 1920s and '30s when the church reversed 
its decision and women lost the right to be ordained. That 
privilege was not reinstated until 1958. 

Currently there are 2,286 licensed and ordained minis- 
ters in the Church of the Brethren and only 343, or 1 5 
percent, are women. There are 1 , 1 94 ordained ministers 
serving in pastoral positions and only 154, or 13 percent, 
are women. 

Z3 strong contingent of ordained and licensed women 
vOgathered at the Cenacle Spiritual Retreat House in 
Warrenville, 111., in April 1999. Gathering for the Church 
of the Brethren Women in Ministry retreat were 70 
women who serve as chaplains, students, writers, coun- 
selors, social workers, educators, and pastors. They came 
from all over the United States to spend four days focus- 
ing on the theme "Spirit Bound, Spirit Free!" 

They were a diverse group, representing a variety 
of ages, experiences, theological understandings, 
and educational background. What they held in 
common, though, was greater still than their dif- 
ferences. They are women who have heard the call 
of God in their lives. They are women who 
responded "yes" to that call and who continue to learn 
what it means to be in ministry. They are 
women who claim the Church of the Brethren 
as their church, although they have not always 
felt welcome. Most of all, they are women of Spirit. 

This diverse group formed a community where, for four 
days, they worshiped and prayed, sang and enjoyed silence, 
earned and shared, laughed and cried. Women shared their 
gifts of leadership and friendship freely and graciously. 

Author Sue Bender was the keynote speaker and shared 
wisdom and insights from her books. Plain and Simple 
and Everyday Sacred. Many arrived at the retreat tired, 
spent, and distracted, and left feeling renewed, empow- 
ered, and refreshed. 

\^J»^hen women in ministry gather together they share 
vJC/not only the joy of their calling, but also the pain. 
Many women in ministry find themselves in a very per- 
plexing position at the dawn of a new century. At a time 
when the executive director and the chair of the General 
Board, as well as the moderator of Annual Conference, 

January/February 2000 Messenger 1 3 

are female, only 1 3 percent of our pastors are women. 

At a time when some women find great freedom in 
their calling, others find themselves bound by stereo- 
types, false assumptions, and outdated (and decidedly 
unchristian) patriarchal structures. 

At a time when the church cries out about the "leader- 
ship shortage," competent and committed women are 
not called to serve. 

At a time when the church is celebrating the gifts of 
women in major leadership roles, congregations and dis- 
tricts are overlooking the necessity of gender equality on 
committees and commissions. 

Those of us who believe that God created male and 
female in God's own image; those of us who seek to 
follow in the footsteps of lesus who welcomed all people; 
those of us who believe that the Holy Spirit is poured out 

on all flesh, have a responsibility to nurture and to call 
forth the gifts of God's children regardless of gender. 

Z!i t its October meeting, the General Board affirmed a 
T'D"Resolution on Women in Ministry" [see below]. 
The Office on Mmistry raised the concern that the 
number of women being trained for ministry is higher 
than those being placed in ministry positions. The reso- 
lution calls for the denomination to reaffirm its 1958 
Annual Conference decision to grant "full and unre- 
stricted rights in the ministry" to women. The General 
Board encourages and challenges congregations and dis- 
tricts to celebrate the gifts of both men and women and 
to seek to look at both equally when calling persons to 
licensing and ordination. 

(continued on p. 16) 

^ ^esolutm 

*- 1 

er) uuomer) m minisxr^ 

The 1958 Annual Conference responded with 
"request granted" to a query from the First Dis- 
trict of Virginia (now the Virlina District) requesting 
that "women be granted full and unrestricted rights in 
the ministry" (Annual Conference Minutes, 1958, 
Women in the Ministry, p. 113). 

Polity papers on ministry in 1975, 1985, and 1999 
state, "The Church of the Brethren has two degrees for 
its ministerial leadership: the licensed and ordained 
ministry. The policies of both apply equally to men and 
women" ( Ministerial Leadership, 1999, p. 2). 

The Church of the Brethren has made progress in 
granting "full and unrestricted rights in ministry" to 
women during the past 41 years. We need to affirm 
and celebrate the church's response to the challenge by 
the 1958 Annual Conference. 

Statistics, however, indicate that the progress has 
been slow. Currently, we have 2,286 licensed and 
ordained ministers in the denomination, and only 343 
( 1 5 percent) are women. There are 1,1 94 ordained 
ministers serving as pastors, and only 154 (13 percent) 
are women, and many of them are in associate pastoral 
positions. One has to ask why the numbers are so low 
for women in these leadership positions. 

The number of women being trained for ministry is 
much higher than the placement numbers. Clearly, 
many women have experienced a call from God and are 
eager to serve in a wide variety of leadership positions, 
especially as pastors, but some in the church are reluc- 

tant to accept and appreciate women in leadership 

T^ere^ere, tfie General 'Board: 

I .Calls the denomination to reaffirm the decision by 
the 1958 Annual Conference to grant "full and unre- 
stricted rights in the ministry" to women. 

2. Encourages and challenges congregations and dis- 
tricts to treat men and women equally when persons 
are being considered for the licensed and ordained 

3. Encourages and challenges congregations and dis- 
tricts to treat men and women equally when they 
search for and call ordained leaders to fill pastoral 

4. Asks the Office of Ministry to develop a study 
guide, as a companion piece to the 1999 paper on 
Ministerial Leadership, with special emphasis on bibli- 
cal, historical, and contemporary materials bearing on 
the issue of women in ministry, for congregations and 
district ministry commissions. 

Approved by the Church of the Brethren General 
Board, October 18, 1999. 

In accordance with the resolution, the Office of Ministry is 
currently preparing a study guide on tlw 1999 Ministerial 
Leadership Paper to include a major section on women in 
nnnistry. Publication of the study guide, to be part of the In 
Our Midst series of study materials, is planned for mid-year 

1 4 Messenger January/February 20U0 

yf\e(first uuerDor) oreocfier 

oleuu 6dd^ recounts tf\e uncemmQr) h(fe of §)QrQf) '^lofiter OTloJor 

C^arah Righter Major (1808-1884) was famous in her own circles in the mid- 1800s for being a woman preacher in a 
Cptradition dominated and controlled by men, but few people know much about her today. Iny4n Uncommon Woman, 
Nancy Kettering Frye provides many of the details, facts, and stories about the life of Sister Sarah, the first woman 
preacher in the Church of the Brethren. Frye places Sister Sarah in the context of the early 19th century and introduces 
us to the many women and men who influenced her life and supported her preaching ministry. 

A special feature of the book is an appendix that contains the complete text of a letter written by Sarah Major in 1835 
to a critic who challenged her call to preach. That letter, to Jacob Sala, an Ohio printer, later appeared in The Gospel 
Messenger. Dec. 28, 1935, and excerpts from it are reprinted here. 

Lower Merrion, April 1, 1835 

Respected Stranger and Brother: May Grace, Mercy and Peace be with thee and all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ — 
to whom be praise now and forever. Amen. 

Let me say, Christ has not only honored your sex, but he has comforted mine. 

When he was to come into the world, he sent his angel, not to Joseph, but to Mary, face to face, to tell her she was "bless'd 
among women" and by the Holy Ghost gave her words to magnify God with Elizabeth in a loud voice, in the very city of the 
priests, where Zachariah dwelt. 

When he came first in the temple, his spirit moved the lips of Simeon and Anna, and some historians whose sects oppose a 
woman's testimony, call her the first herald of the gospel, and say she went from house to house, and to the towns of Israel, 
proclaiming to them that Christ the Messiah had come. 

And when he burst the bars of death, his few disciples are in fears and tears — at home, but Mary seeks him — living or dead, 
and finds him alive and receives his dear command to go and tell his disciples and Peter too, that he is risen from the dead. 

But when the day of Pentecost was fully come, you know they were all together with one accord in one place, the number of 
the disciples was 120 (men and women) in prayer and supplication they waited for the promise to endue them with power 
from on high, and cloven tongues like as of fire sat on each of them, and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and spake 
with other tongues as the spirit gave them utterance, even so that none of their many enemies could dispute Peter's testimony 
when he said to them, This is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel, "And it shall come to pass in the last days I will pour 
out my spirit on all flesh and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy." 

And that this gift continued in the church, just as they received the Holy Ghost, I am well convinced, and was the gift of the 
Holy Ghost, to some women at Corinth, to whom Paul wrote, to prophets male and female, how they should dress, when either 
of them pray'd or prophesied. Let Paul explain prophesy. "He that prophesieth, speaketh to edification, exhortation and com- 
fort," and the gift of speaking to edify, to exhort and comfort is not given at the schools, nor at any time we please, nor by the 
power of man. 

Therefore, I conceive it would be very inconsistent in an apostle, who had laid his hands on men and women, and pray'd over 
them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost, to quench the gift of the Spirit of God, because it was given to a woman — in 
answer to prayer — when at that time it may not be given in such measure to more experienced Christians. God always gave his 
gifts freely where they were willing to use them, and I believe in Christ Jesus male and female are one, just as Jew and Gentile 
are made one. 

Every one should do as much as they can to glorify God with the different gifts of the Spirit of God. You once thought in ref- 
erence to the church the apostle said "Let the women be silent." Now in two places in the scriptures they tell me, Paul says 
so — but there is much in the Old Testament about holy women, in the old and new church of Moses and of Christ. 

Now if all the rest of the scriptures prove that Paul in these two passages forbids all women to speak by the spirit of God, to 
edify, exhort and comfort the church of believers, and convince the unbelieving men and women of the truth, then it might be 
so believed. But if the rest of the testimony proves the contrary, then Paul in these two letters is not understood. 

My love to all who love the Lord, etc. 


SARAH (Major) 

An Uncommon Woman: The Life and Times of Sarah Righter Major by Nancy Kettering Frye. has been pitbUshed by Brethren 
Press in association with the Brethren Historical Committee. The 64 -page paperback retails at $6.95. The book (#8224) can be 
ordered from Brethren Press at 800-441-3712. fax 800-667-8188. or via e-mail at brethren _press_gb(a:brethren. org. 

January/February 2000 Messenger 1 5 

Three top leaders of tlw Church of the Brethren are all 
ordained women. Emily Miunma, left, moderator, is pastor 
of the Hollidaysbiirg, Pa., congregation. Judy Mills Reimer. 
General Board executive director, was pastor of Smith 
Mountain Lake Fellowship Church of the Brethren in 
Virginia before she assumed her current position. Mary Jo 
Flory-Steury, chair of the General Board, is pastor of the 
Prince of Peace congregation. Kettering. Ohio. 

(continued from p. 14) 

Z3 s followers of Jesus Christ, we are called to live by his 
T Oexample. Over and over again in the Gospels we see 
lesus reaching out to all people — male and female, young 
and old, insiders and outsiders, lews and foreigners, rich 
and poor, the broken and the whole. How can we believe 
ourselves to be the Church of Jesus Christ while refusing 
to accept the gifts of those he has called in his name? 
How can we recite the Scriptures, worship together, and 
pray as one body while refusing the leadership of women 
who have truly experienced the call of God in their lives? 
As we begin a new century and move ever closer to the 
500th birthday of our denomination, it is vital that we cel- 
ebrate the gifts of all of God's children. The church can 
truly be the church only when it calls forth the best in 
each of us. If we expect the Church of the Brethren to 
continue to be faithful to God in the years to come, now 
is the time to strip away all of the barriers that keep us 
apart. Now is the time to celebrate and nurture the gifts 
for ministry in our boys and our girls, in our young men 
and young women, in our old men and our old women. If 
we do this, we shall truly be the community of faith called 
together in the name of Christ. Like my wise old \ii 

friend asked, "Why would God not want that?" ^ — ' 

Christy Waltersdorff is pastor of York Center Church of the 
Brethren in Lombard, III., and is a member of the General Board. 

Wfiere are ifieu now 


Tie Bethany Theological Seminary Class of 
1995, pictured at left, had 12 graduates, all 
receiving master of divinity degrees. Of the six 
women, four were Church of the Brethren mem- 
bers and three of them are currently pastors. 

In the Bethany Class of 1996, five of the 1 1 
master of divinity graduates were women, all of 
them Brethren. Three of the women are cur- 
rently pastoring, one is seeking a pastorate, 
and one is working in an interfaith ministry. 

Two women graduated in 1997 with master 
of divinity degrees. Both are currently serving 
as pastors. 

The Bethany Class of 1998 had eight men 
and six women graduating with master of 
divinity degrees. All of the women are 
Brethren. Four of the six are pastors, one is 
working for a Christian education resources 
organization, and one is in chaplaincy. 
The Bethany Class of 1 999 had 1 5 master of divinity graduates, including five women. One had been called to serve 
as a pastor before she died in an automobile accident. One is currently not seeking a pastorate, and the other three are 
in clinical pastoral education programs. — information courtesy Bethany Theological Seminary 

1 6 Messenger January/February 2000 

Photos and story 
BY Howard E. Royer 

In Cleveland, both savory moments and vexing 
questions marked the 50th anniversary assembly 
of the National Council of Churches of Christ 

If a portrait were to be drawn of the National 
Council of Churches of Christ at age 50, its face 
would be lined with celebration and struggle. 

Celebration over breakthroughs in reconciliation, 
significant advances in Bible translation, engagement 
with the arts, and advocacy for marginalized peoples. 
Struggle over fiscal viability, administrative prowess, 
and council priorities. 

This was the picture that emerged in November 
from the NCCC General Assembly convened in Cleve- 
land, the city of its birth. At its chartering in 1950 
attended by more than 50 Brethren (see sidebar), del- 
egates were confronted with a snowstorm that left 
travelers stranded en route. For the 50th anniversary, 
the festivities were blessed by a week of unseasonably 
mild temperatures. 

But the omen of favorable weather dare not blind 
the NCCC community to storm clouds on the hori- 
zon: A $4 million deficit to be retired. The depletion 
of reserves. A major structural shift to be imple- 
mented. One third of the work force to be released. 

Host to the NCCC jubilee was Cleveland, a city of arts, 
sports, and interclnirch cooperation. 

Even so, the mood of the delegates was determined 
and hopeful, buoyed in part by a fervent desire of 
member communions to work together in the 21st 
century and by expectations that a new management 
team will invigorate the council. Plus the recognition 
that, as retiring general secretary Joan Brown Camp- 
bell put it, "justice never comes easily, never without 
a struggle. But justice comes — just as sure as the 
scripture says to us. It will roll down." 

Sioiis of reconciliation 

Recounting signal events from her nine years of exec- 
utive leadership, Campbell cited the council's 
unflagging support of the anti-apartheid struggle in 
South Africa, the campaign to rebuild burned 
churches in the US, and her office's role in freeing 
American soldiers held hostage in Belgrade. 

Unfolding during the assembly itself was a face-to- 
face meeting of four survivors of a luly 1950 
massacre in Korea and three veterans from the US 
military that launched the attack. The incident in the 
hamlet of No Gun Ri left hundreds of refugees killed. 
A noonday service of recognition and remembrance at 
Old Stone Church on Cleveland's Public Square was 
seen as a step toward healing and reconciliation. 

"Reconciliation is the glue of the good society and 
it is the ecumenical task," declared Campbell in a 
sermon based on the parable of the prodigal son. 
Delivered at Old Stone Church on the Sunday pre- 
ceding the assembly, the sermon set the tone for the 
week of celebration. 

January/February 2000 Messenger 1 7 

Iiistalktioii sendee 

New at NCCC helm are general secretary Robert Edgar, at 
left, and president Andrew Young. 

In worship, the high 
point was the installation 
service for the new presi- 
dent of the NCCC, 
Andrew Young, United 
Church of Christ minis- 
ter and former US 
ambassador to the 
United Nations. Some 
1 ,200 worshipers packed 
Cleveland's Roman 
Catholic Cathedral of St. 

[ohn the Evangelist for the two-hour ceremony, for 
which the principal sermon was delivered by Otis Moss 
Jr., senior pastor of a large Baptist congregation in 

Prayers and music came from various traditions, 
including works by Beethoven, Fannie Jane Crosby, and 
lames Weldon [ohnson. The service concluded with a 
candlelight recessional and the stirring "Siyahamba" 
led by the 75-voice Shaker Heights High School Choir. 

Jesse lackson was among several clergy who spoke, 
and outgoing NCCC president Craig Anderson, an 
Episcopal bishop, led the installation ceremony. 

From a common candle General Board executive 
director [udy Mills Reimer, who represented the Church 
of the Brethren in the procession, lit one of the 35 can- 
dles symbolizing the member communions. 


On an earlier evening a private concert by the Cleveland 
Orchestra performed the works of Berlioz, Debussy, 
Hoist, Dvorak, and contemporary composer Bernard 
Rands, who was present, on the theme "Inspiration." A 
panel discussion followed, lifting up the spiritual power 
of music and a task that music and religion share in 
common, expressing the inexpressible. 

Other ventures into the arts and culture included 
announcement of a forthcoming documentary on the 
council's leadership in Bible translation; the release of 
New Songs for Unity in Christ, hymns commissioned by 
seven member churches for the anniversary celebration; 
a full jazz liturgy and eucharist led by the Chicago )azz 
Mass; biblical storytelling; forums including a seminar 
at Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; and art 
exhibits, poetry readings, and dramatic and choral per- 
formances by area young people. 

A sales exhibit of international crafts from developing 
countries was mounted by SERRV, and a festive CROP 

Walk was led by staff of 
Church World Service. 

Budget concerns 

The dominant business items 
before delegates were budget 
considerations and a plan of 

The council's deficit of $4 
million is the result in part of 
a $2.4 million expenditure 
since March 1998 for man- 
agement consultant fees and 
corrective measures. Also contributing to the deficit 
were one-time adjustments in pension fund payments, a 
Burned Churches Fund allocation, authorized but 
unbudgeted expenses over recent years, and a 10 per- 
cent "set aside" in future budgets to replenish financial 

The budget situation was deemed by observers to be 
the severest financial crisis in the council's history. 


A plan of restructure for the council calls for Church 
World Service and Witness to become semi- 
autonomous, accountable directly to the NCCC General 
Assembly and handling its own administration. The bulk 
of the remaining council program is to be lodged in a 
single unit called Unity and Service. 

The restructure calls for the elimination of 34 of 122 
positions for the New York staff. Another 250 staff are 
based elsewhere. The cuts will trim three associate gen- 
eral secretary positions and four director positions. 

The restructuring plan passed by the assembly is so 
complex and fluid that the 2000 budget was yet to be 

Other actions 

In other deliberations, the General Assembly adopted a 
policy statement on interfaith relations, urged the US 
Congress to pass legislation to pay off the $2 billion 
owed by the US government to the United Nations, and 
dealt with measures addressing racism and family vio- 

Still another action set the stage for the Alliance of 
Baptists, a Washington. D.C. -based communion of 
60,000 Baptists and 125 congregations, to become the 
36th member of the council at the next assembly. 

1 8 Messenger January/February 2000 


Elected as the council's new general secretary, beginning 
)an. 1, was Robert W. Edgar, an ordained United 
Methodist elder. Since 1990 he has been president of 
Claremont (Calif.) School of Theology. Formerly he 
served seven terms as a member of the US Congress from 

Edgar sees himself as a salvager who can bring back 
troubled institutions, and also as an optimist, a futurist, 
and a coalition-builder. Those skills will be useful as he 
addresses the funding and restructuring challenges of the 
council and drives what he terms a "35-hump camel." 

Not unlike the varied interests that may be present within 
a congregation, the NCCC holds in membership "families" 
with distinct leanings. Included are seven denominations 
that provide 90 percent of the funding, another seven that 
represent the historic Black churches, a cluster of Ortho- 
dox communions, and smaller bodies such as the Church 
of the Brethren, Friends, and Swedenborgians. Such diver- 
sity virtually assures that decision-making will not be 
readily cohesive. 


On issues surrounding funding and direction-setting, 
Ambassador Young recalled a lesson from the civil rights 
movement. "If we stayed on the mission, the money 
would come," he said. "When the mission and message 

Bretken at the National (ioiuiciJ 
Asseniljlv— now and then. 

1 1 

Six delegates from the Church of the Brethren partici- 
pated in the NCCC General Assembly in Cleveland: 
Connie Burkholder, Ankeny, Iowa: Michael Hostetter, 
Roanoke, Va.; Richard Speicher, North Lima, Ohio: 
Mary jo Flory-Steury, Dayton, Ohio; and Mervin 
Keeney and Judy Mills Reimer, Elgin, 111. 

Thirty other Brethren or people from Brethren-related 
agencies also were present, including the Interchurch 
Relations Committee, which was hosted by the Brook 
Park Church of the Brethren. 

Other Brethren participants included three NCCC 
staff who work in regional offices of Church World Ser- 
vice: Barry Henry, |efferson City, Mo.: lulie Liggett, 
Denver, Colo.; and Dennis Metzger, Springfield, 111. 

More than 50 Brethren attended the convention which 

were not clear, the management and the money were 
always inadequate. 

"I have seen that when the church gets a clear vision, it 
is empowered by the Holy Spirit to change the world and 
help make all things new," he added, citing examples of 
what he viewed as the church being decisive and 
prophetic in its witness. The list included reconstruction 
in post-war Europe, civil rights in the US, and racial rec- 
onciliation in South Africa. 

"The strains of the council have come from attempting 
to live up to the call of |esus Christ in the last half of the 
20th century" Young stated. "The challenge is to hear the 
call of Christ for the 2 1 st century." 


What the council will look like at age 60 or 75 is anyone's 
guess, though change is a given. What is known is that 
the member communions care a great deal about claiming 
the gift of unity in Christ that God has given to the 
churches, and that remains a key motivator in the 
cause of common witness. 


Howard Royer is staff for interpretation for the General Board. 
Among communication tasks he has carried with the NCCC was 
to chair the committee that developed the council's logo a decade 
ago and, while on sabbatical in 1992. to cover Church World 
Service programs in Kenya. Somalia, and Zimbabwe. 

Church of the Brethren delegates, left to right, front. Mary Jo 
Flory-Steury. Merv Keeney. Richard Speicher: rear. 
Michael Hostetter, Judy Mills Reimer. and Connie 

chartered the National Council in Cleveland in November 
1950. Delegates from the Church of the Brethren were 
Rufus D. Bowman, Paul M. Robinson, Mrs. E. R. Fisher, 
C. Ernest Davis, Raymond R. Peters, and R. E. Mohler. 

January/February 2000 Messenger 1 9 


At last, another Nigerian 

student gets clearance 

to enroll at Bethany 


It has been a long journey lor 
Patrick Bugu to realize a dream. 
Long in distance — he is thousands 
of miles from home. Long in wait- 
ing — including four years and 
many trips to the LS F.mbassy in 
Nigeria. But thanks to his patience, 
and the continuing efforts of 
Bethany Theological Seminary and 
the Church of the Brethren General 
Board, his dream of studying at 
Bethany has finally come true. An 
ordained pastor in the Ekklesiyar 
Yan'uwa a Nigeria (Church of the 
Brethren in Nigeria) Bugu arrived 
in the United States Aug. 23 and 
has settled in on the Richmond, 
Ind., campus. 

Bugu was first invited to come for 
study in 1 995, but in spite of annual ■' ' 
attempts he was not granted a study 
visa from the US government until 
last summer. He has been a pastor, 
but recently carried the function of 
librarian at the Theological College 
of Northern Nigeria in Bukuru, 
Plateau State, an ecumenical seminary of which the 
Church of the Brethren is a founding member. A second 
leader who had been invited since 1995, Abraham Wuta 
Tizhe, has discontinued his bid to come for study at this 
time due to similar difficulty in obtaining the study visa 
and his election as general secretary of EYN in early 

Filibus Gwama had been the most recent Nigerian 
leader to study at Bethany. He graduated in 1995 and 
currently serves the Maiduguri congregation in northern 
Nigeria, thought to be the largest Church of the Brethren 
congregation in the world. 

A dream come true. Patrick Bugu had to wait 
four years to receive a visa to come from 
Nigeria to study at Bethany Seminary. 

"We are delighted to have a 
Nigerian church leader among us 
again. Patrick is an able leader and 
a fine scholar," said Merv Keeney, 
ihe General Board's director of 
Global Mission Partnerships. "We 
eagerly look forward to the contri- 
butions he will make to the 
Bethany community and to our 
relationship as sister churches." 
Providing scholarships for Niger- 
ian church leaders to study at 
Bethany has been a joint effort of 
the seminary and the Global Mis- 
sion Partnerships office. 

Bugu says his initial experiences 
in America do not fit the Nigerian 
perception of a nation of individu- 
alists each going their own way. 
He got lost in Chicago's O'Hare 
International Airport, unable to 
find those who had come to greet 
him. An American Airlines 
employee arranged for Patrick to 
spend the night in a motel, though 
he had not flown on that airline. 
"At that point, all ideas I had about 
America — I just dropped them," 
Bugu said. His time at Bethany has been more of the 
same, and the warm welcome from students and profes- 
sors has impressed him. "Every professor is concerned 
that I will do well," he said. "They ask. Are you under- 
standing me?'" 

David Shetler. Bethany's coordinator of enrollment 
management, worked with him through the admissions 
process and continues, through his work in student devel- 
opment, as a resource now that Bugu is on campus. This 
is Shetler's first experience with an international student, 
which has been both enjoyable and challenging. "I have 
found that helping international students adjust to semi- 

20 Messenger January/February 2000 

Closing the culture gap. Patrick with housemates Barbra Davis and Patricl< Starkey. 

nary life takes 
time, care, and 
availability. We 
deal with all 
kinds ol' ques- 
tions and 
Shetler said. He 
taught Bugu 
how to maintain 
a checking 
arranged for 

furniture and clothing, and found a computer for him to 
use. Shetler also had the pleasure of accompanying him 
on his first trip to the grocery store, and taking him to a 
restaurant where he had his first taste of pizza and ham- 

Dale and Claire Ulrich from Bridgewater, Va., serving 
as short-term volunteers as Brethren House hosts at 
Bethany, were also able to help. Dale tutored Bugu on the 
computer, and they transported him to the Richmond 
Church of the Brethren for Sunday worship. "They treat 
me just like their own son," Bugu said. 

The West Charleston Church of the Brethren near Tipp 
City, Ohio, donated clothing, furniture, and kitchen 
items. Lucy Godbey, who coordinated the effort, com- 
ments, "The people at West Charleston like to help when 
we see a need. We feel especially called to do what we can 
for Patrick as he prepares to help his people and to help 
the church in Nigeria 'continue the work of [esus: peace- 
fully, simply, together.' We feel sure he has been and will 
be an instrument of God's peace in this country." 

Bugu shares a house with two students, senior Patrick 
Starkey from Roanoke, Va., and first-year student Barbra 
Davis from Ankeny, Iowa. The trio has met the challenge 
of tackling cultural barriers, and the added muddle of two 
Patricks living in the same house. "Our neighbor decided 
she is going to make it easier on herself and call me Pat," 
Barbra joked. 

Both housemates said they are delighted with the 
opportunity to live with and learn from their new Niger- 
ian friend. Starkey has served on Bethany's Educational 
Policies Committee and knew of the recent struggle to 
bring a Nigerian student to Bethany. "I was thrilled when 
we were finally able to have a Nigerian student again," 
Starkey said. "When I found out he would be living here, 
that was a bonus." The two Patricks have developed an 
informal "1 won't do that" list, referring to occasions that 
are common in the US that the sometimes reluctant Bugu 
has not experienced, such as swimming and going to the 
movies. He has already crossed swimming off the list, 
thanks to a trip to nearby Hueston Woods State Park in 
Ohio with professor Dan Ulrich and family. 

Barbra Davis 
served in Ireland 
through Brethren 
Volunteer Ser- 
vice, and this 
experience has 
helped her 
Bugu's mixture 
of British and 
American Eng- 
lish. For example, 
she knew that when he asked for a torch for his bicycle, it 
was not a flaming stick that he wanted, but a light. 

She has enjoyed the long, good discussions on issues 
and Bugu's descriptions of the cooperation of 1 I denomi- 
nations to run TCNN library. "Patrick says that the 
Brethren send more visitors, and other denominations 
provide more books," Davis commented, "and the people 
there would rather have more visitors than books to make 
a personal connection with other parts of the world. This 
opened my eyes to what we consider mission and the 
importance of sending people. I think we should do more, 
and I would like to visit Nigeria myself." 

It was through visitors that Bugu began to consider 
coming to Bethany. A visit by Murray Wagner, professor 
emeritus, and seminary students sparked his interest, as 
did conversations with other Nigerian Bethany students. 

For Bugu, his wife, Rebecca, and their five children 
ages 5-18, the next two years of separation will be long as 
he studies for his master of arts in theology degree. He 
says that this opportunity for study "brought a mixture of 
both sadness and joy." He gave daughters Nuwa, 1 8, and 
Koni, 16, instructions to give extra help to their mother. 

Bugu is especially interested in Christian education and 
hopes to apply his new knowledge at home in Nigeria. 
EYN congregations are looking for ways to teach parents 
that Christian education is not just a concern for 
churches and schools; parents also have a role in raising 
children in the faith. 

In turn, Bugu's presence will enrich the Bethany commu- 
nity. "Patrick willingly shares in class about his experiences 
in Nigeria and how they differ from ours in the US," Ulrich 
said. Starkey added, "It's one thing to study missions in an 
academic way. It's another to hear an actual Nigerian voice 
speaking about missions and the relationship of the 
EYN to the Church of the Brethren." 


Marcia Shetler has been coordinator of public relations at 
Betlmny Tlieological Setninary since 1996. Prior to that, she ivas 
on staff at the Soiitliern Ohio District office for seven years. She 
is from New Paris. Ohio, and a member oftlie Oakland Church 
of the Brethren. Gettysburg. Ohio. 

lanuary/February 2000 Messenger 21 

A different kind 
of church camp 


The newest Church of the Breth 

Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Mini 

develops its ministry for all 


BY Walt Wiltschek 

Pastor Pete Haynes of the 
Long Green Valley 
Church of the Brethren, 
Glen Arm, Md., remembers 
going to Shepherd's Spring 
Outdoor Ministry Center 
for its first official summer 
camp season, a youth camp 
in the summer of 1991. 

The group slept in tents 
pitched in a field and ate in 
another large tent. Portable 
restroom units provided the 
bathroom facilities. Show- 
ers came during outings to 
swimming pools in the area. 
The following few summers 
saw meals served at tables 
in the garage of the mainte- 
nance building. 

Like the quiet waters of 
the small spring trickling 
through the land near 
Sharpsburg, Md., the camp 
on the property surrounding it and 
bearing its name had humble begin- 
nings. But, more like the wide 
Potomac River that marks the prop- 
erty's boundary, it has grown and 
flourished since then. 

"That was the most rustic Shep- 
herd's Spring ever was," Haynes 
said, reflecting on his summers in the 

Shepherd's Spring, /or which the camp was teamed. 

tents. "It's been gratifying to see it 
evolve step by step, seeing the cabins 
go up (in 1992) and later the lodge 

Beginning a new camp, the first 
new camp facility in the denomina- 
tion since the 1970s, didn't come 
without some pain and risk. The 
camp's owner, Mid-Atlantic District 

ren camp, 
Sivy Center ^ 

closed beloved facilities at 
Carnp Woodbrook, slated to 
become a reservoir in Mary- 
land, and Camp Shiloh in 
northern Virginia. It also 
incurred a substantial debt 
from the various start-up 
costs for such a major pro- 

Rex Miller knew the chal- 
lenges when he was called out 
of a general contractor posi- 
tion in Michigan to become 
the center's administrator in 
1990. But he also saw the 
opportunities. He saw a 
chance to reshape the face of 
outdoor ministry. 

"We felt if we developed a 
camp for kids it couldn't sus- 
tain itself in a timely 
manner," Miller said. "There- 
fore we had to develop a 
center for all ages, an across- 
the-board ministry. The 
facilities were going to have 
to be different." 
And they are. The village's 
six cabins each contain their own 
bathroom and a state -mandated water 
fountain. The lodge has the look and 
feel of a ski chalet. A gleaming in- 
ground swimming pool sits next to a 
spacious bathhouse. Higher rental 
prices reflect a business approach. For 
some in the district, used to more 
rustic camp settings, it required a 

22 Messenger January/February 2000 

.change in thinking. 

"There was 
(always a bit of 
'hesitancy about its 
'Size and scope," 
said Sue Ellen 
^Wheatley, chair of 
the district's 
strong Outdoor 
Ministry Commis- 
sion. "The hardest thing is to get 
people to think differently about 
camp. It's not how most of us grew 
up thinking about camping. 

"The people who go out and e.xpe- 
^rience it have nothing but positive 
things to say. though. They like the 
facility and the hospitality there." 

Hospitality has been one of 
^Miller's key points in developing the 
center, as has been partnering with 
other agencies. 

He joined forces with Hagerstown 
(Md.) Community College to offer 
Elderhostel programs at the center. 
Shepherd's Spring and Camp 
Mardela — the district's other camp, 
on the Eastern Shore of Maryland — 
•have joined forces to offer a number 
of specialty camps each summer. On 
I Earth Peace Assembly has held 
[events there. 

Miller has more dreams for the 
center, too, some of which are 
'already moving forward. 

This past fall's Mid-Atlantic dis- 
► tnct conference approved an 
additional loan of 586,000 to winter- 
ize the existing cabins and refurbish 
a basement room in the lodge as an 
additional conference room. With 
many more groups wanting to use 
the camp than the current facility 
permits. Miller hopes to significantly 
increase usage with the extra 
options. Year-round program staff 
members are also being sought. 
In addition. Shepherd's Spring is 

A view of the lodge at Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry Center 

launching a youth spirituality pro- 
gram called "The God-Centered 
Life." with a session for parents, 
mentors, and other interested adults 
this spring, and a week-long spiritu- 
ality-focused camp for youth in early 
|uly. A partnership with the General 
Board's Youth/Young Adult office 
facilitated the project, and a planning 
committee from across the denomi- 
nation has helped to develop it. 

Some funding for the spirituality 
program also came via the insurance 
proceeds from a fire that destroyed 
the maintenance building in 1998. 
another case of success arising from 

"My hopes are that we are able to 
develop a model where youth go into 
adulthood with a more adult faith 
than they do now, because many 
drop out." said Miller, a member of 
the Hagerstown (Md.) congregation. 
"We think it's going to enliven the 
church when youth get excited. 
We've seen it happen." 

Amid all that, the initial debt of 
more than $1 million (out of a $5.5 
million project) has been decreasing, 
to less than $880,000 as of Aug. 5 1 . 
Three capital fund campaigns helped 
pay for the start-up costs and subse- 
quent principal and interest 
payments. Much of the bank debt 
was taken over by loans from congre- 
gations and individuals in the 

Shepherd's Spring has already been 

able to carry 
about two-thirds 
of the debt load 
out of its own 
operations, just 
under a decade 
since its birth. 
Gifts have pro- 
vided the funds to 
cover the rest. 
There have been other blessings, 
such as the fact that the Dunker 
Meetinghouse on Antietam Battlefield 
is nearby. Haynes, the chair of the 
camp's board for 1999, said it has 
provided an important opportunity to 
teach the denomination's history and 
heritage to a wider community. 

And as the peaceful meetinghouse 
was situated in the center of a bloody 
Civil War battle, Haynes said the 
nearby outdoor ministries of Shep- 
herd's Spring can be another way of 
Brethren being "right in the middle" 
of meeting people's needs today. 
That echoes Miller's mission of 
making the center a "source of 
renewal." Paying off the remaining 
debt and filling the ongoing need for 
volunteers remain as challenges, but 
he feels good about the ministry that 
is being provided. 

"After 10 years, it's still exciting to 
go to the office every morning," 
Miller said. "I think when I applied 
for the job I had some goals that 
were unstated. I wanted to be open 
to the Spirit and the energy in the 
district. In many ways, what has hap- 
pened at Shepherd's Spring has far 
exceeded anything I ever envi- rjri 
sioned." i 1 

WaU Wihsciiek is associate pastor of 
the Westminster (Md.) Church of t lie 
Brethren. On fan. 31 he begins his new 
position as manager of news services for 
tlie General Board. 

January/February 2000 Messenger 23 

Celebrating 25 ^ears 

With a proud past, 
)n Earth Peace Assembly plans its future 


BY Walt Wiltschek 

Blessed are the peacemakers. 
One group of them certainly 
was blessed as it gathered for five 
days in late October. 

The approximately 120 people who 
came to western Maryland for On 
Earth Peace Assembly's 25th 
anniversary celebration found 
renewal, insight, revitalization, and 
even warm sunshine. 

Tom Hurst, OEPA's executive 
director, deemed the event an all- 
around success. "Who would have 
thought that in late October it would 
be sunny and warm the whole 
week?" Hurst said. "Everything went 
beyond expectations. It was wonder- 
ful. I think we planned the individual 
parts well, but it's like God took over 
and made the whole more than the 
sum of its parts. As I hsten to people 
share, it's obvious that it became 
much more." 

Some of the denomination's leading 
musicians; speakers and teachers in 

Andy Murray accepts recognition for 
peacemaking efforts on behalf of 
Juniata College peace studies program. 

24 Messenger January/February 2000 

peace, justice, and service issues; and 
experts in Brethren history gathered 
for the event, held at Shepherd's 
Spring Outdoor Ministries Center and 
the Hagerstown (Md.) Church of the 

Hurst developed the vision of a mul- 
tiple-day event as he talked with OEPA 
board members and others, then 
began working with his staff to line up 
all the details over the past year. He 
wanted to find ways to celebrate the 
past, present, and future of the organi- 
zation as it entered the next 25 years. 

The final product offered an initial 
three days featuring a series of 
courses led by Don Durnbaugh, 
Phyllis Carter, and Ken l-Creider, each 
focusing on different aspects of 
peacemaking. General Board staff 
members David Radcliff, Dan 
McFadden, and Merv Keeney added 
presentations on current Brethren 
involvement in their areas of exper- 
tise. In addition, small-group 
interaction times allowed more in- 
depth exploration of one of these 
areas of interest, and "coffeehouse" 
story-sharing times gave opportuni- 
ties for participants to share 
powerful stories and assorted memo- 
ries with each other. 

Hurst said that folksinger Ruth 
Fitz of York, Pa., provided "the glue" 
by leading early-morning worship 
experiences that set the focus for 
each day. Air Force doctor Dennis 
Lipton, seeking classification as a 
conscientious objector, also managed 
to come as a last-minute addition to 
the program [see News, p. 8]. Partic- 
ipants surrounded him in a prayer 
circle and promised support. 

Those days led into a two-day week- 
end program, bringing a choice of 
workshops on Saturday morning led 

by OEPA director Hurst, OEPA board 
members Dale Brown and Illana 
Naylor, and Ministry of Reconciliation 
coordinator Bob Gross. In the after- 
noon, participants could learn about 
the people and programs to be recog- 
nized at that evening's banquet, hear 
from Brethren Volunteer Service 
worker Bridget Marchio of Finksburg, 
Md., or take a tour of the Dunker 
Meetinghouse on nearby Antietam 
batriefield. Dale Brown, dressed in 
black and sporting his old-style 
Brethren beard, gave a history of the 
meetinghouse and drew in several 
curious tourists during his talk. 

Recognized by OEPA at the ban- 
quet were the peace studies 
programs of Manchester and Juniata 
colleges, praised for providing 
"another way of learning and living," 
along with death penalty abolition 
activist SueZann Bosler and Baker 
Peace Institute director Andy 
Murray. The Brethren folk group 
Kindling (minus member Lee 
Krahenbiihl, who had another 
engagement) wrapped up the 
evening with a concert. The Lee-less 

SueZann Bos\er addresses the group 
after receiving the Barbara Date 
Reconciliation Recognition. 

(three gave a 
moving and 
inspirational per- 
formance: pianist 
Shawn Kirchner 
joked that the 
group wanted "to 
pull out as many 
of our overt 
peace songs as 
we could" as he 
"Peace Pilgrim's 

Following a 
cotteehouse time at Shepherd's Spring on Saturday 
evening, the celebration concluded back at Hagerstown 
Sunday morning with a time of worship. Roger Schrock, 
chosen as someone "who could push us into the future 
without fear and make us think about what it means to be 
peacemakers," according to Hurst, delivered the morning 
message of "Mirroring Peace." 

Hurst said the event has convinced him that OEPA 
needs to be more involved with adults rather than just 
working with youth, as it primarily has in recent years. 
He said he also hopes to work at more projects in con- 
junction with General Board staff to combine the 

Bridget Marchio, who just finished a Brethren Vohinteer Service term near 
Littleton. Colo., was one of the workshop presenters, describing her experiences 
there. Here she plays with the children of OEPA program coordinator Barb 
Leininger Dickason. Morgan and Sean. 

strengths of the two 
organizations. "We 
once again need to 
find ways to do 
events that not only 
lift up people of 
peace, but teach 
and prod also," 
Hurst said. 

OEPA program 
coordinator Barb 
Leininger Dicka- 
son, meanwhile, 
summed up the 
spirit of the 
anniversary event as she concluded a historical recitation 
about the organization. Since its founding by M.R. 
Zigler, OEPA has been a General Board program, an 
independent entity, and now an Annual Conference 
agency. "One senses that the best is yet to. come," Dicka- 
son said. "It is a storied history that is part of God's 
history in the world and the history of the Church of rrri 
the Brethren." 'iHzJ 

Walt Wiltschek is associate pastor of the Westminster (Md.) 
Church of the Brethren. On fan. 31 lie begins his new position as 
manager of news services for the General Board. 


Family values 

My future daughter-in-law gave me a baffled look when I 
mentioned the possibility of a picnic. This was her first 
time to attend one of our family gatherings, so I assumed 
she was perhaps shy. 

The weather had been sunny and dry all week. A beach 
outing with sandwiches, fruit, some chips, dessert seemed 
fine to me. 

After we ate and fed scraps to the gulls we walked, 
enjoyed the waves whooshing, lapping our bare feet, the 
sun warming our backs. But she was quiet — polite, but 
she appeared to be pining for something. 

I hoped she wasn't disappointed in our family. We gave 
no signs of discord. All seemed placid. The only scream- 
ing was that of the sea birds. 

Later I learned the cause of her discontent. She was 
used to a traditional Thanksgiving feast — turkey, dress- 
ing, mashed potatoes, gravy, turnips, corn, pies, as the 
Pilgrims had instituted. She must have had an inkling that 
day that the family she was about to join was non-conven- 
tional. Our only adhering to our foreparents' custom was 
the turkey in the sandwiches. 

Another shock to our son's wife occurred a few years 
ago, during the Christmas season. The week before the 
holiday she stopped in, looked around the family room, 
and faced me, hands on hips. No longer shy nor even 
bewildered at our failure to follow established custom, 
just occasionally questioning our sanity, she asked, 
"Where's your tree?" 

I pointed to a small stool beside the couch. On it stood 
my six-inch-high Christmas cactus, adorned with tiny 
lights and balls. She shook her head, rolled her eyes, left. 
The next day she brought a small potted Norfolk pine. 
"You need a real tree," she said. 

Today that pine stands in the corner of the back yard. 
12 feet tall. 

She has occasionally confided that the thought of a hol- 
iday picnic rather than all of the kitchen work sounds 
inviting, but the smell of the meat roasting when we go 
there for Christmas dinner each year is hard to beat, 
maybe even better than turkey sandwiches on the beach. 
— Iean Lersch 

lean Lersch is a member of First Church of the Brethren. St. 
Petersburg. Fla. 

January/February 2000 Messenger 25 




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26 Messenger January/February 2000 

Flashbacks from a disaster scene 

BY Lydia Walker 

For 1 1 days in early November, I was one of those 
nameless persons, mentioned in news reports 
under the category of "hundreds of emergency 
relief personnel" who lived and worked in a 
secured compound in Newport, R.I. 

The crash of an airliner, especially one as mysterious 
and terrible as EgyptAir Flight 990, generates much 
media attention. Government agencies, the New York 
Police Department, American Red Cross, all leap into 
emergency mode. I am asked frequently what it was like 
being there with families of victims, FBI investigators. 
Red Cross workers, government personnel? "How are 
\ou feeling? Are you okay?" 

1 realize these are expressions of love and concern . . . 
as though I might have become a victim of this tragedy, 
too. Even now. in my more or less normal routines, I still 
; jump to turn up the radio at the mention of Flight 990. I 
think about the children who became part of our CAIR 
family during those days. I ask myself, what if I had lost 
loved ones on this flight? 

I have flashbacks of the twilight scene at the memorial 
service on the shore of the Atlantic. A bright orange Coast 
Guard helicopter, with a basket of flowers, hovered for 
what seemed an eternity before turning and disappearing 
beyond the horizon. 

I am okay. Changed, yes, but not damaged, as our Red 
I Cross CAIR Team training taught us. So why make a big 
deal out of this? Does anyone get excited and sentimental 
about thousands of children who die of disease and star- 
vation every day? Or people who are dying from AIDS or 
breast cancer? All of the statistics of the disaster plus all 
of the statistics of what Emergency Response/ CAIR 
Team personnel did in Newport, R.I., can be stated in one 
paragraph. "XX people died on Flight 990. A team of X 
volunteers worked a little over a week and cared for X 
number of children." 

I ponder this. In some ways, this operation was like 
many other disaster responses with which Brethren folk 
are so familiar. One goes to help others, finds compan- 
ions on the way, encounters obstacles and frustrations, 
sleeps poorly in a strange bed, goes without meals, gets 
lost in a strange town, comes home relieved to be home 
but satisfied to have been able to serve. 

But the untold story, the faces, the sounds, the reflec- 
tions burned into one's memory, cannot be summarized 
in one paragraph. Scraps from my journal help me to 
understand what really happened in Newport. 

Getting a call early Sunday morning. I am already on 
my way to church. Getting on an airplane to fly to the 
very same airport where the ill-fated jet took off only 
hours earlier. 

Why am I doing this? Because it's my job. Not because 
it's my "paid" job. Because I made the commitment to 
drop everything if the CAIR Team is called out with our 
partner, the American Red Cross. "We have a plane 
down. Get to JFK by mid-afternoon today." 

I am going to be a comforting presence for the families 
and the youngsters who are all waiting to hear news, 
already grieving what they cannot admit is true. I am 
going because my team is counting on me, five others 
waiting to be told when to leave their home bases and join 
me in a CAIR Team operation. 

In New York, my ID is checked by tired police who have 
been up all night. An early morning commuter flight takes 
me through fog to Newport, R.I. 

I reflect on how the western mind screams out for con- 
clusive answers. Why? How? Who did it? A world view 
that obsesses on numbers — how many casualties, how 
many bodies found, the size in millimeters of pieces of 
debris retrieved. Focused on preventing the next tragedy. 
But still grieving. 

Then I reflect on the Middle Eastern mind, particularly 
the Islamic tradition, accepting Allah's will, focused on 
the faithful acts of prayer, not trying to discern God's 
reasons. And still grieving. How far apart we seem. How 
difficult the language barriers. How easy to judge and to 
stereotype. Yet how close we are as humans, created by 
the One God. 

Now 1 see a chaplain put his hand gently on a man's 
shoulder and watch as the grieved one crumples into the 
arms of the chaplain. I see two women, two different cul- 
tures, speaking the language of motherhood. "Help me 
understand my child. How do I tell my son about his 
grandmother?" I see an exhausted infant, limp with sleep, 
snuggled across the broad chest of a CAIR Team member, 
a dad himself. I see bouquets of flowers and cards hand 
drawn by school children, expressions of sympathy from 

A new friend wipes away her own tears and hugs me. I 
see love in action in this outpouring of concern for the 
families of 2 1 7 victims of EgyptAir Flight 990. I watch 
the ocean, ebbing and flowing, as though nothing out of 
the ordinary had happened at all. 

The God of Hope is present in each of these moments. I 
open to receive the grace in each experience; there are 
gifts in every personal encounter, each child's request to 
play or be held, each wave reaching for the shore, 
each new dawn. 


Lydia Walker, of Berkeley Springs. W.Va.. is coordinator for 
training and outreach for Emergency Response/Service Min- 
istries, a program of the Church of the Brethren General Board. 

January/February 2000 Messenger 27 



The October issue asked readers to write in with 

their dreams for the Church of the Brethren in the 

21st century. Below are some of the dreams we received. 

Courage to speak out 

I pray that the Church of the 
Brethren will honor its heritage by 
continuing to speak for what is right, 
but equally important is to have the 
courage to speak out against all 
wrongs throughout the world. We 
must be willing to commit our lives 
to peace and be a church where all 
are welcome to have a strong rela- 
tionship with God through Christ. 

Robert D. Garner 
Lititz. Pa. 

Keep name to save energy 

My dream for our church is that we 
use our energies to reach out to 
those who have not claimed the name 
of fesus, not using that energy to 
change our Brethren name. Isaiah 
62:2 tells us we will be given a new 
name. Let's wait! 

Velina Bowman 
New Windsor. Md. 

Emphasize common beliefs 

1 dream of the day when the gospel 
will be taught that lesus came to 
show and teach by His living how 
God the creator would have people 
live with all others of His creation. 
Christmas celebrations, worship ser- 
vices, and teaching would emphasize 
Jesus" living of God's "way," not 
emphasize the name of |esus. 

Worship should emphasize the 
common beliefs of all of God's 
people. It should not emphasize their 
differences. A person filled with 
God's spirit does not have a spirit of 
competition and exclusive knowl- 

This has been my dream since 1 
was a young adult and I am now 84 

years old. I feel sad to hear so much 
emphasis on the Christian religion 
compared to other religions. I do 
believe there are many of God's 
people who are not called Christian. 
The world needs to know and feel 
God's love for them. 

D. Maxine Naragon 

Pine Creehi CImrch of the Brethren 

North Liberty. Ind. 

Gospel is the power of God 

I have a vision of the Church of the 
Brethren accepting the challenge of 
Romans 1:16. I dream of the church 

being empowered by the gospel. 

I dream that we call all to salvation 
in Christ. That we call all to Bible 
study. That we call all to be peace- 
makers. That we call all to be Good 
Samaritans. That we call all to for- 
give as God, in Christ, has forgiven 
us. That we call all to cultivate the 
fruits of the spirit. And that we call 
all to accept the anointing of their 
baptism and begin their ministry. 

It is my dream that we all become 
open to the power of the gospel — the 
power of God! 

Don Flint 
Sterling Heights, Mich. 

Would you 
drop a bomb 
on this child? 

Then why do you pay someone who would? 

All U.S. citizens are required to pay for war 
through their taxes. The Peace Tax Fund would 
allow people opposed to war because of deeply- 
held moral or religious beliefs to stop paying for it. 
They could pay their full taxes into a fund that 
would be used for non-military purposes only. 

For more information, contact: 


14\TioNAL Campaign For A 
Peace Tax Fund 

2121 Decatur Place NW 
Washington DC 20008-1923 
(202) 483-3751 

28 Messenger January/February 2000 

Brethren Service in Europe 

1 am blessed to see the November 
Messenger with its update on BVS 
in Europe. It is a joy to see the mean- 
ingful evolvement of projects since I 
served in Germany in the 1950s. 

Clyde Carter 
Daleville. Va. 

Can CPT become an arm of 
the Church of the Brethren? 

I was ready to share the following at 
an open microphone session at 
Annual Conference in Milwaukee, a 
session which never happened. 

So now I share it with the Messen- 
ger readership: 

War happens and so peacemaking 
must happen. Peacemaking comes 
from the soul of the Church of the 
Brethren; it is authentically us. In 
these times of war and violence, the 
church has a task. Peacemaking is 
active. It is the act of planting little 
colonies of life directly in the path of 
death and its scourges. 

Peacemaking can be a fearful act, 
but in Christian Peacemaker Teams we 
have experienced it as a joyful act. 
Our experience has been that God 
carries us in that peacemaking action. 

In CPT we need active, spiritual 
peacemakers of all ages who are will- 
ing to act to prevent the violence, 
racism and injustice of war before it 
destroys people. The Church of the 
Brethren has done well the task of 
rebuilding after wars; it is time now 
for God"s people to take the initia- 
tive. We must be peacemakers before 
and during to stop the wars. 

CPT recently has had requests for 
violence reduction help from Puerto 
Rico, Colombia, centers of urban 
injustice and violence in the US, abo- 
riginal groups in Canada, the conflict 
between Eritrea and Ethiopia, and 
from India. God's call is for an abun- 

dance of peace warriors. 

This time and this call is uniquely 
ours in the Church of the Brethren. 
This task can become our identity 
(and perhaps impact our name as the 

editor suggests). How can we graft 
CPT on as an ecumenical arm of the 
Church of the Brethren? 

Cliff Kindy 
North Manchester. Ind. 

yvhy is Sarafi Major smiCing 
after aCC these years? 

'Because her story is now Being toCcQ 

Infamous in the mid 1800s as a woman preacher in a tradition controlled by 
men, Sister Sarah bravely preached the gospel wherever people invited her to 
speak. In An Uncommon Woman, Nancy Kettering Frye provides details, facts, 
and stories about the life of the first woman preacher in the Church of the 
Brethren. Step into the early 19'" century and meet the men and women who 
influenced Sarah Righter Major's life and supported her preaching ministiy 

New from Brethren Press 

An Uncommon Woman: 

The Life and Times 
of Sarah Righter Major 

by Nancy Kettering Frye 

Brethren Press 

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Elgin, Illinois 60120-1694 

phone 800-441-3712 

fax 800-667-8188 

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A Regional Conference on Spiritual Renewal, Renovare, 
with Richard Foster and team is being sponsored by the 
Atlantic Northeast District on March 10th and 11th, 2000 
at Elizabethtown College. The conference will benefit 
those seeking a balanced approach to spirituality. Call 
the District Office at 717-367-4730 to register at $25.00. 
Seating limited to 840. David Young, co-chair Spiritual 
Renewal Team, 


First Church of the Brethren in Winter Park. Florida, 

will be celebrating its 75th Anniversar)' on February 12 
and 13, 2000. All former members and friends are invited 
to join in a Saturday evening time of memory sharing 
and a Sunday morning celebration. Greetings, pictures 
and memorabilia will be appreciated. To send items, 
obtain additional information, or make reservations for 
a Sunday noon Anniversary Dinner, please write to First 
Church of the Brethren, 1721 Harmon Avenue, Winter 
Park, FL 32789 (telephone and fax; 407-644-3981). 

Yes, there is a Church of the Brethren in Jack- 
sonville, Florida. It is nestled one mile south of I-IO 

(exit 55) between 1-95 and 1-295 -(between Ca.ssat and 
Hamilton). Pastor Herb Weaver invites you to come 
and worship with us. Phone 904-384-3375. 

Stay at the Hospitality House in St. Petersburg 
Fla.— a week, two weeks, a month— any time of the 
year. Everything furnished but your food. Sleeps up to 
8 conveniently (all of one party). Clergy or laity families 
welcome. Reasonable donation requested. Contact for 
details, cost, scheduling, and reservation form: First 
Church of the Brethren, 3651 71st Street North, St. Peters- 
burg, FL 33710-(727)381-0709-PnJLersch(a) 
Come and let us enjoy your friendship! 


Travel with a purpose to: Eastern Europe and 

the "Passion Play," July 31 to August l4, 2000, with 
Wendell and Joan Bohrer. Visit Prague, Vienna, 
Budapest, Bratislava, Krakow, Warsaw and much more. 
First Class tickets to the Passion Play, Folklore Show 
in Warsaw, Prague and Budapest. A Danube River Cruise 
in Budapest. Buffet breakfast and dinner throughout. 
Contact the Bohrers bv mail— 
3651 US Hwv 27 S. #40, Sebring, FL 33870.0 Tel/Fax 

94l-382-93"l. E-mail rdwboh(« ! 

Travel with us by coach to Annual Conference i 

in Kansas City leaving Elizabethtown, July 13, return- 
ing July 21. Visit Bethany Seminar)' in Richmond, Indiana 
enroute. For information, please write to J. Kenneth 
Kreiiler, 1300 Sheaffer Rd, Elizabethtown PA 17022. ,' 

Travel to the White Continent— Antarctica— includ- ! 

mg Ai'gentina and Urugua\-, January 2001. Optional visiLs | 

to Iguassau Falls and Chile available. Write to J. Kenneth j 

Kreider. 1300 Sheaffer Road, Elizabethtown PA r022. | 


Second Mile peace curriculum is seeking a graphic [ 
ilcsigiicr to work on a contract basis. Responsibilities [ 
include design and layout for all components. Bulk of [ 
work will be in fall 2000, some in summer 2001. Appli- 
cants are to submit a portfolio. Short-listed applicants 
will be asked to provide sample design. Apply by Feb. ! 
15, 2000. For more information contact Doug Krehbiel, I 
316-283-5100, dougk@' Second Mile mate- i 
rials will help congregations proclaim and be signs of j 
Christ's peace in a broken world. 


,^9 Alexander ;»,^^ 

V^^^ God's Leading... Our Legacy ^ 
Celebrating 75 Years! (1925-2000) 

We invite you to our special anniversary events in 2000: 

January 16 "1 Have a Dream" Friends Dinner Sentember 8-9/15-16 District Ctinffirencfis (S Mack 

February 11-12 Sweetheart Weekend 

March 31 -April 2 "Spring into Wellness" Weekend 

April 21-22 Good Friday Easter Play Retreat 

September 24 RM. Golf Outing @ Honeywell 

October 7 Alexander Mack Festival 

November 19 Volunteer Honors Banquet 

May 20 A.M. Golf Outing; Afternoon 

December 2-9 Caribbean Cruise 

Worship w/ Andrew Young 
& Dedication of New Mural 

& Shamberger Cabin 

June 25 P.M. Concert w/ Youth Camp 

Julys Family Carnival 

August 12-13 Staff Reunion Weekend 

We need your help!!! 

If you know the whereabouts of any past Camp Mack staff members, 
please notify us so that we may invite them to our Staff Reunion. 

Phone: (219)658-4831 •Email: • W^ebsite: 

30 Messenger January/February 2000 

t\lew members 

kiir Creek. IXiMiMi. Ohio: Melissa 
liiKlKT, Diislin O'Hair, Marcic 
D Hair, l.indsev Wenzel 
Jliick Rock, Glenville. Pa.: Megan 
\tiwlin. Nicole Stremmel. Gerald 
(.icbharl, Wynne Hoffacker 
riiarlollcsville, Va.: Dan and Mary 

rio\er Creek, Fredericksburg, Pa.: 
C.iri ic King. Kalie Lynn. Kelly 
Sniilh. Tyler Steele, lusline Ware- 
ham. Pamela Acker. Kathryn Byler. 
David Criswell. Chelsea Doutt. 
Mallhew Hoover 

Covcniry, Poltslown. Pa.: lames Pad- 
gelt. Sandra Bacon. Bethany EgoM, 
Briana Kecne. Zachary Batdorf. 
Aaron Farman. David High. Sara 
High. Christina Hosletter. |oey 
lohnson. Kenneth Long. Barbara 
Ranreri. Roger Clark. Carol Clark. 

I Catherine Taylor. Kim lohnson. 

i Melissa Mclroy. Kathi O'Brien. 
David Pence, lane Pence 

jFaith. Batavia. 111.: Brenda Caniras, 
Ltiiore Freitag. Wayne Goebel 

Friendship, Linthicum. Md.: Chris and 
Tara Adams. Ralph Fletcher 

•Gortner Union, Oakland. Md.: Anthony 
Sean McGoldrick. Patricia Graham 

IGrecn Tree, Oaks, Pa.: joe and Lorie 
Corallo. Stan and Barbara Reinhold. 
Connie Young 

IHanover, Pa.: Alex Despines, Alison 
Despines. Darby |o Kline. Michael 

^ McClain. Sonia McClain. Allison 

\ McClain. Charles Sell. Shirley 

; Stuart 

(Independence. Kan.: Dale McMaster. 
Dchr.i McMaster. Pauline Wolf 

iLeakes Chapel, Stanley. Va.: Cindy 
Good. Vanessa Hilliard. lason lenk- 
ins. Bryan Nevitt. Vicki Nevitt. Lynn 
Huft'man, Brittany Huffman. Eric 
Turner. Darlene Comer. Wesley 
Atkins. Adam .Atkins. April 
Atkins. Chris Turner. Chris Dinges. 

■ Frances Moyer. lean Silvious. 

' Christina Sylvious. William Cara- 
cofe. nil Young. Peggy Lucas. Lisa 

'Lebanon. .Mt. Sidney. Va.: lav and 
Faith McDowell 

.Lewislon, Minn.: Bill Hemsey. Marlenc 
Henisey. Myrna Rian 

Long Green Valley, Glen Arm. Md.: 
Tcrri Smyth, |ohn Ness 

Maple Grove, .Ashland, Ohio: Angela 
Barr, lack Gray, lohn Stutzman. 
Brooke Wesner 

iMohler, Ephrata, Pa.: lennifer Miller. 
Stephanie Miller. Devon Goodman. 
Alysia Goodman. Deborah Berry, 
Zacharcy Duty, Laura Shupp, 
Norniie Ressler, Elizabeth Duty 

Pasadena, Calif.: Malissa .Maria Bishop 

Philadelphia First, Wyndmoor, Pa.: 
.Angela Finet 

iPlcasant View, Burkitlsville, Md.: Am> 
Lorraine Moser 

Ridgcly, Md.: loshua ludy. Jeffrey 
\oorhees. Brandi Moody 

Si. Petersburg, Fla.: Christian Figueroa 

San Diego, CaiiL: Susan Sanner. Carol 
Ha>dcn. lohn Davis 

Sebring, Fla.: Paul Becker, lorge 
Cordero. Felicita Cordero. Bernard 
Cornetta. Cheryl Cornetta. Mildred 

Kington. Lela Lilyquist. Richard 
McAninch. Linda McAninch. Robert 
McAninch. )udy McAninch. lane 
Robinson. Frank Peilfer. lane Peiffer 

Stanley, Wis.: Laverne Kroeplin. Betty 
Kroeplin. Megan Schunk. Stacy 
Sherwood. Travis Alger. Sarah 
Alger. Lori Alger. Steve Shilts, Mar- 
garet Sprague. Lynette Reineke 

Stover Memorial, Des Moines. Iowa: 
Doris Covalt 

Trolwood, Ohio: Eric Bohannon. 
Heather Boos. Ryan Snyder. Keisha 

Tucson, Ariz.: Dorothy Gruhn. Ralph 
Gruhn. Mary Stephey. lohn Barnes. 
Denise Abshear. Kristy Ramirez. 
Kenneth Ramirez 


Bechlclhcimcr, lohn and Retha. Glcn- 
dale. Ariz.. 50 

Bollinger, lacob and Miriam. Ephrata. 
Pa.. 50 

Bouse, Wayne and Marie. Silver Lake. 
Ind.. 65' 

Bowser, D. Luke. Ir.. and Lola. Mar- 
tinsburg. Pa.. 55 

Brookins, Wilbur and Fern. Goshen. 
Ind.. 60 

Pike, Earle |r. and lean. Bridgewater. 
Va.. 50 

Fryman, Robert and Waneta. New 
Lebanon. Ohio. 50 

Haltry. Ross and Marv. Shippensburg. 
Pa.'. 60 

Heggcnstaller, |oe and Doris. Logan- 
ton, Pa.. 50 

Hertzler, Earl and Eva, Mechanics- 
burg. Pa., 55 

Keim, Maurice and Naomi. Sebring. 
Fla.. 65 

Mast, Fred and Frances. Shire- 
manstown. Pa.. 50 

Rogers, Charles and Grace. New Paris. 
Ind.. 55 

Snavely. Harold and Rowena. Fruit- 
land. Idaho. 50 

Ziegler, lesse and Harriet. Dayton. 
Ohio. 60 


Allison, Anna. 91. Dallastown. Pa.. 

April I 
Ammcrmann, Eleanor Ruth. 59. 

Roanoke. Va.. Oct. 28 
Applegate, Wavne. 82. Norton. Kan.. 

Sept. 22 
Baker, Kenneth M.. 81. Martinsburg. 

Pa., luly 8. 1998 
Beahm, Robert W. 81, Lurav. Va.. 

Sept. 26 
Bollinger, Eva M.. 98. Thurmont. Md.. 

Oct. 50 
Brant, Phyllis M.. 71. Spring Grove. 

Pa.. Sept. 19 
Brumbaugh, Arlan Scott. 55. Martins- 
burg, Pa.. Oct. 9 
Brumbaugh. Barbara lo "Buffy. " 55. 

Martinsburg. Pa.. Oct. 9 
Bucher, Ethel. 96. Canton. 111.. July 14 
Buryanck, Ruth. 94. McPherson. Kan.. 

Oct. 25 
Carpenter, Larry Joseph. Shepherd- 

stown. W.Va.. Oct. 51 
Cash, Alma F.. 83. Harrisonburg. Va.. 

Oct. 9 
Clayton, Anna F., 98, Glen Arm. -Md.. 

Oct. 14 
Corle, I. Milton. 82. Martinsburg. Pa.. 

March 8. 1998 
Corle, Richard E.. 52. Martinsburg. 

Pa.. Sept. 9. 1998 
Dilling, Howard A.. 84. East Freedom. 

Pa.. Dec. 16. 1997 
Downie, Mark. 50. Glenville. Pa.. May 10 
Driver, Sara Louise. 93. Bluffton. 

Ohio. Sept. 30 
Fulk, Vada V, 86. Fulks Run. Va.. Oct. 22 
Funkhouser, Clyde W.. 64, Strasburg. 

Va.. Oct. 7 
Gartland, G. Harold, 80, Martinsburg. 

Pa.. Oct. 27 
Gebhardi, Anne E.. 95. Oaks, Pa., lune 19 
Groff, Everett. Sebring. Fla.. Oct. 9 
Hecfner, Martha. 99, Waynesboro, Pa.. 

Oct. 7 
Heisey, Wilbur. 78. Brighton. Mich.. 

Nov. 2 
Hildreth, Lucille. 79. San Diego. 

Calif.. Aug. 7 
Howe, S. Ruth. 98. Bridgewater. Va.. 

Oct. 10 
Hunsberger, A. Marie. 88. 

Phoenixville. Pa., luly 27 
Ingram, Cleta A.. 84. Pottstown. Pa.. 

Oct. 10 
Jones, Marcia. 71. La Place. 111.. Oct. 31 
Kaiser, Rodney. 53. Hanover. Pa.. |uly 19 
Keith, Clair. 93, Roaring Spring. Pa. 
Kinzie, Virgil M.. 93, Haxtun, Colo.. 

Aug. 13 
LaRoche, Earl. 92. Live Oak. Calif.. 

Oct. 20 
Laughman, Rov M.. Sr.. 90. New 

Oxford. Pa.. Oct. 27 
Laughman, Ruth. 90. Glen Rock. Pa.. 

lune 7 
Leininger, Verne E.. 81. Stryker. Ohio. 

Sept. 28 
Louey, Daisy. 87. New Oxford. Pa.. 

March 14 
McDaniel, Constance. 85. Weyers 

Cave. Va.. Oct. 1 
March, William C. 66. Phoeni.xville. 

Pa.. April 1 
Marshall, Doris. 66, Hanover. Pa.. 

Nov. 16 
Marshall, Melvin, 84, Hanover. Pa.. 

April 9 
Metzler, Elwood D.. 84. Curryville. Pa.. 

Oct. 27 
Michael, lames L. 66. Mt. Solon. Va.. 

Sept. 25 
Middlekauff, |ohn, Sebring, Fla.. Oct. 18 
Montel, Lamoin. 79, N. Manchester. 

Ind.. April 1 
NotI, Machree. 84. Millers. Md.. Sept. 21 
Peters, Kathryn. Sebring. Fla.. Oct. 24 
Ready, Robert. 62. Charlottesville. Va.. 

Oct. 18 
Rill, R. Vernon. 59. Hanover. Pa.. May 14 
Ross, Earl Franklin. 75. Kansas City. 

Kan.. Oct. 7 
Schechtcr, Anna Rolston, 94. Sheldon. 

Iowa. Dec. 27. 1998 
Shaffer, Wilbur, 72. Hanover. Pa.. 

Sept. 1 3 
Shull, Harriett M.. 65. Clavpool. Ind.. 

Oct. 28 
Simmons, Dorothy W., 65, Char- 
lottesville. Va.. Aug. 28 
Smith, Carl L.. 5 1 . Williamsburg. Pa.. 

Oct. 7 
Snook, Edna. 83. Yuma. Colo.. April 19 
Steele, William L.. 71. Roaring Spring. 

Pa.. March 4. 1998 
Steward, Virginia. 87. Ashland. Ohio. 

Oct. 25 
Sue, lenny. 53. Fenton. Mich.. Oct. 25 
Swiharl, Ruby. 84, N. Manchester. 

Ind.. Ian. 20 
Underwood, lim. Haxtun. Colo., luly 29 
Warlilncr, Alice v.. 91. Harrisonburg. 

Va.. Nov. 2 
Weaver, Rufus L.. 85. Fredericksburg. 

Pa.. Oct. 28 
Weller, Helen. 78, Newburg, Pa.. Sept. 7 
Werner, Alice. 83. Lineboro. Md.. Aug. 19 
Whisler, Kathryn Freed. 87. N. Man- 
chester. Ind.. Nov. 7 
Wilcox, Sean C. 21. Kalamazoo. 

Mich.. Oct. 26 
Wildasin, Hilda M.. 86, Hanover, Pa., 

Aug. 1 3 
Wildasin, Roy H.. 85. New Oxford. 

Pa.. Oct. 28 
Wine, Clarence. 86. Mt. Sidney. Va.. 

May 27 
Wittier, Albert. Sebring. Fla.. May 2 
Wood, Tom. 87. Charlottesville. Va.. 

Sept. I 1 
Woodward, lanice D.. 43. Stanley. Va.. 

Oct. 13 
Woriey, Laverne. 81. New Oxford. Pa.. 

luly 30 


Bollinger, Genhi, Sept. 1 1. Thurmont, 

Brockway, Bonnie |.. May 7. New 

Enterpise. Pa. 
Burkindine, Catherine. Sept. 1 1. Reis- 

terstown. Md. 
Dinterman, Dale. Sept. I 1. Piney 

Creek. Taneytown, Md. 
Keegan, Jeremy. Sept. 1 1. Danville. 

Moats, Susan. Sept. 1 1. Reisterstown. Md. 
Myers, Peter, Sept. 1 1. Frederick. Md. 
Naill, lanet, Sept. 1 1. Locust Grove. 

Mount Airy. Md. 
Tate, Ted. Sept. 1 1. Painesville, Ohio 


Davis, Linda E. S.. Sept. 1 . Church of 

the Living Savior. McFarland. CaliL 
Elmore, Carolyn. Sept. 1 1. Midland. 

Flory, Brian T. Oct. 19. Bridgewater, 

Gaver, B. loanne, Sept. 1 1. Thurmont, Md. 
Knolts, Donald, luly 17. Brookside. 

Aurora. W.Va. 
Lindley, Kyle. Aug. 21, Salkum. Wash. 
Petcher, Richard L.. May 15. Cedar 

Creek. Citronelle. Ala. 
Rose, Harold W.. May 1 5. Cumberland. 

Clintwood. Va. 

Pastoral placement 

Coatcs, Earl E.. to Wawaka. Ind. 
Prey, William R.. Sr.. from Wiley. 

Colo., to Roanoke. La. 
Handley, Randall, from Trinity. 

Blountville. Tenn.. to Pleasant 

Grove. Red Hill. Tenn. 
Hood, Dana, to Guernsey. Monticello. 

lohnson, Terry, from White Horn. 

Bulls Gap. Tenn., to Walnut Grove, 

Damascus. Va. 
Konlra, Pete, from Oakland. Bradford. 

Ohio, to Spring Creek. Hershey, Pa. 
Tate, Ted. to Painesville. Ohio 
Yelinek, Prue, from interim to perma- 
nent, Wavnesboro. Pa. 

January/February 2000 Messenger 31 

Bible study and the Kingdom of God 

"IT That is the kingdom of God lil<e for you? The pastor 
VV asks the question and we are off into another Bible 
study, this one on the parables of Matthew. 

You'd think after so many of us have spent a lifetime 
going to Bible studies we'd have that book pretty well fig- 
ured out by now, but we keep going back for more, don't 
we? I enjoy the kind of Bible studies that are like college 
lectures led by a scholar, the kind that are offered at Annual 
Conference. And I recall a few study sessions which 
brought to life a scripture passage so that I will ever after 
associate the scripture with that time and place. But most 
Bible studies are neither scholarly nor particularly memo- 
rable, they just quietly add a litde more understanding of 
God's Word and a little more texture to life. At our church 
we usually just grapple together, freely sharing our igno- 
rance and our experience, hoping that through it God will 
feed us a little something new. Mechtild of Magdeburg, the 
13th-century poet, described the modest gain of such an 
exercise: "Of the heavenly things God has shown me, I can 
speak but a litde word, not more than a honeybee can carry 
away on its foot from an overflowing jar." 

But what is the kingdom of God like? "To me the king- 
dom of God is like having your family home for the 
holidays," says one of us. "To me the kingdom of God is 
like peace in Northern Ireland," says another. We ponder 
together whether the kingdom is personal or political. Is it 
now or not yet? We go to the Bible to see if it will tell us the 
answer but it gives us more questions. An exasperated lady 
told the leader of one Bible study that her husband always 
asks her what she learned, but she has to tell him she 
comes away with more questions than answers. "We must 
learn to appreciate the mystery of God," the leader said. 
"Thank God for the questions." 

What is the kingdom like? "The kingdom of heaven 
may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in 
his field; but ... an enemy came and sowed weeds 
among the wheat . . . ." We turn our attention to the 
parable of the weeds among the wheat, Matthew 13: 24- 
30. The householder told his workers to let the weeds 
and the wheat grow together until the harvest. From an 
example in our study material we agree that church life is 
like weeds and wheat growing together. Sometimes our 
fellow church members are the weeds we need to toler- 
ate; other times we ourselves become the weeds others 
have to tolerate. 

Bible study is a place for me to learn tolerance. For 
years I was in study groups with Charlie who, no matter 
what the point or the question, always had the same 

answer. "It all comes back to love, the love we have for 
each other and the love God has for us." Though that 
was more often true than not, there were times when I 
wanted to wrap Charlie's love around his throat and 
strangle him with it if he said it one more time! There 
was another case in point when our "weeds and wheat" 
discussion veered naturally to the school situation in 
Decatur, the next town east of us, where |esse Jackson 
was making national news for his efforts to get boys who 
had been expelled back into school. To my mind anybody 
who reads the Bible seriously would agree that the boys 
deserved a second chance. But my Bible study colleague 
seemed equally convinced that [esse Jackson should go 
back home and mind his own business. I left thinking my 
brother in Christ was making a real weed of himself 

Studying the Bible together we get to know each other. 
When we came to the parable of the mustard seed, we got . 
chuckle from discovering which of us were the baby 
boomers who remembered the mustard seed necklaces girl; 
used to wear. Others were too old or too young. We got to 
know Alberta, new to our church, when the birds of the air 
came to make nests in the mustard tree's branches (Matt. 
13:32). We learned she is an avid birdwatcher, so devoted 
to the creatures who visit her feeder she gives them names. 

Often in Bible studies I've noticed there is one who 
doesn't say much but when that person speaks people 
listen. When we came to the "pearl of great price" (Matt. 
1 3:45) we spent a lot of time on the question of what is 
valuable in life. For what would we sell all we have to 
buy? We would mortgage all we own for a house, but 
would we do that for Jesus? Some said probably; some 
said maybe. Then as we all were running our mouths 
about what price we would be willing to pay for God, 
Becky said quietly, "Fve been thinking." We all stopped 
to listen. "We are the pearl." What? "We are the pearl of 
great value. For us God gave all he had." 

Well, she turned that story around, and turned me 
around with it. Of course! It's not about what 1 do for 
God but what God has done for me. Being called a pearl 
left me speechless for once. And I understood better the 
lines in Matthew 13:15 that explain why Jesus told his 
followers parables — so they might "look with their eyes, 
and listen with their ears, and understand with their 
heart and turn — and I would heal them." Soon after, oui 
pastor brings this session to a close, saying, "The king- 
dom of heaven is like studying the Bible together around 
a table with friends." — Fletcher Farrar 

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Behold the man 

On the cover: The print by Ruth Aukerman is rich in 
symbolism and rich in connection to this month's 
cover story on the Death Row Support Project, a 
letter-writing ministry to prisoners on death row (p. 10). It was 
through DRSP that Ruth and her husband, the late Dale Auker- 
man, began writing to Ronnie Dunkins on death row. The 
correspondence continued eight years. "He was like a son to us," 
Ruth said. Dale Aukerman went to witness Dunkins' execution in 
the Alabama electric chair on luly 14, 1989. An op-ed article he 
wrote for the Washington Post describing the botched electrocu- 
tion — it had to be done twice — caused a furor. 

Ruth reacted to Dunkins' execution by 
creating this work of art. Included in the 
print are both the cross and stones, two 
forms of execution used in Jesus' day. 
The legend on the work is "Ecce homo," 
Latin for "Behold the man." These were 
Pilate's words when he presented lesus, 
with whom he could find no fault, to the 
angry crowd (John 19:5). The words 
suggest the complicity of the crowd and 
the complicity of us all. "Christ is always standing with the 
victim," Ruth says. "Whenever anyone is executed, we are there 
as ones who are also to blame." 

Though losing friends is painful — her second death row corre- 
spondent was executed last year — she continues, now writing to 
a third condemned man. She encourages others to volunteer for 
the Death Row Support Project. "We gain more from it than we 
give," she says. "They are so grateful. A lot of them are there 
because of a lack of love in their lives." 

Ruth Aukerman, of Union Bridge, Md., is a professional artist 
and art teacher. She is a member of Westminster (Md.) Church 
of the Brethren. 


Death Row Support Project 

For more than 20 years, Rachel Gross has 
been connecting volunteer correspondents 
with "pen pals" on death row through 
DRSP, a ministry of the General Board. 
Simple letter-writing not only comforts 
prisoners, it raises consciousness as well. 

14 Jubilee 2000 

A worldwide campaign to cancel the inter- 
national debt of 41 impoverished countries 
is gathering steam. Heather Nolen, a 
Church of the Brethren member working 
for Church World Service, explains how 
concerned Christians can help, in the spirit 
of jubilee. 

18 Renewal begins with prayer 

Author and lecturer David Young, a 
Church of the Brethren pastor, writes that 
spiritual formation and servant leadership 
are keys to church renewal. 

22 A Balkan journey 

It is a long way from Pennsylvania 
Brethren territory to the killing fields of 
Kosovo. But on that journey Andrew 
Loomis made important connections from 
his peacemaking background to practical 

25 Gifts of Living Water 

Mervin Keeney, director of Global Mission 
Partnerships, reflects on the theme of One 
Great Hour of Sharing, the ecumenical 
offering emphasis. When we receive God's 
gift of living water we share it with others 
around the world. 



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Turning Points 



March 2000 Messenger 1 

k hmm 

At our house, the tooth fairy brings 50 cents and a one-inch personal note written 
in six-point type on a tooth fairy-size computer. Over the years she's been 
remarkably competent. The money and the note showed up when our son lost a 
tooth at Annual Conference, and again when he lost one while visiting relatives in 
Indiana. She even delivered the goods when a tooth was accidently swallowed. 

But the tooth fairy seems to have reached middle age: Lately she keeps forgetting 
her duties. Our oldest smiles sweetly and says, "Please tell the tooth fairy that I'm 
leaving my tooth on the table so it's easier for her to find." 1 nod my good intentions, 
and then promptly forget by the time bedtime prayers have been said. 

1 know what's happening. My mental lapses began the same time the children 
stopped believing in the tooth fairy. Though my intentions are the same, the fact that 
the kids no longer believe has unconsciously rearranged my priorities. 

That makes me wonder whether the rest of my priorities get rearranged uninten- 
tionally too. Do my priorities belie what 1 say I believe? If 1 really believe in the 
power of prayer, shouldn't 1 be praying without ceasing? If I really believe the good 
news, shouldn't 1 overflow with the joy of the Spirit? 

Back when 1 first became acquainted with the Brethren, what impressed me most 
was the sense I had that these people live out on Monday what they say they believe 
on Sunday. I'm not sure what the tangible differences were between the Brethren 
and the other brands of Christians with whom I had been more familiar. I simply 
knew that Brethren discipleship was obvious. I saw that Brethren beliefs and values 
were deeply held and that they showed in everyday life. 

I liked that authenticity. Two decades later I can still say the Brethren live up to 
that (most of the time). I'm going to keep trying to live up to that ideal. 

And someday when my youngest loses her first tooth and the tooth fairy matters 
again, I'm quite sure that little winged creature will come through on time. Because 
the things that matter to us we don't forget. 

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Editor's note: Allan and 
\ ercty Smyth are Brethren 
Volunteer Service retiree 
volunteers serving a two- 
year term at the World 
Friendship Center in 
Hiroshima. Japan. For 35 
years, the World Friendship 
Center has worked with 
peacemakers around the 
world to build friendship 
bridges on a person-to- 
person basis. Couples 
interested in serving in 
Hiroshima can contact the 
B\ S office in Elgin. The 
other BVS volunteers 
referred to in this story are 
Larry and Alice Petry. of 
Lakemore. Ohio, who have 
been Brethren volunteers 
in many projects. 

Japanese friend brings 
BVS couple unexpected 
gifts of love and peace 


Junko Kachime with BVS volunteer Larry 
Petry at Mt. Daisen. Japan. 

t was Wednesday, our busiest day. A 
phone call came from Chizuko, one of our 
dearest volunteer helpers. A friend of hers, 
lunko, from the other side of )apan, was 
with her and wanted to bring us pho- 
tographs she had taken of former American 
volunteers. She wanted to come today. 

I thought of saying, "Just ask her to mail 
the photos to us." But Chizuko is very dedi- 
cated, so I said, "Fine. Can you bring her at 
four o'clock?" 

Chizuko and her friend, |unko, come in 
and we sit down for tea. |unko speaks little 
English, I speak little [apanese, so Chizuko 
translates. Three years ago some American 
volunteers and Chizuko went to climb Mt. 
Daisen, several hours trip from Hiroshima, 
[unko is a staff person at the Mt. Daisen 
hotel and also a photographer, so she took 
photos of the group. Today is her first opportunity to deliver the photos to World Friend- 
ship Center in Hiroshima. 

We talk small talk. We are the same age, 61. We are both interested in peace. She com- 
ments on our framed photo of paper lanterns floating on the Motoyasu River in memory 
of the A-bomb victims. I show her other pictures by the same photographer, Paul Quayle. 
Some of the photos show A-bomb victims. 

I can see Junko's memory moving back to 1945. "I was six years old," Junko begins. 
"My father was a farmer in southern Kyushu. There was an army airfield near our house. 
Every morning a siren blew and planes took off. Our teachers led us out to wave to the 
pilots, and the pilots waved back. But in the evening, no planes returned." 

1 realized that these were Kamikaze pilots flying to attack the American fleet off Oki- 
nawa. They killed my childhood neighbor. Junko's eyes confirmed my realization. So 
many strong young men, flying to kill and to die. 

"One day an American plane flew over. A bomb fell out and our house was broken. 
Everyone was running and shouting, and a lady fell and was having a baby. I ran into our 
broken house and climbed into our iron bathtub. I sat for a long time until finally my 
father came and took me out. 

"Then the army told us the war was over and the Americans were coming. The Ameri- 
cans would kill us and do terrible things. We hid. When I saw the Americans I was very 
afraid, but they tossed chocolates to us. They gave us food. 

"Our clothes were all in tatters, our town was ruined, and we were very ashamed. We 
were embarrassed to be seen in such a condition. But the Americans gave us some of 
their clothes to wear. They helped us fix our town. They were not terrible, they were 
kind, and we became unashamed." 

Then Junko took both my hands in hers, something that Japanese rarely do. "All these 
things happened 54 years ago. For 54 years I have wanted to thank an American. Thank 
you, thank you." Sometimes tears speak more loudly than words. 

We have seen much pain in the last century, and much evil. But on this Wednesday in 
Hiroshima, a gift was given. A gift of remembered kindness. A gift of reconciliation. A 
gift of hope. Our prayer for all people is that the coming of a new century will awaken in 
all of us some good memories, and some good hopes. — Allan Smyth, Hiroshima, Japan 

March 2000 Messenger 3 


Manchester church to 
be dedicated in April 

Two years after fire 
destroyed the historic 
church building on Walnut 
Street, the Manchester 
Church of the Brethren is 
ready to dedicate a new 
building at a new site in 
North Manchester, Ind. 
The congregation had 
been at the Walnut Street 
location since 1880. 

The 45,000-square-feet 
structure is built on one 
level on a 25-acre site in 
the northwest part of 
town. The sanctuary will 
seat over 500. A large 
family life center and 
narthex will provide space 
for fellowship, special 
meals, and recreation. 

"Under Construction" crew members with Iiiii\Iu'lI pLiylioiisc. 

VBS constructs a Habitat 
for Humanity tiienie 

Last year the Dayton (Va.) Church of the Brethren 
joined two other congregations for "Under Construc- 
tion: a Habitat for Humanity Vacation Bible School." Over 
three weeks 62 children participated. They created crafts 
that encouraged them to share with others, developed 
ways to care for a friend who is hurting, and learned about 
worship through Bible stories and games. A large play- 
house was constructed on the VBS site and then auctioned 
at the closing program. It brought $ 1 ,500 to benefit Habi- 
tat for Humanity. 

Facilities for a nursery 
school and children's 
Christian education pro- 
gram are located in a west 
wing. The adult program 
along with a museum, 
library, board room, 
chapel, and office complex 
are in the east wing. 

At 7 p.m. April 28 there 
will be a music fest, featur- 
ing congregational singing 
and worship, special 
music, and a chance to see 
and hear the new organ 
and piano. On Saturday. 
April 29, there will be an 
open house when visitors 
can receive guided tours of 
the building. 

On April 30, morning 
worship will convene at 
9:30 a.m. A carry-in 
dinner will follow at 1 1 :30. 
The dedication service will 
begin at 2 p.m. with an 
instrumental concert at 
1 :30 featuring the organ 
and piano. All are invited. 

The main speaker at the 
dedication service will be 
Charles Boyer, former 
Annual Conference mod- 
erator and currently pastor 
of the La Verne (Calif.) 
Church of the Brethren. 
— William R. Eberly 


Harold B. ("H.B. ") Brum- 
baugh, of Huntingdon, Pa., 
fondly known by many as 
"Mr. Juniata," died |an. 17 
after an extended illness. 
He was 88. 

Harold B. Brumbaugh 

Brumbaugh dedicated 
his entire life to luniata 
College, the Huntingdon 
institution where he stud- 
ied and worked — and even 
lived until 1993. 

A 1933 alumnus, he 
began his career there in 
1936 as assistant to Presi- 
dent Charles C. Ellis. Over 
the years his titles included 
alumni secretary, vice presi- 
dent for development, and 
vice president for college 
advancement emeritus. 

Violet Anet Satvedi 

Violet Anet Satvedi, 59, 

died Oct. 1 in Hudson, 111. 
She and her husband, 
Anet, served as Church of 
the Brethren staff at Waha 
Schools and other assign- 
ments in Nigeria between 
1972 and 1986. She was a 
graduate of Bethany Theo- 
logical Seminary. 

Harold Mohler of War- 
rensburg. Mo., died on 
Dec. 7, and F. Willard 
"Bill" Powers of Mount 
Morris. HI., died two days 
later at the age of 90, on 
Dec. 9. 

Mohler twice served as a 
member of the Church of 
the Brethren General Board 
and was a longtime chair of 
the board of trustees for 
McPherson (Kan.) College. 
His memorial service was 
held Dec. 1 1 at the New 
Beginnings Church of the 
Brethren, Warrensburg, 

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Powers also served on the 
(General Board, was the first 
moderator of the Illinois- 
Wisconsin District, and was 
chairperson for the denom- 
ination's 250th anniversary 
celebration. He also served 
on the board of trustees for 
Manchester College, North 
Manchester, Ind., and was 
active in membership and 
leadership with numerous 
community organizations 
and with Camp Emmaus. 

Teacher receives 
President's Award 

Cindy Asiala, pianist and 
treasurer of the Marilla 
(Mich.) Church of the 
Brethren, was one of 2 1 
recipients of the 1999 Presi- 
dent's Service Awards. 

The recipients traveled to 
Washington, D.C., to receive 
the honor from national ser- 
vice executives and the 
Points of Light Foundation. 

Performing in Steve Engle's "Rumors of Angels," /io/n left. 
are Kiiu Murray Simmons as Mary. Marty Keeney as the 
rabbi, and Brent Hurley as Joseph. 

Musical 'Rumors of Angels,' 
makes its debut performance 

In December Steve Engle and musicians from Stone 
Church of the Brethren and Juniata College, both in 
Huntingdon, Pa., offered a debut of his musical composi- 
tion "Rumors of Angels." This two-hour musical, based on 
the Bible story of Mary and loseph was performed before a 
standing-room-only crowd at Juniata's Oiler Hall. 

Engle is a well-known Church of the Brethren composer 
and ventriloquist. Previous major works include "Saint 
ludas Passion," and "A Christmas Patchwork." His hymn 
"i See A New World Coming" is included in Hymnal: A 
Worship Book. 

Steve calls "Rumors of Angels" "sort of a Christmas 'Fid- 
dler on the Roof.'" The original script and musical score 
follows Mary and loseph from when they fell in love, to their 
betrothal, the Immaculate Conception, their wedding, the 
birth of lesus. This production, made up of church, college, 
and community personnel, featured 1 1 lead characters, a 
40-voice choir, and a 28-piece orchestra. — Donna Rhodes 

Several members also talked 
with President Bill Clinton in 
the Oval Office. 

Asiala was chosen for the 
honor for her work, assisted 

by co-teacher Deb Crandall, 
in initiating the Service 
Learning Class at Brethren 
High School in the town of 
Brethren, Mich. 

Orapan Termkunanon as Mary and Adam Lemmer as Joseph. 

Ohio church lets town know 
"who we are' at Christmas 

In the New Carlisle, Ohio, Christmas parade, the role of 
Mary was played by a Buddhist. Orapan Termkunanon 
cradled a plastic baby |esus on the New Carlisle Church of 
the Brethren float. The 1 7-year-old exchange student from 
Thailand said she had recently heard the story of Mary, 
loseph, and |esus for the first time, told by her American 
host, Andrew Wright, the Brethren pastor. 

"We wanted to remind the community of the Christ in 
Christmas," Wright said of the church's float. "We wanted to 
let the community know who we are and why we celebrate." 

Bible readers commit 
to go cover-to-cover 

In December the deacons 
of the Greenville (Ohio) 
Church of the Brethren 
decided to ask their mem- 
bers to read the entire 
Bible in one year as a pro- 
ject for the year 2000. 

After three Sundays of 
promotion, 88 people had 
signed a card commiting 
them to read three or four 
chapters of the Bible each 

day until they were finished. 

A reading guide is taped 
to the Bible so chapters may 
be crossed off as they are 
read. Those on the reading 
team encourage each other. 
The church newsletter, the 
bulletin, and the pastor help 
explain the books as readers 

For those who are suc- 
cessful, a "cover-to-cover" 
Bible party will be held in 
January 2001. — Ken 

"In Touch" features news of congregations, districts, and individ- 
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March 2000 Messenger 5 


Top: The church 
building in Rio 
Verde. Brazil. Right: 
Inside the church. 
Marcos Inhauser. 
left, enthusiastically 
shares his hopes for 
the church in Brazil, 
as fames Miller 
Shenandoah district 
executive, listens. 

November trip may lead 
to future work in Brazil 

A November visit to Brazil may lead 
to new activity by the Church of the 
Brethren in that nation. 

Mervin Keeney, director of Global 
Mission Partnerships; Allen Hansell, 
director of Ministry; and lames 
Miller, Shenandoah District execu- 
tive, traveled to visit the 
congregation in Rio Verde, Goias, 
Nov. 19-21 and were joined there by 

Bethany Theological Seminary grad- 
uate Marcos Inhauser. 

The young congregation had been 
through a period of conflict and divi- 
sion some years ago after being 
recognized by Annual Conference as 
a Church of the Brethren congrega- 
tion in 1992. 

"We needed to go and listen," 
Keeney said of the purpose for the 
trip. "After a period of limited con- 
tact, we wanted to hear and discern 
where God is leading this group 
now." Following the positive visit, 
work began on a proposal regarding 
the Brazilian church to present to the 
General Board at its March meetings. 

A rough landing can't stop 
Bible launching in Sudan 

Even a change of site and a very 
rough, near-tragic airplane landing 
in Sudan couldn't take away from 
the joy of dedicating the first com- 
plete Bible in the Nuer language — a 
project more than nine years in the 

After the location of the new trans- 
lation's launch shifted from Akobo to 
Mading, in southern Sudan, Church 
of the Brethren representatives 
Lester and Esther Boleyn of Cit- 
ronelle, Ala., and David Sollenberger 
of Annville, Pa., took a flight from 
northern Kenya to Mading. As the 
plane approached the dirt landing 
strip, however, it was whipped by 
strong crosswinds and rolled sharply 
back and forth. The right landing 
gear hit hard and collapsed, and the 
plane then skidded sideways into a 
fence, it rolled the plane, snapping 
off the left wing and leaving the 
plane lying on its roof. 

6 Messenger March 2000 

The Boleyns reported that 
miraculously, however, none 
of the 24 people on the plane 
had more than a scratch, and 
they were able to exit via a 
rear loading door or the 
cockpit. Sollenberger was 
able to videotape the rescue 

"God is great, we are safe, 
and the Nuer now have the 
Bible in their own language," 
the Boleyns wrote. 

Hymnnal supplement 
group sings its work 

The committee preparing 
supplements to Hymnal: A 
Worship Book has progressed j. 
to the next level of the project ^ 
— digesting the input of 33 ? 
advisory group members who 
each sang through 239 poten- 
tial hymns. 

The advisory group is a 
diverse set of people who com- 
mitted to reviewing the first cut of 
hymns and evaluating their appropri- 
ateness for inclusion in a set of 
booklets for congregational worship 
within the Church of the Brethren. 
That input, sent by mail, was tabulated 
for the Hymnal Pocket Series Com- 
mittee to use as a guide in the next 
level of selection, done during a meet- 
ing Dec. 6- 1 in Elgin, 111. 

The committee decided the still-to- 
be-named series will consist of nine 
booklets produced over a three-year 
period. The categories will be based 
on those in the hymnal, and the first 
three will be 1) Advent/Christmas/ 
Epiphany; 2) Lent/ Easter/Pentecost; 
and 5) Praising/ Adoring. 

The hymnal supplement committee at work. Clockwise 
from upper left: Wendy McFadden. Jonathan Shively, 
Lani Wright, and Nancy Fans. 

Each booklet will include hymns 
representing a variety of musical 
styles. Among those in the mix are 
traditional hymns, praise choruses, 
new hymns written since the hymnal 
was published, and hymns coming 
from other cultures. 

Of the list evaluated by members of 
the advisory group, the top 10 were: 
"While by the sheep," "fesu, Jesu" 
(with revised words), "We three 
kings." "jubilate, everybody," "Lau- 
date Dominum," "Siyahamba," 
"Halle, halle, hallelujah," "Touch the 
earth lightly," "Glory, glory, hallelu- 
jah," and "Go, tell it on the 

Ultimate inclusion in the series 

depends on copyright permis- 
sions, so no titles are yet 
considered final. 

The committee will meet 
again in March. Members are 
Nancy Faus, chair; Wendy 
McFadden, publisher; 
lonathan Shively; and Lani 
Wright. The first booklet in 
the series is planned for com- 
pletion by fall 2000. 

Loving heart is logo for 
Annual Conference 

The Annual Conference Pro- 
gram and Arrangements 
Committee has chosen a design 
by Debra Noffsinger of the 
Westminster (Md.) Church of 
the Brethren as the logo for the 
2000 Conference to be held in 
Kansas City in July. The logo 
will appear on the banner in the 
convention center and on other 
Conference materials. 
Noffsinger said that 
thoughts presented by moderator 
Emily Mumma, including a scripture 
from Colossians, helped to inspire 
the motif. 

"I designed the logo with the 
thought of us all being woven 
together with each other and with 
God into one fabric," Noffsinger 
wrote in an explanation of the 
design. "Our love holds us tight." 

BVS eliminates barrier by 
waiving application fee 

People seeking to work through 
Brethren Volunteer Service no longer 
need to pay an application fee as of 
[an. 1. 

March 2000 Messenger 7 

The BVS team planning retreat 
held in December arrived at a deci- 
sion to no longer require the $15 fee 
beginning in the new year, matching 
the practice of most other volunteer 

"BVS wants to remove barriers to 
the application process," BVS direc- 
tor Dan McFadden said, "and this is 
one area where we can make an 
immediate change without a high 
cost to BVS." 

Students flock to study with 
Brethren Colleges Abroad 

Brethren Colleges Abroad has more 
individual students pre-registered 
than ever before this year, with 
nearly 400 signed up for interna- 
tional study. 

The total semester-equivalents is 
equal to the previous year, however, 
as only one in eight students are 
staying for a full academic year. Of 
those enrolled, the largest number 
registered for Barcelona, Spain, with 
1 14 students. Second is Athens, 
Greece, with 52. The remaining stu- 
dents are scattered over nine other 
sites in eight countries. 

Larqe group attends youth 
spirituality workshop 

The theme of youth spirituality 
struck a chord among Brethren as a 
crowd of nearly 200 people attended 
the 1999 Youth Ministry Workshop 
held at the Hagerstown (Md.) 
Church of the Brethren Nov. 20. 

Chris Douglas, coordinator of the 
General Board's Youth/Young Adult 
Office, which sponsored the work- 
shop, said it was the highest 
registration ever for the annual fall 
event since it began in the early 1990s. 

Mark Yaconelli, who directs the 
Youth Spirituality Project at San 
Francisco Theological Seminary, 
provided leadership for the event. 

"God needs to be at the center," 
Yaconelli said, describing various 
youth ministry models. "The Christ- 
ian faith doesn't make sense unless 
there is a God. We need to have 
youth 'meet God.' Our desire for 
God is our greatest gift to our 

A video of highlights from the 
workshop, filmed by David SoUen- 
berger of the Annville (Pa.) 
congregation, is available for dis- 
tricts or congregations to borrow 
from the Youth/Young Adult Min- 
istry Office. Call 800-323-8039. 

Disaster Fund grants help 
Balkans, Puerto Rico, Eritrea 

In recent months the General Board 
has approved the following Emer- 
gency Disaster Fund allocations, 
culminating more than three dozen 
grants going out in 1999 and begin- 
ning 2000: 

•$37,500 to support the ongoing 
post-war work of Brethren Volunteer 
Service in the Balkans. 

•$15,000 to support a hurricane 
recovery and mitigation project on 
the Puerto Rican island of Culebra. 
The project came as a joint effort 
between the General Board's Emer- 
gency Response/Service Ministries 
and McPherson (Kan.) College, with 
additional volunteers from Chiques 
Church of the Brethren, Manheim, 
Pa., plus two experienced project 

• $ I 5,000 toward additional sup- 
port for the Family Farm Drought 
Response, an ecumenical effort of 
which the General Board's Emer- 

gency Response/Service Ministries is 
a part. 

•$25,000 to support the immedi- 
ate disaster recovery efforts of 
Church World Service in the after- 
math of catastrophic floods and 
mudslides that killed thousands and 
devastated areas along Venezuela's 
Caribbean coast. 

•$1 3,500 to fund an emergency 
shipment of medical supplies in 
cooperation with Mercy Corps to 
war-torn Eritrea, on the northeast 
coast of Africa. 

•$10,000 to support continuing 
relief and reconstruction efforts 
related to the effects of Hurricane 
Floyd in North Carolina. Monies for 
the grant had been given via desig- 
nated gifts from congregations and 
individuals in Virlina District, where 
most of the damage from the storm 

•In addition to these disaster 
grants, the board allocated $2,500 
from the Global Food Crisis Fund in 
December to meet a request for the 
Eco-|ustice Working Group of the 
National Council of Churches. The 
funds will support an Earth Day 
resource mailing about the effects of 
energy consumption, global warm- 
ing, and climate changes on food 

Juniata publishes book on 
peace hero Elizabeth Baker 

A new book. Peace is Everybody's 
Business — Half a Century of Peace 
Education with Elizabeth Evans 
Baker, by Marta Daniels, of Chester, 
Conn., was published by luniata 
College, Huntingdon, Pa., in 

It explores the role Baker played 
in peace education and a life 

8 Messenger March 2000 

devoted to finding peace. The book 
was commissioned for publication 
in 1999 to mark the 30th anniver- 
sary of the date Elizabeth Evans 
Baker wrote her first letter to then- 
)uniata President John Stauffer, 
challenging the college to create a 
peace studies program as part of its 
curriculum, and the 25th anniver- 
sary of the date Juniata's 
full-fledged Peace and Conflict 
Studies program began. 

Peace is Everybody's Business is 
available at the Juniata College 
Bookstore for $7.95 plus shipping. 
For information call 814-641-3380. 

Youn^ adults to focus on 
'Finding Common Ground' 

This year's Young Adult Conference, 
with the theme "Finding Common 
Ground," will be held over the 
Memorial Day weekend, May 27-29, 
at Camp Harmony, Hooversville, Pa. 
All who consider themselves young 
adults are invited to attend and share 
their visions and challenges, as well as 
listen to the diversity within the 
Church of the Brethren. The confer- 
ence will be led by Matt Guynn and a 
YAC leadership team. Registration fee 
is $80; for a registration brochure call 

800-323-8039, ext. 286, or go to the 
Church of the Brethren Web site 
( and print one. 


Patty and John Crumley of Polo, 111., 
accepted a call to serve in Nigeria 
through the Church of the Brethren 
General Board's office of Global 
Mission Partnerships. Their employ- 
ment began Dec. 13 and they left for 
Nigeria in January. Patty will be 
teaching music at Hillcrest School in 
)os, and John's assignment is yet to 
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Maintaining a database of more than 5.600 people on death row and matching them with volunteer correspondenis is the ]\vrk 
of Rachel Gross, director of the Death Row Support Project, a ministry of the General Board's Office of Brethren Witness. 

Wilting to death row 

Tlie Death Row Sirppoit Pi^oject has beenministei'ing to prisonei's foi^more than 20 years 

BY Greg Laszakovits 

'Tnank. you for sending my name to 
J_the Thompson family. I have been 
on death row. . . and at first I 
thought everyone had forgotten 
about me." 

The cornfields of Indiana are a long 
way from the lonely halls of death row. 
Yet this Midwestern rural landscape is 
much closer than you might imagine 
to the steel and gray one finds in the 
iron bars and echoing halls of prison. 
This soybeans and Brethren territory, 
just outside the small town of Liberty 
Mills, houses one of the best support 
systems for death row prisoners. 
Death Row Support Project (DRSP). 

1 Messenger March 2000 

Director Rachel Gross stands in 
her farmhouse kitchen preparing 
lunch, comfortably answering ques- 
tions and throwing out statistics: 

As of Sept. 1 , 1 999, there were 
3,625 people on death row in the 
United States. The mission of Gross 
and the DRSP is to see that each and 
every one of those persons receives a 
letter, and gains an ongoing relation- 
ship, while life still exists. 

DRSP a Church of the Brethren 
General Board ministry sponsored by 
the Brethren Witness office, matches 
the people on death row with "pen 
pals." Yet one hesitates to use such a 
flippant word for fear it cannot 
match the depth and intensity these 

writing relationships often reach. 

In 1976 the US Supreme Court rein- 
stated the use of capital punishment. 
At that time Rachel's husband. Bob, 
was working on criminal justice issues 
with the Church of the Brethren 
Washington Office. Knowing her 
compassion. Bob suggested to Rachel 
the possibility of a correspondence 
ministry. She readily accepted the 
challenge. The Washington Office was 
the first to support the project and in 
the fall of 1978, the DRSP started 
with about 20 correspondents. 

"When I started in 1977 I thought, 
'No problem, two years of this and 
the death penalty will be gone again 

; when people eome back to their 
senses alter they see how wrong it 
is." But here we are, 20 years later. I 
thought it would be a short-term 
thing," recalls Gross with a mix of 
disappointment and amazement. 

Obviously, it has been anything but 
"short-term." Twenty-one years and 
more than 600 executions later, the 
death penalty remains tightly woven 
into the American fiber, in fact, most 
polls show Americans strongly in 
favor of government-sponsored exe- 
cutions — upwards of 6,500 have 
been sentenced to death since 1977 
(though 2,000 of those sentences 
have been cornmuted or reduced). 

Even while public opinion contin- 
ues to support capital punishment, 
and 58 of the 50 states proscribe 
death, the hope of abolition stays 
alive for many. In the meantime, 
DRSP plans to keep hard at work 
matching those imprisoned with 
those who are on the "outside." 

Gross says it's hard to tell how 
many people are corresponding at 
the moment. But she does know that 
DRSP has referred more than 65 
percent of the 3,625 on death row 
around the nation to correspondents. 

DJ^SP continues the tradition set by 
other notable Brethren ministries 
by opening its doors to ecumenical 
and secular participation. This is due 
partly to an open attitude, but mostly 
out of necessity. The first push in 
1978, including a Messenger adver- 
tisement, sought matches for the 400 
people newly assigned to death row. 
A number of writers responded, but 
sadly short of 400. The need for 
more writers led to ads in Sojourners 
and other publications. Thankfully, a 
larger group responded to the plea. 
Letter-writers have come from all 
walks of life, denominations, and 
parts of the world. Many write out of 
religious conviction, and some from 
deep wells of compassion. Many of 
the writers are Catholic sisters, 
American Baptists, and Seventh Day 
Adventists. Around 100 are Brethren. 
Since the US is the only Western 
country to use capital punishment, 
numerous writers hail from abroad, 
including many from Europe. 

For nearly 20 years the Franklin family of 
Modesto. Calif, has corresponded with 
death ro)v inmate Ronnie Bell through the 
Death Row Support Project. Bell, a 
prisoner at San Quentin penitentiary, is 
seated, flanked by Simeon Franklin, left, 
and Cyrus. Back row: Joshua. Pam, Phil 
and Melissa. The photo was taken several 
years ago. 

Tilhy would you want to write to a 
VV convicted murderer? Gross offers 
many reasons, but states that the 
most important for her is her belief 
that writing to a person on death row 
is a form of visiting, in line with 
lesus' teaching (Matt. 25:31-46). 
She explains, "lesus called us to be 
with those in prison; he didn't qual- 
ify it with why they were there." 

One may suspect lesus calls us to 
visit with those in prison for the very 
reason reflected in this article's 
opening quote — an utter feeling of 
abandonment and loneliness. Feeling 
forgotten may be one of the worst 
emotions one can experience. It is 
akin to worthlessness. fesus saw the 
worth in all children of God he 
encountered; he was unconcerned 
with what they did for a living, where 
they hung their hats, or their past 
sins. He exemplified a way of living 
in which everyone deserved human 
contact and love, and an opportunity 
for forgiveness. 

Regardless of guilt or innocence, 
DRSP believes that no person is 
beyond the love, compassion, and 
listening presence that only a fellow 
human being can provide. 

This sentiment is felt by one man 
on Texas' death row who expresses 
his gratefulness for correspondence: 
"I have been corresponding ... on a 
regular basis and have had few things 
in my life which have given me more 
pleasure. It is a helping hand to us 
who society has condemned, while 

knowing we have violated those stan- 
dards they hold sacred. To me that is 
truly love for your fellow man." 

"This really changes people's 
lives," notes Gross, who launches 
into the story of one family's impact 
on their new friend's life. The family 
provided testimony in a re-sentenc- 
ing hearing that was pivotal in 
reducing the convicted person's sen- 

Surprising to many, writing and 
visiting often becomes a family pro- 
ject. Younger children draw pictures, 
which are greatly appreciated by 
those who have little or no contact 
with children. In turn, children have 
the opportunity in a safe space to 
learn about the justice system and, 
more significantly, about the individ- 
uals who are in it. 

A mother writes, "We have learned 
a lot about prison life — and its toll 
on a person. . . . We have a new 
awareness, as a family, of the inhu- 
manity of the death penalty." 

Correspondent relationships not 
only influence the prisoner's life, but 
they also change the other person 
psychologically and spiritually as 
well. Writing to a person on death 
row gives one the opportunity to see 
situations as they have never seen 
them before, from the childhood past 
of a confessed murderer, to the pleas 
of a person who may be an innocent 
victim caught in the wrong place at 
the wrong time (23 persons have 
been executed, only to be found 
innocent upon further review). 

One man describes his discovery of 
compassion: "Besides learning about 
myself, I feel like I have learned to 
appreciate another unique individual. 
Until I am open to sharing and being 
sensitive to his concerns, struggles, 
joys, defeats, etc., I cannot be sup- 
portive or healing in any way." 

In a land wracked by stereotypes 
and social stratification, DRSP 
opens the door to appreciate people 
for who they are and not who we as a 
society project them to be. One 
woman wrote, "I was able to see 
Richard as a person, and a neat 
person at that, instead of just a pris- 
oner. The prejudices I had have 
disappeared. Actually I think I prob- 

March 2000 Messenger 1 1 

ably got more out of it than he did." 
DRSP correspondence also gives 
the imprisoned the opportunity to 
give gifts of the human spirit that 
might otherwise not find an outlet. 
Many in Brethren circles are familiar 
with the late Dale Aukerman, long- 
time peace activist, writer, and 
spiritual giant, who last year wrote 
for Messenger about his honest, yet 
graceful, battle with cancer. Auker- 
man had long been a correspondent 
through DRSP with men on death 
row around the nation and had sup- 
ported men through the agony of 
death row all the way to the Alabama 
electric chair. 

When Aukerman was diagnosed 
with lung cancer, his death sentence 
of sorts, a tremendous outpouring of 
love and support came from those he 
had long supported on death row. 
Those who knew what it was like to 
know their days were numbered felt 
an instant camaraderie. Ten men on 
death row wrote letters and notes of 
support to Dale and his family 
during this trying time, sharing with 
him their wisdom of what it means to 
lean on God while life hangs in the 

Wrote one imprisoned man, "Look 
upon the healing powers of Jesus, 
and also for the comfort of knowing 
friends and family are beside you. 
My prayers are joined." In a turn- 
about of grace, the receiver became a 
reminder of God's boundless love. 

Gross maintains a database that 
tracks sentence changes, execu- 
tions, names, department of 
corrections numbers, addresses, etc. 
Keeping this database up-to-date 
seems to be half the battle. Quar- 
terly, DRSP receives listings from 
the NAACP Legal Defense Fund that 
shows many of the changes. How- 
ever, this list does not tell it all. 
Gross must use other sources to 
maintain accuracy. In fact, DRSP 
has one of the most complete lists in 
the country of prisoners on death 

Gross guards the list closely. "A 
few people have called thinking we 
were in support of the death penalty 
and wanted to know how they could 
help," she laughs. Quickly growing 

Pen pals: Beth Portela of Huntington. Ind.. 
corresponds with Omar, a prisoner on death 
row in Florida. 

earnest she retorts, "I'm very protec- 
tive of the guys. I don't want anyone 
getting hate mail. Unfortunately, it's 
been known to happen." 

Since overhead is small, due to the 
fact that this ministry is run out of 
the Gross home, not many financial 
resources are needed for DRSP. 
However, DRSP has not been 
immune to recent General Board 
cutbacks — its budget was reduced by 
over 50 percent. Larger projects 
await completion, and staying 
abreast of issues by attending confer- 
ences and workshops around the 
country also requires funding. A uni- 
fied budget structure does not allow 
for direct cash donations, but Gross 
happily notes that DRSP is always 
ready to accept stamps that can be 
sent to correspondents who may not 
be able to afford them. Postage also 
helps with day-to-day office opera- 
tions and bulk mailings. 

While money is tight, time seems 
to be the biggest shortage for Gross. 
She is not only the director of DRSP, 
but also a full-time mother and 
spouse, and practices what she 
names a personal "ministry of avail- 
ability," which calls her to many 
tasks in her home church and the 
larger community. She hopes soon to 
add a peace studies intern from 
nearby Manchester College to aid 
with database upkeep and adminis- 
tration. Another hope is to enlist 
coordinators who would monitor the 
status of death row — from new sen- 
tences to execution updates — in 
their respective states. 

Whenever it's suggested that 
DRSP go ecumenical to ease finan- 
cial and time pressures. Gross balks. 
"It's been a Brethren ministry from 
the start. Staying part of this com- 
munity [Church of the Brethren] is 
important to me. 1 am Brethren and 
this program has always been 

The Church of the Brethren 
stands firmly opposed to capital 
punishment and supports efforts to 
aid the accused, as well as the vic- 
tims of crime. (Seethe 1987 Annual 
Conference statement.) 

Dp.SP sees value in letter-writing 
not only for the relationship that 
is created, but also because it is one 
of the best transformative and inspi- 
rational tools for getting people 
involved in the abolition movement 
in more profound ways. 

Pat Bane, a Catholic woman from 
Syracuse, N.Y., began corresponding 
with a man on death row in 
Arkansas. Written correspondence 
soon became personal visits and, 
when it came time for the man to be 
executed, Pat was able to serve as his 
spiritual advisor. It was a sad ending, 
but would have been sadder had he 
died alone. Pat Bane's story does not 
end with the death of her friend, but 
the birth of a ministry. 

Bane was not a typical DRSP cor- 
respondent — her uncle had been 
murdered years before. Through the 
relationship she built on death row. 
she was led to join Murder Victims' 
Families for Reconciliation (MVFR), 
a national organization of family 
members of victims, of both homi- 
cides and state killings, who oppose 
the death penalty. In fact. Bane went 
on to serve the growing MVFR as its 
first paid staff person. 

Bane no longer serves MVFR, but 
the organization continues to thrive 
as a support program that addresses 
the needs of victims of violence, 
enabling them to rebuild their lives. 
MVFR also advocates policies to 
reduce the rate of homicide, and pro- 
motes crime prevention and 
alternatives to violence. 

"Pat is who I refer to as DRSP's 
poster child," states Gross. "Her 
story is exactly what we envisioned 

1 2 Messenger March 2000 

when we started 21 years ago. Not 
just writing and becoming involved 
in someone's life in a very personal 
sense, but becoming part of the 
movement in new and exciting 

Working with victims' families also 
remains one of Gross's dreams. 
"Someday 1 would like to have a dual 
ministry — serving both victims' fam- 
ilies and those on death row." She 
recognizes the healing and concilia- 
tion that can often blossom in the 
darkest of nights, when the opportu- 
nity is provided. 

DiSP is not only transforming the 
ives of those who find themselves 
on death row and those who 
exchange letters with them, it is also 
leaving its mark on the movement to 
abolish the death penalty. Sometimes 
even worthy movements lose sight of 
why they are moving. However, in 
the movement to abolish the death 
penalty, DRSP has represented a 
Spirit-led voice of compassionate 
support and action. In response to 
this compassionate action, the 
National Coalition to Abolish the 
Death Penalty recently presented 
DRSP with a "Special Recognition 
Award" for 20 years of dedicated 
service. This ministry is finding and 
gaining respect in the abolition 

DflSP has taken on the monumental 
task of assigning each person on 
death row a correspondent. To date 
two-thirds of them have been 
assigned a pen pal. "More can cer- 
tainly be done," Gross says. More 
correspondents are needed to fill in 
for the third of death-row inmates 
who may have no constant support 
outside of prison. 

Meanwhile, Rachel Gross waits 
patiently for more volunteers to cor- 
respond, as does someone who has 
been involved in the struggle for over 
20 years. 

A religious ethics writer once 
reflected on the nature of justice, 
punishment, and humanity: "Anger is 
righteousness without humility." In a 
nation gripped by anger, and the 
belief that an eye for an eye brings 
justice, DRSP offers a place of mercy 

for those who find themselves amid 
the lonely solitude and terror of wait 
ing — a place where they are not 


Greg Laszakovits. currently living in 
Richmond. Ind.. is a member of the 
Phoenix (Ariz.) First Church of the 
Brethren. He recently finished a one-year 
assignment with the Office of Brethren 
Witness focusing on anti-racism educa- 
tion and abolishing the death penalty. 

How you can p;et involved 

To obtain the name and 
address of a person on death 
row with whom you may corre- 
spond, write to Death Row 
Support Project, Department M, 
P.O. Box 600, Liberty Mills, IN 


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March 2000 Messenger 1 3 

Say yes to 


The campaign to cancel international debt 


BY Heather Nolen 

TT/ould you like to alleviate 
V y poverty? Would you like your 
sisters and brothers around the 
world to have access to basic health 
care and education? Would you like 
to control pollution and reverse 
environmental degradation? Would 
you like to reduce outbreaks of vio- 
lent conflict? 

If you answered yes to these ques- 
tions, then you are ready for 
Jubilee. In fact, we're already living 
in the [ubilee year. As Leviticus 25 
tells us, every 50th year was to be a 
year of lubilee — a year when slaves 
were set free and land was returned 
to its original owner. 

So what is the connection between "yes" to the first 
four questions and the year of Jubilee? Just as the 
Israelites were reminded that all we are and have belongs 
to God, we must also respond to our modern-day call to 
get economic relations right. 

To that end, Jubilee 2000 is a global movement that is 
responding to the international debt crisis and the many 
lives that could be saved each year if the debts of the most 
impoverished countries were cancelled outright. 

1 4 Messenger March 2000 

More than 400 people were part of a procession to the US Department of 
Treasury on June 18. 1999 — the same day President Clinton was meeting witli 
the other industrialized countries in Cologne, Germany. 

Jubilee 2000 is a grassroots campaign in over 60 coun- 
tries around the world. The Jubilee 2000/USA Campaign 
was formally endorsed by the Church of the Brethren 
General Board in March 1999 by approval of a resolution 
brought by the Washington Office. Each country's cam- 
paign has its own headquarters and platform for action, 
but they are all focused on the international debt crisis in 
some way. The Jubilee 2000/USA campaign was 
launched in 1997, and the Church of the Brethren Wash- 
ington Office is one of 36 faith-based, environmental, and 

social justice organizations on its steering committee. 
Otiier members include the American Friends Service 
Committee, Church World Service/National Council of 
Churches, Mennonite Central Committee, and Bread for 
the World. 

The lubilee 2000 Campaign seeks "cancellation of the 
crushing international debt for countries that are bur- 
dened with high levels of human need and environmental 
distress." The campaign works for debt cancellation that 
benefits ordinary people. The people themselves should 
have a role in determin- 
ing how the savings from 
debt cancellation is used, 
as well as the future con- 
ditions of any negotiated 
loans to their govern- 

Also, lubilee 2000 
seeks debt cancellation 
that is not conditioned on 
policy reforms that per- 
petuate or deepen 
poverty or environmental 
degradation, often known 
as "structural adjustment 
programs," or SAPs. 
[ubilee 2000 urges that 

lenders and borrowers alike acknowledge responsibil- 
ity for the debt crisis. 

Where resources were diverted by corruption, 
lubilee 2000 advocates for their recovery. To prevent 
future debt crises, Jubilee seeks the creation of mech- 
anisms to monitor international monetary flows 
through a process that is open and accessible to the 

The campaign's primary mission is to urge creditors 
{commercial banks, governments, and multilateral 
institutions) in the "North," or the industrialized and 
developed countries, to cancel the crushing debts of 
the most impoverished countries in the "South," or 
those countries that are considered to be developing. 

These countries targeted for debt cancellation 
spend financial resources on debt payments rather 
than on clean water, basic health care, and education for 
their citizens. On average, the countries of sub-Saharan 
Africa spend more on debt service than on health and 
education combined. In Tanzania, where 40 percent of 
the population dies before the age of 35, the government 
spends nine times more on debt payments than on health 
care and primary education combined. 

Creditors, to whom the debt is owed — like the US and 
other industrialized countries, plus international financial 
institutions like the International Monetary Fund and the 
World Bank — are called to acknowledge their complicity 
in making loans to corrupt governments. Now, debt pay- 
ments are being exacted on people who were in no way 

participants in accepting the terms of the original loans. 
If future lending is monitored and ultimately approved 
with active citizen participation, concern about corrup- 
tion will diminish. 

But what about ensuring that debt savings go for 
poverty reduction that benefits ordinary people? This is a 
primary concern in cancelling the debt. Uganda's use of a 
Poverty Action Fund has been successful and can serve as 
a model for using debt savings for poverty reduction. 

Demonstrators /br//;e<i a human chain at the US Department of Treasury last June. 

$2 trillion too much 

Presently, developing countries owe the "North" and the 
international financial institutions over $2 trillion. This 
debt crisis was caused by a number of factors, but some 
key ones were irresponsible lending, corrupt borrowers, 
the jockeying for allies through financial lending during 
the Cold War, and drastic fluctuations in the market value 
of basic commodities, like cocoa and coffee, on which the 
"South" depends for revenue. 

Highly Indebted Poor Countries 

In 1996, the World Bank and the IMF categorized 41 
countries as "Highly Indebted Poor Countries," or HIPC 
countries. Collectively HIPC countries owe approximately 
$220 billion in foreign debts. The HIPC initiative was a 
watershed because, for the first time, it offered a compre- 
hensive framework for addressing multilateral debt (owed 
to international financial institutions like the IMF and 
World Bank), bilateral debt (government to government), 
and commercial debt (owed to banks). 

These countries were identified as carrying "unsustain- 
able debt burdens," debts beyond a country's ability to 
pay. Because most international debt is owed by many 
"middle-income" countries whose debt burdens are not 
considered "unsustainable," they are not classified under 
HIPC. Most advocates for debt cancellation believe that 

March 2000 Messenger 1 5 

Christian Peacemaker Team member Anita Fast, dressed as Jubilee Spirit, pro- 
claims release to those suffering under the crushing international debt during 
the procession to the International Monetary Fund. CPT carried out a 
nonviolent vigil at the IMF December 27-fanuary 1. 

the debts of 
countries should 
also be 

addressed. For 
Ecuador, consid- 
ered a 

"middle- income" 
country, recently 
had to default on 
its debt payments 
to the United 
States. As 
Ecuador's Presi- 
dent Mahuad 
announced that 
Ecuador would 
be changing its 

currency, the sucre, for the dollar, oil workers and a large 
portion of the indigenous population turned out to 
protest. The president was eventually overthrown by a 
military coup. Ecuador had been implementing policies of 
economic reform required by the IMF to receive a large 
negotiated loan — money that would be used to pay off 
other debts — like those to the United States. 

HIPC countries owe approximately $6 billion to the US 
directly (bilateral debt). In Cologne, Germany, last June, 
President Clinton and leaders of the other wealthiest 
industrialized nations agreed to cancel 90 percent of the 
debt owed by HIPC countries. 

Clinton later agreed to cancel 100 percent of HIPC- 
country debt. Despite Clinton's announcement, the US 
Congress still has to appropriate the money in order for 
the US to fulfill its promise to cancel this debt. In 
November 1999, Congress appropriated $110 million to 
write off more than $1 billion in debt owed to the US. 
The US gave a partial approval to allow the IMF to use 
$2.3 billion of its own resources to write off poor-country 

What good will it do? 

Can cancelling the debt really eradicate poverty, guaran- 
tee that poor people gain access to health care and 
education, safeguard the environment, and prevent vio- 
lent conflict? It is at least a way to begin addressing many 
of these problems. These governments have already paid 
several times over the amount of the original loans, yet 
mounting interest payments prevent them from freeing 
resources to boost social expenditures and improve the 
quality of life for their citizens. 

Uganda's Poverty 
Action Fund shows 
how freed resources 
from debt cancella- 
tion can benefit 
ordinary people. 
Although Uganda 
received little relief 
under HIPC, it suc- 
cessfully channeled 
all debt savings — 
about $40 million — 
into its own Poverty 
Action Fund. 
According to the 
Poverty Eradication 
Action Plan 
designed by Ugan- 
dans themselves, 
money is spent for rural feeder roads, agricultural exten- 
sion, water supply, health care, and primary education. 
Now there are twice as many students in Uganda's pri- 
mary schools as there were in 1997. The public is given 
full access to information about the fund's management, 
and certain civil society organizations like the Ugandan 
Debt Network even assist in the management of the fund. 

How much will it cost? 

How much is debt cancellation expected to cost the US 
taxpayer? "It's the cost of an ice cream cone. It's the 
price of a gallon of gas. It's the cost of a Sunday paper," 
wrote US Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.), in a letter to 
House members urging their support for debt cancella- 
tion legislation. He was referring to the cost, 
approximately $1.20 per American each year over three 
years, required to cancel the debts owed by the Highly 
Indebted Poor Countries. This is a total of $970 mil- 
lion — less than the cost of one B-2 bomber. 

To be sure, the greatest cost of debt is in the lives lost to 
poor living conditions and inadequate health care. Each 
African child inherits approximately $379 in debt at birth. 
Few Africans enjoy access to basic health care. UNAIDS 
found that a third of rural households in sub-Saharan 
Africa are affected by AIDs. 

The debt crisis has been no kinder to Central America. 
Each Nicaraguan inherits approximately $2,000 in debt at 
birth. As Sue Wagner Fields reported in the March 1999 
Messenger, most Nicaraguan children eat only 50 per- 
cent of recommended calories and more than 75 percent 
of children drop out of school before the sixth grade. In 
Honduras, on the worst day of the Hurricane Mitch dis- 

1 6 Messenger March 2000 

aster, the Honduran government paid 
$60 million in debt to its creditors. 

The fact that Congress appropriated 
$110 million tor bilateral debt cancella- 
tion — more than President Clinton 
requested — is proof of what a strong 
movement like jubilee 2000 can accom- 
plish. This money will be used as 
countries become eligible to receive 
debt relief. 

It is important that constituents urge 
their members of Congress to ensure 
that money appropriated for debt can- 
cellation goes for poverty reduction. 
Legislators can do so by promoting 
more success stories like Uganda's 
Poverty Action Fund. Presently, the 
IMF and World Bank are in the process 
of designing poverty reduction strate- 
gies, in consultation with target 
countries, to determine how debt sav- 
ings will be spent. The test of these 
strategies will be their ability to 
empower ordinary people to manage the 
savings from debt. 

It's already the jubilee year and the 
debt hasn't been cancelled. There's 
much to be done. In this short election- 
year congressional session, legislators 
will be eager to finalize the budget. At a 
minimum, Congress must appropriate 
$800 million more to fulfill promises 
made in Cologne, Germany. 

What yon can do 

jubilee 2000 is inviting people of faith 

and all who care about justice for 

indebted countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to 

be a part of the "jubilee 2000 National Mobilization" in 

Washington, D.C., on April 9. People have plans to come 

from as far away as Hawaii and California to participate 

in this public witness to cancel the debt. 

The event begins at noon and will center on the creation 
of a human chain, following an array of speakers, music, 
and singing. The day's events will serve as a message to 
Congress, the IMF, and the World Bank that the crushing 
international debt must be cancelled. 

April 10 will be used as a lobby day for constituents to 
urge their congresspersons to cancel the debt without 
demanding adherence to damaging economic reform poli- 



There are other ways to be involved in 
jubilee if you're unable to come to 
jubilee 2000 National Mobilization. Sign 
the J2000 petition calling for debt can- 
cellation. You might organize a jubilee 
church service with your own congrega- 
tion, focusing on the problems and 
solutions to the debt issue. 

The jubilee 2000 Campaign has an 
introductory video on debt that would be 
useful to social justice committees or 
youth groups. Some church groups are 
cancelling debts at home as well. The 
Sisters of St. Joseph in Brighton, Mass. 
tore up a $350,000 debt owed to them by 
a social service agency. 

jubilee 2000 is an opportunity to reex- 
amine and make right the economic 
relationships in our world. Between 
Christmas and New Year's the Christian 
Peacemaker Teams organized a week-long 
vigil at the International Monetary Fund. 
CPTers personified the spirit of "jubilee" 
as a cheerful messenger bringing good 
news to the oppressed — news of a new life 
and debts cancelled. 

The Church of the Brethren's Global 
Food Crisis Fund is used to provide for 
food, clean water, education, and health- 
related projects in many places around the 
world. This funding would be even more 
useful if governments of poor countries 
were given a fresh start. Giving to the fund 
would be yet another way to answer the 
call of jubilee. 

May our living of this jubilee Year 
bring more abundant life to all of God's 
creation. Let's cancel the debt ''\AA\ 

NOW! ffl 

Heather Nolen is a research assistant with Church World Ser- 
vice in Washington, D.C., and a member of the Washington City 
Church of the Brethren. 

For more information, contact: 

jubilee 2000/USA 

222 East Capitol Street, N.E. 

Washington, D.C. 20003 

Telephone: 202-783-5566 

E-mail: coord(a 

Web site: 

March 2000 Messenger 1 7 

/^o therefore and 
V-Tmake disciples of all 
nations, baptizing them in 
the name of the Father and 
of the Son and of the Holy 
Spirit. . . ." 

Those words that close out 
Matthew's Gospel have always 
been at the core of Brethren life 

Referencing the Great Com- 
mission in speaking on "Under 
the Lordship of Christ" at the 
250th Anniversary of the 
Church of the Brethren in 1958 
Paul Robinson, president of 
what was then known as 
Bethany Biblical Seminary, 
asked this challenging question 
for Brethren: "Will we be a 
voice or an echo?" 

As we enter the new millen- 
nium and approach the 300th 
anniversary of our denomina- 
tion in 2008, are we on the 
threshold of a major renewal for 
our denomination? 

Three factors critical for ful- 
filling the Great Commission could 
be in the early stages of develop- 
ment: an interest in spiritual 
formation, work in servant leader- 
ship, and experience in church 

Spiritual foruuition 

Planners of the 7 a.m. Taize service 
at the last Annual Conference must 
have been thrilled to see that room 
full of worshipers, with youth sitting 
up front on the floor. It was good to 
see a Messenger edition devoted to 
the spiritual yearning in the church. 
And Brethren have a fine opportu- 
nity, made possible by the Spiritual 
Renewal team of the Atlantic North- 
east District, in the Regional 
Renovare Conference on the bal- 
anced spiritual life with Richard 
Foster March 10 and 1 1 at Eliza- 

Brethren poised 

BY David S. Young 

bethtown College. At least 40 
churches from Atlantic Northeast 
and Southern Pennsylvania districts 
are working on this endeavor with 
support of other Anabaptist groups. 

Any major renewal in the church 
begins with such signs. It is what our 
pietistic and Anabaptist founders were 
about. In Heritage and Promise, 
Emmert Bittinger speaks of the evan- 
gelistic zeal of the early Brethren, even 
under adversity. "That the church 
could grow under such adverse condi- 
tions as persecution and active 
suppression," he writes, "speaks both 
to the quality of the spiritual character 
of our founders and to the depth of 
their commitment." 

In The Life Cycle of a Congrega- 
tion. Martin Saarinen speaks about 
two ways to recapture the energy it 
takes to begin the upswing of the 

cycle of renewal. 
One way is to recon- 
nect with our history 
and purpose. The other is 
to reconnect with the chal- 
enges in our surroundings. 
As Brethren we are called to 
renewal on both these 

The way to focus such 
energy is through renewed 
spiritual vitality and then 
through discernment to dis- 
cover the biblical vision for 
our congregations. The 
vision must take into 
account both heritage and 
current challenge. The 
vision must build on the 
strengths of our local 

Students in my seminary 
courses on church renewal 
began to ask me to put the 
spiritual component of the 
course first. So we began studying 
the spiritual disciplines as the first 
step in the process. 

This has become the first step in a 
seven-fold process that is now 
recorded in my book /I New Heart 
and A New Spirit: A Plan for Renew- 
ing Your Church, published by 
ludson Press of the American Baptist 
Churches, 1994. 

Such energy for renewal happened 
at the Elizabethtown (Pa.) Church of 
the Brethren in 1997 as we started 
formulating a more focused youth 
ministry. It began with a spiritual 
thrust. During Lent a team set up a 
Wednesday evening spiritual empha- 
sis beginning with an informal 
worship. The pastors shared further 
thoughts about their Sunday mes- 
sage, and then the group split into 
faith discussion groups. The atten- 

1 8 Messenger March 2000 

dance of 75 adults and 25 children 
went beyond our expectations. 

That meeting provided the energy 
to establish a youth ministry council 
made up oi youth and adults who 
formed four youth ministry groups. 
The spiritual focus gave the energy 
■ and set the tone for the entire 

As the renewal process moves on, 
participants move toward a biblical 
text that becomes key to understand- 
ing their identity and calling. In a 
process of discernment, a church 
finds a text that speaks to it espe- 
cially. Plumbing the text, its 
members can discover dynamics of 
renewal. Though churches find it 
helpful to have the tools of consulta- 
tion, systems thinking, and 
management, they can find the 
dynamics of transformation integral 
to new life right in the biblical text. 
Often the chosen text has within it 
three or four indicators that inform 
and inspire a plan of renewal. 

The Waynesboro (Pa.) Church of 
the Brethren began this process last 
fall. Rather than following the old 
diagnostic model of finding out what 
is wrong and fixing it, church mem- 
bers followed the renewal model and 
identified their strengths in order to 
build upon them. Then at a retreat we 
went on to explore the spiritual move- 
ments of renewal lifted up in Psalm 
51: upward, inward, and outward. As 
we looked at a biblical passage that 
could guide them, they filled two 
pages of newsprint with texts. 

From all their endeavors, they 
decided that a lengthy emphasis on 
growing spiritually was the first part 
of their renewal plan. After more 
than 50 persons signed up, they 
formed six Renovare groups for spir- 
itual growth. 

Serrant leadership 

Defining servant leadership will also 
give Brethren a sense of being more 
than an echo. When I attended the 
25th anniversary celebration of the 
Alban Institute, a consulting group 
for churches, I had a conversation I 
will never forget. There I met the 
Rev. Dr. loseph L. Roberts, pastor of 
Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, 
Ga. He is the successor to Martin 

Luther King, Sr., in that historic 
church that has just moved to a new 
church building built to accommo- 
date an expanding congregation. At 
the conference the congregation 
received Alban's first award for con- 
gregational innovation and 

loseph told me of an experience 
with the Brethren from his child- 
hood. He had gone out from Chicago 
to a Brethren family around Nappa- 
nee, Ind., in what was like a fresh air 
program. When he experienced an 
incident of racial discrimination 
there, the Brethren family quickly 
came to his defense. 

I told him the Brethren beliefs on 
racial discrimination. In the 1800s 
we held that "no man should hold 
another man under his subjugation." 

Seminar on renewal 

David Young will lead a one-day 
seminar on April 1 at the Brethren 
Service Center, New Windsor, Md. 
The seminar is titled "Shepherds 
by the Living Springs: Spiritual 
Formation, Servant Leadership, 
and Church Renewal." Cost of $22 
includes lunch. The event is spon- 
sored by On Earth Peace Assembly. 
For information call 410-535-8705 
or e-mail 

He responded warmly, making this 
connection in his childhood life, and 
what that meant to him. Then he 
asked a question that stayed with me, 
"Has the Brethren story ever been 
told?" That question from this tow- 
ering man of faith could well inspire 
us to tell the story more. A servant 
church can have a major impact from 
all its little deeds of washing feet. 

My experience in servant leader- 
ship began in the early 1970s in the 
congregation I served outside of 
Washington, D.C. As we grew, I 
noticed that the approach we took 
reflected a servant style. When we 
met new people, either during home 
visitation or when they ventured to 
the church, we would listen to their 
needs. We would try to discover the 
talent persons had to share. Servant- 
hood began to spread. A clothing 

room was established to minister to 
the needy in the area. Service 
became identified for us as one of 
five marks of ministry from the 
Gospel of lohn as I completed 
Bethany's doctor of ministry pro- 
gram in church renewal. 

About this time a man from the 
corporate world, Robert Greenleaf, 
published a little monograph, "The 
Servant as Leader." Rather than 
leaders having service as an add-on, 
Greenleaf claims that servants 
become leaders. "The servant-leader 
is servant first .... It begins with the 
natural feeling that one wants to 
serve, to serve first." 

Rather than using coercion, the 
servant uses persuasion. Rather than 
just reacting to situations, the ser- 
vant is proactive. Servant leadership 
is now growing rapidly in the world 
of business, education, and medi- 
cine. One of the challenges to the 
church now is to help define servant 
leadership from the biblical tradition. 

From our Brethren tradition, the 
servant style moves us into our 
understanding of spiritual formation. 
For as our feet are washed, we are 
reminded of being cleansed, that our 
service is first to God and to 
responding to his love. Then in turn, 
we take a towel and assume the pos- 
ture of servant to others. Something 
spiritually happens to us and through 
us as we kneel, wash, dry toes, 
embrace, and exchange a holy kiss. 
The lives of others can be changed. 

Since Brethren have been so 
defined by the power of this drama, I 
believe we have a voice to share in 
shaping servant leadership in the 
church. In participating in this two- 
fold action, we are changed from 
servitude to servanthood. We are 
empowered and transformed. 

So in the seminaries and church 
settings where I teach, I always take 
the wooden foot tub. As we see ser- 
vant leadership unfold biblically, we 
see a transformational style. In faith 
circles, the hyphen is removed 
between servant and leadership. That 
is because God is a third party 
involved. In one of the suffering ser- 
vant songs in Isaiah, God tugs open 
the ear of the servant every morning. 
This is God's initiative at work. 

March 2000 Messenger 1 9 

Then with discernment we attempt 
to become attuned to God's signals. 
We live and serve and lead in 
response to God's initiative and in 
tune with his will. As we look at 
strengths, we do so realizing that 
here is where God has placed talents 
in this church. As we form a vision, 
we do best to discern God's way of 
seeing things whole. 

So a second book emerged to 
define servant leadership biblically 
and to see the tie between spiritual 
formation and church renewal. Using 
a key text from Revelation, "the lamb 
becomes the shepherd and leads 
them by living waters" (Rev. 7:17), 
this book is entitled Servant Leader- 
ship for Church Renewal: Shepherds 
by the Living Springs and is published 
by Herald Press of the Mennonite 
Church, 1999. 

Church renewal 

Church renewal follows spiritual for- 
mation and servant leadership. In 
fact, the renewal process begins in 
the inner spiritual walk and in the 
discovery of servanthood. I recom- 
mend plotting out a three-year plan 
of renewal in what I call baby-step- 
by-baby-step fashion. This avoids 
setting up lofty goals that can defeat 
us. Then we go on with a plan of 
implementation using training, spiri- 
tual mentoring, and shaping renewal. 
Here new aspects of ministry 
emerge. Because of the leadership 
style, congregations become serving 
bodies, more spiritually alive. 

It is incredible to me to watch class 
participants who take these seven 
stages of renewal and go out and 
apply them in the local setting. Bob 
Johnson from Waynesboro, Va., 
pastor of the Mount Vernon church, 
took the course on church renewal 
three years ago at the Bethany Semi- 
nary satellite in Elizabethtown, Pa. 
Since that time. Bob reports that the 
congregation feels that they are now 
looking into the future as a beacon of 
light. He feels their spiritual growth 
emphasis was crucial. Prayer was a 
significant part of that journey. 

At a monthly supper meeting, 
members of his church look at how 

to apply their faith to daily life. The 
board has had three retreats on ser- 
vant leadership. They have hired a 
youth director and are now on the 
threshold of doing the same for chil- 
dren's programming. As a result of 
the renewal effort. Bob and his 
church are at a different place than 
they were three years ago. 

Sometimes it seems individuals, 
churches, and denominations must 
go through desert times. Those are 
also part of the renewal process. If 
after those times their interior lives 
are more oriented toward God, their 
vision more clearly focused, and 
their determination more established, 
such times can be a prelude to times 
of new growth and life. 

If the Church of the Brethren in 
particular and mainline denomina- 
tions in general have walked that 
path, we are now in an era of longing 
for the church to be renewed, to 
offer spiritual resources, to be a 

With Africa being projected as the 
next great center of Christianity and 
as our nation becomes the mission 
field, the Great Commission is more 
vital than ever. Congregations are the 
mission posts for spreading the 
Good News. God wants churches to 
be vibrant, life-giving bodies. We can 
be forged into spiritual, serving, and 
renewing communities. Catching the 
vision. Brethren can be poised 
for renewal. 


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The war in Kosovo destroyed an estimated 100.000 homes. 

Rejections on i 

A Church of the Brethren peacemaker begir 

BY Andrew J. Loomis 

Day 1 

As far back as 1 can remember, the teachings of |esus 
always came most ahve for me in the human expression of 
the things that make for peace. My Hfe involvement in the 
Church of the Brethren has had many dimensions, and 
the church's greatest legacy for me has been its role in 
shaping my consciousness of ways to seek God's peace 
here on earth. 

My earliest memories are of local church CROP walks 
and straining to understand lively political discussion 
around the family dinner table. My heroes were Cowboy 
Dan (West) and |ohn KJine, fostered by the music of 
Andy and Terry Murray. I was a young protester at Rocky 
Flats with other youth at the 1985 National Youth Con- 
ference. I came of age in the shadow of fear of nuclear 
annihilation and developed a political consciousness in 
the era of Ronald Reagan and the US hand in the wars of 
Central America. Now as an adult, my bookshelves are 
stocked with literature from every angle of international 
peace, authored by theologians, historians, activists, 
politicians, and political scientists. 

My opinions on the practice of nonviolence and the 
possibility of social justice in our time are the product of 
my own spiritual growth. They have served to guide my 
personal life, and now my professional life. It is who I am. 
And so, at age 50, I seek ways to implement that which I 

believe and make relevant my faith. 

I depart tomorrow on my travels to southeastern 
Europe and I will leave behind my comfortable home that 
shelters my own personal pacifism. I will enter one of the 
world's darkest regions. I expect the things I witness to 
challenge my system of beliefs in fundamental ways, that 
which has been safely nurtured in my Pennsylvania 
church and home. I contemplate what I may find when I 
begin my journey through the heart of the Balkans, in the 
tiny province of Kosovo. 

Day 3 

Kosovo provides a general impression that confirms to 
some degree the international news I received prior to my 
arrival here. By March 1999, the Serb military had evicted 
nearly the entire Kosovar Albanian population from the 
region, intent on securing an ethnically "pure" Kosovo. The 
US and its European allies decidedly intervened in March 
with NATO military forces to stop this Serbian aggression. 
The region was awash in violence. 

Kosovo has now been nearly "cleansed" of an ethnic 
people for the second time in just eight months. Ethnic 
Albanian refugees streamed back into the country follow- 
ing NATO's military victory in |une, dramatically shifting 
the demographics of the region. Many Kosovar Albanians 
actively sought revenge on their Serb neighbors and, over 
time, violently purged the province of 75 percent of its 

22 Messenger March 2000 

This building in Kosovo was hit by NATO airplanes during NATO's 
tluve-iuouth bombing campaign. 

A map of the former Yugoslavia shows Kosovo, just 
north of Macedonia. 

Balkan journey 

is new job with a lesson in reality and hope 

Serb inhabitants. 

The landscape here in Kosovo reminds me very much of 
central Pennsylvania without the livestock. Distant medium- 
size mountains surround rolling hills and farmland. Small 
houses grouped in clusters with red clay roofs and white 
stucco walls dot the green earth. Most people earn their 
living by growing and selling produce gathered from their 
small plots of land. Along with the bulky humanitarian vehi- 
cles and NATO military equipment on the road, there are an 
abundance of small wooden-wheeled trailers pulled by 
single horses or 60 horsepower tractors. 

But what is very different from anything 1 have ever 
seen is the ratio of houses — as high as 80 percent in some 
villages — that are visibly destroyed. The violence in 
Kosovo is estimated to have claimed as many as 100,000 
homes. Most were torched from the inside, the outside 
walls blackened from smoke around the windows and 
along the eaves. Large chunks of what were walls are 
scattered around the ground; the scene extends to the 
horizon in all directions. 

But due to the violence committed by both the Serbs and 
Albanians in Kosovo, culpability for each mark of destruc- 
tion is unclear. As one Albanian young man commented to 
me, "In many of the places you don't know who burned the 
houses, either the Serbs or the Albanians." 

Where is God amid this cancer of violence? I watch 
these scenes of smoldering buildings — the evidence of 
deliberately provoked red-hot ethnic tensions — and am 

left feeling sadly irrelevant. How does Jesus' call to peace- 
making apply to this context of brutality and lawlessness? 

Day 9 

My trip through Kosovo has given me my first glimpse 
into the complexity of inter-ethnic relations in the 
Balkans. Reflecting on the images of Kosovo that remain 
like residue in my mind, I acknowledge that the horror 
reveals the worst that can result from unmanaged or 
incited ethnic hostility. 

I depart tomorrow for Skopje, Macedonia, and will shift 
my focus to understanding the rhythms of Macedonian 
life. Macedonia harbors similar ethnic and cultural 
strains, so-called "fault lines'" that are commonly per- 
ceived as pervasive in the Balkans. 

I am here representing the organization Search for 
Common Ground in Macedonia, a project of partner 
organizations Search for Common Ground, based in 
Washington, D.C., and the European Centre for Common 
Ground, based in Brussels, Belgium. I am one of about 75 
staff members in the Washington office, while there are 8 
in the Brussels office, and about 75 more staff members 
implementing projects in the field. Our work consists of 
helping Macedonian communities identify their shared 
interests and gain a sense of ownership of a positive 
future. Our primary goal is to prevent the kind of violence 
that I have just witnessed in Kosovo. 

March 2000 Messenger 23 

Day 13 

If Kosovo is the tragic result of inter-ethnic fear and mis- 
trust, then Macedonia represents the pretext. Macedonia 
is pIuraHstic, one of the most ethnically mixed countries 
of former Yugoslavia. But it is also remarkably segre- 
gated. Ethnic Macedonians and Albanians live in a maze 
of cultural, linguistic, and religious differences, yet a 
clear divide separates the two populations. If dangerous 
personalities choose to capitalize on the existing appre- 
hension between ethnic and cultural communities, 
Macedonia could unravel in much the way that Kosovo 
did in the past 18 months. 

More likely, the current state of minimal communica- 
tion between ethnic groups will deprive the country of the 
benefits that a diverse population can offer, inhibiting it 
from moving forward with hope and vigor. The Vardar 
River cuts decisively through Skopje. Ethnic Albanians 
function predominantly on the north side of the river, 
while Macedonians exist mainly on the south side. Public 
and private institutions rarely serve a diverse population, 
but instead cater exclusively to one ethnic group or the 
other. People from one ethnic community, particularly in 
rural areas, can spend virtually their entire lives without 
having meaningful contact with people outside their 
respective ethnic sphere. 

A major obstacle to inter-ethnic understanding and 
cooperation are the segregated media institutions. Televi- 
sion and radio stations, as well as newspapers, are 
controlled and operated either by Albanian or Macedon- 
ian owners and typically operate exclusively in their 
respective languages. Separate constituencies subse- 
quently view completely different programs, creating 
media enclaves scattered throughout Macedonia. Albani- 
ans and Macedonians receive two different sets of news 
and entertainment. This increases the propensity for the 
hardening of ethnic stereotypes and the spread of incom- 
plete or inaccurate perceptions of the intentions of other 

The segregation of the public school system has the 
same effect. A child generally grows up learning in a 
schoolroom with children of his or her respective ethnic- 
ity and language. Friendships are formed within their 
respective groups; friendships across ethnic lines are rare. 

This segregation and limited contact serves as the basis 
of inter-ethnic mistrust and misunderstanding. Segrega- 
tion inhibits separate groups from jointly envisioning a 
positive and integrated future. The projects of Search for 
Common Ground in Macedonia are designed to establish 
crossroads between groups by developing channels of 
communication across ethnic lines. These projects aim to 
provide an example for what is possible in a pluralistic 
and integrated society. 

When people hear that I work on efforts to prevent vio- 
lence in the region, I am usually greeted by something 
similar to, "Peace in the Balkans? Good luck! They have 
been fighting there for centuries." 

It is true that there is a history of tension in the region. 
But my experience here and my recent study reveal that 
the ancient hatred theory is incomplete. Simply, inter- 
ethnic violence is not an inevitable aspect of life in the 
region. There are centuries of examples of peaceful coex- 
istence that dwarf the number of cases of violent 
confrontation. Furthermore, the ancient hatred theory 
overlooks the role and responsibility of politicians who 
espouse divisive rhetoric and capitalize on existing fears. 

Looking at regional violence through the lens of possi- 
bility exposes the real roots of ethnic tension. I 
consistently find that fear, misunderstanding, ignorance, 
and mistrust are at the core of the region's violence. 

Day ZZ 

Wearing the end of my travels, I reflect back on my experi- 
ences in Kosovo and Macedonia against the backdrop of 
hopelessness that I consistently hear expressed in the US 
about the Balkans. What does it mean to be a peacemaker in 
a context such as this? What does peacemaking require in 
the face of searing injustice and centuries of conflicting his- 
tory, particularly when the world's elite have dismissed a 
region's violence as inevitable? 

I believe that our first call as peace builders is to hold 
out hope for regions in despair. The temptation to declare 
the inevitability of war is an escape hatch beckoning us to 
slip through, deceiving us into complacency. But the 
Balkan wars were not preordained. Neither was the geno- 
cide of Rwanda, the terror of Pol Pot's Cambodia, nor the 
37 years of military dictatorship and war in Guatemala. 
Wars are about real issues and divergent claims. All wars 
are preventable. 

It seems clear that solutions to violence and protracted 
conflict must also be rooted in the cultural fabric of society. 
For peace to be lasting, people at all levels of society must 
be permitted and encouraged to participate. In the case of 
Macedonia, bridges between cultural groups across all 
levels — from the grassroots to the political elite — must be 
built and maintained in order to avoid deepening ethnic 
divides. Inter-ethnic dialog is the only way to confront cul- 
tural myths and dispel deeply ingrained stereotypes. It is the 
only way to contemplate and articulate a shared future ^j[j[^ 
in which all members of society have a stake. 


Day 18 

I have often heard in the US media that the decade's vio- 
lence in the Balkans is the result of ancient ethnic hatreds. 

Andrew Loomis. ofTakoma Park. Md.. is a member of University 
Baptist and Brethren Church. State College. Pa. He recently moved 
to the Washington. D.C.. area after having spent two years in grad- 
uate school at Columbia University in New York City. 

Search for Common Ground receives its funding from numer- 
ous sources, including the Swiss. Dutch. British, and US 
governments, the World Bank. UNICEF. and the Carnegie Corpo- 
ration of New York. 

24 Messenger March 2000 


A reflection on the theme for One Great Hour of Sharing 

One Great Hour of Sharing 

This month Church of the Brethren congre- 
gations join nine other denominations in the 
annual global outreach offering called One 
Great Hour of Sharing. It is traditionally the 
largest of the three major denomination-wide 
offering appeals, usually motivating members 
to give upwards of $250,000 for Church of 
the Brethren programs worldwide. The theme 
for this year's emphasis is "Gifts of Living 
Water, " taken from John 7:38: "Out of the 
believer's heart shall flow rivers of living 
water. " We asked Mervin Keeney, a frequent 
visitor to the world's hurting peoples, to 
reflect on the theme. 

BY Mervin Keeney 

Water is an integral part of our lives and the world 
around us — necessary for our very survival. Although 
seemingly benign, we have observed water's gathered power 
in the flash flood, the tidal wave, or the hydroelectric dam. 
The impact of water's power over time can be observed in a 
delightful way at the Grand Canyon. In gentler ways, water 
transforms barren and unproductive land into a blooming, 
fertile pasture. The arrival of water can turn a desert into an 

My wife, Gwen, and I lived in the semi-desert of northern 
Sudan in the mid-1980s when we served with the General 
Board's mission there through the Sudan Council of 
Churches, in such a climate we were constantly thirsty, and a 
drink of water was always offered to visitors. We drank it 



. receive God's gift of/- 



'""^er and ^^ 


with thanksgiving, even when its origins were question- 
able. After months of mouth-parching dryness and 
fog-Hke dust storms, the first rains were delicious and 
refreshing, and within days brought new hfe to the land. 
The memory of this dramatic transformation of the land, 
the air, and even my own feeling of being refreshed, still 
shapes my appreciation for this blessing of water from the 

The essential human need for water and its transform- 
ing power was evident to the desert 
peoples of the Bible. In such a climate 
the positive uses and meanings of water 
were prevalent: essential for survival, 
hospitality, purifying and cleansing, 
renewal, bounty and abundance. 

The prophets of the Hebrew scriptures 
were a cantankerous lot. Perhaps a cer- 
tain amount of orneriness could be 
expected of anyone uncomfortably 
caught between the words of God and 
the actions of the people of Israel. We 
often think of a prophet as one who can predict the 
future. Yet the essential task of the prophet among the 
people of Israel was not to foretell, but to serve as the 
mouthpiece of God. Prophets spoke both angry chastise- 
ment and encouraging words, sometimes wrapped in an 
obscure vision. Visions of hope described what God 
wanted — God's promise for the people. 

The prophet Isaiah offers a powerful vision of God's 
presence among the people as water springing up in the 
burning sands (35:6b-7a). Later he clarifies that God 
sought not sacrifices and fasting from the people, but 
responding to those around them by feeding the hungry 
and clothing the naked, releasing the oppressed (58:6- 
11). This is not only a call to action, but a promise of 
presence and empowerment. The passage concludes with 
God's promise that if we respond and do what is required, 
God will make us like a watered garden, like an unending 
spring of water. As people who have received God's bless- 
ings, we will become a blessing to others, "like a spring 
that never fails." The image of abundant water that 

Li\e water from 

a spring, God's 

bounty flows ouer us 

and on to others. 

renews and sustains the people conveys God's promise of 
bounty and salvation. 

The Samaritan woman at the well hears that the water 
lesus offers is fully satisfying and never ending. Jesus' 
words in lohn 4: 1 4 echo Isaiah's vision, "Those who 
drink of the water that I will give them will never be 
thirsty. The water that I will give them will become in 
them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life." What a 
claim to make for seemingly insatiable humans! We 

always want more. Yet Jesus claims with 
authority that he can match that unend- 
ing thirst. 

Later Jesus says, "Let anyone who 
thirsts come to me," and seemingly para- 
phrasing Isaiah, he adds "out of the 
believer's heart shall flow rivers of living 
water" (John 7:37b-38). Jesus confirms 
that those who thirst will be satisfied and 
God's people will become like living 
waters themselves, giving life and bearing 
fruit. The call is to receive God's gift of 
living water, and in the receiving we will be changed and 
become living water for others. 

Water from a spring flows over our hands and continues 
on as a stream. Our hands soon fill and the water contin- 
ues to flow; we cannot hold it. God's bounty for us flows 
over us and on to others. We receive God's abundant 
blessings with thanksgiving and, as we are nurtured by 
God's blessing, we open our hearts and hands so the 
living water of God's love can flow through us to bless 

The spirit in us is that which is able to recognize and 
respond to God, says Walter Wink. Responding to God is 
a spiritual activity. When we respond to God's vision for 
humankind by actions to feed the hungry, dig wells, 
establish health clinics, and send medicine and blankets, 
these become spiritual actions. Efforts to accompany 
those who are threatened, to confront unjust systems, to 
work for peace — these are spiritual tasks. And a part of 
God's promise is that our engagement in this work, 
prompted by God's call and nurtured by God's spirit, will 


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26 Messenger March 2000 


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change us and those we seek to serve. 

As a result, for Christians, acting out of our faith to 
share the Hving water that God has showered upon us, 
there is a spiritual dimension to social and humanitarian 
assistance. There is no separation of spiritual and social 
ministries, because for Christians, all of these forms of 
action are rooted in faithfulness to God's call and hence 
arc interwoven with spiritual dimensions. The debate 
i-aging in some Christian circles today, even in some of 
our congregations, about physical versus spiritual mis- 
sion, is a false division of Christ's message 
for us. 

The process of baptism gains new mean- 
ing when viewed through these texts. In 
baptism we are washed with water, and in 
the process we may be physically cleaned. 
But the power of baptism is in the physical 
experience prompting spiritual transfor- 
mation — inviting us to be washed with 
God's living water so that our souls are 
cleansed and changed. 

One of the early efforts by the Church of 
the Brethren to respond to global human need was our 
response to the Armenian massacres and displacement at 
the hands of the Turks in the 1 920s. We rallied to respond 
to a persecuted and suffering people in a situation that 
resonated deeply with our own history of persecution. We 
rallied and raised funds for relief assistance at levels 
beyond our expectations. The effort galvanized the 
church in a powerful way. 

By allowing God's living water to wash over us, our 
hearts and hands were opened and God's living waters 
were received by us more fully, and then flowed on from 
us to others. The church, its members and structures, 
gained a new vision for itself and of its ability to be used 
by God. We were deeply blessed as a community of faith 
by this experience. 

Consistent with the biblical call, Brethren mission efforts 
have been holistic, responding to human needs for food 
and water, education, and health care, alongside church 
planting and Bible training. An extensive well-digging pro- 

S having the living 
water that God has 
showered upon iis is a 
spiritual act. 

gram in partnership with the Nigerian church during the 
1 970s and 1 980s brought the gift of clean water to hun- 
dreds of thousands of persons and extended the church 
into new areas. 

More recently we have been living water for persons in 
the Caribbean and Central America after Hurricanes 
Georges and Mitch, and in North Korea and Sudan. 
Globally, we join hands with Church World Service and 
regional church councils. Locally, many congregations 
join community efforts to sponsor homeless shelters and 
operate soup kitchens. 

Sometimes we are able to speak 
about the faith that prompts our 
actions; sometimes the context inhibits 
overt religious activity. A wise voice 
said it well: "Preach every day; use 
words if you must." But regardless of 
the words, these are faithful, spiritual 
actions resonating with the heart of 

As believers seeking to implement 
God's vision for the world, we often 
work alongside peace and justice workers, or relief work- 
ers, or a variety of social transformers who bring a 
secular or humanist grounding to this work. While we 
may share common goals and perhaps similar visions for 
our world, we often observe such persons burning out 
and unable to sustain the unrelenting work over time. It is 
difficult to maintain perspective and avoid becoming dis- 
couraged when one sees little progress in efforts to 
address poverty, hunger, racism, war. While Christians 
can also lose hope, of course, we are invited to regularly 
drink from God's unending living water and be renewed. 

Let us receive God's gift of living waters and let them 
flow through our hearts and hands to bless the lives of 
sisters and brothers both in our neighborhood and in rrjr 
the global village. l — 

Mervin Keeney. the General Board's director for Global Mis- 
sion Partnerships, also serves on the executive committee of 
Church World Service and Witness. 

A. T 


March 2000 Messenger 27 

If Brethren are to keep up to date in 
the worldwide mission and ministry we 
are doing in "continuing the work of Jesus, 
we all need Messenger every month. 

Preach, Sister Christy! 

Thanks for the encouraging and dis- 
turbing article "Preach, sisters!" in the 
lanuary/February issue. Encouraging 
because some women are speaking out 
and responding to leadership chal- 
lenges; disturbing because we in the 
congregations are too slow in calling 
women to pastoral positions. 

I know of some congregations who 
at first resisted calling a woman 
pastor, yet, when they did, they were 
very pleased with their pastor. 

The writer of the article is a good 
example of a woman who has many 
gifts for ministry and has served the 
church well at all levels. For a time 
she was our pastor and we can attest 
to her professional and personal gifts 
of ministry. Certainly there are many 
more women who can be called and 
would serve well in pastoral ministry. 
Howard Miller 
Westminster. Md. 

Seconding the CPT motion 

I was delighted to see the letter by 
Cliff Kindy (January/February) 
suggesting that the Christian Peace- 
maker Teams become an "arm" of 
the Church of the Brethren. As a six- 
year reserve corps member of CPT, I 
have felt closer to my Brethren her- 
itage as a peacemaker during this 
time than at any other time in my 
life — even though I served three 
years in BVS and considered myself 
on an active peace mission at that 

I feel that many Church of the 
Brethren projects today are also on 
the cutting edge of peacemaking, but 
CPT often goes one step beyond in 

its willingness to take risks to inter- 
vene in violent situations. 

It isn't clear to me exacdy what the 
connection should be between CPT 
and the Church of the Brethren, but I 
am totally convinced that the partici- 
pation of more Brethren in CPT would 
be of great value both to our denomi- 
nation and to CPT. 

Brethren participate in a large way 
in many ecumenical groups, several of 
them programs which our denomina- 
tion initiated, such as Heifer Project 
International, Church World Service, 
and CROP. Even though the Mennon- 
ites were more involved than the 

Brethren in the creation of CPT, I feel 
that we should be willing to provide a 
larger number of participants than we 
currently do. 

How wonderful it would be to make 
it possible for CPT to answer the 
requests for violence reduction help 
that have come from Puerto Rico, 
Colombia, Ethiopia, India, urban cen- 
ters in the US, and indigenous groups 
in Canada. We must be about the busi- 
ness of stopping wars before they 
happen! This is an important dream I 
have for the Church of the Brethren. 

Esther Mohler Ho 
Hayward, Calif. 


Volunteers are needed for the New Windsor Conference Center, 
located at the lovely, historic Brethren Service Center in New 
Windsor, MD. The Center is located in a peaceful, rural, treed 
setting with the theme of a quiet place to get things done. It is 
convenient to Gettysburg, PA, Baltimore, MD, and Washington, 
D.C. with opportunities for travel, cultural, and recreational 

We need volunteer hostesses/hosts to help provide hospitality 
and conference services to a variety of guests in a cozy and 
homey atmosphere. Maturity and detail orientation needed, along 
with outgoing personality and genuine interest in providing 
excellent customer service. Furnished apartment and meals pro- 
vided during period of service. Small stipend also available. Join 
us for a few weeks or longer, if you'd like. 

For more information, call or write: 

Elaine Hyde 

Conference Coordinator 

Box 188 

New Windsor, MD 21776-0188 


28 Messenger March 2000 

Messenger to every member 

In the January/ February issue of 
'Messenger 1 learned that next year 
'Will be the I 50th anniversary of this 
significant publication. 

1 have been a regular and careful 
reader of Messenger for about 75 
years. I feel strongly that every 
Brethren home should be receiving 
Messenger, and every member 
should be a regular reader. 

In the congregations I served as a 
regular pastor (I now serve as 
interim in my 12th church) I encour- 
aged and assisted them in providing 
Messenger for all church families. 
In one church they felt it was a good 
idea but they could not afford it in 
the church budget. I offered to pay 
for it for one year, because I felt so 
strongly the need for all members to 
read Messenger. The board then 
decided to put it in the budget, and 
felt it was a very worthy investment 
of church funds. 

From my 1998 Yearbook I observe 
that the Lititz, Pa., congregation 
leads the denomination in subscrip- 
tions, 538. They started this when I 
was pastor there about 40 years ago. 
'And the spiritual vitality (and giving) 
of that congregation would confirm 
the blessing of having Messenger in 
all church homes. 

1 observe that our Brethren homes 
are blessed with their professional 
journals — for teachers, farmers, social 
workers, physicians, etc. They realize 
they must have their monthly maga- 
zine to keep up to date in their special 
field of interest. And if Brethren are to 
keep up to date in the worldwide mis- 
sion and ministry we are doing in 
"continuing the work of jesus," we all 
need Messenger every month. 

I write to invite you, encourage 

you, to make a special effort to get 
Messenger into every Brethren 
home by the end of the 1 50th 
anniversary year. I offer a few sug- 
gested options for your 

1 . Put it in the budget of Annual 
Conference or of the General Board, 
or . . . 

2. Put it in the budget of every 
congregation. For any congregation 
that is not able to finance every 
member subscription, or not willing 
to do so, arrange for some member 
of the congregation to do so. 

3. Invite a few Brethren with large 
resources to underwrite the cost for 
any congregation that may be unable 
or unwilling to buy subscriptions for 
every member. Our giving to our 
church colleges, retirement homes, 
etc., indicate Brethren have money for 
any cause that to them is important. 

My concern is that every Brethren 
member be a faithful reader of Mes- 
senger. 1 am convinced it is a worthy 
goal. And I believe it can be done. 

Olden Mitchell 
North Manchester, Ind. 

The Stillness of the Evening 

Your editorial in the December issue, 
"In the Stillness of the Evening," is 
uncannily "one" with me and my 
philosophy of life. I'm less interested 
in the broader aspects of your editor- 
ial than in the deep-down, absolute 
satisfaction of a contemplative 
period of sitting by a campfire, in the 
darkness, recognizing that God is 
right there with you. 

I am well aware that we must not 
"neglect the assembling of ourselves 
together" for the purpose of corpo- 

rate worship, but I also firmly believe 
that alone with God in the outdoors 
is just as important as a way to com- 
municate with him. I don't know of a 
better way to rid one's soul of the 
"crud" of this mortal life. 

You described sitting quietly beside 
a dying campfire, looking at the 
stars, and contemplating the possi- 
bilities that this situation offered. I 
can't tell you how many nights I've 
done the same. I've listened to the 
cry of a loon, or watched geese in 
formation heading south, honking as 
they went. Along with all the possi- 
bilities of communication with one's 
God, there is just no better way to 
relax and be at peace with the world. 
1 never slept better. 

Don Snyder 
Waynesboro, Va. 

J2K. New hope. New day. 

1 want to comment on the back cover 
of the December issue of Messenger. 
It has caused me to do a lot of think- 
ing. We have heard so much about 
Y2K and the suspicion, problems, 
uncertainty, and fear that seems to 
surround it for so many. (Much of this 
fear has been caused by some Christ- 
ian groups.) 

I like the concept of J2K as shown 
on the back cover that helps to refo- 
cus on the new hope Jesus can bring 
to the new days that arrive with a 
new millennium. Our Lord still pro- 
vides the best hope for dealing with 
our world as we face the future. 

Let us all give full attention to the 

message of love, goodwill, hope, and 

peace He came to bring to our world. 

Wayne Lawson 

Milford. Ind. 

March 2000 Messenger 29 

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luniiiig' foiiils 

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Mallhcw Flora 
Boise Valley, Mcridan. Idaho: Darlcnc 

Bush Creek, Monrovia, Md.: Jessica 

Hook, liill Cold. |oy Keovichith. 

[ficna Nunn. Stacey Seibcrt. Dorcas 

Gold. Uobcrl Luhrs, Alice Luhrs 
Champaign, III.: Megan E. lacobs 
Dupont, Ohio: ro.xie Palmer, Dusty 

Ephrala, Pa.: Earl Redcay, Michael 

Rcdcay. Gene Buch. lohn and 

Sharon Pinkas 
Fairview, Rocky Mount, Va.: Ivy |r. and 

Ina Dean Layman. Gerald and 

Martha Montgomery, Gene and Ber- 

nice Meyer 
First, Reading. Pa.: Nancy Custo, 

Siena Parson. Carolyn Tetley. Bee 

Zerby. Dale Hylton. Gladys Hylton, 

Eli Rivera. Sherri Rivera 
Free Spring, Mifflintown, Pa.: Mark, 

Deb. and Michelle Heisey, Larry and 

Roxie Jones. Barry and Lori Lauver. 

Amanda Myers, lennil'er Varner 
Friendship, Linthicum, Md.: David 

Corrca. Jennifer Mitchell. Cory 

Senter, Scott Syms. Roberta Dwyer 
Greenwood, Mountain Grove, Mo.: 

Anna Mae Creiger. Darrell Rader, 

Kalhryn Anita Yarbrough 
Guernsey, Monticello, Ind.: Dana and 

Deb Hood 
Hanover, Pa.: loanne Colkitt 
Independence, Kan.: Randy and 

Donna Handlv. Dale and Debra 

McMastcr. Pauline Wolf. Arthur 

Logansport, Ind.: Denise Ploss, Kenny 

Modesto, Calif.: Lola Fulk 
Mohrsville, Pa.: Crystal Bowman. 

Christina Boyer, |ohn Boyer. Wanda 

Boyer. Kelly jacoby, Uchenna 

Osceola, Mo.: Harold McCrea, Betty 

McCrea. Regina Miller 
Pomona Fellowship, Pmona. Calif: 

Ralph and Lucille Robeson. Yvonne 

Roxbury, lohnstown. Pa.: [ackie 

Sheldon, Iowa: Elizabeth lean Elder 
Somerset, Pa.: Seth Forry. Brianna 

Beeghly. Samantha Barron. Andrew 

Barron, Erik Bittner. Mark Sarver. 

Mindy Sarver. Larry Reiber. Crystal 

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Richard Critchfield. jo Ann Critch- 

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Guyer, C. Albert and Hazel B., Quincy, 
Pa., 50 

McCoy, Meade and Velma. Marion 
Center. Pa.. 70 

Moore, Arthur and Genevieve. Nampa. 
Idaho. 73 

Poulicek, Richard and Verbalea. 
Wheatland, Mo.. 55 

Rose, Orville and Verna, New Carlisle. 
Ohio. 65 

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Shaw, Robert and Pearl, Uniontown, 
Pa.. 65 

Zimmer, Margaret and Glenn, New 
Lebanon. Ohio. 50 


Amspacher, Roy, 77, Hanover, Pa., 

Nov. 14 
Andrews, Rodney A., 91. Mt. Solon, 

Va.. Nov. 15 
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Lebanon, Pa.. July 1 1 
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Dec. 1 
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Becker, Rebecca, 32, Lititz, Pa., luly 12 
Boeshaar, lane L., 84, Springfield, 

Ohio, Oct. 12 
Boyd, Kevin, 25, Akron, Pa., Oct. 2 
Burkholder, Sarah, 92, Dupont, Ohio, 

Nov. 17 
Burton, D. Conrad. 77, Long Beach, 

CaliL, March 31, 1999 
Brooks, Venora, 95, Wheatland, Mo.. 

Sept. 22 
Brubaker, Bertha. 98. Dayton, Ohio, 

Nov. 9 
Buell, Ruby P., 100. Ocean Park, 

Wash.. May 24 
Burkholder, Sadie. 94, Manheim. Pa., 

Nov. 18 
Burtner, Charles A.. |r.. 64. Elkton. 

Va., Nov. 29 
Cain, Betty. Hermitage. Mo.. Oct. 21 
Cassel, Naomi. 84. Manheim. Pa.. Ian. 

11. 1999 
Cline, Ferman D., 70, Linville, Va., 

Nov. 25 
Cline, Luther F., 83, New Market, Va., 

Oct. 31 
Combs, Marlin G.. 64. Mathias. W.Va.. 

Dec. 15 
Conner, Evelyn E.. 86. Stephens City. 

Va.. Nov. 6 
Cornwell, Nina E.. 84, Luray, Va., 

Dec. 12 
Craun, James L.. 71. Staunton, Va.. 

Dec. 6 
Cripe, Florence. 81. Flora. Ind.. 

March. 1999 
Cummings, Esther, 88, Logansport. 

Ind.. Oct. 30 
Davis, lohn. 63, Thompsontown, Pa., 

Sept. 24 

Davis, Mary. 80. Troy, Ohio, Nov. 29 
Disc, Don L.. 77. Cayman Islands, 

B.W.I. , Sept. 27 
Dixon, Paul R., 83. Wayesboro, Va.. 

Nov. 28 
Dohner, Ward, 88, Greenville, Ohio. 

Oct. 28 
Dove, E. lunior, 75, Broadway, Va.. 

Nov. 4 
Dove, Leota G.. 84, Mathias, W.Va.. 

Nov. 24 
Edwards, Herman, Tuscola, Tex., Dec. 2 
Estep, Paul Henry. 80. Timberville, Va.. 

Dec. 1 1 
Fahnestock, Naomi. 86. Manheim. Pa.. 

Nov. 28 
Farling, Erlan L.. 86. New Carlisle. 

Ohio. Nov. 29 
Fox, Lawrence "Ben," 83, Flora. Ind.. 

June 11. 1998 
Gindlesperger, Merle D.. 89, lohn- 
stown. Pa., Ian. 10. 1999 
Gochenour, Emmett N., 76. Stanley, 

Va.. Nov. 5 
Good, Norma L., 66, Timberville, Va., 

Nov. 18 
Good, Willard Dale. 75, New Market. 

Va.. Dec. 1 
Grove, Earl M., 81. Grottoes, Va.. Dec. 3 
Halligan, Helen, 81, Akron, Pa.. Sept. 24 
Hallerman, Treva L., 67, Harrison- 
burg. Va., Dec. 3 
Hambriek, Helen, Troutville, Va., July 1 
Hay, Wade G.. 80. Friedens. Pa.. Nov. 19 
Henry, Charles W "Chiz," 81, lohn- 
stown. Pa., Feb. 27. 1999 
Hill, Bernal, 83, Nampa, Idaho, luly 10 
Hoffman, Luther, Sr., 98, Bath, N.Y.. 

Sept. 14 
Keck, Edith, 81. Akron. Ohio, Nov. 25 
Kiser, Luther M., 87. Staunton, Va., 

Nov. 25 
Koehler, Icel E.. 93, Udell, Iowa, Nov. 21 
Krennich, Alice, 93, Ephrata, Pa., Sept. 1 4 
Laprad, |ohn. 87, Delphi, Ind.. Ian. 31, 

Lewis, Violet H.. Glen Burnie. Md.. 

Nov. 29 
Life, Virginia, 76. Harrisonburg. Va.. 

Nov. 1 
Loump, Irvin. 79. Mt. Icy. Pa., Nov. 

10, 1998 
McCoy, Gurnie E.. 81, Stanley, Va.. 

Dec. 3 
Martin, I.C.. 63. Stanley. Va., Dec. 3 
Martin, Samuel. 79, Lancaster. Pa.. 

|une 5 
Miller, Homer T.. 78. Harrisonburg, 

Va.. Nov. 17 
Mosholder, Evelyn. 87, Holsopple, Pa.. 

Nov. 12 
Nauman, Helen, 90, Manheim, Pa.. 

.■Xpril 6 
O'Baugh, Hiram F., 88, Crimora, Va., 

Nov. 22 
Pitsenbarger, Dolen L.. 59. Grottoes. 

Va., Nov. 19 
Powell, Ted. 55. Covington, Ohio, Oct. 30 
Rader, Martha. 88. Troutville. Va., Dec. 7 
Rowe, Bertha P. 92. Broomfield. Colo.. 

Nov. 27 
Ruhl, Lucille. 93. Manheim. Pa., Ian. 

4. 1999 
Rush, Ruby. 82. Maurertown. Va.. 

Nov. 13 
Shenk, Florence. 101. Manheim. Pa.. 

Oct. 31 
Sherman, Gerald Vernon, 85, Goshen. 

Ind.. Dec. 6 
Shipp, lohn R.. 76, Rockingham 

County, Va., Oct. 27 

Shirk, Richard. 83. Mifnintown, Pa., 

lune 6 
Shull, Donald W.. 51, Mount Solon, 

Va., Nov. 5 
Sponaugle, Lizetta, 90, Franklin, 

W.Va.. Nov. 3 
Stuart, Shirley, 76, Hanover, Pa., Nov. 10 
Tyler, Mary Lou, 45, Independence, 

Kan.. Sept. 19 
Vandevandcr, Almeda, 76, Cherry 

Grove. W.Va.. Nov. 1 
Vickroy, Evelyn. 83, lohnstown. Pa.. 

Sept. 29 
Wampler, Anna, 94, Bridgewater. Va., 

Nov. 20 
Warlitner, Alice V., 91, Harrisonburg, 

Va.. Nov. 2 
Wert, Ruth, 79. Mifflintown. Pa.. April 

Whittington, lean, 65. Woodstock. Va., 

Dec. 4 
Wilson, Dora C, 95, Moorefield, 

W.Va., Oct. 30 
Witmer, Ann. Seminole, Fla., Nov. 20 
Woodie, Rae. 76, Troutville, Va., Aug. 1 3 
Wright, Andra, 88, Bridgewater, Va.. 

Oct. 1 
Zellers, Roy, 93, Lancaster, Pa., April 29 
Ziegler, Gertrude, 87. Dixon. Ill, Dec. 15 
Zipf, Esther F., 75, Englewood, Fla., 

March 17. 1999 


Berkley, Richard Wayne, from interim 

to permanent. Danville, Va. 
Brumbaugh, Alan, from Bellwood, Pa., 

to Dunnings Creek, New Paris, Pa. 
Coulter, Russell L., from Bethel, 

Arrington, Va., to Crab Orchard, 

Davis, |im, from Pyrmont, Delphi, 

Ind.. to North Winona. Warsaw, Ind. 
Derr, Horace, from Rockhill Furnace, 

Pa., to Indiana. Pa. 
Fike, I. Melvin and Lisa, from Moore- 
field. W.Va., to Antioch, Rocky 

Mount, Va. 
Miller, David Lloyd, from Carson 

Valley, Dun cansville. Pa., to Lick 

Creek, Bryan Ohio 


Hartwell, lerry Lee. Dec. 1 I. 1998. 

New Covenant, Chester. Va. 
Seilhamer, Larry Chester, New 

Covenant, Chester, Va., Dec. 1 1, 

Smith, Gregory Lee, )r., Feb. 12, 1999, 

Williamson Road, Roanoke, Va. 
Voder, Rebekah Lingerfelt. May 20. 

Goshen City. Goshen, Ind. 


Elgin, Richard Glenn. Sept. 16, Lynch- 
burg. Va. 
Frantz, Lyllis, 82, McPherson. Kan., 

Nov. 21 
Gilley, William Daniel, Sept. 16, Crab 

Orchard, W.Va. 
Hanks, Thomas Patrick loseph, luly 

17. Fraternity, Winston-Salem, N.C. 
Kerkove, David, Aug. 6, English River. 

South English. Iowa 
Shelton, Harry Wayne, Ian. 30, 1999, 

Rocky Mount, Va. 
Surin, loseph Philip. Oct. 23. Prices 

Creek. West Manchester. Ohio 
Wade, Marvin Dale. Ian. 30, 1999, 

Shelton, Mount Airy, N.C. 

March 2000 Messenger 31 

The people of Turning Points 

When I was a cub reporter for a daily newspaper I 
was assigned, in one of the enduring traditions of 
the trade, to write obituaries. Never mind that I was 
fresh from college, highly educated, and more highly 
opinionated, I set about at the bottom of the totem pole 
dedicated to becoming the best obit writer I could be. I 
got to where I could write finished copy while still on the 
phone with the funeral director. On the first day back 
after a summer holiday weekend, the funeral director 
would gleefully tell me he had a pile of obits so high it 
would wear me out. I'd say I wished I were making as 
much money as he was from this, but bring them on. 

Swaggering about disasters and the dead was part of 
the allure of the business for me until one Saturday night 
when I was the reporter on duty. A deputy called in to 
say a car had gone too fast around a curve, its door had 
flown open, and two children were thrown out, both 
killed. I wrote the story and handed it in, but it got to me 
as none other had. I thought about the father who was 
driving, the mother at home, the children. Reporters 
don't cry, but this one about did. 

Ever after I have tried to approach names as people and 
to bring some reverence to obituaries, no matter how high 
the pile. So each month when I compile Turning Points, 
carried on the preceding page, I say a little prayer for each 
of the deceased as I list them, remembering that she is a 
mother or he is a son, and each is a child of God. Behind 
every listing is a story, a milestone, a point of turning. 

Most of the people I list under "Deaths" were old 
when they died, so I noticed last month when I 
typed this: "Brumbaugh, Arlan Scott, 35, Martinsburg, 
Pa., Oct. 9." And just below it this: "Brumbaugh, Bar- 
bara Jo 'Buffy,' 33, Martinsburg, Pa., Oct. 9." 

"It was a terrible tragedy," said Mabel Hollinger, the 
loyal Messenger representative for the Curryville, Pa., 
congregation, who had sent in the notice. She told me 
the basics of the auto accident, then arranged for me to 
speak to Don and Doris Brumbaugh, parents of Arlan. 

"Because there was alcohol involved, our first thought 
was, people don't need to hear about that," said Don 
Brumbaugh. "But then we realized we have a story to 
tell." Even before the accident he had agreed to go on the 
ballot for area representative of Pennsylvanians Con- 
cerned about Alcohol Problems, a group that sends 
speakers to talk about alcohol abuse in schools and 
churches. Don was elected two weeks after the deaths of 
his son and daughter-in-law. 

"Our son started drinking when he was a senior in high 
school," Don explained. "He got into some problems 
then and went through counseling. He always felt that he 
could handle it, but he couldn't. I've always been one for 
total abstinence because you never know who will 
become addicted." Doris blames peer pressure for the 
beginnings of the problem in high school. "We couldn't 
do anything about it," she says. "It happens." 

It was about 1 1 p.m. that Saturday night last October 
when the Brumbaughs got a knock on the door of their 
home in Curryville. Their son and his wife had gone for a 
daytrip of hiking at Raystown Lake near Huntingdon. On 
the way back, about a mile from their home outside of 
Martinsburg, the car had gone out of control and slid 
sideways into a tree. Arlan's blood alcohol level was far 
above the legal limit. 

Arlan had worked with his father on the family dairy 
farm until about four years ago when he left to join a 
modular housing firm, becoming a crew foreman. Bar- 
bara and her daughter Paula, Arlan's stepdaughter, were 
baptized at the Curryville church three years ago, 
although Arlan and Barbara lately had not been attending 
regularly. Barbara and Arlan both were responsible work- 
ers and parents, yet the family could tell there were 
continuing problems with alcohol. 

Don Brumbaugh has been re-reading the story of 
Samson (Judges 13-16), instructed by an angel to "drink 
no wine or strong drink." Unable to keep his purity, 
Samson's life deteriorated into dysfunction. But he 
pleaded with the Lord for one more chance and got it. 
"My son didn't get one more chance," Don said. 

The lack of a will caused uncertainty about custody of 
the two children for a time. "One of the biggest things I tell 
people now is to have a will," Don says. Now the two 
girls — Yvette, 9, and Paula Boyer, 15 — are living with the 
Brumbaughs, who are both 66. "The second time around is 
really different," says Don, who has two other sons and a 
daughter. "The last time we had a 1 5-year-old in the house 
was 30 years ago." For Paula, the daughter of Barbara's 
first marriage, these times are especially difficult. Her own 
father had been killed in an alcohol-related auto accident. 

The Curryville Church of the Brethren has wrapped its 
arms around the Brumbaughs. helping to establish a trust 
fund at the bank for the children, supporting Doris each 
Monday at prayer group, being available for child care, 
contributing to PCAP. "This really has made me study the 
Bible," Don says. "We are truly aware of how the Lord 
has directed our lives." — Fletcher Farrar 

32 Messenger March 2000 


till Fresh and Green 

National Older Adult Conference 

September 11-15, Lake Junaluska (N.C.) Assembly 

Photo by Jim Hauptii 

^^NOAC is like a 
refresher course in 
living and growing 
older It provides a shot 
of energy, vitality and 
vision for the future. " 

— Gordon and Darlene Bucher 

Manchester Gnd.) Church of the Brethren 

"The National Older Adult Conference is like a refresher 
course in living and growing older. It provides a shot of energy, 
vitality and vision for the future.The conference gives us insight 
into some of the issues of living longer and a renev/ed appreci- 
ation for the life of the Church of the Brethren. We are looking 
forv^ard to the upcoming National Older Adult Conference, the 
fifth conference held in beautiful Lake Junaluska.The conference 
Bible studies, presentations and activities are inspirational and 
downright fun — it does us good to laugh, relax and visit 
with old friends." 

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brochure, call ABC at (800) 323-8039. 


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Imagine the moment 
of resurrection 

^•^i Jc"'** 

Get out to the BBT Fitness Challenge 
& Golf Outing at Annual Conference. 

BBT Fitness Challenge 
Monday, July 1 7, 7:00 a.m. 

A 5K race for runners and walkers on a 

measured course. 

Besides a good workout, participants will receive 

• a commemorative tee shirt 

• post-race breakfast (fruit, muffins, juice) 

• prizes for category winners 
Fee: $ 1 5 

BBT Golf Outing 
Thursday, July 20, 8:00 a.m. 

Format: team scramble 

Expanded this year to include all interested golfers 

attending Annual Conference. 

Fee: $40, covers greens fees, cart, range balls, 

beverages, lunch and prizes. 

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Editor: Fletcher Farrar 
News: Walt Wiltschek 
Subscriptions: Peggy Reinacher 
Publisher: Wendy McFadden 
Designer: Marianne Sackett 
Advertising: Russ Matteson 

On the cover: Our Easter cover is by Paul Grout, 
whose art and ministry were featured in the April 
1 999 edition. Grout, who is pastor of Genesis 
Church of the Brethren, Putney, Vt., has completed a series of 
paintings on the Easter theme, "Stations of the Resurrection." 
Grout wrote the poem below to accompany the cover painting. 

Imagine the Moment 
of Resurrection 

Imagine the moment 

of resurrection 

when light penetrated 

what seemed impenetrable 

what seemed eternal darkness, the tomb, 

that moment 

in all of human history 

that changed everything 

yet appeared 

as the world awoke 

just another morning. 

— Paul Grout 







The church and mental illness 

The death last summer of Wes Albin, an 
active member of the Harrisburg, Pa., con- 
gregation, has opened this discussion of 
how churches can deal with depression, a 
common but misunderstood form of 
mental illness. 

A doctor with a mission 

With support from US Brethren, a 
Dominican Republic doctor who is a 
member of the Dominican Church of the 
Brethren has taken her faith and medicine 
on a mission to help Haitian refugees in 
labor camps. 

Caring for creation in Belize 

Upon their return from a Church of the 
Brethren "Faith Expedition" to Central 
America, three writers reflect on the Chris- 
tian response to environmental 

The Easter spiritual 

"Sometimes it causes me to tremble, trem- 
ble, tremble." Reflecting on the deeper 
meaning of the familiar music. Ken Gibble 
writes: "When resurrection happens, you 

A Quiet Place 

A little old farmhouse in Indiana, on the 
grounds of Camp Mack, has been trans- 
formed into a spiritual retreat center where 
tired souls can find rest and renewal, 
where they can be close to God. 



From the Publisher 


In Touch 






Turning Points 



April 2000 Messenger 1 

ta fc PuHiskr 

Those who read small print may have noticed lots of transition within the team 
that produces Messenger. While editor Fletcher Farrar is now an old-timer 
within the group, just about everyone else has come on board since fall. (We even 
changed printers a few months ago.) 

Peggy Reinacher became acquainted with the Brethren last summer when she 
began as a temporary employee to help get subscription processing back on schedule 
after a major change in computer software. When long-time subscriptions coordina- 
tor Vicki Roche left in September, we were fortunate to have Peggy already trained 
and ready to go. She has excelled at finding ways to make the process more efficient. 

Supervision of subscriptions and selling ad space have recently shifted into 
Brethren Press marketing. To these and all his other marketing tasks, manager Russ 
Matteson has brought energy, skill, creativity, and a keen sense of who the Brethren 
are. With business and seminary degrees, pastoral experience, and several years 
managing bookstores, his background is perfect for Brethren Press. 

News manager Walt Wiltschek eased into the job by filling in on an interim basis 
when Nevin Dulabaum moved down the hall to the Brethren Benefit Trust. So when 
we hired Walt, he already knew just about everything he needed to know. In addition 
to broadcasting Brethren news through Newsline and giving attention to the denomi- 
national website, Walt is preparing the news section of Messenger. His twin passions 
for journalism and ministry (he comes straight from the Westminster, Md., congrega- 
tion, where he was associate pastor) make him a natural for his new position. 

With the next issue we will bring back an old name, that of Paul Stocksdale. He 
started his career with Messenger shortly after college, but left several years ago for 
a new job. He's been honing his design skills in the rarefied air of a Chicago ad 
agency, but never stopped providing occasional freelance design work for various 
agencies of the church. He comes back to us now because he and his wife, Cynthia, 
have just gone full-time running their own business. Cedar House Design. 

Paul picks up where Marianne Sackett leaves off. A freelance designer, Marianne 
has designed about two years' worth of Messengers, working from her home office 
in Chicago. Not only is she an expert at Quark, but on more than one occasion she's 
gone the second mile for us — driving the materials to Elgin in order to save us a day 
in the schedule, for example. 

In addition to those whose names appear on the masthead, there are other out- 
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into readers' mailboxes. However, the teamwork isn't really complete until you, our 
faithful readers, take the magazine into your homes and make it part of your lives. 
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2 Messenger April 2000 


Don Brandt and Geraldine 

How one man started his own heifer project 

Don Brandt, a member of the Mechanicsburg, Pa., congregation, is neither a farmer 
nor a rancher. The closest he has come is to work at a plant nursery, and he helps sell 
produce at the Lebanon, Pa., disaster relief auction each fall. 

He considered raising produce for the auction, until he got the idea that maybe he 
could grow something bigger. 

He purchased a young calf at the auction and named her "Geraldine." With the help of 
his wife, Lois, and some friends he fed, immunized, and had the heifer bred, returning 
her to the auction the next year. On the day she faced the buyers, Geraldine behaved 
"like a good Brethren cow," in Don's words, bringing in a respectable $1,075 for the dis- 
aster fund. 

Don says the venture into cattle-raising was so enjoyable he might do it again — if there 
is a heifer as appealing as Geraldine! — Sara Wilson 

Married for 70 years, 
one day at a time 

It was a quiet celebration 
on Sept. 12, a small family 
dinner, that marked the 
70th year since Meade and 
Velma McCoy, of Marion 
Center, Pa., were united in 
a simple ceremony at the 
Presbyterian parsonage. 

"We've had our ups and 
downs like everybody 
else," says Velma. She and 
her husband are both 90. 
Five years ago she was 
down with a heart condi- 
tion and doctors didn't 
think she would survive. 
But after receiving a pace- 
maker she bounced back. 
After Christmas her hus- 

band Meade was hospital- 
ized for awhile, and Velma 
baked fresh buns for the 
folks from church who 
went to visit him. The 
McCoys live with their 
son, William, a registered 
nurse who helps to care for 
them both. 

They've been going to 
the Purchase Line Church 

April 2000 Messenger 3 


of the Brethren, Clymer, 
Pa., since 1940, when the 
pastor then, Dorsey 
Rotruck (currently of 
McPherson, Kan.) came to 
visit their daughter who 
was sick with pneumonia. 
"We have a lot of 'almost- 
grandchildren' at our 
church," says Velma. 
"There are a lot of young 
people who look up to us." 

What is the secret to 70 
years of marriage? "I 
asked my husband that and 
he had no idea," Vehna 
says. "We plug along. You 
just have to keep plugging 
along I guess." 

Youth take a hard 
look at racism 

Jan 7-9 was the date of a 
young adult retreat held at 
Camp Eder, sponsored by 

Roy and Jean Judy with Lucille and Alton McDaniel. 

Roy Judy completes 40 years 

On |an. 1 Roy Judy, and his wife, Jean, were honored 
for serving the Ridgely, Md., congregation for 40 
years. He began by sharing the pastorate with Alton 
McDaniel, each preaching every other Sunday; then Judy 
went to full time in 1961. Many friends and former mem- 
bers of the congregation came to celebrate the occasion, 
including Alton McDaniel, who brought the morning mes- 
sage, "Blessed are the History-makers." 

both the Southern Penn- 
sylvania District and On 
Earth Peace Assembly. The 
retreat was attended by 1 5 
young adults. We also had 
to acknowledge that at a 
retreat looking at racism, 
our brothers and sisters of 
color were very underrep- 
resented, with only one 
female of color. 

We can easily admit, as 
people who are predomi- 
nantly of German heritage, 
middle class, and Protes- 
tant, we come from a very 
privileged subset of the 
world. What is very hard 
to admit is that as mem- 
bers of that privileged 
group, we are oppressing 
other groups in order to 
have our privileges. 

Two videos, a documen- 
tary on the Los Angeles 
riots and a "Prime Time" 
special were presented to 
examine issues of racism, 
the effects of injustice 
towards blacks in the US, 
and the depth of emotion 
and anger over racial 
injustice. We discussed our 
isolation from multicultur- 
alism, our unawareness of 
events that are not WASP, 
and how that lack of edu- 
cation can further widen 
the gap between racial 
groups. We spent time dis- 
cussing how to raise our 
own personal awareness of 
race, ethnicities, and prej- 

We took away from the 
weekend the hope of rec- 
onciliation found in 
Ephesians 2: 14-19. 
— Beth Miller 

Spring Mount marks 
200 years of service 

Spring Mount Church of 
the Brethren, Warriors 
Mark, Pa., celebrates its 
200th anniversary this year. 

An "Old-Timers Day" is 
planned for May 2 1 with 
Brethren heritage displays. 
Aug. 1 3 is a family picnic 
following the church ser- 
vice. Special events with 
guest speakers are planned 
for Oct. 7 and 8. 

Guests and words of 
greeting are welcome. For 
information call 814-632- 
5051 or 814-632-8620. 

Indiana men take on 
the world 

Camp Alexander Mack 
hosted the third annual 
Northern Indiana District 
Men's retreat Feb. 5 and 6. 
About 40 men attended the 
retreat, which carried the 
theme, "A Man and His 

Retreat attendees looked 
at the dynamics of rela- 
tionships and explored the 
Christian responses to a 
world divided by condi- 
tion, creed, and color. 
Leaders were David Rad- 
cliff, director of Brethren 
Witness, and Lee Krahen- 
biihl, co-pastor of 
Skyridge Church of the 
Brethren. Kalamazoo, 

West Goshen honored 
as Centennial Church 

The West Goshen Church 
of the Brethren, Goshen, 
Ind., was honored as the 
Centennial Church for 
1999 by the Elkhart 
County Agricultural Soci- 
ety. The West Goshen 
congregation was estab- 
lished in 1830 by the 
families of Elder Daniel 
Cripe. lacob Cripe, Clint 
Stouder, and John Pip- 
pinger, who came to the 
area from Montgomery 
County, Ohio. 

4 Messenger April 2000 

Meetings were held in 
homes until 1859, when a 
sniiiil wooden church was 
buih at the present location. 
This was replaced in 1886 
by the present building. 

West Goshen is the 
"mother church" for some 
50 other Brethren congrega- 
tions in northern Indiana 
and lower Michigan. 

After 65 years Bush 
retires from ministry 

Clyde Bush, of Curryville, 
Pa., has retired after 65 
years in the active ministry. 
He was called to the min- 
istry at the age of 1 8 by the 
Curryville Church of the 
Brethren and began his 
ministry at the Riddlesburg 
church. Other Church of 
the Brethren congregations 
he served include Stoner- 
stown, Beliwood, lames 
Creek, Beech Run, Water- 
side, Black Valley, and 
Pleasant Union. 

During his ministry Bush 
preached 5,268 sermons, 
conducted 564 prayer 
meetings, baptized 157 
(including 50 on one day 
assisted by two other pas- 
tors), and officiated at 1 10 
weddings and 1 12 funerals. 

Students study civil 
rights on tour of South 

Manchester College profes- 
sor Ken Brown and three 
students spent their January 
session in the South, visit- 
ing cities and sites 
associated with the civil 
rights movement. 

The students in the peace 
studies program — Erica 
Sweitzer, Eric Christiansen, 
and Angela Florence — were 
taking a course titled, 
"Current Issues in Peace 
and lustice: How the Civil 

Rights Movement has 
Changed the South." 

The group went to the 
University of Mississippi, 
the one-time segregationist 
school that became a 
hotbed of civil rights activ- 
ity in the 1960s. They 
visited the Lorraine Motel, 
site of the assassination of 
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 
They were in Atlanta, Ga., 
for the Martin Luther King, 
Ir. holiday. In keeping with 
the words of Coretta Scott 
King — "It's not a day off, 
it's a day on" — they spent 
the day volunteering at an 
inner-city school and an 
AIDS shelter. 

After serious accident, 
she shares her faith 

Last lune Flora Williams, 
professor of family and 
consumer economics at 
Purdue University and 
pianist at Lafayette (Ind.) 
Church of the Brethren, 
was in Mexico on a tourist 
van that crashed. Her 
injuries required the ampu- 
tation of her right lower 
arm and hand. 

A local newspaper article 
highlighted the positive 
attitude that brought Flora 
through her recovery. 
"Instead of being 
depressed, I reflect on the 
fact that I am blessed," she 
says. As one friend put it, 
she focused on the internal 
and the eternal, instead of 
the external. 

She has returned to class- 
room teaching, and is even 
playing the piano and organ 
again. Rather than hide her 
prosthesis, she adorns it 
with nail polish and splashy 
rings. "The Lord did not 
promise life would be easy," 
Flora says, "but he did 
promise to go with us every 
step of the way." 

Eshbach certified as 
fund raising executive 

Theresa C. Eshbach, of 
Thomasville, Pa., director of 
institutional advancement 
for Bethany Theological 
Seminary, was awarded the 
professional designation of 
Certified Fund Raising 
Executive (CERE) by the 
CERE certification board. 
Those certified have met 
professional standards and 
have agreed to uphold a 
code of ethics and the 

Theresa C. Eshbach 

Donor Bill of Rights. Also, 
candidates must pass a writ- 
ten examination. 

Marjorie and Conrad Burton. 


D. Conrad Burton, 77, of Long Beach, Calif., died 
March 51,1 999. He was pastor of the Panorama City, 
CaliL congregation for 17 years. Later he left the pastoral 
ministry to develop a new mission — the development, con- 
struction, and management of non-profit housing for the 
low-income elderly. 

In the 1960s, Burton ministered to despondent street 
kids of Los Angeles. "He would go down to the Sunset 
Strip and just talk and listen to the kids," said his wife, 
Marjorie. "He would help get them back on their feet, 
sometimes reuniting them with their families." 

Martha Wenger Bachman, 77, of Lebanon, Pa., died 
)uly 1 1. She served in Brethren Volunteer Service, and 
with Civilian Public Service in Castaiier, Puerto Rico. She 
was a member of Brethren Peace Fellowship and was 
known for her dedication to the cause of peace. 

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April 2000 Messenger 5 

Brethren Volunteer Service Orientation 
Unit 237 trained at Camp Ithiel, Gotha. 
Fla., Jan. 25 to Feb. 11. The work 
assignments for the volunteers are 
listed next to their names. Front row: 
Kerry Labiischagne (Camp Brethren 
Woods. Keezletown. Va.), Sue Grubb 
(staff): second row: Matt Stauffer 
(staff), Andy Kloos (San Antonio 
Catholic Worker House, Tex.): Christy 
Bischoff (Quaker Cottage. Belfast. 
Northern Ireland): third row: Lynn 
Stoltzfus (Christian Peacemaker 
Teams, Chiapas. Mexico): Tobias Baier 
(National Farm Worker Ministries. 
Florida/North Carolina). Ali Durbin 
(Guatemala Accompaniment Project, 
Guatemala City): Back row: Barrett 
Chaix (International Peace Bureau. 
Geneva, Switzerland): Aimee Edmark 
(Church of the Brethren Youth 
Services, Leola, Pa.): Tracy Stoddart 
(staff): Veli Turhan (Tri-City Homeless 
Coalition, Fremont, Calif). 

6 Messenger April 2000 

Guillermo Encarnacion, coordinator of theological training in the Dominican 
Republic: jerry Crouse, mission co-coordinator in the Dominican Republic: Allen 
Hansell, director of ministry for the Church of the Brethren General Board: and 
Becky Bade Crouse. mission co-coordinator, join in laying on hands as 10 pastors 
are ordained in the first Church of the Brethren ordination service in the 
Dominican Republic. 

Dominican Brethren celebrate 
theology graduation 

Brethren in the Dominican Republic 
use a traditional greeting when 
saying hello or farewell: "Dios le 
bendiga" — God bless you. 

February proved to be a month 
especially filled with God's blessings 
for the Dominican Brethren and for 
their counterparts in the United 
States. Feb. 12 marked graduation 
day for 1 7 students who became the 
first in the nation to complete a five- 
year Church of the Brethren 
theological training program. A week 
later, the first Brethren ordinations 
in the Dominican Republic took 
place at the ninth annual assembly of 
congregations there. 

"This is a very sacred and historic 
moment in the international Church 
of the Brethren, and a special joy in 
the Dominican Republic," said Gen- 
eral Board Director of Ministry Allen 
Hansell, who conducted the services 
among the wooden benches of an 
outdoor pavilion. 

In addition to the 10 pastors who 
were ordained, 7 more people were 
licensed during the Saturday evening 
service. The group of 1 7 included 
old and young, men and women — 

all of them exhibiting a passion for 
lesus Christ and the church. Each 
minister came to the front sur- 
rounded by members of his or her 
congregation to show support and 

About 30 US Brethren were pre- 
sent for the historic ceremonies, 
joining more than 150 Dominicans. 
In addition to Hansell, the US repre- 
sentatives included executive director 
|udy Mills Reimer and Global Mis- 
sion Partnerships director Merv 
Keeney of the General Board, Jim 
Myer of Brethren Revival Fellowship, 

Pastor Sebastian Reyes of the Agua 
Viva congregation celebrates his 

and a large workcamp group from 

The entire ceremony painted a por- 
trait of two cultures woven together, 
with Hansell delivering the ceremony 
and vows in English, and Guillermo 
Encarnacion, coordinator of theolog- 
ical training in the Dominican 
Republic, translating them into the 
native Spanish. All ministry materi- 
als, such as certificates and 
identification cards, were also trans- 
lated into Spanish for the occasion. 

"1 am happy and thrilled," said 
newly ordained Angelica Beriguete, 
pastor of the Fuente de Vida congre- 
gation, through a translator. "For 
anyone who is ready and feels called 
by God, this is a good direction. This 
is an exciting time for the church." 

As many as 40 Dominicans are 
expected to enroll in the theological 
training program this year. Some of 
those are continuing students, but 
many are new. Nineteen congrega- 
tions or preaching points are now 
functioning in the country with the 
guidance of Church of the Brethren 
mission coordinators Jerry and Becky 
Crouse, who live in Santo Domingo. 
The Grouses received a quick and 
emphatic round of applause for their 
work after Jerry delivered their report 
at the assembly. 

Other major items at the assembly 
included approval of the 1999 trea- 
surer's report and 2000 budget, 
elections for the coming year, reports 
from each congregation, and amend- 
ments to their conference's 

Worship provided the central 
heartbeat of the weekend, however, 
with energetic and abundant music, 
fervent prayers, scripture readings, 
and moving messages — including 
addresses by Encarnacion Saturday 
night and Reimer on Sunday, follow- 
ing communion. 

As people went their separate ways 
after the closing worship, the mean- 

ingful words came again: "Dios le 
bendiga." — Walt Wiltschek 

General Board programs 
finish fiscal year in black 

Church of the Brethren General 
Board treasurer Judy E. Keyser used 
"solid" and "stable" as the two words 
to describe the organization's finan- 
cial status entering 2000. 

"General programs," those which 
are not self-funded, showed a total 
income over expense of $ 1 35,070 
according to pre-audit reports. That 
strong showing came even after sev- 
eral adjustments, such as a one-time 
transfer to Brethren Press and a 
transfer to fund annuity payments. 

For self-funding units, all but one 
finished in the black. The New Wind- 
sor (Md.) Conference Center showed 
the largest turnaround, posting a 
deficit in 1998 but showing a $5,450 
net income over expense in 1999. 
Similar good news came from 
Brethren Press ($1 1,390), and from 
Emergency Response/Service Min- 
istries ($35,110). Messenger showed 
a net loss of $25,380 for the year. 

Urban Peace Tour visits 
churches of Los Angeles 

During the week of Feb. 8-13 partic- 
ipants in Urban Peace Tour 2000 
traveled to Church of the Brethren 
congregations throughout the Los 
Angeles area. They worshiped 
together, celebrating their unique 
cultures and backgrounds, but united 
under a common identity as Chris- 
tians and members of the Church of 
the Brethren. 

The tour gathered participants 
from Brethren congregations across 
the country including: Harrisburg 
(Pa.) First — Iglesia del Discipulado, 
Altoona (Pa.) 28th Street, German- 
town (Philadelphia, Pa.), and 
Phoenix (Ariz.) First. Local area par- 

Orlando Antonio Jimenez, a member of 
Bella Vista Church of the Brethren, Los 
Angeles, on the Urban Peace Tour 

ticipants from Imperial Heights, 
Valley View Whittier, and Bella Vista 
congregations further strengthened 
the tour. 

"I was continually amazed by the 
worshipful and energetic spirit in 
which people gave themselves to the 
tour — heart and soul," said tour 
coordinator Greg Laszakovits, who is 
finishing a year doing anti-racism 
education through the General 
Board's Brethren Witness office. 

Ernie Sewell, of Gennantown Church of 
the Brethren, on the Urban Peace Tour. 

April 2000 Messenger 7 

Each night's worship celebration 
included music, testimonies, power- 
ful preaching, and prayers for 
personal, interracial, and world 

"We could really feel the Holy 
Spirit move in those churches," said 
Nate Olivencia of Harrisburg, Pa. "It 
was powerful!" 

One of the highlights of the tour 
was the final worship service at Cen- 
tral Evangelical Korean Church of 
the Brethren. The message was deliv- 
ered in Spanish by Pastor Guillermo 
Olivencia of Harrisburg First Church 
of the Brethren, Iglesia del Discipu- 
lado, then translated to English, then 
to Korean. 

"This is what the Kingdom of God 
will look like — look at the diversity!" 
rejoiced one church member. 

Other stops on the tour included 
Principe de Paz, Imperial Heights, 
Pomona Fellowship, and Bella 
Vista/Bittersweet Ministries. 

Annual Conference 
announces ballot 

Paul Grout (Putney, Vt.), loan Her- 
shey (IVIount Joy, Pa.), Marianne 
Rhoades Pittman (Blacksburg, Va.), 
and David L. Rogers (North Man- 
chester, Ind.) are the candidates for 
moderator-elect on this year's 
Annual Conference Standing Com- 
mittee ballot. 

Standing Committee will prepare 
the ballot that delegates will vote on 
by cutting the list of nominees for 
that and numerous other positions in 
half when it meets in July prior to 
Annual Conference in Kansas City, 

Other positions on the ballot this 
year are a member of the Annual 
Conference Program and Arrange- 
ments Committee; General Board 
members from three districts — Illi- 
nois and Wisconsin, Northern Ohio, 
and Southeastern — plus an at-large 
representative; one member each of 
the boards of On Earth Peace Assem- 
bly, Brethren Benefit Trust, and 

Association of Brethren Caregivers; 
two members of the Bethany Theo- 
logical Seminary board, one 
representing the laity and one repre- 
senting the ministry; a member of the 
Pastoral Compensation and Benefits 
Advisory Committee representing the 
laity; a member of the Committee on 
Interchurch Relations; and male and 
female members of the Review and 
Evaluation Committee. 

CAIR team helps following 
Alaska Airlines crash 

The Crisis in Aviation Incident 
Response program, administered by 
the Church of the Brethren General 
Board's Emergency Response/Ser- 
vice Ministries, was called upon 
again after the crash of Alaska Air- 
lines flight 261 in the Pacific Ocean. 
Sharon Gilbert of the La Verne 
(Calif.) Church of the Brethren 
helped to administer that effort. 

Other Brethren involved in the 
ecumenical team included Sheryl 
Faus (Chiques church, Manheim, 
Pa.), Judy Gump (Prince of Peace 
church, Denver, Colo.), John Kinsel 
(Beavercreek, Ohio, church), and 
Dena Gilbert (La Verne). 

The team's work so impressed 
Alaska Airlines that a CAIR team was 
requested to work during a memorial 
service in Seattle for families of air- 
line employees involved in the crash. 
Gilbert again co-administered that 
project, which included Brethren 
Patricia Ronk of the Oak Grove 
church (Roanoke, Va.) and Noel 
Gilbert of La Verne. 

They cared for 58 infants and chil- 
dren during the services at the 
Seattle Convention Center. 

Older Adult Conference 
speakers announced 

The Association of Brethren Care- 
givers has announced the lineup of 
speakers for this year's National 
Older Adult Conference, to be held 
Sept. 1 1-15 in Lake Junaluska, N.C. 

Retired pastor Jimmy Ross of 
Waynesboro, Va., will provide the 
message for the Monday night open- 
ing celebration, with the title "More 
than Leaves and Shade." 

Other speakers include Robert A. 
Raines, former director of the 
Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center in 
Bangor, Pa.; McPherson (Kan.) Col- 
lege president emeritus Paul 
Hoffman; Marva J. Dawn of Chris- 
tians Equipped for Ministry, 
Vancouver, Wash.; and retired pastor 
and former Annual Conference mod- 
erator Dean M. Miller. 

Robert NefL president emeritus of 
Juniata College (Huntingdon, Pa.) 
and former general secretary of the 
Church of the Brethren General 
Board, will lead three days of morn- 
ing Bible study based on the Psalms. 

Other presentations include a 
musical, "Heavenly Days," which 
will be presented by members of the 
North Manchester (Ind.) Shepherd 
center, and the biblical comedy of 
Ted Swartz and Lee Eshleman, better 
known simply as "Ted and Lee," in 
"The Creation Chronicles." 

Personnel changes 

Mark Sloan departed Feb. 1 for 
Nairobi, Kenya, to begin serving as 
special assistant to Haruun Ruun, 
executive director of the New Sudan 
Council of Churches. Sloan joined 
Ruun and Merlyn Kettering as the 
third member of the Church of the 
Brethren General Board's Global 
Mission Partnerships team serving 
with the NSCC. Sloan, from Stone 
Church of the Brethren in Hunting- 
don, Pa., completed graduate studies 
in theology and business administra- 
tion in December. 

Linda McCauliff has resigned as a 
Congregational Life Team member for 
Area 1 (Northeast) effective Feb. 25. 
McCauliff began serving with the Gen- 
eral Board in January 1998 and has 
worked with the other team members 
in developing a more direct General 
Board approach to congregations 

8 Messenger April 2000 

under the umbrella of Congregational 
Life Ministries. McCauliff is continu- 
i ing in her half-time associate district 
executive position with Western Penn- 
sylvania District. 

Grants help after hurricane 
and China earthquakes 

The second Emergency Disaster 
fund grant of 2000 provided 
^ I 0,000 to support disaster recovery 
efforts through Church World Ser- 
vice following two Ian. 14 
earthquakes in China. 

The quakes caused heavy destruc- 
tion of homes and public buildings, 
with more than 156,000 rendered 
homeless out of a population of 
200,000 in the area. 

The year's third allocation from the 
fund went to provide $6,000 to the 
Falfurrias Church of the Brethren to 
assist with damage caused by Hurri- 
cane Bret to the church, its 
parsonage, and the surrounding 
community in August 1999. 

Fourth Song & Story Fest 
set for July in Iowa 

The Great Plains Song and Story Fest 
will be held the week before Annual 
Conference, |uly 9-15, at Camp Pine 
Lake near Eldora, Iowa. This unique 
family camp, offered for a fourth 
straight year, features the following 
Brethren leaders: Debbie Eisenbise, 
Dena Pence Frantz, loseph Helfrich, 
Rocci Hildum, Jonathan Hunter, Lee 
Krahenbiihl, jim Lehman, Peg 
Lehman, Mike Stern, and others. 
Call 51 5-959-5334 or e-mail 
camppinelake (o for 
more information. 

Juniata College community 
says prayers for peace 

People are gathering and saying 
prayers for world peace at dawn each 
morning this year in the Elizabeth 
Evans Baker Peace Chapel of Juniata 
College, Huntingdon, Pa. 

The prayer services consist of the 
ringing of a bell, the reading of an 
interfaith prayer, a time of silence, 
and the reading of a prayer from the 
faith tradition of the person oversee- 
ing that service. 

The 2000 Prayers effort is being 
organized by the Baker Institute for 
Peace and Conflict Studies and the 
Campus Ministry Board of the col- 
lege, along with several area 
churches. Volunteers take turns lead- 
ing a week of the prayers. 

The prayer services "will be a daily 
opportunity for the community to 
remember those who suffer from war 
and injustice and to ask for the 
strength and wisdom to work for a 
more peaceful world," said Andy 
Murray, director of the Baker Institute. 

New Year's weekend event 
caps year-long J2K project 

The "I2K: New Hope, New Day" 
project will conclude with a major 
theological gathering in Cincinnati 
over New Year's weekend. Titled 
"Speaking of lesus . . .," the event 
will invite Brethren from across the 
denomination and from a variety of 
faith perspectives to share about 
their faith in Jesus and the impact of 
Jesus on the church and society. 

Sessions are being designed to be 
highly participatory in nature. Jointly 
sponsored by Bethany Theological 
Seminary and the Church of the 
Brethren General Board, the confer- 
ence will be the first such national 
gathering of its kind in nearly 20 years. 

The purpose of the event is to 
"explore our faith and build commu- 
nity at a decisive time in the life of 
our church and in human history," 
according to the planning team. The 
team consists of Sharon Nearhoof, 
Richard Kyerematen, Harriet Finney, 
Rick Gardner, and David Radcliff. 

Planners anticipate attendance by 
congregational leaders, seminary 
students and faculty, and district and 
denominational staff. Registration 
will be limited to the first 250 appli- 

cants. Special consideration will be 
given to assisting people who live 
west of the Mississippi to attend. 
Contact the J2K project office at 
800-323-8039 for more information. 

Space remains in some 
summer workcamps 

Many of the 22 summer workcamps 
offered by the General Board's 
Youth/Young Adult office have 
begun to fill up, but time remains to 
register for others. 

Seven workcamps were full by 
early March: Indianapolis, Ind., New 
Windsor, Md., Crossnore, N.C., 
Richmond, Va., Dominican Republic 
(BRF); Lend-a-Hand, Ky.; and Lake 
Geneva, Wis. 

Workcamps in Denver, Colo.; the 
second camp in Jamaica; Pine Ridge, 
S.D., and Puerto Rico were nearly full. 

Those with the most space still 
remaining were: Young Adult 
Dominican Republic; Intergenera- 
tional, Harrisburg, Pa.; Americus, 
Ga.; Orlando, Fla.; Trees for Life in 
Wichita, Kan.; Washington, D.C.; 
Tijuana, Mexico; and Gould Farm, 
Mass. For more workcamp informa- 
tion, call the Youth/Young Adult 
office at 1-800-323-8039. 

Western US youth will hold 
conference at La Verne 

The Western Regional Youth Confer- 
ence, held only once every four 
years, will take place July 6-10 at the 
University of La Verne (Calif.). 

The event draws youth and advi- 
sors from the Idaho, Pacific 
Southwest, and Oregon/Washington 
districts and features worship, work- 
shops, music, recreation, and other 

For more information, contact 
Dena Gilbert in the Pacific Southwest 
District Office at 909-593-2254 or at, or Don Flora at 
the University of La Verne at 909- 
593-351 1, x4694orat 

April 2000 Messenger 9 

Who in your church is suflering (rem 
mental illness? You may not know, because 
the mentally ill look no different from 
anyone else. But nationwicie, I in 10 
persons is afflicted by mental illness 
seriously enough to require treatment. 
One person in the US commits suicide 
every 30 minutes. Out of 100 adults 
between the ages of 17 and 74, some 15 
will suffer from serious depression from 
time to time. Pictured Is First Church 
of the Brethren, Springfield, III., a 
congregation that has cared for members 
with mental illness. 

BY G. Martin Keeney 

les Albin of Harrisburg, 
Pa., tragically lost his life 
to depression last August 
][see article next page]. It 
is our hope that these words could be 
one component of the grieving 
process for his family, church, and 
the denomination: trying to build 
some education, understanding, and 
growth into the impossible task of 
"figuring out" the loss of Wes. 

He was an admired acquaintance 
of mine, so I have been shaken by his 
loss. Being a psychiatrist is no pro- 
tection. The concomitant sadness, 
contemplation, prayer, and conver- 
sations with others have led to some 
reflections on what the church can 
offer to community members suffer- 
ing with depression. 

A church community offers much 

What churches can 
do for the depressed 

A psychiatrist on the healing combination 
of medicine, love, and understanding 

to alleviate all kinds of suffering. 
Empathy, genuine hope, laying on 
hands, anointing, availability, and 
prayer are important to those with 
depression. It is also important that 
those closest to the depressed receive 
some of the same, since it is draining 
to be in their position. 

Frequently it is difficult to offer 
this kind of help because of lack of 
understanding of "emotional prob- 
lems," or discomfort with them. 
Stigma, however, becomes less for- 
midable in a more knowledgeable 
community where words like suicide 
and psychiatrist can be said without 
choking. Churches can develop a 
foundation for this by offering Chris- 
tian education about mental illness. 

Looking at depression from an ill- 
ness or "biology" perspective can 
help, too. Although loss, stress, or 
spiritual issues are usually related to 

depression, there is a disease compo- 
nent as well. Indeed, some are more 
prone to this illness because of their 
genes, in the same way one might be 
at risk for diabetes or heart attacks 
because it runs in the family. This is 
why a combination of talking therapy 
and biological therapy (medication) 
is usually the best treatment. More 
information about the disease and its 
treatments is available from treat- 
ment centers (hospitals and 
professional offices) and local chap- 
ters of the National Alliance for the 
Mentally 111. 

The important message that 
churches can help deliver is that 
most depression is diagnosable and 
treatable. Such knowledge is a pow- 
erful tool since it helps fuel honest 
encouragement and open support. 

Many who are eager to help are sti- 
(continued on p. 12) 

1 Messenger April 2000 

Wes Albin — ^A walking partner 

BY Helen S. Hollinger 

ust before the CROP Walks started this past 
October in Harrisburg and York, Pa., Church 
World Service executive Roger Clark made a 
request: "As you take your steps this day to alle 
viate hunger, we ask that you walk in memory of 
Wesley Albin." 

Until his sudden death on Aug. 25, Wesley Paul 
Albin, 59, had served as Pennsylvania regional 
director of CWS/CROP for 24 years. As Wes' 
widow, Joyce, cut the ribbon for the Harrisburg 
walk to begin, Clark said, "As you participate in 
today's CROP Walk, know that Wesley Albin lives 
on in our steps. Even as we grieve 
deeply for our loss, we give thanks 
for the life and influence of this 
dear man." 

Recently Wes suffered from 
severe depression and was under- 
going medical treatment and 
therapy. His family, friends, and 
colleagues had rallied around him 
with love and support, along with 
his pastors, Nancy and Irvin 
Heishman, of the Harrisburg (Pa.) 
First Church of the Brethren. 
Sadly, however, even as Wes con- 
tinued to work and to share his 
gifted life with others, he lost his 
battle with clinical depression and 
took his own life. 

"Ironically, his life commitments 
and work with Church World Ser- 
vice have saved literally thousands of lives and 
inspired countless others to deeper discipleship," 
said his co-pastor, Irvin Heishman. "There is no 
doubt but that Wes left the world a better place." 

He took on a servant role early in his life. Born in 
Ottumwa, Iowa, he was the son of Brethren pastor 
Charles Albin and lea Albin. Upon graduating from 
McPherson College, where he was student body 
president, he entered Brethren Volunteer Service in 
1962, serving with Church World Service in South 
Korea as a field representative. He worked to pro- 
vide food, clothing, and self-help equipment to 
some 800 projects, including orphanages, hospi- 
tals, and land reclamation projects. This experience 
moved Wes to dedicate his life to working to allevi- 
ate hunger throughout the world. 

He worked for CWS/CROP in Iowa, Wisconsin, 
and the Mid-Atlantic Region before opening a 
regional office in Camp Hill, Pa. In citing Wes' 
record 37-year tenure of service to Church World 

Wes Albin speaking to a group in 
York Pa., on August 24, 1999. It 
was the day before he died. 

Service — the longest of any CWS employee, as 
well as any Church of the Brethren member — 
Annual Conference Moderator Emily Mumma 
expressed gratitude on behalf of the church at large 
for his many years of ministry. 

Over the last 25 years, Wes was an active 
member of the Harrisburg First congregation, serv- 
ing as church board chair, moderator, Sunday 
school teacher, youth adviser, and member of 
numerous congregational and Atlantic Northeast 
District committees. 
He was a dedicated family man, survived by 

Joyce, his wife of nearly 30 years, 
daughters Elizabeth, a teacher in 
Kinman, Ariz., and Bridget, a stu- 
dent at Elizabethtown College, and 
son Paul, a high school junior. 
Also surviving are sisters Kathleen 
Waterman, Lavonne Krushwitz, 
and brother Robert, all of Iowa. 
He enjoyed the outdoors, camp- 
ing, and of course, walking. He 
was featured in the December 
1997 Messenger for walking 50 
miles for CROP in Juniata County, 

As family, colleagues, and 
friends wrestle with the tragic loss 
of Wes, some recalled his gifts: 
"When you talked with Wes, he 
was tuned in only to you. . . ." "His 
kind wit hurt no one and relaxed 
many a tedious moment." "He lived the gospel and 
quietly inspired others to do so." 

Joyce Albin openly talks of her husband's strug- 
gle with depression, hoping that the unjustified 
stigma surrounding this tragic illness will give way 
to better understanding, empathy, and help for its 
victims. Above all, she hopes that "Wes will be 
remembered for the kindness, humor, and compas- 
sion he showed to all people." 

The longest route in the recent Harrisburg, Pa., 
CROP Walk was fittingly designated as the "Albin 
route." Those who walked this 10-mile route no 
doubt had more time to remember Wes Albin's 
compassionate concern for the hungry. Indeed, all 
walkers could well have thought of Wes Albin as an 
immortal walking partner in the fight against world 

Helen Stutzman Hollinger is a member of First Church 
of the Brethren, Harrisburg. Pa. 

April 2000 Messenger 1 1 

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fled by not knowing the right thing 
to say or do. Specific recommenda- 
tions are difficult to make, since the 
"right thing" grows out of the feel- 
ings, content, and company of the 
moment. But it can be liberating to 
remember that any one statement is 
not going to make or break recovery 
from the illness. 

Empathy and loving one's neighbor 
are good guiding principles. These 
are particularly important in assist- 
ing with grieving. "Telling the story" 
of loss is often an important part of 
the recovery from depression and for 

survivors of those who have taken 
their lives. However, comments 
about "cheering up," "looking on the 
bright side," or attempts to minimize 
the problem, are of less value, even 

It is important not to expect fast 
results and showers of gratitude for 
your kind words, listening, and 
prayer. That is not "gonna fix 'em," 
and if the friend is frustrated with 
lack of progress and quits visiting, it 
can solidify the depressed person's 
hopelessness. Rather, since even an 
uncomplicated depression lasts 
weeks to months, supporters need to 

pace themselves for the long haul. 

It is also important to remember 
that depression is, unfortunately, a 
potentially lethal illness. A tragic end 
does not denote shortcomings in 
friends, family, or the community. 

Asking about suicide, though, is 
important. Some worry about 
offending by asking, but not doing so 
may preclude opportunity for a life- 
saving intervention (like 
hospitalization, or getting in touch 
with the involved professionals). 
Rarely is anyone put off by the dis- 
cussion. It may truly be a relief to be 
able to acknowledge suicidal 

How churches can raise the veil on mental illness 

BY Robert Blake 

An international survey indicates that mental illness 
is on the rise throughout the world. The Congres- 
sional Record estimates that one-third of all 
Americans will suffer from a mental illness at some 
point in their lives. The American Psychiatric Associa- 
tion found that nearly 50 percent of the people 
between the ages of 15 and 54 have experienced a 
psychiatric illness during their lifetime. The National 
Institute of Mental Health has determined that 
depression, the most common psychiatric illness, 
affects between 8 million and 20 million Americans at 
any given time. 

While these numbers are staggering, the stigma 
involved with mental illness is devastating. The 
National Institute of Mental Health reported that 
when people were asked to list disabilities from the 
least offensive to the most offensive, mental illness 
was rated lowest, or most offensive. Research has 
shown that ex-convicts are held in higher regard than 
are people who have experienced mental illness. In 
our society there is a veil that hides the truth about 
mental illness. 

Because of the stigma involved, relatively few 
people actually receive adequate care and treatment 
for their illness. Even fewer are willing to divulge that 
they are struggling, hurting, and in need of care and 

Within the Church of the Brethren, a new program 
from the Association of Brethren Caregivers can help. 

Voice Ministry's "Creating a Safe Place" program 
encourages congregations to be places where people 
are valued for who they are. As such, congregations 
have both an opportunity and a duty to reach out to 
people who are suffering with mental illnesses and 
invite them to participate fully in the life of the com- 

Churches can respond in several ways. Educational 
endeavors can help church members become accu- 
rately informed about mental illness. Voice Ministry 
offers resources to groups within the church as they 
work to alleviate the stigma attached to mental illness. 
Parishioners can reach out, accept, and support per- 
sons with mental disorders as well as their family 
members. As this is done, people who have suffered 
the effects of the stigma of mental illness will begin to 
feel empowered and affirmed. 

The great commandment calls us to love our God 
and our neighbors. Jesus invited us to give care to 
him by meeting the needs of those in his family. It is 
appropriate for us to reach out to people who suffer 
with a mental illness and are in need of care. We have 
an obligation to do this from a knowledgeable posi- 
tion and with care and understanding. 

There is a veil that hides the truth about mental ill- 
ness. We have an opportunity to help raise that veil 
and the responsibility to help destroy the stigma that 
surrounds those who suffer with mental illness. 

Robert Blake is program field staff for the Association of 
Brethren Caregivers. 

1 2 Messenger April 2000 

thoughts to another person. 

Sharing the deep pain of depression 
w ilh the al'llieted is dift'icult, frighten- 
ing, and agonizing, but it can broaden 
onc"s view of the scope of human 
experience. The exact healing words 
are usually elusive. But an under- 
standing individual and community 
that can support people living with 
depression is a powerful healing force. 

The community can also be helpful 
by not being harmful. Spiritual healing 
and mental health treatment must 
work together. Recoveries have been 
sabotaged from both directions by 
poor communication and/or mistrust, 
which has been present for decades. 
The mental health community needs 
to be more open to the benefits of reli- 
gion and spirituality in healing. 

The church needs to be open as 
well. Many who suffer have received 
the messages that they "don't need 
that medicine," or should "stay away 
from that anti-religious psychother- 

apy," or should "get right with God," 
or they "must be being punished for 
something." These comments, 
whether overtly or covertly delivered, 
can lead to doubts about treatment or 
to quitting treatment altogether, 
resulting in further intensifying suffer- 
ing and slowing recovery. Active 
spiritual lives and mental health treat- 
ment are not exclusive of each other. 
Individuals and communities support- 
ing depressed loved ones must allow 
for their coexistence, and should work 
toward their synergism. My hope is 
that we begin to allow more healthy 
discourse between spiritual and med- 
ical/psychological communities. 

The spiritual world of the church 
also offers faith in God as a unique 
"product." The "unforgivableness" 
of the depressive mindset can be 
tempered by grace and salvation. It is 
not a simple matter, though, since 
some profoundly depressed people 
are unable to fathom that salvation 

can apply to them. Consistent, com- 
passionate reminders of the "Good 
News" are useful for some over time. 

This can even be essential for some 
whose depression has a large guilt 
component. Some think their illness 
is an ongoing punishment for past 
mistakes. The past can sometimes be 
placed into a tolerable context by 
means of grace. In short, God's 
grace does apply to all, and can be 
fostered in the afflicted by a caring 
faith community. 

Churches can offer education, 
comfort, and enhancement of recov- 
ery for those profoundly smothered 
by this illness, without giving up any- 
thing of their fundamental nature, a 
window to grace and truth. I hope 
we do honor to Wes Albin and 
his family in doing so. 


G. Martin Keeney, M.D., is a psychia- 
trist and a member of Stone Church of the 
Brethren. Huntingdon. Pa. 

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A Medical 


A ministry of healing and 
witness among Haitian refugees. 

story and photos by 
Rebecca Baile Grouse 

Passion and compassion. 
Those are the two 
words that best describe the 
faith and the work of Dr. 
Hilcias Ricardo, who com- 
pleted her first year of 
medical work in Sabana 
Grande de Boya with some 
of the poorest of the poor 
in the Dominican Republic. 
Dr. Ricardo's work is being 
supported by the Elizabeth- 
town (Pa.) Church of the 
Brethren and other individ- 
uals and congregations 
through the Global Mission 
Partnerships Office of the 
Church of the Brethren 
General Board. 

Ricardo, 30, is the oldest 
of six children and recalls 
growing up knowing 
poverty. "I remember times 
when we did not have 
shoes," she says. Her 
father, Hipolito Ricardo 
Caliz, was a miner and 
earned about 125 pesos a 
month (about $8.50) when 
she was a child. He would 
often get to come home 
only once a month to be 
with the family in Santo 
Domingo. Her mother, Ysi- 
dora Guzman Vivda de 
Ricardo, sewed clothing on 
her treadle sewing machine 
to supplement the family's 
income. Mrs. Ricardo said, 
"I sometimes would have to 
rip a zipper out of some 

clothing and sell it for 25 
centavos (a few pennies) in 
order to buy some bread 
and hot chocolate for the 
children's breakfast." 

Yet hers was a Christian 
home and Ricardo devel- 
oped a passion for sharing 
the good news of Jesus 
Christ. "We were living by 
faith," Ricardo recalled. 

Three times a week they 
would walk about a mile to 
worship in the church where 
both her parents worked as 
ordained Assemblies of God 
pastors. "We had a neighbor 
who was an evangelist in our 
church and had a loud- 
speaker and we would walk 
through our neighborhood 
proclaiming Christ with 
him," Ricardo said. "I 
remember we six children 
playing the tambourines and 
singing as we walked 
through the streets." 

Ricardo's love for sharing 
Christ includes leading a 
weekly Bible study for chil- 
dren in one room of the 
family's small home. Her 
mother led this time of 
Bible study for 20 years. 
For the past 10 years, every 
Saturday, Ricardo and her 
other siblings open their 
home to about 40 children 
from the neighborhood who 
come to sing and learn 
more about the Bible. Two 

1 4 Messenger April 2000 

Dr. Ricardo makes a house call on a family to insure 
their use of filtered water at the Las Charcas sugar 
cane worker community. 

of those children have 
gone on to become pas- 

Because of their difficult 
economic situation, the 
family sought scholarship 
assistance through the non- 
profit organization 
Compassion International 
for Hilcias and two of her 
sisters, Anna Lidia and 
Ruth Esther, to attend a 
local Christian high school. 
She finished her high 
school education in 1986 
and graduated from the 
Autonomous University of 
Santo Domingo with a 
degree in medicine in 1996. 
Her sister Anna Lidia went 
on to become a medical 
doctor, and her sister Ruth 
became a lawyer. 

It was through her two- 
year residency work in the 
rural areas of Barahona 
that Ricardo first came in 
contact with the Domini- 
can Church of the 
Brethren through the 
Fondo Negro congrega- 
tion. She began attending 
the Peniel Church of the 
Brethren in Santo 
Domingo in 1998 and 
became a charter member 
of the church Jan. 9, 2000. 
She is currently serving on 
the Peniel leadership team. 

When Ricardo finished 
her two-year residency in 
1998, she was contemplat- 
ing where she would begin 
work when an opportunity 
became available through 
COTEDO (Commission 
for Dominican Ecumenical 
Work), a Christian non- 
profit organization 
working in the bateyes 
(sugar cane worker com- 
munities) near Sabana 
Grande de Boya, about 
two hours north of Santo 
Domingo. COTEDO, 
partnering with the 
Church of the Brethren 
and several other agencies, 
started a medical project 

in the bateyes to improve 
the health conditions of 
the poor, many of whom 
are of Haitian descent. 

"I remembered how it 
was to be poor and I 
wanted to do something to 
help the poor," Ricardo 
said. "That's why I came to 
Sabana Grande de Boya to 
work with cane workers." 

In March 1999, Ricardo 
moved from Santo 
Domingo to Sabana 
Grande, living in a small 
rented room of a local 
family. She often returns 
by public bus to Santo 
Domingo on weekends to 
visit her family. 

Ricardo's weekly sched- 
ule includes visiting seven 
different communities 
located between 5 and 10 
miles from Sabana Grande. 
The roads are very poor 
and sometimes when the 
pickup is not functioning, 
Ricardo rides a motorcycle 
to get out to see her 
patients. One other outly- 
ing community can be 
reached only by riding 
horses or burros. Ricardo 
sees between 35 and 40 
patients each day along 
with another physician, 
Erida Castro, who began 
working with her last 

The doctors use either 
the school building, a 
church, or a home as their 
office, depending on the 
community. Health pro- 
moters are local volunteers 
who know the residents 
and assist the doctors in 
identifying people who 
need medical attention. 
The doctors often go door 
to door visiting in homes 
to encourage the use of fil- 
ters for clean water, or to 
teach proper hygiene to 
the families. The doctors 
often are available simply 
to listen to the problems of 
the local residents as they 

April 2000 Messenger 1 5 

Dr. Ricardo stands inside tlie door of a home with some 
children in Las Charcas bateye, where she visits regidarly and 
provides education, supervision, and consultation to improve 
health conditions in the community. 

offer supervision, educa- 
tion, and consultation in 
these communities. Since 
some of the patients of 
Haitian descent do not 
speak Spanish, a translator 
helps the doctors commu- 
nicate in the bateyes. 

The doctors take some 
medication with them for 
headaches, colds, and 
fever, but often they write 
out prescriptions which a 
member of the family or 
the local health promoter 
will bring to the COTEDO 
office in Sabana Grande 
de Boya, which houses the 
pharmacy for the project. 
The medications for the 
pharmacy were donated by 
the Interchurch Medical 
Assistance (IMA) office 
located in New Windsor, 
Md. IMA is supported by 
contributions from a 
number of denominations, 
including the Church of 
the Brethren through the 
Emergency Disaster Fund. 

Diarrhea, high blood 
pressure, and depression 
are also illnesses the doc- 

Dr. Hildas Ricardo, medical missionary 
supported by the Church of the 
Brethren, stands near a sugar cane 
field through which she passes daily 
on her visits to the sugar cane worker 
communities surrounding the town of 
Sabana Grande de Boya in the 
Dominican Republic. 

tors treat often. They see 
pregnant women weekly 
and encourage the use of 
vitamins, which they pro- 
vide as soon as the women 
learn they are expecting. 

Because of the privatiza- 
tion of the sugar cane 
industry, many of the resi- 
dents in the bateyes have 
been without work for 
more than one year. "The 
government has forgotten 
them. But COTEDO and 
the Church of the Brethren 
are working together to 
give them some hope," 
Ricardo said. "God is using 
us to help the poor with 
medicine, and support 
them and give them 
encouragement." Some of 
the workers will be hired by 
the private company in 
their area and begin work 
this spring earning between 
80 and 1 50 pesos (between 
$5 and $10) per day. 

Ricardo said that this is 
the first time many of the 
bateye residents have had 
consistent medical care. 
Visiting representatives 
from the United States 
Agency for International 
Development (USAID), 
also a funding partner for 
the project, gave the pro- 
gram high marks for its 
overall effectiveness in 
improving the health of the 

Ricardo takes advantage 
of every opportunity she 
can to share her faith in 
Jesus Christ. She recendy 
visited a man living in the 
Las Charcas bateye who 
has cancer in one leg. 
Ricardo first inquired about 
how the man was feeling. 
After checking on his phys- 
ical needs and giving him 
some orange juice and 
crackers, Ricardo asked, 
"And how is your faith in 
God? Is it staying strong?" 

"Yes," the man replied. 
(continued on p. 18) 

1 6 Messenger April 2000 

The life of Haitians in 
the Dominican Republic 

BY Amy Rhoades 

Ybu can see them in the streets, vending their wares. 
You can find them working long hours in manual 
construction or in the endless fields of sugar cane. 
These tireless workers have journeyed from their 
homeland of Haiti, the poorest nation in the Western 
Hemisphere, to the Dominican Republic, which shares the 
same island, in hopes of creating a better life. 

Even though opportunities are greater in the 
Dominican Republic than in Haiti, most Haitian sugar 
cane worker communities, called bateyes, lack basic 
human necessities. A July 6, 1999, report in Santo 
Domingo's daily newspaper Listen Diario revealed these 
statistics about the bateyes. There are 200,000 residents 
(2 percent of the Dominican population), or about 
45, 1 54 families, residing in 220 bateyes. 

Fifty percent of the families live in barracks or 
duplex-style one-room homes. Two-thirds of the homes 
have no form of latrines, resulting in most people using 
the sugar cane fields as restrooms. In 32 percent of the 
bateyes there is no drinkable water and in the remaining 
68 percent the present water filtration systems have 
missing or malfunctioning parts. One-third of the 
bateyes offer no schooling for children and a third of the 
population over age 10 cannot read or write. Fifty per- 
cent of the bateyes have no electricity. 

Sixteen percent of residents receive no type of med- 
ical assistance and 50 percent rely on a local volunteer health promoter. In 26 percent of the bateyes there 
are outpatient clinics, 4 percent have a medical office, 3 percent have rural clinics, and 2 percent have small 
pharmacies. These health statistics show the great need being met through the medical project sponsored by 
COTEDO and the Church of the Brethren. 

From 1 822- 1 844, Haiti occupied the Dominican Republic. Then a war between the two countries 
ensued and the Republic gained independence from its neighbor. Restoration of international relations has 
not been easy. Haiti and the Dominican Republic continue to have their differences. Currently, tensions 
between the two countries still exist and many Dominicans view the pilgrimage of Haitians into the Domini- 
can Republic to find work an invasion of their land. 

The Church of the Brethren is seeking to set an example in the Dominican Republic. Intercultural rela- 
tionships are continually being formed. Of the 19 congregations, fellowships, and preaching points in the 
Dominican Republic, two congregations and one preaching point are composed mainly of persons of Haitian 
descent. The youth and adults from these two nationalities gather and share in song, prayer, and scripture. 
These worship activities cross the cultural boundaries and help unite the Dominican Brethren. 

"My impression is that amid the significant historical, economic, and racial tensions that exist between 
people of Haitian and Dominican descent, the Dominican Brethren have shown significant spiritual maturity 
in the way they live and work together as one body of Christ," says Jerry Crouse, mission coordinator for the 
Church of the Brethren General Board. 

Amy Rhoades. a member of Trinity Church of the Brethren. Daleville. Va., is living in the Dominican Republic for six 
months assisting with translation for mission work and workcamps and living with Dominican Brethren families. 

Dr. Ricardo checks Israel Castro, a patient from Las 
Cabilma, a community outside ofSabana Grande 
de Bova that can be reached only by horseback. 

April 2000 Messenger 1 7 

(continued from p. 16) 
Through Ricardo's initiatives, two 
Dominican Church of the Brethren 
congregations have joined together 
to begin preaching points in the Las 
Charcas and Carmona bateyes. 
Ricardo is grateful for this opportu- 
nity to share her passion for Christ 
and her compassion for the poor. 
"My work here is a great experi- 
ence," she said. "I'm like a missionary 
and I'm very happy to be here." 
Elizabethtown Church of the 
Brethren pastor Ralph Detrick says 
that Ricardo and her ministry have 
been a blessing to their congregation 
as well. Karen Wenger of the congre- 
gation's witness commission 
observes, "I am so pleased with the 
success of Ricardo's efforts. 1 am 
also delighted in the support we have 
seen, not only from our membership, 
but from others as well. Our pro- 
jected workcamp in the Dominican 
Republic for this August filled 
quickly. We even have a weekly 
Spanish class organized so that we 
can learn to speak with our new 
friends. I hope our relationship 
will continue for a long time." 


Rebecca Baile Croiise. and her hus- 
band, Gerald, serve as mission 
coordinators for tiie Church of the 
Brethren General Board in the Dominican 
Republic. She is an ordained minister and 
a member of the Antioch congregation. 
Roclcy Mount, Va. SIjc has three children. 
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A prayer to share 

After Monroe and Ada Good, of Holtwood, Pa., came 
across this anonymously written prayer in an ecumenical 
newsletter, they shared it with family friends and those 
who participated with Monroe in Nigeria workcamps. 

"May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, 
half-truths, and superficial relationships, so that you will 
live deep in your heart. 

"May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, 
exploitation of people and the earth, so that you will work 

for justice, equity, and peace. 

"May God bless you with tears to shed for those who 
suffer, so you will reach out your hand to comfort them 
and change their pain into joy. 

"And may God bless you with foolishness to think that 
you can make a difference in the world so you will do the 
things which others say cannot be done." 

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1 8 Messenger April 2000 

Caring for creation 

Roil Hiiiiik i]l /rofi I, Ioii\i ciiioys his iiioiiiciit in the sun during a hike 
in Bhic Hole Witloiuil Park. Earlier he and the others had been cauglit 
along tills rain forest trail — appropriately, perhaps — in a downpour 

Reflections from a 

Faith Expedition to 

Central America 


lants with leaves as broad as ironing boards. 
Bugs bigger than we'd ever care to meet. Rain 
alighting high in the canopy, never to make its 
way to the ground. Five-inch-wide highways 
along the ground created by the relentless 
march of leaf-cutter ants. The tantalizing possi- 
bility of a jungle cat sighting. Experiencing all this 
while based at the solar-powered jaguar Creek Chris- 
tian environmental center in the middle of the jungle. 

And this was just the Belize half of the experience. From 
there it was on to Guatemala for 1 5 participants taking 
part in a first-ever environmental Faith Expedition spon- 
sored by the Church of the Brethren. The group ranged in 
age from 15 to 65, and took on spelunking, snorkeling, 
hiking through rain storms, visiting isolated Guatemalan 
communities, and generally soaking up the sights, sounds, 
and smells of life in the tropics during their January trip. 

As the firsthand accounts below testify, the trip was 
clear evidence that we live in an increasingly interrelated 
world. Of course, this is how God planned it: The earth as 
a living system in which goodness is spread through the 
chain of life. Yet we now find that goodness is not the only 
thing that courses along the chain. Economic policies on 
one continent have environmental impact on another, as 
do choices about how we use land or what kind of foods 
we expect to have readily available. 

Some say that the chain is stretched taut, with links in 
danger of pulling apart. It's hard to believe otherwise 
when hearing that as many as 100 species of living things 
become extinct each day, mostly due to habitat destruction 
in the tropics. Do we have the right to so easily destroy 
what God so lovingly created? And isn't it even in our self- 
interest to think twice before bidding any part of God's 
creation an eternal farewell, as only one percent of plants 
on the planet have been tested for possible human benefit? 
At the conclusion of this article are ideas about living as 
better stewards of God's good earth. For now, here are 
reflections of some of the folks who recently flew south for 
part of their winter. 

April 2000 Messenger 1 9 

Karl Joseph 

16 years old 
Oiiekaina, Mich. 

This trip was an amazing experience for me. I saw and 
learned a million things, but 1 think what made the biggest 
impression on me was the drastic difference between the 
Central American peoples' relationship with the land, and 

I had never before seen a place where most of the people 
make a living on the land they farm. It seemed to be that 
everyone who lived in rural areas had a farm to support 
their family. 

We spent one morning in Belize with a Mayan man 
named Jacinto who used the land the same way as his 
ancestors did, with the slash and burn techniques, [acinto 
explained the good and bad points of that approach to 
farming, including the problem of increasing population. 
Many, many families have 10 or 15 children. Large fami- 
lies are a part of their culture, but now it is a problem, 
because land and resources are becoming increasingly 

The contrast between Belize and Guatemala was quite 
drastic. In Guatemala, we could see the harsh environ- 
mental problems everywhere we went. Most of the small 
farmers are too poor to be environmentally responsible. 
They need to have firewood all the time, to cook all their 
meals. They have to use the little land they have for farm- 
ing to make a living, and that usually means that they plant 
coffee and bananas on hillsides that are obviously too 
steep. Many people know how precious the land and 
forests are. But even if they realize their impact on the 
environment, their poverty forces them to try to get the 
most from what they have. 

American-owned corporations in Central America grow 
coffee and bananas, often using chemical fertilizers and 
pesticides and corrupt farming practices that are exploita- 
tive to the land and the farmers working for them. 

Only a fraction of the money that we pay for this food 
that we take for granted actually goes to the farmers. Also, 
the export crops use land that would otherwise grow food 
for the Guatemalan people. 

I was constantly amazed by how much our lifestyle as 
Americans affects the environmental and economic situa- 
tion in Central America. The most crucial thing 1 learned 
while I was on this trip was the importance of being, at the 
very least, aware of these problems that seem so far away. 
The earth, our home, is amazingly fragile and intercon- 
nected — something we as Americans often have a hard 
time seeing. This visit was a vivid reminder to me of just 
how true that really is. 

Plant life ill the tropical forest 
is diverse, exotic, and leans to 
gigantisin. Tropical forest may 
contain more than 65 different 
species of trees per acre compared 
to only four tree species per acre 
in a (North American or 
European) temperate forest. Less 
than one percent of the earth's 
plants liai'c been tested for 
possible hiimaii benefit: one in 
eight plants is currently 
threatened with extinction . 

20 Messenger April 2000 

77/c hcdllli of iropiidi birds is 
iloscly lied 10 iiciioiis icihcii in 
soiiicirlhU Icss-tliiiii-cxotii j)liiccs 
like ilic fields and jorcsis — and 
\iroccr)' stores and pet shops — 
oj onr on'ii conntry.Jnst as for 
parrots and iiiacaii's, loss of 
habitat a\id the pet trade threaten 
the Keel-billed Toncan. 

Marisa Yoder 

Hi^h school biology teacher, ciivinviiiiciital 
awareness advocate for Brethren Witness office 
Goshen, hid. 

Life is a balancing act. Inhale, exhale. Work, play. Earn 
money, spend money. Athlete, couch potato. Talk, listen. 
Home, church, work. Balance is crucial to the quality of 
our lives. So it is with nature too. God created day and 
night, land and water, plant and animal, male and female, 
birth and death. 

I was reminded of the delicate balance that exists in nature 
as I stood under the large leaves of a young tree in Belize's 
Blue Hole National Park during a hard rain. I could hear the 
pounding of rain on the leaves of the upper canopy, so I 
knew it was raining hard, but I was not getting drenched. 

As the raindrops slid down one leaf to the next then to a 
stem and on to a tree trunk, some of the water was cap- 
tured by orchids, bromeliads and ferns, and the force and 
the quantity of the water was diminished. Water that hit 
the forest floor covered with leaf litter slowly trickled into 
the protected soil. 

Water that hit the bare, compacted footpath, on the other 
hand, created a little stream that soon took on the reddish 
color of the soil as it flowed to lower ground. The soil needs 
to retain water to sustain plant life that in turn sustains the 
birds, the insects, the frogs, and many other animals. Cut 
down the trees and lose both the wildlife and the soil. Lose 
the soil and eventually the trees will perish and the wildlife 
with them. Balance between soil, water, animals, and plants 
is what keeps a rain forest alive and productive. 

The narrow footpath created by hikers before me and 
used by our group had obviously upset the balance of the 
rain forest in a small way. But I am guilty of disturbing the 
delicate balance of the rain forest in more dramatic ways. 
My lifestyle demands resources like lumber, oranges, cab- 
bage, snow peas, and coffee that are coming from the 
logging or the destruction of rain forests — and this is in 
part why rain forest in the tropics is being cut down at the 
rate of an acre a second. In addition, Belize and 
Guatemala have huge financial debts and they are trying to 
repay those debts by increasing their exports to the US. 

How can I help restore the balance? 1 can buy only 
products that have the Eco-OK symbol. I can demand to 
know where my goods are coming from. I can become a 
wiser consumer, which often means spending a little bit 
more money, while supporting businesses that buy their 
goods from cooperatives, organic farmers, or shade farm- 
ers. I can help maintain the balance of nature by investing 
a little more of my time and my resources in practices that 
are nature-friendly. 

Life — all of life on this planet — is a balancing act. What 
is each of us doing to maintain the balance that God 
intends for this good earth? 

April 2000 Messenger 21 

Chris Eberly 

Oniirliologist, Mid-Atlantic District creation stewardship-) advocate 
Warreiitou, Va. 

Neotropical migratory birds nest in the US and Canada, then 
migrate south to the tropics each fall. Every year, these birds 
keep our nation's forests, grasslands, and wetlands healthy by 
consuming literally tons of insects, often keeping potentially 
damaging outbreaks in check. And just try to imagine a sunny 
spring morning without their beautiful dawn chorus. 

But we are in danger of losing them. Neotropical migrant 
bird populations have been declining at an alarming rate 
over the past 30 years, as documented by a continent-wide 
survey. Only recently have we begun to unravel the con- 
nections of the different habitats that these birds require 
throughout the four seasons. 

In our country, forest fragmentation from development 
and the conversion of native grasslands to agriculture 
reduce nesting success. Coastal areas that used to provide 
critical refueling stops during migration have now been 
"developed" as luxury resorts. 

Further south, tropical deforestation completes the frac- 
tured puzzle these birds must piece together every year in 
order to survive. Envision birds that breed throughout the 
vastness of the US, Canada, and Alaska converging on 
Mexico and Central America each fall — an area perhaps 
one-tenth that size. We can then begin to understand the 
impact of losing even small areas of tropical forest. 

The areas we visited in Belize and Guatemala provided a 
stark contrast in forest cover and in the number and diver- 
sity of bird species. While Belize was striking for its often 
heavily forested hills and mountains, historically forested 
areas on the Pacific slope highlands of Guatemala are now 
heavily farmed and mostly devoid of forests, even on steep 
hillsides. In addition, pesticides such as DDT (supplied by 
the US) are still used, often haphazardly. 

Have the insatiable demands of the American consumer 
society doomed these birds? Coffee is only one example, but a 
good one. Corporations that produce our supermarket coffee 
brands cut down rain forest and plant coffee as a crop in full 
sun. Not only does this require chemicals that run off into 
streams and wells, these sun coffee plantations are almost 
completely devoid of biological life. Coffee grown in the tradi- 
tional manner under the shade of the rain forest canopy (or 
banana or cacao trees) does not require pesticides or chemical 
fertilizers. And shade coffee plantations retain as much bio- 
logical diversity as rain forest. 

There are many ways we can help conserve habitat for 
migratory birds (and help people, too, in the process). One 
is certainly through our consumer purchasing power. 

When you consider your coffee purchases this spring, 
think birds! Migratory songbirds prefer shade coffee. 
Shouldn't we? 


llic Cliiircli of the Brctlircii is joiiiiiio 
ail effort to purchase 4,000 acres in 
the Eden Conservancy, a portion of 
u'lticli is pictuieit lieiv. Oiange fjivves 
encroiU'li less tlian 100 y^rits from 
ttiis spot alon{; the river. 

22 Messenger April 2000 

houldn't we each be living like the stewards 
God calls us to be? BVSer Samantha 
Morris of the Evergreen congregation, 
Stanardsville, Va., took that call seri- 
ously, spending the past year at the 
Jaguar Creek Center helping carry out 
the creative and important ministries 
of that Christian organization. And 
BVSer Robert Stiles is working even now 
with Church of the Brethren-sponsored envi- 
ronmental development projects in Guatemala. Both played 
key roles in making the recent Faith Expedition possible. 

But we don't all have to go to Belize or Guatemala for a 
short trip or a long-term project. There are plenty of things 
we can do right where we live to maintain or restore bal- 
ance to God's earth. 

•Become a Creation Care Congregation, making stew- 
ardship of creation a priority in personal and community 

•Request care of creation resources, including the envi- 
ronmental newsletter The Third Day. 

•Take part in the "If a tree falls. . ." project of rain forest 
preservation being undertaken by the General Board. Every 
$125 preserves an acre of rain forest in Belize or helps 
plant several thousand trees in Guatemala. 

•Go along on a Faith Expedition to Central America — or 
visit an unspoiled area near your home. 

•loin BVSers and head to Central America as part of an 
environmental project (contact the BVS office or Global 
Mission Partnerships office of the General Board). 

•Give to the Global Food Crisis Fund wood-conserving 
stove project in Guatemala. Compared to open fires, each 
stove reduces wood consumption — and resultant defor- 
estation — by 75 percent. 

• Become passionate about some aspect of respecting and 
renewing God's good earth. 

The Brethren Witness office can provide these and other 
resources. But that's just the beginning. The real work — 
and real joy — begin when we ask God to help us find our 
place in this wonderful and well-balanced world, a world 
that brings us blessing even as we return the favor by 
becoming the good stewards that God intends. 


David Radcliff is director of Brethren Witness for the General 

April 2000 Messenger 23 

If causes me to tremble 

On Caster reHecf ion on a favorite spiritual 

BY Kenneth L. Gibble 

What makes you tremble? What makes 
you shake or shiver, quake or quiver? 
When you're sick with the flu, your body 
does those things, of course. Or when you go 
swimming and you get out of the water and 
the cool air hits you, maybe your teeth chat- 
ter, your skin gets goose bumps, and you 
stand there shivering. 

But what else makes you tremble, makes 
your body quiver with excitement or anticipa- 
tion? A first date, a job interview, a tense 
moment in a ball game? How about going to 
church? Does the possibility of what might 
happen to you in worship, on Easter Sunday 
or any other Sunday, make you tremble? 
Probably not, right? 

Most North Americans expect worship on a 
Sunday morning to be fairly quiet and digni- 

fied. It's what we are used to. Some Chris- 
tians, of course, are used to worship that is 
noisy and rambunctious, with lots of body 
movement, hand clapping, even shouting. But 
most of us don't tremble outwardly in church. 

What about inwardly? Does what is said or 
sung, spoken or prayed, ever make you trem- 
ble inside? Are you ever overwhelmed by the 
power of the gospel, by the amazing grace of 
God? Does it ever shake you up? 

The spiritual asks, not once but twice: 
"Were you there when they crucified my 
Lord?" And then, without waiting for an 
answer, the song makes its own testimony: 
"Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, 
tremble, tremble." And you can tell, by those 
words, that whether or not you or I were 
there when they crucified our Lord, the 


24 Messenger April 2000 

singer was there, and the sight of lesus being 
nailed to the tree, pierced in the side, laid in the 
tomb, caused a terrible, fearful trembling. 

But then we come to the last verse of the spiri- 
tual: "Were you there when he rose up from the 
dead?" And you'd think that resurrection would 
elicit a different reaction. Not fear, but gladness. 
But notice what the song says: "Were you there 
when he rose up from the dead? Oh, sometimes 
it causes me to tremble, tremble." 

And if you are wondering why the trembling, 
why not a breaking forth of hallelujahs on Easter 
in this song, remember that in the Gospel accounts 
of the first Easter, the reaction of those who learn 
about the resurrection is not happiness, not ela- 
tion, but confusion, disbelief, and fear. 

Wouldn't your reaction and mine have been 
the same? 1 prefer life to be predictable, sensible, 
manageable. I'm not fond of surprises. Even 
pleasant surprises make me uncomfortable. 
Whenever one of those eventful birthdays came 
along for me — like the big Four-0 or the big 
Five-0 — I told my wife: "Promise me, no sur- 
prise birthday parties." 

I realize this confession makes me sound 
hopelessly dull and boring, but there it is. I'm 
the kind of person who prefers that, as the Apos- 
tle Paul put it, "all things should be done 
decently and in order" (1 Cor. 14:40). 

Decently and in order. That's how Luke's 
account of the first Easter begins. Joseph, 
described as "a good and righteous man," does a 
good and righteous thing. He takes the corpse of 
lesus and lays it in a tomb. And the women did 
what was customary in their time when a loved 
one died. They prepared spices and ointments, 
and they made plans to go to the tomb and 
anoint the body of the dead man. 

Listening to this account, we admire Joseph 
and the women for their faithfulness and their 
courage. We nod our heads in approval at their 
steadfastness, their loyalty. There is much to be 
said about such people, the kind of people you 
can count on — people who are dependable, who 

won't let you down when the going gets rough, 
people who will be there for you at times of dis- 
appointment and sadness, people who know 
what needs to be done and will do it. 

When these good, loyal women come to the 
tomb and find it empty, when they see "two men 
... in dazzling apparel" and hear them say that 
their Lord is risen from the dead, it's perfectly 
natural that the women would be terribly fright- 
ened, would fall face down on the ground. A 
Lord risen from the dead is not predictable, it is 
not manageable, it is something totally new. 
When resurrection happens, you tremble. 

So the women get to their feet and run back to 
tell the men what they had seen and heard. And 
the reaction of the men? Luke says, "these words 
seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not 
believe [the women] " (24: 11). 

And why should they believe them? Resurrec- 
tion is not believable. It doesn't fit the way we 
live our sensible, predictable, manageable lives. 

We have domesticated Easter, tamed it, 
stripped it of its power to produce anything that 
remotely resembles trembling. Easter is some- 
thing we just do — once every spring. 

But resurrection? Resurrection is something 
only God can do. 

So let me ask you again: What makes you 
tremble? I hope that Easter makes you tremble 
at least a little bit. Not because it's a one-day- 
and-done-deal each spring, but because it is the 
announcement of God's victory over all the 
things that conspire against us — discourage- 
ment, pain, loneliness, disease, loss, injustice, 
hatred, and yes, even death. Even death. The 
final word belongs to God. It's a word of tri- 
umph. It's the bold assertion that nothing can 
defeat the power of God's love and grace. 

That is enough to make you and me trem- r7T~ 
ble with amazement and with joy. l — ! 

Kenneth L. Gibble. pastor of the Chambersburg {Pa.) 
Church of the Brethren, is a frequent contributor to 

April 2000 Messenger 25 

An unneeded house at Camp Mack was transformed — by the 
Holy Spirit ami hard work — into a spiritual retreat center 

BY Sandy Henderson 

It was a dark and stormy night" when I first came to A 
Quiet Place in April of 1 996 — one of a group of six 
women gathering at this Brethren contemplative prayer 
center on the grounds of Camp Mack in Milford, Ind. We 
had been meeting in each others' homes for more than a 
year, but most of us had never been on this kind of a 
retreat before. 

I remember the light spilling from the farmhouse door, 
and director Norma Miller's warm smile and soft-spoken 
greeting. I remember the plaque above the kitchen table: 
"Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get 
some rest" (Mark 6:3 1). The day's busyness and the 
stress of the hour-long drive flowed away into the peace- 
fulness of that simple welcome. 

The phone rang. Norma announced that there was a 
tornado warning and we should take shelter. The seven of 
us clambered down the steep basement stairs (it was your 
basic "unfinished" farmhouse basement). We perched 
where we could, and to entertain ourselves began to sing 
old songs some of us remembered from Sunday school 
and camp: "Amazing Grace," "This Little Light of Mine," 
and rousing choruses of "Rise and shine and give God the 
glory, glory!" 

My friend Patty Lane wrote later, "The basement 
uncovered tones in our voices that we had not heard 
before today. We blended and there was something hyp- 
notic about our voices ringing together in the stone room. 
As each song ended I felt like I was waking up." 

I have been to several retreats at the Quiet Place since 
that first one, and each one has brought a special gift, of 

'Come with me 
to a quiet place' 

Retreat house at Camp Macl{ ivelcomes 
the weary and feeds the spiritually hungry 

tears or song or silence or discovering a wild place on a 
new path. What was once an ordinary "dark and rather 
uninviting house" (in the words of Norma Miller) has been 
transformed by love, faith, care, and prayer to something 
we need and long for, whether we know it or not. 

I know that most of us are spiritually starved — hungry at 
least — and we are not aware of it until we get to a place 
that is quiet enough," Milller told me as we sat at the Quiet 
Place kitchen table on a sunny fall afternoon. She described i 
feeling one point in her life that her soul was shriveled, 
"like those dehydrated vegetables. Qnce you add water, 
though, they become pretty good vegetables. 

"I don't think we know how much trouble we're in." 

Qn her first retreat (some years ago in Michigan), 
Miller was so exhausted she slept most of the weekend. 
The director of the retreat center gave her the scripture 
Psalm 1 27, v. 2: "It is in vain that you rise up early and go 
late to rest, eating the 
bread of anxious toil; 
for he gives sleep to 
his beloved." 

"it gave me permis- 
sion to take care of 
myself," Miller said. 
"Eventually I realized 
that rather than run- 
ning away from 
situations [by going 
on retreat], I was 
running to God. lesus 
took care of himself 
that way, getting into 
a boat, just rowing 
away from the people. 

"I came to a very 
important awareness 
of the intimate loving 
relationship with God 
— sitting at the feet of 
[esus, not because 
there isn't anything 
else important to do, 
but because it's what 
you want to do." 

How to visit 
A Quiet Place 

A Quiet Place can accom- 
modate five or six people for 
an overnight stay — more 
than that for day-long 
retreats. Retreats can be 
directed, or can be personal 
prayer time. Spiritual direc- 
tion is available. The 
grounds include many trails 
through open meadows, 
prairie, and wooded areas: 
and wildlife is abundant. 
For more information 
about A Quiet Place, con- 
tact: A Quiet Place, Camp 
Alexander Mack, PO. Box 
158, Milford. IN 46542. Tel. 
219-658-4851 You can also 
find information on the Web 

26 Messenger April 2001 

A Quiet Place began as a dream in 
the heart of former Annual Confer- 
ence moderator Phyllis Carter, who 
believed strongly that the Church of 
the Brethren needed a place for quiet 
retreat and prayer. With a committee 
of people who shared that dream, she 
spent a year and a half searching for a 
possible location. Meanwhile, Camp 
Mack had a small house no longer 
needed as lodging for volunteer work- 
ers. Camp director Becky Ball-Miller 
wondered what might be done with 
the house — and asked Phyllis if she 
knew anything about retreat centers! 

fhe Holy Spirit may have provided 
the opportunity, but it took many 
hours of hard work by John Carter 
and other volunteers to prepare the 
pkice. They painted and renovated the 
lu'use; provided furniture, books, and 
:iri\\ork as well as such mundane things as pots and pans 
and bedding; and cleaned up the grounds. A Quiet Place 
olTicially opened on March 3, 1 996, just a few weeks 
before my group arrived. 

"I can choose things for the house that have been espe- 
cially meaningful for me but I am always 
surprised by what catches someone else 
and nurtures them," said Miller of her 
work as the center's part-time director. 
"I call it 'Ambushed by the Spirit.' It is 
such a blessing to realize that you are 
not in control of that. 

"One pastor here on retreats watched a 
particular tree. Qne day she went back 
and lightning had split it. She had been 
working with her church on what happens 
when a church splits. She used the image 
of that tree in her journal." 

A recent addition to A Quiet Place that 
has caught people's attention is a 
labyrinth mowed into the grass near the 
house by Elsa Littman of La Porte, Ind. 
Miller has written a brochure of prayers 
to be used in walking the labyrinth, an 
ancient prayer practice that has recently 
become widely popular. "I am always so 
surprised by the number of people who 
just stop by and walk it. ... A person 
recently spent an entire morning journal- 
ing on her reflections of what happened 
with her and the labyrinth. It was a pow- 
erful time between her and God." 

Miller stresses the importance of times 
of complete silence, and encourages 
silence at retreat meals, especially 
breakfast. "Everything we do should 

Objects in the house nuiiure retreatants 
in different ways, depending on the 
leading oftlie Spirit. 

have that constant awareness of the 
presence of God in it." 

Contemplative practices like retreats 
to A Quiet Place seem somehow for- 
eign to many down-to-earth Brethren, 
and silence can be downright scary. 
Many of those who come to A Quiet 
Place are from other denominations. 
The prayer center offers a free retreat 
day as a birthday present to all Church 
of the Brethren pastors in the area, but 
only a few have taken up the offer. 

What would encourage more 
Brethren to explore the possibilities of 
A Quiet Place? "I wish I knew," Miller 
said. "No amount of writing is going 
to change people's minds. But gener- 
ally when people experience A Quiet 
Place they want to come back." 

"I hope as we receive more guests here 
that it will become more evident — that 

this is a place where many prayers have been said." I 

can feel that, every time I arrive. 


Sandy Henderson is a member of the La Porte (Ind.) CiTurch of 
the Brethren. 

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Brethren and Calvinists should not he surprised by the growth in 
churches where the witness is expected to he more vocal. 


Not just anything goes 

I write regarding the |an.-Feb. letter 
from one who does not want to 
"emphasize the name of Jesus" and 
feels so "sad to hear so much empha- 
sis on the Christian religion 
compared to other religions." 

It may sound sweet and loving to 
think any religion goes. The Bible 
just does not teach so. A better part 
of the Old Testament is God's warn- 
ing and response to the Israelites' 
tolerance and incorporation of other 
religions. Most of the New Testa- 
ment uncompromisingly espouses 
Christ as the only way, and the Great 
Commission to carry this message to 
the ends of the earth. 

joy Welch 

Pyrmont Church of the Brethren 

Lafayette. Incl. 

My vision for the church 

The name by which our denomina- 
tion chooses to be known is much 
less significant to me than the fol- 

• that we strive to be inclusive. 

• that we always ensure "our word 
is as good as our bond." 

• that seeking "to do the things 
that make for peace" (both locally 
and globally) continues high on our 
list of priorities. 

• that we be true to our spiritual 
heritage as we "remain in the world 
but not o/it." 

Peggy Yoder 

Stone Church of the Brethren 

Huntingdon. Pa. 

A pearl of wisdom 

As one who is very sympathetic to 
Brethren ways and who served as a 
Brethren pastor from 1992 to 1998, 
I was interested in Fletcher Farrar's 
reaction to the interpretation of the 

parable of the Pearl of Great Price 
which indicated that we believers are 
the pearl [see "Bible study and the 
Kingdom of God," Ian. -Feb.]. 

From my Reformed (Calvinist) 
background perspective, this is a 
rather common interpretation. And it 
serves to illustrate some variables on 
how one reaches conclusions regard- 
ing scripture interpretation. The 
Calvinist has obvious doctrinal pre- 
suppositions (emphasizing God's 
sovereignty, election to salvation, 
predestined ends and means, etc.) 
which make it natural to see these in 
the aforementioned parable. If the 
Brethren person reached that inter- 
pretation through Spirit-led and 
corporate study, that is worth cele- 

The sobering realities for both 
groups involve the tendency on the 
one hand for Calvinists to conclude 
that one must believe the correct doc- 
trines. This may or may not lead to a 
grace-filled and joyous evangelistic 
witness resulting in numerical growth 
for God's kingdom. On the other 
hand. Brethren will be too often satis- 
fied with behaving correctly, following 
the example of |esus, and may seldom 
give voice to answer anyone who asks 
a reason for the hope that you have (1 
Peter 3:15). 

Brethren and Calvinists should not 
be surprised by the growth in 
churches where the witness is 
expected to be more vocal. 

Carl H. Van Farowe 
Johnston. Iowa 

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28 Messenger April 2000 

MOM: A model for ministry 

After I 5 years in pastoral ministry in 
small, rural congregations, I feel that I 
ihave finally determined what it is that 
people want and expect from a pastor. 
They want to be loved, they want to be 
encouraged, they want to be cared for, 
they even want to be pampered. In 
short, they want to be mothered. 

Now there is the irony. Who is 
better able to mother than mothers? 
Women? We men are simply not able 
to provide what congregations want 
as well as women, and yet who do we 
still often exlude? Those who are 
most gifted and qualified for the job. 
Now mind you, some men do pretty 
well, and some women really mess it 
up, but let's face it, those qualities 
we usually expect from our pastors 
are unequally present in those we are 
often hesitant to utilize. 

So why are we so hesitant? Our 
stated reason is that we desire to be 
faithful to scripture. We especially 
like Paul, because Paul has lent him- 
self to easy interpretations that serve 
our cause, but let's take a little fur- 
ther look. Probably the most often 
cited passage is 1 Corinthians 14:33- 
40. Interestingly enough, however, 
women speaking in church is not the 
issue here, but the issue is, rather, 
orderly and reverent worship. Now, 
it would take an entire theological 
treatise to unravel all the complexi- 
ties of Paul's theology, and frankly, 
I'm not convinced that anyone who 
does not want to be persuaded would 
be impressed, so I won't take the 
time. Let me simply remind us that 
this is the same apostle who stated in 
Galatians 3:28 that in Christ {esus, 
there is neither male nor female. 

So the real question is, do we of 
the small congregation really want an 
answer to our dilemma? Do we really 
want good pastors? There is a fur- 
ther irony. Another lesson of the past 
15 years is that our small congrega- 
tions that survive do so because of 
the dedication of women. In many 
.cases, the men have simply dropped 
the ball, while the women have borne 
the burden of the tasks necessary to 

keep the local church alive. I suspect 
that this has always been the case. In 
Romans 16, Paul urges support for 
those he names as the leaders and 
servants of the church, and the 
majority he names are women. 

I have a pretty strong streak of 
nonresistance in me. I have no desire 
to fight or argue over the issue. I'm 
not interested in forcing my opinions 
on anyone. What I am interested in is 
helping any small congregations that 
are frustrated or discouraged by 
inability to find an adequate pastor, 
to broaden the horizons of their 
search. I'm not suggesting that you 
"settle" for a woman. I'm suggesting 
that if you can get over the hurdle of 
a lifetime of scriptural misinterpreta- 
tion, you could be rewarded with just 
exactly what you have needed and 
wanted in a pastor in the first place. 

When it comes to unconditional 
love, you just can't beat mom. When 
I was growing up, 1 was fortunate to 
have two loving parents. But when 
there was a real need for understand- 
ing and acceptance, it was mom who 
could be counted on. Several years 
ago my mother died. I had never 
considered the possibility of anyone 
else filling that role, but my dad has 
remarried, and wonder of wonders, 1 
have a brand new mom! Forty-nine 
years old, and I can still go and feast 
at the table of acceptance and 
unconditional love. 

Perhaps someone is offended by the 
model of the church as a bunch of 
pathetic creatures who still need their 
mamas. Well, every metaphor breaks 
down eventually, but I do believe that 
real men and real women have an 
eternal bond with their mothers, pre- 
cisely because of the quality of the 
relationship. And it is those qualities 
from which the church can benefit. I 
am not suggesting that we think of 
female pastors as our mothers: I'm 
suggesting that the qualities which 
made certain people good mothers can 
make them good pastors. 

Steven W. Mason, pastor 

Pleasant Hill Church of the Brethren 

Grottoes. Va. 

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2000. Hundreds of Brethren have been part of our past. 
We invite you to join our future: 1) Come to Chicago 
April 29 & 30 for a two-day celebration/tea and home- 
coming. 2) Help us replace our front windows. Our 
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Travel with us by coach to Annual Conference 

ill Kansas City, leaving Elizabethtown, July 13, return- 
ingjuly 21. Visit Bethany Seminan' in Richmond, Indiana 
enroute. For information, please write to J. Kenneth 
Kreider, 1300 Sheaffer Rd, Elizabethtown PA 17022. 

Travel to the White Continent— Antarctica— includ- 
ing Argentina and Uruguay January 2001. Optional visits 
to Iguassau Falls and Chile available. Write to J. Kenneth 
Kreider, 1300 Sheaffer Road, Elizabethtown PA 17022. 

Travel with a purpose to: Eastern Europe and 
the "Passion Play," July 31 to August 14,2000, with 
Wendell and Joan Bohrer. Visit Prague, Vienna, 
Budapest, Bratislava, Krakow, Warsaw and much more. 
First Class tickets to the Passion Play Folklore Show 
in Warsaw, Prague and Budapest. A Danube River Cruise 
in Budapest, Buffet breakfast and dinner throughout. 
Contact the Bohrers by mail-3651 US Hwy 27 S. #40, 
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Brethren Housing Association, a non-profit orga- 
nization celebrating its tenth year sening the homeless 
families in the Harrisburg, Pa., area has a position a\'ail- 
able for an Executive Director. Duties involve broad 
utiministrative responsibilities including directing BLL\s 
program, public relations, fund raising and property 
( i\'ersight. Experience pi-eferred in administration and/or 
pastoral work with strong interpersonal skills. Hours 
and benefits negotiable. Please send resume to: Paul 
Wessell, Rlioads & Sinon LLP PO Box II46, Harrisbui-g, 
PA ri08. 

La Casa de Maria y Marta seeks applicants for ilirec- 
tor This San Antonio Mennonite Church mini.strv 
provides opportunities for groups to serve in the cit\' 
while learning about realities in San Antonio and Smiih 
Texas. Responsibilities include developing and direct- 
ing service and learning programs for youth and ailulis 
and coordinating cross-cultural seminars for college 
students. Full-time, salaried position, housing proMilcd, 
Spanish helpful but not required. For further inhu- 
mation and an application, contact John Lichty (2 liM 

30 Messenger Apnl 2000 

Iiiriiiiif Foiiits 

New members 

Bclhlchcm, Booncs Mill. Va.: Sharon 

Big Creek, Gushing, Okla.: Celena 
Cox, Bill McCaslin. Virginia 
McCaslin. Bobby Lease, Dennis 
Francis, Pamela Francis 

Chambersburg, Pa.: Bobby and ,'\nn 
Angle. Maria Banks. Richard Brown. 
Brenda DeLong. Tom Hovetler. 
Heidi Lightl'oot, jim and Dody 
Myers, Gary and Pam Seibert, Bev- 
erly Warren 

Coventry, Pottstown, Pa.: Megan Mon- 
ahan, Sarah Naylor, Nathan 

Dayton, Va.: Galen Knighten, |r., 
Adam Myers. Bob and Pat Taylor, 
Claudette Trout, ludi Miller 

Geiger. Friedens. Pa.: Barry KJink, 
Molly Klink. Danny Vettori. Michael 
Miller. Diane Miller 

Good Shepherd, Tipp City. Ohio: ielT 
Hendricks. Lisa Hendricks. Amanda 
Morris. Richard Kee. Elizabeth Kee 

Hollidaysburg, Pa.: Brian McGuire. 
Larry Shelow 

Hollins Road, Roanoke, Va.: lonathan 
Avers. Amber Booth. Jennifer Gar- 
rett, lessie Lamb 

Huntsdale, Carlisle, Pa.: Charles 

Fahnestock., Rose Fahnestock, Crys- 
tal Sinith, Barbara Keefer, lulie 

Ivester, Grundy Center. Iowa: Megan 
Button. Connie Duncan, Mark 
Haren. Susan Haren. Sandy Hogle, 
Ashley lensen, Kollin Leiand, Kylee 
Leland, Leanne Kruse. Christy 
Reents. Elaine Reents. Sandy 
Schafer. Mark Tobias. Robby Tobias 

Kokomo, Ind.: Shannon Taflinger. 
lohn and loyce Fruth. Tiffany Seekri 

Leake's Chapel, Stanley. Va.: Meagan 
Turner. Whitney Knighton. Ashley 
Newitt. Clay Newitt. Kaithyn 

JLebanon, Pa.: Ronald E. Ludwick. 
Peggy Ludwick 

Liberty Mills, Ind.: Terry and Deborah 
Barrett, Alicia Barrett, Andrea Bar- 
rett. Emma Barrett. Kris and Beverly 
Dierks. Chad and Cindy Michael, 
Harold Poe. Carrie Poe^ Holly Wal- 
ters. Drew Walters. Weslev Williams. 
E\an Williams 

Mechanic Grove, Quarryville. Pa.: 
Richard Drennen III. Sylvia Dren- 
nen. Walter Buckley, .^ngel Weigand. 
Matthew Kreider 

Mohican, West Salem. Ohio: Willow 
Spencer, Scott lohnson, Todd lohn- 
son, Edmond and Phyllis Becker 

Osceola, Mo.: Regina Miller 

Paradise. Smithville. Ohio: Cleona 
Winkler Scott 

Petersburg Memorial, Petersburg, W. 
Va.: lonathan Taylor, Kelli Mullena.x. 
Katie Lambert, Sarah Beth Taylor. 
Kimberly Bible. Kim Mullena.x. 
Corey Lambert. Ryan Lambert, 
Derek Nesselrodt. Pammy Alt 

South Bay Community, Redondo 
Beach. Calif.: Esther Alexander 

Sugar Creek West, Lima. Ohio: .Audrey 
Holt. Thomas White. Phyllis Borger. 
Kristin Hackworth, Jennifer lones. 
Matthew Jones, Stephanie White 

fopeka, Kan.: Bradley Puderbaugh. 

Paul Ingle, Regina Ingle, Doris 
Broadfoot, Casey Roberts, Andrew 
Fry. Andy Taylor. Ashley Puder- 

Troy, Ohio: Emma Batdorf, Sarah 
Langdon, Caitlin Neiswander. 
Matthew Riege, leannine Reed 

Walnut Grove, Johnstown. Pa.: E. V. 
Shearer, Virginia Mountain, William 
Roudabush. Nancy Locher. Eric 
Locher. Arnold Locher 

York, Pa.: Jodi Yingling, Leo and Linda 
Min, Ted and Alma Sievers. Carol 


Barr, Ernest and Leita, Virden, 111., 60 

Bechlelheimer, John and Retha, Glen- 
dale. Ariz.. 50 

Bucher, Mark and Alice, Carlisle, Pa.. 60 

Flora, Ernest and Maybelle, Boones 
Mill. Va., 50 

Huber, Earl and Charlotte, Conestoga. 
Pa.. 50 

Jordan, Fred A. and Clara, Salem, Va.. 71 

Kimmel, William and Mildred, Oza- 
wkie, Kan.. 50 

Oshel, Clifford and Phyllis, Topeka, 
Kan.. 50 

Scofield, Donald and Dorothy, Kansas 
City. Mo., 55 

Sharpes, Don and Bonnie. Dayton. Va.. 

Thomas, Bernard and Eleanor, 
Sebring. Fla., 50 

Trenary, Morris and Alda. Bridgewater, 
Va., 50 

Wentz, Edwin and Emma, Strasburg. 
Pa.. 50 

Whitcraft, John and Mary, North Man- 
chester. Ind., 60 


Ballard, Orville, 89, Mt. Morris, 111., 

Ian. 16 
Beall, Donald M., Sr.. 70, Beaverton, 

Mich., Dec. 2 
Bennett, Viola, 89, Hagerstown, Md.. 

April 13, 1999 
Bishop, Dale. 75. Greenville, Ohio. 

Dec. 6 
Bishop, lanice. 64, Greenville, Ohio. 

Sept. 26 
Biough, Alma, 88, Somerset, Pa., Dec. 1 1 
Bowers, Dale, 73, Dixon, III., Dec. 29 
Bowman, Anna, 86, Greenville. Ohio. 

Dec. 8 
Bowman, Earnest E., Fostoria, Ohio. 

Jan. 12 
Boyd, Grace, 85, Troy, Ohio, Jan. 3 
Bullard, Wayne, 80, Topeka, Kan.. 

May 9. 1998 
Butler, Lillian. 84, Kokomo, Ind.. Dec. 10 
Butts, Betty. 67. Chambersburg, Pa.. 

March 18, 1999 
Campbell, Henry, 76. Kokomo. Ind.. 

Oct. 15 
Chance, Sara "Sally," 80. west Grove. 

Pa.. Dec. 28 
Clark, Shelva. 61, July 21 
Clingan, Mildred, 80, Hagerstown, 

Md.. Dec. 18 
Craighead, Virginia Mullins. 82, 

Roanoke. Va.. Feb. 7. 1999 
Cruz, Roger, Chicago. 111.. Dec. 18 
Davis, Ada, 91. Mt. Morris. ML. Oct. 8 
Divers, Robert. 81. Rocky Mount. Va.. 

Nov. 16 

Estep, Paul. Dayton, Va., Dec. 
Fairbanks, Helen. 82, Greenville. 

Ohio. Nov. 17 
Pike, Rebecca Barr, Goshen Ind.. Oct. 10 
Fillmore, Gene. 75. Gushing. Okla.. 

Jan. 4 
Firebaugh, Florence, Mt. Morris. 111.. 

Oct. 21 
Gilbert, Altha Swoyer, 89, Manhattan. 

Kan.. Oct. 6, 1998 
Gorman, Dorothy C, Pasadena, Md., 

Dec. 31 
Grabill, Daniel. 94. Chambersburg. 

Pa.. Dec. 19 
Groff, Everett, Sebring, Fla.. Oct. 9 
Hann, Pansye, 85, Waynesboro. Pa.. 

Dec. 19 
Hardy, Walter. 88, Defiance, Ohio, 

Dec. 29 
Harris, Hessie Perdue. 82. Roanoke. 

Va., Nov. 29 
Hite, Carl T, 86. La Place. 111.. Dec. 1 7 
Hoke, Robert, Dover. Pa.. Aug. 15 
Holderread, Edith. 75. Gushing, Okla.. 

Oct. 28 
Hopkins, William, 81, Hagerstown. 

Md.. April 20. 1999 
Howes, R. Eugene. 85. Kaleva. Mich.. 

Nov. 10 
Hykes, Charles, 89, Feb. 22, 1999 
(ones, Mabel F, 91, Chatham, 111.. Dec. 14 
Karns, Willis, 89, Tipp City, Ohio. 

March 18, 1999 
Keim, Maurice, Sebring, Fla., Dec. 1 1 
Kline, Catherine, 85, Williamsport, 

Md.. March 3, 1999 
Kreider, |. Benjamin, 74, Willow 

Street. Pa.. Dec. 2 
Leaman, Ruth Irvin. 93, Wooster, 

Ohio. Dec. 19 
Lowe, leonard, Sebring, Fla.. July 10 
McAdams, Ernest, 85, Tipp City, Ohio. 

Oct. 4 
Middlekauff, John. Sebring, Fla., Oct. 18 
Miller, Fern, 92, Englewood. Fla.. Nov. 2 1 
Miller, Mary, 85, Williainsport, Md., 

Jan. 7, 1999 
Mills, Grace, Monroeville, Pa.. Dec. 23 
Mills, William. Monroeville, Pa.. Dec. 16 
Moats, Glen. 89, Grundy Center, Iowa. 

April 29. 1999 
Mohler, Harold I.. 82. Warrensburg. 

Mo.. Dec. 7 
Murrey, Chester. 84. McPherson. Kan.. 

Dec. 29 
Neff, Eva V. R.. 93, Harrisonburg, Va.. 

Jan. 1 
Niesley, Robert. Monroeville, Pa., Nov. 10 
Palmer, Geraldine, 85, Hagerstown. 

Md.. lune 25 
Park, Hazel, 91, Lima, Ohio, Jan. 5 
Patterson, Elizabeth, Mt. Morris. 111.. 

April 27 
Peiper, Martin. 83, Carlisle, Pa., Aug. 28 
Peters, Kathryn, Sebring, Fla., Oct. 24 
Peterson, Gertrude, Greenville. Ohio. 

Oct. 22 
Peyton, Katherine. 89. Phillips, Eva, 

73, Topeka, Kan., May 19 
Powers, Willard, 90, Mt. Morris. 111.. 

Dec. 9 
Raish, Richard, Dayton, Va.. Dec. 
Rebcrl, Helen. 96, Carlisle. Pa.. April 

3. 1999 
Ridenour, Hattie. 84. Hagerstown. 

Md.. .April 1. 1999 
Rowzer, Hazel. 92. Topeka. Kan.. May 

10. 1998 
Rodgers, Todd D.. 79. Windber. Pa.. 

Nov. 8 

Rose, Edith, 85, Tipp City, Ohio, Oct. 1 9 
Rummel, Carmen, 97, Windber, Pa., 

Dec. 29 
Schaff, Martha. 87, Hagerstown, Md., 

Nov. 17 
Sell, Ethel, 82, Claysburg, Pa., |an. 7 
Sheller, Charles, Marshalltown, Iowa, 

Dec. 1 15 
Sibley, Prudence, 88, Topeka. Kan.. 

Ian. 17, 1998 
Slifer, Clarence. Grundy Center. Iowa, 

Nov. 12 
Sollenberger, Marian. 94, Carlisle, Pa., 

Sept. 21 
Stoner, Mary lane, 75, Hagerstown, 

Md.. Ian. 10, 1999 
Stong, Mary Ruth, 67, Huntington, 

Ind.. Nov. 8 
Stump, Maurice C. 84. Christiana, 

Pa.. Dec. 21 
Thomas, Ellen, 89, Holsopple. Pa.. Jan. 3 
Tolman, Irene. 88. Topeka, Kan., May 2 
Travis, Ron, 50. Eldora, Iowa, June 14 
Trimmer, Alice. 88, Carlisle, Pa., Dec. 27 
Troupe, Esta. 92, Hagerstown, Md., 

Feb. 5. 1999 
Tudor, Lawrence E., 79, Springfield, 

111.. Ian. 11 
Van Nordan, Thomas. 75, Hager- 
stown. md.. Nov. 12 
Vaughn, Leonard E., 83. Alexandria. 

Va.. Nov. 29 
Vivian, Howard L., 74. Springfield. 

111.. Dec. 5 
Walters, Emma. 104, Boswell, Pa., 

Dec. 27 
Warner, Kathryn. 84, Dayton, Ohio, 

Dec. 6 
Will, Mildred, 94, Hagerstown. md.. 

March 24. 1999 
Wright, Ralph, Rocky Mount, Va., Nov. 22 
Yeager, Savilla E., 88, Chambersburg, 

Pa.. Aug. 21 


Mickle, Chad Wayne. Dec. 5. New 
Enterprise, Pa. 

Reffner, Earla. Nov. 28. New Enter- 
prise. Pa. 

Snair, Freeman Allen |r., Dec. 26, 
Rockhill. Rockhill Furnace, Pa. 


Crumrine, Duane E.. Dec. 3. Clover 

Creek, Martinsburg, Pa. 
Hooks, Eric, Sept. 26, Shelocta, Pa. 
Mosorjak, Gary, |an. 23, Locust 

Grove, Mount Airy, Md. 
Yi, Tae Ho. Dec. 12. Grace Christian. 

Upper Darby. Pa. 

Pastoral placement 

Hunter, Steve, from interim to perma- 
nent. Mount Etna. Iowa 

Leaman, Frank, to West Shore, Enola, Pa. 

Miller, David Lloyd, from chaplaincy to 
Lick Creek, Bryan, Ohio (Note: 
March Turning Points listed incor- 
rectly David L. Miller leaving Carson 
Valley. Duncansville, Pa. David L. 
Miller remains at Carson Valley.) 

Schreyer, Manfred, to West Alexandria, 

Snell, Donald, to West Goshen, 
Goshen. Ind. 

Watern, Steve, from youth pastor at 
Cedar Grove, New Paris, Ohio, to 
Beech Grove, Hollansburg, Ohio 

April 2000 Messenger 3 1 

Living like we're dying 

In October 1998, I had the privilege of having breakfast 
in the home of Dale and Ruth Aukerman. I had heard 
of Dale for years and seen his byline in Sojourners and 
elsewhere, and so had been pleased when he sent me the 
manuscript that became his article "Living with dying" 
(April 1998 Messenger). 

Even though I was meeting him at the end of his life 1 
will always be grateful for that moment. It was an almost 
enchanting time when he picked me up in the near dark 
of a chill autumn dawn, and we drove in his basic car the 
few miles to where we turned into his country lane. I was 
surprised by the prim neatness of the yard and shrubs. 
And then after a warm welcome by Dale's wife, Ruth, I 
was surprised again when she set before us a breakfast 
of, not tofu and sprouts, but fried eggs. 

The handcrafted house, decorated with relics, family 
photos, and Ruth's art, was elegant in its simplicity, as 
was our conversation. It was, that is, until 1 asked Dale 
what writing projects he was working on. He said he was 
writing a journal about his struggle with terminal cancer, 
which he hoped to get Brethren Press to publish. But he 
said he didn't know how long he would have to work on 
this. "You mean you don't know your decidVme?" I 

He laughed, thank goodness. Later I received a letter 
from Dale: "In German there is a word, Sternstunde, an 
occasion that stands out as very notable and blessed. 
During this time I've been given Sternstunden again and 
again, and the breafast with you here was one of them." 

Now that I have read Dale's new book, Hope Beyond 
Healing: A Cancer Journal, just out from Brethren Press, I 
realize that it was precisely because he did know his dead- 
line, at least more nearly than most of us know ours, that 
he lived so intendy and so well during his last almost three 
years. The book begins with his diagnosis of cancer in 
November 1996, and everything afterward is measured by 
the time "since the diagnosis." The journal doesn't tell us 
how his days were spent before the diagnosis, though I 
gather his life was always pretty intense. But after he has 
cancer he visits with friends he hasn't seen in years, fre- 
quently talks with his wife about their love for each other, 
has his grown children home often, writes important arti- 
cles, ponders scripture deeply, shares his faith openly, and 
plants trees. 

Granted, we all work better with a deadline, but 1 came 
away thinking, this is how I want to live now. This book 
may be a good one to pull out and read again just before 
dying. But I think it is a good one to read just before 
living. Besides, we all have a deadline approaching. How 
close does it have to be before we start living life fully? 

32 Messenger April 2000 

Dale worried about all the media attention he was get- 
ting for his public dying, even though he hadn't sought 
it. Others were dying with more faith and courage, he 
wrote. He came to peace on this issue by assuring him- 
self that his intent was to point toward Jesus, not himself. 
I think God chose him for this job because, while he may 
have been a spiritual giant, he was a down-to-earth one, 
with a simple faith we all can identify with, a sense of 
humor, and a gift of words. His theology is more child- 
like than high. When his friend Don Murray, the actor, 
tells him we shouldn't speculate on the afterlife, he 
protests that scripture gives us an inkling, so there's no 
need to be too agnostic about it. Then he goes on to 
speculate that there will be a transition time after death 
before judgment, that we will be reunited with our 
spouses, and that heaven will be like a city where in the 
evening everyone comes into the street for shared life. 

He twinkles when he tells of his big-city friend Jim 
Wallis, editor of Sojourners, coming to the country to 
help the Aukermans plant trees. Wallis admits he's never 
planted a tree before, but nobody pays attention until he 
plants one with the roots pointing skyward. 

Dale notes several times the irony of his accepting free 
oncology treatment from the US Navy as part of a clini- 
cal trial, after having spent a lifetime as a pacifist and 
protester against the military. When he exults to a doctor 
about the treatment being free, the doctor responds, 
"You pay taxes like everybody else." Dale's son Daniel, 
knowing of his father's war tax resistance and his pen- 
chant for earning a less-than-taxable income, says later, 
"If he only knew." 

I love the way Dale ponders scripture. "I need to give 
more attention to the passage in Romans 14:7-9," he 
writes on New Year's Day, 1997. On the wedding feast 
passage of Mark 2:18-19 he writes, "I'm to be glad with 
Jesus the Bridegroom at the big party of life until I'm the 
one taken away." He loves Bach, and quotes Milton, 
Donne, and Shakespeare, too. But he keeps returning to 
scripture — Zephaniah, Isaiah, Job, Psalms, the Gospels, 
Revelation, Acts. This man had the Bible in his bones. 

At the memorial service, Paul Grout noted that young 
people are rejecting the church, and we have presumed 
they are rejecting Christ. But he asks, "Is it possible they 
are rejecting our religion because they have not seen 
Christ in it?" In Dale Aukerman there was Christ 
through and through. And he has made me want to get 
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-the women of El Estribo, Honduras 

A women's group yearnin|nfe>f a' bet^ life.WpaftFJer agency equipping 
and encouraging them. A Global Food Crisis grant providing chickens and 
pigs.The good Lord creating the water and soil and life itself It's the stuff 
dreams are made of 

And now we've been asked by our partner, 
the Christian Commission for Development, to 
assist in providing animals for over 800 women In. ,,;> 
dozens of other communities. 

Other agencies had turned them down. The Global 
Food Crisis Fund said yes. $42,676 worth of yes. 
The funds are to be sent over the coming months. 

Now you — yourself your class, your Vacation 
Bible School, your congregation — can say yes, 
too. Support this and other life-giving, dream- 
fulfilling ministries of the Church of the 
Brethren through the Global Food Crisis Fund. 

Give 'til it helps. 

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Church of the Brethren May 2000 





..ove one another as I have loved you. 


Moderator Emily Mumma 

Showing Us How to Love 

Envision a world where 
the environment is protected, 
human dignity is upheld, 
and there is no violence. 

Come envision that world 
WITH us AT Annual Conference 


The Staff and Board of Church of the Brethren Benefit Trust Cordially Invite You to the 

Socially Responsive Investing Reception 

Monday, July 17,2000,4:30 P.M. to 6:30 P.M. 
Marriott Hotel Downtown, Basie Ballroom Bl 

Sample hot appetizers, socialize, and learn more about socially responsive investing. 

There will be opportunities to ask questions and to listen to short, informal presentations 
on socially responsive investing by Geeta Aiyer of Walden Asset Management and 
Wil Nolen of Brethren Benefit Trust. 

Reservations required. To R.S.V.R, call 800-746-l505,ext. 388, or e-mail 



For more information on tine Walden/BBT Social Index Funds, including charges, expenses, and ongoing fees, please call 800-746-1505 ext. 388 to receive a prospectus. Read the prospectus carefully before 
investing or sending money. United States Trust Company of Boston is the Investment Adviser for the Funds and has designated its Walden division to fulfill its obligations with respect to the Funds. Brethren 
Beneft Trust serves as a consultant on issues concerning peace and justice and is compensated by the adviser BISYS Fund Services is the Funds' Distributor 

Editor: Fletcher Farrar 
News: Walt Wiltschek 
Subscriptions: Peggy Reinacher 
Publisher: Wendy McFadden 
Designer: Paul Stocksdale 
Advertising: Russ Matteson 

On the cover: When Emily Mumma was visiting the South/ 
Central Indiana District in her travels as moderator, she dropped 
by the campus of Manchester College, for a brief visit with her 
oldest granddaughter, Jessica Mclnnis, a freshman. The cover photo shows 
Emily with Jessica and her roommate, Erica Switzer, in their room at 
Manchester. Emily comments on the photo: "Being there with lessica 
brought to mind precious memories of when her mother (our daughter, 
Sara) was at Manchester and 
I'd make the drives up from 
our home in Florida to help her 
settle in and then pick her up at 
the end of each year." We 
thought the photo made a good 
illustration for the theme Emily 
chose for this year's Annual 
Conference: "Love, as I have 
lo\ed vou." 

10 Moderator Mumma's message 

Before Annual Conference, get to know this year's 
moderator with this profile of Emily Mumma. 
Though she is a sometimes reluctant leader, when 
God calls she answers, carrying with her a message of 
what love is all about. 

14 The Bible comes to Sudan 

An article by Esther Boleyn and a four-page spread of 
color photographs by David Sollenberger help to tell a 
miraculous story from Sudan. Last-minute changes 
to a major ceremony, a harrowing flight, and a land 
torn apart by war and famine couldn't slop God's 
Word from coming to the Nuer people. 



From the Publisher 


In Touch 






Turning Points 



Spiritual renewal takes work 

There were 800 people at the Renovare Conference 
on Spiritual Renewal in Elizabethtown, Pa. 
Participants heard Richard Foster teach that 
"balanced" spiritual growth takes training and 
discipline. Small groups help to sustain it. 

Good medicine for the world 

Interchurch Medical Assistance, a ministry with 
headquarters at the Brethren Service Center in 
New Windsor, Md., celebrates 40 years of 
delivering healing medicines to hurting people 
around the globe. With support from the Church of 
the Brethren, the partner ministry faces new 
challenges to provide for unrelenting needs. 

May 2000 MESSENGER 1 

tk hmm 

When the Church of the Brethren General Board adopted 
a vision statement in March, it selected the simplest of phrases. 
Unlike most ecclesiastical language, this statement has no big 
words and can be understood and remembered by a child. It has 
six words. None is longer than four letters. Three words are the same. The other 
three are mere prepositions. 

Of God, for God. with God. The words are deceptively simple. But the longer 
one lives with them, the more depth one finds. Together they demonstrate how pro- 
found language can be. 

"Of God" describes whose we are. It evokes the first half of the Christopher 
Sauer words "For the glory of God and my neighbor's good." It is an affirmation of 
sitting in the presence of God, of receiving grace. "For by grace you have been saved 
through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God" (Eph. 2:8) . 

"Christ is the divine presence that permeates the church," write Ben Campbell- 
Johnson and Glenn McDonald in Imagining a Church in the Spirit (p. 9). "Too often 
we have become blind to the presence and have continued running the church on a 
memory rather than actual communion with the living Lord." Despite the church's 
humanness, however, we are also a "bearer of the holy." Richard Foster says we are 
"participants in the work of grace" (Streams of Living Water, p. 90). 

"For God" has to do with mission and purpose. If we are "for God," we are con- 
stantly seeking to discern the will of God. We will be the body of Christ in the 
world — reaching out, giving ourselves in acts of service, witnessing to peace and justice. 

"With God" speaks to the how. It implies a life of daily discipleship, of being 
immersed in the Spirit. "We are God's servants, working together; you are God's 
field, God's building" (1 Cor. 3:9). 

Together, these simple prepositional phrases embody the inward and the out- 
ward, the pietistic and the Anabaptist, the being and the doing. The three parts also 
hint at the trinity. We are o/God, brought into being by God the creator and made 
whole by grace. We are for God, serving as the body of Christ in the world — earthen 
vessels that we are. And we are with God, living in the light and strength of the Spirit. 

These six words are not a mission statement, a description of what the General 
Board does. Rather, they serve as a magnet, drawing the board forward into the 
future. The words are a touchstone, guiding the board's decisionmaking. They 
express a yearning for that which has not yet been fully achieved. 

This is the vision of the General Board as it seeks to serve and lead the Church of 
the Brethren. What is your vision? As each of us uncovers the vision that God has 
given us, may we work together to more nearly approach the fullness of life in Jesus 

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Wrapping it up: Green Tree 

Wiiuess Commission 

members and friends at the 

church's first Cook-n-Pack 

party. Pictured left to right. 

Leeann Randall and her 

mother. Maggie Randall. 

Dorothy Fundenvhite. Frank 

Litardo. Harry Groff, fudi 

Murphy. Joan Groff and 

Mary Levengood. 

A Cook-n-Pack Party helps the homeboiind 

Last November the witness commission at Green Tree Church of the Brethren, 
Oaks, Pa., sponsored a Cook-n-Pack Party to support Aid For Friends. The organi- 
zation supplies frozen meals and toaster ovens to cook them for homebound residents in 
a five-county Philadelphia area. 

Last year the witness commission handed out instructions and meal tins to members 
of the congregation. Now, every Sunday people come to church bringing with them 
trays filled with home-cooked food. 

But more meals were needed, so the witness commission decided to get together in the 
church's kitchen and cook and package many meals at once. The group packaged nearly 
100 meals of turkey and stuffing, green beans, and apple crisp. Plans are for the church 
to do this several times a year. — Laurie Pavone 


Celebrating a life full 
of Brethren memories 

Born Ian. 4, 1899, Miriam 
Longenecker Wagner 
celebrated her 101st 
birthday this year at the 
Brethren Home in 
Palmyra, Pa. She remem- 
bers growing up active in 
the Hoverday, Pa., con- 
gregation. She can 
remember the Harvest 

Home service of 1905, 
which was held in their 
barn. This was a worship 
service of thanksgiving, 
followed by a meal. 

Her hobbies have included 
gardening, quilting, letter 
writing, and good conversa- 
tion. She has quilted some 
100 quilts and sent count- 
less letters. 

The lives she has touched 
include family, including 

four generations of descen- 
dants, neighbors, friends, an 
orphan boy, whom she and 
her husband, Clarence, 
raised as their own, and a 
German exchange student, 
whom they hosted in 1950. 
She was married to Clarence 
in 1 920 by her grandfather. 
Elder Jacob H. Longe- 
necker. She says a highlight 
of her life is her visit to the 
Holy Land in 1979. 

May 2000 Messenger 3 


Renewal leader and 

evangelist Russell Bixler 

leading a session at 

the 1977 Holy Spirit 

Conference at Bowling 

Green, Ohio. 

Smith Mountain Lake 
dedicates building site 

The Smith Mountain Lake 
Community Church, a new 
church start of the Church 
of the Brethren near 
Roanoke, Va., dedicated its 
newly purchased five-acre 
site March 19. The property 
was secured through a part- 
nership of the Community 
Church and the congrega- 
tions of Virlina District. 

Pastor Jerry Naff and 
Virlina district executive 
David K. Shumate spoke 
at the dedication. The 
service concluded with a 
ground-breaking service 
followed by remarks from 
John Hamilton, trustee of the 
Hamilton Trust from which 
the property was purchased. 

Members of the Smith 
Mountain Lake building 
committee, chaired by 
Clinton Wade, said it 
hopes the congregation 
will be in its new building 
by November. Completion 
of the building will require 
a $230,000 indebtedness. 
The fellowship reports 
having received pledges 
totaling $103,000 for the 

Groundbreaking: ferry Naff (pastor). Cami Jones, and Rick 
Taylor break ground for a new church building. At right is 
the site's original log cabin, which will be torn down. 


Judy Dotterer of Wood- 
bine, Md., died March 20. 
Judy served as unofficial 
"host mother" for dozens 
of On Earth Peace Assem- 
bly Peace Academies in the 
late 1980s and early 1990s. 
She helped counsel and 
mentor hundreds of young 
people who came to the 
Brethren Service Center in 
New Windsor, Md., to 
learn about the teachings of 
Jesus and the Church of the 
Brethren related to peace- 
making. As a recipient of a 

kidney and pancreas trans- 
plant, she was an activist 
for organ transplantation. 
She was an active member 
of the Union Bridge (Md.) 
Church of the Brethren, 
and is survived by her hus- 
band, Kevin. 

Roy Blough, 98, a 
former Manchester Col- 
lege professor and a 
member of President 
Harry Truman's Council of 
Economic Advisers, died 
Feb. 25 in Mitchellville, 
Md. He was a graduate of 
Manchester College, 
North Manchester, Ind. 

Bixler remembered and honored 

Russell Bixler, pastor, renewal leader, and a pioneer in television evangelism, was 
honored posthumously by the National Religious Broadcasters on Feb. 5 at the 
group's annual convention in Anaheim, Calif. He died Jan. 30 at age 72. 

Co-founder of Cornerstone Television in Pittsburgh with his wife. Norma (Bowman), 
Bixler was honored with the NRB's William Ayer Distinguished Service Award for 2000. 
Cornerstone, which is based in Wall, Pa., has become a multi-channel network with four 
broadcast facilities, a 24-hour satellite channel, and 163 affiliate stations. 

For 13 years pastor of the Pittsburgh Church of the Brethren (1959-72), Bixler 
founded the Greater Pittsburgh Charismatic Conference and, in the 1970s, was a leader 
in the Holy Spirit renewal movement of the Church of the Brethren. He wrote and edited 
for eight publishers of Christian books; one of his books. It Can Happen to Anybody!. 
has sold more than 100,000 copies. 

Bixler graduated from Bridgewater College in 1947, George Washington University in 
1949, and Bethany Theological Seminary in 1959. He graduated cum laude from the 
seminary. His ministry was profiled in the July 1973 Messenger. 

Besides his wife of 52 years, Bixler is survived by four children and ten grandchildren. 
One son, Paul, is a producer/director for Cornerstone Television. — Howard Royer 

4 Messenger May 2000 


Highway threatens 
historic homestead 

The homestead ot |aeob 
Ulrich, established in Dou- 
glas County, Kan., in 1857 
and where the first known 
Brethren love feast in 
Kansas was held, is again 
under threat of destruction. 

William C. Quantrill's 
guerrillas, on Aug. 21, 1863, 
sacked the anti-slavery town 
of Lawrence, then set afire 
the Ulrich homestead, 
eight miles south of town. 
This year Dean Carlson, 
secretary of the Kansas 
Department of Transporta- 
tion, (KDOT), announced 
plans to finish the job. 

Carlson reaffirmed the 
state's plan to build a new 
freeway from Ottawa to 
Lawrence. The proposed 
route would cut across the 
Ulrich farm, now owned by 
Dr. Nelson McCluggage. 
McCluggage and his neigh- 

]acob Ulrich 

bors have retained attorneys 
to attempt to stop the project. 

He has also brought in 
instructors from Haskell 
Native American Indian 
University, who are investi- 
gating signs that their 
ancestors lived on this land. 
McCluggage lives in the 
Ulrich home. 

When he purchased the 
Ulrich farm from lane Plum- 
mer more than 20 years ago, 
McCluggage promised she 

Leon Kagarise with only a small part of his newsmaking collection of records and tapes. 

Music man featured in Washington Post 

Leon Kagarise has so much love that his little house can't hold it all," begins the 
J long article in the March 9 Washington Post. "Kagarise loves music. American 
music — blues, jazz, gospel, and especially old-time country music. His house is filled 
with it. Well, not completely filled. There's still a little bit of space left to live in." 

Kagarise, a longtime active member of the Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren, 
Glen Arm, Md., was featured in the Post for his collection of hundreds of tapes he 
recorded at country music shows in the Baltimore area 40 years ago — performances by 
Johnny Cash, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, and Patsy Cline, among many others. The 
vintage recordings are now in demand by recording companies, the Library of Congress, 
and the Country Music Hall of Fame. 

The rare recordings sit among some 100,000 records and many old photographs as 
well. According to the article, people tend to rib him about being a pack rat. 

"I'm a rather avid Christian," he told the newspaper. "I belong to the Church of the 
Brethren. One of the things the Brethren believe in is living the simple life. Anything that 
takes time away from Jesus is not good." 

Then, according to the article, he gazed at the thousands of records piled around him 
and confessed: "I'm a sinner." 

could live there as long as 
she wanted. He took posses- 
sion only when Plummer, in 
her nineties, entered a nurs- 
ing home. 

When McCluggage 
rehabbed the home, he left 
the house's charred rafters 
from Quantrill's Raid 
intact. He also displays the 
remnants from the original 
barn. "Not only were mem- 
bers of the Washington 

Creek Church of the 
Brethren often in this 
home, but John Brown as 
well as Senator Jim Lane 
were also frequent guests," 
McCluggage said. 

In 1997, when KDOT 
began discussing widening 

20 miles of US Highway 59 
to four lanes, the estimated 
price was $70 million. Now 
the cost is estimated at $161 
million. Construction is esti- 
mated to be at least seven 
years away. — Irene Shull 

"In Touch" features news of congregations, districts, and individ- 
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1451 Dundee Ave.. Elgin, IL 60120. 

May 2000 Messenger 5 


General board meetings 
address vision, structure 

The Church of the Brethren General 
Board met March 11-13 in Elgin, 
111., using the One Great Hour of 
Sharing theme, "Gifts of Living 

director. Sitting on the Leadership 
Team will be directors of Brethren 
Press, Brethren Service Center, Cen- 
tralized Resources/Treasurer, 
Congregational Life Ministries, and 
Global Mission Partnerships. 

Stated goals of the plan, which 
involved no job cuts or changes in 
compensation, included seeking to 

Gilbert Romero, General Board 

member and pastor of the Bella 

Vista congregation in Los 

Angeles, helped to lead an 

energetic Sunday morning 

worship service during General 

Board meetings in March. 

Water," based on )ohn 7;58b. In 
business sessions the board again 
used the Worshipful Work model of 
discernment through prayer, silence, 
sharing, and singing. 

Among its activities, the board 
adopted a vision statement to guide 
its ongoing work: "Of God, for God, 
with God," developed by a board- 
appointed committee. (For more on 
this see "From the Publisher," p. 2). 

Another item brought a realign- 
ment of the General Board staff 
structure, reducing the Leadership 
Team to five members plus the exec- 
utive director rather than the 
previous eight plus the executive 

A vision statement to guide the work of 
the General Board was adopted. 

improve the communication and effi- 
ciency of the Leadership Team, 
working to coordinate the activities 
of the various offices, and giving a 
stronger voice to the Brethren Ser- 
vice Center, located in New 
Windsor, Md. 

Other major actions included: 

•Approval of a request from the 
Committee on Interchurch Relations 
to have the General Board ask 
Annual Conference to join the World 
Council of Churches' Decade to 
Overcome Violence (2001-2010). 

•Adoption of a resolution seeking 
greater ethnic inclusion in church 

•Approval of continued explo- 
ration of renewed mission in Brazil, 
with a recommendation and budget 
projections to be brought to the 
board no later than March 2001. 

•Approval of a Mission and Min- 
istries Planning Council request to 
join Eastern Mennonite Missions in 
sponsoring the three-year placement 
of Grace Mishler of the Union Center 
Church of the Brethren (Nappanee, 
Ind.) at Ho Chi Minh City University 
in Vietnam, where she will be estab- 
lishing a social work program. 

6 Messenger May 2000 

Board member David Miller emcees a 
banquet program celebrating General 
Board ministries. 

Brethren join protests against 
Vieques policy in Puerto Rico 

More than 100,000 Puerto Ricans and 
other protesters marched down a 
major expressway in San [uan in late 
February, calling for the US Navy to 
leave the island of Vieques. US mili- 
tary maneuvers and bombing tests 
have been held on Vieques for nearly 
six decades, and protesters are seeking 
an immediate stop and withdrawal. 

The Evangelical Council of Puerto 
Rico, which represents 10 Protestant 
denoininations including the Church 
of the Brethren in Puerto Rico, 
joined with the Catholic Church to 
coordinate the response. Church of 
the Brethren General Board execu- 
tive director ludy Mills Reiiner also 
issued a letter to the Clinton admin- 
istration stating concern over US 
actions on Vieques. 

A Christian Peacemaker Teams dele- 
gation traveled to Puerto Rico in 
mid- March to work with churches and 
visit with political and religious leaders 
and with people on Vieques. CPT 
worker Cliff Kindy, a member of the 
Manchester Church of the Brethren 
(North Manchester, Ind.), and Eric 
Christiansen of the Franklin Grove 
(111.) Church of the Brethren were 
among that group. The visit came at 
the invitation of Brethren pastor juan 
Figueroa of the Rio Piedras congrega- 
tion and other Puerto Rican Brethren. 

Disaster and food crisis 
grants aid needy families 

Recent Emergency Disaster Fund 
grants include: 

• S 1 0,000 to support the drought 
relief efforts of Family Farm Drought 
Response. The ecumenical project 
began this past summer to meet 
needs caused by severe drought in 
the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. 

•$6,000 to support a tornado recov- 
ery project in Haysville, Kan. The 
project had closed before Christmas, 
but Emergency Response/Service 
Ministries received an invitation to 
return to the area and complete some 
unmet needs. The project reopened on 
March 1 and was expected to continue 
for about two months. 

•$25,000 to assist disaster recov- 
ery efforts following severe flooding 
in southern Africa from Cyclone 
Eline and ongoing torrential rains. 
The floods have affected Mozam- 
bique, South Africa, Botswana, 
Zimbabwe, and Namibia. Mozam- 
bique has been the most severely 
affected, with at least 300,000 
people displaced from their homes 
and thousands left stranded on 
rooftops without food and water. 

The request comes in response to a 
Church World Service appeal in which 
funds will be used to provide blankets 
for 2,000 people, technical assistance, 
and support to the relief programs of 
the Christian Council of Mozambique. 

The Global Food Crisis Fund gave 
$42,676 in February to provide small 
livestock to more than 800 women in 
dozens of communities in southern 
Honduras, part of a continuing pro- 
ject after a successful pilot program 
in El Estribo. 

Personnel changes 

Tom Hurst resigned as executive 
director of On Earth Peace Assembly 
effective March 1 7, following a decade 
of service with the organization. 

•Ron and Harriet Finney have 
resigned effective Sept. 50 as co- 
coordinators of the Brethren 
Academy for Ministerial Leadership. 
A search for a replacement is under 
way. The Finneys continue in their 
positions as co-executives of the 
South/Central Indiana District. 

•Donald R. Booz, currently pastor 
of the McPherson (Kan.) congrega- 
tion, will become district executive of 
Mid-Adantic District effective June 15. 

•Lester Boleyn began April 1 as a 
member of the General Board's Area 
3 Congregational Life Team. Boleyn 
will work out of the Cumberland, 
Md., area in West Marva District. 

•Greg Laszakovits has been 
named full-time coordinator of the 
Church of the Brethren Washington 
Office. He began on April 1 . 

•Martha R. Beach began as half- 
time district executive for Atlantic 
Southeast on March 20. 

•Tim Van Meter, director of 
research for the Youth Theological 
Initiative at Candler School of The- 
ology in Atlanta, will become the first 
director of Bethany Theological 
Seminary's new Institute for Min- 
istry with Young and Young Adults, 
effective Aug. 1 . 

800 Honduran women 

received livestock through 
the Global Food Crisis 
Fund in Februarv. 

May 2000 Messenger 7 

Tutu brings reconciliation 
message to Elizabethtown 

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a major 
figure in South Africa's struggle 
against apartheid, dehvered a stirring 
speech of forgiveness and reconciha- 
tion to highHght Elizabethtown (Pa.) 
College's year-long centennial cele- 

Tutu spoke March 1 7 to a full 
house of about 3,000 people in 
Thompson Gymnasium following 
spiritual numbers from the Eliza- 
bethtown College Concert Choir and 
introductory remarks from president 
Theodore Long. With a mix of 
somber history, lively stories, and 
humor. Tutu quickly captivated the 

At one point, Tutu laughingly 
encouraged the entire group of "shy 
and reserved Americans" to join in 
frenzied applause and celebration for 

the success achieved by all those who 
helped topple apartheid. He finished 
his talk with a final plea to continue 
that work, outlining his dreams of a 
world with "more compassion, 
caring, laughter, and sharing." 

"I have no one except you, and 
you, and you to realize my dream," 
he said, pointing to spots in the 
crowd. "Will you help me, please?" 

Ethnic-religious violence 
affects EYN churches 

Three members of the Ekklesiyar 
Yan'uwa a Nigeria, the Church of the 
Brethren's large sister congregation 
in Nigeria, were killed in outbreaks 
of ethnic-religious violence in 
Kaduna province in late February. 

An EYN report identified the vic- 
tims as the Rev. lyasco Taru, 
pastor of the Badarwa congrega- 

Tutu in Elizabethtown: Roger Ingold, 
a member of the Spring Creek 
congregation. Hershey, Pa., who 
traveled with Archbishop Desmond 
Tutu in South Africa, reunited with 
him during Tutu's visit to 
EUzabethtown College. 

tion; Musa Garba, a member of the 
Badarwa church; and John Danfu- 
lani, also a member at Badarwa. 
Two members of the Narayi church 
were seriously injured. 

More than 300 people were 
reported killed in the fighting 
between Christians and Muslims in 
Kaduna. Retaliatory violence in the 
southern city of Aba killed at least 
200 more, according to news 
reports. Property damage was also 
widespread, with the large Badarwa 
EYN church building and an old 
church building there among those 
burned. Numerous individual EYN 
members also lost homes and/or 
business properties. 

The violence occurred as Chris- 
tians were protesting Muslim 
attempts to have Islamic "shari'a" 
law instituted in Kaduna, a multi- 
religious state where Muslims are not 
in the majority, according to EYN 
leader Bitrus Debki. 

A statement by EYN leadership 
responded to the situation, saying, "We 
hereby condemn in very strong terms 
the recent attack meted out on inno- 
cent Christians in Kaduna metropolis 
and its environs while on peaceful 
demonstration to Government House 
to express their feeling as regards the 
imposition of shari'a on them." 

Media reports in the weeks follow- 
ing the initial conflict identified 
additional pockets of violence in the 
major city of Lagos and in the north- 
western part of the country. 

The General Board took time at its 
spring meeting to pray for the situa- 
tion in Nigeria. 

8 Messenger May 2000 

ABC and OEPA experience 
financial growing pains 

The Association of Brethren Care- 
givers reports that 1999 ended 
about as expected from a financial 
perspective. ABC had projected a 
deficit of more than $ 1 00,000 when 
the 1999 budget was prepared, and 
pre-audit figures for the year 
showed an actual deficit of 
$1 1 7,862. The deficit was paid 
from organization reserves. 

On Earth Peace Assembly, which 
was also spun off from the General 
Board and then approved as a sepa- 
rate Annual Conference agency along 
with ABC in 1998, showed a similar 
pre-audit deficit for 1999, at 
$96,746. OEPA used about $75,000 
of endowment gain to cover the extra 
program expenditures. 

When ABC became an independent 
organization, the board implemented 
a transition plan projecting three 
years of deficit budgets while the 
denomination adjusted to its new 
organizational structure and a new 
way of financially supporting the 
denominational agencies. 

ABC's reserves will cover the 
deficits, with the expectation that the 
organization's operations will return 
to a financial balance by the end of 
200 1 . At the end of 1 999, the second 
of the three years, ABC was within 
the parameters of its transition plan. 

ABC's total revenue for 1999 was 
$522,248. Congregational support 
was $54,037 from 164 congrega- 
tions in 1999, an increase from the 
1998 total of $15, 236 from 57 con- 
gregations. Support from individuals 
in 1999 was $59,545 compared to 
the 1998 total of $57,870. 

"These are challenging times for 
ABC. Congregations are still learn- 
ing about ABC and the other 
organizations within the new 
denominational structure," said 
ABC executive director Steve 
Mason. "As this new understanding 

is made in congregations, they will 
decide whether and how to support 
the denominational agencies. We 
believe this support will be in mea- 
sure to the value placed on the 
services of these organizations. 
Once ABC's support base is estab- 
lished, we will adjust our programs 
accordingly, if necessary." 

OEPA showed a total pre-audit 
income of $229,362 for the year, 
including $59,3 1 9 of general gift 
income from individuals and 
$40,735 from congregations. 

Churches need to understand 
population "browning" 

Anabaptists wanting to establish new 
congregations in the 21st century 
will be successful only if they 
increase awareness of the multicul- 
tural, diversifying, and "browning" 
population in North America. 

That's the message about 40 prac- 
titioners and scholars heard at the 
third annual Anabaptist Evangelism 
Council, held at a snowbound Asso- 
ciated Mennonite Biblical Seminary 
in Elkhart, Ind., Feb. 19-20. 

"We are a browning nation," said 
researcher Rocky Kidd, director of 
Chicago Opportunity for Peace in 
Action, whose study of 17 multi- 
cultural churches showed a rapid 
shift in urban centers toward a 
polyglot of brown, yellow, black, 
white, and mestizo (mixed). "And 
those who do not live in the urban 
centers are greatly influenced by 
an omnipresent urban popular cul- 
ture, piped into the American 
consciousness via the entertain- 
ment/media world." 

The council was sponsored by New 
Life Ministries, a partnership in out- 
reach of both branches of the 
merging Mennonite groups, the 
Church of the Brethren, The 
Brethren Church (Ashland, Ohio) 
and two parachurch organizations: 

Shalom Foundation of Harrisonburg, 
Va., and Christian Community of 
Fort Wayne, Ind. 

Next year's council will be held at 
the Church of the Brethren offices in 
Elgin, 111., expanding to a three-day 
event, Feb. 16-18. The 2001 theme 
will center on church planting. 

Youth team, young adults 
prepare for summer service 

The 2000 Youth Peace Travel Team 
is made up of Marshall Camden of 
Virginia Beach, Va.; Daniel Royer 
of Trotwood, Ohio; Myra Martin- 
Adkins of Washington, D.C.; 
Meghan Sheller of Eldora, Iowa; 
and Pete Dobberstein of 
Brookville, Ohio. 

The team, sponsored by the Gen- 
eral Board's Youth/Young Adult and 
Brethren Witness offices, Outdoor 
Ministries Association, and On 
Earth Peace Assembly, annually 
visits and provides leadership for 
junior and senior high camps in var- 
ious regions of the country. It will 
start with an orientation in mid- 
lune before heading out to the 
camps in the East this year. 

Thirteen young adults, meanwhile, 
have registered to be part of this 
year's Ministry Summer Service pro- 
gram, a cooperative effort of the 
General Board's Youth/Young Adult 
and Ministry offices. The program 
offers opportunities to explore 
church vocations through 10-week 
placements under a mentor in con- 
gregations or other settings. 

This year's orientation will occur 
June 2-9 at Bethany Theological 
Seminary in Richmond, Ind., with 
mentors and project sites in six states, 
from Pennsylvania and Delaware 
to California. Volunteers receive 
food, housing, and a $45-per-month 
stipend from the congregation, plus 
an available tuition grant of $2,000 
for college students. 

May 2000 Messenger 9 








A strong but humble leader, 

Moderator Emily Mumma has been 

called a ''servant of grace.'' 


On evangelism: "For 
me evangelism is 
important, but with- 
out discipleship it's 
empty. Which brings 
me back to love. I 
don't think evangelism 
is always done in love. 
It's sometimes done 
with shaming or guilt 
or a superior attitude, 
rather than a deep 
love for the person. 

"We have to let 
people have the free- 
dom to say no. That's 
what love can do. Love 
gives people the liberty 
to turn us down, even to 
persecute us. But their 
actions are not going to 
determine how we 
relate to them. That's 
the kind of discipleship 
that has meaning for 

BY Fletcher Farrar 

When Emily Mumma starts throwing 
little balls made of yarn around the 
august boardroom of the Church of the Brethren 
offices in Elgin, one wonders if the pressures of 
the office of moderator have become too much 
for her. As she empties another shopping bag of 
the balls she calls "fuzzies," and throws them one 
by one to General Board members engaged in 
the serious business of the church, one sniffs that 
this is unconventional behavior, to say the least. 

Then one gets into it. Even the most dour in 
the group pick up a yarn ball and hurl it glee- 
fully to, or at, somebody. The room is soon 
filled with laughter and surprise. 

"My vision is to radiate the joy that comes 
from a giving, loving spirit," she says in an 
interview. "When I look out over a congrega- 
tion I often see such sad faces. I would like to 
see some happy faces." 

Like Johnny Appleseed sowing gratitude for 
the Lord's goodness, Mumma takes her 
fuzzies with her on her travels across the 
denomination, disrupting many a district con- 
ference and other church meetings with her 
unconventional seeds of love. 

The yarn balls are made by Carol Miller, a 
member of the Hollidaysburg, Pa., congre- 
gation, which Mumma pastors. Baptized 
recently. Miller wanted to serve others, but 
she is disabled by a painful neurological dis- 
order. In her home she began to make the 

fuzzies and give them away so people would 
feel loved and appreciated. She began giving 
them, not only on birthdays and anniver- 
saries, but on no occasion in particular, and 
not only to friends, but also to strangers. 
They brought a smile every time. 

She caught a vision of spreading God's love 
with abandon, and decided to send fuzzies 
with her pastor everywhere she goes as mod- 
erator. With some help. Miller has made more 
than 5,000 fuzzies already. "I pack each one 
with God's love," she says. 

They tie in well with the moderator's message 
of love, expressed in the Annual Conference 
theme, "Love as I have loved you," from John 
15:12. Mumma relates that when she announced 
the love theme, a prominent church leader told 
her it was too sentimental and superficial. That 
only strengthened her resolve to give the theme 
enough substance to make it profound. 

"Love is foundational," she says. "It is at 
the center of what it means to be a follower of 
Christ. Without love, faith is very shallow. 
Service becomes burdensome instead of being 
a joy. Complainers and murmurers are people 
who have not learned to either give or receive 
love. Unless love is at the core of our pro- 
grams and plans, they aren't going to fly." 

There is little about this kind of love that 
could be called merely sentimental. "Love is 
hard work," she says. "It's this kind of love 
that took lesus Christ to the cross. There is 
nothing harder than practicing Christlike love. 
It means I won't allow myself to be so easily 
hurt. I won't take offense so easily: I won't be 
defensive so quickly. I will look for the good in 
the other in the midst of disagreement." 

The capacity to love, and to receive love, 
doesn't come all at once but has to be cultivated 
and nurtured. "It is a lifelong journey," she says. 

Mumma's journey began in Ohio, where she 

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was born during the Depression. She grew up 
helping her parents. Rebert and Edna Met- 
zger, on the family farm, located between 
New Carlisle and Springfield. The family 
attended the Donnels Creek Church of the 
Brethren, Southern Ohio District. 

After high school she decided not to go to 
college, but opted for the "University of Life 
Experience" instead. That coursework began 
with Brethren Volunteer Service when she 
became a member of Unit 1 1 . She was assigned 
to help young Chinese war brides adapt to life 
in inner-city Chicago. Never having ridden a 
city bus before, she traveled all over the urban 
area helping mothers learn to care for babies 
and shop for groceries. She helped teach a 
Sunday school class for Chinese immigrants at 
Chicago's First Church of the Brethren. 

In 1952 she married fellow BVSer Luke 
Mumma. and they setded in Harrisburg, Pa., 
his hometown. From 1960 to 1968 they owned 
and operated together a home appliance repair 
business. He did the repair work while she ran 
the office. She was also raising two children, 
Samuel and Sara. Active in the Harrisburg First 
congregation, she taught the first Sunday school 
class organized for black children there. 

In 1968 the family moved to Florida for the 
sake of the children's health, and settled in 
St. Petersburg, where her parents lived. Luke 
became a plumber, while she stayed home to 
be available to her children, then in junior 
high and high school. "All 1 wanted was to be 
a good wife, a good mother, and a good 
homemaker," she recalls. She went to night 
classes to learn to sew and cook. And she 

made a big garden each year, selling enough 
to pay the garden's expenses, with the rest of 
the produce going to family and friends. 

Around 1970 she was called to represent her 
home congregation. First Church, St. Peters- 
burg, on the district board. "From that time on, 
there was no time I wasn't involved heavily in 
district and denominational work," she says. 
She was district moderator in 1978, served on 
Standing Committee, and was a member of the 
General Board from 1982 to 1986. 

She received training in conflict management 
and mediation through seminars, including work 
with Brethren mediator Barbara Date in 1986. 
This equipped her for volunteer assignments in 
conflict resolution, as well as other district 
responsibilities, at the request of five different 
Florida district executives, who served part time. 

"I didn't have a tide then," says Mumma. "I 
wasn't ordained or even licensed. But tides some- 
times create barriers. People trusted me more 
because I didn't have a tide. I was just a friend." 

Having taken the Three-year Reading Course, 
she was finally licensed to the ministry in 1988. 
In 1990 she served three months as interim 
pastor for her home congregation, St. Peters- 
burg. In 1995, during Annual Conference in 
Indianapolis, the executive of Middle Pennsylva- 
nia District, Randy Yoder, asked her to consider 
an interim pastor assignment in Hollidaysburg. 
Pa. She agreed, and with her husband moved 
that fall to Pennsylvania, expecting to be there 
only temporarily. She was ordained that year, 
and, in August 1994, the Hollidaysburg congre- 
gation called her to be its regular pastor. She 
has been in that position ever since. 

Rita Murphy, the church's part-time secre- 
tary, says Emily Mumma is the "most 


On simple living: "In 

my own life it has 
been amazing how 
often I don't need 
what 1 thought I 
needed. By no means 
am I hurting because 
of what I've given up. 
But I am aware that 
some things that most 
people consider neces- 
sities I don't. I'm also 
aware that there are 
things I consider 
necessities that plenty 
of people in the world 
don't have." 

May 2000 Messenger 1 1 


On stewardship: 

"I sometimes hear 
people say if we get 
more people in our 
church we can get a 
bigger budget. I think 
Jesus must weep when 
he hears that kind of 
stuff. I feel that if the 
heart is right the 
money will be there. 

"That doesn't mean 
we don't have to talk 
about stewardship. 
Everything I have is a 
gift from God. Out of 
love I owe God and 
want to give to God. 
To write out that check 
to the church becomes 
a joy, not a burden." 

On women in 
leadership: "When 
people ask, 'How does 
it feel to be a woman 
moderator?' I've said I 
look at 'call' first as a 
person, and I happen 
to be a woman. I don't 
feel like, 'Look at me 
I'm a woman doing 
this.' It's me doing 
this. I also happen to 
be a woman. I don't 
deny that, but I don't 
flaunt that. 

"I think denomina- 
tional leaders are 
more in tune with 
having women in 
ministry than con- 
gregations are. There 
is a lot of work to be 
done at the congre- 
gational level to get 
them to see the 
place of women in 

Family time in the North Carolina mountains, 1995: 

At left are gniiulcliiklrcn liana and Kialha Mamma. 

standing in front of their parents. Samuel and 

Debbie Mamma, of Dade City. Fla. Center is Emily 

Mumma, with her Itusband. Luke, in back. At right 

are grandchildren Joshua and Jessica Mclnnis. 

standing in front of their parents. Sara Mumma 

Mclnnis and Ron Mclnnis, of Cape Coral, Fla. 

detail-oriented person I have ever met," send- 
ing birthday and anniversary greetings to 
everyone in the congregation, even during her 
term as moderator. "She recognizes the gifts 
in each person and calls upon the use of the 
gifts," Murphy says. "She allows many people 
to feel successful, not overburdening anyone 
with a task they would not be good at." 

Randy Yoder, Mumma's district executive, 
calls her a "servant of grace." 

"She is a very kind and humble person who 
cares about people," he says. "She particu- 
larly has a heart for the 'little' people — those 
who are powerless and often deprived of a 
voice or the sharing of their gifts and abilities. 
For instance, she as a pastor has stood firm in 
several instances when justice was called for." 

Though often reluctant to be cast into lead- 
ership positions, Mumma accepts each call as it 
comes along, when she is convinced it is God's 
call. On finally accepting the title of pastor, she 
reflects: "As painful as it is to be away from my 
children and grandchildren in Florida, 1 have 
an inner joy that 1 have never known before." 

The same reluctance came to her when she 
was asked to consider allowing her name to be 
placed on the ballot for moderator, the highest 
office of the Church of the Brethren. "At first I 
said I'm not interested at all," she said. "Any- 
thing like that just scares the heck out of me. I 
don't like being out front. I'd rather be behind 
the scenes working with a team. Speaking 
before people has never been easy for me." 

But she gradually became convinced, first by 
a representative of the Annual Conference nom- 
inating committee and then by the unanimous 
support of her congregation's executive com- 
mittee, that this was another true call which she 
must accept out of obedience to Christ. 

Noting that the moderator is asked to visit 
as many districts and attend as many district 
and denominational events as possible, "I was 
concerned that at my age I might not have the 
physical, emotional, and mental energy to 
keep up the fast pace." 

She asked God for an image to carry her 
through, and it was manna, the food God pro- 
vided the children of Israel in the desert, just 
enough for the day at hand. "It's like God was 

saying, 'Emily, I'm going to give you manna 
in the form of strength and energy. You need 
to trust me. But there's not going to be any 
extra. When I'm feeling pushed, I hear God 
saying, 'Are you going to wait for my manna?' 
God does supply the need. 

"I have gone from being very fearful to find- 
ing a delight in being moderator. That's God's 
gift, not what I could do. I'm enjoying it, 
though there are still some times I'm uneasy at 
the prospect of the Conference business ses- 
sion, and all those people. As long as I can keep 
my eyes on |esus, then I'm okay. But when I 
think about all the wonderful things that past 
moderators have done, sometimes I get caught. 
I have to remember that God didn't call me to 
be like anyone else. He called me to be who I 
am. It's been a wonderful faith walk." 

By March this year, Mumma had already 
traveled more than 55,000 miles visit- 
ing districts and churches as moderator, and 
faced her heaviest travel season as Annual 
Conference approaches. 

"I've been surprised by the care that 1 find 
out there," she says. "I find care and support 
for me, but also a deep caring for the church. 
Even when people have questions, or disagree 
with a General Board program, I sense a deep 
level of caring." She also found a commitment 
to prayer support for the denomination, for her 
congregation, and for her work as moderator. 

Though she has not taken a leave of absence 
from her congregation of about 150 members, 
the church has contracted with a retired pastor 
to fill the pulpit during her frequent Sunday 
absences, a temporary measure that has been 
working well. Mumma often credits the sup- 
port of her congregation for helping to make 
her term as moderator successful. 

As denominational leader, she said most of 

12 Messenger May 2000 


For five days this summer, Kansas City, Mo., will be 
home to several thousand Brethren coming together for 
the 2000 Annual Conference at the city's Bartle Hall 
convention complex. Here's what you can expect: 

The format. After many years of running from Tuesday 
to Sunday, Conference switches to a shorter, Saturday-to- 
Wednesday format this year. A new feature will be the 
"Brethren Ministries LIVE" report, building on the General 
Board Live report of years past, but now including all five 
Annual Conference agencies. 

The worship. A series of speakers will build on the 
theme by addressing different aspects of Godlike love, 
according to Mumma, who will deliver the Saturday 
evening message. Other speakers are [oel Nogle, pastor 
of the Gettysburg, Pa., church, Belita Mitchell of the 
Imperial Heights church in Los Angeles, and ecumeni- 
cal guests Emanuel Cleaver and Thomas Troeger. 

The business. This year's agenda has grown large, 
with 10 items of business requiring action, in addition 
to the usual series of reports, elections, and other items. 
Delegates will address three major unfinished business 
items — papers on congregational structure, on the process 
for calling denominational leadership, and on caring for 
the poor — plus hear an update on a study of Brethren and 
litigation. The congregational structure and denomina- 
tional leadership papers can be viewed at the Annual 
Conference section of the website. 

New business includes five queries plus a General 
Board request for Conference to endorse the World 
Council of Churches' Decade to Overcome Violence. 
The queries focus on guidelines for district employees, 
the role and relationship of district executives to the 
Church of the Brethren organizational structure, two on 
discipleship and reconciliation polity, and one on per- 
sonal evangelism and church growth. — Walt Wiltschek 

the complaints and questions she 
receives in letters and on her travels 
relate to the need for clarification 
about connections. What's the rela- 
tionship of Annual Conference to 
General Board? What's the meaning 
of all these other agencies? 

"1 think there are people who care 
and have not understood," she says. 
"They have not understood the 
reason for redesign." As Mumma 
explains patiently the history and 
rationale for the organizational 
changes of recent years, she does not 
sense a continuing anger or discon- 
tent with denominational governance. 

"I perceive a higher level of trust 
in the General Board right now than 
I have seen in a number of years," 
she says. "I think the communica- 
tion is better. I think people's 
questions are being answered, and 
answered more promptly." 

The moderator who Annual Con- 
ference delegates will encounter in 
Kansas City is not one who comes 
with a lot of plans and programs for 
the church. "I basically share out of 
my heart," she says. 

To the business agenda she brings a 
commitment to discerning God's will. 
She hopes the church will be guided 
"less by the ways of the world and 
more by the leading of God's spirit." 
She adds, "I'm not denying that we 
can learn from the world. But I don't 
think we have to mirror the world. If 

we're open to God's leading, we'll be 
on the leading edge, rather than 
bringing up the tail." 

After Annual Conference, this spir- 
ited but reluctant leader will be more 
than happy to get back to her garden. 

her husband, and her congregation in 
Pennsylvania. But until then she can 
be expected to plunge faithfully into 
the work God has called her to do. 

"If I'm listening carefully, and 
trust in God, I think I'll be okay. 


The journey from here 

A j5^?QrtQn the state of the church 

, iMessengenjintier 
5 pm, Sunday, July 16 
» 1 Kansas City 

Judy Mills Reimer 

Executive DiKctor, General Board 

j^u, .v.^jtnyt, .u. a .c.a«m, u...r^p-.-rer.-n«,rthe cxecutive dlfector of thc 
General Board deliver her "State of the Church" address, a report on where 
we are and where we're going as a denomination at the beginning of the ' 
new millennium. Program concludes in time for the evening business session. 

Please order tickets in advance. There may be no on-site ticket sales. 
Call the Annual Conference office at 800-323-8039 to order. 

May 2000 Messenger 13 




BY Esther Frantz Boleyn 

When you cook food, put it 
into a bowl, carry it away, and 
drop the bowl, which breaks, 
does the food fall out?" 

This question was asked by 
Rev. Peter Riet Machar at a spe- 
cial Jan. 9 worship service in 
Mading, southern Sudan. The 
answers from the women were 
unanimous. "Yes, of course!" 

"Yesterday," Rev. Peter con- 
tinued, "a bowl dropped out of 
the sky, broke apart, but the 
food didn't fall out." 

Rev. Peter, vice moderator for 
the Presbyterian Church in Sudan 
for south Sudan, was reminding 
them of the previous day's events, 
when the airplane bringing the 
guests for the launching of the 
Nuer-language Bible crashed 
upon landing in Mading. 

He preached the sermon that 
preceded the launching cere- 
mony, speaking about the 
miracles that were happening in 
that place. The 800-plus people 
sitting in the hot sun listened 
attentively, although most of 
them had seen the first miracle 
happen right in front of them. 
They never expected anyone to 
crawl out of the airplane, let 
alone to have everyone get out 
with no injuries. 

The trip from Nairobi, 

"(."t^ 'J^Ac 

Kenya, began at 5:30 a.m. on 
Jan. 8. We were flying on Anti- 
nov 28, a small Russian-made 
airplane. From Nairobi to Loki- 
chogio, on the border of 
Sudan, all went well. We 
landed, got off to sign out at 
Kenyan immigration, and 
boarded the same plane for the 
two-hour flight to Mading. 

Those on the plane included 
Rev. Peter, the executive secre- 
tary of the Presbyterian Church 
in Sudan, three Presbyterian mis- 
sionaries, three Church of the 
Brethren representatives (my 
husband, Lester, and I, and video- 
grapher David SoUenberger), the 
United Bible Societies consultant, 
and die whole family of our trans- 
lator, Tut Wan Yoa, although he 

For God so loved every part 
of the world: The Nuer 
Bible, turned to John 3:16. 

was still in Lokichokio, waiting for 
the second plane to Mading. 
We were now having the 
launching ceremony at Mading 
because only three davs earlier a 
rebel commander had threat- 
ened that his soldiers would 
arrest everyone on the plane if 
he weren't allowed to travel on 
the plane to Akobo, the original 
site for the launching service. 
The Presbyterian Church in 
Sudan leaders decided that this 
was a religious event, not a 
political or war-related one, so 
they changed the Bible-launch- 
ing site to Mading instead. 

At the airstrip a limp flag 
indicated no wind. But just sec- 
onds before the wheels touched 
the ground, a strong crosswind 
hit the plane and caused it to 
roll from side to side. It hit the 
ground with a bang on the 
right wheel, which collapsed, 
causing the plane to careen out 
of control and veer off the 
airstrip to the right. 

The pilot skillfiilly neutralized 
the engines and slowed die plane 
down considerably before, skid- 
ding sideways, the left 'wing hit a 
high grass fence surrounding a 
compound. The impact broke off 
diat wing at the engine, and then 
the whole thing turned upside- 
down. All 22 passengers and the 
t\\'o pilots were hanging from 
their seatbelts looking down. 

The pilot was able to kick out 
his door and went around the 
outside trying doors, but to no 
avail. He then jumped up on 
top and, with Nuer men help- 
ing, was able to rip open the tail 
loading door. Half the passen- 
gers exited out that opening, 
and the other half went forward 
to the pilot's door. In my daze I 
cra\\ied through the other 
pilot's window, which had 
broken out, giving me the worst 
(continued on p. 19) 

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Against all odds, a decade-long project bears fruit in Sudan. 

It was mid-January, and the 
Nuer were about to receive a 
complete Bible in their own lan- 
guage for the first time. The wor- 
ship service had moved outdoors 
since the crowd of nearly 900 
wouldn't fit in Mading's small 
sanctuary, near the Ethiopian bor- 

Only three boxes of Nuer Bibles made 
it to Mading, but they were quickly 
examined by people eager to see and 
read the Word in their own language. 

der. An hour of worship moved 
into another two and a half hours 
of ceremony and celebration for 
the launching of the Bible. 

Then the moment came. 

"They broke out in sponta- 
neous singing, cheering, and 
drumming," said Lester Boleyn, 
who worked on the translation 
project for a decade along with 
his wife, Esther. "It was a sponta- 
neous expression of joy." 

May 2000 Messenger 1 5 

Photos by David Sollenberger 
Text by Walt Wiltschek 
Produced bv Howai'd Royer 

Not even a 


could deter the 





Children and others in the village of Mading joined m worship j 

Everything seemed to be going 
wrong en route to the Bible 
launching service. Political ma- 
neuvering in Sudan forced a 
change of site from Akobo to the 
village of Mading, on three days' 
notice. Then the plane carrying 
Church of the Brethren represen- 
tatives Lester and Esther Boleyn 
and David Sollenberger and 21 
others crashed and flipped upon 
landing in a crosswind. 

Then, everything went right. 

• Everyone on board the plane 

Sudanese women expressed the joy of 
the occasion through dancing. 

sur\'ived with nothing more than 
a scratch or two. 

•Thrust into the spotlight on 
short notice, Mading proved a 
welcoming and energetic place for 
the service. A large turnout em- 
braced the three boxes of Bibles 
able to be shipped there. 

•And perhaps the greatest mir- 
acle of all: A new translation of 
the Bible that itself emerged from 
a land plagued by war, uprooted 
populations, and drought. It's 
believed to be the first complete 
Bible to be printed in any Sudan- 
ese ethnic language. 

ife and the power of God in protecting the travelers and delivering the Bibles. 

Atop the flipped v^ing, church leaders praise God. 

An unexpected miracle occurred v/hen all 24 passengers and crew escaped unhurt from a plane that crashed upon landing in Mading. 

May 2000 Messenger 17 

Lester Boleyn and Tut Wan Yoa, two of the key figures in the Nuer translation project, came together again to officially "launch" the new Bible. 


A New Testament in the Nuer 
language, the largest language 
group in southern Sudan, had ex- 
isted since the late '60s. The Bi- 
ble launched in January, however, 
presented the first fiail translation 
of all 66 books. The Bibles were 
printed in South Korea after years 
of painstaking work by the Sudan 
Bible Society, translating the Old 
Testament and revising the New 
Testament materials. 

The copies transported to Ma- 

ding were distributed to evangel- 
ists, pastors, and other church 
leaders. Meanwhile, many more 
boxes were sent to other locations 
for simultaneous celebrations. 

People immediately immersed 
themselves in the new text, hun- 
grily reading passages in their 
own tongue for the first time. 
Sollenberger shared a comment 
from translator Tut Wan Yoa, who 
worked with the Boleyns: "Finally 
we can read the message in Nuer." 

Fbr.Nuers growing up. a Bible in their own tongue. 

lU' > 

1 8 Messenger May 2000 

(conliniied from p. 14) 
injury of all the passengers — a 
cut on the foot. 

E\en though another plane- 
load of people was to land three 
hours later, die Nuers didn't wait 
to begin worshiping. The pastor 
took all of us who had been on 
the plane over to the church 
compound, where the praying 
and praising immediately began. 
This was immediate therapy. 

Later in the day, many hun- 
dreds of people gathered 
around the plane, using its 
wing as a platform for speakers. 
Several people told stories of 
how they were each affected by 
the crash. This type of sharing 
happened again Sunday evening 
around the plane, and on 
Monday in the church. 

The Nuer Christians had a 
simple explanation for the 
crash. The devil had now tried 
two times to stop the launching 
of the Bible. Satan had forced 
the change in venue, and now 
sent a crosswind to crash the 
plane. But they said, "God is 
mightier than Satan. God took 
charge. Nothing could prevent 
the bringing of his Word to the 
people." Lester's evaluation to 
the assembled people was, "God 
intended this to be a time of 
celebration, not of mourning." 

jAlter the celebration of life on 
Saturday, the doubling of the 
miracle began on Sunday with the 
official launching ceremony for 
the Nuer Bible. The masses of 
people had ail been assembling at 
the original site, Akobo. The sup- 
plies had been sent there earlier. 

The Nuer Christians liad a simple explanation 
for the crash. The devil had now tried two 
times to stop the launching of the Bible. But 
they said, "God is mightier than Satan. God 
took charge. Nothing could prevent the 
bringing of his Word to the people." 

the choirs had practiced, and 
there were plent)' of drummers. 

When the site was changed, 
there was no way those people 
could travel to Mading. The 
people in attendance at Mading 
were all locals. Our celebration 
was quite spontaneous. It had 
no rehearsed singing or pray- 
ing. We were all conscious of 
God's great power and mercy. 

The ceremony took two hours, 
following a one-hour worship 
service. It included preaching, 
singing, praying, and the hand- 
ing of the official Bible to the 
vice moderator by the United 
Bible Societies' representative. 
Dr. Jan Sterk. Tut Wan, who had 
been the only consistent transla- 
tor with the project we worked 
on for 1 1 years, interpreted the 
Nuer words into English and 
English into Nuer. 

Because of the change of venue, 
we had only three 24-Bible car- 
tons to distribute. But those 72 
Bibles were sufficient for distribu- 
tion to pastors, ex'angelists, and 
women church leaders. 

On the two days preceding 
the Mading extents, chartered 
flights were taking loads of 
Bibles into other villages 
through Upper Nile Province 
where the Nuers live. Tut Wan 

had instructed everyone to keep 
the cartons unopened until 
Sunday morning. Every church 
was to have a celebration and 
then open the cartons and dis- 
tribute the Bibles. This also 
took place in Khartoum and in 
refugee camps outside Sudan. 

The people said that had 
Satan been successful in stop- 
ping the launching, Christianity 
among the Nuers would have 
had a terrible setback. Marginal 
followers might have said, "The 
Christians teach that they have a 
loving God. Their God didn't 
even save that planeload of 24 
people! And they were his faith- 
ful leaders. Why would we want 
to follow a God like that?" 

But now, with the saving of 
the people on the plane, the 
church leaders expect an increase 
in people turning away from tra- 
ditional gods and turning toward 
Christ and the church. 

The leaders of the Presbnerian 
Church in Sudan, which will cele- 
brate 100 years of mission there in 
2002, also expect that many of 
their own evangelists and pastors 
will now want to attend the 
Mobile Bible School that has 
begun at Mading. They will see 
Mading as a place blessed b\' God. 

For the past 100 years, all 

preaching has been done by 
mostly illiterate evangelists who 
listened closely to the preaching 
of the Word by missionaries or a 
\'ery few educated Nuer church 
leaders. They, in turn, went out to 
the villages and repeated tlie ser- 
mons they had heard preached. 

Over the years, many of these 
leaders have been taught to read 
the Nuer language; now they 
will have the Bible to read. They 
will be able to stand before their 
congregations and read the 
Word of God, no longer need- 
ing to rely on memory to 
proclaim the story of the Bible. 

The masses of Nuer still are 
illiterate, but now they will be 
able to hear the Word of God 
read to them. j\nd many are 
wanting to learn to read, so 
now they will be able to have 
their own Bible and read 
it for themselves. 


Esther Boleyn is a retired school- 
teadter recently moved to Cumberland. 
Md.. where she plans to work as "a 
helpmate to my husband, " Lester 
Boleyn, who begins this month as a 
full-time Congregational Life Team 
member From 1 9SS to 1 99S site lived 
in Nairobi. Kenya, where she was 
employed by the General Board's 
office of Global Mission Partnerships 
as editor and keyboarder for the Nuer 
Bible project. She said she is ready to 
leave her African language skills 
behind and "learn the new language of 
the mountains. " 

May 2000 Messenger 1 9 


Spiritual development requires 
training and a balanced diet 

BY Fletcher Farrar 


I ^k ichard Foster's vision that 
*. ^^ "a great new gathering of 
the people of God is occurring in our 
day" seemed to come to life as people 
streamed into Leffler Chapel at Eliza- 
bethtown College March 10. There 
were 800 attending this conference 
on spiritual growth — it had sold out 
in a few days while another 1 50 who 
tried to register didn't get in. Orga- 
nizers said the response reflects a 
new hunger by serious Christians for 

20 Messenger May 2000 

spiritual development opportunities. 

Foster, the Quaker evangelist and 
author, told the gathering it's impor- 
tant for Christians who want to grow 
in discipleship and Christlikeness to 
get together to encourage each other, 
because not all who go to church 
share that agenda. That began two 
days of instruction on how to develop 
a balanced spiritual life, rooted and 
grounded in scripture, prayer, and 
the traditions of the church. 

Balance also described the lively 
singing, which included both new 
"praise" songs and substantial hymn 
classics. The conference attracted 

both conservative and liberal 
Brethren, charismatics and peace 
activists. Recognizing that spiritual 
growth unites diverse interests, Foster 
quoted John Wesley: "If your heart 
beats with my heart in love and loyalty 
to lesus Christ, take my hand." 

This was the Renovare Regional 
Conference on Spiritual Renewal, 
sponsored by Atlantic Northeast Dis- 
trict Church of the Brethren. The 
conference grew out of two years of 
prayer and planning by the district's 
Spiritual Renewal Team, led by David 
Young, interim pastor of the Hatfield 
(Pa.) Church of the Brethren. About 

half those attending were from 50 
area Church of the Brethren congre- 
gations, and the other half were 
Mennonites from the area. 

Renovare, Latin for "to renew," is 
the organization founded by Foster 
to invigorate churches by helping 
their members grow spiritually 
through personal training and partic- 
ipation in small groups known as 
Spiritual Formation Groups. The 
twin strategy, centered in church life, 
avoids the problems of unbridled 
freedom and isolated effort at spiri- 
tual growth. Several Church of the 
Brethren pastors at the event said 
they appreciated Foster's orthodox 
approach to spiritual growth, with its 
emphasis on both study and commu- 
nity as keys to development. 

"Our faith needs a structure, 

a shape and an outline to it," Foster 
said. The structure can be built 
around the 12 disciplines outlined in 
his popular 1 988 book, Celebration 
of Discipline, among them prayer, 
solitude, study, simplicity, fasting, 
service. He urges Christians to 
become, like Paul, "athletes for God" 
by training for the spiritual life. 

Like a trainer urging a novice to 
exercise, he offered two suggestions. 
The first: Begin small. "There is a 
progression in the spiritual life," 
Foster said, and we can't all start 
with healing miracles. The second 
suggestion: Begin. Start in humility 
where you are, he said. "The Lord is 
never hard to find." 

Foster alternated lectures with 
Emilie Griffin, a Roman Catholic and a 
Latin buff whose scholarly reserve pro- 
vided a nice counterpoint to Foster's 
more boisterous style. She gave a 
moving description of her own "expe- 
rience of grace" while living the fast 

life of a young advertising executive in 
New York City, which she thought at 
first was "the New Jerusalem." She 
began to study the Bible, and she 
found truth through theater and films. 
"The Lord speaks to us through things 
we love." She read C. S. Lewis' 
Surprised by Joy. and there found, as 
Lewis did, that many admirable people 
live the virtuous life "with honor, cour- 
tesy, and gentleness." 

Eventually she began to surrender 
her cool pride. "I did not want to be 
one who would not give in to the 
Lord because it was not a contempo- 
rary thing to do." After her 
surrender, she learned that with 
some effort on her part, the Holy 
Spirit would do much of the work of 
spiritual growth. "We will be carried 
along by the wings of grace." 

Both Foster and Griffin empha- 
sized that God becomes a partner in 
our growth in godliness. While 
growth requires effort, making that 

May 2000 Messenger 21 

effort isn't the same as striving to 
earn God's favor. The effort at spiri- 
tual growth merely puts Christians in 
a place to joyfully surrender to the 
Holy Spirit, in which "the soul, light 
as a feather, fluid as water, innocent 
as a child, responds to every move- 
ment of grace like a floating 
balloon." The quotation, from Jean- 
Pierre de Caussade in The Sacrament 
of the Present Moment, was used sev- 
eral times during the conference. 


I he core of the Renovare 
i. approach to spiritual develop- 
ment is in the six traditions, or 
streams, of Christian faith and 
witness, which Foster describes in 
detail in his recent book. Streams of 
Living Water: Celebrating the Great 
Traditions of Christian Faith 
(HarperSanFrancisco). By learning 
about and training in each of the tra- 
ditions. Christians will have a 
balanced approach toward spiritual 
development. And, though he didn't 
emphasize it, they will learn to 
respect traditions which their church 
does not emphasize. 

For example, he urged those who 
emphasize the "social justice" tradi- 
tion to seek balance by learning more 
about the "charismatic" tradition. 
"There is no such thing as a non- 
charismatic Christian," Foster said. 
All Christians are given spiritual 
gifts, or powers, to do the work of 
God. "If you are in Christ it is a life 
in the spirit," he told the conference. 

In his book, Foster elaborates on 
the gains to be had from embracing 
the charismatic tradition — the 
"Spirit-empowered life." They 
include providing a corrective to "our 
impulse to domesticate God," as well 
as "a rebuke to our anemic practice" 
of business-as-usual religion. 

Among the potential perils of the 
charismatic tradition, he adds, is that 
signs and wonders will be trivialized 
into "magic religion." He writes. 

Richard Foster: 

''Our faith needs 

a structure, a 

shape and an 


"We often focus on the gift rather 
than the Giver." Another peril is 
rejecting the rational and the intel- 
lectual. "We love God with both 
mind and heart." And he warns 
against the danger of falling for 
"highly speculative end-time scenar- 
ios that lack theological foundation." 
Each of six spiritual traditions was 
explained briefly at the conference. 

and explained more fully in Renovare 
literature. They are: 

^ Contemplative. The "prayer- 
filled life" focuses on intimacy 
with God and depth of spiritual- 
ity. This spiritual dimension 
addresses the longing for a 
deeper, more vital Christian 

W Holiness. The "virtuous life" 
focuses upon personal moral 
transformation and the power to 
develop "holy habits." This spiri- 
tual dimension addresses the 
erosion of moral fiber in per- 
sonal and social life. 

W Charismatic. The "spirit- 
empowered life" focuses on the 
charisms of the Spirit and wor- 
ship. This spiritual dimension 
addresses the yearning for the 
immediacy of God's presence 
among his people. 

^ Social justice. The "compas- 
sionate life" focuses on justice 
and shalom in all human rela- 
tionships and social structures. 
This spiritual dimension 
addresses the gospel imperative 
for equity and compassion 
among all peoples. 

^ Evangelical. The "word-cen- 
tered life" focuses on the 
proclamation of the good news 
of the gospel. This spiritual 
dimension addresses the need 
for people to see the good news 
lived and hear the good news 

^ Incarnational. The "sacramen- 
tal life" focuses on making 
present and visible the realm of 
the invisible spirit. This spiritual 
dimension addresses the crying 
need to experience God as truly 
manifest and active in daily life. 

22 Messenger May 2000 

After Foster introduced and 
described all these traditions, he 
asked participants to each think of 
one they would like to learn more 
about and develop more in their spir- 
itual experience. They were asked to 
stand as he named the tradition they 
wanted to strengthen in themselves. 
As more of the group got to its feet 
with the naming of each aspect, it 
became a visible demonstration that 
the desire for a more balanced spiri- 
tuality was growing among them. 


I he practical strategy for 
IL implementing spiritual devel- 
opment under the Renovare model is 
through Spiritual Formation Groups 
that gather for mutual nurture and 
encouragement. Though many who 
attended were already familiar with 
small groups, several said the groups 
that formerly met in their churches 
had lapsed and now needed to be re- 

Foster made his case for small 
groups by quoting |ohn Wesley, who 
wrote in 1763: "I was more convinced 
than ever that the preaching like an 
apostle, without the joining together 
those that are awakened and training 
them up in the ways of God, is only 
begetting children for the murderer. 
How much preaching has there been 
for these twenty years all over Pem- 
brokeshire! But no regular societies, 
no discipline, no order, or connec- 
tion. And the consequence is that nine 
in ten of those once awakened are 
now faster asleep than ever." 

Renovare recommends a simple 
meeting structure detailed in its Spir- 
itual Formation Workbook. It centers 
on sharing how God has been at 
work in each person's life during the 
week past, sharing needs and praying 
together, and encouraging each 
other for the week ahead. 

Though the recommended struc- 
ture is common and uncomplicated. 
Foster insists that some structure 
and rules of confidentiality are 
important to succeed. "A steady diet 
of superficial conversation can liter- 
ally strangle the soul," says Renovare 
literature. "We long to know and be 
known at deep personal levels, 
though we fear that involvement. 
Simply sitting with a small group of 
people does not guarantee building 
personal relationships at a level 
which allows us to affirm each other. 
Groups need a structure that will 
facilitate personal sharing." 

Farticipants left the conference 
Saturday evening enthusiastic, 
and eager to begin the work of 
developing their spiritual lives. They 
had learned that growth needs effort, 
to get bodies and minds ready to 
accept God's grace. It needs bal- 
ance; too much emphasis on one 
area of the spiritual life and too little 
on another leads to imbalance. And 
it needs structure, because people 
without strategy tend to flounder. 
Clearly, after the Renovare 
weekend in Elizabethtown, rTi~j 

renewal had begun. r^l 

Spiritual Formation Group: 

Volunteers from the 
audience modeled the small 
groups that undergird 
spiritual growth. 


for spiritual 


Listed below are some of the 
books Renovare recommends. 
They may be ordered from 
Brethren Press at the prices 
listed by calling 800-441 -3712, 
or by fax 800-667-81 88. Include 
order number. 

Streams of Living Water: Cele- 
brating the Great Traditions of 
Christian Faith, by Richard 
Foster. HarperSanFrancisco, 
1998. Order #0242, $21. 

A Spiritual Formation Work- 
book: Small-Group Resources for 
Nurturing Christian Growth, by 
James Bryan Smith with Lynda 
Graybeal. HarperSanFrancisco, 
revised 1999. Order #0253, 

Celebration of Discipline: The 
Path to Spiritual Growth, by 
Richard Foster. HarperSanFran- 
cisco, revised 1998. Order 
#7316, $22. 

The Spirit of the Disciplines: 
Understanding How God 
Changes Lives, by Dallas Willard. 
HarperSanFrancisco, 1988. 
Order #0258, $15. 

The address of Renovare is 8 
Inverness Drive East, Suite 102, 
Enalewood, CO 801 12-5624. 

May 2000 Messenger 23 




BY Walt Wiltschek 

Paul Derstine was working in Haiti in 1991, serving 
as program director for a medical operation in the 
impoverished Caribbean nation. Recently elected President 
lean-Bertrand Aristide was being forced out in a military 
coup, and chaos was spreading across the country. 

Derstine found himself out in a remote section of the 
western part of the nation when the government finally 
fell. Roads everywhere were cut and transportation dis- 
rupted. It left Derstine alone as the only American in a 
small village for 10 days. 

As he walked around during those uncertain days, he 
would pass a small clinic at the edge of the town. Though 
he wasn't a doctor himself, he could tell that needs 
weren't being met. 

"People would go in, and there was nothing in this clinic 
to help them," Derstine said. "For the first time, I asked 
myself, 'What if I get sick or break a leg?' It really struck 
me what life was like for so many people in the world." 

He was eventually able to reach the capital of Port-au-Prince 
and be evacuated, once again reaching the safety and comfort 
of the United States. The memories of that experience didn't 
fade, though, staying fresh as a pressing issue in his mind. 

As so often happens, God soon provided a route for his 
passion. Just as Derstine found himself at a crossroads, a 
nonprofit agency called Interchurch Medical Assistance, Inc. 
had a need for a director. Each party liked what the other had 

24 Messenger May 2000 

to offer, and so in lanuary 1992 Derstine traveled to IMA's 
offices at the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md. 

"I really felt that God had led me here," Derstine said. 

And he has led IMA, which celebrates its 40th anniver- 
sary this year, through a decade of change and expansion. 
Derstine said the current work of IMA — now with 12 
member organizations, including the Church of the 
Brethren General Board — falls into five major categories: 

• Placing donations at sites around the world as medicines 
become available from corporations or other sources. 

• Purchasing other necessary drugs with cash dona- 
tions received to "fill the gaps." 

• Providing a "medicine box" program that will supply a 
medical office to serve 1,000 people for three months, 
plus a variety of special box supply programs. Pharma- 
ceutical services director Don Padgett and other staff 
members work to coordinate and fulfill these lists. 

• Responding to emergencies in appropriate ways, usu- 
ally as the second, long-term phase of recovery after the; 
immediate disaster relief. IMA works in "places forgot- 
ten a long time ago by CNN," as Derstine puts it. 

• Organizing disease control initiatives in developing 
countries. These efforts currently focus on choceri- 
asis, or river blindness, and on lymphatic filariasis, or 

members of an IMA river 
idness healthcare team 

e medicine to a 
Kiinian girl. The 
diciiie stops progression 
the disease that causes 
'ling, disfigurement, and 
•ntual blindness. 

Measuring up. A teacher 
measures a student's height 
to determine the correct 
medicine dosage for a 
Tanzanian boy with river 


Elephantiasis victims in Recife, Brazil, nieet regularly for 
education and support, often helping one another in 
washing the affected leg and foot. Paul Derstine, 
standing second from right, obsenes the activities of 
the "Hope Club, " accompanied by Dr. Gerusa Dreyer 
(third from right), coordinator of the International 
Training Center for Elephantiasis Treatment Services 
and a pioneer and internationally renowned expert in 
this work. IMA's elephantiasis program in Haiti models 
the hygiene and treatment practices of Dr. Dreyer. 

According to IMA, more than $ 1 5 million worth of medi- 
cines and other supplies are shipped annually. More than 
2,000 medical boxes were sent out in the 1990s. 

Those numbers and the organization's growth were 
likely beyond the dreams of the group that came 
together to form IMA in response to needs in 1960. 

The organization grew out of the vision of a woman named 
Bert Marker, who wanted to support women's clinical work 
in India through Methodist medical mission work. She went 
to the various pharmaceutical companies and asked for help 
with her project, and some of them responded. Soon drums 
of vitamins were being dropped off in her backyard. 

Others soon joined her quest, and six denominations 
(not including the Church of the Brethren at the time) 
banded together to formalize the effort and create IMA. 
They located the offices in the New York City neighbor- 
hood bustling with the ecumenical activity of the National 

Council of Churches, and handled warehousing needs out 
of the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor. 

The Church of the Brethren General Board did join as a 
partner soon afterwards, and in April 1981 the IMA 
offices relocated to New Windsor, too. Today eight staff 
members work at the Brethren Service Center, on the 
second floor of the venerable Blue Ridge building, and 
two others work elsewhere: medical adviser Dr. Glen 
Brubaker in Lancaster, Pa., and IMA resident representa- 
tive Charles Franzen in Tanzania. 

Derstine is himself a member and moderator of the West- 
minster (Md.) Church of the Brethren, and he said he 
values having the denomination as a partner in IMA's work. 

A special program called the Church of the Brethren clinic 
box, which began in 1998, gathers specific supplies plus a 
cash donation to aid the work of rural clinics. The boxes 
have particularly been used in the Dominican Republic, 
Nicaragua, and Honduras so far. Mission workers Jerry and 

May 2000 Messenger 25 

Becky Crouse hosted Padgett for a tour of several denomi- 
nations' medical projects in the Dominican last year. 

And, of course, the Brethren Service Center itself has 
provided a continuing context for IMA's work. Derstine 
said the value of that partnership can't be put into dollars, 
and the cooperation and sharing available there really 
make IMA's operations possible. 

The donations flowed in easily, people in the field knew 
how to use the supplies, and IMA could simply connect the 
two without needing to worry about fundraising or solicit- 
ing supplies. In the 1990s, however, the situation changed. 
Pharmaceutical companies became more exact in their pro- 
duction schedules, and surplus went down. The needs for 
medications and other services overseas became more spe- 



— Paul Derstine, president of In t erchu rch Medical Assistance 

The agency fits well with the service 
center's focus on other relief efforts, 
such as disaster response and refugee 
resetdement. IMA's only formal interna- 
tional programs operate in Haiti and 
Tanzania, but, through outreach and other partnerships, IMA 
services reach about 45 to 50 countries each year. 

"Their presence on our campus is further demonstration 
to our guests of the international concern and ministry 
focus of the Center and its resident agencies," says Stan 
Noffsinger, director of the Brethren Service Center and 
the Church of the Brethren General Board's representative 
to the IMA board. 

The work of IMA, while remaining true to the original 
mission, has changed considerably in the 40 years since 
its founding. Back then, and through the next three 
decades, IMA functioned mainly as a clearinghouse and 
information coordinator. It would gather surplus prod- 
ucts and overruns as companies called and offered them, 
and it would gather information on the needs of people 
overseas who could use the drugs in mission work. 

cific. IMA's task moved well beyond simple logistics. 

Derstine said he finds himself needing to work much 
harder at fundraising and promotion now as many agen- 
cies and programs compete for dollars, and corporate 
donations don't simply flow in automatically. The scope 
of the organization's activities has widened considerably, 
requiring IMA staff to be proactive and define specific 
needs for congregations, individuals, and pharmaceutical 
corporations to support. 

Through all the growth and changes in the eight and a 
half years since his arrival in New Windsor, Derstine con- 
tinues to feel the calling he felt in rural Haiti. The task 
has grown more difficult in many ways, but it has grown 
ever more exciting, too, as new programs have begun and 
others are being explored. 

"The needs are greater than ever, and we really 
have to work much harder at bringing resources to the 
need," Derstine said. "We feel the challenge, and 
we feel good about it." 


Walt Wiltscliek is manager of news sen'icesfor the General Board. 


1. Assemble one or more complete kits containing all required products, in quantities shown below. I 

2. Over-the-counter products must be new products, with unbroken seals. . 

3. No substitution of products is acceptable. 1 _„.. 

4. With each kit of medical supplies, please provide an additional gift of $1 50. This money will be used by Interchurch 
Medical Assistance to purchase, at special wholesale pricing, specially selected over-the-counter medications and 
supplies apphcable to the clinics, and to cover packing, shipping, and program administration costs. 

5. Pack products carefully in a carton for shipment by UPS or USPS. Ship the clinic box items only to Brethren Service Center 
Annex, 601 Main Street, New Windsor, MD 21 776-0188. Clearly mark the box(es) Brethren Clinic Box Program. 

6. Send a check for $150 per clinic box to Interchurch Medical Assistance, Inc., Attn: Brethren Clinic Box Program, 
P.O. Box 429, New Windsor, MD 21 776. Include in this maihng a note indicating froin whom, when, and by what ;s 
means, the box(es) of medical supplies were shipped to the BSC Annex. When IMA has received both the chec^J 
notification that the box has arrived at the Annex, a receipt acknowledgment will be issued to the congregatio^^H 

Items to be collected for the box: 

. • 6 bars of antibacterial soap (Dial) 
• 6 rolls adhesive tape (1/2") 

26 Messenger May 2000 

50 gauze pads (4x4) 
1 bag of 500 cotton balls 

' 300 assorted size Band-Aids 
- 1 boxof 500Q-tips 

What does it take 

to be a Caregiver? 


4 -^-'^t^. 

Being Prepared to Care 
for a Congregation 

ABC offers a wide range 
of training and recognition 
resources to congregations 
wishing to establish or 
support a deacon ministry 
program. Deacon 
resources include: 

Deacon Manual for Caring 
Ministries (in handbook 
and large print versions) 

Annual Conference 
Statement on Deacon 
Ministries (in English and 

Training Video on Deacon 
Ministries (in English and 

Deacon and Deacon 
Emeritus Certificates 

Deacon Identification and 
Visitation Cards 

Study Materials About 
Deacon Ministry from 
Biblical and Historical 

Being Sensitive to and 
Insightftd with Others 

Chalmer Faw, a well- 
known and loved 
Brethren, shares from 
his heart and spirit in 
this newly revised edition 
of Now that I Am Getting 
Old: Devotions and 
Reflections on Old Age 
and the Nursing Home. 
Drawing from his years of 
service to the 
denomination as a 
missionary and seminary 
professor, Chalmer makes 
relevant and practical the 
biblical faith in a 
retirement community 
setting. His words and 
prayers bring hope and 
inspiration to those who 
feel that they have 
nothing more to give. 


Being Ready to Talk 
About Difficult Issues 

Three study guides are 
part of a series of 
materials ABC is creating 
on end-of-life decisions. 
Written by Graydon F. 
Snyder, these study 
guides use biblical texts, 
case studies and 
questions to help study 
groups and families 
explore their ideas and 
beliefs about end-of-life 
issues from a Brethren 

Choosing Death with 
Dignity: A Study Guide 
on Death, Bereavement 
and Burial 

Choosing Death: A Study 
Guide on Euthanasia 

Annual Conference 
Statement on End-of-Life 
Decision-Making Organ 
and Tissue Donation 



Being Healthy Enough 
to Care for Others 

Audio and video tapes of 
keynote presentations 
from ABC's biennial 
conference for caregivers 
can serve to inspire and 
renew caregivers. 

Barbara Lundblad — 
Bible Study Set 

Robert Raines — 
"Gaining A Wise Heart" 

Staccato Powell — 
"Resident Aliens" 

John Shea — "The Spirit 
Blows Where it Will?" 

Phillip Stone — 
"Transformed to What? 
The Vision and Pursuit 
of Transformation" 

Virginia Thomburgh — 
"That All May Worship, 
A Ramp is Not Enough" 

Melva Wilson Costen — 
"The Healing Freshness 
of God's Grace: African 
American Spirituals and 
God's Divine Medicine" 

Philip Yancey — "What's 
So Amazing About Grace" 

Association of 
Brethren Caregivers 

The Association of Brethren Caregivers provides 

denominational resources to caregivers. 

To order these resources, call ABC at (800) 323-8039. 


"if we suddenly find 
ourselves face to face with 
dying, we come up against 
ultimate questions — After I 
received the diagnosis of 
advanced lung cancer, I 
needed to deal with those 
questions more intensely 
than I ever had before/' 

Orie year ago in July, I was baptized 
into the Brethren faith — hopeful 
and prayerfully set on ''living my 
faith all wee\ long!" 

Hope Beyond Healing: A Cancer Journal 

by Dale Aukerman available now from 
Brethren Press for $r4.g5 plus shipping 
and handling charges. 


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For news about Nigerians 

Every time I hear about or read of the 
turmoil in Africa, I wonder how the 
Brethren are faring. Work in Sudan is 
mentioned quite often, but I'm refer- 
ring to the indigenous Brethren in 
Nigeria. As it has a large membership 
in our denomination, I care for their 
safety whenever there is a presidential 
coup or, as in the case in one area, 
where they are trying to make Muslim 
law the law of the land. Can you clue 
us in once in a while to how our 
Brethren in Africa are faring? 

Mary Mummert 
Orland Park. III. 

Editor's note: Please see a news article 
on page 8. of this issue, for information 
on recent violence in Nigeria. 

Also, we suggest that readers subscribe to 
Newsline, tize free online Church of the 
Brethren news report, which carries regular 
updates on Nigeria. To subscribe write to 

And here are two websites with current 
general news from Nigeria: 

• http://odili. net/nigeria.html 

A Nigerian living in the US maintains i 
this site, which includes news and cul- 
tural information about Nigeria. 

• http://www. washingtonpost. com/wp- 
srv/ inatl/ longterm/ worldref/ 

This is the Washington Post's page list-' 
ing news about Nigeria. 

Faithful living all week lone 

I read Wendy McFadden's column 
"From the Publisher" in my March 
2000 Messenger and wanted you tc| 
know I shouted, "That's me!" when 
got to the fifth paragraph. 

She writes: "Back when I first 
became acquainted with the 
Brethren, what impressed me most 
was the sense I had that these peopb: 
live out on Monday what they say 
they believe on Sunday." 

That is almost word for word the 
feeling I expressed after attending 
the Palmyra (Pa.) Church of the 
Brethren for awhile — becoming 
acquainted with the people and dis- 

Ecumenical Luncheon 

Annual Conference, Kansas City 

Tuesday, July 18 — 12 Noon 

The NCCC Today: Following Jesus Christy Together 

Rev. Robert W. Edgar, General Secretary 
National Council of Churches of Christ 

Presentation of the 2000 Ecumenical Award 

Tickets available through the Annual Conference Office 
1-800-323-8039 or at 

Come meet and dialog with Bob Edgar during Tuesday night's Insight Session! 
"The NCCC: Past, Present, and Future" 

Sponsored by the Committee on Interchnrch Relations 

28 Messenger May 2000 

covering that they truly lived their 
religion all week long, i found that to 
Oe a wonderful thing — a rarity based 
Dn my past affiliation with other 
"brands" of Christians. 

The Brethren are so service- 
minded, eager, and ready to give 
*ielp when and where it's needed. 
She crystallized my experience per- 
fectly. One year ago in |uly, I was 
aaptized into the Brethren faith — 
nopeful and prayerfully set on "living 
my faith all week long!" 

As the mother of six- and four- 
year-old sons, 1 also loved the 
reference to the tooth fairy. She's 
only had to make an appearance 
three times in our house so far, and 
ias been timely each time — we'll see 
if the track record continues! I enjoy 
reading Messenger and appreciate 
:he good work that goes into it. 

Judi-Lynn Hummel 
Hershev. Pa. 

Keep authenticity at core 

Wendy McFadden's call to retain 
authenticity as a core Brethren 
value [See "From the Publisher," 
March], underlined by her commit- 
ment to such discipleship, was a 
final stimulus to this letter. 

I turn first in each month's 
issue to "From the Publisher" 
and find it the best addition 
to the "new" Messenger. It 
offers me a personal, articulate 
message of inspiration and hope 
in a changing Church of the 
Brethren, which I experience as 
retreating from ecumenical 
leadership for peace. 

Hopefully, this year's Annual 
Conference theme, "Love as I have 
loved you," will be a good compass 
point for our denomination. 

Keith K. Hoover 
Lombard. III. 


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Bible and the death penalty 

It has been my understanding since I 
was a child, as my godly mother 
taught her children, that the Church 
of the Brethren believed the Bible 
was the true word of God and was to 
be believed as it was written. 

When theology and theologians blot 
out what the Bible says about human 
sinful behavior, then the Bible loses its 
value and relevance. 

fesus Christ made his position on 
the death penalty clear in Matthew 
25:51-54, and there are nine other 
scriptures that support the death 
penalty. Here is one 89-year-old 
preacher and retired pastor who has 
stayed with what the Bible says and 
will continue with the Bible, for there 
is nothing any better to believe. 

I sincerely believe the Bible does 
support the death penalty. 

Fenton Platter 
Roanoke, Va. 

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New members 

Barren Ridge, blaunlon. Va.: lordan 
CulTniaii. Daniel Graham. Summer 
Krool^!.. Kylene Phillips 

Bridgewater, Va.: Ray and Miriam Mar- 
lindale. Paul and Janet Foster, Allen 
I'ugh. Carl and Madaline Zigler. |ini 
and Teresa Crawford. Ches Craw- 
ford, Chris and Monica Garber 

Chiqucs, Manhcim. Pa.: Llovd Eber- 
sole. .-Ndrian Shelly, Stephanie 
Shelly, Steve Stouffler 

Cincinnati, Ohio: Christine Barrett. 
Suzanne Black. Merle Black. Roger 
Cruser. Mary Cruser. Bobbie Oh. 
Dale Swallen, Lydia Swallen 

Duponl. Ohio: Armondo Barraza, Ruth 
Martin. Norma Spears. Amalee 
Webb. Dawn Workman. Bryant 
Adkins. Lindsay Adkins. Richie 
Adams. Ashley Adains. Chad Adams 

Freeburg. Paris. Ohio; Ruth Cessna, 
lohn English. Sara Isgro. Angela 
Rroache. Ethan Byrne 

Friendship. Linthicum, Md.: lane- 
Adair Seleski 

Good Shepherd, Silver Spring, Md.: 
Sharon Spurrier 

Guernsev, Monlicello. Ind.: Dana and 
Deb Hood 

Hanover, Pa,: Eric Longwell, Kristine 

McPherson, Kan.: Claron Brown. 
Alvera Brown. Peter DeWitt, Ted 
Hammarlund. Darren Heitschmidt. 
lulie Heitschmidt. Dennis Houghton, 
Betty Houghton. Dallas Blacklock, 
Adelina Cripe, Paul Liepelt, Bryan 
Lucore, Laina McKellip, Marie Rhoades 

Maple Spring, Hollsopple, Pa.: Brianne 
Fockler. Mitchell Ott 

Marsh Creek, Gettysburg. Pa,: Delmar 
and Adena Crum 

Memorial, Martinsburg, Pa.: Paula 

Mill Creek, Tryon. N.C.: Kaila Tarbut- 
ton, Pat Tarbutton. Ray McArthur, 
Charlie Byrd, Melissa Callahan. 
Courtney lohnston. Nancy Mace, 
Keelia McCormack, Chris McEntire, 
lacob Pate, loseph Pate, Boyce Skip- 
per, Donna Skipper, Joseph 
Greenway. Rebecca Greenway, Lee 
Hines. Mike Lovelace. Patti 
Lovelace. Lindsey Newsom 

Mountain View, Boise. Idaho: Brandon 
Durst, Eddie Landes, Anitta Landes, 
launetta Robinson, Hoagy Robinson, 
lack Quinn, Mary Ouinn. Charles 

New Paris. Ind.: Loyal and Dorothy 
Rogers, loan Hein 

Palmyra, Pa.: Kristina Conkle. Russ 
and Kris Nagy. Lucille Reber 

Philadelphia. Pa.: Patricia Derr 

Pleasant View, Fayetteville. W.Va.: Ruth 
Riner. \ ictoria Vandall, Linda Vandall 

Pleasant View. Lima. Ohio: Kim 
Kooglcr. Kayla Koogler, Jessica 
Bame. lessica Gullette. Nicholas 
Gullette. Steven Gullette. Rick Gul- 
lette. Mil Gullette. lohn Freed, josh 
Bassett, Eric Vore, Kristy Vore. 
lames Marsteller 

■Prince of Peace, Littleton. Colo.: Bob 

Sugar Valley, Loganlon. Pa.: Melanie 
Duck, Adam Breon 

Troulville, Va.: David Vassar, Leigh 

Union Center, Nappanee, Ind,: Sara 

Kauffman, |esse Steffen 
University Park, Hyattsville, Md.: Miriam 

A. Morataya, Santiago A, Morataya 
West Green Tree, Elizabethtown. Pa.: 

Myron Weber. Helen Weber. Helen 

Wcslminsler, Md.: Lisa GrolT 
York Center, Lombard. III.: Jill de 

Coursey. Paul Asta. Gary Keenan, 

Amy Knickrehm, Barry Weber, 

Marty Boninc, Rachel llahi, )im and 

Kim ^'aussy Albright 


Click, \'ictor and Duane, Harrison- 
burg, Va,, 50 

Detwiler, Willis and Rosa, Beford, Pa., 65 

Fike, Norman and Nora, Denver, Colo.. 60 

Flickinger, Glenn and Evelyn. 
Wakarusa. Ind,, 55 

Frantz, Byron and Eula, Windsor, 
Colo., 50 

Carl, Harley and Betty, Nappanee, 
Ind,, 50 ' 

Gilbert, lohn and Martha, Staunton. 
Va.. 65 

Hatcher. Gerland and Margaret. 
Troutville. Va.. 50 

Hoffer, Victor and Mabel. Palmyra. Pa.. 71 

Hosier, Galen and Alta. Manheim. Pa., 55 

Kissling, Charles and Marian. Lima. 
Ohio. 50 

Krehmeyer, August and Earlene. 
Haxtun. Colo.. 60 

Kurtz, Kenneth and Eileen. New Paris. 
Ind.. 60 

Moneyheffer, Harvey and Annamae. 
Nappanee. Ind., 55 

Price, Dean and Elizabeth, Nappanee, 
Ind.. 65 

Shaffer, Floyd and Doris, Hooversville, 
Pa., 50 

Shaw, Robert and Pearl. Uniontown. 
Pa.. 65 

Sheffer, Wilson and Treva. Bridge- 
water. Va.. 70 

Shiffler, Carroll and Anna. Elizabeth- 
town. Pa.. 55 

Weaver, Harold and Grace. Annville. 
Pa.. 55 

Whitmer, lohn and Donna. North 
Liberty, Ind,, 55 

Woodie, Bobbie and Phvllis. Troutville, 
Va., 50 


Alt, Albert K.. 85. Petersburg. W.Va.. Ian. 6 
Armey. Chester. 89. Arrowwood. 

Alberta. Canada. Nov. 1 5 
Armey, Thurza. 85. Arrowwood. 

Alberta. Canada, lune 20 
Ballard, Orxille. 89. Mt. Morris. III. Ian. 6 
Barton. Nelson L.. 45. Woodstock. Va,, 

Ian. 28 
Baughman, Wilma, 94, Glenford, 

Ohio, Dec. 50 
Beedle, Pauline R.. 65. Bayse. Va., Ian, 27 
Bellows, Alpha, S3, Dixon, 111.. |an. 25 
Berkey, Harold D.. 84. Goshen. Ind.. 

Ian. 18 
Biegel. William R. 77. Havelock. N.C.. 

Ian. 9 
Boyd. Grace. 74. Campbelltown. Pa., 



Brandt. Fred. 80. Palmyra. Pa.. Sept. 6 
Brighlbill, Mary. 82. New Freedom, 

Pa,, Aug. IS ' 
Brown, Scott R,, 86, Singers Glen, Va,, 

Ian. 6 

Boyers, Mabel W.. 88. Hanover. Pa., 

Ian, 2 
Campbell. Massie D.. 91. Frederick. 

Md., Ian. 10 
Cook, Eloise. 70. Springfield. Ohio. 

Dec. 6 
Cool, Raymond. 89, Mt, Morris, 111.. 

Dec. 20 
Cooper, Dean R.. 81, Harman. W.Va.. 

Nov. 29 
Corbetl, Olive. 87. Mt. Morris, 111,, Ian. 24 
Cotter, Carl. 88. Oct. 28 
Dick, Florence. 97. Clymer. Pa.. |an. 6 
Diehl, Harry W, 89. Luray. Va.. Dec. 22 
Dodson, Nola. S6. Fayetteville. W.Va.. 

|an. 4 
Dove, Hattie E.. 94. Mathias. W.Va.. 

Ian. 24 
Dutrow, Sara. 92. Union Bridge. Md.. 

Dec. 8 
Ensign, C. David. 82. La Verne. Calif.. 

Ian. 25 
Eshleman, Mae, 97, Lebanon, Pa,, 

Sept, 18 
Esterline, E. Loretta, 84. Brookville. 

Ohio. Ian. 27 
Fike, Thelma. 93, Peace Valley, Mo., 

Ian. 17 
Fitzwater, Virgie S,, 94, Moorefield, 

W.Va.. Ian. 6 
Flory, Basil, 88, Sandusky, Ohio, Dec. 22 
Foster, Bruce D., 59. Bridgewater. Va.. 

Ian. I 5 
Frantz, Barbara Gray. 68. Naperville. 

111.. Dec. 13 
Gearhart, Gerald. 81. Akron. Ind.. |uly 3 
Gillin, M. Gertrude. 85. Salem. Ohio. 

Nov. 20 
Gobi, Charles W.. 79. Parker Ford. Pa. 
Gotlshall, Ruth. 75. Palmyra, Pa., Oct. 10 
Griffin, Fern, 84, Grand Rapids. 

Mich.. Ian. 30 
Halterman, Lois M.. 88. Bridgewater. 

Va.. Dec. 26 
Halterman, Melvin W.. 79. Mathias, 

W.Va.. Ian. I 5 
Harman, Evelyn |.. 91. Petersburg.. 

W.Va.. Dec' 26 
Heisey. |enny Sue. 53. Fenton. Mich.. 

Oct. 25 
Holcombe, Stanley. 72. Union Bridge. 

Md.. Ian. 27 
Holman, Rhonda Wise. 39. Grand 

lunction. Colo.. Feb. 2 
Hoover, Dwight P.. 79. Goshen. Ind.. 

Ian. 17 
Hubert. Robert. 49. Continental. Ohio. 

Ian. 27 
Humphreys, Virginia G.. 84. Front 

Royal. Va.. Ian. 16 
Hury, Prudence S.. 89. Claremont. 

Calif.. Ian. 12 
Kuntz, Naomi. 94. Palmyra. Pa.. Nov. 1 1 
Laniz, W. Earl. 94. Syracuse. Ind.. Feb. 8 
Longeneeker, Beatrice. 93. Palmyra. 

Pa.. Aug. 22 
Marion, Mary E.. 77. Farmersville. 

Ohio. Ian. 10 
MeDaniel, Arthur. SO. Carleton. Neb.. 

Feb. 28 
MeDaniel, Trella. 95. [erome. Pa.. |an. 13 
Miller, Franklin |r.. 60. Luray. Va.. Dec. 28 
Miller, F Marie. 93. Martinsburg. Pa.. 

Sept. 26 
Miller, Nina Y.. 92. Bridgewater, Va,, 

Ian, 8 
Mundy, Leona F, 86, Rockville, Md,, 

Dec. 23 
Neff, Eva V. R., 93. Harrisonburg. Va.. 

Ian. 1 
Pence, lacob C. |r.. 78. Pineville. Va.. 

Dec. 21 

Polterfield, Alma. 100. Stoughton. 

Wis.. Ian. 17 
Radford, Annabel L.. Fayetteville, 

W.Va.. Ian. 15 
Raish, Richard 1., 72, Dayton, Va., Dec. 21 
Ritlle, Minnetta. 87. Palmyra. Pa., Nov. 30 
Rodeffer, Laura. 90. Palmyra. Pa.. Ian. 8 
Rolhroek, lean. 85. La Verne, Calif,, 

Sept 5 
Royer, Gladys, 97, North Manchester, 

ind,, Aug, 27 
Runion, Anna M.. 79. New Market. 

Va.. Dec. 29 
Saylor, Mellicent B., 89. La Verne, 

Calif.. Sept. 19 
Scolt, Charles F.. 87. Brandywine, 

W.Va.. Ian. 12 
Settle, Madeline L.. 85. Fayetteville. 

W.Va.. Ian. 21 
Shewman, Ralph E., 82. Akron. Ind.. 

Ian. 1 1 
Shock, Helen E., 82, Defiance, Ohio. 

Ian. 7 
Smith, Darlene W.. 56. Wardensville, 

W.Va.. Ian. 17 
Smith, Edna L.. 86. Bergton. Va.. |an. 29 
Smith, Helen. 87, Bridgewater, Va,, |an, 10 
Stoffer, Wilma, 87, Louisville, 

Ohio, Nov. 20 
Symensma, Charles, 81, New Paris, 

Ind.. Nov. 29 
Walborn, Raymond. 87. Palmyra. Pa.. 

Dec. 31 
Walker, Estelle. St, Clair Shores. Mich. 
Walter, Virgie L.. 97. Gettysburg. Pa.. 

Feb. 5 
Wiggins, Murphy. 97. Springfield. 

Ohio. Ian. 20 
Wine, Guy C. Ir.. 78, New Market. Va.. 

Jan. 25 
Wolff, lonella. 84. La Verne. Calif.. 

Dec. 27 


Gibson, Robert. Aug. 1. 1997, Bethel, 
Carleton, Neb. 

Mickle, Chad Wayne. Dec. 5. New 
Enterprise. Pa. 

Reffner, Earla. Nov. 28, New Enter- 
prise, Pa, 

Snair, Freeman Allen Ir.. Dec. 26, 
Rockhill Furnace. Pa. 

Turner, Ruby, Ian. 9. Cedar Run. 
Broadway, Va. 


Crumrine, Duane E.. Dec. 5. Martins- 
burg. Pa. 

Groth, Harold. Independence, Kan.. |an. 9 

Hubble, lames W.. Bethel. Carleton. 
Neb.. Feb. 15. 1998 

Mendez, Milciades. Puerta del Cielo. 
Reading. Pa. 

Ramirez, Tomas. .Alpha and Omega. 
Lancaster. Pa.. Ian. 9 

Smith, Thomas. Parsons. Kan.. April 
30. 1999 

Pastoral placement 

Ditmars. Larry, from interim to perma- 
nent. Topeka. Kan.. Ian. I 7 

Candy, Craig, to Cedar Grove. New Paris, 
Ohio, youth pastor, part time. Feb. 1 

Hood, Dana, to Guernsey. Monticello. 
Ind.. part time. Nov. 1 

lacobson, Michael, to Big Sky Bap- 
tist/Brethren. Froid. Mont.. Feb. 1 

Roudebush, Norbert "Pete." to Trinity. 
Blounnille. Tenn.. part time. March 1 

May 2000 Messenger 31 

springtime in the neighborhood 

It was one of the first warm days of genuine spring 
and I had just shown an apartment to an attractive 
and employed young single mother who said how nice it 
was. Outside, children were walking home from school 
and a little girl told her friend proudly, "That's my land- 
lord." A little boy said, "Hey, landlord," and I asked him 
to tell me his name again. "Tierre." I promised him I 
wouldn't forget it this time. Sometimes it just feels good 
to be involved with low-income housing in my own neigh- 
borhood, helping people, saving houses, serving the Lord. 
Sometimes it doesn't. Later, a neighbor called, saying 
he thought my new tenant in another building was running 
a daycare operation out of her apartment. I went over and 
there were at least 10 children, not only in her yard, but in 
the yard next door, and in the alley. Adults were there but 
my tenant wasn't. I talked to her that evening and told her 
this can't happen again. "It can't?" she said, genuinely 
surprised. It wasn't a daycare, she said, just her and some 
friends taking care of the children of working moms 
whose preschool was closed that afternoon. She wasn't 
sure what was wrong with it and I wasn't either. It was just 
too many children, and the neighbors complain. 

Next day another neighbor called to say he had lost 
sleep because kids were in the yard of one of my houses, 
acting crazy and playing loud music until all hours of the 
night. On the street I saw the high school senior who lives 
there, a good kid I've known for years, and asked him about 
the party last night. The disturbance couldn't have been 
coming from his house, he told me, because his mom had 
been home. Two days later I got a similar call from the same 
neighbor about the same house, so I'll turn up the heat. 

The winter had been a difficult time for screen doors 
at my duplex up the street, where women in both the 
upstairs unit and the downstairs unit had gotten orders 
of protection against abusive boyfriends. The women 
both at different times asked me to have their locks 
changed, then when the guys couldn't get in they took 
out their anger on my doors. By spring the problems had 
changed. My upstairs tenant, now pregnant, wants to 
move out because her kids can't get along with the kids 
of the downstairs woman, whose boyfriend has moved in 
with her. I allowed her to break her lease provided she 
would forfeit her security deposit. Then her mother 
reported me to city authorities for keeping her deposit. 
Sometimes the poor are no fun. 1 get discouraged 
when springtime calls to mind drunks more than daf- 
fodils. When tenants act like jerks, I have to remember 
the third verse of the hymn "Brothers and sisters of mine 

are the hungry," which says: "People are they, persons 
made in God's image." People, not animals. 

The old rule applies: I have at least 80 percent won- 
derful tenants and no more than 20 percent sometimes 
problematic tenants, and I try not to complain. Nobody 
forced me into this kind of work; the problems go with 
the territory. Besides, complaining just confirms the 
image most people have of the poor as immoral, lazy, and 
worthless, when in reality most are struggling valiantly 
against terrific odds to give their children good homes. 
Also, I keep quiet about the problems because they reflect 
on me. "Don't you screen your tenants?" people ask, as 
though it were as simple as having them fill out a form. 

But there are reasons to say not all is well in our 
neighborhoods. Now that the economy is thriving, unem- 
ployment is low, and welfare reform has put moms in 
jobs, many in this country think we have poverty licked. 
Yet the working poor still are plagued by drugs and alco- 
hol, domestic violence, racism, and crime. Meanwhile, 
even the concerned non-poor, who contribute to chari- 
ties and urge their politicians to fund social service 
agencies, move to all-white or all-rich suburbs, distanc 
ing themselves from urban problems. 

What poor neighborhoods need more than anything 
is for more non-poor to move in and start loving 
their new neighbors. Among the first rules of evangelism is 
to "be among people with needs." When the Bible tells us 
there will always be poor among us, we sometimes forget 
the rest: "I therefore command you, 'Open your hand to 
the poor and needy neighbor in your land'" (Deut. 15:1 1). 

I had told the old man who lives in my one-bedroom 
that he and his friends are welcome to sit on the porch to 
enjoy the warm weather, but there is no alcohol allowed. 
So his group gathers for beer on the porch across the 
street. I see the mentally confused beggar lady is back. 
After she was arrested for panhandling last fall we didn't 
see her for awhile, so we hoped she'd gotten help. Now 
she's sitting with the old drunks, who are kind to her. I'm 
outside my house talking to a young man who's grown up 
in one of my houses, telling me proudly about his new job 
as a guard in a new prison. Both sides of the street are 
being entertained by watching the police down the block 
arrest a couple guys and have their car towed. I get a 
peaceful feeling that I'm part of this street scene. Old men, 
beggar lady, prison guard, landlord — we are neighbors all. 

Ah, it's springtime in my neighborhood. 

— Fletcher Farraf 

32 Messenger May 2000 




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Editor: Fletcher Farrar 
News: Walt Wiltschek 
Subscriptions: Peggy Reinacher 
Publisher: Wendy McFadden 
Designer: Paul Stocksdale 
Advertising: Russ Matteson 

On the cover: We live in a time when people are seeking to 
reconnect with something and Someone greater than 
themselves. The catalyst for this spiritual reformation has 
various sources. It may be prompted by a crisis of faith or the loss of 
meaning or purpose. It can be the urge to discover, perhaps recover, a 
balance between the outer and the inner journey. 

A rapidly changing culture calls for the continued grounding of life in 
scripture and spiritual practices. Listening to God's call, being captured by 
the vision God has for the church, being formed and shaped by the biblical 
images of mission and ministry found in scripture, seeking the mind of Christ 
and careful discernment, are a few key elements that provide an anchor for us 
when responding to an ever-changing world. 

Worshipful-Work is an opportunity to 
deepen our spirituality even in church board 
and council meetings. It takes some faith to 
leave behind the rules and politics we asso- 
ciate with traditional agendas. It takes 
adventurous, trusting people to see practices 
traditionally associated with worship as steps 
to discernment that will lead both to a deeper 
faith and to a decision. These practices 
include stories of where we have been and faith 
statements about the future, as well as scrip- 
ture, music, silence, and prayer. 
Worshipful-Work can close the gap between our worship and our 
work. When our spirituality and our service come together, God is glori- 
fied and our neighbor's good is honored. When our spirituality and our 
service come together we find our anchor in a deepened faith; our wor- 
ship and our work become one. — Glenn Timmons 

Glenn Timmons. of Elgin. III., is director of Congregational Life Ministries for the 
General Board. The cover painting is tilled The Institution of the Eucharist, by Ercole 
de Roberti. c. 1490 (tempera on panel). Used by permission. 



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Turning Points 



10 What is Worshipful-Work? 

During the past year, many Church of the Brethren 
leaders have been trained in W-W principles, and 
the General Board uses it. Now Annual Conference 
is bringing spirituality to business meetings, with a 
goal of better discerning the mind of Christ. 

14 Houses of hope in the DR 

Thirty-two families left homeless by Hurricane Georges 
received new houses through a combination of their 
own sweat equity. Church of the Brethren money and 
volunteers, and government help. Sally lo Caracheo, 
who as a BVSer was project manager, describes in 
words and pictures the personalities and progress. 

18 Germantown project 

The first Brethren meetinghouse in America is not 
only a historic site but an active congregation in 
Philadelphia's Germantown. Some needed improve- 
ments are planned for the place where it all began. 

20 Being Alexander Mack 

Casey Drudge got started playing Alexander Mack 
innocently enough in his own church in Fort 
Wayne, Ind. But now he has taken his Living Her- 
itage show on the road, not only acting, but 
preaching and teaching through Mack's persona. 

23 Youth "Hunger for Justice" 

The 100 Church of the Brethren youth and advi- 
sors who attended this year's Christian Citizenship 
Seminar in Washington, D.C., and New York City 
learned some stark lessons about poverty — and 
they came home vowing to do something about it. 

June 2000 Messenger 1 

tk fill 

My four-year-old had been running around outside in her bare feet. 
Before she put her sandals back on as we prepared to go out in the 
evening, I told her we needed to wash her feet. I got the washcloth 
ready and she sat down on a stool. "This is just like at church, 
Mommy!" she exclaimed. 

It took a second for me to realize that she was remembering the feetwashing 
experience at love feast, some weeks before. While there is childcare during love 
feast, this year she had insisted on spending the entire evening with the family. 
During feetwashing, she and several other girls sat on the floor watching. Her eyes 
grew big as she observed this unusual activity for the first time. 

To present each part of the full communion service that evening, two girls 
asked their grandfather a series of questions about the Brethren love feast, in much 
the same way lewish children ask ritual questions during the Passover Seder meal. 
This framework enhanced the service for both the children and the adults. Also 
adding meaning was the fact that the Middler Sunday school class — children too 
young to partake in the bread and cup — had made the communion bread. It was a 
service to remember. 

For Brethren, love feast is one of the defining experiences of our faith com- 
munity. It is cherished by born-and-bred Brethren, who can describe their childhood 
memories of this unique ordinance. It is also embraced by "convinced" Brethren, 
who discover in it the heart and soul of the people they have come to love. 

Some years ago, before I was connected with Brethren Press, I dreamed 
about the publishing house producing a "coffee table book" that would present the 
Brethren ordinances lovingly and artistically. I had grown to appreciate these experi- 
ences, and thought they deserved this sort of attention. The closest we came to that 
wish then was a photo spread in Messenger (April 1992). But recently writer Frank 
Ramirez, one of those "convinced" Brethren, suggested a book on the love feast. The 
Brethren Press book team eagerly accepted the idea, quickly envisioning a "trea- 
sury" that would bring together photos, graphics, scripture, worship resources, 
anecdotes — even recipes. In addition to Frank's writing skills, the book (to be 
released next month) has been shaped by the editorial skills of Julie Garber and the 
graphic design of Gwen Stamm, who designed Hymnal: A Worship Book. 

Simply called The Love Feast, the book celebrates this distinctly Brethren 
ordinance in a way that will warm the hearts of church members and catch the inter- 
est of those who observe us from outside the Church of the Brethren. It is a gift to 
ourselves, and it also is a gift to the rest of the world. 

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BRF holds Brethren 
Alive 2000 July 28-30 

The Brethren Revival Fel- 
lowship has scheduled a 
conference called Brethren 
Alive 2000, to be held |uly 
28-30 on the campus of 
Elizabethtown College, 
Elizabethown, Pa. 
The weekend conference. 

with sessions continuing 
from Friday evening 
through Sunday morning, 
will include biblical instruc- 
tion and inspiration, as well 
as fellowship and recre- 
ation. All ages are welcome. 
Cost for adults staying in 
dormitories is $50. 

Workshop topics include 
"Renewal through prayer 

and spiritual life," "How 
seniors can help revitalize 
the church," and "What 
are the big roadblocks to 
revival and hot issues in the 
Church of the Brethren?" 

For information write 
to Brethren Alive 2000, 
155 Denver Road, Denver, 
PA 17517, or call Ken 
Leininger at 7 17-336- 1 287. 

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The Elizabethtown College centennial was commemorated in a quilt which, now completed, 
hangs in the lobby of Leffler Chapel and Performance Center The volunteer effort to make 
the quilt involved many members of the Church of the Brethren, including, from left. Ruth 
Bushong. Anna Ruth Enders. Eva Myers. Betty Bowers. Julia Gladfelter and Debrah 
Ciambalvo. Ruth Bushong is a member of the Mountville, Pa., congregation, and the 
others are members of the Hempfield congregation, East Petersburg. Pa. 

June 2000 Messenger 3 


Schwarzenau Heritage 
Society visits Brethren 

Twenty-four members of the 
Schwarzenau Heritage Soci- 
ety visited Brethren families, 
congregations, and historical 
sites April 15-29. 

The society worked closely 
with Brethren in establishing 
the Alexander Mack Museum 
at Schwarzenau, Germany. 
Members of the all-volunteer 
group regularly host Brethren 
visitors from the US and 
arrange overnight stays in the 
area. The US tour was 
arranged in gratitude for the 

and historical objects at the 
Muddy Creek Farm 
Library, Denver, Pa.. 

The busload of German 
visitors traveled through the 
Shenandoah Valley to reach 
Bridgewater, Va. They saw 
the objects in the Reuel 
Pritchett Museum at Bridge- 
water College and the 
Brethren Collection at the 
Alexander Mack Library. 

In Broadway, Va., the 
hosts were members of the 
Linville Creek Church of the 
Brethren. After learning 
about the lives of Civil War 
martyr John Kline and 

jSrcthrcn l^crim 

selfless work of the society for 
Brethren over the years. 

The German visitors par- 
ticipated in the worship 
service at Ephrata (Pa.) 
Church of the Brethren, 
where the group sang the 
German hymn "Nun 
Danket Alle Gott" (Now 
Thank We All Our God). 

The guests were shown 
through the Ephrata Cloister, 
the Lancaster County coun- 
tryside with emphasis upon 
the church houses of Brethren 
and Mennonites, the Peoples' 
Place Information Center, 
and the Hans Herr House, an 
early Mennonite residence 
and meeting-place. 

A highlight of these days 
was a meeting with members 
of two groups of Old Order 
Mennonites, in the church 
house at Springville, Pa. 
Leaders of the Weaverland 
Conference (the so-called 
"Black Bumper Mennon- 
ites") and the Groffdale 
Conference ("Team Men- 
nonites") took part in the 
session, which featured 
singing of hymns in German. 

The guests saw rare books 

churchman M. R. Zigler, the 
group toured the Tunker 
House, birthplace of 
M.R. Zigler and home of 
19th-century theologian Peter 
Nead. The historical part of 
their trip was coordinated by 
Don Durnbaugh of (uniata 
College, who has led many 
study tours through Europe. 

Oregon spreads the 
word on nonviolence 

The pastor and executive 
board of Peace Church of 
the Brethren, Portland, 
Ore., has written a letter 
to George Ryan, the 
governor of Illinois, com- 
mending him for his 
declaration of a morato- 
rium on carrying out the 
death penalty in Illinois. 

The letter says in part: 
"As members of one of 
the historic peace 
churches in the United 
States, and with our own 
denominational history of 
opposition to violence, we 
applaud your decision to 
halt, even temporarily, 
executions in the State 
of Illinois. 

"Ending violence in our 
society may be an unreach- 
able goal, but we are 
determined to try. Your 
moratorium on executions 
is a step in the right direc- 
tion, and we hope that our 
own governor. Dr. John 
Kitzhaber, will follow your 
courageous lead." 

Earl Ziegler marks 50 years 

Some 1 75 persons gathered March 18 at the Lititz 
(Pa.) Church of the Brethren to honor Earl K. 
Ziegler for 50 years of ministry. Highlight of the evening 
was the surprise presentation to Earl of a $4,000 check fori 
ministries in the Dominican Republic. 

Those who attended had been invited to contribute in 
honor of Earl's ministry to a scholarship fund for university 
students and others in the Dominican Republic. As Earl 
received the check, he expressed 
gratitude for the response. 

Earl has served the Church of the 
Brethren as moderator, district 
executive for Atlantic Northeast, 
and as pastor in several congrega- 
tions. Ziegler, of Lancaster, Pa., 
retired last year as pastor of Lam- 
peter (Pa.) Church of the Brethren 
and is currently serving as interim 
pastor of the Florin congregation. 
Mount Joy, Pa. — S. Joan Hershey 

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Judy Mills Reimer, executive director of the General Board, 

takes a turn with the shovel. She is flanked by Southern 
Pennsylvania District executive Joe Detrick. Elizabethtown 
College president Theodore Long, and Children 's Aid Soci- 
ety executive director Lori Hoffmaster 

New Fainiew breaks ground 

A large crowd came together at the New Fairview 
Church of the Brethren, York, Pa., March 19 for the 

j dedication and groundbreaking service for a planned new 
fellowship hall and classrooms. 

I Guest speakers at the dedication service that morning 
included General Board executive director |udy Mills 
Reimer, Southern Pennsylvania District executive Joe Det- 
rick, and Elizabethtown College president Theodore Long. 

[That service ended, appropriately, with the hymn "The 
Church's One Foundation." 

The congregation then moved outdoors for the 
groundbreaking, where a stream of people took turns 
turning over shovelfuls of dirt in an area that had been 
marked off in the shape of a cross. 

New Fairview moderator Donald Myers started the 
groundbreaking by saying, "Today we break ground and 
turn over the sod. May the ministry that comes from the 
breaking of this ground for the construction to follow be a 
testimony of our commitment to the Lord [esus Christ and 
to the honor of God." 

New Fairview is one of the largest congregations in 
Southern Pennsylvania District, located just off a major 
interstate. The total cost of the project is expected to be 
about S 1 .5 million. More than half of that has already been 
received in contributions coming from a capital campaign. 


Brethren mourned the loss of 
another longtime leader 
recently with the passing on 
April 9 of Eldon "Gene" 
Fahs, vice president emeritus 
of Manchester College 
(North Manchester, Ind.) and 

a member of the Manchester 
Church of the Brethren. 

Fahs retired from Manches- 
ter in December 1995 after 
holding a variety of positions, 
from registrar to assistant 
professor to treasurer, in a 3 1 
year career with the school. 

Among many service 

roles, Fahs served as chair 
of the board of Timbercrest 
Church of the Brethren 
Home and was a member of 
the Bethany Theological 
Seminary board and chair 
of its Institutional Advance- 
ment Committee. He was 
also a volunteer for Heifer 
Project International. 

Mary Elizabeth Pratt, 85, 
died March 3 in Fresno, 
Calif. She is survived by her 
husband of 62 years, pastor 
Ward E. Pratt, four daugh- 
ters, twelve grandchildren, 
and nine great grandchil- 
dren. She worked as a 
devoted pastor's wife, 
teacher, music director, and 
homemaker for many years. 

Melvin W. Halterman, 79, 
of Mathias, W.Va., died |an. 
1 5 in Harrisonburg, Va. He 
was the pastor at New Dale 
Church of the Brethren, Lost 
River, W.Va., for 30 years. He 
was also pastor at Mountain 
View Church of the Brethren 
and served as interim pastor 
for the Mathias, Crab Run, 
Damascus, and Mount Grove 

Partners oppose 
domestic violence 

A year ago the Live Oak, 
(Calif.) Church of the 
Brethren became partners 
with Casa de Esperanza, an 
agency that provides shelter 
and services to women and 
children who have been vic- 
tims of domestic violence, 
sexual assault, and child 
abuse. The idea was to pro- 
vide education and awareness 
of domestic violence and to 
assist those in need. 

The program was kicked 
off by a special worship ser- 

vice in which pastor Barbara 
Ober and the executive 
director of Casa de Esper- 
anza, Marsha Krouse-Taylor, 
spoke about domestic vio- 

lence in the community. 

Over the last year a number 
of educational meetings have 
been facilitated by the Live 
Oak congregation, including 
presentations to the Chamber 
of Commerce, a childcare 
center, high school students, 
and the community at large. 
During Vacation Bible School 
children went through the 
Child Assault Prevention Pro- 
gram to learn how to deal 
with bullies and protect them- 
selves from sexual assault. 

A children's fair was 
hosted in the church park- 
ing lot with games, food, 
and face painting. Casa 
employees videotaped and 
fingerprinted area children. 
Funds raised went to buy 
clothing and craft items for 
children residing at the 
shelter. — Anne E. Palmer 

Sharpsburg honors 
75 years of service 

The Sharpsburg (Md.) 
Church of the Brethren 
honored Martha L. Miller 
in February for 75 years of 
service to the church. She 
served as Sunday school 
teacher and treasurer, bake 
sales helper, volunteer at 
the Fahrney-Keedy Memor- 
ial Home, and volunteer at 
the local food bank. 

"In Touch" features news of congregations, districts, and individ- 
uals. Send story ideas and photos to "In Touch. " Messenger, 
1451 Dundee Ave.. Elgin. IL 60120. 

June 2000 Messenger 5 


Brethren take part in rally 
for international debt relief 

More than 50 members of the 
Church of the Brethren, including 
groups from Brethren Volunteer Ser- 
vice and Bridgewater College and 

before the afternoon events. The 
rally/public witness event, held in 
cold, windy conditions, featured an 
assortment of speakers and musi- 
cians and was followed by the 
creation of a human chain around 
the US Capitol. 

Carrying the banner for the 
Church of the Brethren 

at the April Jubilee 2000 

demonstration in 

Washington, D.C.. 

is a group from 

Bridgewater College. 

people from as far away as Illinois, 
joined a large lubilee 2000 rally on 
the National iVIall in Washington, 
D.C., on April 9. 

The event called for the US to 
cancel debts owed by many of the 
world's poorest nations. 

The Washington City Church of 
the Brethren featured guest speaker 
Sue Wagner Fields, working on 
globalization issues with the 
Brethren Witness office of the 
Church of the Brethren General 
Board, in a special morning service 

Some participants stayed the 
following day to lobby their repre- 
sentatives, urging debt relief. Other 
members who couldn't join in the 
events, meanwhile, sent in paper 
chains and hundreds of petitions. 

The rally, which drew more than 
6,000 people, was sponsored by a | 
national coalition including the I 

National Council of Churches | 

and Church World Service. For j 

more on the event, see photos at | 
or visit the website.' 

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General Board giving tops 
$1M but still behind 1999 

Gifts to the General Ministries Fund 
of the General Board for 2000 
topped the $1 million mark during 
the second week of April. The mile- 
stone came more than a week later 
than in 1999, however, and drew 
attention to somewhat lower overall 
giving levels for the General Min- 
istries Fund, Emergency Disaster 
Fund, and Global Food Crisis Fund. 

The one notable exception to the 
trend was in the "Special Gifts" cate- 
gory, which was up nearly 60 percent to 
$1 15,585 on April 18, but not up enough 
to offset the lag in total gifts for 2000 — 
amounting to $73,000 at the time. 

Ken Neher of the General Board's 
Funding office expressed gratitude 
for the gifts that congregations and 
individuals are sending to support 
the various ministries, while 
encouraging others to help with the 
many programs supported by the 
funds. Neher said he expects gifts to 
eventually outpace those of 1999. 

'When presented with the needs 
and opportunities of the world," 
Neher said, "we Brethren consis- 
tently rise to the occasion." 

US Navy presence on Vieques 
continues to garner attention 

Hundreds gathered in front of the 
White House April 19 to demand that 
President Clinton and Congress drop 
"not one more bomb in Vieques, 
Puerto Rico." and bring a permanent 
halt to US Navy practice bombing of 
the island of 9,000 residents. The gath- 
ering marked the one-year anniversary 
of the death of David Sanes Rodriguez, 
who was killed when a Navy F- 1 8 air- 
craft dropped an incorrectly targeted 
500-pound bomb on the island. 

Bombing has ceased at least tem- 
porarily due to the encampment of 

At the Roundtable Regional Youth Conference at Bridgeimter,Va., 
Edith Burger. Jodi Eller, Katie Kirk, Jonathan Emmons, and 
Jan Walker work at getting acquainted. 

Two regional conferences 
bring youth to campuses 

More than 500 youth took part in a 
pair of regional youth conferences 
held the first two weekends of April. 
Youth and adults from Atlantic 
Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, Shenan- 
doah, Southeastern, Virlina, and 
West Marva districts participated in 
Roundtable at Bridgewater (Va.) 
College April 8-9, while their coun- 
terparts in Pennsylvania gathered at 
Elizabethtown (Pa.) College April 
1-2 for Eastern Regional Youth 

Shawn Replogle, a Bridgewater 
and Bethany Theological Seminary 
graduate, now pastor of the South 
Waterloo (Iowa) Church of the 

hundreds of civil disobedience 
activists on the military range, 
including members of Christian 
Peacemaker Teams. Brethren mem- 
bers Cliff Kindy, David Jehnsen, Phil 
Borkholder, Ambrosia Brown, Eric 
Christiansen, and Kurt Ritchie were 
among members of a CPT delegation 
that visited the island in mid-March, 
and many Puerto Rican Brethren 
have been active in protests there. 

Brethren, led Roundtable partici- 
pants in four sessions based on the 
theme "Looking Back to Look 
Ahead " Gilbert Romero, pastor of 
the Bella Vista Church of the 
Brethren in Los Angeles, Calif., 
served as keynote speaker for 
ERYC, on the theme "No Fear - 
Know God!" and also performed in 
a Bittersweet Gospel Band concert 
during the weekend. 

Both events included worship, 
Bible study, recreation, enter- 
tainment, and fellowship. 
Midwestern youth met at Man- 
chester College (North 
Manchester, Ind.) later in April, 
and western youth will come 
together at the University of La 
Verne (Calif.) in July. 

Jehnsen, from Galena, Ohio, 
described the resistance encamp- 
ments as a source of hope for those 
who believe in nonviolence as God's 
way for people to struggle and 
change the course of history. 

Church of the Brethren Washington 
Office coordinator Greg Laszakovits 
traveled to Puerto Rico in late April 
to meet with religious leaders seeking 
a halt to the bombing. 

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The Cross-Cultural Ministries Team gathering in Dayton. Ohio, included 
Brethren from Haitian. Korean. Puerto Rican, Hispanic, African-American, 
and Anglo congregations. 

Consultation addresses needs 
of ethnic church leadership 

The third Consultation of Ethnic 
and Urban Churches was held 
March 23-26 at Mack Memorial 
Church of the Brethren in Dayton, 
Ohio. The gathering this time 
focused on developing leadership 
training models to better serve the 
needs of ethnic churches and their 
leaders. Participants in the gath- 
ering included Brethren from 
Haitian, Korean, Puerto Rican, 

Youth leaders and pastors 
explore "God-Centered Life" 

The first event of a new youth spiri- 
tuality program emphasis, "The 
God-Centered Life," took place 
March 24-26 at Shepherd's Spring 
Outdoor Ministry Center in Sharps- 
burg, Md. The project is being 
sponsored by Shepherd's Spring and 
the General Board's Youth/Young 

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Hispanic, African-American, and 
Anglo congregations. 

Representatives from numerous 
Brethren and other agencies led the 
discussions around leadership 

A report on the recent General 
Board resolution on ethnic represen- 
tation for leadership positions within 
the church was also heard. The reso- 
lution was planned by the Cross- 
Cultural Ministries Team, who also 
planned the consultation. A similar 
gathering is being planned for 2001 . 

Adult Ministry Office. 

The initial weekend was designed 
to help youth leaders and pastors 
find ways to fill and maintain their 
"spiritual cups" in order to be more 
effective in assisting the youth with 
whom they work. The long-term goal 
for all participants is to develop a life 
that is centered on God and follows 
Jesus' example. The opening worship 
ended symbolically, with a cup of 

strained and purified "living water" 
from the center's spring served to 
each participant. 

Paul Grout, pastor of the Genesis 
Church of the Brethren (Putney, Vt.) 
joined Chris Douglas of the 
Youth/Young Adult office and Shep- 
herd's Spring administrator Rex Miller 
to provide leadership for the event. 
Worship services, workshops on spiri- 
tual disciplines, discussion, sharing of 
resources, a special prayer room, and 
communion filled the weekend. 

"Every aspect of the event was care- 
fully planned to enable each participan; 
to experience God, encounter [esus, 
and be empowered by the Holy Spirit 
in a complete way of living," wrote 
participant joy Zepp. "We were chal- 
lenged to help to prepare ground for a - 
new paradigm, that of living life totallyi 
in the way of lesus." 

The second event in the project, a 
week-long camp for senior high 
youth, will be held at Shepherd's 
Spring July 2-8. Grout will again proj 
vide the main leadership. For more ; 
details, call the Youth/Young Adult 
Office at 800-323-8039 (e-mail or 
Shepherd's Spring at 301-223-8193 

Bethany and ABC boards fill 
positions and plan for future 

The Bethany Theological Seminary 
and Association of Brethren Care- 
givers boards each held meetings 
this spring, with the Bethany board 
meeting in Richmond, Ind., and the 
ABC board in Elgin, III. 

Bethany board highlights included: 

• Approving the appointment of Tim 
Van Meter as director of the Semi- 
nary's Institute for Ministry with Youth 
and Young Adults, beginning Aug. 1 . 

• Receiving and discussing the first 
draft of the next five-year Strategic 

j Plan (2001-2006), with the final draft 
to be approved at the October meeting. 

• Naming Earle and (ean Fike of 
! Bridgewater, Va., as chairs of the 

seminary's Centennial Celebration 
j Committee. Bethany will celebrate its 
centennial in 2004-05. 

• The election of Guy Wampler, Jr., 
Lancaster, Pa., as chair; [ohn Gingrich, 
Claremont, Calif., as vice chair; and 
Anne Reid, Roanoke, Va., as secretary. 

ABC board highlights included: 

• Becoming a co-owner of the High 
Performance Board Series, a board 
development tool, with Mennonite 
Health Services of Goshen, Ind., 
which initially developed the program. 
Members of the Fellowship of Brethren 
Homes may be able to schedule train- 
ing modules for their boards soon. 

• Approval of a process for the 
steering committees of its nine min- 
istry areas to collectively elect two 
members to the board. The ABC 
bylaws, which were approved by 
Annual Conference, empower ministry 
groups to elect members to the board. 

• Approval of giving caregiving 
awards to four individuals at ABC's 
recognition dinner at Annual Confer- 
ence. They will go to Laura Abernathy 
of Lacey, Wash.; Ernest Barr of Carmel, 
Ind.; Shawn Decker of Waynesboro, 
Va.; and Tana Durnbaugh of Elgin, III. 

• Beginning discussion of a 
process of long-range planning for 
the organization. Sessions of long- 
range planning will be incorporated 
into the next several board meetings. 

Hurst honored, Lipton speaks 
at peace fellowship dinner 

More than 100 people met at 
Brethren Village in Neffsville, Pa., in 
April for the annual spring banquet 
of the Brethren Peace Fellowship in 
Atlantic Northeast District. 

In addition to the meal, two major 
events were on the evening program. 
Tom Hurst, who resigned last month 
after 1 years as executive director of 
On Earth Peace Assembly, received the 
group's 2000 Brethren Peacemaker of 
the Year award. OF PA board member 
Walt Moyer presented the award, with 
a citation for Hurst's "vision, creativ- 
ity, passion, and perseverance in the 
cause of peace," highlighting the many 
programs Hurst began at OEPA. 

Dr. Dennis Lipton then delivered 
the evening's keynote address, about 
his pilgrimage as a doctor in the US 
Air Force and his decision to become 
a conscientious objector, resulting in 
a court-martial and jail time last fall. 

Grants from two funds send 
relief around the world 

Grants were recently sent from two 
of the General Board's special funds 
to support global needs: 

• The Emergency Disaster Fund 
sent $10,000 to support an Inter- 
church Medical Assistance shipment 
of 50 medicine boxes to Venezuela. 
The boxes will provide essential 
medicines and medical products for 
50,000 people who continue to 
suffer from last December's devas- 

tating floods in Venezuela. This 
grant will cover handling, packing, 
and shipping of the boxes. 

• The Global Food Crisis Fund 
sent $21,000 toward food relief 
efforts in famine-plagued North 
Korea. The funds will be used to 
purchase 35 metric tons of seed corn 
to grow grain for livestock as well as 
for human consumption. Work is 
also under way for a shipment of 
dairy goats to that nation this 
summer, using a $50,000 grant 
approved last year plus additional 
donations being sought. 

Another $50,000 from the fund has 
been approved for the unfolding 
drought crisis in the Horn of Africa, 
especially Ethiopia. The funds will be 
a part of a $1 million Church World 
Service appeal; the Brethren grant will 
provide 3 1 metric tons of grain, pro- 
viding more than 25,000 daily rations. 

In addition, a $15,000 grant will 
go to the Western Service Workers 
Association of Orange County, Calif. 
The association provides emergency 
food relief, legal advice, dental care, 
and a variety of other services to its 
mostly Hispanic constituency. 

Personnel announcement 

Lowell Flory, who served as moder- 
ator of the 1 999 Annual Conference, 
will begin as director of planned 
giving for Bethany Theological Semi- 
nary )uly 1 . Flory will be part of the 
institutional advancement staff, 
designing and carrying out an 
expanded strategy for planned gift 
development. He will also be avail- 
able for teaching roles in the fields of 
stewardship, organizational leader- 
ship, and business and finance. 

Flory is currently professor and 
chair of the Department of Business 
and Economics at McPherson Col- 
lege, McPherson, Kan., where he has 
served on the faculty since 1983. 

June 2000 Messenger 9 





A better way to do church business 

Worshipful-Worl^ invites God's spirit to preside 

History giving/storytelling. 

Biblical/theological reflection. 

I Prayerful discernment. 

Visioning the future. 

What is this new language being 
heard around the church? 
A new fad ... or a fresh wind from 
the Spirit? 

As a pastor of 30 years working to 
build up congregations as the body 
of Christ, I find Worshipful -Work a 
valuable way of recognizing God's 
presence in our midst. Worshipful- 
Work, with its spiritual practices, is a 
way of doing ordinary church busi- 
ness as a sacred trust and an 
opportunity for worship, forming 
congregations through their deci- 
sion-making processes into vibrant 
Spirit-led faith communities much as 
we see in the New Testament. 

10 Messenger June 2000 

Worshipful-Work as a spiritual 
practice assumes that 

— the risen Christ is present and 
active in the local congregation 
(Matt. 18:20; Rev.l:9-22). 

— the voice of God is still speaking 
and can be heard in the church. 

— it is possible to discern and know 
the mind of Christ (Rom. 12: 1 -2; I 
Cor. 2:14-16). 

Worshipful-Work, through these 
basic practices, creates an environ- 
ment for boards and committees to 
1) listen for God's voice, 2) discern 
the mind of Christ, and 3) celebrate 
Christ's presence. 

These ideas and practices grow out 
of a five-year-old ecumenical min- 
istry, headquartered in Kansas City, 
Mo., called Worshipful-Work: Center 
for Transforming Religious Leader- 
ship. The group conducts retreats 
and seminars, circulates a newsletter, 
and publishes books on ways to inte- 
grate spirituality and church 
leadership. Its website is at 

A primary text for Worshipful- 
Work is Romans 12:1-2, which reads 
as paraphrased: 

"I urge you my brothers and sisters 
who serve on church boards, because 
of the mercies of God, to offer the 
stuff of your life — the agendas of 
your meetings — as a living sacrifice, 
for this is your 'worshipful work.' Do 
not allow your meetings to be con- 
formed to the board cultures of the 
latest management theory, but allow 
your meetings to be shaped and 
transformed by God's Spirit. Then 
you will be able to discern the good 
and complete will of God." 

Four Worshipful -Work practices 
help create space for the Spirit to move 
and transform decision-making meet- 
ings into life -affirming experiences. 

/. History giriiiii/.storyfelling. 

Storytelling creates identity and a 
sense of community as persons share 
experiences from both their personal 

Worshipful-WorJ^ provides hope that the table of the Board can 
be transformed into the table of the Lord, and everyone around 
it might sense again God's presence and God's call. 

and congregational lives since the 
last meeting. This creates a meaning- 
ful environment for listening to the 
"minutes" of the last meeting. 

2. liiltlifdl/tlicolojiiviil reflection. 

This practice invites a group to clarify 
their values, beliefs, and purpose by a 
careful meditative listening to relevant 
scripture passages, punctuated by peri- 
ods of silence in which people can 
wonder and meditate on the messages 
they are hearing. This practice creates 
a common foundation for discerning 
the mind of Christ. 

S. Prayerful discernment. 

As a spiritual practice, this style of 

decision-making invites members of 
the group to share information and 
listen to each other until they reach 
agreement about the best option for 
action at the present time. Prayerful 
discernment combines discussion and 
periods of prayer (silent, individual, 
and corporate), forming a process 
that allows a group to move beyond 
often divisive voting to an open, 
respectful listening for God's voice. 

4 . \ is ion in<> I h e fu lure. 

This practice recognizes that envi- 
sioning is an ongoing process of 
lifting up the church's future before 
God in prayer. Proverbs 29:18 
states, "Where there is no vision, the 

people get out of hand" (NJB) . This 
text invites us to see vision as God's 
gift that comes as we create prayerful 
space within our decision-making to 
listen for and to see what God is 
working through us. 

The current interest within the 
Church of the Brethren to incorpo- 
rate the spiritual practices of 
Worshipful -Work reflects a deepen- 
ing desire for a prayerful integration 
of spirituality in decision-making. 
Worshipful -Work promises to bring 
new vitality to our work and our 
worship. — Larry Fourman 

Larry D. Fourman is pastor of Crest Manor 
Church of the Brethren. South Bend. Ind. 

Worshipful-Work at the Seminary 

The Ministry Formation area of 
study at Bethany Theological 
Seminary is an ideal setting to explore 
the implementation of Worshipful- 
Work in the training of persons for 
ministry. We work with the practical 
aspects of the work of ministry 
through field education, spiritual for- 
mation, and theological reflection. 

In 1996, 1 was introduced to 
Chuck Olsen and began to imple- 
ment some of the concepts of 
Worshipful-Work in meetings with 
the Pleasant Hill Church of the 
Brethren in Pleasant Hill, Ohio. 

After accepting an appointment to 
the seminary. I began to envision 
Worshipful-Work as a way to help 
our students live into an understand- 
ing that our work and our worship 
are one. Each year, second-year 
master of divinity students visit the 
spring General Board meeting. In 

preparation for last year's visit, the 
students read an introductory text 
for discernment in community and 
discussed the implementation of 
Worshipful -Work they observed 
during the meeting. 

These same students and several 
from this year's class received training 
in Worshipful -Work in Elgin and 
again later at Bethany. Several stu- 
dents are now pursuing additional 
training through an independent 
study focused on Worshipful -Work 
and planning events in the area. 

Students are using the Worshipful- 
Work methods with their teaching 
committees, in their ministry set- 
tings, in the construction and 
reflection on case studies, and in 
other areas of ministry formation. 

Linda Lewis, a senior at Bethany, 
has used Worshipful-Work with the 
church board at Beavercreek (Ohio) 

Church of the Brethren, where she 
serves as a student pastor. She 
remembers her first church board 
meeting to discuss the budget as 
being a rather difficult meeting. 
People spoke in loud voices and 
across each other and it was a tense 
and unproductive time. By the final 
budget session, the board was meet- 
ing in the sanctuary, sitting in a 
circle, with hymnals and Bibles avail- 
able. They spoke to each other. 
There were periods of silence, scrip- 
tures read and hymns sung. People 
were attentive to God's presence in 
their midst. 

"It was a moving experience," Lewis 
said. "That simple change in location 
is one I hope to try again during my 
ministry." — Tara Hornbacker 

Tara Hornbacker is professor at Bethany 
Theological Seminary, Richmond. Ind. 

June 2000 Messenger 11 

WA solution for the church bored 

At the first Worshipful-Work 
workshop I attended I was a part 
of a conversation about board meetings 
and their ability to be "life depleting" or 
"life giving." There were plenty of 
people present who had come out of 
meetings with a yawn, or frustrated by 
the lack of depth in the discussion. 
Sometimes we think things like: Why 
are we here? What is the point? What a 
boring way to pass 2 or 3 hours! And 
we feel at a loss to change. 

Worshipful -Work calls 
leaders to recognize that 
the church should do 
things differently when 
coming together to do 
business. Through the use 
of worship centers, prayer, 
music, silence, scripture, 
storytelling, litany, and 
more, Worshipful-Work 
provides a process of dis- 
cernment, rather than 
"parliamentary procedure." 

Worshipful -Work 
encourages relationship- 
building around the table 
as individuals share pieces 
of their own life stories, as 
well as share about the life 
story of the congregation. 
Board members respect 
and listen to one another 
as together they seek to 
explore who we are as 
God's people, and what 
God is calling us to do. 

The Church of the 
Brethren has always valued building 
relationships among its people and has 
valued discerning work to be done 
within a firm sense of spiritual ground- 
ing. Worshipful -Work uses elements of 
worship and storytelling to continually 
remind us who we serve, and to listen 
for God's yearnings for us. 

As we practice Worshipful-Work in 
our congregation, we are making a 
huge shift. Before, we were enduring 
a meeting. Now, we are gathering in 
God's presence to share about the 
ministry of our congregation. 

We often have a worship center in 
the middle of our table, sometimes 
with candles, sometimes with things 
that depict a theme we are discussing 
or working on. We have hymnals and 

might take a walk around the church 
or eat ice cream together as we think 
about an issue before us. 

Worshipful-Work is not a program; 
it is a way of being about the work of 
the church. It is not a prescribed way 
of doing things; rather it is a bag of 
tools. The tools can be used to build 
relationships, to worship, study 
scripture, tell stories, and more. 

Worshipful -Work provides hope 

Using Worshipful -Work practices at General Board meetings often calls for hymns 
at key points during business. Here Stafford Frederick, veteran board member 
and pastor of the Olathe, Kan., congregation, leads the singing. 

Bibles present, should we choose to 
share a story that depicts what we 
are dealing with, or sing a hymn that 
will help us to celebrate something or 
bring us into some reflection time. 
We don't always just talk about our 
business. We sing, pray, tell stories 
or experience silence together. We 

that the table of the Board can be 
transformed into the table of the 
Lord, and everyone around it might 
sense again God's presence and 
God's call. — Erin Matteson 

Erin Matteson is pastor of Faith Church 
of the Brethren. Batavia. IL 

12 Messenger June 2000 

Introducing a spiritual presence to Annual Conference 

When the Church of the Brethren 
General Board met in October 
1998, Mary ]o Flory-Steury, chair- 
person, introduced a new model for 
doing the business. Rather than con- 
tinue meeting as corporate managers 
of the larger church, she envisioned 
engaging the faith experiences of the 
General Board members to inform 
the way they conduct the work of the 
denomination. She proposed doing 
Worshipful-Work, based on Charles 
M. Olsen's Transforming Church 
Boards into Communities of Spiritual 
Leaders (The Alban Institute, 1995). 

Moderator Emily Mumma attended 
that board meeting. She left yearning 
for Annual Conference to experience a 
similar worshipful atmosphere when we 
gather in luly at Kansas City, Mo., 
(which happens to be the home base 
for the Worshipful -Work organization). 
She remembered too well the many sto- 
ries of people who felt marginalized by 
denominational programming and the 
win/lose atmosphere of Annual Con- 
ference debate. Could we find a better 
way to conduct business? 

At the August 1999 Annual Confer- 
ence Program and Arrangements 
Committee, Sister Mumma suggested 
that we try the Worshipful-Work 
model. When the committee met 
again in November, her proposal for 
Worshipful-Work was met with sev- 
eral questions: How will the business 
meeting be shaped? Won't this 
model take up too much time? What 
do we do when controversy arises? 
Will people be given enough time to 
speak so that all views will be heard? 
Who controls the flow of the busi- 
ness session, the moderator or the 
guest spiritual consultant? Do we 
dismiss Roberts' Rules of Order? 

At Moderator Mumma's request. 
Sister Ellen Morseth. staff mentor with 
the Worshipful -Work organization, 
met with Program and Arrangements. 
Moderator Mumma recommended 
Sister Ellen serve as spiritual director 

for the business sessions during the 
Kansas City 2000 Annual Conference. 
Sister Ellen explained her purpose 
would be to work alongside the Annual 
Conference moderator, suggesting 
interjections of spiritual practices as 
they are deemed important and suit- 
able to the gathering. She would serve 
at the invitation of the moderator and 
bring spiritually vital, relevant, engag- 
ing, and enriching additions from our 
faith heritage to the ordinary business. 
Sister Ellen also explained that her 
role would be that of a spiritual 
director who tends to the heart of the 
business meeting. She would 
respond to the dynamics of the meet- 
ing, inviting the naming of God's 
presence at various times. These 
invitations to God's active presence 
could come in a variety of ways: 

• scripture passages or stories that are 
related to the current conversation; 

• denominational stories relevant to 
the matter at hand; 

• liturgical and theological responses 
to poignant moments, suggested 
from the chair or from the floor; 

• spoken prayers — intercessions, 
thanksgivings, blessings, etc.; 

• silence and prayers that surface 
out of silent reflection; 

• singing of hymns, i.e., a refrain, 
particular verses in response to 
reports, etc.; 

• focused conversation: a word/phrase/ 
sentence that comes to mind during 
particular segrpents of the meeting; 

• prayerful or reflective activities 
during break times; 

• creating and tending a simple 
environment, e.g., a candle, the 
Scriptures, a growing plant, a banner, 
a projected image on a screen; 

• encouraging the group to rejoice, 
lament, etc., using simple and 
prayerful rituals; 

• connecting the opening and closing 
worship services (its themes, segments, 
rituals) with aspects of the meeting. 

With this explanation, the Program 
and Arrangements Committee agreed 
to introduce Worshipful-Work at 
Annual Conference this year. The 
Annual Conference officers will work 
with Sister Ellen to shape the business 
sessions in a worshipful manner. Plans 
are being made to inform Standing 
Committee members and first-time 
Annual Conference delegates prior to 
Conference, so they may have a sense 
how the business sessions will flow. 

Annual Conference in Kansas City 
this summer already offers a new 
format, which leads nicely into Wor- 
shipful-Work. Saturday evening opens 
conference with worship. Sunday 
morning follows with another worship 
service. The worshipful setting 
extends into Sunday afternoon, when 
guest worship resource leader David 
Haas will lead a musical celebration to 
open the first business session. 

With the addition of a spiritual 
director for the business sessions of 
Sunday evening, Monday, and Tues- 
day, and Wednesday morning, perhaps 
we can experience Annual Conference 
as a revitalized gathering in faith. And, 
we anticipate a common ground in 
which we discover God speaking to 
and moving among us as Brethren. 

The visionary of Worshipful -Work, 
Charles Olsen, says in the introduc- 
tion of his book. Transforming Church 
Boards, that "this enterprise is ... an 
intention to recover a broad-based 
biblical familiarity and seriousness, an 
effort to imprint in our minds, hearts, 
and lips the metaphors of Scripture" 
so that our church structures can 
"function out of the heritage of a rich 
faith tradition." This gathering of 
church members and leaders is "the 
most opportune place to e.xert influ- 
ence for transformation [which] is at 
the heart of the life of the church." 
— Paul Roth 

Paul Roth is pastor of LinvUle Creek Church 
of the Brethren. Broadway. Va. 

June 2000 Messenger 13 

Letters from 
the Dominican 

While she was a BVS vol- 
unteer working on the 
Azua housing construc- 
tion project, Sally Jo 
Caracheo wrote detailed 
letters home to family 
and friends. Here are 
some excerpts: 

July 26, 1999 

(my 62nd birthday) 

My day starts around 5:30 
or 6 when I get up, dress, 
have some time for devo- 
tions, and go across the 
street to the restaurant for 
breakfast. As driving in the 
DR is taking your life and 
everyone else's in your 
hands, 1 decided not to 
drive. Luis Cespedes, the 
pastor of a local Church of 
the Brethren congregation 
who also is the construc- 
tion boss, picks me up 
around 7:30 to go to 
work. It takes about 15 
minutes to get to the site, 
which is on a hill about 10 
miles out of Azua. During 
this time we discuss the 
progress of the work, any 
problems which have 
arisen, anything we need 
to deal with, etc. 

At the site Luis gathers 
all the workers, describes 
the work to be completed 
that day, and assigns the 
paid workers and the vol- 
unteers their various jobs. 
There is always some 
lighter work assigned to 
the women. Several days 
we have carried the boards 
used in framing the houses 
from one location to 
another. One day we car- 
ried buckets of water for 
mixing cement. Often I 
spend periods of time 
picking up used nails from 
the ground. These are later 

14 Messenger June 2000 



The Church of the Brethren helps 32 Dominican 

families find hope and a home 

Article and photos 
BY Sally Jo Caracheo 

Nov. 16, 1999, was a memorable day 
for 32 families in the Dominican 
Republic. This was the day they learned 
which of the 32 houses they had been helping 
to build since the middle of May would 
belong to them. Finally they could say, "This 
is my new home and 1 helped to build it." 

The Church of the Brethren also helped to 
build these new houses for "refugees'" whose 
houses had been destroyed by Hurricane 
Georges in 1998. The General Board's Emer- 
gency Response/ Service Ministries office 
provided construction materials and sent project 
managers to supervise the project. Also, ER/SM 
paid skilled workers to build concrete floors, do 
carpentry work, and build roofs on the houses. 

The project was done in cooperation with 
the Catholic church, which provided the prop- 


erty tor the houses, and the Dominican govern- 
ment, which provided construction supplies and 
kicilitated the delivery of water, sand, and gravel 
to the construction site. Oxfam International and 
the International Red Cross also contributed. 

From Aug. 1 until the completion of the 
project, I was a BVS volunteer, serving as the 
project manager. I worked closely with Luis 
Ccspedes, who is the Dominican Church of the 
Brethren pastor of the Azua congregation and a 
construction contractor. Cespedes was in 
charge of the construction. Other Brethren who 
w orked on the project include Ken and LouElla 
Imhoff, Donald Suavely, Becky Crouse, Jim and 
W ilma Baile, and Charles Stevens. 

These 52 houses are part of a project of 

Workers mix and 
pour concrete in 

the forms to 
make the six- 
inch- thick walls. 

400 houses the government plans for hurri- 
cane victims on the hillside outside Azua. 

During the initial planning stage, the 
refugees agreed that their contribution to the 
project would be the labor of digging two-foot 
footers for the foundations, mixing concrete 
and pouring the walls, plus any other manual 
labor that needed to be done. The agreement 
was that someone from each family would work 
four of the six working days in each week. 

At first, progress was slow and the 
refugees didn't believe that the project would 
ever be completed or that they would ever 
receive a home. Consequently, few workers 
showed up each day to work. As the work pro- 
gressed, however, more and more persons 
came to help. During the last few months 
there was someone from nearly every house- 
hold who worked four or five days a week. 
Two of the husbands who had jobs in Santo 
Domingo stopped working there and came to 
Azua to work at the project in order to ensure 
that their families would receive a house. 

Each of the refugees has a story. Magali 
was clearly the acknowledged leader of the 
refugees. She went to meetings with the plan- 
ning groups and acted as advocate during the 
entire project, in spite of the fact that in July 
she suffered a coronary thrombosis, which 
caused paralysis of an arm and a leg. Through 
sheer will and constant exercise, she worked 
her way back to health. By November she was 
once again at the work site, carrying buckets 
of water and big boards on her head. 

Pilito worked on the houses nearly every 
day there was work to be done. He said that if 
he was to receive a house, then he had the 
responsibility to help build. More than 60 
years old, he worked all day in the hot sun 
with pick and shovel helping to dig founda- 

straightened and reused. 
I am very happy to be 
here and feel that this is 
where God has called me 
to be to do His work. 

In His service. 
Sally Jo 

Aug. 13, 1999 

I'm writing from the home 
of the Crouse family in 
Santo Domingo to share a 
few details of my life living 
in a hotel in Azua 

To bed by 9 o'clock with 
a fan blowing on me all 
night, partly because of 
the heat and partly to dis- 
courage mosquitos which 
have free access, as the 
cantilevered windows have 
no screens. 

. . .Two of the things I 
miss most, besides family 
and friends, are classical 
music and beautiful 
flowers. However, the 
mountains all around are 
beautiful and up on the 
third floor of the hotel 
I've seen some gorgeous 
sunsets. There is a big 
tree across the street 
which is covered with 
orange flowers. The tree 
is called "flamboyan" or 

The pace of my life here 
is very different than in 
the States. Much of my 
time is filled with no phys- 
ical activity whatsoever. 
For the first time in my life 
I can BE instead of DO. . . . 

Luis (Cespedes), the 
pastor and the one in 
charge of this project, is 
the hardest working, most 
conscientious person I've 
ever seen. He has a wife 
and three young sons. His 
wife is expecting another 
child in October. He has a 
small congregation in 
Azua made up of a few 
families and some young 
boys. He is the treasurer 
for the Church of the 

June 2000 Messenger 1 5 

Brethren here in the 
Dominican Republic. He is 
also the builder for 
churches. He appears to 
be able to do anything 
connected with construc- 
tion. His ability to find the 
most economical solutions 
to problems of material 
seems unlimited. He has 
many connections which 
help to get much material 
donated for free or for the 

cost of transporting it 

I feel that I am exactly 
where I should be and 
that this project will come 
to successful completion 
before the middle of 
November when my BVS 
term is completed. I feel 
my prayer that God would 
send me for my BVS pro- 
ject where I was most 
needed and where all that 
I am and have experi- 
enced could be used has 
truly been answered. 

In His service, 
Sally Jo 

Sept. 7, 1999 

Personally I am experienc- 
ing a peace and joy which 
has been absent from my 
life for a long time. The 
companionship of the 
paid workers and the 
refugee community are a 
constant source of learn- 
ing and discovery, I now 
know the names of all the 
refugees who come regu- 
larly to work. 

it's very hard to describe 
the kind of poverty that 
they live in. They are sus- 
tained by rice and beans 
provided by the Red Cross. 
Some families of five or six 
have only one or two plates 
and one or two spoons. I've 
seen workers on the site 
eating their food with their 
fingers because there are 
no spoons. In spite of this 
they come to work nearly 
every day to help build 
their houses 

There is a tremendous 

Building a future for their four children. Miguel, 
his wife, and children in the doorway of their 
newly built home. 

tions. Toward the end of the project he was 
not well, but he continued to come every day, 
even though he had only enough strength to 
carry buckets of water. One day when he was 
asked about his family, he said he married his 
wife when they were 1 3 years old, and they 
had raised 18 sons and daughters. He said his 
wife was the love of his life. 

Ingrid cooked the noon meal for the 
refugees. The meal consisted of rice and beans 
every day. For some of the workers, this was 
the only substantial meal they received all day. 
Ingrid was "allowed" to do the "easy" work of 
cooking because she was expecting a child. 

The work included using a machete to cut 
branches of a tree for firewood. 

Miguel or his wife worked nearly every 
day building the houses so that their four chil- 
dren would have a home. His children have 
never been to school. The oldest daughter 
spends most of her time helping her mother or 
taking care of the younger children. 

Felix is fortunate enough to have a motor- 
cycle, which he uses to take his oldest 
daughter to school. She is one of only five 
children among the refugees who actually 
attends school. One day when Felix was using 
his motorcycle to earn a little money for the 
family he was involved in an accident which 
bruised his ribs and resulted in a big scar 
across his chest. Nevertheless he was back at 
the work site the next day. 

1 6 Messenger June 2000 


Ingrid, the cook, provided 
the noon meal for the 

November 16 was the lottery when the workers 
pulled numbers out of a hat to determine 
which of the houses would belong to them. 

Before Christmas all of the 32 homes were 
finished with concrete floors and wooden 
doors and windows. The refugees who 
received the homes in Azua are grateful to the 
Church of the Brethren and all who helped to 
make it possible for them to have good, 
sturdy homes to live in with their families. 
The street that is located between the houses 
will be named "Calle de los Hermanos," 
or Street of the Brethren. 

Sally jo Caracbeo. of Elgin. III., is a retired school- 
u\iclier and a bilingual educator, fluent in Spanish. 
She is a member of Highland Avenue Church of the 
Brethren in Elgin. 

amount of manual labor 
to be done on the houses 
In the space of less than 
two months or so, espe- 
cially when you realize 
that many of these per- 
sons are malnourished 
and subject to a lot of 
medical problems. 

I still feel that I am in 
the right place at the 
right time. God is good. I 
am even happier now 
having received from my 
sister the welcome gift of 
a tape recorder and tapes 
of classical music. 

In Chirist's name, 
Sally Jo 

Oct. 10, 1999 

Things are going very 
well for me here in Azua. 
We are making great 
progress on the homes. 
There are just a few 
houses to finish pouring 
the walls. The govern- 
ment officials have said 
they would send the 
wood and zinc for the 
roofs, doors, and win- 
dows this week. If that 
happens, we will be able 
to finish all the houses by 
the time I leave in the 
middle of November 

I started teaching an 
English class at the Church 
of the Brethren here in 
Azua three nights a week. 
We have had a steady 
attendance of around 1 
students for the English 
class almost every night. 
They are very interested in 
learning English.... 

My relationships with 
the refugees who come to 
work every day has 
deepened and we have 
become like a large 
extended family. Each of 
the refugees has a story of 
their own, as does each of 
us. I feel that I have been 
privileged that they share 
so openly with me. 

In His love, 
Sally Jo 

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June 2000 Messenger 17 

Caring for our "mother" churcl 

Richard Kyerematen, 

pastor of the 

Germantown (Pa.) 


stands in front of the 

historic building 

with a group of his 

young parishioners. 

Photo was taken in 

the earlv 1 990s. 

BY Ken Shaffer 

Today the Germantown Church of the 
Brethren, in Philadelphia, Pa., is both an 
active inner-city congregation and a Brethren 
historic site. The congregation has a program 
that includes worship services, Sunday school, 
a food pantry, daycare for preschool children, 
family counseling and education, extensive 
youth outreach, and transitional housing for 
recovering substance abusers. Leading the pre- 
dominantly black congregation of over 80 
members is pastor Richard Kyerematen. 

As a Brethren historic site, the Germantown 
church is visited each year by tour groups from 
across the country. These groups come to see 
the stone meetinghouse and the cemetery. The 
meetinghouse, built in 1 770, had both a loft and 
a basement. The loft was used for sleeping by 
people who traveled a distance to attend love 
feast, which lasted for two days. The basement 
was used to prepare food during love feast. 
Today the loft is gone, but there is in the meet- 

Germantown Trust 

plans a new project for 

230-y ear-old historic site 

inghouse a series of panels depicting events in 
Brethren history plus some artifacts. 

The cemetery was established in 1 793. There 
are over 1 ,000 people buried in the cemetery, 
including Brethren leaders such as Alexander 
Mack, Sr.; Alexander Mack, Jr.; Elizabeth Mack; 
and Peter Keyser. Hannah Langstroth Drexel, 
the Brethren mother of Katharine Drexel, was 
originally buried in the cemetery, but Hannah's 
body was moved in 1946. Katharine Drexel was 
a Catholic nun noted for work with minorities. 
Procedures are currently underway in the 
Catholic church to raise her to sainthood. 

Germantown played a major role during 
the early years of Brethren life in America. 
The congregation was organized on Christmas 
Day in 1 723 and is therefore the first Brethren 
congregation in the New World. On that day 
the first baptism was performed and the first 
love feast was held. When the meetinghouse 
was built in 1 770, it was the first Brethren 
meetinghouse in America. 

The congregation flourished in the 1 700s 
but declined during much of the 1 800s. With the 
leadership of Wilbur Stover, who later became a 
pioneer missionary in India, and the leadership 
of Milton C. Swigart, the congregation experi- 
enced renewal in the 1890s and early decades of 
the 1900s. The size of the congregation peaked 
in 1934 with over 450 members. Membership 
declined in the 1940s and 1950s, and the con- 
gregation was disorganized in 1964. Because of 
an intentional effort in the 1980s to reestablish a 
worshiping community, a fully functioning con- 
gregation now exists at Germantown. 

In 1982 the Church of the Brethren Gen- 
eral Board established the Germantown Trust to 
care for the site. The congregation and the trust 
are separate entities. The trust maintains the 
building and grounds and provides for historical 
interpretation of the site, while the congregation 
has its own budget used to support its programs 
and services. Funds for the trust come from a 
yearly grant provided by the General Board, a 

18 Messenger June 2000 

cemetery legacy, and occasional donations 
given by Brethren groups and individuals. 

In addition to the day-to-day maintenance, 
the trust is responsible for special maintenance 
projects. Over the years these have included a 
new heating system, a new kitchen, and new 
concrete paving. Soon to begin is a project to 
install a new toilet facility for people with dis- 
abilities, a new exterior wheelchair-accessible 
entrance, a new water service, and a new 200- 
amp electric service. Bids indicate that this 
project will cost $90,000 to $95,000. While 
the trust has $55,000 on hand for the project, 
additional funding is needed. Information 
about the project is available from the trust by 
contacting Joseph H. Hackman, chair of the 
trust, at 1613 Brent Road, Oreland, PA 19075. 

Contributions may be sent to Church of 
the Brethren General Board, Restricted for 
Germantown Trust Project, 1451 
Dundee Avenue, Elgin, IL 60120. 


Ken Shaffer is librarian/archivist for the General Board 
at the Brethren Historical Library and Archives. He is an 
ex-officio member of the Germantown Trust. 

played a major 
role during the 
early years of 
Brethren life 
in America. 
Organized on 
Christinas Day 
in 1 723, it was 
the first Brethren 
congregation in 
the New World. 

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Responsibilities include envisioning, 
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Experience preferred with management, 
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Seeking person with strong commitment 
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Church school classes, small groups and families will find 
many discussion points within Choosing Death, with Dignity: 
A Study Guide on Death, 
Bereavement and Burial. 
Written by Graydon Snyder, 
this 12-page booklet provides 
a biblical and Brethren con- 
text for considering end-ot-litc 
issues. The case studies and 
questions following each 
section are useful tools for 
classes and families to begin 
talking about and planning 
tor the future. 

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This 24-page book is the Carroll Counry Times' account 

of Dale Aukerman's life with and death from cancer. 

The stories and photos from this daily newspaper 

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and faith 



BY Jeanne Jacoby Smith 

Four years ago Casey Drudge of Lin- 
colnshire Church of the Brethren, Fort 
Wayne, Ind., never expected to metamorphose 
as Alexander Mack, the elder churchman 
known as first minister and leader of the 
German Baptist Brethren in 1708. 

Yet circumstance and Casey's willingness to 
serve have resulted in 60 performances of the 
elder Mack. The electronic technician-turned- 
actor in his spare time has traversed 1 1 ,000 miles 
to share Mack's story with more than 4,500 
people in churches throughout the denomination. 
What drew Casey to the Mack role? Was it 
the message? Or his love of drama? Neither, 
he admits. Even writing the centennial history 
of the Church of the Brethren in Fort Wayne, 

Ind., did not heighten his desire to know more 
about Alexander Mack. He claims little theatri- 
cal experience except for playing the role of 
Professor Willard in Thornton Wilder's Our 
Town in his teens. (Later, he was devastated to 
learn that Professor Willard was probably 
added to the script to increase the number of 
actors in the high school version of the play.) 
Casey's involvement with Brother Mack 
happened quite by accident, he says. In the fall 
of 1996, Phyllis Carter, former moderator of 
Annual Conference, served as interim pastor 
of the Lincolnshire church. Near Halloween 
that year Pastor Carter decided to stage an "All 
Saint's Day Special." Because the Brethren are 
a bit short on saints, Casey relates, the pastor 
highlighted various heritage heavyweights such 
as Dan West, Anna Mow, and Alexander 
Mack. Casey agreed to dress the part of Mack 
and stand in the front of the sanctuary while 
Carter read a description of his character to 
the congregation. 

After that brief enactment, an invitation 
came to share Mack's biography with a 
church school class, followed by an appear- 
ance at a church board retreat. Months 
later, when asked to repeat the perfor- 
mance, Casey researched his intriguing 
subject more thoroughly. Reflecting on the 
role, he says, "I had been a member of the 
Church of the Brethren for nearly 50 years 
and barely knew who Alexander Mack was, 
let alone how or why he did whatever he did. 
I viewed it as a historical challenge." 

Rather than writing and memorizing a 
script, however, Casey immersed himself in 
The Brethren Encyclopedia with intentions of 
becoming so fluent with the facts that he could 
speak spontaneously, as though he were the 
church elder coming back to the future. 
To his surprise, among the guests 
on the scheduled performance day were 
Blair and Pat Hehnan, former Man- 
chester College president and 
Brethren author. Though concerned 
that he could not live up to his 
esteemed audience's expectations, 
he recomposed himself and pro- 
ceeded as planned, moving 
comfortably into the persona of 

Alexander Mack. In the hour that followed, he 
poured out his innermost thoughts about 
Mack's life as a prosperous community leader 
who, because of his faith, relinquished his 
wealth to help others. Because Mack and his 

followers rejected the ties between established 
churches and the German state, they were 
pursued in earnest by the authorities. 

No one was more surprised than Casey at 
his fluency that morning. He admits to hear- 

Arts group finds a home for Mack Haus painting 

A highlight of Casey Drudge's por- 
trayal of Alexander Mack occurred last 
summer when he served as a delegate 
at Annual Conference in Milwaukee. 

Enamored with Mack, Casey was 
delighted to discover at the Associa- 
tion for the Arts silent auction an 
acrylic on wood painting of Mack's 
home, today known as the Alexander 
Mack Museum in Schwarzenau, 
Germany. The wood, he discovered, 
was retrieved from the home where 
historians believe Mack lived in the 
early 1700s in Wittgenstein. 

In 1993 a group from McPherson 
College in Kansas traveled to 
Schwarzenau, Germany, to explore 
the Brethren heritage. One of the fac- 
ulty sponsors, Jeanne Smith, asked 
their German host whether it was 
possible to retrieve a small piece of 
wood from the museum. Depending 
on the size of the wood, she hoped to 
create a family memento, possibly a 
painting of the Mack home. 

Explaining her quest. Smith says, 
"Alexander Mack was my great grand- 
father, eight greats to be exact. When 
visiting Schwarzenau, I experienced a 
transcendence of history and time. My 
great-grandfather had walked those 
streets; he affirmed his faith boldly in 
that special place. Against the powers 
of his day, he took the vows of bap- 
tism in the Eder River. The ambiance 
about the town had such a powerful 
effect on me that before we left, I 
, requested our host to escort us to the 
museum one last time." 

The next morning the host drove his 

guests to the top of the hill towering 
over the hamlet of Schwarzenau and 
the Eder River meandering through 
the valley below. Approaching the 
museum, they discovered a farmer 
tending animals in the barn attached 
to the house. In German, the host 
translated the unusual request. 

The farmer disappeared into the barn, 
then emerged with a board discarded, 
he said, when the home was remodeled 
as a museum in 1992. Discovering that 
it was too long for Smith's luggage, he 
again withdrew into the barn and 
returned with the slab cut in half. 

In the summer of 1 998, with half a 
dozen photos of the house in hand. 
Smith shared her idea with her artist 
sister, Mary Shank of Gettysburg, Pa. 
Shank agreed to create a composite 
drawing of the home, then to paint it 
onto both slabs of wood. Together, 
they decided to donate one painting 
to the Association for the Arts at 
Annual Conference and to keep the 
second as a family memento. 

When Casey Drudge, Alexander 
Mack impersonator, discovered the 
painting available at the silent auction 
at Annual Conference in Milwaukee 
last year, he resolved to purchase it. 
Keeping tabs on the bids, he planned 
to return just before the auction closed 
Saturday to bid one-up on the previ- 
ous aspirant. When Casey entered the 
exhibit hall that morning, he was dis- 
mayed to learn bids had closed Friday 
night. Greatly disappointed, he told 
his wife that someone else purchased 
his Alexander Mack memorabilia. 

Sisters Mary Jacoby Shank and Jeanne 
Jacoby Smith pose with their family's 
picture of the Alexander Mack Haus. 
The sisters are great granddaughters 
of the elder Mack. 

Several weeks later, Casey pre- 
sented the conference report to the 
Lincolnshire congregation, at his 
pastor's request, in costume. Just 
before he began, another conference 
attendee interrupted the service to 
present him with the painting. In his 
words, "I was totally speechless — an 
uncommon situation for me." 

Unknown to him, his wife had con- 
spired with church members to 
purchase the work of art using an alias 
name, then plotted a way to surprise 
him. Had he actually made an offer, he 
would have bid against his own wife. 

The Alexander Mack Haus finally 
found its home. 

The author ivishes to thank Dr. David Eller 
of the Young Center at Elizabethtown College. 
Pa., for editing. Eller reports that he also 
placed a bid on the piece — but lost. 

June 2000 Messenger 21 

/ try to 

capture my 


of Alexander 

Mac\ in 

my meager, 


way. That's 


for 771 e. 

ing himself speak thoughts he had never 
entertained before. The elder Mack's testi- 
mony, when shared in its totahty, expanded 
his understanding. 

"I didn't know where the words were 
coming from. . . .Then I reaHzed," he says, 
"that God was in controk" Casey began, in 
the midst of the presentation, to plan for a 
future with Brother Mack. He was further 
encouraged when the Helmans reported that 
he had done "just fine." 

Demand for performances since then have 
exposed him to larger numbers of Brethren so 
that in some circles his name has become syn- 
onymous with the church leader. Casey takes 
special pleasure when people call him "Alexan- 
der" at church, at Annual Conference, and at 
his favorite locale — Camp Alexander Mack in 
Indiana. More recently, requests have come to 
play the role from other Brethren groups that 
also claim Mack as forebear. 

Today Casey inspires audiences through- 
out the denomination with his Alexander 

Persons interested in the Alexander Mack Living Heritage Program may 
inquire about fees and availability by contacting Casey Drudge at 6405 
Londonderry Lane, Fort Wayne, IN 46835. Phone: 219-485-4906. E-mail: OR 

Mack Living Heritage Program. He does not 
attribute success to his acting abilities, but 
rather to the power of Mack's story and to his 
audiences' interest in learning about Brethren 
roots. In the meantime, he is committed to 
immersing himself in Brethren history 
between Mack and the present time, to further 
enrich presentations. 

Yet it is not so much Mack whom he rep- 
resents, Casey says, "but the elegant, useful 
message in the New Testament Church so 
sought after by Mack and his followers back 
in 1713. I don't pretend to be a preacher, but 
I do greatly enjoy telling people how our 
denomination began and . . . explaining our 
faith to them. Do I think that I am a close 
copy of Alexander Mack? Perhaps, but only in 
appearance, and even then I can't be sure. Do 
I believe that I think like Mack? No, I'm not 
that presumptuous, but I try to capture my 
understanding of him in my meager, humble 
way. That's enough for me." And judging from 
the response of the audiences, it must be 
enough for other Brethren, as well. 


Jeanne Jacoby Smith is associate professor of 
Curriculum & Instruction/English at McPherson 
College, Kan., and a member of the McPherson 
First Church of the Brethren. 


How a bike averted disaster 

This was my first assignment with the Cooperative Disaster 
Childcare program, which provides therapeutic play for chil- 
dren who have gone through disasters, while their parents do 
what they need to do to start recovery. I spent two weeks in 
New Bern, N.C., up to my elbows in playdough, taking care 
of the children of Hurricane Floyd flood victims while their 
parents talked to the Red Cross about future needs. 

Playdough, painting, stuffed Elmo and Big Bird, and cars 
were all played with, but our biggest draw was the simplest: 
a dishpan filled with five pounds of rice and two sets of 
measuring cups for pouring the rice back and forth. I'm 
sure psychologists could have found significance in the chil- 
dren being able to create order out of chaos — the truth was, 
the rice just felt good. Some sat there for over an hour, hap- 
pily pouring and wiggling their fingers in the rice. (Me too!) 

Many of the children's conversations were touching, and 
it was sobering for me to consider what life is like when 
you have lost absolutely everything and don't have many 

22 Messenger June 2000 

resources to start over. One mother said, "We just got our 
trailer and lot paid off and added a front room, and it was 
under water to the roof." When another woman was told 
she would have to discard her grandmother's quilt and her 
kids' baby clothes because of the water damage, she wept. 

The child who made me weep was the little boy who 
talked about losing all his clothes and his stuffed toy; then 
he said, "But at least I can be glad my bike didn't get 
ruined." "Was it inside?" I asked. "No," he said, "it was 
in the pawnshop." — Patti Sprinkle 

This is taken from an article that appeared in the newsletter of 
First Church of the Brethren. St. Petersburg. Fla. Phil Lersch, 
pastor of the St. Petersburg congregation, and his wife, Jean, are 
longtime friends of Patti Sprinkle, a Presbyterian, an author, and 
an anti-hunger advocate, who lives in Miami. Fla. 

Messenger wouU like to publish other short, eolorful, humorous or poignant stories of real-life 
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Christian Citizenship 

Seminar takes 

youth to power 


I mi 

BY Walt Wiltschek 

large group of people sat clustered 

L_in a small area of floor space, a 
scoop of rice balanced on the flimsy plates 
before them. Kneeling or sitting, they could 
gaze out at their rich neighbors enjoying a 
sumptuous dinner at a cloth-covered table set 
with flowers. Some looked longingly at the 
plentiful food denied them, while others took 
more active measures to get some themselves. 
In this case, the inequity was planned — a 
simulated "hunger banquet" near the end of a 
Church of the Brethren Christian Citizenship 

Youth of Today: These Brethren youth rose early to get 
in position outside the "Today Show" in New York. 
Their enterprise paid off when they got a brief chance to 
tell the tiation that they were learning ways to fight 
hunger at the Christian Citizenship Seminar. Pictured 
from left are Nick Siegrist. Corinne Lipscomb. .Martha 
Piichs, Nicole Oetma, Heather Nace, and Phil Mackey. 

June 2000 Messenger 23 

JoAnne Foreman of 
Pitsburg, Ohio, along 
with more than half of the 
Christian Citizenship 
Seminar participants, 
found themselves in the 
low-income group during 
a hunger banquet 
designed to illlustrate the 
world's unequal 
distribution of resources. 
The group received only 
rice on a paper plate and 
no table or seat. 

Seminar week. For millions of people around 
the world, however, the inequities are real, 
and that's why the 100 Brethren youth and 
advisors from across the country came — not 
just to sightsee, but to learn and to respond. 
The six-day event, which begins in New 
York City and ends in Washington, D.C., is 
sponsored by the General Board's 
Youth/Young Adult and Washington offices 
and is held annually except for National Youth 
Conference years. It seeks to relate current 
events and issues with one's faith, particularly 
from a Brethren perspective. This year's 
theme was "Hungering for Justice," looking at 
local and global hunger issues. 

"The hungry people of the world aren't 
just victims," said David Radcliff of the 
Brethren Witness office, who spoke at two 
sessions during the seminar. "They're people 
like you and me with hopes and dreams. They 
often just need a tiny step up, and that's often 
beyond their reach." 

Radcliff showed slides from trips to Cen- 
tral America, Sudan, and North Korea as he 
sought to help the group "look hunger in the 
face," as Brethren have done 
throughout the years. A new 
drama written by Radcliff and 
based on the story of the rich 
man and Lazarus helped to 
illustrate the issue from a bibli- 
cal perspective. 

Other speakers took up the 
topic during the six-day semi- 
nar, too. David Wildman of the 
United Methodist Church 
spoke about the work of the 
United Nations, its headquar- 
ters visible through a window 
behind him as he addressed the 
group in New York. 

He asked participants to 
look at the clothes they were 
wearing to see what countries 
produced them, then did a 
visual representation of the 
world's unequal resources. Two 
youth in the demonstration had 
ample room to spread out — 
representing the 20 percent of 
the world's people who hold 85 percent of the 
resources — while eight others sat stacked in an 
uncomfortable pile. 

"We don't choose our parents or the com- 
munities we're born into," Wildman said, "but 
we do have choices about how we live our 
lives and use our resources." 

Another powerful session came on the 

Ron Shriver and advisor Ed Palsgrove, of the 

Union Bridge (Md.) Church of the Brethren, peel 
potatoes at the Food & Friends service project in 
Washington, D.C., which delivers meals to 
AIDS patients in a wide radius around the city. 

final evening of the seminar, following the 
hunger banquet. Church of the Brethren 
member Steve Brady, who works with the 
National Coalition for the Homeless, showed 
a touching audiovisual presentation and then 
facilitated a panel of three people who talked 
about life on the streets of Washington, D.C. 

One of them, Larry, managed to inter- 
sperse humor and lively stories while 
describing the loneliness, low self-esteem, and 
depression he'd endured. He signed a lease 
for an apartment for the first time in January 
but said, "Some of the best people in the 
world are on the streets right now." 

Another of the panel members, named 
Don, urged participants not to become callous 

24 Messenger June 2000 

and to respond to the homeless they see, 
quoting the Bible passage of "entertaining 
angels unawares." Often even better than 
gi\ ing money, he said, is to respond as if that 
person were a fellow human being, talking to 
them and saying, "God loves you." 

Youth worked at responding during the 
seminar, too, taking what they had learned and 
seeing it put into practice. One morning in 
W ashington was dedicated to service projects, 
w ith youth and advisors traveling to six sites 
around the city. Five of those were soup 
kitchens or food delivery agencies, and the 
sixth, called Community Harvest/Urban Oasis, 
grew food for a farmers' market in a low- 
income neighborhood that has no supermarket. 

In the afternoon of that same day, youth 
and advisors split into groups from their 
respective states and districts to visit senators 
and representatives on Capitol Hill, sharing 
the information they had learned during the 
week and urging support for hunger causes in 
Congress — particularly for a current bill 
called the Hunger Relief Act. 

Some of the groups met with aides, but 
several of the representatives and senators met 
with the CCS visitors personally, despite a 
busy week in Washington. 

Youth were also urged to act within the 
Church of the Brethren, especially through the 
General Board's Global Food Crisis Fund. 
Radcliff, who manages the fund through 
Brethren Witness, unveiled plans to fly 200 
dairy goats to famine-wracked North Korea 
this summer, and challenged all the youth pre- 
SLMit to each raise $100 toward that effort. 

"The problem is a lot bigger than 1 ever 
thought it was," said Corinne Lipscomb of 
Springfield, 111., who planned to speak on the 
issue at church and raise the $100 when she 
returned home. "It seemed absolutely huge. 
Hopefully 1 can do something about it." 

An initial $200 also came from CCS 
advisors after youth demonstrated their 
knowledge of hunger issues in a game called 
"Who Wants to Feed the Hungry?," earning 
$20 per correctly answered question. 

"You've come because you want to learn 
something about this, and to me that's very 
hopeful," Radcliff said to the group. "It takes 
bravery — call it Christian commitment — to 
step into that other world not so far away and 
let it trouble you, and then trust God to show 
you what to do next." 

By the way, the youth and advisors all 
received a plentiful spread of pizza and soda a 
few hours following that hunger banquet, fill- 
ing up all those who had subsisted on meager 
meals earlier. For the world's truly hungry 
people, however, the feasts don't come so 
easily, and youth were forced to wrestle with 
their place in the issue. 

"You're not sure what you can do about 
the problem because you're part of the 
majority that's causing the problem," said 
Chris Palsgrove, a youth participant from 
the Union Bridge (Md.) church. "You have 
to step away from things and look at 
how you can change." 


Walt Wiltschek is manager of news services for 
the General Board. 

Joe Fennel and Justine 
Martinez, of the Live Oak 
(Calif) Church of the 
Brethren, wash used trays at 
the Washington City Church 
of the Brethren soup kitchen, 
one of six service projects 
where Christian Citizenship 
Seminar participants 
worked this year. 

June 2000 Messenger 25 


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I have learned from such personal 
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that there is hope for depression, 
before it becomes so bad you ca7inot 
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A family and mental illness 

I am writing in response to "What 
churches can do for the depressed" 
(April). That was one of the best 
articles 1 have ever read, and I was so 
pleased to see mental illness looked 
at for the disease that it really is. 

I have suffered from mental illness 
now for 30 some years, since I was in 
my 20s. I have been hospitalized 
many times. In the 1970s when I went 
into depression, I first thought I was 
a freak of nature, and was very 
embarrassed when I returned from 
my very first hospital stay in a mental 
health facility. Now, I am a 
spokesperson on the illness of depres- 
sion and its sometimes deadly effects. 

On Nov. 15, 1989, my life and that 
of my husband and our daughter 
changed forever. Our very precious 
son took his own life after a bout with 
depression from a couple months 

before graduation from high school 
up until the fall, when life became too 
much to deal with. No one told me 
years earlier, when I had my first bout 
with depression, that it could show up 
in my children also. Well, it sure did, 
because our precious daughter, now 
3 1 years old, also was diagnosed in 
her 20s with bipolar depression. 

I have never been ashamed of my 
mental illness, my daughter's, or the 
way our son died. Instead I take what 
I have learned from such personal 
experiences and try to teach others 
that there is hope for depression, 
before it becomes so bad you cannot 
control it, it controls you. I don't 
want to have to see another parent 
lose their child to this awful disease. 

I speak up to all young folks 
everywhere to get to someone you 
can talk to and let them know you 
are getting depressed. 

Now there are so many excellent 

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If I reach just one person out 
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Like Wiilt Wiltschek comments in his 
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camp," of the quiet water of the 
small spring trickling through the 
camp surrounding it, there trickle 
through the article some errors 
which need to be clarified. 

The article states that the camp bears 
the name of the spring. After the land 
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The one who submitted Shepherd's 
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The article says the Potomac River 
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The article states, "The camp's 
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The article should have included 
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then the construction committee, 
which worked with Rex Miller until 
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The New Beginnings Church of the Brethren, 

located SO miles of Kansas City, Missouri, invites 
Brethren traveling to Annual Conference to stay 
overnight. Facilities available for camping, 16 miles 
south of 1-70 on Highway 13{S) at southeast edge 
of Warrensburg. Contact pastor.Jane Davis, 800 E. 
Hale Lake Road, Warrensburg, MO 64093-3042, phone 
660-429-6215, e-mail <jeneherda(«: 

Visiting Washington, D.C.? Come worship with 
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Montague St, Arlington, Virginia. Phone 703-524- 
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Worship: 11:00 a.m. Summer Hours: June 4 thru 
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The York Center congregation in Lombard, IL 
will celebrate 50 years of ministry in 2001. To 
kick-off our anniversary we will have a celebration 
weekend August 12 and 13, 2000, If you have been 
a part of the York Center family we hope you will join 
us for this celebration. For more information call the 
church office at 630-627-741 1 or e-mail Pastor Christy 
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Executive Director for a new alliance of five 
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Bachelor's degree (Master's preferred) and at least 
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Must possess good moral character. Send resume to 
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Christian Family Practice group is seeking a 
family physician to join our growing practice. We 
are located in North Central Indiana, near Goshen. 
We provide obstetrics with many deliveries done at 
an Amish Birthing Center near Shipshewana. Oppor- 
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TiiFninf Points 

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New members 

Ambler, Pa.: Amber Shaw. Lea 

Brandts, St. Thomas. Pa.: Dennis and 
Marian Mills. Karl Frey, Robin and 
Megan Unger, Lindsey Hollenshead, 
Tracy Clevenger, John Hunt, lames 
Snider. Kayla Snyder, Mandy Ferree, 
Pauline Harmon, Linda Heckman 

Brook Park, Ohio: Samantha Bova, 
Patrick Cronan, Linda Cronan. 
Robert Ryan Cronan, Brittany 
Hornyak, Christopher Schmid 

Champaign, 111.: Shirley Webber, Dawn 

Dixon, 111.: Alan Mackey, Kathy Mackey, 
|ohn Munson, loel Wiseman, Amy 
Wiseman, Steven Magnafici, Laurie 
Blackburn, Gary Lee, Cody Winters, 
Shayla Brooks. Aaron Brooks, Tiffany 
Mekeel, lacob Mekeel 

Dupont. Ohio: Cher Stoker, Paul Gar- 
rison, Loyce Garrison, Kelly Sarka, 
Sis Hacker, Dalton Hacker, leff 

Elizabethtown, Pa.: Becky Tann 

Eversole. New Lebanon, Ohio: Erin 
Curliss, Megan Howard, Rhonda 
and Don Fugate 

First, Ligonier, Pa.:Noel McLeary 

First Central, Kansas City, Kan.: Benson 
Mwihaki. ludy Burr, lane Smith 

Friendship. Linthicum, Md.: lane- 
Adair Seleski 

Geiger, Friedens, Pa.; Wayne and 
Marie Erbe 

Greensburg, Pa.: Michael Hamley, 
Steven Perry, Amanda Waugh 

Independence, Kan.: Arthur D. Arnwine. 
Darryl L. Deering, Winona K. Deering 

Lansing, Mich.: Marybeth Braddock, 
Carol Baker, CaroL^nn BrunDelRe 

Linville Creek, Broadway, Va.: Mark 
Rothnathon, Velda Keller, Maxine 
Strawderman, Gina Ritchie 

Logansporl, Ind.: Bill Fickle, Tiffany 
Close, Bill Kite, Heather Close, 
Chris Good, Eddie Hannah 

Lower Deer Creek. Camden. Ind.: High 
McKinley, loe Slate, Alan and Brenda 
McLearn-Montz, Barberie Edging 

Maitland, Lewistown. Pa.: Linda Wallick 

Maple Grove. .Ashland, Ohio: Randy 
Keener, Kay Keener, lO^issy Keener 

Markle, Ind.: lacob Chambers, Mossy 
Crispin, Candy Marshall, Loyal and 
Betty Pursifull, lustin O'Reilly 

Mechanicsburg, Pa.: Earl Goodwin, 
lacob Kumler. Audrea Rof- 
fensperger. Matthew Rider, lohn 
Seigle, Scott and Cheryl Spicer, 
Lavinia Stough, Barbara Cisney, |ef- 
frey and Rebecca Bailey, Heidi 
Graci, Reta Mundwiler, Traci 
Rabenstein, William Replogle 

Middlebury, Ind.: Betsy Garber, Don 
Mockler, Don and Tanya Paulus, 
Robin Paulus, Ann Troyer 
Schmucker. Penny Lantzer, Meri- 
beth Miller, Melissa Adams, Travis 
Kauffman, Roman Anderson 

Mohican. West Salem. Ohio: David, 
Lisa, lordan, and Michaela Hohider, 
Richard and Susie Gortner 

New Paris, Ind.: Re.x Eisenhour, Burton 
Clemens, Joan Hein, Mark Miller 

Nokesville, Va.: Franklin D. Sanford, 
Nelson D, Sager, James R. 

30 Messenger June 2000 

Funkhouser, Cynthia L. Yohn, 
Andrew T. Yohn, Kelsey N. Nelson, 
Pamela |. Evans, Lindsey E. Hay- 
wood. Michelle L. Iverson, Kristie A. 
Hall, Melanie Pittman 

North Liberty, Ind.: Alan Holderread, 
Ashley Houser 

Peters Creek, Roanoke, Va,: Mabel 
Naff, Geraldine Plunkett. Anna Mae 
Plunkett. lohn Showalter, Ted and 
Ruby Spradling, Kathleen Crum, 
Willard Flora, Cory Lowe, lack 
Lowe, lohn Lowe, Carl Stump 

Pleasant View, Fayetteville, W.Va.: 
Ruth Riner, Victoria Vandall, Linda 
Vandall, leff and Patricia Ashwell 

Pyrmont, Rossville, Ind.: Doris Lane 

Sebring. Fla.: Harold Banwart, Lois 
Banwart, Paul Kemble, Miriam 
Kemble, Don Kepler, Ruth Kepler, 
Donna Redifer, |ohn Slotter, Mary 
Slotter, lillian Snoke 

South Waterloo, Waterloo, Iowa: Ron 
and Denise Flory, Paul and Mildred 
Holliday. Paula Sturtz 

Springfield, Coopersburg, Pa.: Brian 
and Donna Grube, Amanda Grube, 
Kent Holschwander, Gary Ki-amer, 
Meredith Kramer, Samantha 
Kramer. Harold Romig, Marilyn 
Rule, Keith Wolf, |r. 

Tucson. Ariz.: Clifford Eicher, Dorcus 
Eicher. Gordon Adkins, Linda Adkins, 
Veronica Velazquez, Robin Palmisano, 
Virginia Fisher, Gary Fisher 

Waynesboro, Pa,: Lisa Hall. Larry and 
lean Mellott 

Welty, Smithsburg. Md.: Nicole 

Wenatchee (Wash.) Brethren-Baptist: 
lorge Vargas, Dayle Rushing, Robin 

Waterford, Calif,: Esther Davis, Frank 

West Goshen, Goshen, Ind.: Karmen Frey 

West Richmond. Richmond, Va.: 
William lenkins 


Anderson, Harry and LaVonne. Mt, 

Morris, III., 55 
Bergy, Keith and Barbara lean, 

Caledonia, Mich., 55 
Budd, Lois and Raymond, Ashland, 

Ohio, 50 
Chase, Ted and Dorothy, Defiance. 

Ohio, 60 
Deaven, Thomas and Ruth, Harrisburg, 

Pa., 55 
Dixon. Fred and Martha, Akron, Ohio, 50 
Engel, Raynard and Donna, Waterloo, 

Iowa, 50 
Funk, Charles and Ruth, New Oxford, 

Pa., 55 
Garrison. Howard and Mary Elizabeth, 

Mt, Morris, 111., 55 
Geesaman, Paul and Blanche, 

Grantville, Pa., 55 
Gilbert, lohn and Martha, Staunton, 

Va., 65 
Heckman, Galen and Laura, Mercers- 
burg, Pa., 50 
Haworth, Paul and Virginia, Pem- 

bertville, Ohio, 60 
Heister, Allen and Daisy. Annville, Pa,, 50 
Heusinkveld, Leland and Patricia Ann, 

Preston, Minn,, 50 
Hinson, Carl and Verla, Erie, Pa,, 55 
Hoffman, Robert and Ann, Waynes- 
boro, Pa., 50 

Hoover, Charles and Reges, Martins- 
burg, Pa., 60 
Hurst, Earl and Martha, Palmyra, Pa., 55 
Keyser, Gerald and Margaret, Lowell, 

Mich., 60 
Kintner, George and Virginia, Adrian, 

Mich., 55 
Kulp. Robert and Anna Mae, Manheim, 

Pa., 50 
McCaman, Sam and Donna, Lorida, 

Fla., 55 
Malone, Max and Betty, Goshen, Ind., 50 
Metcalf, Wallace and Mary, Brunswick, 

Md., 50 
Mock, Clair and Ruth, Alum Bank, 

Pa., 70 
Montel, Enid and Ernie, Tipp City, 

Ohio, 55 
Nicodemus, Allen and Kate, Boons- 

boro, Md., 50 
Pritts, Russell and Thelma, Fort Hill, 

Pa,, 55 
Reynolds. Fred and Dee, Madrid. 

Iowa, 50 
Rigney, Doyle and Mildred, Bridgewa- 

ter.'Va., 50 
Rowe. Ray and Ruth, Frostproof, Fla., 

Russell, Albert and Viola, lacksonville, 

Fla., 60 
Sexton, Cliff and Eileen, Lorida Fla., 50 
Shelly, Harlan and Betty, Manheim, 

Pa., 50 
Stauffer, Guv and Ruth, Bradenton, 

Fla., 55 
Switzer, Walter and Marilyn, Water- 
ford, Calif., 50 
Talbot, Richard and Kathleen, Sebring, 

Fla,. 50 
Thomas, Bernard and ieanc, Sebring, 

Fla., 50 
Trinks, Ervin and Alice, Abbottstown, 

Pa.. 55 
Weaver, Frank and Enid, Lorida, Fla., 50 
Wine. Gerald and Arlene, Enders, 

Neb., 50 
Wine, Ralph and Margaret, Mt. Sidney, 

Va., 55 


Aldinger. Herman, 81, Lancaster, Pa.. 

Sept. 10 
Alley, Helen, Bridgewater, Va., April 1 
Alwine, Ivy, 99, Annville, Pa,, April 2 
Andes, 1. Gilbert, 87, Remington, Va.. 

March 18 
Barrett, Steve, 104, Miami, Fla., Sept. 3 
Baumgartner, Pauline, 86, Decatur, 

Ind.. April 2 
Beard, Clifford, 83, Enders, Neb., Feb. I 
Bixler, Russell, 72. Pittsburgh. Pa., 

Ian. 30 
Bonney, Willard Donald, OIlie, Iowa, 

Feb. 18 
Boone, Robert, 76, Greenville, Ohio, 

March 2 
Brandeberry, Floyd, 83, Goshen, Ind.. 

April 1 3 
Brooks, Beulah. 86, Dexter, Mo.. 

Dec. 17 
Brown, Sandra L.. 54. Loysburg, Pa., 

Dec. 24 
Brumbaugh, William R., 66, Duncans- 

ville, Pa„ Oct. 7 
Callahan, Mary E.. 84, Linville, Va., 

Feb. 9 
Caplinger, Fred A., Sr., 59, Martin, 

W.Va., Feb. 1 
Caricofe, Allen H„ 73, Stuarts Draft, 

Va., March 27 
Carr, Bernice Marie, 97, Bloomfield, 

Iowa, |an. 1 I 

Carr, lane, Sebring, Fla., Nov. 7 
Cave. Wilmer, 82, Grantville, Pa., 

Feb. 20 
Church, Doctor Grant, Winston- 
Salem, N.C., Nov. 27 
Clark. Robert R., 83, Easton, Md.. 

March 16 
Click, Rilla, 86, New Lebanon, Ohio, 

April 1 7 
Cline, Nellie E,, 86. Harrisonburg, Va., 

Feb. 15 
Conn. Mae, 89, Somerset, Pa., Oct. 26 
Cox. Mary c. 84, Mount Solon, Va.. 

Feb. 10 
Crumley. William C, Knoxville, Tenn., 

March 28 
Crumrine, Mabel, 83, Greenville, Ohio, 

March 14 
Cupp, Russell T. 92. Dayton. Va., 

March 9 
Dearth, lanet, 83, Dayton, Ohio, Feb. 17 
Deuel, Clarence "Art," 42, Latrobe, Pa., 

April 13 
Dibert, Thomas S., 74, Bedford, Pa., 

Feb. 28 
Diehl, Robert, 86, West Alexandria, 

Ohio. March 31 
Dodson, Nola, 86, Fayetteville, W,Va., 

Ian. 4 
Dove, Clifford, 88, Nokesville, Va., 

Feb. 22 
Dupras. Edmund, 59, Live Oak, CaliL, 

Feb. 10 
Eberly, Goldie, Toledo, Ohio 
Ebersole, I. Lynn, 88, La Verne, Calif., 

Dec. 22 
Eisenbise. Bernetta, 80, Elizabethtown, 

Pa., Oct. 24 
Ensign. C. David. La Verne, Calif.. 

Ian. 25 
Fishburn. Aubrey F., 97. Lawrence. 

Kan.. Feb. 12 
Foltz, Helen. 79, Annville, Pa.. March 27 
Fruth, Glenn, 84. Quinter. Kan., Ian. 20 
Funkhouser, Margaret, 74, Moorefield, 

W.Va., March 19 
Gingrich, Ada, 85, Lebanon, Pa.. Feb. 5 
Glick, Anna V. H., 91. Timberville, Va„ 

Feb. 22 
Gochenour, Bessie, 89. Woodstock, 

Va.. Feb. 19 
Godfrey. Mar\in R.. 69, Glen Rock, 

Pa.. Feb. 28 
Graham, lames, 65, San Dimas, Calif., 

Feb. 4 
Green, lohn D.. Sr.. 86, lohnsville, 

Md., March 8 
Gregg. Odessa, 98, Tecumseh, Mich., 

March 8 
Grimm, William E.. 100, Altoona, Pa„ 

Feb. 25 
Grossnickle, Maurice, 81, 

Burkittsville, Md., March 5 
Hanson, Mary Katherine, 79, Boone, 

Iowa, Feb, 10 
Harman, David M.. 76. Kansas City, 

Kan.. March 18 
Harmon. Garland B.. 86. Petersburg. 

W.Va., March 24 
Heatwole, Betty j., 67, Mt. Crawford, 

Va., Feb. 5 
Heatwole, Merle Eugene, 92, Prescott, 

.'\riz.. March 1 
Hedge. Kathleen Fink. 83. Roanoke. 

Va.. Ian. 14 
Henderson. Lovita. Mt. Morris, 111.. 

March 1 9 
Herbold, Vera M., 83. Kingsley. Iowa, 

March 7 
Hess, Ethel. 91, Hanover, Pa., Feb. 17 
Hockman. loan, 56, Charles Town, 

W.Va., Feb. 1 7 
Hoffer. Paul. 80. Lebanon. Pa., Feb. 1 7 

Holdiman. Floyd. 82. Hudson. Iowa. 

Ian, 2 
Hoover, William. Sebring. Fla.. October 
Horlon. Truman Lee. 92. Sebring. Fla.. 

Aug. 14 
Hosteller. Chub. 74. Palmyra. Pa.. Feb. 4 
Houston. David. 44. Ashland. Ohio, 

I ch. I 
Howes. Geraldine. 82. Kaleva. Mich.. 

Feb. 25 
Hufrman. Mary L.. 75. New Carlisle. 

Ohio. Ian. 26 
Hurst. Florrie. Sebring. Fla.. Sept. 1 1 
larrclt. Edgar M.. Sr.. 79. New 

Fnlerprise, Pa.. Nov. 20 
lessen. Otto. 94, Cedar Falls, Iowa. 

.April 5 
Keener. Steven M., 39. New London. 

Ohio. Ian. 12 
Keenev. George C. 58. New Freedom. 

Pa..' March 22 
Kcppcn. Harold. Spring Cilv. Pa.. 

Dec. 2b 
Kibler. ScotI A.. 2 1 . Altoona. Pa.. 

Sept. 25 
Kigcr. Fdward Clark. Lynchburg. Va.. 

Feb. b 
Kimmcl. Homer. Olvmpia. Va.. 

April 10. 1999 
King. Ruth. 77. Lorida, Fla.. |an. 24 
King. William A.. 48. New Enterprise. 

Pa.. Sept. 26 
Kinsey. ludv K.. 50. Ligonier. Pa.. 

Ian. 21 
Kiscr. I. Lloyd. 95. Dayton. Va.. Feb. 28 
Kluchcr. Robert H.. 75. York. Pa.. 

March lb 
Knapp. Lenna. 96. Greensburg. Pa.. 

Aug. 5 1 
Knighting. Calvin N.. 76. Harrison- 
burg. Va.. March 4 
Konkey. Virginia. 73. La Porte. Ind.. 

April 1 
Kreider. Warren. 89. Palmyra. Pa.. 

Dec. 9 
Kurlz. Eleanor M.. 90. San Diego. 

Calif.. Feb. 24 
Landes. Charles H.. 64. Cicero. Ind.. 

Feb. 18 
Layser. Patricia. 56. Lebanon. Pa.. |an. 1 
Lecklider. Ralph, 85. Greenville. Ohio. 

March 25 
Lcilcr. Lewis. 66. Wooster. Ohio. 

Feb. 24 
Lenker. Dorothy. 94. Greenville. Ohio. 

March 4 
Lewis. Violet H.. Glen Burnie, Md.. 

Nov. 29 
Liggett, luanita. 76. North Liberty. 

Ind.. March 9 
Linlnger. Geraldine. 74. La Verne. 

Calif.. March 19 
Lockett. Larrv L.. Lewistown. Pa.. 

March 21 ' 
Ludholtz. .Allene. 79. Harrisonburg. 

Va.. Feb. 10 
McCurdy. Frances. 87. Greensburg. 

Pa . Oct. 8 
McNeil. Robert E.. 82. Lima. Ohio. 

Feb. 8 
Manley. Alfred A.. 84. Iowa City. Iowa. 

Feb. 10 
March. Doltie. 56. Willards. Md.. Jan. 5 
Martin. Eugene. 59. Waynesboro. Pa.. 

Feb. 13 
Martin, loseph R.. 79. Goshen. Ind.. 

Feb. 8 
Mclzgcr. La Rue. 84. Mechanicsburg. 

Pa.. Feb. 27 
Metzger. Lester Clifford. Boise. Idaho. 

April 4 
Miller. Betty L.. 74. New Carlisle. 

Ohio. Dec. 14 

Miller. Paul. 76. Lebanon, Pa.. Feb. 13 
Miller. Rosa L.. 78. Baker. W.Va.. 

March 6 
Miller. Sally. 76. Hollidaysburg. Pa.. 

Dec. 1 
Miller. Sarah lane. 78. Bridgewater. 

Va.. Feb. 8 
Mitchell. Dorothy B.. 72. Indepen- 
dence. Kan.. Dec. 12 
Morrison. Shirley. 66. Mechanicsburg. 

Pa.. Feb. 7 
Mull. Clarence B.. 79. Lebanon Route. 

Pa.. March 1 1 
Myers. Ernest Daniel. 82. Warrenton. 

Va.. Feb. 16 
Murrey. Chester. McPherson. Kan.. 

Dec. 29 
Ober. Galen. 82, Lorida, Fla.. Aug. 21 
Overman. Dennis. 56. Morgantown. 

W.Va.. Ian. 3 
O'Baugh. Lydia B.. 87. Crimora. Va.. 

March I 5 
Painter. Lucille. 94. Palmyra, Pa., |an. 31 
Pendley. Lorene. 78. Beaverton. Mich.. 

March 24 
Perdue. |ohn. 97. Lorida. Fla. 
Pfoulz. Leah. 88, Bridgewater. Va.. 

Feb. 10 
Pratt. Mary Elizabeth. 83. Fresno. 

Calif.. March 3 
Putman. Erma. 88. Somerset. Pa., 

Feb. 19 
Radford. Annabel L.. Fayetteville. 

W.Va.. Ian. 1 5 
Reierson. Naomi. Sebring. Fla.. Nov. 1 3 
Reinecker. Betty. 72. McPherson. 

Kan.. Feb. 1 I 
Repine. Gertrude. 58. Barnesboro. Pa.. 

March 30 
Rinehart. Margaret. 78. Waterford. 

Calif.. Feb. 28 
Rogers. Grace. 77. New Paris. Ind.. 

Feb. 14 
Rowland. Feme P.. 76, Bridgewater, 

Va.. Feb. 26 
Royer. Gladys Hawbaker. 97. N. Man- 
chester. Ind.. Aug. 27 
Rush. Elwood L.. 86. Mauertown. Va.. 

March 12 
Rush. William M.. 77. Fort Valley. Va.. 

Feb. 12 
Sager. Otis D.. 83. Lost River. W.Va.. 

March 1 7 
Sample. Duane. 66. Ashland. Ohio. 

Feb. 25 
Sawyer. Grace. 82. Dripping Springs. 

Tex., March 24 
Senseman. lohn. 75. Tipp City. Ohio. 

Ian. 18 
Settle. Madeline L.. 85. Fayetteville. 

W.Va.. Ian. 21 
Shaffer. Dorothy. 82. Pomona. Calif.. 

March 19 
Shaffer. Rose N.. 75. lohnstown. Pa. 
Shepherd. Ted. 81. Nokesville.Va., 

Sept. 30 
Shober. Emil E.. 77. Frederick. Md.. 

Ian. 25 
Shutter. Carl, 62, Lebanon, Pa.. Feb. 4 
Simmons. Treva, 82, Moyers, W.Va.. 

Feb. 9 
Slagle. George W.. Limestone. Tenn.. 

Feb. 5 
Small. Kermit. 79. Lebanon. Pa.. Feb. 1 3 
Smalley. lune. 57. New Stanton. Pa.. 

Oct." 12 
Smith. Elizabeth. 70. Lebanon. Pa.. 

Feb. 2 
Stern. Georgetta. 72. Elizabethtown. 

Pa.. Ian. 26 
Strawdcrman. Austen. 81. Bergton. 

Va.. Feb. 1 1 
Sludebaker. Emmert. 94, Tipp City. 

Ohio. March 8 
Stultz. Martha A.. 91. Hollidaysburg. 

Pa.. Nov. 13 
Swab. Beulah. 92. Glendale. Calif.. 

Feb. 24 
Swinger. Mildred Lillian. 85. Essex. 

Mo.. March 18 
Thundu. Daniel. 27. Mechanicsburg. 

Pa.. Ian. 14 
Ulrich. Robert H.. 70. Lebanon. Pa.. 

Feb. 29 
VanDyke. lohn. 93. Lorida. Fla. 
Vaughn. Leonard E.. 83. Alexandria. 

Va.. Nov. 29 
Vetlori. Carol. 61. Friedens. Pa.. Nov. 24 
Vinard. lini. Rossville. Ind.. Feb. 19 
Wagner. Murray. Lancaster. Pa.. 

March 21 
Walker. Arlie. Toledo. Ohio 
Walker. Hilda M.. 78. New Oxford. 

Pa.. March 5 
Waybright. Ludholtz Allene. 79. Har- 
risonburg. Va.. Feb. 10 
Weaver. Paul. Sebring, Fla., |uly 2 
Wheeler, Howard, 81, Camp Hill, Pa.. 

Feb. 2 
Whisler. Mabel. 85. Lebanon, Pa.. Ian. 18 
Whitesel. Goldie M., 78, Timberville. 

Va.. March 24 
Wilkie. Luella G.. 82. Somerset. Pa. 
Williams. Hazel. 91. Pittsburgh. Pa.. 

Nov. 10 
Williams. leffrey L.. 28. Harrisonburg. 

Va.. Feb. 1 3 
Wilson. Beth. 22. Acme. Pa.. Ian. 29 
Wise. Emma.. 85. Tucson. Ariz.. 

March 6 
Wittier. Albert. Sebring, Fla.. May 2 
Woof. Rey, Sr.. 73. Harrisburg. Pa.. 

Dec. 31 
Yingling. Ruth R.. 68, Union Bridge. 

Md.. March 14 
Voder. Robert. Sebring. Fla.. March 16 
Young. Nancy. 80. Elizabethtown, Pa.. 

Feb. I 


Allen. Donna R.. March 12. Bethel. 

DuBois. Pa. 
Baker. Mildred R. March 5. Tyrone. Pa. 
Carlson. Melinda. Ian. 29. York. Pa. 
Coulter. Nina. Nov. 6. Waka. Tex. 
Cornelius. George Edward. Nov. 21. 

West Chester. Pa. 
Keller. Ion. Ian. 2. Oakland. Bradford. 

Kiehner. Kermit. Avon Park. Fla., 

March 1 5 
Kurozovich. William. March 26. Lower 

Claar. Claysburg. Pa. 
Manthos. Michael C. Ian. 30. Oak 

Park. Oakland. Md. 
Martin. Michael D.. Feb. 6. Phoenix. Ariz. 
Mauck. William Vancliff. March 26. 

Sugar Valley. Loganton. Pa. 
Murlin. Allen Kurtis. March 19. Sun- 

nyside. New Creek. W.Va. 
Rice, lames Edward. Feb. 20. Light- 
house. Boones Mill. Va. 
Schreyer. Manfred. Feb. 6. West 

Alexandria. Ohio 
Shaulis. M. Eric. Feb. 6. Meyersdale. Pa. 
Stewart. Kenneth Allen. March 19. 

Mechanicsburg. Pa. 
Walker. Larry E.. East'McKeesport. Pa. 
Webb. Timothy I.. Feb. 6. Locust 

Grove. New Castle. Ind. 
Wheeler. Myrna L.. March 19. Pomona 

Fellowship. Pomona. Calif. 
Yoder. Lisa. March 26. New Philadel- 
phia. Ohio 
Young. Cynthia, )an. 16, Brook Park, Ohio 


Zepp, |oy Elaine, March 5, Hager- 
stown. Md. 


Barley. Shirley. March 26, Reister- 

stown, Md. 
Beam. Nicholas. March 5. Pleasant 

Hill. Ohio 
Berkey. Corey. Feb. 13, Dry Run. Pa. 
Berkley. Richard Wayne. Feb. 6, 

Danville. Va. 
Coulter. Carol. Nov. 6. Waka. Tex. 
Elsea. Henry Dearmont. |r.. Feb. 5. 

Tearcoat. Augusta. W.Va. 
Golden. Wilburt. Ian. 29. First. Balti- 
more. Md. 
Harlman. Charles Leroy. March 26. 

New Fairview. York. Pa. 
lohnson. Daniel. March 26. Schuylkill. 

Pine Grove. Pa. 
Kaufman-Frey. Cameron, Feb. 13. 

Morgantown. W.Va. 
Longenecker. Thomas William. March 

5. Glendale. Calif. 
Miller. David Lloyd. March 19. Lick 

Creek. Bryan. Ohio 
Oren. Kenneth. Ian. 30. Happy Corner. 

Clayton. Ohio 
Osborne. Helen Louise, April 2, Black 

Rock. Glenville. Pa. 
Rhodes. Rebecca Oliver. March 26. 

Roanoke Central. Roanoke. Va. 
Sheppard. Daniel lames. March 19. 

North Fort Myers. Fla. 
Sherlock. Douglas D.. Ir.. April 9. 

Lewistown. Pa. 
Shook. Gregory Paul, March 5. 

Hagerstown. Md. 
Wiser. Tracy Lee, Feb. 6. Harmony. 

Myersville. Md. 
Woodard. Emma lean. Feb. 6. Oak 

Grove. Roanoke. Va. 

Pastoral placement 

Bieber. Fred, from interim to perma- 
nent. Hanoverdale Big Swatara. 
Hummelstown. Pa. 

Boleyn. Lester E.. from Cedar Creek. 
Citronelle. Ala., to Congregational 
Life Team Area 3 

Edwards. lohn F.. interim to perma- 
nent. West Milton. Ohio 

Fisher. Chester, from Buena Vista. Va.. 
to Middle River. New Hope. Va. 

Grady. Duane. from Northview. Indi- 
anapolis. Ind.. to co-pastor. 
Anderson. Ind. 

Hall. Mary Lou. to Lower Claar. Clays- 
burg. Pa., part time 

Meyerhofer. Kelly, youth ministries, 
Pleasant Valley, Weyers Cave, Va. 

Miller. .Man. interim to permanent, 
Conestoga. Leola. Pa. 

Schwarze. Robert, from interim to per- 
manent. Rossville. Ind. 

Sgro. lohn. from Sebring. Fla.. to associ- 
ate pastor. Pleasant Dale. Decatur, Ind. 

Smith. Robert, from interim to perma- 
nent. Peoria. 111. 

Snair. Freeman, to Amaranth. Pa. 

Thomas. leffrey A., part-time. Robin- 
son. Pa. 

Voorhis. Valarie Van. to Upper Fall 
Creek. Middletown. Ind. 

Weaver. Beverly, from Northview. Indi- 
anapolis. Ind.. to co-pastor. 
-Anderson. Ind. 

Weaver. Herbert, from interim to per- 
manent, lacksonville. Fla. 

Yoder. Ruth, from interim to senior 
pastor. Union Center. Nappanee. Ind. 

June 2000 Messenger 31 

Forgiveness isn't fair 

Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and 
wrangling and slander, together with all malice, and be 
kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, 
as God in Christ has forgiven you. — Eph. 4:31-32 

My heart aches for the aching hearts of the families 
of the Lockerbie, Scotland, airline disaster. Many 
have gone to Europe to watch the trial of those accused of 
blowing up the plane in which their loved ones died. They 
are rekindling the anger and resentment that after a decade 
hasn't died. They are like victims and families of victims 
everywhere who go to trials and sentencing hearings, even 
executions, hoping for the closure that never comes. I yearn 
for them to have the peace that comes from forgiveness. 

Large forgiveness always inspires me. Brethren have 
heard the story of SueZann Bosler, who has forgiven 
the man who in 1986 murdered her father, Bill Bosler, 
pastor of Miami (Fla.) First Church of the Brethren. 
She has also worked tirelessly against the death penalty, 
and for healing for others through Murder Victims' 
Families for Reconciliation. 

I have read recently of Gregory Gibson, a father in 
Massachusetts, who has been exchanging letters with the 
man who went on a rampage and killed his son and 
others. Their correspondence is a mutual attempt to 
understand what happened. Steven McDonald of 
Malverne, N.Y., a former police officer who has lived as 
a quadriplegic since he was shot 14 years ago, now trav- 
els the country telling audiences he has forgiven his 
assailant "unconditionally." Sam Reese Sheppard, whose 
mother was murdered and whose father, Dr. Sam Shep- 
pard, was convicted and then acquitted of the murder, 
prays for those who have wronged him and his family. 

Of course I can understand the anger of someone 
who posted this in an internet chat room: "Forgiveness is 
a premise of Christianity and many other religions, yet 
religion has often been used to manipulate us. I have 
experienced family brawls in which I had to fight for my 
life at the age of nine. I have been required to kiss the 
man and woman who had abused me the night before. 
Then, I was required to attend church and act like none 
of this ever happened so the benefits of forgiveness could 
be crammed down my throat. Maybe others can find 
peace in forgiving, but I am quite happy being angry 
right now. Anger empowers me." 

Victims have the "right" to reject forgiveness, and 
those who haven't been wronged or hurt have no "right" 
to push it on them. But sometimes forgiveness is rejected 

as an option before it is understood. In recent years 
scholars and healers have devoted considerable effort to 
explaining what forgiveness is and what it is not. 

In a seminar on "Learning to forgive," Robert D. 
Enright, psychology professor at the University of Wis- 
consin, explains that interpersonal forgiveness is a moral 
choice, an act of mercy, that one who has been wronged 
is free to give or to withhold. It is a gift, not a duty or an 
obligation. It isn't earned or deserved, nor is it necessar- 
ily acknowledged or reciprocated. As such it isn't what's 
fair, but rather it is an exchange of good for evil. Forgive- 
ness is "the foregoing of resentment or revenge when the 
wrongdoer's actions deserve it, and giving the gifts of 
mercy, generosity, and love when the wrongdoer does 
not deserve them." Nobody deserves to be forgiven. 

(ust as important is what forgiveness is not. It is not 
forgetting, or "moral amnesia," says Enright, who heads 
the International Forgiveness Institute (www.forgive- On the contrary, the person who 
forgives becomes more acutely aware of the wrong. And 
forgiveness does not forego redress; one can forgive and 
seek justice at the same time. 

Another thing forgiveness is not is this: It is not 
. easy. It is not a sign of weakness, but of strength. 
It often doesn't happen all at once; forgivers say they have 
to work at it every day. Jesus testified to the difficulty 
when, after forgiving the paralytic, he asked the scribes 
who were critical of him, "Which is easier, to say, 'Your 
sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Stand up and walk'?" (Matt. 
9:5). Spiritual healing is just bigger than physical healing. 

The rewards equal the difficulty and the work. Free- 
dom from the pain of resentment and anger is a great 
reward. Forgiveness offers the possibility of less anxiety 
and more self-esteem, renewed hope, restored relation- 
ships, community harmony. It offers the peace of Christ. 

Even after learning the theories of forgiveness, the 
definitions and the pros and cons, I still don't know if I 
could bring myself to do it, were I ever wronged or hurt 
badly. I can practice on small slights. As a Christian I can 
remember the example of Christ, who forgave us all. Yet 
there would come a time, after all the intellectual resources 
are gathered, when I would have to ask God for help. I 
would call upon the promise of the Song of Zechariah: 
"By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high 
will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in dark- 
ness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the 
way of peace" (Luke 1: 78, 79). — Fletcher Farrar 

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The cover photograph is by David Radcliff. director of Brethren 
Witness, whose photography often graces the pages o/ Messenger. 
We asked him to describe this photo. He writes: 

An uncertain future awaits young girls like Cristina of El Estribo, 
Honduras. Most often, they face a tomorrow that is clouded by things 
like little chance for education beyond sixth grade, early marriage to 
often -abusive or disrespectful spouses, and few opportunities for 
employment or personal development. 

Ironically, enabling and empowering women is a key factor for enhancing 
the well-being of families, communities, and societies. For instance, there 
is a direct and inverse relationship between the years of education a young 
woman receives and the number of children she is likely to bear. 

This photo itself does not hint at the possible troubles awaiting 
Cristina and other young women in poor communities around the 
world. She, like them, is more than the problems she will face. She 
is capable, intelligent, playful — and can smile for the camera. God's 
image persists in the souls of even those at the margins of human 
society, giving them — and us — hope of a better day. 



2 From the Publisher 

3 In Touch 
6 News 

27 Letters 

31 Turning Points 

32 Editorial 

9 Church camp changes lives 

There are 33 Church of the Brethren camps, places that 
give young people time and space to be especially close 
to God. In this article, Walt Wiltschek celebrates the 
important role of camps in the ministry of the church. 

12 Special section: Honduras 

After Hurricane Mitch left thousands of Hondurans 
homeless in 1998, the Christian Commission for 
Development set about to help them rebuild both lives 
and buildings. Working with this partner agency, the 
Church of the Brethren has sent both volunteers and 
dollars to aid the reconstruction. Howard Royer, who 
traveled to Honduras last year, edited this color section. 

22 Working for peace in Hebron 

Church of the Brethren member Art Gish has spent extended 
periods in the Middle East working among Palestinian fami- 
lies in Hebron. He describes the vision of Christian 
Peacemaker Teams and explains the importance of presence. 

25 Breathing LIFE into churches 

It is sad to see church buildings abandoned. Was it a 
lack of vision that led to their decline? Robin Wentworth 
Mayer describes the LIFE process, offered by New Life 
Ministries, which can help churches discover a new 
vision and fresh vitality. 

Messenger July 2000 


Sometimes "redesign" doesn't refer to cataclysmic organizational shifts. 
This month it simply means that Messenger has a faceHft. 
A publication undergoes evolutionary design changes all the time, but 
every once in a while the moment comes to change a number of things all at 
once. The timing seemed right for a new look, now that we're in a new millennium 
and the 1 50th anniversary of the magazine is just around the corner. So we asked 

Paul Stocksdale, who just returned to 

The Gospel Messenger 

our masthead a couple of issues ago, to 
develop this new design. 

The previous logotype changed 
exactly 10 years ago, to the month. 
The one before that was developed in 
1971, though it was not radically 
different from the one generated in a 
^^ I k k major redesign of the magazine in 

\JOSP^I iVl^SS^nQ^r 1965. Most of the logotypes have 

■ ^ lasted a much shorter time than that 

one — one of them no more than four 
years. Maybe 10 years is a pretty 
long time, especially in this era of 
rapid change. 

The first logo pictured here is from 
1883, when The Gospel Messenger 
came into being. (Messenger traces its 
lineage back to The Gospel Visiter. 
founded in 1851, which is why our 
sesquicentennial will take place in 
200 1 .) It's interesting to see that our 
new logotype — with a serif typeface 
rendered in all caps — shares some char- 
acteristics with the classic look of 1883. 
That original typeface (used 47 years) 
has withstood the test of time better 
than any of the intervening ones. 

Bridging the classic and the con- 
temporary, the traditional and the 
forward-looking, is not a bad place for Messenger to be. As we move forward, we 
trust that the loyal readers who have always read Messenger will continue to do so, 
turning to it like a familiar friend. We also hope that new readers who don't even 
know what a Brethren pedigree is will find food for thought and nurture for the soul 
in these 150-year-old pages. 

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Messenger August 2000 

Collecting typewriters for peace 

The proceeds of the 1999 "Run for Peace" held in Eliz- 
abethtown, Pa., were hand-delivered to the residents of 
Mulukuku and Santa Rita, Nicaragua, by Bill Puffen- 
berger last November. The money was used to begin a 
new community center building in Santa Rosa. 

As part of the ongoing relationship with the Mulukuku 
community. Bill is collecting manual typewriters to be 
used in adult education classes in buildings without 
electricity. So far he has collected 28 typewriters, which 
will be cleaned and reconditioned before being sent to 

For more information contact Bill Puffenberger at 717- 


Women's retreat 
in Peace Valley 

We gathered March 31- 
April 1 at an old 
schoolhouse in Peace 
Valley, Mo., 24 women 
from around the Mis- 
souri-Arkansas District. 
We laughed, cried, 
sang, shared our mem- 
ories, prayed, played. 
And we broke bread 
together. Our ages 
ranged from the twen- 
ties to the eighties. 

Clefa Cox and 
Dorothy Scofield of 
Messiah Church, 
Kansas City, Mo., led 
us in worship on 
Friday evening. 

Marie Petty of the 
Broadwater Church, 
Essex, Mo., was inspir- 
ing and fun-loving as 
she led us in music, 
playing, and quizzes, 
suggesting biblical 
skits to act out in pan- 
tomime. Helen Fisher 
led morning watch, 
sharing with us the 
pain of watching bi- 
racial grandchildren 
suffer because they 
were bi-racial. 

— Margaret Hartsock Keltner 

Working to end 
sanctions on Iraq 

Stephanie Schaudel 
will be working with 
the Church of the 
Brethren Washington 
Office this summer on 
Iraq sanctions issues. 
She is a May graduate 
of American Univer- 
sity and a member of 

the Lancaster, Pa., 

Stephanie's focus will 
be on August 5-7 "End 
the Economic Sanc- 
tions on Iraq" rallies in 
the nation's capital. 
Included will be work- 
shops, a cultural event 
on Saturday evening, 
an all-day vigil and rally 
on Sunday, nonvio- 
lence training sessions. 

Stephanie Schaudel 

and the opportunity for 
nonviolent direct action 
on Monday, August 7. 

"Stephanie has a 
real passion for the sit- 
uation of the Iraqi 
people, and we wanted 
to support her in her 
work related to ending 
the sanctions," said 
David Radcliff, director 
of Brethren Witness. 
Schaudel will work 
closely with Washing- 
ton Office coordinator 
Greg Laszakovits, 
while also collaborat- 
ing with other groups 
active on this issue. 

Contact Stephanie 
at the Washington 
Office for information 
on the August event 
or for resources 
related to ending the 
sanctions on Iraq. 

Messenger July 2000 



Reaching out in St. Petersburg 

On May 5 the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Church of the 
Brethren presented a gift to its community in the 
form of a "iVIay Fest in the Grove." About 40 chil- 
dren and adults from the congregation, clad in 
bright yellow church T-shirts with the Church of 
the Brethren logo and "Continuing the work of 
Jesus" taglines on the back, welcomed more than 
100 visitors to the church grounds. The fest 
included pony rides, face painting, horseshoes, 
clowns, live banjo music, and free hotdogs. 

This was the outreach project that followed 
the second phase of the church's participation 
in the LIFE evangelism process. For more on 
LIFE, a program of New Life Ministries, see 
article on page 25.— Phil Lersch 


Roanoke Central's 
75th anniversary 

On May 7, Central 
Church of the 
Brethren, Roanoke, 
Va., celebrated its 75th 
anniversary with wor- 
ship and special 
events, including a 
ribbon-cutting cere- 
mony for the new 
children's playground. 

and the burial of a 
time capsule to be 
opened during the 
centennial in 2025. 

In the early 1920s a 
committee of the 
Northwest Church of 
the Brethren in 
Roanoke, later named 
First Church, recom- 
mended construction 
of another church 
building closer to the 
center of the city. 

^1 Messenger July 2000 

The new church 
building was dedi- 
cated May 3, 1925. Dr. 
M. G. Brumbaugh, 
former governor of 
Pennsylvania and then 
president of Juniata 
College, preached the 
sermon. — Ron Berkheimer 

Mocks celebrate 
70th anniversary 

On April 6, 1930, Ruth 
Bowser and Clair 
Mock stood before 
George Rogers, a min- 
ister in the Dunnings 
Creek Church of the 
Brethren, New Paris, 
Pa., and exchanged 
their wedding vows. 

On April 6, 2000, 
they celebrated 70 
years of marriage. The 
Mocks' four children 
made possible ten 
grandchildren, and 

nearly double that 
many great-grandchil- 
dren. Family and 
friends helped the 
Mocks celebrate their 
70th anniversary at an 
open house at their 
home on April 9, 2000. 

Their service to the 
church, beyond the 
local parish, included 
volunteer service to 
Camp Blue Diamond 
and at the New Wind- 
sor Service Center. 
To keep abreast of 
happenings in the 
Church of the Brethren, 
they now listen to 
Messenger on tape. 
— Elaine Sollenberger 

Appreciation for 
65 years of music 

On April 30, 
Stonerstown Church 
of the Brethren in 

Good Friday pilgrimage — Pastor Jim 
Beckwith of the Montezuma Church of the Brethren, 
Dayton, Va., took his turn leading several dozen 
pilgrims on a Good Friday walk through Bridgewater, Va. 

Just what is the CIR? 

No, it's not a child's affirmation tiiat 
we do indeed exist (See, I are!), but 
the initials of the Committee on Inter- 
hurch Relations (CIR). 
Composed of seven members, this 
committee encourages the Church 
of the Brethren in its relationships 
*/vith our brothers and sisters in the 
wider church. 

Its current objectives are to: 

• promote and celebrate cross-cultural 
ecumenical partnerships of local con- 

• encourage participation in the World 
Council of Churches "Decade to 
Overcome Violence"; 

• work with the American Baptists to 
train and resource our congregations 
undergoing cross-cultural transitions; 

The Committee on Interchurch 
Relations at the Brook Park 
(Ohio) Church of the Brethren. 
Left to right, front row: Joe 
Loomis, Barbara Cuffie, Belita 
Mitchell, and Jim Beckwith. Back: 
Jon Kobel (staff support), Tim 
McElwee, and Ken Kline Smeltzer. 

• communicate and implement initiatives 
of the National Council of Churches of 
Christ among the Brethren; 

• communicate the work of the CIR within 
the Church of the Brethren; and 

• model hospitality toward other 
Christians by inviting residents of host 
cities to participate in Annual 
Conference events and worship. 

At Annual Conference the committee 
will be hosting the new general secretary 
of the National Council of Churches of 
Christ, Robert W. Edgar, as its featured 
speaker at the ecumenical luncheon and 
an insight session on Tuesday. For fur- 
ther information, check out the CIR 
website at in the exec- 
utive director's section.— Ken Kline Smeltzer 

Saxton, Pa., cele- 
brated the 
ontribution of more 
than 65 years of music 
on organ and piano by 
\/irginia Cunningham 
Reed. Old friends, 
family members, and 
former students joined 
jlongtime churchgoers 
!to express "deepest 
Hove, appreciation. 

and gratitude" to Vir- 
ginia with a time of 
reflections, and a 
plaque quoting Psalm 
100 ("Make a joyful 
noise to the Lord...") 
and Proverbs 31:29 
("Many women have 
done excellently, 
but you surpass 
them all"). 

Celebrating music. From left to right are 
Dianne Reed, Virginia Cunningham Reed, 
end Sarah Q. Malone, pastor, Stonerstown 
Church of the Brethren. 

Dedicating a 
peace pole 

Palm Sunday afternoon 
saw a peace pole dedi- 
cation service led by 
pastor Barbara Ober at 
the Live Oak (Calif 
Church of the Brethren 
The pole was placed in 
memory of Coy 
Cason, who 

had attended the 
church with his wife, 
Jo, for some 30 years 
before he died at the 
age of 85. The pole is 
inscribed with "May 
Peace Prevail on the 
Earth" in eight lan- 

A peace memorial. 

Jo Cason, son-in-law Phil 
Shepard, and daughter 
Sandy Shepard stand 
beside the peace pole 
placed in memory 
of Coy Cason. 

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Keynote speaker 
Andrew Young 

signs a book for 

Anni Bender of 

Mil ford, Ind. 

Andrew Young shares fond 
memories of Camp Mack 

Among the wood rafters and stone walls and 
earth floor of venerable Miller Auditorium, hun- 
dreds of Brethren and others gathered on May 
20 for a celebration of Camp Alexander Mack's 
first 75 years. The camp, located in Milford, Ind., 
is one of the largest outdoor ministry facilities in 
the denomination. 

Two special features high- 
lighted the event: a keynote 
address from Andrew Young, pres- 
ident of the National Council of 
Churches of Christ and former 
United Nations ambassador, who 
spent a week at Camp Mack as a 
young adult; and the unveiling of 
a new Brethren history mural by 
artist Margie Retry. 

The afternoon began with a 
hymn sing and reflections on the 
camp's history, including a recog- 
nition of all former camp 
directors and present director 
Becky Ball-Miller, then moved 
into Young's address. Young told 
his personal history, including 
i that formative week at Camp 
I Mack while volunteering for a 
I nationwide youth program. 

"I don't think I can say thank 
you enough for how much my life was influenced 
and shaped by that one week here," Young said. 
"Something happened that moved me in the right 
direction. That week, while I did not know it at the 
time, helped to shape my ministry." 

Young said it particularly influenced his per- 
spectives on nonviolence, and he later worked 
with Martin Luther King, Jr. He urged the camp to 
continue offering such life-changing experiences, 
saying "miracles will continue to be wrought." 

Retry then presided over the unveiling of the 
mural, which attempts to capture the past 50 years 
of Brethren history as it joins a series of murals, 
dedicated in 1949, already displayed in the audi- 
torium. The mural shows more than 40 faces of I 
people, along with logos, buildings, sketches, , 
and other pictures. It was created on a very large i 
canvas in her living room, with finishing touches i 
added right up to minutes before the celebration. 

Catching up with 50 years of church history 
is not an easy thing," Retry said. "I think I got i 
most of it on this. It's busy, but that's what we 

were."— Walt Wiltschek 

Messenger July 2000 

Artist Margie Retry, k 

right, in front of a corner 
of the Brethren history 
mural she created, along 
with her granddaughter, 
Danelle Wion, who helpec 
with the lettering. 

-< A crowd of supporter 

in Miller Auditorium for 
the celebration event. 

Protests continue in wake 
of US action on Vieques 

The situation on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques, where protesters 
were seeking to bring an end to US Navy activity, came to a head on 
May 4 with the arrival of US law enforcement forces. 

Protesters were removed, departing peacefully, and bombing 
tests and military maneuvers soon began again. The protest camps 
had stopped the tests for more than a year following the death of 
a civilian guard by stray bombs. 

Demonstrations continued as bombing resumed, and Cliff Kindy 
and Ambrosia Brown of the Manchester Church of the Brethren 
(North Manchester, Ind.), both members of a Christian Peacemaker 
Teams delegation, were among 56 people arrested for trying to re- 
enter the bombing range. 

Religion News Service has reported that church leaders in Puerto 
Rico vowed to continue fighting for the US military's withdrawal 
from Vieques, and a demonstration was planned for the Puerto Rican 
capital of San Juan on May 28. In addition to Christian Peacemaker 
Teams, other US Brethren and individuals from Church of the Brethren 
congregations in Puerto Rico have been involved in the protests. 

BBT board holds busy 
spring meetings 

The Brethren Benefit Trust 
board addressed issues from 
insurance to charitable gifts at 
its spring meetings in Elgin, III. 
Business items included: 

• Shifting all employees, 
programs, and assets currently 
under BBT to BBT, Inc., or the 
Brethren Foundation, Inc., to 
provide legal protection. BBT 
will continue to report activi- 
ties of its incorporated entities 
to Annual Conference. 

• An update on group life 
insurance, with exploration of 
a new carrier due to an 
impending large rate increase 
from Aetna US Healthcare. 

• Approval of a policy stating 
that those Brethren Pension 
Plan members who retire 

before age 59 1/2 and choose to 
annuitize the employer portion 
of their account while with- 
drawing the employee portion, 
and subsequently paying the 
income tax due on that account, 
will have a six-month waiting 
period before they are eligible 
to resume contributing into a 
new pension plan account. 

• Giving updates on Flex- 
Care participation (781 people 
as of May 1), Clergy Consulta- 
tion Service, charitable gift 
annuity registration (which the 
Brethren Foundation can now 
receive in 31 states), the 
Church Workers Assistance 
Plan, and three-year priorities. 

• Approval of a change that 
allows charitable gift funds under 
$50,000 to accumulate invest- 
ment earnings, and approval of a 
new minimum investment of 

$10,000 (up from $2,000). 

• Approval of allowing up to 
100 percent of the taxable por- 
tion of a minister's long-term 
disability income to be eligible 
for a housing allowance exclu- 
sion, beginning in 2000. 

• Nominating candidates for 
three BBT Board of Trustees 
positions up for election this 
year, one to be elected by Annual 
Conference and two by BBT Pen- 
sion Plan members (one of those 
to represent churches and dis- 
tricts and one to represent 
retirement home communities). 

Church membership 
down from 1998 

The Church of the Brethren lost 
more than 1.2 percent of its mem- 
bership in 1999, according to 
statistics to be printed in the 2000 
Yearbookfrom Brethren Press. 

Membership in the US and 
Puerto Rico at the end of 1999 
was 138,304, a drop of 1,707 
from the previous yean That fol- 
lows a net loss of 1,389 members 
(about 1 percent) in 1998. 

It marks the largest decrease, 
in both number and percentage, 
since 1994, when membership 
showed a net loss of 2,431 for 
the previous year. Overall mem- 
bership is down about 8,400 
(5.7 percent) since 1993. Num- 
bers are approximate, and 
based on information provided 
by churches that return annual 
statistical reports. 

Numbers of the Ekklesiyar 
Yan'uwa a Nigeria (the Church of 
the Brethren in Nigeria), mean- 
while, now stand nearly equal to 
those of its US sister denomina- 
tion. Estimates put EYN 
membership at 130,000 to 
140,000. The Church of the 
Brethren also has approximately 
600 international members in 
the Dominican Republic. 


As we live into 

a new century 

an(d move 

ever closer to 

the 300th 

birthday of our 


it is vital that 

we celebrate 

the gifts of all 

of God's 


Christy Waltersdorff 

Christy Waltersdorff Is 

pastor of the York Center 

Church of the Brethren, 

Lombard, III. 

Quoted from Resources 

for Calling Ministerial 

Leadership, the latest 

packet of materials in the 

In Our Midst series. This 

congregational resource, 

sent free to all churches, 

is available from 

Brethren Press. 

Messenger July 2000 



July 2-@ National 
Youth Spiritual 
Growth Camp, The 

God-Centered Life," at 
Shepherd's Spring Out- 
door Ministries Center, 
Sharpsburg, Md. 

July 6-10 Western 
Regional Youth 
Conference at 

University of La Verne 
(Calif.). Theme: 
"Peace Together a 
Future with Love." 

July 9-15 Great 
Plains Song & Story 
Fest at Camp Pine 
Lal<e, Eldora, Iowa. 
Theme: "Celebrating 
the Fruits of the Land." 

July 15-19 Annual 
Conference, Kansas 
City, Mo. Theme: "Love 
As I Have Loved You." 

July 19-20 Ministers' 
Association meet- 
ing, Kansas City, Mo. 
Theme: "Interactive 

July 28-30 Brethren 
Revival Fellowship 
"Brethren Alive 
2000" conference 

at Elizabethtown (Pa.) 
College (Brethren Bible 
Institute follows July 

Manchester hosts 

youth conference 

Small groups, music, work- 
shops, and inspirational 
speal<ers ranked as favorites 
for more than 170 youth and 
advisors who gathered at 
Manchester College (North 
Manchester, Ind.), for the 
Midwest's Regional Youth 

Participants said highlights 
included small-group ses- 
sions led by Manchester 
students, workshops on sub- 
jects from dating to athletics 
to prayer, and campus Peace 
Week activities that were 
available to RYC participants 
during free time, such as ulti- 
mate frisbee, tie-dying, and a 
variety of musical perfor- 

They also applauded the 
musical leadership of Joseph 
Helfrich, Ron Bohannon, and 
Brett Clark and the creative 

Sudanese celebrate 

during last year's peace 

conference. A similar 

conference in May 

helped move the peace 

process forward. 

keynote addresses from Frank 
Ramirez and Chris Douglas. 
Ramirez put on a large card- 
board box with holes for head 
and arms to introduce his ses- 
sion, and Douglas used a clip 
on "kids doing things to make 
a difference" from the Oprah 
Winfrey show. 

Michael Good, a youth at 
the Manchester Church of the 
Brethren, wrote a theme 
song for the weekend. This 
year's theme was "Things 
Not Yet Seen." Next year's 
RYC at Manchester, in April 
2001, will feature performer 
Ken Medema. 

Dramatic breakthrough achieved 
in Sudanese peace process 

Reports from Africa said another "dramatic breakthrough" was 
achieved in the peace process of war-torn southern Sudan with 
the East Bank Nilotic People-to-People Peace and Reconciliation 
Conference, held May 9-15 in the Upper Nile village of Liliir. 

More than 250 traditional and civil leaders representing 
members of the region's Anyuak, Dinka, Jie, Kachipo, Murle, 
and Nuer ethnic groups came together for the conference, facili- 
tated by the New Sudan Council of Churches. Mark Sloan, 
working with the New Sudan Council of Churches on behalf of 
the General Board, was among those attending. 

The conference, which follows a similar event on the West 
Bank of the Nile held last year [see Messenger, June 1999], func- 
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differences, and agree to reconcile and make peace. Practical 
agreements were made on issues such as access to animal graz- 
ing areas and water points, and the return of abducted children 
and women. Participants also agreed on an amnesty for all prior 
offenses against people and their property. 

The conference concluded with the making of a public covenant 
between the ethnic groups, when 129 representatives signed a com- 
prehensive document pledging peace and reconciliation. Delegates 
urged the peace process to continue and include other groups. 

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by Walt Wiltschek 

A friend of mine called camp her "magic 
place." When she was growing up, it was 
a place where she could leave behind distractions 
and stress and other less pleasant parts of life, it 
was a place where she felt surrounded by a sup- 
portive community. And it was a place where, 
more than anywhere else, she felt close to God. 

Something about spending a week at camp 
brings a new focus to life, and for many 
people, those effects seem to linger. The expe- 
riences under that forest cathedral urge 
forward our faith and our sense of call in often 
surprising ways. 

I know that my own call to ministry would 
likely not have happened had I not been coaxed 
and prodded into joining the staff at Camp Eder in 
southern Pennsylvania. I entered the summer anx- 

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appreciation of 

nature forms 

an innportant 

part of cannp, it 

is the spiritual 

environnnent of 


community and 

openness to 

God's presence 

that truly 

makes camp a 

special place. 

ious for the eight weeks to be over and left wishing 
they could go on forever. I saw the lives of both 
children and counselors touched and changed. I 
felt my own passion for ministry awakened and 
crystallized as God worked through my time there. 

As I've gone on to work and volunteer at 
several camps and in other ministries of the 
Church of the Brethren, I've heard many simi- 
lar sentiments expressed. Somehow, some way, 
God's spirit speaks to people loudly amid the 
quiet places of camp. 

"I think ministry happens in very tangible 
ways," said Demetra Heckman, in her fifth year as 
program director at Camp Swatara in Bethel, Pa., 
and current chair of the denomination's Outdoor 
Ministries Association. "It's intentional, because 
we are a Christian camp . . . and ministry happens 
at camps by the community that we create." 

Heckman said the opportunity for children 
and youth from all backgrounds to interact one- 
on-one and in small groups with Christian adults, 
both paid staff and the countless volunteers, is 
particularly valuable. She's seen children open up 
more and more with stories of violence, illness, 
losing a parent or a friend, or other inner pains. 

"Children are hurting a lot more," she said. 
"When they come to camp, it's an environment 
where they can share what's making them hurt 
and feel supported. The adults are here to listen 
to the kids and heal their hurts. It's a safe envi- 
ronment where children can feel God moving in 
that community, often much safer than they'd 
feel at home." 

The Church of the Brethren has long valued 
camps as a means of reaching out, especially to 
children and youth. The church camps as we 
know them today began in the 1920s, starting 
with Western Pennsylvania's Camp Harmony 

and Pacific Southwest's Camp La Verne in 
1923-24, and exploded through the 1930s, 
according to the Brethren Encyclopedia. 

The Church of the Brethren Yearbook pub- 
lished by Brethren Press now lists 33 camps 
and outdoor ministry facilities across the 
denomination. Some of them are large, year- 
round retreat centers, and others offer 
programs for just a few weeks during the 
summer, but all continue to work at providing a 
unique ministry in their respective areas. 

"Camp has shaped who I am and what I want 
to be," said Tracy Stoddart, who attended Camp 
Colorado and now serves as a Brethren Volunteer 
Service worker in the BVS office. "As an adult, 
time at camp renews and strengthens my faith each 
year. I think the value of camp is immeasurable." 

Stoddart said she values both the strong 
friendships and experiences she gained as a 
camper and the weeks she later worked as a 
counselor, helping lead her to a degree in ele- 
mentary education. 

Rebekah Houff, a youth from Bethel, Pa., 
has always had camp as a part of her life, since 
her father, Marlin, is a camp director. Even so, 
she said it has remained special. She plans to 
serve as a junior counselor at Brethren Woods 
in Keezletown, Va., this summer. 

"You learn so much about God, make great 
friends, and spend a wonderful week in the 
midst of God's creation," Houff said. "Camp 
always changes me spiritually." 

Molly Ault, a youth from Hanover, Pa., 
echoed those feelings. "Words cannot explain 
how much my soul is rejuvenated after just a week 
there," she said. "My faith level is skyrocketed, 
my mood is lightened, and all I want to do when I 
get home is sing praise songs and spread the word 
of God. I feel closest to the Lord when I'm at 
camp, and if I could, I'd live there simply because 
of that. Camp affects my life in so many positive 
ways that I can't begin to count them all." 

■ amp has changed many people over the 
^^years. General Board executive director 
Judy Mills Reimer said her time at Camp Bethel 
in southern Virginia was pivotal to her faith and 
call to ministry, calling it a "24-hour-a-day, seven- 
day-a-week, life laboratory, where I could practice 
the Christian values and Jesus' teachings with 
others learning with me." Randy Yoder, now dis- 
trict executive in Middle Pennsylvania, said it was 
a week as a counselor at Indiana's Camp Alexan- 
der Mack where he found his "Yes, Lord, here am 
I" becoming much clearer. 

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Robert Blake, who now works with the Asso- 
ciation of Brethren Caregivers, grew up in the 
camps of another denomination but said the 
community, diversity, challenges, and support he 
found there led him to later become a minister 
when he joined the Church of the Brethren. "I 
remember being affirmed with a strength and to a 
depth that brought Christ's spirit alive," Blake 
said. "1 learned that one week in the summer 
could influence the whole rest of my year." 

Annual Conference moderator Emily Mumma 
said Camp Sugar Grove in Ohio was a place 
where "opportunity was granted and encourage- 
ment given to try my wings doing new things, 
even be a leader. It was a 'safe' place to fail." She 
said it was also where she really learned to pray. 

And former UN ambassador Andrew Young, 
now president of the National Council of 
Churches, said during a speech at Camp Mack's 
75th anniversary celebration that a week at Camp 
Mack strongly influenced his life, and such expe- 
riences can continue to influence others. 

■'You've created an environment for the 
presence of the church in the lives of young 
people, for the Holy Spirit to be revealed in 
prayer, singing, camaraderie, and Bible study 

that goes on here," Young said. "You can never 
anticipate what's going to come of it." 

And therein lies the heart of outdoor min- 
istry. While appreciation for the physical 
environment of nature forms an important part 
of camp, it is the spiritual environment of 
Christian community and openness to God's 
presence that truly makes camp a special place 
of transformation in the lives of so many. 

Camp Mack staff member Phyllis Leininger 
recently wrote a book. The Cornfield That Grows 
People, describing the camp's journey from an 
open field along a lake to a place that makes a dif- 
ference in hundreds of lives. It's a story that could 
be recounted in camps across the country, and an 
ongoing story with bountiful harvests each year. 

"A lot of youth do move on to other min- 
istries, a lot of other options," said Heckman, 
who said her years as a camper at Camp Bethel 
were a major influence for her. "Camp is 
really the place where seeds are planted 
for their life in the church as they grow." 


I learned that 
one week in the 
sumnner could 
influence the 
whole rest of 
my year. 

Walt Wiltschek is manager of news services for the Church of the 
Brethren General Board and spent four summers on staff at Camp 
Eder in Fairfield, Pa., plus volunteer stints at Camp Mardela and 
Shepherd's Spring in Maryland. 

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Howard Royer 

Upon the launching of 
the Christian Commis- 
sion for Development 
(Comision Cristiana de 
Desarwllo) in Honduras 
in 1982, death threats to 
staff were frequent. In 
that volatile era, assist- 
ing Salvadoran refugees 
massed on the country's 
western border and 
defending the rights of 
the poor did not win 
CCD many laurels. 

In fact, Noemi 
Espinoza, one of the 
founding staff members, 
spent time in exile in 
the US during that 
tumultuous beginning. 
Contrast that to 1999, 
when Espinoza, as exec- 
utive president of CCD, 
received her country's 
National Human Rights 
Award. CCD, the joint 
effort of Protestant 
churches, and Caritas, 
the Roman Catholic 
social ministry, were 
commended jointly for 
their outreach to the 
most needy and 
excluded of Hondurans. 

Church of the Brethren 
connections with CCD 
go back to its beginnings, 
when Dan McFadden and 
Steve Newcomer were in 
Brethren Volunteer 
Service working with 
Salvadoran refugees in 
Honduras, it was in that 

era and region, too, that 
Yvonne Dilling was lifting 
up the cause of Salvado- 
ran refugees through 
Witness for Peace. Out 
of that encounter she 
co-authored the award- 
winning book In Search 
of Refuge. 

In 1988 David Rad- 
cliff set up the first 
international workcamp 
with CCD, even before 
he joined the General 
Board staff. For most of 
the past dozen years he 
has led annual workcamp 
groups to CCD -related 
projects in Honduras. 

Before Hurricane 
Mitch struck late in 
1998, CCD's outreach 
centered on 1 13 rural 
communities in the poor- 
est areas of the country. 
In each community its 
staff trained a represen- 
tative group of villagers 
to analyze problems and 
define solutions. 

Since Mitch, the 
agency's work has 
expanded to 400 villages 
and to Tegucigalpa, the 
capital, where CCD is 
headquartered. Enabling 
the expansion was the 
responsiveness of the 
international Christian 
community in sending 
volunteers and money. 
The CCD budget over 
the current two-year 

"The poor 
possess a 
capability to 
solve their 
own prob- 
lems. Our 
task is to 

period is $1 5 million. 

Beginning with the 
medical team that was dis- 
patched in November 
1 998 by the General 
Board to assist survivors 
of Hurricane Mitch, 
Brethren have maintained 
an active presence in Hon- 
duras. In follow-up to 
hurricanes Georges and 
Mitch in Central America 
and the Caribbean, Gen- 
eral Board programs have 
invested over half a million 
dollars. Some 50 Brethren 
have joined the work 
brigades in Honduras 
since last August. Church 
of the Brethren women are 
being recruited by the 

Brethren Witness office 
for a Faith Expedition to 
Honduras this November. 
And three projects 
there are seeking the 
placement of BVSers. 

Individual Brethren 
are also involved. Harold 
Metzler, a builder from 
Memorial Church in 
Martinsburg, Pa., and 
his sons have designed 
and built prototype 
housing in Honduras. 
Others from Memorial 
church have worked in 
health and service min- 
istries there. For over 25 
years Chet Thomas, a 
Church of the Brethren 
member and former 
Church World Service 
director in Honduras, 
has given leadership to 
Project Global Village, 
an enterprise of interest 
especially to his home 
district. Western Penn- 
sylvania. In 1994-95 
BVSers David and Adela 
See of the Shenandoah 
District worked with 
Project Global Village. 

For CCD and its 
partner churches, the 
focus goes far beyond 
such hurricane recovery 
efforts as rebuilding 
houses and bridges that 
were washed away. 
The larger challenge is 
long-term development, 

continued on page 21 

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'aui Jefftev CCD 

After the waters of Hurricane 
Mitch lashed the countryside for 
a week in the fall of 1998, Hon- 
durans faced an overwhelming 
task. Especially the poor and the 
marginalized. Their challenge 
went beyond the recovery of 
homes, land, and income, to the 
shaping of a more hopeful future. 
In the nearlv two vears 

since, 400 ravaged communi- 
ties have been transformed 
through the efforts of the 
Christian Commission for 
Development (CCD). The 
Church of the Brethren is 
among CCD's long-time part- 
ners helping Honduras' poor 
glimpse what God's justice 
and love means for them. 

Hondurans know well how water 
can both ravish and replenish 

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by Howard Royer 

For CCD 
the focus is 
on working 
with, not for, 
the poor 



In the language of 
friendship, no 
translation is 
required. Below, 
Sarah Shank with 
Honduran friends 
in I 990 workcamp. 

Within days of Mitch's 
fury, the trust estabhshed 
between the Church of 
the Brethren and CCD 
enabled Yvonne DiUing to 
coordinate the first group 
of Brethren volunteers — 

11 Spanish-speaking med- 
ical workers — to enter 
disaster communities in 
southern Honduras, sup- 
ported by the Emergency 
Disaster Fund. 

Since October 1998 
Brethren have contributed 
over Haifa million dollars 
for hurricane relief in 
Central America and the 
Caribbean. Over the past 
year, more than 50 
Brethren volunteers have 
helped build houses in 
southern Honduran vil- 
lages, working under 
auspices of the General 
Board, CCD, and Church 

World Service. 

"Even in the face of 
urgent needs caused by 
Mitch, CCD keeps the 
focus on building rela- 
tionships over building 
houses," noted Merv 
Keeney, director of 
Global Mission Partner- 
ships for the General 
Board. "Rather than 
working /or people in 
need, participants return 
with a strong sense of 
having worked with the 
people, a style that 
inspires hope and renewal 
within both Hondurans 
and visiting workers." 

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ielina Hernandez, front, works on her own home with help of neighbor. Organized by CCD and local pastors, their women's group erected 22 houses in Tegucigalpa. 

.'liana Juarez, front center, cuts ribbon at doorway of her new 
me she and other women built in Tegucigalpa, aided by CCD. 

For 10 years. Church of the Brethren workcampers have assisted with CCD projects in Honduras. 
Since last August, 50 Brethren volunteers have helped build houses, mostly along the southern coast. 

Messenger July 2000 


grants boost 
in villages 


Rapid deforestation aggra- 
vated the Mitcii disaster. 
The steep slopes and river 
valleys no longer have the 
abilit\' to absorb vast 
amounts of water. Villages 
like El Estribo along the 

away — people, houses, live- 
stock, tillable land. 

Last year in a pilot pro- 
ject with CCD, the General 
Board's Global Food Crisis 
Fund provided $5,000 for 
the women's group in El 

Choluteca River were swept Estribo to purchase pigs 

and chickens. Providing 
food and income, the live- 
stock project was a marked 
success. This year the 
Brethren hunger program 
has allocated $42,000 to 
help 800 other women 
in dozens of southern 
Honduran \illages acquire 
small livestock. 

Small-scale development 
in poor, rural communi- 
ties is addressed by CCD 
in a host of practical ways. 
With each, CCD's 
approach to change is for 
the poor to become sub- 
jects of their own history, 
rather than objects of 
someone else's planning. 

CCD helps farmers adopt sustainable a. 

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ctices, soil conservation, improved seed stock, and better storage and marl<eting. 

Juana Ramon Munquilla beside her new chicken house in El Estribo. 

Reforestation project in Ocotepeque enlists intergenerational support. 

unity where small livestock donated by Brethren has helped reinvigorate village life. 

Messenger July 2000 

Circles of 
support for 
one another 


In mobilizing the margin- 
alized, CCD is particularly 
focused on the powerless- 
ness and victimization of 
women. It places a premium 
on projects that augment 
household incomes. It 
assists women in building 
their own homes. In its 
village development 

programs, CCD requires 
that women make up half 
of all committees. And it 
quietly but determinedly 
tackles issues of abuse and 
domestic violence. 

A new venture is an 
organizational model 
called circulos de arnicas — 
"circles of women 

friends." A circle is 
formed by up to 12 
neighboring women 
P^ -; who provide 

and social support for one 
another. More than 200 cir- 
cles now operate, El Estribo 
being a prime example. 

CCD itself is a model of 
women in leadership. The 
executive president is 
Noemi Espinoza, a found- 
ing member who last year 
on behalf of CCD 
received Honduras' 
Human Rights Award. 

Among other women 
in leadership is Valle 
sector coordinator Patri- 
cia Mendez, whose 
oversight covers 78 
villages in three states. 
Mendez is 24 years old. 

Noemi Espinoza receives Honduras' Human Rights Award from LeoValladares. 

Valle sector coordinator Patricia Mendez (left) with Paula Suazo in El Estribo. 

Brethren and Honduran volunteers at El Estribo project in August 1999. 

!D's revolving loan fund helps villagers form cooperatives and market products. 

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At Nacaome and throughout Honduras, the Christian community lifts up the abundant life in Christ promised to all of God's children. 


The goal of 
CCD and 
God's people 

A key effort of CCD is training 
church leaders in pastoral care 
and congregational development. 
Theological training runs the 
gamut from grassroots programs 
for the newly literate to advanced 
degrees for pastors and teachers. 
On the heels of Mitch, church 
leaders sensed the urgency of 
helping survivors deal with 
insecurity and low self-esteem. 
Many children, for example. 

were afraid to go near the river 
Some 230 pastoral leaders 
were trained in handling 
post-traumatic stress. 

Through the churches' 
presence in Hon- 
duras, God's spirit is at work 
mobilizing communities, 
opening doors, and liberating 
hands and hearts. 

Christ statue overlooking Teguclgalpi 

TJ Messenger July 2000 

continued from page 12 

Noemf Espinoza empha- 
sizes, helping comm- 
unities change the way 
that power is directed 
and exercised. 

"The poor possess a 
tremendous capability to 
solve their own problems," 
insists Espinoza. "Our 
task is to accompany 
them. If they're not the 
ones to rebuild their com- 
munities, to participate in 
making decisions about 
their lives, then we have 
no Future as a country." 

Espinoza is deeply 
grateful to the churches 
and relief agencies around 
the world that support 
CCD's ministry and who, 
in her words, "recognize 
Christ in each woman and 
man who struggles to 
defend their rights and 
the rights of others." 

Merv Keeney, director 
of Global Mission Partner- 
ships, affirms CCD's 
theme, "Empowering 
Cod's People," as one that 
resonates with the com- 
mitment of the Church of 
the Brethren. "We rejoice 
in the opportunities God 
has laid before us for min- 
istry in one of Latin 
America's poor yet 
promising countries," 
Keeney states. 

Two occasions are at 
hand for Brethren to 
strengthen their under- 
standing of the churches' 
work in Honduras. 
In mid-|uly, Noemf 
Espinoza will be a guest 
and a presenter at Annual 
Conference in Kansas 
City. On Oct. 8, ministry 
in Honduras is the sub- 
ject of this year's 
churchwide World FTJj 
Mission Offering. iMiil 

This article is one of a senes on Gen- 
eral Board ministnes. Tfie writer was 
in Honduras earlier tfiis year. 


by Bill Hare 

It's pitch dark, but footsteps are heard as someone makes his way home, 
unaided by artificial light after a long day of work in the scorching sun in the 
melon fields. Plodding home for tortillas and beans and rest from the long day. 

A rooster crows just 25 feet from my bed — is it time to get up? No, it's 8:48 
p.m. and soon the macho call is heard all over town as each calls his claim to his 
territorial roosting tree. 

It's quiet again, but not for long, as a dog across town detects an intruder. 
Every pooch within earshot answers the challenge of my domain! 

Several in our room have already succumbed to sleep and have turned out the 
night time village sounds to add their own labored breathing, restricted inhaling, 
as they rest from the hot, dusty, uphill labor of the day. 

It's squeak, squeak, squeak, as the bats that have spent the day in the roof 
become restless and hungry and venture out to feast on those pesky, buzzing 
mosquitoes that bothered me a little while ago. 

Quiet again, but no, that bat just fluttered against my mosquito net. 

Somebody just walked by outside and there go the roosters again. First one, 
then another, and soon the din has spread again all over town. 

Quiet again, but not really, as the constant sounds reverberate unchanging 
from the nearby river. Insect 
or amphibian or both, I don't 
know, but the haunting night 
sound goes on unchanging. 

Dogfight! Claim of terri- 
tory! All over again, the dogs 
break the calm. 

A nearby baby cries — maybe 
hungry, maybe sick. It makes its 
announcement in the universal 
language of crying. 

There's that bat again, still 

That rooster with the 
slight upward lilt at the end of 
his call just woke up and soon 
again each neighbor tries to 
outdo the other. 

Quiet again. Finally some sleep, but not for long, as one of our guys shuffles 
past, dodging sleeping mats and suitcases, ducking under ropes holding mosquito 
nets, and carefully opening the squeaking door for his nightly walk down the path. 

And so it goes, through the long, hot night, catching sleep when possible. 

Before dawn, before first light, the nearby pump squeaks and water flows 
from one of the four wells in the community as Maria begins the never-ending 
task of carrying water for her family — uphill. 

Old |uan plods by with the tap, tap, tap of his tattered flip-flops gently 
caressing his leathery feet. His frayed straw hat, not needed now, will protect 
him from the scorching sun later as he cuts firewood from the distant forest to 
load onto the burro he leads. 

A cow moos, pigs grunt, a horse neighs — it's like living in the barnyard. 

But that's life here in Santa Catarina. A hard, hot life at the end of 

the road. It goes no farther. But there is hope here, hope for a better Ff ■ 

life, a better tomorrow. ■■■ 

Based on a week in Santa Catarina. Honduras, in February 2000, a village on tfie Nicaraguan border. Eight 
Brethren were part of a Church World Service/CROP group of volunteers constructing houses. Hare is 
manager of Camp Emmaus, Mount Ivlorris. III., and member of the Polo (III.) Church of the Brethren. 

Messenger July 2000 


In 1984 Ron Sider addressed the World Men- 
nonite Conference and challenged Mennonites 
to get serious about working for peace. He sug- 
gested that Christians start going into situations 
of conflict to be a nonviolent witness in the midst 
of those conflicts, taking the same risks for peace 
that soldiers take in war. 

Christian Peacemaker Teams (CRT) was started 
in 1 986 as a response to that challenge. Although ecu- 
menical, the largest numbers of people involved in CPT 
are Mennonites and Church of the Brethren people. 

CPT has been in Haiti, the Middle East, Bosnia, 
and Chechnya, and has worked to diffuse tensions 
around Native American communities. At present 
there are full-time teams in Chiapas, Mexico; 
Hebron, Palestine; and New Brunswick, Canada. 
I have been privileged to be part of the team in 
Hebron four different times in the past five years, 
the most recent this past winter. 

Hebron is mentioned 70 times in the Bible. It 
is where Abraham and Sarah are buried, and was 

the capital of David's kingdom for seven years. 
Today it is probably the most tense city in Pales- 
tine, a city often mentioned in the news. 

Working with CPT in Hebron has been one 
way I have found to live out Jesus' call for us to 
be peacemakers, and to make a Christian witness 
in a largely Muslim city. Almost every day in 
Hebron Muslims would ask me if I were Muslim. 
Often when I told them I am a Christian, a deep 
conversation ensued. 

CPT is in Hebron, first, to listen and to learn. 
I have spent much time talking to the different 
factions of both sides of the conflict. I now count 
both Israelis and Palestinians as my friends. 

We are also in Hebron to act as international 
observers. We say we have the grandmother effect. 
There are things we will not do if our grandmothers 
are watching us. When people know they are being 

Messenger July 2000 


observed, they tend to act more responsibly. |ust 
having international observers in places of con- 
flict is important. 

CPT not only listens and observes, we also 
get involved in the conflict. We engage in nonvi- 
olent direct action. When the No. 18 bus in 
Jerusalem was bombed two Sundays in a row a 
few years ago, our team announced the we would 
ride the No. 18 bus the next Sunday. 

When there have been clashes between Israelis 
and Palestinians, we have often stood in the middle. 
One time our team prevented Israeli soldiers from 
firing their guns into a crowd of demonstrators, 
by standing in front of the guns. We have sat on 
the roofs of Palestinian homes that were about to 
be demolished. 

Most important, our actions are rooted in 
prayer. Daily worship and times of fasting are 
essential to the work of our teams as we work to 
discern how to engage the powers of evil. 

Recently the focus of the team in Hebron has 
been home demolitions and land confiscation. 
Part of this work has been starting the Campaign 
for Secure Dwellings (CSD), in which Palestin- 
ian families who face home demolitions are paired 
with congregations in North America. These con- 
gregations pray for their partner family, keep in 
contact with them, and act as advocates for them. 

Here are two stories that illustrate some of 
our work in Hebron. 

Love overcomes fear 

For two weeks this past December, I lived with the 
Omar and Lamia Sultan family. The Sultans are 
a Palestinian Muslim family whose home in the 
Beqa'a valley east of Hebron was threatened by 
Israeli settlers coming at night and terrorizing the 
family. The settlers believe that all the land in Pales- 
tine was given to them by God, and thus feel justified 
in taking Palestinian land for their own purposes. 

Our team wrestled with how we could turn 
this ugly situation into something beautiful. How 
could the power of love break into this place of 
fear and hate? 

On the evening of Saturday, Dec. 25, there was 
a large settler demonstration at the Sultan home, 
ending with about 100 settlers coming up the hill- 
side to and above the house with their flaming torches, 
destroying property and frightening the family. 

The settlers announced on that evening that 
they would return on the following Tuesday to 
demolish the home, confiscate the property, and 
start construction of a new settlement there. This 
followed five days of round-the-clock vigiling in 
front of the home by the settlers. 

Our team went on red alert. We sent out an urgent 

action call for people of good 
will around the world to con- 
tact their governments and 
the Israeli government to stop 
this impending tragedy. We 
asked for help from the Israeli 
peace movement. 

We later learned that 
College Mennonite Church in Goshen, Ind., sent 
approximately 75 faxes to the Israeli government 
on behalf of the Sultan family. College Mennon- 
ite Church is paired with the Sultan family. 

By Monday evening, Israeli peace activists 
began to arrive at the Sultan home to stand in sol- 
idarity with the Palestinian family. What a wonderful 
time we had sitting around the fire — Muslims, 
Jews, and Christians sharing together in Hebrew, 
Arabic, and English. I could tell the Sultans were 
grateful for the Jewish presence. I was excited. The 
ugly actions of the settlers brought people together. 

From the gospel we learn that there is an arro- 
gance to the power of evil. That arrogance leads 
to evil overstepping its own power. The powers 
of evil crucified Jesus, but in their arrogance 
brought about their own defeat. 

After a lot of personal sharing, we talked about 
how to respond if the bulldozers came the next 
day to demolish the house. A number of us were 
prepared to sit in front of the bulldozers. 

On Tuesday, about 50 Israelis from Gush 
Shalom, Rabbis for Human Rights, and other 
Israeli peace groups arrived. There were other 
internationals and lots of press there. Soldiers 
declared the area a closed military zone and ordered 
everyone to leave. No one left the area, however, 
and it ended up that the Israeli police allowed 
everyone to stay. Only two settlers showed up. 

The next day, Wednesday, a large group of 
settlers came to occupy the land, but were removed 
by the Israeli authorities. I also was removed by 
the police from the area for a few hours during 
this time of removing the settlers. I returned to 
the Sultan home when all the settlers had left. 

On Thursday, local Palestinians organized a 
march to the Sultan home. This included a member 
and a former member of the Israeli parliament, a 
member of the Palestinian Legislative Assembly, 
and a high-ranking Muslim official from Jerusalem. 
The march also included local Palestinian digni- 
taries and Israeli peace activists. 

Although at first stopped by Israeli soldiers, 
the marchers eventually came to the house and 
greeted the Sultan family. With the dignitaries 
present, a high-ranking Israeli military official 
promised the Sultan family that their home was 
safe and would not be demolished. 

After that there was no more settler activity at 

A new Israeli 
settlement is being 
built on this liill wiiere 
tlie rocl< wall was 
constructed. On the hill 
used to be the orchard 
of a Palestinian family 
in the Beqa 'a Valley 
east of Hebron. 

Our team 
with how we 
could turn 
this ugly 
situation into 
How could 
the power of 
love break 
into this 
place of fear 
and hate? 

Messenger July 2000 Rj 

Six grandchildren of 
Omar and Lamia Sultan. 

They are looking toward 
Hebron across the 
Beqa'a Valley. 

It was thrilling 

to have Jews, 

Muslims, and 




around the 

fire in front of 

the Sultan 

honne. We 


again that 

peace is 

possible in 

this torn land. 

the Sultan home, and I 
then moved back into He- 
bron to be part of the 
team there. I continued to 
visit the Sultan family reg- 
ularly. They adopted me 
as part of their family. 

What did our peace- 
maker team do there? 
Actually, not very much. 
We were present with the 
family, we made ourselves 
vulnerable to the evil 
there, we alerted the 
world to what was hap- 
pening, we asked for help 
and support, we prayed. 
Something happened that 
was much bigger than anything we did. 

It is exciting to think of the results of this 
action. The Sultan family received international 
attention and, because of their being visible, they 
are much safer now. We got a promise from the 
Israeli government that the home would not be 
demolished. It is now less likely that any settle- 
ment will be built there. 

Israelis and Palestinians came together. It was 
thrilling to have lews, Muslims, and Christians shar- 
ing together around the fire in front of the Sultan 
home. We experienced again that peace is possible 
in this torn land. The ugly situation did turn into 
something beautiful. Love overcame fear and hate. 
Here is one small example of what can happen every- 
where, if we would open ourselves to God's grace. 

A snowstorm brings us together 

The Middle East was hit by a major snowstorm 
on Jan. 27 and 28 this year; Israel/Palestine received 
the biggest snowfall in many years. In Hebron, 
where they have a bit of snow every few years, we 
were gifted this time with about 20 inches of snow. 
Imagine, snow on palm trees. I was delighted. 

On Thursday, Jan. 27, our peace team was in 
Jerusalem for two important meetings with Israeli 
and Palestinian activists. We knew a major storm was 
coming, but the meetings seemed important. When 
we left Jerusalem at 4 p.m., it was snowing hard. We 
also had to get through a massive traffic jam. 

As we were driving south out of Jerusalem, 
the road was becoming more and more covered 
with snow, and at one point, near Bethlehem, we 
had to get out and push our taxi. Soon our driver 

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said he didn't think he could get to Hebron, and 
that he was going back to Jerusalem. We decided 
to get out and start walking toward Hebron, hoping 
for a ride in the night. 

We started hitchhiking. A pickup truck used to 
transport workers picked us up. We sat in the back 
with two young Palestinians. It was snowing really 
hard. Some vehicles were stranded by the side of the 
road. After a few miles, the traffic was barely moving. 

Before long traffic was not moving at all, but 
we were having fun. Our common plight had 
brought us all together. Palestinians, soldiers, set- 
tlers, and North American activists were all stranded, 
brought together by a snowstorm. Our differences 
no longer seemed important. Something bigger 
than us, and out of our control, had brought us 
together. We fight over things we want to control, 
but here was something none of us could control. 

People who otherwise might be enemies now 
were acting as friends. Settlers, soldiers, and Pales- 
tinians were helping push each other's cars, each 
identifying with the others, all because of an act 
of nature. At this "checkpoint" we were all equal. 

After sitting there for about two hours, I sug- 
gested that we start walking the 10 miles home to 
Hebron. As we started walking up the long, steep 
hill, we understood why traffic was not moving. 
For over a mile, cars and trucks were jammed 
together on the slick road. No one could move. 
Some places it was even difficult for us to squeeze 
between the cars and trucks. 

At the top of the hill the road was free, and 
we soon got a ride into Hebron. 

Friday was a quiet day in Hebron, except for 
the many snowball fights in which I eagerly par- 
ticipated. I must admit I started quite a few of the 
fights. What a wonderful way to break rigid atti- 
tudes and patterned responses, and connect with 
people in a new way. I started one battle with about 
a dozen young Palestinians, all of them against 
me. Excitement and commonality filled the air. 

The Israeli soldiers were expecially friendly 
and some of them even participated in the snow- 
ball fights. A few of our team members were 
walking up the street and pretended to throw snow- 
balls at some soldiers. They said, no, no. Then 
some other soldiers came by who were more recep- 
tive to the idea. Our group threw some snowballs 
near the soldiers, who then threw snowballs back. 
There were no arrests. We did a lot of joking and 
laughing together with soldiers. 

The snow brought us together, but unfortu- 
nately the snow melts quickly there. The oppression 
of the occupation continues. The problems there 
are too deep to be covered over by snow. 
We were, however, given another glimpse WfU 
of what can be. |^^ 

Art Gish is a member of New Covenant Fellowship, an intentional 
Christian community near Athens, Ohio. He is a member of the 
Church of the Brethren, a graduate of Bethany Theological Semi- 
nary, an organic farmer, and a peace activist. 


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by Robin Wentworth Mayer 

Whenever I walk to Suffern, 

along the Erie track 
I go by a vacant church house. 

with its shingles all broken and black. 
I suppose I've passed it a hundred times. 

but I always stop for a minute 
And look at the church, the tragic church. 

the church with nobody in it. 

Maybe I'm overly sensitve to such 
things, but it seems that no matter 
where 1 go, no matter what route I take to get 
there, I invariably drive past a building that at 


one time housed a vital church. Sometimes it's 
out in the middle of nowhere, just looking for- 
lorn and lonely — where the only signs of life are 
the birds and the squirrels in the adjoining ceme- 
tery. Other times there's one on an abandoned 
corner in a "declining" neighborhood with boarded 
windows and "For Sale" signs on the neglected 
lawn. Often you'll see one that has been con- 
verted into an antique store or museum — a resting 
place for obsolete artifacts and outdated relics — 
which in itself is a chilling commentary. 

And every time I pass one of these empty 
buildings, I wish the walls could talk. "What 
happened?" 1 would ask. "Tell me how you came 
to this! Did your pastor abandon sound doc- 
trine for worldly fables? Did a root of bitterness 
spring up and defile many? Did temperate living 
give way to moral turpitude? Did you give the 

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dealing \AAith 

a struggling 





tension, or 

disputes over 



a vision is 

the first step 





devil a foothold? Did you exchange the truth 
of God for a lie? 

This church on the road to Suffern 

needs a dozen panes of glass. 
And somebody ought to weed the walk 

and take a scythe to the grass. 
It needs new paint and shingles. 

the vines should be trimmed and tied; 
But what it needs most of all 

are people praying inside. 

I know that sometimes the demographics of 
an area change enough so that the viable need 
for a church diminishes. I know too that some- 
times a congregation relocates for positive, 
growth-related reasons, and that due to factors 
such as location, access, building codes, and 
remodeling costs, there's simply no buyer for the 
vacated building. In other words, I acknowledge 
that there are a number of legitimate reasons for 
a church to close its doors and not every empty 
meetinghouse is a testimony to failure. 

But there are also far too many times that 
a church suffers a long, slow, painful decline 
and gradually fades away until all that's left 
is a building. There was no vision, and so the 
people perished. 

The first study module of the LIFE (Living 
in Faithful Evangelism) process is "Discovering 
a Vision." In his excellent book. Following in the 
Footsteps of Paul, author Ed Bontrager examines 
the First-Century churches that flourished in 
what is now modern-day Turkey. Through short 
video sketches, reader -friendly text, and engag- 
ing discussion questions, the LIFE curriculum 
draws parallels between the challenges of our 
Twenty-first-Century congregations with those 
encountered by these pioneer churches. Whether 
your church is dealing with a struggling budget, 
flagging morale, relational tension, or disputes 
over doctrine, discovering a vision is the first step 
toward overcoming those barriers. Following in 
the Footsteps of Paul gives biblical, implementable 
guidance on how to do just that. 

In the 18 months since we began the LIFE 
process at the Kokomo (Ind.) church, we have 
welcomed several new persons into our fel- 
lowship — individuals who previously had no 

church affiliation, and who were sought out anc i 
invited by other church members. We've experi- 
enced a significandy heightened sensitivity toward 
being inclusive to newcomers. And, as is always! 
the case, our new members have contributed] 
much input and enthusiasm toward creative strate- 
gies for outreach that are helping us combine thei 
twin callings of service and evangelism. 

The LIFE process is a two-year commitment 
that helps build disciples for an eternal kingdom. It I 
is an investment of about $2,500 that helps focus ' 
our treasures on heavenly values that thieves cannot 
touch and moths cannot destroy. It is not a bad , 
return by any standards. 

Churches that might vote it down by saying 
"We can't afford to do it" should take a critical 
look at their membership growth over the pasti 
1 5 years, and project that trajectory into the next, 
1 5 years. Churches learn that if their budget is 
struggling, their money problem is merely a symp- 
tom of their vision problem. In which case, thei 
better question is: "Can we afford not to do it?' 

Today, if you're interested in visiting thej 
once thriving churches of Asia Minor, youii 
have to hire either a Muslim tour guide or an archae- > 
ologist. Neither heritage nor memory sustained] 
them. They lost their vision, and they perished. | 
You can invest time, money, and energy into] 
discovering and developing a vision for the future, j 
Or, you can manage your budget constraints byii 
pinching pennies and cutting corners. Then youJ 
can look forward, in a few years, to eliminating' 
money problems altogether when you disband as 
a congregation and sell the church property. 

So whenever I go to Suffern along the Erie Track, 

I never go by that empty church 

without stopping and looking back; 
Though it hurts me to look at the crumbling 

roof and the shutters fallen apart. 
For I can 't help thinking that poor old church 

is a church with a broken heart. 

— adapted from "The House with Nobody in It. " 
by Joyce Kilmer 

Robin Wentworth Mayer is pastor of the Kokomo (Ind.) Church 
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materials, consultation, and workshops for congregations in 

the participating denominations in the areas of evangelism, 
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For more information, contact her at New Life Ministries, 
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800-774-3360. E-mail: 

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^^ As followers of Jesus we are called 
to another path, a path in which the sword 

is put away, the dannage healed 


Canon of Holy Scriptures 

Here is one 87-year-old Sunday school 
teacher and Bible student who, in 
Christian love and respect, does not 
agree with Brother Fenton Platter on 
the death penalty (see May Letters). 

But my main reason for writing is to 
discuss his use of the term "the 
Bible." There is no such thing as 
'the" Bible. There are at least 27 
major and recognizable versions of 
"The Canon of Holy Scriptures," not 
counting those translations into vari- 
ous languages. Brother Platter says 
the Bible is "to be believed as it was 
written." How exactly was it written? 
And by whom? 

Let it be known that I, along with 
others, believe this book to be the 

greatest piece of literature ever written. 
It is most inspiring. 

Don Snyder 

Waynesboro, Va, 

Put away your swords 

In comment to the letter of Brother 
Platter [see "Bible and the death 
penalty," May], we may find another 
message in Matthew 26:51-54. In that 
scriptural passage, Jesus tells what it 
means to be in the world but not of it. 
The follower of Jesus is told to put his 
sword back in its place. The people of 
Jesus are not people of the sword. 

Those who follow the ways of the 
world, that is those who live by the 
sword, will die by it, but that type of 



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Los Angeles, Calif. 

Pennsylvania geography 

I wish to point out an error in the article 
"Celebrating a life full of Brethren 
memories," in the May issue, about 
Miriam Wagner. 

She and I are both members of the 
Hanoverdale congregation of the Big 
Swatara District of the Atlantic North- 
east District. Paxton church is also a 
part of our congregation. 

Hanoverdale is east of Harrisburg 
and about five miles north of Hershey. 

When Miriam left the farm, she 
moved into our neighborhood, and we 
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Hummelstown, Pa. 

Poised for renewal 

Thank you for the wonderful article 
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Elizabethtown, Pa. The content and 
spirit of the article were truly reflective 
of the experience. We are still feeling 
the results of the conference, well after 
the experience. 

With this and similar efforts like Wor- 
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Brethren we are getting poised for 
renewal. In this case there is further 
grounding in terms of small Renovare 
groups of spiritual encouragement, 
prayer partnerships, and individuals 
taking up the spiritual disciplines. 

As a spiritual renewal team of the 
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group, and corporate spiritual growth 
being projected for a number of years in 
duration. Your article picked up so well 
the incremental steps we take to con- 
tinue the growth and experience the joy. 

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and similar efforts, 
we are getting poised 
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of the conference. And we again thank 
the many, many persons who made 
this experience possible. 

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Chair, Regional Renovare Conference, 

Co-chair, District Spiritual Renewal Team 

We must be silent no longer 

I recently received from the Brethren 
Mennonite Council for Lesbian and Gay 
Concerns (BMC) a short document offer- 
ing guidelines on how the church and its 
leaders can help make discussion on 
homosexuality and other volatile matters 
more productive and fair. This "Fair 
Play" document had a number of excel- 
lent suggestions and helpful guidelines, 
including: "Do not tolerate the use of 
weapons" (verbal, written or otherwise), 
"Do not allow hostage-taking and 
threats," "Nothing about me without 
me" (borrowed from the Disability Rights 
Movement), and "Insist on educated, 
informed, and responsible dialogue." 

These guidelines are indeed a helpful 
framework for our discussions, and 
BMC is to be credited for its hard work. 
However, I have to ask — what dia- 
logue? It seems that many of us are 
perfectly content in sitting back and 
pretending that gay and lesbian 
Brethren do not exist. At the 1993 
Wichita Annual Conference delegates 
passed a statement calling the church 
to refrain, for a period of five years, 
from bringing to conference business 
items concerning gays and lesbians. 
Unfortunately, many took that state- 
ment to mean that we should stop 

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^^ I pray for the day when we can all worship 

together and see the presence of God in each 

person, whether straight or gay, whether white 

or Latino or African-Annerican. ^^ 

talking about our differences too. 

The church must face its inaction and 
silence, and we must each do our part. 
I pray that we can begin again a dia- 
logue in which each of us can share our 
struggles, our fears, and our hopes, all 
in an attitude of mutual love and 
respect. We must be silent no longer, 
and we can no longer pretend that 
those faithful lesbian and gay sisters 
and brothers among us do not exist. 

I, for one, pray for the day when we 
can all worship together and see the 
presence of God in each person, 
whether straight or gay, whether white 
or Latino or African-American, whether 
from rural Ohio or urban Los Angeles. I 
pray for God to move in our midst. 

John Harvey 

Encinitas. Calif- 

The death penalty, Moses to Jesus 

The May Messenger arrived yesterday. 
As usual I read each word with care. I 
noted a letter from a longtime friend 
favoring the death penalty. Maybe my 
response will help him. 

Moses was very heavy for the death 
penalty. I have gone through the books 
of Moses with a marker. I found many 
more than seven offenses calling for 
the death penalty. In Exodus 21 and 22 
the death penalty is called for for one 
who strikes father or mother, one who 
steals a man for slavery, one who 
curses father or mother, one who takes 

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a life, the owner of an ox that gores a 
second person, a sorceress, anyone 
having sex with a beast, anyone sacri- 
ficing to any god but the Lord, and 
anyone afflicting a widow or orphan. 

There are at least 30 more Old Testa- 
ment scriptures prescribing the death 
penalty for various offenses, including 
being a prophet or dreamer of dreams 
(Deut 13:5). If we should kill all the 
people Moses wanted to have killed, the 
population would not grow so rapidly. 

You may find more. Now read Exodus 
2:11-15. When Moses had killed a man he 
did not favor the death penalty. He 
skipped the country and got a new iden- 
tity. In time God used the murderer-Moses 
as the leader of the children of Israel. 

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^^ In recent years I have become concerned that 

we are beconning more like the Unitarians, and 

less like the New Testament church, in our vision 

statement and in our total faith and life. ^^ 

John 8:1-8. Jesus knows that not one 
of us is sinless enough to give the 
death penalty. When Jesus was being 
crucified he prayed that God would 
forgive the ones taking his life. 

Most of us have a long way to go to 
understand the Jesus way of dealing 
with all evil. He was clear in asking for 
a sinless person to cast the first stone. 

Millions believe that Jesus knew 
God better than Moses did. I pray that 
the day may come when all can hear 
and follow the way of Jesus. 

E. Paul Weaver 
Everett, Pa 

Famous vision statements 

"Of God, for God, with God." This new 
"vision statement" of the General 
Board will be frequently seen in our 
Brethren publications. 

As I reflect on this statement, I am 
made aware that it could readily be the 
vision statement of the Jews, or the 
Muslims, or the Unitarians, or of almost 

any religious group in the world. 

The Gospels and the New Testament 
Church had as the center of their "vision 
statement" a simple yet profound truth: 
"Jesus is Lord." The Apostle Peter, as 
recorded in Acts 4:12, was certain: 
"There is salvation in no one else, for 
there is no other name under heaven 
given among men by which we must be 
saved." The Apostle Paul proclaimed to 
the world his vision statement to the 
church at Corinth: "I preach Christ. ..the 
power of God and the wisdom of God ... 
I decided to know nothing among you 
except Jesus Christ" (I Cor. 1:23-24,2:2). 

Over the years I have had close friends 
who are Unitarian in their religious faith. 
I have studied their faith, and respect 
how they study and live it. In recent 
years I have become deeply concerned 
that the Church of the Brethren is contin- 
ually becoming more like the Unitarians, 
and less like the New Testament church, 
in our vision statement and in our total 
faith and life as a church. 

Olden D. Mitchell 

North Manchester, Ind. 

Man, that woman 
can preach. 

An Uncommon Woman: 

The Life and Times of Sarah Righter Major 

Nancy Kettering Frye. Brethren Press. Infamous in 
the mid 1800s as a woman preacher in a man's 
world. Sister Sarah bravely preached the gospel 
wherever people invited her to speak. Nancy 
Kettering Frye provides details, facts, and stories 
about the life of the first female Brethren preacher. 
Step into the 19th century and meet the men and 
women who influenced Sarah Righter Major's life 
and supported her preaching ministry. #8224, $6.93 


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Christian Family Practice group is seeking 
a family physician to join our growing practice. 
We are located in North Central Indiana, near 
Goshen. We provide obstetrics with many deliv- 
eries done at an Amish Birthing Center near 
Shipshewana. Opportunities for short- or long- 
term missions. Independently owned (six 
physicians & one PA) and committed to remain- 
ing sensitive to the needs of the local community. 
Option to buy in. Contact Steve Wendler, Admin- 
istrator, at Middlebury Family Physicians, PO 
Box 459, Middlebury, IN 46540. Day telephone: 
219-825-2900 Evening; 219-825-7506. 

Good Shepherd Home is seel<ing a full-time 
chaplain for this rural 100-bed nursing home and 
licensed 50-bed rest home located in Fostoria, 
Ohio. This position will provide spiritual care to 
the residents, families and employees. If willing, 
the chaplain may assist the executive director and 
Board of Trustees with fund raising and devel- 
opment projects. Good Shepherd Home prefers 

Messenger July 2000 

candidates who are licensed or ordained minis- 
ters with strong written and verbal skills. Send 
or fax resumes to Chris Widman, executive direc- 
tor, phone (419) 435-1801; fax (419) 435-1594. 

Travel with a purpose. Visit the "Cradle of Civ- 
ilization," March 16-29, 2001. Featuring: crossing 
the Red Sea, visiting Mt. Sinai, cruising on the 
Sea of Galilee, cable car ride to Massada. Visit 
Petra, the rose city, Jerusalem, The Holy Land, 
St. Catherine Monastery on Mt. Sinai. Full break- 
fast and dinner throughout. For information write 
Wendell and Joan Bohrer, 8520 Royal Meadow 
Drive, Indianapolis, IN. 46217, Tel/fax 317-882- 
5067. E-mail 

Visiting Washington, D.C.? Come worship 
with us at the Arlington Church of the Brethren, 
300 N. Montague St, Arlington, Virginia. Phone 
703-524-4100. Services: Sunday School 9:45 - 
10:45 a.m. Worship: 11:00 a.m. Summer Hours: 
June4thruSeptember3. Worship 10:00 a.m. 

No Sunday School. Nursery Services Provided. 
Roseann B. Cook, Pastor. 


Wooden plaques of the Coventry Church ot 
the Brethren are available for purchase. Cost is 
$12.00 per plaque which includes S & H. To obtainj 
one of these 275th anniversary specials, contact 
Linda Wood in the church office at 610-326-5426, 
or send a check made payable to Coventry Church 
of the Brethren, 946 Keen Road, Pottstown, PA 
19465-6532 with notation. Anniversary Commit- 
tee. Include shipping address in request. 

York Center congregation in Lombard, IL 
will celebrate 50 years of ministry in 2001J 

To kick-off our anniversary we will have a cele- 
bration weekend August 12 and 13, 2000. If you 
have been a part of the York Center family we 
hope you will join us for this celebration. For 
more information call the church office at 630- 
627-7411 ore-mail Pastor Christy Waltersdorf' 


This month's Turning Points 
includes all listings received 
prior to 5/1 1/00 not previously 
published. Forms for submit- 
ting Turning Points information 
are available by calling Peggy 
Reinacher at 800-323-8039. 

New members 

Aniioch. Rockv Mount, Va.: 
ML-lvin Fikc! Lisa Fike. loel 

Arcadia. Ind.: Don Knapp. 
Dorothy Knapp 

Bear Creek, Accident, Md.: 
Carol Smith, lessica Smith, 
Katie Sizemore, Karen Size- 

Bradford, Ohio: Truman Scott 
Bashore, Esther Naomi 

Curryville. Martinsburg, Pa.: 
Yvette Brumbaugh 

GreenmounI, Harrisonburg, 
Va.: lustin S. Dean. Quentin 
L. Biller. Lenwell H. Sacra, 
Donna Gail Sacra. Charles 
S. Biller. Gene Smith. 
Michelle Smith 

Harper Woods. Mich,: Tina 

Independence, Kan.: Danielle 
Gallagher. Betty Mayo. Mary 
Padley. Crystal and Douglas 

Lititz. Pa.: Lindsay Bednar, 
Carly Hess, Lisa Kreider, 
Jordan Rice, loanna Witmer. 
Toby Enck, Dan Ober. |im 
Ross, Barbara Showers. 
Harry Mumma. Terry Ross 

Locust Grove, lohnstovvn. Pa.: 
Rebecca Birtle. Diane Chris- 
tine. Christy Fyock. Ashley 
Kirkwood. Ryan Pristow. 
Tom Ream. Adam Thomas. 
Timothy Thomas. Lorie Wilt 

Logansport. Ind.: Nicole 
Brown. Brenda Gaumer. 
Kayla Kite 

Maitland. Lewistown. Pa.: Ty 
Angney. jeffery Moiek, 
Donovan Kratzer, Tony 

McPherson, Kan,: Nathan 
Clary, lamie Crist. Matthew 
Hoffman. Tim Houghton. 
Tyler Hughes. Ir.. Bryan 
Jordan, lordan Rothrock. 
Scott Vancil. Adam Wagoner, 
loel Wagoner. Ian Diaz, 
Manny Diaz, Paul Liepelt, 
Brenda Lolling. Darlene 
Nelson. Marvin Nelson. 
Irven Stern. Patricia Stern 

Maple Grove. .Ashland, Ohio: 
Paul and Ella Myers, Brenda 
Henderson, June Trille, joe 
Woodring, Barbara 

Maple Grove, New Paris, Ind.: 
Tiffany Berkey, Kelsey 
Garris. janii Hoover, Mar- 
lena Marquart, lamie Miller 

Mechanic Grove. Quarryville, 
Pa.: Richard Drennen'lll, 

Sylvia Drennen, Chris Pur- 
cell, Walter Buckley, Angel 
Weigand. Linda Waltman, 
Gerard Rosolie. Jill Rosolie. 
Susan Mull. Herb and Donna 
Martin. Shawn and Laura 
Love, Albert and Betty Pyle, 
Matthew Kreider, Genny 
Bledsoe, jason Futcher. 
Matthew Groff, Leann Hart, 
Kandace Kreider. Trista Krei- 
der. Tye hCreider. Rairdan 
Munro. Marian Osborne, 
Rebecca Wimer 

Modesto, Calif,: Dortha and R, 
Norman lohnson 

Mohlcr, Ephrata, Pa.: Ivan and 
Dorothy Ludwig 

Monroeville. Pa.: Kelsey 
Brewer, Kristin Brewer, 
Bryan Furey, lulie Hernley, 
Hayle Ritchey 

New Carlisle, Ohio: Aaron 
Larson, Andrew Larson, 
Denise Barlow. Samantha 
Larason, Cameron Dogget. 
Timothy Woelfer. leremy 
Funderburg. Shirley Bell. 
Andrew Gibson. Cheryl 
Gibson, Doug Gibson, 
Rodney Funderburg, 
Anna Reno 

New Enterprise, Pa.: Paul and 
lennie Turner. Davey Leidy. 
Danielle Settlemyer. Tracy 
Brunner. Madeline Kanode. 
Brittany Kanode 

North Liberty. Ind.: Christo- 
pher Beyer 

Northview. Indianapolis, Ind.: 
Anna Grady, Lida Emerson, 
Carol Emerson, lacob Grady 

Peace, Portland, Ore.: Jennifer 
Sheppler. Robert Cone 

Peach Blossom. Easton. Md.: 
Kathy Moore, Leo Truban, 
loy Marshall 

Pine Creek, North Liberty, 
Ind.: jason Deckard. Lauren 

Pittsburgh. Pa.: Zinnia Black- 

Sangerville. Bridgewater. Va.: 
Dwayne Fifer. Ian Horn, 
Matthew Ridgeway, Eric 
Sheets, Kimberly Atkins, 
Danny Lambert 

Snake Spring Valley, Everett. 
Pa.: Mike Dunkle. lanice 
Dunkle. .Amber Dunkle. 
lanelle Dunkle. Sara 

West Goshen. Goshen. Ind.: 
Beth Hochstetler 

Westminster. Md.: William 
Landon. Erica A. Royer. 
Ashley Cavanaugh. Curtis 

Winter Park. Fla.: Rhonda Neal 


Baker. Clyde and Glenna, 
Bradford. Ohio, 55 

Bruckharl. Abe and Mary. 
Palmyra. Pa.. 65 

Gift. Donald and LaRue. 
Chambersburg. Pa., 60 

Gingrich. Lloyd and Velnia. 
Lebanon. Pa., 50 

Gorden. Israel and Edwina. 
Goshen. Ind.. 72 

Harclerode. Joan and Howard. 
Everett, Pa., 50 

Hosteller, Harley and Louise. 
Goshen. Ind.. 50 

Lambert. Mervin and lanet. 
Harrisonburg. Va., 60 

Leapiey, Ralph and Elizabeth, 
New Carlisle, Ohio. 50 

Lehman. |ohn and Maxine. 
lohnstown. Pa.. 50 

Roeth. lames and Ruth. Brad- 
ford. Ohio. 55 

Thomas, lohn M. and Louise. 
Valrico. Fla.. 60 

Walter. Donald and Rosella. 
Martinsburg. Pa.. 50 

Wine, Ray and Ann. Harrison- 
burg. Va.. 50 

Zuck. Nevin and Leah. Lan- 
caster. Pa.. 60 


Adams. Stella M.. 95. 
Staunton. Va.. April 27 

Alley. Helen R.. 84, Bridgewa- 
ter, Va., April 1 

Anderson. Lorenia. 89. Virden. 
III.. April 16 

Andes. Francis B.. 85. Tim- 
berville. Va.. April 9 

Bankert. Pauline Miller. 93. 
Hanover. Pa.. May 1 

Barritt. Cheri Frazier. 39. 
Omaha. Neb.. March 13 

Beck, Rosemary. 51. 

Brinkhaven. Ohio, April 24 

Benner, Phyllis, 61, Ephrata, 
Pa.. April 8 

Boitnott. lohn W., 102, Bridge- 
water. Va.. March 31 

Burnside. Mable. 84, Trot- 
wood, Ohio, Nov, 27 

Clark. Marv. Easton. Md.. 
Oct. 2 

Clark. Robert. 81. Easton. Md.. 
March 16 

Clinton. Dennis, 90, Virden, 
111.. April 10 

Cochran. Violet. 82. Berlin. 
Pa.. March 7 

Cox. Philip A.. 46, New 
Carlisle, Ohio. April 29 

Crites. leremy L., 18, Moore- 
field. W.Va.. April 23 

Crumley. William C. 87. 
Kno.wille, Tenn.. March 28 

Dancy. Frances Sheets. 98, 
lacksonville, Fla.. April 29 

Darr. Cora "Feme," 85, 
Sipesville, Pa.. March 12 

Dellinger. Flovd E.. Sr.. 69. 
Fulks Run. Va.. April 1 

Diehl. Robert. 86. West Alexan- 
dria. Ohio. March 51 

Dove. Evalyn, 90. Manassas. 
Va.. May 23. 1999 

Dove. L. Clifford. 88. Manas- 

sas. Va.. Feb. 22 

Ebling, Dudley. 74. Easton, 
Md.. lune 17 

Edmislon. loseph, 84. Lewis- 
town. Pa.. March 29 

Emswiler. Esther. 84. McPher- 
son. Kan.. March 21 

Erbaugh. Ruth. 87. Brandon. 
Fla.. Feb. 21 

Elter, Dwane W,, 98, Cham- 
bersburg, Pa.. Feb. 1 

Faidley, Norman. 83. Somer- 
set. Pa.. Ian. 21 

Fausl. Gladys H.. 71. Cham- 
bersburg, Pa.. Feb. 29 

Feaster. Emmett D., 92. Peters- 
burg. W.Va.. March 31 

Fetters, Samuel, 75. Lewis- 
town. Pa.. Nov. 1 3 

Finiff. Charles E., 88, Cham- 
bersburg. Pa.. Feb. 18 

Fisher. Edna |.. 92. Fulks Run. 
Va.. April 10 

Ford. Eva E.. 66. Timberville. 
Va.. April 25 

Frazier. Clifton E.. 81, Grot- 
toes. Va., April 1 5 

Ganger. Olive, 93, Greenville. 
Ohio. March 17 

Gift, Lois E.. 83. Chambers- 
burg. Pa.. Feb. 14 

Harper. Ella O.. 89. Moyers. 
W.Va.. April 15 

Harper, Elsie, 94, Movers. 
W.Va.. April 10 

Hartman. Blanche R., 87. 
April 26 

Hash. Ruby Mae, 86. Luray. 
Va., April 2 

Hicks, Raymond G.. 56. Cham- 
paign. 111.. April 29 

Hoffman. Clark. 81. Somerset. 
Pa.. Ian. 31 

Hubbard. Treva. 84. Bradford. 
Ohio. March 10 

Isenberg. lames D.. 94. 

Knoxville. Tenn.. March 14 

lohnson. Kenneth. 80. Troy. 
Ohio. March 20 

[ones. Ethel M.. 87. Chambers- 
burg, Pa,, March 50 

Knupp, Roy, 86, Gray. Pa.. 
March 28 

Koontz. Leona, 90, Ebensburg. 
Pa.. April 28 

Larsen. Nellie. 93. Council 
Bluffs. Iowa. April 7 

Livingston. Robert 1.. 82. Cov- 
ington. Ohio. Ian. 4 

Lobb. Dorthy. 79. lohnstown. 
Pa.. Ian. 22 

Long. Edythe E.. 89. Luray. 
Va.. March 30 

Looker. Darrell. 61. Piqua. 
Ohio. Dec. 27 

Lunsford. Ernest. 88. Bealeton. 
Va.. Nov. 2 

Martz, Mary K.. 84. Edinburg. 
Va.. April 24 

McNelt. Leah E.. 76. Bridge- 
water. Va., April I 1 

Miller, lennie, 94, Friendsville. 
Md.. Ian. 31 

Miller. Margaret. 61, Accident. 
Md., Ian. 27 

Mitchell. Reba. 79. Fairview, 
Ore.. March 12 

Mohler, Elizabeth. 101. War- 

rensburg. Mo.. April I 5 
Painter. Sarah F.. 85. Stanley, 

Va.. April 30 
Peyton, Katherine, 89, Holli- 

daysburg. Pa., Sept. 27 
Richard. Sadie. 91. Lewistown. 

Pa.. Sept. 29 
Sanger. Henry. Easton. Md., 

March 22 
Sager. Otis. 84, Lost River, 

W.Va.. March 17 
Seese. Norman. Easton. Md.. 

Ian. 1 
Shaw. Kenneth. 79, Danville, 

Ohio, April 1 
Shepherd, Ted, 81, Nokesville, 

Va., Sept. 30 
Shiffletl. Larry L.. 49. South 

Daytona Beach, Fla., April 1 
Shull.' Everett W.. 83. N. Man- 
chester. Ind.. April 26 
Simmons. Dorothy. 80. 

lohnstown. Pa.. April 1 1 
Simmons. Marie V. 74. Sugar 

Grove. W.Va.. April 1 7 
Speers. Terry. 41. Trotwood. 

Ohio. Nov. 21 
Stambaugh. Florence M.. 90, 

New Oxford, Pa., April 28 
Stoltz, Patricia, 67. New 

Carlisle. Ohio. March 7 
Walkup. Norman K.. 50. 

Mount Crawford. Va.. 

April 16 
Weimer. Ralph. 76. Manassas. 

Va., Aug. 31 
Wood, Hester, 96. Boones Mill. 

Va.. Feb. 7 


Fleshman. Greg. April 9. Buena 

Vista. Va. 
Hileman. .Michael C. April 30, 

Ashland Dickev, Ashland. 

Reece. Kathy. April 30. Dallas 

Center. Iowa 
Remillet. Charles. March 19. 

Buffalo. Ind. 
Yankey, Robert, 59. Nokesville. 

Va., Oct. 17 
Young. Frank P.. April 30. Tire 

Hill, Pa. 


Coffin, loseph H.. Feb. 20. 

Windfall. Ind. 
Miller-Rieman. Ken. March 5, 

Huntington. Ind. 
Wray. Harry. Feb. 1 3. 

Kokomo. Ind. 


Barber. Howard, to Barren 
Ridge. Staunton. Va. 

(ones, Gregory L.. to Fairview. 
Unionville. Iowa 

Sayles, Frank, to Bethel. 
Arriba. Colo. 

Messenger July 2000 


To Sam, on becoming an Eagle Scout 


know the 

group is the 

thing, all for 

one. But 

there will be 

times when 

like an eagle 

you will soar 


Life will give 

you nnany 


for sorting 

out when to 

work as part 

of the group 

and when to 

act alone. 

Dear Sam, 

On |une 1 you will become an Eagle Scout. Con- 
gratulations. You barely know me, but your father 
is my best friend and I am inspired by his son's 
achievement. You will now be marked for life as a 
leader. If you ever run for political office, this will 
tell the voters you are one who not only believes 
in core values, but you have done the work they 
imply. Being an Eagle Scout will give you moral 
authority. Use it well. 

Because I never got to the rank of Eagle — 1 
stumbled on my citizenship merit badges — I look 
up to you all the more. Like you, I stayed in scout- 
ing long after many of my agemates had dropped 
out. I became a Senior Patrol Leader, and in that 
role worked to give the younger boys some of the 
wonderful experiences I had had coming up. We 
were famous for campouts. While other troops had 
neat flag ceremonies at their meetings, or learned 
to march with military precision, we spent our 
meetings sorting gear from the last campout or 
planning the next one. 

1 got my education around the campfire, lis- 
tening to the older boys share their ignorance about 
sex, and learning to smoke grapevines. Our scout- 
masters had that rare quality of knowing how to 
disappear. They knew when to reappear too, telling 
us when to knock it off and be quiet. 

It was long after Taps that day was finally done, 
gone the sun. All is well, safely rest, God is nigh. Alone 
under the big night sky, God became real to me. I 
grew up under the stars. And I awoke to the dawn 
telling me the way I live my life matters. 

It was in scouting that I learned the power of 
the group, one for all, all for one. Trustworthy, loyal, 
helpful, friendly, courteous, kind . . . these weren't 
just theoretical concepts, or even rules for behavior 
around adults; they were how we treated each other. 
If somebody fell behind on a hike we waited till they 
caught up. We could be cruel, of course, but we knew 
that was contrary to the scout way. We were taught 
that fat kids got included, that poor kids looked the 
same in uniform, and black kids were welcome in 
our group. 

Lately the Boy Scouts have taken a rap for trying 
to keep certain people out, but this isn't the Scouts 
1 knew. We were physically strong, mentally awake, 
and morally straight — but not narrow. When I was 
at the National |amboree in 1964 our troop had a 
cookout with a troop from Massachusetts. At the 
end of the evening the scoutmaster from New Eng- 
land suggested that we form a "lodge circle" around 
the campfire. Our group from southern Illinois didn't 
know how to make a lodge circle; I assumed it might 

be a regional scout tradition we needed to learn. 
Only after he repeated the instruction several times 
did we catch on that we were to form a "large" circle. 
Scouting for me is about making the circle lodger 
and lodger. 

Scouts know the group is the thing, all for one. 
But there will be times when like an eagle you will 
soar alone. Some of my first lessons in personal 
courage came from your grandmother, who was 
my fourth-grade teacher. She would be so proud 
of you now. I remember she would bark, "Stand 
up straight, don't slouch," and I knew she was cor- 
recting my character as well as my posture. If I 
would hedge an answer she would say, "Don't be 
wishy-washy." I think of her when I am called to 
stand up straight and name a wrong. 

Her lessons were confirmed in scouting, when I 
was "tapped out" for the Order of the Arrow. I have 
vivid memories of the night I lined up with my fellow 
scouts on the lakeshore at camp, shirtless for this 
solemn occasion. On the far side of the lake we saw 
an Indian chief in full headdress, standing in the bow 
of a canoe, his face lighted by a torch. He was pad- 
dled across the water, to the slow beat of a drum. 
When he finally reached our side of the lake he dis- 
mounted the canoe and walked silently in back of our 
line, stopping behind selected scouts. We would hear 
his open palm pound the bare shoulder of those sin- 
gled out — three loud slaps and then they were led 
away. Finally he stopped behind me. I can still feel the 
pain of his hand on my shoulder, and the thrill it 
brought to my soul. You know the rest, which is not 
to be disclosed. lesus too was sent into the wilderness 
for a time of testing. And from there he emerged a 
leader, one for all. 

Life will give you many occasions for sorting 
out when to work as part of the group and when 
to act alone. Your father and I have both been 
guided by Rudyard Kipling's poem //: 

"If you can keep your head when all about you/ 
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;/ If you 
can trust yourself when all men doubt you,/ but 
make allowance for their doubting too;/ If you can 
wait and not be tired by waiting,/ Or, being lied 
about, don't deal in lies,/ Or being hated, don't 
give way to hating,/ And yet don't look too good, 
nor talk too wise " 

For you, Sam, I would add some "ifs" of my 
own. If you can use your strength as an Eagle to 
stand up for what is right, ... if you as a leader can 
get the group to include the last, the lost, the least 
. . . then, as Kipling concludes: "Yours is the Earth 
and everything that's in it,/ And — ^which is more — 
you'll be a Man, my son!"— Fletcher Farrar 

Messenger July 2000 




Annual Conference 2000 in Kansas City will be a great time 
to learn about your retirement and insurance options. 


Plan for a more financially secure retirement 

Insight Session: 

Putting your ducks in a row for retirennent. 

Presented by BBT's Employee Financial Services. 
Tuesday, July 18,9:00 pm. 

Exhibit: Are you a member of the Brethren 
Pension Plan and approaching retirement? 
Stop by the BBT booth to request a calculation 
of your projected annuity. 


FlexCare can save active members tax money 

Insight Session: 

What's for lunch?Tax Money! 

A focus on BBT's FlexCare Cafeteria Plan. 
Sunday, July 16,9:00 pm 

Exhibit: Active clergy and lay church employees, 
stop by the BBT booth to ask about all of your 
insurance options. Retired pastors, stop by to ask 
about optional vision and dental coverage. 



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experience with Mutual Aid 
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that you see us as an extension 
of the Church. 

We aren't a congregation or a 
district, but we continue the 
practices of the Church in the 
way that we reach out and care 
for you and for one another. 
Because we beUeve in the 
message of Christ and follow 
the teachings of the Church, 
you can think of the Mutual 
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More than a dozen volunteer fire companies 
fought the flames, but the fire burned for 
nearly twenty-four hours until the 
Manchester Church of the Brethren was a 
hollow brick shell. Built in 1907 and extensively 
remodeled in 1950, the church was undergoing 
a major expansion to bring church offices, 
Sunday school rooms, and a nursery under one 
roof Then sometime during the night of 
January 7, 1998, fire broke out near an electric 
hot water heater. All that was left of the 
90-year-old church and its new addition would 
soon be dozed to the ground and trucked away. 

That same day, a team from Mutual Aid's 
Abilene office arrived. On this first of several 
visits, the Mutual Aid Association workers 
stayed a week. They met with church leaders to 
handle the inventory of lost contents and other 
specifics. They also met with individual church 
members to help them deal with their sense of 

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loss and say farewell to their old building. 
Church members commented that the MAA 
workers became part of the church family 
and helped the congregation maintain 
its ministry and spiritual health. On the 
financial side, church members said that the 
Mutual Aid Association tried to help in every 
way it could and was very generous in the 
final settlement. 

After a lengthy process of planning, 
construction on the new Manchester Church 
began in April 1999 - at a new 25-acre 
site that offers room to grow for many 
years to come. 

All of us at Mutual Aid Association are 
proud to have played a part in building the 
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congregation dedicated the building and 
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(2>4iare the 

of a Lifetime! 

The Brethren Homes of the Atlantic Northeast District invite you 
to explore the care and refreshing lifestyles at your doorstep... 

"Life as good as it 
can get! -in a relaxed, 
care - free, attractive 
environment among 
congenial contempo- 
raries, supported by 
Christian love and 
sen/ice. Praise God! " 


" We enjoy living at 
Brethren Village because 
it provides choices for us 
to live in an upbeat well- 
managed, caring, Christ- 
centered community of 
persons from diverse 


"Living at Peter Becker 
Community offers us 
the opportunity to meet 
new Christian friends 
with similar interests. 
We have peace of mind 
knowing all our needs 
will be met." 


Lebanon Valley 
Brethren Home 

1200 Grubb Street 
Palmyra. PA 17078 
(717) 838-5406 


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PO Box 5093 

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Rita Moyer, therapeutic services coordinator at 
Peter Beclcer Community, Harleysviile, Pa., 
gives Lucy Calvanese a hug at the facility's 
Health Care picnic. Rita is one of hundreds of 
dedicated workers who give care in the name of the 
Church of the Brethren at Brethren Homes, featured in 
this issue. The Homes often minister to the workers as 
well, primarily by providing a spiritual atmosphere for 
work, where loving care comes before profit. 

10 Jubilee tour 

When Rosella Wiens Regier went on the road to pro- 
mote Jubilee curriculum in Church of the Brethren 
congregations, she found an enthusiastic reception in all 
14 districts she visited. She also found concern for the 
future of Christian education. 

12 Special section: Brethren Homes 

Across the nation, the 24 Church of the Brethren Homes 
provide loving care in spiritual settings. For more than a 
century. Homes have been an important ministry of the 
church, both as healthcare facilities and retirement com- 
munities. Now, in an era of increased competition and 
regulatory challenges, they are clinging to their roots as 
faith-based ministries, nurturing relationships with con- 
gregations, and sharing services under the banner of the 
Fellowship of Brethren Homes. These articles were pre- 
pared by the Association of Brethren Caregivers. 

21 A sister church in India? 

A group called the Church of the Brethren in India has 
applied to the US church for official recognition, and the 
situation seems ready-made for an emerging global 
church structure. But it is complicated by 30 years of his- 
tory, promises, and property. Editor Fletcher Farrar 
provides an in-depth background report to help readers 
decide a complex issue facing the church. 


2 From the Publisher 

3 In Touch 
6 News 

27 Letters 

30 Turning Points 

32 Editorial 

Messenger August 2000 


My 486 computer at home is a hopeiess relic. On the information 
highway, it travels like a bicycle. I use it mainly to exchange e- 
mail, though even that downloads slowly. Our household pays for 
the bare minimum in monthly hours of Internet usage, and we never 
exceed that because pedaling from page to page is too boring to do it for long. It's so 
slow that I can actually do laundry at the same time I'm surfing the Web. Fortu- 
nately, the high-speed access I get at the office with a Tl line feels more like driving 
a sportscar. 

Sometimes exploring the Internet is just plain fun. Though following an endless 
number of tangents can still feel disorienting for someone steeped in linear thinking, 
it's fascinating to see the array of information available through a few clicks. 

But for most organizations nowadays, having a website isn't just for fun. It's an 
important part of the way they communicate with their constituents. It might even be 
the way they get their constituents. 

That is becoming true even for the Church of the Brethren, which has not usu- 
ally been known for being on the cutting edge of technology. An increasing number 
of pastors are online and would like to use their computers to enhance their min- 
istries. Congregations are designing web pages in addition to printed brochures. 
Church leaders are ready to receive study materials and worship resources by down- 
loading them from the Web. Future volunteers are finding Brethren Volunteer 
Service via the Internet. 

The folks that oversee (it's sponsored by seven agencies and 
is an example of successful collaboration) have recognized that it's time to take the 
Church of the Brethren website to the next level. A new and improved website made 
its debut last month with sharper graphics, a search function, and better links. 
Coming soon is the capability to find congregations by state. By fall an e-commerce 
site will feature Brethren Press and ABC stores. And before long people will be able 
to register for conferences and workcamps online. 

Also new to the site is additional information about who the Brethren are. We 
intend to continually grow this section of the site, since we believe one of its most 
important purposes is to be welcoming and helpful to those who know nothing about 
the Brethren. 

Our goal is to use the tools available to us to do the best communication we 
can, to widen the circle, and to make sure our message can be heard in a new era. 
Like the main page of the website says, we're continuing the work of |esus. 


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From devastation 
to hope in Kansas 

Southeast Kansas will 
long remember April 
19, 2000 for tornados. 

Vernon and Barbara 
Egbert, members of 
Osage Church of the 
Brethren, McCune, Kan., 
had spent forty years on 
their farm. All the hopes 
and dreams of a young 
couple were put into 
building a farm business 
and raising two boys. 
The tornado struck about 
9 p.m. and every build- 
ing on their place was 
destroyed, including 
their house and barn. It 
wasn't long before 
family, friends, and 
neighbors started pour- 
ing in to help salvage 
what could be saved. 

Morning saw at least 
100 people bringing 
cleaning tools, boxes, 
tractors, and grain-han- 
dling equipment. The 
women brought food. A 
lot of people helped to 
make the first days 
bearable after the tor- 

As some of the neigh- 
bors visited during the 
cleanup, they laugh- 
ingly talked about 
needing a "barn 

ending their 
family's infamous 
feud. Church of the 
Brethren pastor 
Terry Hatfield, left, 
and Bo McCoy 
anoint each other 

raising." Some of the 
younger farmers 
thought that was a 
good idea and the 
moderator of the 
Osage Church of the 
Brethren, who is a 
retired building con- 
tractor, felt that was 
something he could 
do. Within three 
weeks, supplies had 
been delivered and a 
day was set for this 
"barn raising." Thirty 
men showed up that 
day and studding and 
rafters were put up 
before dark. That 
building looked 
great going up 
amidst so much 
destruction. It 
gave everyone 
hope that life 
would be better. 

— Barbara Egbert 

Tug of peace between 
Hatfields and McCoys 

The Brethren ordinance of anointing was the focal point of healing in an 
historic June worship service on the Tug River at the border of West Vir- 
ginia and Kentucky. 

Pastor Terry Hatfield of the Panora, Iowa Church of the Brethren 
and the Rev. Bo McCoy, a Pentecostal minister from Georgia, anointed 
each other on the Matewan-Buskirk bridge in a symbolic act of for- 
giveness and healing. 

The Hatfield and McCoy Unity Worship Service was the next to the 
last event of a week-long celebration of the "Reunion of the Millennium: 
Hatfield and McCoy 2000," and brought a new dimension to the ending 
of this famous family feud of the 1880s. 

Terry Hatfield was asked to be the representative preacher for the Hat- 
field family at the worship service. He brought the Brethren ordinance of 
anointing into the service to provide a spiritual moment, which he said, 
"will hopefully bring the light of the Holy Spirit into what was a time of 
darkness for the families involved and this region of Appalachia." 

While the Hatfield and McCoy feud was not the biggest of the various 
family feuds in the 19th century, it was the most publicized. As a result, 
Terry says, "The image of the violent and ignorant hillbilly has been asso- 
ciated with the region and with those family names ever since." 

While a tug-of-war with a rope across the river ended the festivi- 
ties (the Hatfields lost!), the "tug-of peace" over the bridge brought 
glory to God and made everyone a winner. 

Messenger August 2000 Pji 


Families event 
draws 90 

Connecting Families, 
an annual gathering 
of Anabaptist fami- 

lies and friends of 
gay and lesbian per- 
sons enjoyed 
fellowship, singing, 
sharing, and learning 
April 7-9 at Anti- 
ochian Village near 

Ligonier, Pa. 

This annual event, 
begun in 1989 with 
seven Brethren and 
Mennonite parents 
attending, drew 90 
persons this year. The 

Songs help children to "chatter with angels" 

A disappointing search for an illustrated children's hymnbook that she truly 
enjoys has finally ended for Linda Richer, of Skyridge Church of the Brethren 
in Kalamazoo, Mich. 

"I grew up in a family where we were taught not to complain, but to do 
something," said Linda. And so she did something. Working with her friend 
Anita Stoltzfus Breckbill, Linda spent much of the last five years reviewing 
hundreds of hymnals, selecting hymns from them, winnowing the selec- 
tions, and adapting them for children. Their own backgrounds in music and 

education helped them in this 
process. Then Linda and Anita 
worked with an illustrator, a 
children's music teacher, an 
arranger, and additional musi- 
cians to produce Chatter With 
the Angels: An Illustrated 
Songbook for Children, which 
has just been published by 
GIA Publications. 

This collection of 90 hymns adapted for children accomplishes several 
goals Linda finds important. The book was planned primarily as a book for 
parents and children to use together, but it includes a strong core of songs 
and aids that make it appropriate for children's choirs and education programs. 
Careful consideration was given to ensuring that the texts of songs for 
the book in order to portray God as gentle and loving. The tunes have been 
adapted to suit children's voices, and represent a variety of cultural traditions. 
"And," says Linda, "children remember things better if they have an 
image to go along with the words." So Chatter with the Angels incorporates 
artwork with each song. 

But the book's main goal, as the introduction says, is "to introduce our 
children to Christian songs that they would find enjoyable, meaningful, and 
enduring." The book is available for $29.95 from Brethren Press.— Ruth wioerdyk 

Jeters Ciiapei dedicates fellowship h 

gatherings are 
intended to provide a 
safe and relaxing set- 
ting in which to share 
concerns about how 
homosexuality affects 
families, friends, and 

The guest speaker 
was Ralph Blair, 
founder of Evangelicals 
Concerned, and a psy- 
chotherapist working 
primarily with gay men 

in New York City. He 
spoke on "Lawless Gay 
bashing Churches," 
based on the Ten Com- j 
mandments, and I 

"Law-Free, Gay- 
Friendly Churches," 
based on Galatians. 
Interested persons may 
learn more about Con- 
necting Families by 
contacting Dick and 
June Blouch at 

Karen Calderon, center, pastor of Koinonia 
Church of the Brethren, Grand Junction, Colo., 

recently received the White Ribbon Award from the 
Human Services Council of Mesa County, Colo. 
Karen was cited for her role in developing a mission 
statement for hIand-in-Hand Ministries, a new 
ecumenical agency that assists families making the 
transition from public assistance to self-sufficiency. 
Karen, who serves as president of the board, is 
joined by co-directors Patty Kester and Jill Lacey. 
Hand-in-Hand Ministries has been a recipient of 
Global Food Crisis Fund grants the past two years. 

On Sunday, May 7, more than 175 attended the 
dedication of the new Jeters Chapel Church of the 
Brethren fellowship hall in Bedford County, Va. 

The new addition includes a baptistry, 
kitchen, large multi-purpose room and addi- 
tional Sunday school space. Valued at 
approximately $250,000, only $94,000 in debt 
remains. Paris E. "Pete" Bain is pastor. 

n Messenger August 2000 

District staff 
members meet 
in California 

On March 30 nine Dis- 
trict Administrative 
Assistants and Secre- 
taries (DAAS) and 
their Council of Dis- 
trict Executives 
(CODE) liaison met at 
Brethren Hillcrest 
Homes in La Verne, 
Calif., for their bien- 
nial professional 
growth event. Repre- 
senting 10 of the 
Church of the 
Brethren's 23 district 
offices, participants 
were able to share 
with others who work 
in district offices. 

Dr. Gene Carper of 
the La Verne congrega- 
tion taught the group 
principles of classic 
design for publica- 
tions, information 

useful for production 
of newsletters, flyers, 
and brochures. 

Margie Paris of the 
Ministry Office in 
Elgin, III., shared in 
detail the "how" and 
"why" for all of the 
information that dis- 
tricts keep track of for 
licensed and ordained 

Neil Fancher, retire- 
ment counselor for 
marketing services, 
gave the group an 
afternoon tour of the 
Hillcrest campus and 
the new Southwoods 
Lodge, followed by 
refreshments with the 
Hillcrest staff. The Hill- 
crest staff took care of 
the group's needs, 
ranging from a cane to 
help a sore knee, to a 
Brethren ice cream 
social. -Joe Vecchio and 
Sandy Adams 

Meeting in La Verne, Calif., the DAAS group 
included, front row: Jeannette Patterson. 
Georgia Markey, Suzie Moss. Second row: Pat 
Hopkins. Linda Williams. Sandy Adams. Third 
row: Mary Ellen Theriault. June Peters. Dee 
Grindle. Margie Paris (Ministry Office). Back: 
Joe Vecchio. Rick Grindle 

BVS Unit 238 — This older adult unit of Brethren Volunteer Service 
participated in orientation at New Windsor, Md. Work projects to which the 
volunteers are assigned are listed by their names. Front row: Sue Grubb (staff): 
Dorothy Haner (Gould Farm, Monterey, Mass.); Winifred Toledo (Community 
Mediation Center. Harrisonburg. Va.): Emily Larson (New Windsor Conference 
Center): Cleo Treadway (Church of the Brethren Washington Office). Back row: 
Alice Petry (guest leader): Larry Petty (guest leader): Lavonne Grubb (placement 
to be announced): Joan Campbell (Gould Farm): Jim Campbell (Gould Farm). 


Three couples 
celebrate 60 years 

Sixty years of marriage 
and a lifetime of friend- 
ship were celebrated 
recently by three cou- 
ples in Iowa — all 
members of the Pan- 
ther Creek Church of 
the Brethren in Adel. 
Friends since their 
childhood at Panther 
Creek, Leonard and 
Mable Snyder, Dale and 
Ruth Wicks, and Verle 
and Eva York stayed in 
the area to farm after 
their marriages in 1940 
and have continually 
supported each other 
and their families. 

Wed within eight 
days of each other 

ay 29, 31, and June 
5, respectively), the 
three couples cele- 
brated their 60th 
anniversaries with a 
triple open house at 
thechurchonJune 11. 

Not knowing a 
reception announce- 
ment in the newspaper 
would create a stir, Eva 
gave information 

about the open house 
to The Des Moines 
Register. After she 
relayed the details, a 
reporter called to set 
up an interview. 

On May 29 the Reg- 
ister printed the story, 
entitled "180 years of 
marriage: 3 couples 
celebrate loyalty," and 
posted it on the news- 
paper's website. The 
next day the couples 
received a call from 
CBS television 
requesting interviews. 

They were scheduled 
to air live on "The Early 
Show" Friday, June 2, 
but the story was post- 
poned then eventually 
canceled due to sched- 
uling conflicts. Later in 
the week, by invitation 
and expense of CBS, 
the friends gathered to 
spend dinner together 
at a restaurant in Des 

After farming and 
raising children 
together for more than 
45 years within a mile 
of each other, the Sny- 

ders. Wicks, and Yorks 
continue to live in the 
Adel area and attend 
church every Sunday. 
"The church and com- 
munity have been the 
center of our lives," 
Eva said.— Kendra Flory 

Couple marks 82 
years of marriage 

Harley and Sylvia Utz 
marked their 82nd 
wedding anniversary 
June 15. Residents of 
The Brethren's Home, 
Greenville, Ohio, both 
are 101 years old. They 
are longtime members 
of the Pitsburg Church 
of the Brethren, 
Arcanum, Ohio. 

Son Emerson Utz of 
Arcanum said his 
mother is in good 
health and his father 
has suffered the 
aftereffects of a 
recent fall. Both say 
they cherish their 
wedding covenant, 
though Mrs. Utz 
sometimes complains 
jokingly that she lives 
with an "old man." 

Messenger August 2000 



New Windsor stores 

Changes are coming at the 
Brethren Service Center in rural 
New Windsor, Md., where the 
two stores on campus have 
recently announced new plans. 

On Earth Peace Assembly 
said its Peace Place Bookstore 
and Resource Center, located 
in the lower level of Windsor 
Hall, would be closing as of 

Sept. 30. A release 
cited overall low sales 
volume and the highly 
competitive religious 
book and resource market 
as reasons for the decision 

SERRV International, mean- 
while, has decided to move its 
gift shop in the lower 
level of the Old Main building 
to a smaller space in its admin 
istration building — still on the 
New Windsor campus — 

At the Ministry Summer 
Service orientation are 

Beth Rhodes, left, of 

Roanoke, Va., interning 

this summer at York 

Center Church of the 

Brethren, Lombard, III.; 

Rochelle Hershey, center, 

of Ephrata, Pa., interning 

at Wilmington (Del.) 

Church of the Brethren; 

and Kendra Flory of 

McPherson, Kan., 

interning in the Brethren 

Press Communications 

Office, Elgin, III. 

Ministry Summer Service 
begins with a call 

One by one, mentors and leaders in this year's Min- 
istry Summer Service program shared how they 
had received their call to the ministry. Most of them 
never expected their path would lead there. A few 
even tried to head as far away from it as possible. 

Now each one is helping a young adult explore 
that same call. The 12 college students in this 
year's program committed to spending nine weeks 
in a ministry setting — 1 1 of them in congregations 
and one in the communications area of Brethren 
Press — following a week-long orientation in Rich- 
mond, Ind. 

The program, now in its fifth summer, is a joint 
effort of the General Board's Youth/Young Adult 
and Ministry offices and Bethany Theological Sem- 
inary. Orientation included lessons on leadership, 
church polity, discerning a call, and other topics, 
hearing from a variety of guest speakers. 

Interns also took and examined personality 

sometime next year. Overall 
sales for SERRV are up 31 per- 
cent this year, but sales at the 
center's 3,500-square-foot gift 
shop were declining for a 10th 
straight year, according to 
SERRV president Bob Chase. 

"New Windsor does not fare 
well for retail space," said Stan 
Noffsinger, director of the 
Brethren Service Center. "It's not 
where people from the metro- 
politan areas are going to shop." 

OEPA said the core mission 
of the Peace Place will be pre- 
served through a new initiative 
called the "Peace Basket," 
offering peace resources to 
congregations and other 
groups on a lending basis. 
OEPA board chair Dale Brown 
said the decision is part of a 
continuing, major strategic 
planning process by the staff 

tests, had Bible study, toured the Bethany campus, 
and took turns leading worship. Mentors joined 
the interns for the final two and a half days, which 
culminated in a powerful worship service of bless- 
ing, anointing, and commissioning. 

Bob Faus, former ministry consultant for the 
General Board, served as volunteer coordinator 
for the week. Chris Douglas of the Youth/Young 
Adult Office, Allen Hansell of the Ministry Office, 
and numerous Bethany staff members providing 
additional leadership. 

"You had choices this summer," Hansell said to 
the interns. "You could have done any number of 
things, but you chose to be here, and the church 
thanks you for that. It gives me tremendous hope 
for the future. The church is blessed by having you." 

Earle Fike, a former pastor and Bethany teacher, 
urged the interns to be open to the process of explo- 
ration, just as the mentors once were. "God does 
not expect persons to be fully prepared at the time 
of a call," he said. "God does expect people to use 
the creative gifts God has given them." 

Messenger August 2000 


and board members, seeking to 
clarify OEPA's role in the 
denomination. He also said that 
the OEPA offices will remain in 
New Windsor, at least for now. 

SERRV also plans to stay on 
the campus. Chase said SERRV 
has "an extremely strong com- 
mitment" to the center and is 
already talking about renewal of 
its lease, which is up next year. 

"We are very pleased about 
being here," Chase said. "We just 
need to make sure we use our 
resources in the best way to carry 
out our mission. The mission 
doesn't change, but the way you 
carry it out over time does." 

Noffsinger said he will be 
working to bring in new part- 
ners to fill the vacant spaces. 
He expects those to be offices 
rather than retail outlets. He 
said he hopes for a Church of 
the Brethren agency or another 
partner that shares similar 
values to join the New Windsor 

'This is a vibrant place with a 
lot to offer," Noffsinger said. 
"This is an opportunity for new 

Peace Travel Team 
makes tour of camps 

The 2000 Youth Peace Travel 
Team is crisscrossing the east- 
ern half of the country this 
summer, serving for eight 
weeks at six Church of the 
Brethren camps and Annual 
Conference. Camps in Mary- 
land, Virginia, Michigan, and 
Pennsylvania were on this 
year's schedule. The group held 
orientation at Camp Swatara in 
Bethel, Pa., before heading out. 

Myra Martin-Adkins, Daniel 
Royer, Meghan Sheller, Peter 
Dobberstein, and Marshall 
Camden compose the team, 
which leads activities related to 
peace education, service, and 
other topics. Several agencies 
cosponsor the annual effort. 

1. Nigeria. An Emergency Disaster 
Fund grant of $20,500 will be used to 
help rebuild the Ekklesiyar Yan'uwa a 
Nigeria's Badarwa church in Kaduna, 
burned during riots between Muslims 
and Christians, and for medical 
expenses and other costs for those 
affected by the riots. 

2. Korea. North and South Korea, ene- 
mies for half a century, took steps toward 
peace after a historic summit in June. 
The two nations, split by the 38th paral- 
lel, promised to work toward reunification. 
Brethren Witness director David Radcliff 
called it "a remarkable turn of events." 

3. Guatemala. Two new grants from 
the Global Food Crisis Fund will send 
aid to the Central American nation, with 
$10,000 going toward the building of 
wood-conserving stoves and water-stor- 
ing cisterns and $5,000 toward a private 
school for poor children that is creat- 
ing a "food forest." 

4. Afghanistan/Pai<istan. Another 
Emergency Disaster Fund grant, for 
$25,000, will help address the severe 
drought in central Asia, the worst since 
1971. The money will go toward a 
larger appeal by Church World Ser- 
vice to provide food packages, water, 
and livestock fodder. 

5. New Windsor, Md. Brethren Vol 
unteer Service Unit 239 gathered at 
the Brethren Service Center June 11- 

July 1 for orientation. The 12 volun- 
teers joined in numerous educational 
and service events before heading out 
to their projects. 

Tijuana, Mexico. A committee 
reported that it is developing a work- 
ing agreement between the Church of 
the Brethren General Board and the 
Companeros en Ministerio program for 
mission in the border city following 
Campaheros severing of its relation- 
ship with Shalom Ministries. 

, Washington, D.C. Religious lead- 
ers and military officials joined for an 
interfaith worship service June 21 at 
the National Cathedral, calling for steps 
toward nuclear disarmament. They also 
issued a joint statement, with General 
Board executive director Judy Mills 
Reimer among those signing. 

8. Honduras. In mid-June a Church 
of the Brethren Faith Expedition, with 
15 people from eight districts, took part 
in reconstruction efforts following 1998's 
Hurricane Mitch. The group worked in 
the area of Las Lajas. 

9. Dominican Republic. Two 

Church of the Brethren YouthA'oung Adult 
Workcamps traveled to the Caribbean 
nation in June. These were a young adult 
workcamp June 2-10 and a senior high 
workcamp cosponsored by Brethren 
Revival Fellowship June 25-July 5. 

Messenger August 2000 



Seeing what 
helping a 
person can 
do is really 
you show the 
love of God 
through faith 
and actions, 
you can really 
difference in 
the people you 
help, and there 
will be a change 
in you, too. 

Laura Trausch of 

Walbridge, Ohio, on 
her youth workcamp 

At the Young Adult 

Conference, Jenny 

Palmer (Audubon, Pa.), 

Jill Deyarmin (Windber, 

Pa.), and Jonathan 

Dunmyer (Hooversville, 

Pa.) look for Gummi 

Bears in a bowl of 

chocolate pudding 

during a "Wacky 

Olympics" free-time 


home hosts 
Forum 2000 

More than 50 people 
from 13 Brethren retire- 
ment communities. 
Southern Pennsylvania 
District, Mennonite 
Health Services, and 
the Association of 
Brethren Caregivers 
gathered for the Fel- 
lowship of Brethren 
Homes' Forum 2000, 
held in mid-June. It 
was the fourth straight 
year for the event, held 
at The Brethren Home 
Community in New 
Oxford, Pa., this year. 
ABC sponsored the 
event, which included 
networking sessions 
for home executives 
and other leaders, 
training for board 
members, and tours of 
three area retirement 
facilities. The location 
of the 2001 Forum is 
expected to be named 


Jonathan A. Shively 

has been named the 
new coordinator of the 

Young adults meet, seek common ground 

About 70 young adults and leaders gathered at Camp Harmony in Hooversville, 
Pa., Memorial Day weekend to learn, fellowship, and address the Young Adult 
Conference theme "Finding Common Ground." 

A team of three Brethren "elders" joined keynote leader Matt Guynn to 
help the group explore feelings and have open dialogue on issues in the 
church. Worship also formed a central part of the conference, and numerous 
workshops were offered. 

The Bittersweet Gospel Band provided an evening concert, and a variety 
show, "Wacky Olympics," recreation options, and informal conversation 
rounded out the weekend. 

"We all came here seeking common ground," Guynn said at the closing. 
"Yet we can be diverse among that. That excites me and gives me hope." 

Brethren Academy for 
Ministerial Leadership, 
effective Sept. 1. He 
succeeds current coor- 
dinators Harriet and 
Ron Finney, who will 
continue to serve until 
Sept. 30. 

Shively has been 
serving as pastor of 
the Pomona (Calif.) 
Fellowship Church of 
the Brethren since 

1993. He is coordina- 
tor of Pacific 
Southwest District's 
Training in Ministry 
program and served 
as music coordinator 
for the 1997 Annual 

Nancy Klemm, who 
has been serving as 
copy editor for 
Brethren Press, 
became associate 

editor, a salaried posi- 
tion, effective June 5. 

Klemm began her 
employment with the 
Church of the Brethren 
General Board in 1985. 
She began as secre- 
tary for the People of 
the Covenant program 
and later worked with 
the hymnal project 
and as an editorial 

Messenger August 2000 


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Class of 2000 Bethany 

graduates include, first 

row: Elizabeth Bidgood 

Enders, Karen Cox, 

Janice Fairchild. Second 

row: Gregory Bidgood 

Enders. Dean Johnson, 

John A. Barr, Ken 

Miller-Rieman, Norman 

Wilson, Brent Driver, 

Patrick Starkey. Not 

pictured: J. Michael 


Karla Hignite, Alan 

Tripp, Karin Davidson, 

Horace Derr 

Fifteen receive degrees 
in Bethany Class of 2000 

Fifteen students graduated at a 
May 9 ceremony at Bethany 
Theological Seminary in Rich- 
mond, Ind. Nine received 
Master of Divinity degrees, 
four received Master of Arts in 

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Theology degrees, and two 
received Certificates in Theo- 
logical Studies. 

Kenneth B. Smith, former 
president of Chicago Theologi- 
cal Seminary, spoke at the 
conferring of degrees ceremony, 
and General Board executive 

director Judy Mills Reimer spoke 
at an afternoon worship service 
held the same day at the Rich- 
mond, Ind., campus. Graduates' 
future plans include careers in 
pastoral ministry, children's and 
youth ministry, website market- 
ing and development, and 
further graduate study. 

Colorado wildfires 
affect Brethren 

The wildfires burning in Colorado brought a scare 
to a junior high camp group at Camp Colorado 
in Sedalia. One of the largest fires in the state 
came just 10-12 miles west of the camp in mid- 
June before favorable weather conditions finally 
eliminated the danger. 

The Prince of Peace Church of the Brethren 
in Littleton, Colo., stood 
ready to provide shelter for 
the group if evacuation 
became necessary, as some 
ash fell at the camp early in 
the week, and some activi- 
ties had to be altered due to 
the smoke and uncertainty 
of the fire's direction. 

Camp Colorado head 

Forest prayer. Junior high 

campers at Camp Colorado 

gathered in a circle to hear 

updates on nearby forest 

fires and to pray. 

trustee Lynn Clannin said that the cost of fight- 
ing the fire rose to $7 million, and 58 structures 
were burned along with 1 1,000 acres of trees. A 
Disaster Child Care team from Church of the 
Brethren Emergency Response/Service Ministries 
was summoned to an evacuation shelter at an 
area high school to assist with needs of uprooted 
families for several days. 

For more information, please see http:// 


Aug. 10-12 Southern 
Plains District Con- 
ference, Nocona (Tex.) 
Church of the Brethren. 

Aug. 13-18 On Earth 
Peace Assembly 
Peace Camp, Camp 
Mardela, Denton, Md. 

Aug. 13-23 Brethren 
Volunteer Service 
Unit 240, Roxbury, Pa. 

Aug. 18-20 Michigan 
District Conference, 

Wesleyan Campgrounds, 

Aug. 26 Area 1 
(Northeast) Urban 
Ministry Celebration 
and Conference, Har 

risburg (Pa.) First Church 
of the Brethren 

Sept. 8-9 South/Cen- 
tral Indiana District 
Conference, Camp 
Alexander Mack, Milford 

Sept. 8-10 Missouri 
and Arkansas Dis- 
trict Conference, 

Windemere Conference 
Center, Roach, Mo. 

Sept. 10 Bethany 
Emphasis Sunday 

Sept. 11-15 National 
Older Adult 
Conference, Lake 
Junaluska, N.C. 

Messenger August 2000 


Raves f^^ y^g Jubilee toui 


"Rosella was 

very articulate, 

energetic, and 

had a true love 

for the Lord 

and for 

children. She 

knew the 

importance of 

instilling good, 

sound Christian 

nurture in the 

hearts of young 


Sunday school materials 

by Walt Wiltschek 



"I just can't say enough." 

It sounds like the critics' reviews often seen 
in movie ads. These reviews, however, were 
directed toward Rosella Wiens Regier, who is 
wrapping up a year-long tour to promote the 
Jubilee Sunday school curriculum and Christ- 
ian education in general. 

Regier likely won't win an Oscar for her 
efforts, but she has won the hearts of Christian 
educators and others across the denomination. 

"She was very articulate, energetic, and had 
a true love for the Lord and for children," said 
Roy McVey, pastor of the Collinsville (Va.) 
congregation where Regier did a workshop in 
May. "She knew the importance of instilling 
good, sound Christian nurture in the hearts of 
young children." 

McVey said he wished more than the 1 5 
who came could have attended, and he would 
love to have Regier back for another presenta- 
tion. He especially praised her way of drawing 
people out and involving them. 

Regier did manage to reach many people 
during her tour, provided as a free resource to 
the church by Brethren Press, with about 1,200 
participants in 14 districts and approximately 
1 1 5 hours of events. Nearly 100 people 
attended individual workshops in Ohio and 
North Carolina, and she spoke to even larger 
crowds when events were combined with wor- 
ship and Sunday school. 

Destinations ranged from California to 
Pennsylvania to Florida, with many stops in 
between. Even obstacles like flat tires and 
laryngitis proved unable to stop her. 

"She came here very ill, and we had terrible 
rains and flooding," said Linda Gerber, Christ- 
ian education coordinator for Southern 
Pennsylvania District, "it was like the mail ser- 

Cathy Fulcher, Betty Franklin, and Donna 
Luther from the Jones Chapel congregation 
(Martinsville, Va.) look at Generation Why 
resources during a session in Collinsville, Va. 

vice, neither illness nor rain nor anything could 
deter her workshop... And there was just a gen- 
uine love and joy we felt all the way through." 

Regier, a Mennonite from Newton, Kan., 
said she never likes to miss an opportunity to 
talk about her favorite subject. She called the 
invitation by Brethren Press director Wendy 
McFadden to do the tour "a God-send." Regier 
retired from working with the jubilee curricu- 
lum project in January 1999 and was itching 
for something to do. 

It didn't take long for her to get her wish. A 
letter to congregations and districts quickly 
generated a full itinerary for her. 

"It was amazing, just amazing. It's been a 
great thing," said Regier, the enthusiasm that 
others praised quite evident in her voice. "I 
wouldn't trade it for anything. I thought, 'What 
if I'd retired into nothing?' The issues I love 
and have a passion for was a perfect match, an 
absolute gift when Wendy asked me to do this. 
To be 65 and have this opportunity was a taste 
of heaven." 

She threw herself into it and did it ere- 


Messenger August 2000 

atively. Those who heard her praised the drama 
and creative devotions she arranged, her story- 
teUing ability, and her abiUty to readily connect 
with people — both adults and children. 

They also said that she obviously knew her 
material and expressed that knowledge clearly 
and well, making her a good ambassador for 
the product. 

"We got so much out of it," said McPher- 
son (Kan.) Church of the Brethren Christian 
education director Jan Diaz, who became 
hooked on jubilee while working on a new 
church start in Louisiana. "What was nice was 
her way of showing us things and using stories 
. . . I could go on and on." 

That said, it doesn't mean that everything is 
rosy when it comes to Christian education in 
the Church of the Brethren. Several people said 
that education in the church seems to be get- 
ting less and less emphasis and attention 
overall, with smaller amounts of resources 
going toward it. There often is no easy place to 
turn to for advice or ideas. 

Even the Church of the Brethren Associa- 
tion of Christian Educators has struggled to 
retain its mission since being separated from the 
General Board during redesign in the 1990s, 
losing funding and organizational support. 

Rosella Wiens Regier 
and Joan Barker from 
Collinsville (Va.) 
Church of the 
Brethren discuss 
Joan 's participation in 
the event as part of a 
continuing education 

"When we lose Christian education, we're 
losing a major piece of growing churches," 
Gerber said. "It's not just Sunday morning; it's 
everything in the teaching ministry of the 
church. If we don't give the right support to 
that, we won't keep people." 

Regier acknowledged that Christian edu- 
cators often work out of the spotlight but urged 
them to look for the small blessings that come 
through their ministry each week. She also 
encouraged others to give them a "pat on the 
back" and let them know they're appreciated. 

As for herself, Regier isn't sure what lies 
ahead. She joked that she's always wanted to be a 
florist, but for now speeches, three grandchil- 
dren, and work that she's doing with a support 
group — plus a few lingering assignments on the 
Jubilee tour — are keeping her busy. Whatever 
comes next, she knows it will be something 

"The way my life has gone, it's like God 
has a surprise around every corner," she said. 
"There's always something new and good 
that emerges, and that's true for the ¥^B 

church as well." ^^ 

Walt Wiltschek is manager of news services for the Church 
of the Brethren General Board. 

"The way my 
life has gone, 
it's like God 
has a surprise 
around every 
corner. There's 
always sonne- 
thing new 
and good that 
ennerges, and 
that's true for 
the church 
as well." 

Messenger August 2000 

This special section of 
articles on Church of 
the Brethren homes 
was prepared by the 
Association of 
Brethren Caregivers 
in cooperation with 
Messenger. Primary 
editors for the project 
were ABC staff mem- 
bers Roger Golden, 
coordinator of shared 
services, and Mary 
Dulabaum, director of 


Lemieux puts 

some finishing 

touches on his 

project at Palms 

of Sebring's 

wood craft 


Daisy McCleer talks to middle school 

students during an intergenerational 

event at Peter Becker Community. 


Why there are 
Brethren homes 

by Tavia Ervin 

I am the chaplain at Pleasant Hill Village, the Church 
of the Brethren nursing home at Girard, III. The 
people I serve are old and weak and need assis- 
tance with life's basic activities. They possess 
rich personal histories, many talents, wisdom, 
and a sense of humor. They are women and men 
with shortcomings, regrets, and fears. Some have 
great faith and compassion, while others are fear- 
ful and self-absorbed. In short, in most ways, they 
are just like you and me. i invite you to read about 
them in the words that follow, not with sadness 
or dread, but in gratitude for the long lives they 
have led and in awe at God's call to all of us to 
serve them in our Brethren Homes. 

She never misses Friday devotions, so when 
her usual front row seat was empty one week 
I went to find her as soon as we were finished. "li 
missed you," I said simply as I stood in her door-i 
way and she smiled. I count on seeing that smile 
as part of my day. It's a silent "amen" to my min- 
istry here, even when I doubt the worth of my 
presence in the building. She does the same for 
others, both residents and staff, by gifting them 
with a word of encouragement at every turn. Her 
faith literally shines from her face. 

"I'm sorry 1 couldn't be with you this morn- 
ing. This foot of mine is giving me such trouble 
and they told me to sit with it propped up. I'm 
afraid I fell asleep here in my chair," she explained. 
We talked for a long time and she told me about 
her days as a missionary in the Philippines. "You 
know," she said, "I'm not sure why God keeps 
me here in this world anymore. I feel like I've done 
everything I can do here. I really am ready to die." 
Who can say why God chooses to keep us in this 
world when we ourselves find it difficult to see 
what purpose we may have here? I did not know 
what to say to her. It was not until later that evening 
as I was thinking of our conversation and about 
our friendship that I knew at least part of the 
answer. I couldn't wait to see her on Monday. 

"I've been thinking about what you said yes- 
terday and I think I understand why you are here!" 
I blurted out after we had greeted each other on 
Monday morning. She laughed. I went on, "It's 
your ministry. With your gift of encouragement 

il^ Messenger August 2000 

you help me to minister here. You help so many 
people to see that each day holds something good 
in it because your faith tells you it is so." 

She smiled that smile and patted my hand. 
"Thank you, dear." We spent our time together 
talking and we prayed. In that time together we 
helped one another find the courage of faith that 
comes when God's people are simply there for 
one another. 

We all minister here in unique, individ- 
ual ways. Many days through my office 
door 1 can hear one of our residents calling out, 
"Help." 1 go to sit with him. "What can I do for 
you?" I ask him, but very seldom is he able to 
name anything specific that is troubling him. He 
curses at me and at anyone else walking by and 
each time he apologizes to me. 

He suffers from damage to his brain from a 
series of strokes, and the normal inhibitions that 
keep our behavior in check do not function for 
him. One of his former neighbors works here at 
the home and tells stories of his kindness and 
friendly spirit when she knew him as a child. Here 
he is restless and uncomfortable as he sits in his 
wheelchair and he is frustrated because he cannot 
articulate any of those feelings to me; his lan- 
guage abilities are diminished. "Stay with me," 
he says, and pats my hand. I do and he curses at 
me again, and then pats my hand and apologizes. 
Then he looks into my face and says, "1 love you." 

"I love you too," 1 say, and tears come to my 
eyes. His words humble me and lift me up at the 
same time. There is healing here in the way that 
love can connect us, in spite of the boundaries that 
disability and sickness would put in our way. We 
sit together quietly after that, and when he is feel- 
ing better 1 leave him to visit with other residents. 

At Pleasant Hill Village I care for the 
spiritual needs of the residents, but some- 
thing else happens along the way. The residents 
care for my spirit as well. We become part of one 
another and in turn we are a part of the Body of 
jesus Christ. And that is as it should be because 
our ministry in the homes is the same as that of 
our denomination: Continuing the work of Jesus. 
Peacefully. Simply. Together. 

That's why the homes are among nine min- 
istries that come under the aegis of the Association 
of Brethren Caregivers. It is not a ministry of the 
24 separate Brethren homes alone, but of the 
Church of the Brethren as a whole. Ministering 
in these homes is to walk with women and men 
through a stage in their development as human 
beings that can be frightening, lonely, painful, 
and frustrating. Our ministry can make it one of 
fellowship, security, and spiritual growth instead. 

Ministering in long-term care means embody- 
ing God's love for people by providing the basics 
of daily living, including nutritious food, secure 
housing, good health care, dignified surround- 
ings, and spiritual comfort. 

These needs are essentially no different than 
those of any of us, but our elders' ability to see 
to those needs by themselves is diminished. The 
ministry we have undertaken as the Church of 
the Brethren honors |esus by caring for those 
members of God's family who are in need of our 
special attention. 

Over the past few decades, the ministry of 
the homes has grown as the homes' physical facil- 
ities have expanded to include upscale retirement 
communities and modernized long-term care 
facilities. The scope of our ministry in the decades 
to come depends on how deeply we are willing 
to challenge ourselves as the church. Continued 
ministry to the elderly who cannot afford basic 
housing and health care, and to those elders with 
mental and emotional illness whose care is dif- 
ficult and specialized will be challenging and will 
require serious commitment from all of us in our 
districts and as a denomination. 

How will we respond to the call? 

"I love you," He said. ^fjj 

"I love you too." ■■& 

Tavia Ervin, of Sherman, III., is a licensed Church of the 
Brethren minister and is chaplain at Pleasant Hill Village. 


Brethren Village, 3001 Lititz Pike, Lancaster PA 17606 

Lebanon Valley Brethren Home, 1200 Grubb St., Palmyra PA 17078 

Peter Becker Community, 800 Maple Ave., Harleysville PA 19438 

The Palms Estates, P.O. Box 364, Lorida FL 33857 

The Palms of Sebring, 725 S. Pine St., Sebring FL 33870 

Pinecrest Community, 41 4 S. Wesley Ave., Mt. Morris IL 61 054 

Pleasant Hill Village, 1 01 W. North St., Girard IL 62640 

Timbercrest Retirement Community, 2201 East St., North Manchester IN 46962 

Fahrney-Keedy Memorial Home, 8507 Mapleville Rd., Boonsboro MD 21713 

Spurgeon Manor, 1204 Linden St., Dallas Center lA 50063 

Good Shepherd Home, 725 Columbus Ave., Fostoria OH 44830 

West View Manor, 1715 Mechanicsburg Rd., Wooster OH 44691 

Brethren Retirement Community, 750 Chestnut St., Greenville OH 45331 

Garden Terrace, 500 N. Emerson Ave., Wenatchee WA 98801 

Northaven Retirement Residence, 1 1 045 8th Ave., Seattle WA 981 25 

Brethren Hillcrest Homes, 2705 Mountain View Dr., La Verne CA 91750 

Casa De Modesto, 1 745 Eldena Way, Modesto CA 95350 

Long Beach Brethren Manor, 3333 Pacific PL, Long Beach CA 90806 

Morrisons Cove Home, 429 S. Market St., Martinsburg PA 16662 

The Brethren Home Community, 2990 Carlisle Pike, New Oxford PA 1 7350 

Church of the Brethren Home, 1005 Hoffman Ave., Windber PA 15963 

Bridgewater Retirement Community, 302 N. 2nd St., Bridgewater VA 22812 

John M. Reed Home, 124 John Reed Home Rd., Limestone TN 37681 

The Cedars, 1021 Cedars Dr., McPherson KS 67460 

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Is vour church ''hor ' - rss"? Get involved. 


and Louise 

Blickenstaff are 

residents of The 

Brethren Retirement 

Community in 

Greenville, Ohio. 

by Edie Kirk 

>n a rainy Saturday this spring, my hus- 
band and ! visited a local nursery looking 
for a bush to plant beside the garage. As we walked 
among the potted bushes, 1 spotted the rhodo- 
dendrons. 1 remembered the beautiful "rhodies" 
my father raised at our home in Connecticut, and 
wondered how well they would grow in Ohio. I 
asked one of the nursery staff if rhododendrons 
grow well in Ohio, and she answered, "It depends." 

She went on to say they would need proper 
moisture, rich soil, protection from harsh weather, 
the right amount of sun, and loving attention. 
Some of the needs I could provide, and others 
were beyond my control. 

There is a corollary between the bloom or 
doom of growing rhododendrons in Ohio and the 
"love 'em or leave 'em" relationship of Church of 
the Brethren congregations with Brethren homes 

and retirement communities. In both situations, 
success depends on nurturing from many sources, 
with an understanding that some of the nurtur- 
ing and connectedness is within our control, and 
some is beyond our control. 

Historically, the birth of a Brethren home was 
often the decision of one district, as was the case 
with the opening of Honey Creek Home in the 
early 1880s. Founded by Southern Indiana Dis- 
trict as a home for orphans and the elderly. Honey 
Creek Home was built near Sulphur Springs, Ind. 

Brethren homes also came to life as the result 
of one determined individual, as was the case with 
Levi Miller and the founding of the home in 
Mexico, Ind., recognized today as Timbercrest in 
North Manchester, Ind. In the years since the 
opening of Honey Creek home, 3 1 Brethren homes 
were established to meet the needs of children 
and aging adults. 

Over the past 50 years, needs have changed 
and services for both children and the elderly are 
now available through a growing number of pri- 
vate and local, state, and federal agencies and 
organizations. Today, 24 Brethren homes con- 
tinue to serve more than 7,000 residents 
throughout the United States. 

Asking if Brethren homes have been forgot- 
ten by Church of the Brethren congregations brings 
a variety of responses. Pastor Fred Bernhard of 
the Oakland Church of the Brethren in Gettys- 
burg, Ohio, answers the question passionately. 
"Seventeen members of the Oakland congrega- 
tion are residents at the Brethren's Home in 
Greenville (Ohio) , and we give a significant amount 
from our budget to the home. In addition, mem- 
bers of the Oakland congregation give countless 
hours every week in service to this home. When 
that kind of human investment is realized, how 
can it be a forgotten ministry?" 

For many congregations with no existing con- 
nection to the homes no residents in the Brethren 
home, no volunteers giving time and service, no 
nurturing from Brethren the question may be dif- 
ferent. For these congregations, the question may 
be. What benefit is there for our congregation to 
be connected to a Brethren home? 

"Leaders within Brethren homes, such as the 
president, board members, auxiliary leadership. 

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cind key .staff, should take a lead in edueating and 
reminding members of congregations that the 
mission, vision, and ministry of Brethren homes 
is and always has been an important ministry of 
the church, " comments Robert Cain, president 
and CEO of Brethren Retirement Community in 
Greenville, Ohio. 

Leaders who develop and nurture relation- 
ships with congregations and help church members 
understand the challenges facing retired adults, 
today and in the future, provide important infor- 
mation, regardless of the age of the member. 

"Aging" is "ageless" in terms of who it affects. 
Every child, teenager, adult, and older adult has 
an older adult he or she loves. Being a part of 
assuring a safe and secure future for our loved 
ones is a mission and ministry every person can 
relate to and take part in. 

Kay lones, director of public relations at The 
Brethren Home Community in New Oxford, Pa., 
believes the ministry of Church of the Brethren 
congregations and The Brethren Home Com- 
munity is alive and well. 

"The Brethren Home Community is a min- 
istry of the Southern Pennsylvania District Church 
Df the Brethren, and certainly not forgotten by 
Dur district," Jones comments. As proof of the 
relationship, She lists the district's financial dona- 
:ions, the willingness of congregation members 
:o volunteer, the placement of key persons in all 
district churches to support the home's auxil- 
ary, and invitations she receives to speak about 
:he home to Sunday school classes, church boards, 
and from the pulpit. 

"The Brethren Home Community's Foun- 
dation is our parent organization and annually 
Dresents a report to the district at its conference, 
in addition, loe Detrick, district executive, is an 
active member of our advancement committee 
and attends our board meetings," [ones adds. 
'We are currently exploring our 92-year heritage 
vith the help of several members of the Hunts- 
dale Church of the Brethren. The original Old 
-oiks Home was established by the district in 
1908 in Huntsdale, Pa." 

Auxiliary leaders, key workers, and other vol- 
inteers nurture and strengthen relationships 
Detween churches and Brethren homes. Key work- 
■;rs seem to easily bridge the transition from 
ministering to the elderly in the church family to 
ninistering to the elderly residing in a Brethren 
lonie. These volunteers recognize that minis- 
ering with older adults is a mission of the Church 
)f the Brethren and needs to be nurtured in both 
he church family and in the Brethren home in 
heir district or area. 

District executives, some of whom serve 
Brethren homes in volunteer leadership roles, 
can strengthen the relationship between con- 
gregations and the area Brethren home. 
Reinforcing the commitment of the church to 
minister with the elderly, district executives can 
help pastors and congregations recognize oppor- 
tunities to work with homes to enhance the 
mission of service to the elderly. 

Chaplains who are staff members in Brethren 
homes and members of Brethren congregations 
also nurture the relationship between the congre- 
gation and the Brethren home. Chaplains have the 
opportunity to share news from members of the 
church back to residents of the home, and also 

Jerry Walker of 
Peter Becker 
shows his "voice 
box" to a middle 
school student 
during an 

around at Casa 
de Modesto. 

Alma Satterlee 
gets dressed up 
for the 1999 
Halloween Party. 



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Virginia Crim paints 


landscapes at 

Brethren Retirement 

Community in 

Greenvilie, Otiio. 


Moyer, plant 


employee at 

Peter Becker 


drives tlie 

tractor for an 



share news of the home with the congregation. 

Occasionally, relationships weaken because 
people misunderstand or have incorrect infor- 
mation. If we understood that rhododendrons 
never needed to be watered, they would not sur- 
vive. The relationship between a congregation 
and a home can be damaged or destroyed if people 
believe that Brethren homes have become "big 
business" and no longer need the nurturing rela- 
tionship of Church of the Brethren congregations. 

Broken relationships can occur when finan- 
cial issues are not viewed within a larger context. 
Some Brethren homes have budgets of $ 1 mil- 
lion or more, numbers that may seem 
overwhelming to an individual or congregation. 
Yet the schools our children attend and the hos- 
pitals we depend upon have budgets this high 
and higher. In the context of providing quality 
education and adequate health care, these fig- 
ures are not so overwhelming that we turn our 
backs on them. Brethren homes are no different, 
regardless of the size of the budgets. They still 
need nurturing to continue the mission of ser- 
vice to older adults. 

The need for strengthened relationships 
between congregations and Brethren homes is 

Messenger August 2000 

more important today than it has been for manj 
years. Today Brethren homes, like other provider: 
of health services, face dramatic increases in tht 
cost of providing care to residents. There are thret 
reasons for this increase in costs: First, reim 
bursement paid to nursing homes for Medicaic 
and Medicare services continues to lag behind tht 
cost of providing the services; second, liabilitj 
insurance costs have increased drastically; anc 
third, qualified and caring staff continue to be dif- 
ficult to recruit and retain as growth in industrj 
jobs continues. 

Perhaps just as compelling a reason for con- 
nections between congregations and Brethren 
homes is cited in the 1 972 report of the Annua' 
Conference Study Committee on Health and Wel- 
fare Concerns (commissioned by the 1970 Annual 

"The institutionalization of persons, even ir 
adequate facilities, means isolation from famil> 
and friends and fosters feelings in the residents 
of dehumanization and loneliness. Congrega- 
tions need to maintain interest in and fellowship 
with members who are separated from their local 
church and restricted to a . . . geriatric center. 
The congregation which breaks fellowship with 
a member who is removed from the community 
because of physical or emotional crisis, aging., 
is not fulfilling its Christian commitment to those 
in need." 

The report recommends that a home repre- 
sentative be designated in each congregation to 
coordinate programs designed to "meet the spir- 
itual, educational, recreational, emotional, and 
social needs of older persons on the local and dis- 
trict levels. Even when older people are cared for 
in institutional homes, they should remain related 
to their local congregations, and their 'home' con- 
gregations should keep actively related to them." 

Pastors, district executives, CEOs and admin- 
istrators, deacons, auxiliary workers, and residents 
who also are members of Church of the Brethren 
congregations can all help provide proper mois- 
ture, rich and fertile soil, warmth and caring. 
However, each congregation will make the deci- 
sion whether or not to nurture a relationship with 
the Brethren home in their area. Whatever that 
decision, it is important to realize that the rela- 
tionship does need to be nurtured from many 
sources. And when asked what it takes to 
nurture and grow this relationship, the best WfM 
answer is "it depends on us." ■■■ 

Edie Kirk is vice president of marketing and development, 
Bretliren Retirement Community, and vice president of Mill 
Ridge Village, Union, Ohio, 


by Roger Golden 

As with many industries, the service of pro- 
viding long-term care is seeing an 
evolutionary shift in the way it conducts business. 
The only constant element is summed up in one 
word "change." 

Change is so constant, in fact, that Brethren- 
affiliated retirement homes and communities have 
pooled their resources to create a new program 
to seek out common solutions and faith-based 
responses to events and trends. 

In recent years, long-term care providers have 
experienced new trends, such as expanded regu- 
latory mandates, healthcare reform issues, 
aggressive growth in the for-profit sector, chang- 
ing consumer patterns, reimbursement method 
changes, and greater need for subacute/chronic 
care services. To cope with these changes, retire- 
ment facilities are experiencing a call for strong 
leadership and affiliations. 

Alongside these industry changes are the day- 
to-day internal demands of providing the highest 
quality of care for residents. This is a crucial time 
for Brethren homes to come together. For many 
homes, the move to collaborate more fully may 
enable them to survive in an increasingly com- 
plex and competitive environment. 

The Fellowship of Brethren Homes, a min- 
istry of the Association of Brethren Caregivers, 
has a long history of affiliation and collabora- 
tion, which supports Brethren facilities as they 
carry out their ministries with older adults. By 
becoming members of the Fellowship, the retire- 
ment facilities establish an important link to 
the larger church and are eligible to partake of 
member services such as the development of 
the new shared services program. This multi- 
level program was created to provide a 
faith-based approach to services, a facet of care- 
giving that no other association or alliance 

The mission statement of the Shared Ser- 
vices proposal summarizes the direction of the 
new Fellowship of Brethren Homes program: 
"By joining together in shared services, the 
Brethren homes will: 

• strengthen their common mission and values, 

• provide proactive programs and services that 

meet the needs of their rapidly changing 

industry, and 

reaffirm their faith-based ministries. 

Developing the shared 
services program 

In 1998, the steering committee of the Fellow- 
ship of Brethren Homes created a Collaboration 
Core Group of representatives from member facil- 
ities to begin formulating a proposal for new 
programs and services. The Collaboration Core 
Group and ABC staff conducted on-site visits, 
participated in Forums on Collaboration, and held 
phone interviews and meetings as a process for 
envisioning a new era of working together through 
a shared services program. Their vision was to 
provide resources for a group of geographically 
diverse facilities with a common mission of serv- 
ing the senior population of the Church of the 
Brethren and their local communities. 

After testing the new program and services, 
the shared services proposal was presented to Fel- 


lowship members at a forum of retirement home 
administrators, staff, and board members in August 
1999. During the fall, facilities contemplated join- 
ing the shared services program at different 
levels — partners, associates, or members — which 

John T. Fike enjoys a 
variety of volunteer 

duties on his computer at 
The Palms of Sebnng. 

Messenger August 2000 


IMorman and 
Margaret Drew 

are residents of The 

Brethren Retirement 

Community in 

Greenville, Ohio 

Forest Jobe and Morton Brann 

enjoy a friendly game of pool at The 
Palms of Sebring Activities Center 

would allow facilities to select the 
level of services they receive accord- 
ing to the level of financial 
commitment they made to the pro- 
gram. Of the 24 Brethren-affiliated 
homes, nine joined the plan as part- 
ners, seven as associates, and eight 
as members. 

During the developmental and 
testing process, priorities for needed 
services surfaced and resurfaced. 
The top priorities are leadership 
development, board training and 
development, corporate compliance, technology 
services, and Brethren values. Through staff work 
and newly created volunteer committees, these 
areas are being considered and programs are 
being developed to meet the needs of the mem- 

Another stepping stone in providing services 
came in April this year, when the Association of 
Brethren Caregivers announced becoming co- 
owners of a High Performance Board Series with 
Mennonite Health Services of Goshen, Ind. This 
board training resource is available to the mem- 
bers of both agencies, other agencies within the 
Church of the Brethren and Mennonite churches, 
and other not-for-profit organizations. 

Bent on interconnections 

Over the years, the Fellowship of Brethren Homes 
has provided many opportunities for Brethren- 
affiliated homes to interact and connect. In 1997, 

the Fellowship hosted a forum on Collaboration 
to bring church leaders and homes administra- 
tors and staff together to discuss common 
concerns and envision a new way of working 

Since that time, the Fellowship has hosted a 
forum each year. This year's forum was held June 
16-18 at New Oxford, Pa. The High Performance 
Board Series was highlighted at the Forum with 
board members being trained in "The Basics- 
Roles and Responsibilities," one of the modules 
of the series. 

The Fellowship also relates to other ecu- 
menical groups to work on issues of leadership 
development, board training, and alliance 
building. Results from these affiliations often 
take place behind the scenes. These interde- 
pendent and ecumenical relationships represent 
the value and necessity of connecting with one 

Fellowship of Brethren Homes members, 
and their districts, have served older adults and 
their communities for more than 100 years with 
autonomy and independence. Each of these facil- 
ities felt a strong calling and provided effective 
caring ministries. These services were recog- 
nized several years ago when a review of reports 
prepared by the Health Care Financing Admin- 
istration rated Church of the Brethren homes 
third among 43 for-profit and not-for-profit 
long-term care providers. 

The next 100 years will call for continued 
excellence in Brethren-affiliated retirement homes, 
along with an interdependence that will reflect 
vision, renew the call, and strengthen the common 
mission. The 7,000-plus residents of Brethren- 
affiliated facilities live daily in the rich legacy of 
the call, the future vision of current lead- 
ership, and the common mission of the WfM 
Fellowship of Brethren Homes. ■■■ 

Roger Golden of Elgin, III., is coordinator for shared services on 
the staff of the Association of Brethren Caregivers. 

Messenger August 2000 


by Franklin K. Cassel 

My wife and I moved to Brethren Village 
of Lancaster, Pa., well before retirement 
ige, knowing that when and if something hap- 
pened to either of us, we would get the care we 
needed and avoid the risk of not being able to 
inter the facility when retirement time came. For- 
unately, we were here when Peggy developed 
Alzheimer's disease. She needed home health 
:are and later moved into the Health Care Center. 

Many things come to my mind as I reflect on 
low my needs are being met at Brethren Village. 
peggy is gone, since July 1997, after almost six 
/ears in the nursing center. During that time 1 
resided in a cottage at Brethren Village and was 
ible to help the nurses and aides give her the good 
:are and love she needed. 

Living alone in our cottage has not been bad, 
IS I have felt that life has real meaning and Brethren 
tillage has provided all 1 need to achieve my goals. 

My spiritual life and needs are anchored still 
n the Lititz Church of the Brethren, but nicely sup- 
alemented by the fine spiritual life program provided 
by the retirement facility. Each day morning devo- 
tions, transmitted through the television, provide 
nspiration and opportunity for residents to pray 
"or one another. Many opportunities for Bible study 
are available for those who have the time and inter- 
est. The weekly chapel service is an uplift for those 
who attend or watch it through the television. 

Small group associations are available for res- 
dents to foster greater community spirit and 
orovide opportunities to get better acquainted. 
\11 sorts of activities are available for exercise, 
un, fellowship, and life enrichment. Many people 
/olunteer and help to make Brethren Village be a 
;ompassionate, caring community. 

For myself, I have used the land at my cot- 
:age and a large garden space provided by the 
v'illage to grow flowers to share with others and 
/egetables, berries, and fruit for my kitchen. My 
daily food bill for 1997 was only $2.17. Busy in 
Tiy garden, I do not need to participate in the 
exercise activities. 

Since Peggy died, I have no trouble keeping 
ousy helping other caregivers deal with Alzheimer's. 
1 have written a little book and had two videos 
produced about what 1 have learned about 
Alzheimer's. 1 am sharing this information far 
ind wide on the Internet. Also, I am supporting 

the Caregivers Army in its campaign to petition 
Congress to appropriate $500 million each year 
to Alzheimer's research until a cure is found. 

I am so grateful for the opportunity to live 
in a church-related retirement community where 
all of my needs will be met and where I can con- 
tinue to be in mission helping others. I can relax 
here knowing that no matter what hap- 
pens to me, I am in good hands and will WfM 
be cared for with compassion. ■■■ 

Franklin Cassel's Internet ministry to Alzheimer caregivers was 
featured in the September 1999 Messenger. He may be reached at 

The Interior of 
Fieldcrest Cottage at 
Brethren Village. The 

cottages feature two 
bedrooms, two baths, 
living and dining areas, 
eat-in l<itchen, laundry 
room, sunroom, and 
attached garage. 

The indoor pool at 
The Brethren Village 

IS the place for 
aquacize, exercise, 
therapy, and water 

Messenger August 2000 

A 1930 John 

Deere tractor 

owned by 

resident Ed 

Schmell was 

driven into tiie 

building to sit in 

a field display 

surrounded by 



Linda Landis shows 104- 
year-old IMancy Mason 

a plant at the Flower Show. 
Linda Landis works in the 
activity department at Peter 
Becker Community. 


Peter Becker Community draws thousands 
to its annual bloomfest 

by M. Therese Page 

Every spring, residents of Peter Becker 
Community host an annual Flower Show, 

which typically draws 8,000 visitors to the 
Harleysville, Pa., facility. This weekend event 
offers many things to everyone involved — oppor- 
tunities to contribute time and talents, to create 
somethincr beautiful, and to interact and connect 

with people normally absent from the halls and 
walkways of the home. 

"Charlotte's Web" was the theme of this year's 
show, held March 1 7 and 18. The show evoked 
memories of the book by E.B. White by includ- 
ing details and little touches from the book in the 
display. Visitors saw the farm where Wilbur lives 
and where Charlotte spins her magic web. The 
barn and tractor, toolshed and farmhouse, with 
its ever-present laundry drying on the line, were 

just a few of the show's splendors. A kaleido- 
scope of flowers surrounded Wilbur in his pigsty, 
the sheep built by the activity department, and 
the country fair. Young and old alike enjoyed a 
scavenger hunt to find the details of the book 
hidden throughout the 3,000-square foot display 
located in the home's multipurpose room. 

To reach out to the community, part of the 
flower show includes hosting several competi- 
tions and inviting entries from older adults living 
in the surrounding area. Senior Activity Center 
artists entered paintings of farm scenes for the 
art competition. 

Community members who are over 60 years 
of age were invited to participate in an essay con- 
test entided "Perspective on Farm Life." In it they 
describe what they remember about the farm, 
such as where they grew up, bought produce, 
worked, or visited. Residents of area retirement 
homes were encouraged to enter a special com- 
petition for container gardens. To round out the 
display area, several area businesses provided 
services and plants. 

Guests attending an evening fund-raiser 
for the Peter Becker Community were able to 
preview the gardens and stroll through the farm- 
yard viewing the animals and flowers. 

The flower show also raises funds for the 
Peter Becker Community Auxiliary. Throughout 
the weekend, $12,340 was raised from donations 
and the sales of items donated by local merchants, 
artists, Peter Becker Community crafters, wood- 
workers, and a stamp club. Quality bedding plants 
and house plants also were available for purchase. 
From proceeds of this event, the auxiliary is able 
to donate to the home's benevolent fund and to 
purchase large gifts for the facility. 

The residents of Peter Becker Community are 
the backbone of the show's success, spending 
coundess hours painting backdrops, construct- 
ing displays, and caring for the plants that they 
entered into a competition. There is a project 
available for everyone at every skill level if they 
choose to participate. Many residents help con- 
struct and paint the three-dimensional displays. 

The whole community is involved, 
knowing that this is a time for fellowship yfM 
with people of all ages and all areas. ■■■I 

M. Therese Page is comn 
Becker Community, 

iity relations coordinator for the Peter 

A united church was supposed to be the legacy of Brethren missions. But now 
there is division and distrust. Can the mother church help once again? 

by Fletcher Farrar 

The ink was barely dry on the minutes of 
Annual Conference in July 1998 when a 
letter arrived in Elgin, 111., from Gujarat, India. 
Church leaders here weren't yet sure how they 
would implement the "World Mission Philosophy 
and Global Church Mission Structure" paper that 
had just been approved. But the letter from India 
was sure and eager: "This letter is our formal 
request to the Mission and Ministries Planning 
Council for recognition of the Church of the 
Brethren in India as a sister Church in the glob- 
alization program of the Church of the Brethren." 

The letter explained that Emmanuel P. Bhagat, 
a member of the executive committee of the church 
in India, had been present at the Annual Confer- 
ence in Orlando, Fla., and had brought back the 
news that approval of the global church paper 
"opens the way for us to become a partner with 
the global Church of the Brethren." 

The way had begun to open a year before, 
when Merv Keeney took over as the new direc- 
tor of the General Board's Global Mission 
Partnerships office following General Board staff 
redesign. He decided to take a new stab at achiev- 
ing reconciliation between the two quarreling 
churches that had descended from Church of the 
Brethren missions in India. In |une 1998 he assem- 
bled an India Advisory Group, which included 

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The inauguration of the 

Church of North India 

was welcomed by the 

Church of the Brethren 

in the US. Some of the 

bishops of the church 

pose for a picture in 1970. 

"If we give 


recognition to 

the breakaway 

group, we 

break the 

covenant with 

the Church of 

North India." 

-H. Lamar Gibble 

former India missionaries Glen Campbell and 
Wendell Flory, General Board member Wayne 
ludd, LaVon Rupel, former chair of the World 
Ministries Commission, and Judy Keyser, trea- 
surer. That group recommended going ahead with 
new efforts to make peace. 

"We seek to release the energies and resources 
that have been heretofore unavailable for building 
God's church in India," he later explained to the 
General Board. Political conditions in India, with 
Christians facing persecution from a fervent Hindu 
nationalist movement, might motivate Indian Chris- 
tians to put away their differences. New leaders, 
who might be open to fresh approaches, were 
emerging in both churches. Another factor moti- 
vating a new India effort, Keeney explained, was 
"the availability of a staff person of Indian eth- 
nicity, Shantilal P. Bhagat, who could work at these 
issues in a different way. . . ." 

Bhagat, longtime General Board staff member 
who now works as a volunteer consultant, had 
been assigned to India matters as the General 
Board's Asia representative from 1974 to 1977. 
But he had not been involved officially in India 
again until 20 years later, when Keeney asked 
Bhagat to become his adviser. "I asked him to 
bring me recommendations," Keeney said. 

One of Bhagat's first recommendations, 
adopted by the General Board during a closed 
session June 29 last year, was to authorize the 
General Board staff to appoint new trustees to 

the trusts that oversee millions of dollars wortj 
of former mission property. The board was tolt 
the action was urgent because the two remaining 
active trustees on the principle trust were old, am 
if one of them died the property would be taker 
over by the government. Following the boar< 
action, the staff appointed property trustees rec. 
ommended by the group that calls itself the Churcl 
of the Brethren in India. 

This was sure to please Emmanuel Bhagat, thi 
trust's unpaid but influential administrator, whc 
is known as Emu. For years he has been the unof 
ficial leader of the group that is sometimes calle( 
the "separated Brethren," seeking recognition b; 
the US church and control of the disputed prop 
erty. He is also the brother of Shantilal Bhagat. 

The General Board's action also rescinded ; 
1991 board action that had been intended to trans 
fer to the Church of North India the authority tc 
name the property trustees. Putting the propert; 
trust clearly in the hands of its rival infuriatec 
leaders of the Church of North India when the; 
found out about it weeks later. "We are now con 
vinced," a CNI official wrote to Keeney las 
September, "that the Church of the Brethren no 
only believes in dividing the church but also sup 
ports activities that are contrary to the interest; 
of the Church of North India." 

It was with great hope and fanfare that th( 

llformer Church of the Brethren missioi 
churches in India united with five other denom 
inations to form the Church of North India ii 
1970. Togetherness offered the best chance fo 
survival and growth in a nation where Christian; 
comprise only two percent of the population. 

S. Loren Bowman, then general secretary o 
the Church of the Brethren General Board in th< 
US, was at the opening ceremonies in Nagpur 3( 
years ago, along with General Board staff mem 
bers Shantilal Bhagat, Howard Royer, and tht 
late Joel Thompson. "The Church of North Indi; 
should offer an increased sense of security and ; 
stronger voice of courage as Indians speak of thei: 
faith to their neighbors and to their nation,' 
Bowman said at the time. 

But by the mid-1970s, cracks appeared in th( 
hope for unity. After a dispute over CNI's nev 
constitution, the former Brethren congregatioi 
at Bulsar (now Valsad) seceded from the unior 
in 1978, and several other congregations followec 
it out the door. Though most former Brethrei 
remained loyal to the united church, the new grouj 
called itself — illegally in the eyes of its CNI broth 
ers and sisters — the Church of the Brethren. 

In the intervening years this group has growi 
to include 1 5 churches and 2 1 preaching points 

:-i Messenger August 2000 

:hiiming an estimated membership of 3,700. 
Though tiny by comparison with the Church of 
North India, which has about one million mem- 
oers, the rebel group is self-supporting and 
growing, in the past 20 years it has built eight 
:hurch buildings with more underway, and oper- 
ates three high schools with 900 students total. 

Now, after 22 years of backing the Church 
o\' North India in this dispute, the Church of the 
Brethren in the US has made a dramatic shift in 
its position. A proposed timetable calls for Annual 
Conference in 200! to officially recognize what 
ivas earlier described as the "breakaway group." 
If recognized, the group calling itself Church of 
:he Brethren in India would no longer be regarded 
as a schismatic movement whose leaders have 
questionable motives. Instead it would be a full 
sister — alongside Brethren churches in Nigeria 
and the Dominican Republic — to the Church of 
:he Brethren in the US. Already there is a com- 
mittee working on how to include such partner 
;hurches in Annual Conference deliberations. 

The prospect of adopting a sister from India 
las considerable appeal. In an Internet age that is 
earning the meaning of globalization in commu- 
nication and commerce, US churches are exploring 
A/ays to span the globe without the paternalism that 
Tiarred noble mission efforts of the past. Annual 
Conference polity changes of recent years have 
opened the way for "close partnership" with Brethren 
croups outside the US. The vision of the 1 998 
global church structure paper is for "two-way mis- 
sion" between the Church of the Brethren in the 
US and churches in other countries. The cross- 
fertilization that can occur when Christians of 
different cultures share their faith with each other 
:an enhance ministry on both sides of the dialog. 

The presence of a self-supporting church in 
India that already carries our name, our history 
and traditions, even our logo, seems ready-made 
■'or recognition. There has been little opposition 
3n the General Board, and the move would please 
1 strong interest group of US Brethren, many with 
•elatives in India. Church members in the US and 
n India may wonder why it has taken so long for 
he denomination to come around to this posi- 
ion. The reasons involve promises and property. 

"If we give official recognition to the break- 
away group," said Lamar Gibble, who strongly 
apposes the current direction, "we break the 
;ovenant with the Church of North India. I think 
:hat's the bottom line." Gibble, of St. Charles, 
II., was for 10 years the General Board's World 
Ministries staff member assigned to Asia, until 

Feetwashing remains an integral part of the 

Brethren tradition in India. Several hundred 

attended this love feast at Pervad. 

he retired in 1997. 

The "covenant" to which he refers is the 
Covenant of Church Union, signed by officers of 
the Church of the Brethren in India Nov. 29, 1970. 
It says in part that the "rights, title, claims, estates, 
and interests of this Church [Church of the Brethren 
in India] together with the privileges and obliga- 
tions shall as from the date of inauguration, vest 
in the Church of North India as its legal heir." 

In the US, the Church of the Brethren Gen- 
eral Board recommended to the 1 969 Annual 
Conference that "the Annual Conference respond 
to the emergence of the Church of North India 
with gratitude and rejoicing and that it pledge the 
Brotherhood's continuing prayers, support, and 
love." Thus, the year before church union. Annual 
Conference adopted the resolution of support for 
the emerging Church of North India. But appar- 
ently that is the only official action taken by the 
US church on the matter. Research has so far 
uncovered no official ratification of the merger by 
either the General Board or Annual Conference. 

Despite this lack of official action by Brethren 
in the US, Gibble and others say the US church 
was understood to be a part of the covenant at 
the time, and still is morally bound to support it. 

"It was their 
decision to go 
in to church 
union, and we 
said, 'Blessings 
on you.' It was 
their decision 
to come out, 
and we can 
say, 'Welconne 

-Shantilal Bhagat 


will be used 

for different 

purposes and 

reasons than 

anybody in the 




-Roger Schrock 

rather than recognizing those Indian churches 
that broke from the agreement in 1978. 

"In the whole process leading toward church 
union, the mission agencies were the ones who 
indeed were very much a part of that commitment 
process," Gibble recalls. "Everyone knew that if 
the mission agencies were not committed to the 
covenant, it wouldn't last. Even though no state- 
side Brethren signatures were on the covenant, 
the assumption was always clearly that we were 
partners to the covenant." 

Roger Schrock, who was the General Board's 
World Ministries Commission executive from 1985 
to 1990, agrees that the US church is morally bound 
to uphold the church union agreement. "The union 
happened with our blessing," he said. "It wasn't 
an action of Annual Conference, but about 90 per- 
cent of the things that happen in world ministries 
do not go before Annual Conference. In my under- 
standing, we entered into a covenant. And we 
Brethren say that our word is as good as our bond." 

Backers of recognition say their research shows 
that even though the US church supported the 

covenant made between churches in India becausd 
it wanted to be a good partner to CNI, there neveij 
was a covenant binding the US church. "It was theiii 
decision to go in [to church union], and we saicj 
'Blessings on you.'" says Shantilal Bhagat about the: 
Church of the Brethren in India. "It was their deci-| 
sion to come out, and we can say, 'Welcome back."'] 

Related to the covenant discussion is the issuei 
of the use of the name. Church of the Brethren \v 
India. As early as 1983, World Ministries Com- 
mission executive Ruby Rhoades explained in £\ 
letter, "1 have no problem in recognizing the sep- 
arated CNI members as a legitimate church. I dc 
have a problem in their taking the name of the 
Church of the Brethren when that church was dis- 
solved in order to become a part of the CNI." 

A 1988 Annual Conference study committee 
reaffirmed that view: "In respect to the use of the 
'Church of the Brethren in India' name, we believe 
it is clearly indicated in the signed Covenant oi 
Union that the Church of North India was tc 
become the full legal successor to all the respective 

continued on page 25 


Nearly a decade after the last Annual Con- 
ference action on India with seemingly 
no movement toward resolving the con- 
flict, in 1997 the Global Mission 
Partnerships office began a series of con- 
tacts by staff consultant Shantilal Bhagat 
in an attempt to bring both parties to the 
table. An ad hoc India advisory commit- 
tee pulled together in lune 1 998 supported 
renewed initiatives toward reconciliation. 
By mid- 1 998 there was agreement 
for a joint meeting, but two planned 
meetings that fall collapsed as one or 

both parties backed out as the dates 
neared. Both sides suggested separate 
meetings with US Brethren in early 1999 
to build toward a joint meeting. 

Global Mission Partnerships direc- 
tor Merv Keeney went to India in March 
1 999, taking along Bob Gross, an expe- 
rienced mediator and leader of the Ministry 
of Reconciliation. In separate meetings 
the two sides agreed to a joint meeting in 
August 1999. But when Keeney and Gross 
went back in August as planned, CNI had 
just learned about the General Board's 

Indian congregations welcomed a 
US delegation in March. Christy 
Waltersdorff (center) and Ernest Thakor 
meet a church leader. Shantilal Bhagat 
(behind) facilitated communications and 
travel for the group. 

appointment of property trustees fron^ 
the separated group, so they did not showi 
up. Keeney and Gross met with thej 
trustees and urged that the properties bei 
used for the benefit of both churches, then 
met privately with CNI leaders. 

On Jan. 31 this year, a delegation 
including General Board chair Mary Jo 
Flory-Steury, executive director Judy 
Mills Reimer, former India missionary 
Wendell Flory, and Keeney met with CNI 
leaders in Toronto, Canada, where they 
primarily listened to CNI concerns. Then 
in March a committee appointed by the 
General Board to "continue the conver- 
sation about recognition with the Indian 
Brethren" went to India and visited 1 1 
of the 1 5 congregations in the separated 
group. In spite of prior requests to meet 
with CNI pastors in the areas visited, no 
CNI pastors met with the committee. 

A conversation with CNI leaders i^ 
scheduled to take place in Elgin, 111., 
this month. 

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joining churches. In light of the covenant 
given to the Church of North India, we do not 
beheve we have the right to reinstate the name of 
the 'Church of the Brethren' to any group in India." 
Merv Keeney, the Global Mission Partner- 
ships director, said he has urged the group seeking 
recognition to find a new name, because doing so 
would be a "tension reliever" in negotiations with 
the Church of North India. In some of his official 
correspondence with CNI leaders Keeney refers 
to the group as "Bhaioni Mandali," which is Gujarati 
for Church of the Brethren. But it may be unlikely 
the group will give up Church of the Brethren in 
India, because that is the name still on the valu- 
able properties Brethren missionaries left behind. 

The property is the thorn in the flesh," says 
Roger Schrock, in a statement that might 
win more agreement than most generalizations 
about the dispute. 

Merv Keeney says the issue of church prop- 
erty in India has been overrated, and he's fond of 
quoting an India advisory committee member who 
said that property is seldom the cause of divorce, 
but when a couple decides to separate, fights about 
property are common. 

Even so, if it weren't for the existence of sub- 
stantial real estate accumulated over 75 years of 
Church of the Brethren mission in India, the dis- 
pute in India might have been settled years ago. 
The most important properties are in two public 
trusts, one in the state of Gujarat where most of 
the former Brethren are, and one in neighboring 
Maharashtra state (see "Mission properties" p. 26). 
Official estimates place the value of the Gujarat 
State properties at $4.5 million and the Maha- 
rashtra properties at $1.2 million, though some 
who are familiar with the properties rate their 
value much higher. The fact that the Church of 
the Brethren General Board in the US still has 
some legal authority over the property compli- 
cates the issue all the more. 

Lamar Gibble asserts that the desire to con- 
trol former mission properties is the driving force 
behind the separated group's use of the name 
Church of the Brethren in India, and its desire 
for recognition by the US church. "It hasn't been 
tested," he said, "but if we recognize officially, 
that gives them the status in the courts that they've 
been fighting for all these years." 

Roger Schrock agrees: "If the breakaway 
group is recognized, that just gives them one more 
leg up in the courts. Recognition will be used for 
different purposes and reasons than anybody in 
the Annual Conference thinks." 

Keeney affirms that official recognition would 
give the separated group a better chance in the 
court system to win property disputes. But that 

may not be all bad if the properties end up being 
put to better use in the work of the church. He 
points out that following the General Board's 
appointment of Indian Brethren as property trustees 
a year ago, a government overseer of the Voca- 
tional Training College in Ankleshvar departed 
voluntarily, saying that his services were no longer 
needed because the trust, which had been in a 
stalemate, was functioning properly once again. 
Keeney is willing to try to arrange a compromise 
on property issues, but so far neither side has 
shown much interest in compromise. 

Church of the Brethren mission properties 
were placed in trusts prior to birth of the Church 
of North India in 1970, with the idea that they 
would be amalgamated into the Church of North 
India once it was ready to receive them. But for 
various reasons the transfer didn't take place 
before the group broke away from CNI in 1978, 
and then it was too late. In July 1979, CNI filed 
suit against the separatist group, asking the court 
to stop it from using the Church of the Brethren 
name and claiming property under that name. 
That suit has never been fully resolved. Over the 
years more suits and countersuits have been filed 
between the two churches, and now more than 
30 cases are pending. India's notoriously slow 
court system hasn't resolved the issues, and the 
legal tangle has preoccupied both sides, keeping 
them from the real mission of the church. 

Legal challenges have also thwarted past 
attempts by the Church of the Brethren in the US 
to appoint property trustees from CNI, or to turn 
over the appointing power to CNI. It turns out 
that sitting trustees also have to approve new 
appointees before they can be officially seated by 
the charity commissioner. So in the past the sit- 
ting trustees from the separated group would 
refuse to forward the names of CNI trustees to 
the charity commissioner for approval. As the 
stalemate continued, properties deteriorated. 

Bread and cup in 
India — chapatis and 
juice from cool<ed 
raisins, shown here 
with a pastor's stole 
imprinted with the 
Church of the Brethren 
denominational logo. 

Backers of 
recognition say 
that even 
though the 
US church 
supported the 
between the 
churches of 
India, there 
never was a 
binding the 
US church. 

Messenger August 2000 

"Can we as the 

mother church 

now help these 

two daughter 

churches to 

reconcile a 

hateful past 

and receive 

grace from 

God, and each 


-Merv Keeney 

Seeking a way around this legal Catch-22, in 
the mid-1990s Lamar Gibble went to India where 
he testified for three days before the charity com- 
missioner to clarify the General Board's wishes 
that CNI trustees be seated. When he returned to 
the US he thought he had been successful, only 
to find out later that the CNI trustees hadn't been 
seated after all. 

Gibble says that at the center of each court ini- 
tiative that has frustrated attempts by the church 
in the US to transfer property to CNI is the name 
of Emu Bhagat. Supporters of recognition for the 
separated group acknowledge that Bhagat is a con- 
troversial figure, but point out that even George 
Washington was considered a rascal by the British. 
According to one source, he is highly respected by 
members of his church for his ability to use the court 
system in the separated group's quest for property 
control, and to stand up to the leaders of CNI. 

Lamar Gibble, who struggled with the India 
problem for nine years as a General Board staff 
member, has sent strongly worded letters to Keeney, 
insisting that the current move toward recogni- 
tion is the wrong course. It will "serve to fuel the 
hope of the breakaway group in its primary effort, 
which is to secure the valuable former mission 
properties of the General Board for their narrow 

and to some extent personal gain," he wrote. 

Keeney responds that there have been instances 
of individual corruption and less-than-Christian 
behavior on both sides of the India dispute. And, 
though property often takes center stage, there are 
other issues between the two sides in India. The 
separated group has told US church officials that 
they are being mistreated by a heavy-handed CNI, 
which prevents their church from being recognized 
by other Indian churches and keeps their members 
out of the ecumenical seminary. They say CNI has 
an Anglican-style hierarchy, while they prefer a 
more egalitarian Brethren-style structure, and that 
CNI has refused some requests to use church buOd- 
ings which are supposed to be shared. 

"Some persons find parallels between the 
CNI-Brethren relationship and the state church 
oppression of the early Brethren in Europe," 
Keeney said in a report to the General Board. 

Evidence of the deteriorating relationship 
between US Brethren and their former ally CNI 
came during a March visit by a General Board 
delegation when a rock was thrown and narrowly 
missed the Americans. After learning of the inci- 
dent, a CNI official wrote in a letter to Keeney: 
"The anger it seems had been directed to Mr. E. 
P. Bhagat and Mr. Shantilal Bhagat and not to the 


The Church of the Brethren General 
Board is related to two public trusts in 
India. One is the Church of the Brethren 
General Board (CBGB) Trust, which is 
registered in the State of Gujarat. The 
second is the General Brotherhood 
Board Church of the Brethren (GBB) 
Trust, which is registered in the State 

of Maharashtra. 

The estimated value of properties 
in the first trust, which is within the 
geographical boundaries of what had 
been the First District of the Church 
of the Brethren in India, is $4.5 mil- 
lion (US). Officials cautioned that 
professional appraisals would be 

needed to get an accurate market 
value. According to Shantilal Bhagat, 
most of these properties are in direct 
possession of the Church of North 
India, and have been since CNI was 
formed in 1970. 

The only properties in direct pos- 
session and management of the trustees 
of the CBGB trust are the ones located 
in Ankleshvar and Valsad (Bulsar). Prop- 
erties in these two places together 
represent a major share of the overall 
value of all CBGB Trust properties in 
Gujarat State. The trust currently oper- 
ates the Vocational Training College in 
Ankleshvar, a high school in Valsad 
(Bulsar), and owns three properties 
that are presently used as hostels by 
other groups. It also manages proper- 
ties at a number of locations in the 
southern part of Gujarat State. Most 

The verandah of the Dahanu hospital 
in 1927. The property, still being 
operated as a hospital, is valuable today. 

/isiting team. I have been assured that these feel- 
ngs were not expressed against the visitors from 
USA. and you must beheve us on this." 

Keeney shot back a reply: "We were surprised 
hat your letter included so little in the way of 
apologies about the violent behavior of CNI mem- 
bers during this visit. The stone flew within 
;entimeters of several heads of committee mem- 
Dcrs and damaged the car we rode in, so we are 
ouzzled at your assertion that the anger was not 
directed at the delegation. By pointing out that 
[he anger was not directed against the visitors 


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churches and 

properties are 

designated on the 

above map by a star. 

from USA, but only at the Bhagats, 1 hope that 
you are not implying that it was acceptable for 
CNI members to use violence against E. P. and 
S. P. Bhagat. This attitude, and the behavior we 
experienced, do not reflect the mind of Christ." 


jesplte physical and verbal rock-throwing, 

Keeney insists that the goal is for the US 
church to serve as a reconciler of differences, and 
to end up with both churches in India as partners 
of the Church of the Brethren in the US. "Can we 
as the mother church now help these two daugh- 
ter churches to reconcile a hateful past and receive 
grace from God, and each other?" he writes. 

"Can the American church find our way 
through the deep feelings on both sides of these 
issues and regain footing on the values that we 
believe are central to the church? Christ calls us 
to love the enemy and to recognize God in the 
enemy. God calls us to to be about God's work 
in the world. Christians should work together as 
one, even if the church cannot yet be structurally 
integrated into one body. Just as spokes on 
a wheel, as we move toward Christ as the 
center, we move closer to each other." 


The Vocational 
Training College in 
Anklesvar, founded 
by Brethren mission 
efforts in 1924, trains 
elementary school 
teachers. A visiting 
US delegation is 
pictured with the 
college's staff. 

Df them are in Ankleshvar, Vyara, and 
Valsad (Bulsar), including a former 
hospital at Valsad. Over the years, some 
af the properties were acquired by the 
Gujarat government for public pur- 
poses and some were sold to individuals. 
The second trust, in what was the 
old Second District of the Church of the 
Brethren, has properties worth an esti- 
mated $1.2 million (US). This trust has 

properties in two locations — one in 
Dahanu Road, about 7.5 acres and a 
number of buildings used by the Brethren 
Mission Hospital, and the other is about 
seven acres of land in Palghar. 

There are two other trusts, one in 
the old First District and one in the old 
Second District of the Church of the 
Brethren. The Church of the Brethren 
General Board has no responsibility for 

appointing trustees to these trusts, but 
they have not been amalgamated into 
the Church of North India. These trusts 
own and manage church buildings, par- 
sonages, and in some cases land given 
to the church. The properties of the First 
District Church of the Brethren Trust 
registered in the State of Gujarat have 
been in the possession of CNI congre- 
gations since 1970. 

Messenger August 2000 


Pass along forgiveness 

Your editorial in June on forgiveness 
strikes me as extremely important right 
now as I relate personally, and as 
others share with me in their relating to 
one another. Thank you. 

I hope other publications pick up on 
it and "recycle" your (and I believe 
God's) message. I made photocopies to 
use in Sunday school class and to 
share with friends. 

Clyde Carter 
Daleville, Va. 

What to do Memorial Day? 

I am writing this letter on Memorial Day, 
the holiday when our country remem- 
bers its war dead and in general 
celebrates its manliness in the making of 
war. It is a difficult time for the historic 
peace churches to know how to handle. 
What do we do with Memorial Day? 

I know of one Church of the Brethren 
congregation that uses Memorial Day to 

remember all the people who have died 
in the past year. But this is more prop- 
erly done on All Saints Day. 

At another Brethren congregation, the 
pastor took vacation on Memorial Day 
Sunday, so he would not have to be pre- 
sent when the congregation did the 
Memorial Day thing. It is hard for a pastor 
to know what to do. Too many members 
feel their church owes them the worldly 
approach to Memorial Day, and to take it 
away from them feels like an insult to 
their dearly departed loved ones. 

All we need to do is designate the 
Memorial Day weekend as "Brethren 
Peace Witness Sunday." 

My father, a retired Brethren pastor, 
remembers the period after World War I, 
when the peace position of the church 
was allowed to slide. Then another war 
came along, and the church was unpre- 
pared. Since Vietnam it seems we have 
done the same. We need to have a 
Peace Witness Sunday. 

Dad actually did this on his own in the 
late 1950s. A local veterans organization 
had asked whether they could come as a 

group and worship on Memorial Day 
Sunday. Dad said, "Sure." Close to two 
dozen showed up for worship and took 
up several pews. And then Dad 
preached a sermon about peace: "There 
is nobody who wants peace more than 
those who have gone through the hor- 
rors of war." Each and every veteran 
thanked him for his message. 

Bill Bowsei: 

Martinsburg, Pa 

Jesus and the death penalty 

I do not see how the person who wrote 
the letter in your May issue came to the 
conclusion that Jesus recommended 
capital punishment. Jesus did not 
believe in taking anyone's life for any 
reason or in any circumstance. "You 
shall not kill." 

We don't kill someone we love and 
God says we must love our enemies and 
do good to them. Jesus, in speaking to 
Peter, was expressing how foolish it is to 
take up arms against anyone. 

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Messenger August 2000 

^^ Jesus, in speaking to Peter, was 

expressing how foolish it is to take up arms 

against anyone. Please, brother, take 

another look at Jesus! God is the only judge 

who can pronounce death. ^^ 

Please, brother, take another look at 
Jesus! God is the only judge who can 
pronounce death. 

G. Richard Radcliff 

Blue Ridge, Va. 

Violence begets violence 

I disagree with the May letter which 
suggests that Jesus advocated the 
death penalty. The statement in 
Matthew 26:52, "All who take up the 
sword will perish by the sword," was 
Jesus's way of saying, "Never use vio- 
lence against one person to protect 
another person, for violence begets 


Jesus set aside the "eye for an eye 
and a tooth for a tooth" requirement 
of the Mosaic legal code and said to 
turn the other cheek instead. He said, 
"Love your enemies" (Matt. 5:44). He 
rebuked James and John when they 
wanted to emulate Elijah by calling 
down fire on their enemies (Luke 9:52- 
55). He stopped the stoning of a 
woman caught in adultery by saying, 
"Let anyone who is without sin cast 
the first stone" (John 8:3-11). 

It seems very clear that Jesus 
opposed the death penalty. 

Jerry C. Stanaway 

Lombard, 111. 

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Christian Family Practice group is seeking a 
family piiysician to join our growing practice. We 
are located in North Central Indiana, near Goshen. 
We provide obstetrics with many deliveries done 
at an Amish Birthing Center near Shipshewana. 
Opportunities for short- or long-term missions. Inde- 
pendently owned (six physicians & one PA) and 
committed to remaining sensitive to the needs of 
the local community. Option to buy in. Contact Steve 
Wendler, Administrator, at Middlebury Family Physi- 
cians, PO Box 459, Middlebury, IN 46540. Day 
telephone: 219-825-2900 Evening: 219-825-7506. 

Good Shepherd Home is seeking a full-time 
chaplain for this rural 100-bed nursing home and 
licensed 50-bed rest home located in Fostoria, Ohio. 
This position will provide spiritual care to the resi- 
dents, families and employees. If willing, the chaplain 
may assist the executive director and Board of 
Trustees with fund raising and development pro- 
jects. Good Shepherd Home prefers candidates 
who are licensed or ordained ministers with strong 
written and verbal skills. Send or fax resumes to 
Chris Widman, executive director, phone (419) 435- 
1801; fax (419) 435-1594. 

Travel with a purpose. Visit the "Cradle of Civi- 
lization," March 16-29, 2001. Featuring: crossing the 
Red Sea, visiting Mt. Sinai, cruising on the Sea of 
Galilee, cable car ride to Massada. Visit Petra, the 
rose city, Jerusalem, The Holy Land, St. Catherine 
Monastery on Mt. Sinai. Full breakfast and dinner 
throughout. For information write Wendell and Joan 
Bohrer, 8520 Royal Meadow Drive, Indianapolis, IN. 
46217. Tel/fax 317-882-5067. E-mail rdwboh(5) 

Visiting Washington, D.C.? Come worship with 
us at the Arlington Church of the Brethren, 300 N. 
Montague St, Arlington, Virginia. Phone 703-524- 
4100. Services: Sunday School 9:45 - 10:45 a.m. 
Worship: 11:00a.m. Summer Hours: June 4 thru 
September 3. Worship 10:00 a.m. No Sunday School. 
Nursery Services Provided. Roseann B. Cook, Pastor. 

The Association of Brethren Caregivers is seek- 
ing a full-time Coordinator of Shared Services 

to assist the Executive Director with programming 
and services to the association and the Fellowship 
of Brethren Homes, a ministry with Brethren retire- 
ment communities. Ideal candidates will demonstrate 
the following qualifications: working knowledge of 
the mechanisms and processes which impact ser- 
vices to the aging; experience in retirement 
community management; understanding of Church 
of the Brethren heritage; bachelor's degree in a 
related field; proficiency in interpretation and con- 
sensus building; comfort providing leadership in 
an environment with diverse interests; excellent 
communication, organization and computer skills. 
The position, located in Elgin, Illinois, is available 
on January 1, 2001. Direct inquiries or send letters 
of application with resume and three references to 
Steve Mason, Executive Director, ABC, 1451 Dundee 
Avenue, Elgin, IL 60120. 

Come, experience the warm hospitality, carinc 
witness, and Spirit-filled worship of th( 
Church of the Brethren in the Dominicar 
Republic. Participate in a travel seminar offeree 
by Bethany Theological Seminary and led by Dar 
Ulrich, Jerry Crouse, and Becky Baile Crouse or 
January 2-16, 2001. Cost is $785 plus air fare 
Tuition is extra for those seeking academic credit 
Spanish is helpful but not required. For more infor 
mation, call 765-983-1800. 

Walk where Jesus walked with Pastor Rogei 
Forry November 13 thru 20, 2000, This is a pil- 
grimage of a lifetime! Breakfast and dinner are 
included daily. Bus transportation is provided fron" 
the Somerset, Pennsylvania area or passengers car 
meet the group at J F K airport for their journey tc 
Israel. Visit this historical area from a Christian per 
spective with an emphasis on Protestantism 
Professional bilingual guide service. A bargain price 
for an excellent trip! Call 800-462-1592 for details 

Goshen College invites applications for a tenure 
track appointment in Bible and religion begin- 
ning July 2001, Qualifications: Ph.D. in biblica 
studies with a concentration in Hebrew Bible (ABC 
considered); secondary competence in religious stud- 
ies or theology required. Responsibilities; teach eight 
undergraduate courses, including Biblical Literature 
(multiple sections), upper division course in area o1 
specialization, and other courses within interdisci- 
plinary general education program of liberal arte 
college. The successful candidate must be willing tc 
accept Goshen College's mission statement and stan- 
dards and affirm Anabaptist perspectives. Womer 
and people from underrepresented groups are espe- 
cially encouraged to apply. Goshen College is ar 
affirmative action employer. Send letter addressing 
qualification, curriculum vitae, undergraduate/grad- 
uate transcripts, and three current letters of reference 
to Provost John Yordy, Goshen College, 1700 Mair 
Street S., Goshen, IN 46526. Deadline for applica- 
tion is August 31, 2000. E-mail: provost(5) 
Telephone: (219) 535-7501 Fax: (219) 535 -7060. 

The Olive Tree Community has been a source o1 
food, fuel, furnishings and oil for anointing for over 
6,000 years. Because it matures very slowly —one 
tree can live for over a thousand years— parents ano 
grandparents plant olive trees for their children, 
leaving a valuable legacy for the next generation. 
Bethany's Olive Tree Community joins together a 
special group of friends who have a similar com- 
mitment to the Seminary. Through deferred and 
estate gifts, they are leaving a legacy for future gen- 
erations to nurture the leadership needed for our 
children, grandchildren and new children in the 
Church of the Brethren. We invite you to become a 
member of the Olive Tree Community. When you 
make your will, purchase life insurance, start a retire- 
ment plan or review your current estate plan, why 
not consider including Bethany as a beneficiary for 
part or all of the proceeds. Contact Lowell Flory at 
800-287-8822 for more information. 

Um Messenger August 2000 


This month's Turning Points 
includes all listings received 
prior to 6/1 1/00 not previously 
published. Forms for submitting 
Turning Points information are 
available by calling Peggy 
Reinacher at 800-323-8039. 

New members 

Alloona 28lh StrccI, Alloona, 
Fa.: Eric Flunierlell. Kris 
Hoovler. Megan Hoovler, 
Wesley McConnell. Katie 
Muccitelli. lason Wilson 

Bethany. New Paris. Ind.: Stan 
and Nancy Gurka, Scott and 
Cam! Wakley. Desmond 
Schoonover. Stephanie 
Dowty. Brad Dowty, Amanda 
Burger. Nathan Abshire. 
Hollv Abshire, Amanda Bover, 
Mike Reuter. Whitney Gall', 
lohn Gall, lustin Conrad 

Big Creek. Cushing. Okla.: 
Nancy Chipukites. Chip 
Chipukites. Rita Hendrix. 
lessie Hendrix. Allen 
Harmon. Dale Wolff. Cindy 
Wolff, Roxanne Lease. Jen- 
nifer Mattingly 

Bridgewater. Va.: Wilmer and 
Thelma Crummett. Charles 
and Mary Miller. Gerri 
Rigney. Mary C. Detrick. Mal- 
lory Custer. Maria Partlow. 
Lori Racca. Mary Beahm. 
lames and Anita Beckman 

Cedar Creek. Garrett. Ind.: Skip 
Sineltzer. Shelley Smeltzer 

Dixon, 111.: Suzanne Crossland. 
Carol lackley 

Ephrata. Pa.: Mary Cable. Paul 
Hosier. David and Michele 
Mummau. Christel Follz. 
Charles and Mary Garrett 

Harper Woods. Mich.: Paul 
Filzpatrick. Erica Fitzpatrick 

Heidelberg. Reistville. Pa.: 
Sarah Bucher. Carl Hoff- 
man. Donna Hoffman. 
Tiffany Hoffman 

Independence. Kan.: Revenna 
Eikenberry. Wayne Eiken- 
berry. Dana |. Hart, layson 
McMaster. Meagan McMas- 
ter. Ernest H. Newton, Scott 
Reimer. Betty May Twilley 

Lansing. Mich.: [esse Baker- 
Ferenchick. Philip 
BrunDelRe. Matthew Curtis- 
Walkins. lustin Ernst. 
Chelsea Marr. Tara Herrold 
I Lewiston. Minn.: Brent 

Risser, Shawn Sanders. |ef- 
frey Peckover, Angela 
Pospichal-Heublein. Lisa 
Mundt. Lynda Mundt, 
Ulrike Schorn-Hoffert 
I Lower Claar. Claysburg. Pa.: 

Dorothy Helsel. Chelsea Oakes 
' Marsh Creek. Gettysburg. 
Pa.: Breanna MacDonald. 
Olivia Orndorfl. Raquel 
Wocrner. Storm Woerner. 
Catherine L. Dick 
' Moxham. lohnstown. Pa.: Joyce 

Mahon. Gregory lacoby. 
Steven Wilson 

Painter Creek. Arcanum. Ohio: 
Helen Morris. Mildred Rout- 

Peace. Council Bluffs, Iowa: 
Abby Barritt, lillian Brooks, 
Lynsi Brooks, Cathy Cun- 
ningham, Ian Forbes, 
Amanda Frazier. Zach Fra- 
zier, Wayne Lewis. Ashley 
Watson. |osh Watson 

Petersburg Memorial. Peters- 
burg. W.Va.: Bill.Mt. Bill Alt. 
Ir., Mary Lou Alt 

Philadelphia. Pa.: Lisa and 
lohn Dutterer 

Pleasant View. Fayetteville. 
W.Va.: Susan Osborne 

Unionlown. Pa.: Brad Balsley. 
Eric Gottheid. Lauren Knox. 
Seth McElroy. lane McShane. 
Penny McShane. Chelsea 
Smitley. Oscar Verbus 

Wenalchee. Wash.: Linda 

Davis. Eugene lordan. Deda 
Preston. Lois Russell. |im 
and Evelyn Weimer 

West Green Tree, Elizabeth- 
town, Pa.: loann and David 
Hoppman, Mindy and Steve 
Smith, Kirsten Flowers, 
Kelsey Hollinger. Ellen and 
Richard Bowers 

Westernport. Md.: Charles 
Barnard, Lurene Barnard, 
Matthew Shimer 

York, Pa.: S. Alexander Cinder. 
Daniel Vuono 


Bender. Kermit and Dorothy. 

Elizabethtown. Pa.. 50 
Goodenberger. Melvin and 

Thelma. Canton. Ohio. 60 
Groth. iohn and Esther, Inde- 
pendence, Kan.. 60 
Hinds. William and Mildred. 

Hartville. Ohio, 60 
Kaylor, Dalton and Helen, 

Danville. Ohio. 50 
Ledgerwood, Olin and Helen, 

Hartville. Ohio, 50 
Miller. Herman and Frances. 

Bridgewater, Va., 65 
Quay, Clarence and Mary, 

Bridgewater, Va.. 50 
Rogers. David and Shirley. N. 

Manchester. Ind.. 50 
Ross. Wayne and Mary 

Elizabeth. N. Manchester, 

Ind.. 50 
Shankster, Owen and Celia. 

Roann, Ind.. 50 
Showalter. Luther and Alverta, 

Edgewood, Md., 50 
Statler. Harold and Ruth, 

Keyser. W.Va.. 50 
Stern. Irven and Pattie. 

McPherson, Kan.. 50 
Veno. Francis and Lorraine. 

Uniontown. Pa., 50 
Wolfe. Hugh and lune. Glen 

Burnie. Md.. 60 


Allison, Grace. 85. Claysburg. 

Pa.. Dec. 50 
Anderson. Roman, 74. Goshen. 

Ind., Ian. 7 
Andrews. Harold L.. 80. Dixon. 

111.. May 30 
Anglemyer. Gladys, Sebring. 

Fla.. Ian. 4 
Anstine. Florence H.. 94. 

Hartville, Ohio. Ian. 4 
Applegate, E. Wayne. 82. 

Norton. Kan.. Sept. 22 
Armey. Irene. 94, Fresno, 

Calif., April 8 
Artman, Dorothy. 85, Red 

Lion, Pa,, Feb, 6 
Ballaron, Florence. 96, St. 

Petersburg. Fla.. lune 6 
Banwart. Harold. Avon Park, 

Fla., March 22 
Barber. Robert E. Lee. 66, 

Keyser. W.Va.. |an. 3 
Beery. Irene. N. Manchester, 

Ind.. lune 20 
Boland, S. Katharyne. 90. 

Altoona, Pa.. April 25 
Brandenstein. Kenneth. 

Miamisburg. Ohio. April 1 5 
Brumbaugh. Florence, 97, 

Martinsburg. Pa., Feb. 14 
Byrd, Doris, 96, Bridgewater, 

Va., May 18 
Campbell, Violet, 86, Western- 
port, Md., Feb. 7 
Cannon. Harry L.. 83. Keyser. 

W.Va., Nov.' 13 
Carey, Bernetta, N. Manches- 
ter, Ind., April 1 3 
Chadwell, Arthur, Sebring. 

Fla.. .April 15 
Claar. lohn E.. 77, Claysburg. 

Pa., Dec. 27 
Clay, losephine. 79. Hartville. 

Ohio. Ian. 18 
Cobaugh, Florence M., 89, 

Linwood. N.|.. May 20 
Coffey. Max O., 84. Lookout, 

W.Va.. May 29 
Cosllow, Mary. 88. iohnstown. 

Pa., lune 6 
Curran. Audrey. 77, Norton, 

Kan., Nov. 2 
Dilling. Sophia V, 85, Martins- 
burg, Pa.. Feb. 23 
Eller. Henry C. 100. Bridge- 
water. Va.. May 28 
Esbensen. Edwin R., San lose. 

CaliL. March 21 
Eshenour. Lloyd. 87. Olney. 

Md.. May 3' 
Pahs. Eldon Eugene. Milford. 

Ind., Feb. 8 
Fairbanks, Clarence S.. 84. 

Greenville. Ohio. April 19 
Fazenbaker. Harry. 72. West- 
ernport. Md.. March 25 
Fuhrman. Earl S.. 77. Spring 

Grove. Pa., May 21 
Carbcr, Leland F.. 62. Emmits- 

burg. Md.. May 18 
Gleim. William A., 71. 

Williamsburg. Pa.. March 1 
Goodwin. Arthur. 86. Union- 
town. Pa.. Feb. 2 
Gosnell. |oe. 79. Greenville. 

Ohio. April 1 

Gross. Philip H.. Sr.. 96. 
Dover. Pa.. May 12 

Hagerty. lames. Sr.. 65. 
Altoona. Pa.. April 10 

Hangey. Kathryn. 90. Sell- 
ersville. Pa.. May 1 3 

Harlman, Daniel M., 74, York, 
Pa.. May 19 

Heidlebaugh. Raymond E., 75. 
Hellam, Pa., May 6 

Hunter. Nettie. 98, Atlanta, 
Ind., May 25 

Isenberg, Frank W.. lohnson 
City. Tenn., April 1 1 

lohnson. Frank E.. Colorado. 
May 5 

Klucher, Robert. 75, York. Pa., 
•March 9 

Leckrone, Ida B.. 91 , Martins- 
burg. Pa.. Feb. 27 

Lininger. Geraldine. 74. La 
Verne. Calif.. March 19 

Mishler, Naomi. N. Manches- 
ter. Ind.. Feb. 8 

Moyer, Mabel, 98, Greenville. 
Ohio, lune 5 

Moyer. Melvin. Linthicum. 
Md., May 6 

Myers. Virgil E.. 78, North 
Canton, Ohio. April 18 

Wenninger. William A., 65. 
Fayetteville. Pa.. May 6 

Papke. Angela. Winchester. Va., 
lune 5 

Petry, Elden M., Bowmansville. 
Pa.. April 17 

Ringgold. Paul E.. 80. Har- 
risonburg. Va.. May 8 

Rinier. Roberta. 79. Akron. Pa.. 
Dec. 6 

Robinson. Mary, Sebring, Fla., 
April 16 

Royer, |. Herman, 83. Lan- 
caster, Pa., April 30 

Sell, lames Matthew. |r.. 73, 
Duncansville, Pa., May 8 

Shaffer, Dorothy, 82, Pomona, 
CaliL, March 19 

Sbelton, Susan ]., Tipp City, 
Ohio, May 20 

Shonk. lohn W.. 81, Lafayette. 
Ind.. April 14 

Smith, lack, 7 1 . La Verne. 
Calif.. April 23 

Snider, Eileen N., Manchester. 
Ind.. April 7 

Spangle. Blanche M.. 97. N. 
.Manchester. Ind.. May 14 

Stark. William R.. 85. Ship- 
pensburg. Pa.. Feb. 9 

Steele. Florence. 87. Martins- 
burg. Pa.. Feb. 21 

Waechler. .Max. 81. St. Peters- 
burg. Fla.. May 16 

Washinger. William. Sr.. 90. 
Shippensburg. Pa.. Nov. 8 

Weekly. Lucille A.. 78. 
Hartville. Ohio. March 8 

Werner. Raymond. 84, 
Hanover. Pa., lune 6 

Wersller, Dawn M.. 78. Green- 
town. Ohio. March 27 

Weyant, Mary E.. 88, Orbiso- 
nia. Pa.. April 22 

Will. Harper S.. N. Manches- 
ter. Ind.. May 23 

Wineland. Mary, Martinsburg, 

Pa.. April 23 
Zook. Edward, Verona, Va.. 

May 27 


Beasley. Sterling Ray. April 30. 

Fostoria. Ohio 
Brunk, lames. May 21, Union 

City, Ohio 
Carroll, James U., |une 4, East 

Nimishillen, North Canton, 

Cassidy, Michael |,, May 28, 

White Branch. Hagerstown, 

Cox. limmie B. Jr., May 14, 

Stonelick. Pleasant Plain, 

Guisewite, Kathy Fuller, May 

28. West Flichmond. Rich- 
mond, Va. 
Junkins, Carroll Glen, April 30, 

Knobley, Martin, W.Va. 
Sell, [anet, lune 1 1, 

Woodbury, Pa. 
Smith, Alan Marshal. 

May 21. Longmeadow. 

Hagerstown, Md. 


Donohoo. B. Douglas. May 28, 
West Milton, Ohio 

Grimes. David. April 30. Poca- 
hontas. Green Bank, W.Va. 

Princell, Pamela S., May 7, 
Mexico. Ind. 


Bidgood Enders. Elizabeth and 
Greg, from Richmond. Ind.. 
to co-pastors. Mack Memor- 
ial. Dayton. Ohio 

Boleen, Kevin D.. to Harris 
Creek. Bradford. Ohio 

Deardorff. Tim, to Pyrmont. 
Delphi. Ind. 

Frederick. Stafford. C, from 
Olathe. Kan., to Sum- 
merdean, Roanoke. Va. 

Heck, Dewayne. to co-pastor. 
White Cottage. Ohio 

Hyre. Greg Allen, from Eaton. 
Ohio, to Arcanum, Ohio 

Maclay. Connie, from interim 
to permanent. Beech Run. 
Mapleton Depot. Pa. 

Merritt. Russell, to co-pastor. 
White Cottage, Ohio 

Norris, Victor, from Center 
Hill. Kittanning. Pa., to 
Shippensburg. Pa. 

Satvedi. Valentina. from North 
County, San Marcos, Calif., 
to South Bay Community, 
Redondo Beach, CaliL 

Schrock. |. Roger, from mis- 
sion administrator, to 
Cabool, Mo. 

Whitten. David, to Moscow, 
Mount Solon. Va. 

Messenger August 2000 


Let's talk about race 

We never 

got these 


resolved, of 

course. But 

in the course 

of grappling 

with them 

week after 

week we got 

plenty of 


to listen to 

each other, 

and to 


each other 


How do you react to this: "A white man 
who wants to be on the poiice force is 
not hired, while several minority applicants 
with equal scores on the qualifying test are hired." 

How do you react to this: "An Asian Ameri- 
can woman has cosmetic surgery on her eyes so 
that they'll have a more 'Anglo' look, feeling that 
she'll be more attractive this way." 

Or this: "My company would like to hire more 
minorities, but we don't get qualified applicants." 

These are all included in the case studies our 
study circle was asked to consider, as we began 
one small step toward healing the problem of 
racism. The town I live in has begun a commu- 
nity conversation on race, part of a national 
program coordinated by the Study Circles 
Resource Center of Pomfret, Conn. (www. study- 
circles. org). As Americans by the thousands are 
doing all over the country, we Study Circles par- 
ticipants gathered in mixed-race groups of 10-14 
two hours weekly for six weeks to talk about race. 
Much like a Sunday school class, we discussed 
a workbook that some of us had read and some 
of us had not, and we were encouraged to share 
our feelings, or questions, and our fears. When 
so many of us have been taught not to talk about 
race, the opportunity for honest and open 
exchange was refreshing. 

In the first session we discussed our own 
family backgrounds and how they've contributed 
to our attitudes about race. In another we dis- 
cussed the roots of racial inequities. Is the history 
of slavery at the root of the problem? Or is it that 
people of color lack economic opportunity? What 
role is played by institutional racism, in which 
power in our government, schools, and churches 
continues to be used in a way that favors whites 
and works against people of color? 

We never got these issues resolved, of course. 
But in the course of grappling with them week 
after week we got plenty of opportunity to listen 
to each other, and to appreciate each other more. 

A young black woman who lives in a nearly 
all-white wealthy bedroom community com- 
plained that her parents were being racist 
because they wouldn't let her go out running 
at night. Several of us the age of her parents 
told her no, they were being smart. She is smart 
too, heading for medical school. She explained 
minorities can't expect to succeed in academia 
if they are naive about how racial attitudes can 

work for them or against them. 

A middle-aged white man in our group kept 
saying that the instruction of scripture is the only 
solution to racism. He had "proved" to friends that 
the Bible says racism is wrong, and they had changed 
their views. When some of us told him Bible proof 
doesn't convince everyone, he seemed to consider 
other forms of persuasion for the first time. 

When some of us expressed cynicism about 
government efforts, a participant who works for 
the city personnel office convinced us that her 
office is doing everything it can to recruit qual- 
ified minority applicants for police and fire 
department openings. 

An older black man, retired, enjoyed telling 
us about the white man who moved in next door 
and saw him cutting his grass. The new neigh- 
bor, assuming he was talking to the hired help, 
asked our friend what he gets for mowing a yard. 
He answered that he gets to have dinner with the 
lady who lives in the house. 

These sessions didn't accomplish much. But 
they introduced us to others who care. They made 
us all more aware of race problems and progress 
in the news. And they reminded us that bridging 
racial and cultural boundaries is a joy, not a chore. 
Some of our churches are sponsoring similar 
dialog and explorations of racial issues, and expe- 
riencing blessings from doing so. 

Racism is such a daunting problem it is 
easy to not do anything about it, or 
remember that we did something once and 
think we've done our part. We can take comfort ; 
knowing that somebody else is doing something 
and decide to let them handle it for now. We can 
pretend that racial problems were solved in the 
sixties, or that youth are the only ones who need 
to be educated about racism. 

Or we can begin by talking about race more, 
and listening more. Now is the time to move ahead 
on race relations in our communities and in our 
churches. As far back as 1963, Annual Confer- 
ence approved a statement titled, "The Time is 
Now to Heal our Racial Brokenness." That was 
true then, and it is true today. Now is always the 
time. Yes, we should have done it long ago, and ! 
we should have done more. But it isn't as help- 
ful to ask "What have we done?" as it is to ask 
"What can we do?" 

We can begin. — Fletcher Farrar 


Messenger August 2000 



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teachings of the church in the 
way that we reach out and 
care for our policyholders 
both materially and 
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examples of how we work. 

Camp Woodland Altars, in southwestern Ohio, is a recreational 
and educational camp serving schools, churches, families, and 
other groups. Over fifty Church of the Brethren congregations 
support the work of the camp. 

People of all ages and faiths have been coming to this thickly 
forested 450-acre camp for more than 35 years - in part for the 
serenity and peaceftihiess that places of natural beauty provide. 
That serenity was shattered on Tuesday evening, November 9, 1999. 
Burglars entered the grounds under cover of night and stole camp 
equipment worth thousands of dollars. They left with expensive 
tools, generators, horse saddles, a six-wheel all-terrain John Deere 
Gator, and a 1985 Chevy pickup. 

Camp Maintenance Director, Charlie Little, discovered the loss and 
had the sheriff and Mutual Aid Association notified. Some of the 
stolen tools are needed every day to keep the camp operating. MAA 
responded promptly and sent a check overnight that allowed the 
camp to buy essential items. According to camp officials. Mutual 
Aid Association's fast action enabled their camp to stay open. 
The faithfial old Chevy truck was found abandoned within a few 
days. However, law enforcement officials have so far been unable to 
find any productive leads. But Camp Woodland Altars has long since 
replaced its tools, its John Deere Gator, and its saddles so that its 
guests can once again fully enjoy the camp's beauty and serenity. 

In some ways Steve Flora of Sawyer, Kansas, was lucky. 
Miraculously, the gasoline cans in his shop didn't explode 
, and the 20-gallon propane tank didn't become a bomb. The 
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\ a volunteer fireman, awoke and saw his life's work going up in 
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Sawyer firefighters the building was completely destroyed. What 
was left after the fire on Friday morning, April 30, 1999, had to 
be torn down. But by Tuesday morning things were looking up. 

A team from Mutual Aid Association arrived from Abilene with 
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This month's cover features photos by Kendra Flory, a 
Ministry Summer Service intern in the Brethren Press 
Communications Office who also served as lead photog- 
rapher for this year's Annual Conference. Flory, from 

McPherson, Kan., will be finishing up 
studies at Bridgewater (Va.) College this 
fall and then expects to enter Brethren 
Volunteer Service. She has assisted with 
Agenda, Newsline, Messenger, the web- 
site, and other communications outlets 
this summer. 

Her Annual Conference photos show, 
clockwise from top left: people wait- 
ing to speak to the query on "Personal 
Evangelism and Church Growth" during 
business sessions; 2000 Conference 
moderator Emily Mumma sharing her 
"fuzzies" of love; conferencegoers joining in the motions of 
a drama during Monday evening worship; and the flowing 
movements of interpretive dancer Sally Carlson Crowell, a 
member of Washington City Church of the Brethren, Wash- 
ington, D.C., in the Wednesday morning closing worship 

10 Annual Conference 2000 

Coverage of the Kansas City Annual Conference includes 
news of business and elections, compiled by News Ser- 
vice manager Walt Wiltschek and his Conference team of 
writers, named on page 10. In addition we feature spe- 
cial articles on other subjects. Ed Poling writes a profile 
of the Conference delegates (p. 10). Erin Matteson 
covers music and worship (p. 14). Tavia Ervin contributes 
an essay on Conference conversations (p. 16). Eddie 
Edmonds reports on children's activities (p. 18). Fletcher 
Farrar writes about notable speeches (p. 20). 

Insert: A theme of grace 

"How Wondrous the Grace" is the theme of this year's 
General Board annual report, included as a supplement to 
Messenger. In addressing its partners who are both par- 
takers and dispensers of God's grace, the report is in a 
largely pictorial format. But note, too, how the text attests 
to the many facets of grace at work within the church. 
Review especially the fresh interpretation of financial data 
on pages 14-15. The report was prepared and written by 
Howard Royer, General Board staff for interpretation. 

Keepers of histories 

For the past 64 years, the Brethren Historical Library and 
Archives has been keeping the Brethren faith heritage alive 
by serving as a repository for documents of the church's 
past as well as library of nearly 9,000 volumes. Learn here 
what is available and how you might use it. And meet Ken 
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Turning Points 

Messenger September 2000 


^^fter Annual Conference in Kansas City, our family headed out to 
/ ^ encounter the Southwest. Our visits to the Grand Canyon, Zion Canyon, 
/ % and Bryce Canyon turned out to be a memorable course of study, 

JL. Jl as we absorbed the five million-year geological history of the Colorado 
Plateau. While I've traveled in almost ail of the 50 states and have seen places of 
great beauty, nothing compares to this area. The passage of time engraved on the 
canyon walls and the incomprehensible scale of the rock formations demand a cer- 
tain humility from the tiny humans who come to observe this grandeur. 

While at the Grand Canyon, the bottom step in the "Grand Staircase" of 
this plateau, I noticed two small signs on old buildings. One was at the western- 
most point we could visit, and the other was at the easternmost. Both were 
verses from the Psalms. How appropriate the Psalms seem when standing on the 
rim of God's handiwork. 

I noticed also that the eastern site offered three gift shops, each with a differ- 
ent focus. I must confess that, in this final stop in the park, our family spent more 
time in gift shops than gazing at the canyon. The national parks apparently have 
learned to navigate today's marketing-saturated environment. 

While we have now seen the Grand Canyon, I'm fully aware that we have not 
truly experienced the Grand Canyon. We have viewed it from a safe vantage point, 
seen it in IMAX format, read about it, photographed it. But we have not hiked to 
the bottom, nor have we rafted the Colorado River. The writings of the early 
explorers of this natural wonder carry the passion and awe of those who have been 
more than tourists. 

The Psalmist writes about God in the same way. He writes as one who has 
experienced both heights and depths, who has ventured into the wilds. Through it 
all he could say, "Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot 
be moved, but abides forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord 
surrounds his people, from this time on and forevermore" (Psa. 125:1-2). 

At Annual Conference we come together to give substance to our commitment 
to community. We gather at sunrise for the panoramic view, we share our different 
experiences traversing the trails, we act as guides for one another. We listen to the 
ranger talks, buy trail maps, and take in plenty of food and water. And we do the 
same in our smaller communities back home. 

But at some point we each decide whether to remain admirers of the view or to 
enter the canyon. I hope my sisters and brothers continually compel me to be an 
explorer, not just a spiritual tourist. 

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A steward and his 
spirituality of dayiiiies ^ 

/ it is a religious experience for Gary \^fc^ 

jorne to spend hours among the vVw^ 

'lilies in his garden. They include vv^ 

ape Love, Amazing Grace, Damascus vv 

The names of his varieties help explain 

why it is a religious experience for Gary 




Road, God is Listening, Gentle Shepherd, 

and Pray for Peace. 

Gary and his wife, Carol, are the owners of Glebe 
Hill Gardens in Daleville, Va. Tending over 1,000 varieties 
of dayiiiies, 500 varieties of hostas, 75 varieties of ornamental 
grasses, 75 different conifers, and a water garden may seem like 
a lot of work. But after being a high school coach for 13 years and a 
stockbroker for 28, Gary is content to spend time working with these 
beautiful plants. 

Gary's mother specialized in growing dayiiiies and irises; his father 
grew dahlias. Aunts and uncles owned greenhouses and raised bedding 
plants. So it is appropriate that Gary would spend over 30 years — the 
last 13 at his Glebe Hill home — cultivating these lovely flowers. 

"It's great to be outside and listen to the sounds of nature," he 
says. "Others in my office used to work long hours. I would leave work 
land hurry home to work with my plants. Gardening is a part of my spiri- 

Each year more than 1,000 people visit during a three-week open 
'house. Church groups, garden clubs, and seniors groups spend hours 
walking through the beautiful gardens and sensing the calmness and 
peace of their surroundings. 

When not tending his garden, Gary, a Bridgewater College alum- 
nus, serves on various committees focused on funding. He has also 
been chair of the church board and associate moderator at Williamson 
Road Church of the Brethren, Roanoke, Va., and is currently a trustee. 
Whether financial or horticultural, stewardship is a lifestyle for Gary 
Osborne.— Julie M. Hostetter 

The family of 
God in black 
and white 

On May 7, 2000, the 
Mount Pleasant 
church. North Canton, 
Ohio, visited the Love 
Center Interdenomi- 
national Church in 
Cleveland for a joint 
afternoon worship 

The Love Center 
Church will be visiting 

ount Pleasant on 
October 15 for a recip- 
rocal experience. The 
two congregations 
Ji together once 
Wr before at Mount 
Pastor Reid 
Firestone from 
Mount Pleasant (an 
entirely white, sub- 
urban/ rural 
congregation) had 
met Elder Paul Car- 
rington from Love 
Center (an inner-city 

black congregation) in 
1997, while Reid was 
interim pastor at the 
Brook Park, Ohio, 
congregation in sub- 
urban Cleveland. It 
was an "instant 
match" as these two 
brothers in Christ 
became immediate 
friends. They both 
recognize that culture 
and race need not be 
segregating factors, 
especially in the 
family of God. 

The congregations 
enjoy uniting in wor- 
ship and fellowship, 
and plan to continue 
this shared relation- 
ship on an ongoing 

Breaking down racial 
and cultural barriers. 

Members of Mount 
Pleasant church begin 
an ongoing relationship 
with an Inner-city 
church In Cleveland. 

Messenger September 2000 


Nigerian churchman. 

Jabani P. Mambula, who died Jan. 18 in Maiduguri, Nigeria, 
was one of the prominent sons of the Church of the Brethren in 
Nigeria. More than 10,000 people from different wall<s of life 
were in attendance to say their final final farewell to him. A 

seven-day, 24-hour wake 
keeping praise and worship 
was also held in his honor. 
The final stage of the cele- 
bration was a packed 
Sunday morning worship at 
the EYN LCC in Maiduguri 
and Lassa EYN Church. 

Mambula is known forthe 
30 Christian songs he com- 
posed, one of which is number 
351, "Our Father who art in 
heaven" in Hymnal: A Worship 
Book. He was one of the 1 2 
founding members of the EYN 
Church in Maiduguri, which 
began in his house in 1979. 
That Maiduguri church now 
has many branches across 
Nigeria with nearly 12,000 

Jabani Mambula was 
ordained in 1968 with the 
Church of the Brethren in 
Nigeria (EYN). Between 
1979 and 1999, Mambula 
served in many offices, 
including as trustee of 
Northern Nigerian Educa- 
tional Advisory Board, and 
national executive 
member of the Christian Association of Nigeria. 

Mambula held educational, political, and government 
positions in Nigeria and has the traditional title of the 
Makama of Uba in the Margiland. He was the first indige- 
nous principal of Waka Teachers Training College after the 
Church of the Brethren mission handed over schools 
administration to Nigeria. 

At the time of his death, Mambula was completing a 
doctoral program in missions from Fuller Theological Semi- 
nary in Pasadena, Calif. He is survived by a wife, Martha, 
and eight children, among whom is Dr. Charles J. Mambula, 
a college professor in Massachusetts and a 1983 alumnus 
of Manchester College. 

Messenger September 2000 

Jabani P. Mambula 

Back to school 
Remember your 
college students 

The Antioch Church of 
the Brethren, Rocky 
Mount, Va., has tried to 
remember our college 
students in a variety of 
ways. College 
addresses with e-mail 
are listed in our con- 
gregational directory 
and we try to remem- 
ber them with notes. 

In the fall (about 
exam time) we send 
them each a care pack- 
age with cookies, 
snacks, and a variety 
of other goodies. We 
have offered to send 
them a daily devo- 
tional guide if they 

desire, and they 
receive our newsletteri 
monthly. In the springi 
we remember them 
with fast food gift cer-j 
tificates. We have 
recently started a post 
high/college Sunday 
school class for the 

We as pastors have 
visited Bridgewater 
College and Virginia 
Tech for a meal with 
our students there, 
and we hosted a meal 
here at Rocky Mount 
for those students in 
local colleges. We are 
interested in hearing 
what may work for 
other congregations 
as they support their 
college students. 
— Melvin and Lisa Fike 

iolet Phillips, left, and Helen Mitchell, with 
leir double-size "crazy" quilt made of scraps. 

riends and feed sacks work 
ogether for good 

iolet Phillips and Helen Mitchell met many years 
go at a sewing factory in Harrisonburg, Va. Over 
16 years Violet sewed many pieces of clothing 
)r her family with material from printed feed 
acks. She saved all the leftover pieces. 

Inspired by a museum exhibit of quilts made from 
led sacks, Violet and Helen began piecing quilts 
om the old feed sack pieces. The women and their 
usbands, all members of the Bethel-Keezletown 
hurch of the Brethren, Keezletown, Va., began 
oing to flea markets in search of more feed sacks. 

Helen used scraps to make two "crazy" quilts, 
hich were purchased for $1,000. The money was 
onated to the building fund, which will pay for an 
ddition and indoor bathrooms at the Bethel church, 
he purchaser donated one of the quilts to the Vir- 
inia Quilt Museum in Harrisonburg, Va., and the 
ther to the Rockingham Historical Society in Day- 
m, Va., where it is on display. —Janet Baugher Downs 

BVS Unit 239 Orientation— Fronf row, from left: Sue Grubb (staff); Joy Yoder, 
from Churchville, Va., assigned to Asia Pacific Center, Washington, D.C.; Tracy 
Stoddart (staff); Mandy Shull, from North Manchester, Ind., serving Oakland 
(Calif.) Catholic Worker House; Carrie Weller, from Girard, 111., serving Bread and 
Roses Catholic Worker House, Olympia, Wash. Back row: Hope Woodard, from 
Roanoke, Va., serving San Antonio Catholic Worker House, San Antonio, Tex.; 
Sue Markey, from York, Pa., serving Mechanicsburg (Pa.) Church of the 
Brethren; Peter Busch, from Berlin, Germany, serving Casa de Esperanza de los 
Ninos, Houston, Tex.; Luke Croushorn, fromNokesville, Va., serving Youth and 
Young Adult Ministries, Elgin, 111.; Marc Rittle, from Elgin, 111., serving Church of 
the Brethren Washington Office; Monica Ardelean, from Chalfont, Pa., serving 
Casa de Esperanza de los Ninos, Houston, Tex., Brett Shull, serving Oakland 
(Calif.) Catholic Worker House; Andrew Sampson, from Forest, Ohio, serving 
Camp Myrtlewood, Myrtle Point, Ore.; Masashi Imura, from Hiroshima, Japan, 
serving Cafe 458, Atlanta, Ga. 


Fraternity church 
celebrates 225 years 

Fraternity Church of 
the Brethren, Winston- 
Salem, N.C., is making 
plans to celebrate its 
225th anniversary 
with a homecoming 
Sept. 23 and 24. 

The church grew out 
of a group of German 
Baptist "Dunkard" 

Brethren who 
migrated to Forsyth 
County, N.C., from 
Pennsylvania in the 
late 1700s. The first 
documented baptism 
took place in August 
1775, and an orga- 
nized Brethren 
fellowship has existed 
continuously there 
since then. 

At the homecom- 
ing, former pastors 
Hal Sonafrank, Bob 
Jones, Cecil Fike, Paul 
White, and Jesse 
Pittman will help with 
the worship services. 
Activities will include 
planting a tree, bury- 
ing a time capsule, 
singing, eating, and 
releasing balloons. 
— Eva Hammaker 

Fraternity Church of the Brethren 

Messenger September 2000 


General Board meets 

The General Board and its exec- 
utive committee held meetings 
in Kansas City the week prior to 
Annual Conference, focusing on 
the theme of being "God's 

Board members heard 
updates on Korea, a bylaws 
revision process, J2K, Brethren 
Press, and other topics. It also 
received several reports, 
including a detailed look at 
finances from the Centralized 
Resources staff. They painted a 
picture of a strong current 
financial picture but warned of 
challenges for the future as 
costs increase. The board 
approved 2001 budget parame- 
ters of about $5.7 million. 

The board also approved 




General Board chair Mary Jo Flory-Steury and executive 
director Judy Mills Reimer exchange embraces with departing 
staff members Ron and IHarriet Finney after hearing a citation 
read for them. 

signing on to the National 
Council of Churches' Eco-Jus- 
tice Working Group's Clean Air 
Resolution, with a call for the 
Church of the Brethren to take a 
lead in issues like these and to 
continue making available 
resources from the Brethren 
Witness office. 

The meetings concluded 
with citations to departing 
staff members Loyce 

Borgmann, Linda McCauliff, 
and Ron and Harriet Finney, 
and for six 

retiring General Board mem- 
bers. The board later 
reorganized during Confer- 
ence, calling Mary Jo 
Flory-Steury (chair), Don 
Parker (vice-chair), David 
Miller, Marty Barlow, Christy 
Waltersdorff, and Warren Esh- 
bach to the executive 

Patrick Bugu, Bethany 
student from Nigeria, 

visits with Wendell and 

Joan Bohrer at the 

hospitality booth at 

Annual Conference. 

Nigerian Bethany student 
to many churches 

Nigerian church leader Patrick Bugu has had an 
interesting summer during his break from stud- 
ies at Bethany Theological Seminary. 

Bugu, who has served as a pastor and semi- 
nary librarian in the Ekklesiyar Yan'uwa a Nigeria 
(the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria), has been 

studying at Bethany through funding from the 
seminary and the Church of the Brethren General 
Board. This summer the two agencies sent him 
across the denomination to talk about his home. 

"I have enjoyed the fellowship of every 
church," Bugu said during a stop in Virginia. 
"We have shared our different cultural experi- 
ences, and people are interested in knowing 
about the EYN. People are happy to hear of the 
growth of the church in Nigeria." 

He challenged the Church of the Brethren to 
tap its own potential to grow. 

His journeys, which began May 20, covered 
many districts. He moved to a new church 
almost daily, and attended Annual Conference 
as well. He met hundreds of people, and several 
newspapers did articles on him. 

"We were delighted to have him," said 
Johnnie Neterer, church board chair at the West 
Goshen (Ind.) congregation, where Bugu trav- 
eled Memorial Day weekend for worship and a 
question-and-answer Sunday school session. 
"It was good for us to hear about the mission 
there and what they're doing." 

In August he returned home to see his family 
for the first time in a year, flying back to Africa 
before resuming studies at Bethany for the fall 
semester. Several congregations took up special 
offerings to help defray the costs of that trip. 

Messenger September 2000 

Personnel changes 

•David Wine resigned as presi- 
dent/chief executive officer of 
Mutual Aid Association effective 
Aug. 31. Wine has worked with 
MAA for the past 26 years, the past 
10 as president and CEO. 

On Sept. 1 Wine will begin a new 
position as chief executive officer of 
Mennonite Indemnity Inc., which has 
offices in Kansas City and in Lan- 
caster, Pa. Wine will primarily work 
out of the Kansas City location and 
spend substantial time reforming 
Mennonite Indemnity into "a new 
Anabaptist insurance entity that will 
serve the needs of the Mutual Aid 
Association and 11 Mennonite orga- 
nizations in Canada and the US," 
though details are still uncertain. 

•Roger Golden has announced his 
resignation as coordinator of shared 
services for the Association of 
Brethren Caregivers effective Jan. 1, 
2001. Golden has been working with 
the Fellowship of Brethren Homes 
and the Brethren Chaplains Network 
since joining ABC in January 1999. 

•Marilyn Nelson, director of 
interpretation and plan resources 
for Brethren Benefit Trust, has 
announced her retirement 
effective Nov. 1. 

Nelson began working with BBT in 
July 1991 and has served as director 
of the department since 1992. Prior 
to that, she worked 10 years with the 
General Board in Elgin. 

•Michael Addison announced his 
resignation as director of information 
systems for Brethren Benefit Trust 
effective Aug. 11. Addison first served 
as controller after joining BBT in Feb- 
ruary 1998. In information systems, 
he oversaw numerous upgrades and 
new services, including eMountain 
Communications Internet services. 
Nevin Dulabaum, manager of 
marketing and public relations for 
BBT, will serve as interim director of 
information systems while a replace- 
ment is sought. 

1. South Africa. Former South African 
president Nelson Mandela has been 
named the recipient of the 2000 
World Methodist Peace Award for his 
"single-minded commitment to 
peace," according to Religion News 
Service. Mandela will be presented 
the award Sept. 21 in Cape Town. 

2. Eastern North Carolina. Emergency 
Response/Service Ministries disaster 
cleanup efforts continued through the 
summer in Vanceboro and elsewhere, 
working at recovery from last fall's 
devastating Hurricane Floyd. A new 
Emergency Disaster Fund grant sent 
$20,000 to the effort. 

3. Berlin, Germany. Seventeen 
Brethren Volunteer Service workers 
who are at projects throughout Eu- 
rope held their annual retreat July 
28-Aug. 3 at Haus Kreisau. BVS Eu- 
rope coordinator Kristin Flory orga- 
nized the event. 

4. Marburg, Germany. Brethren Col- 
leges Abroad marked the 5,000th stu- 
dent in an exchange program with the 
enrollment of Gregory Glidden at 
Philipps University in central Germany 
this spring. Fifteen BCA students were 
at Marburg for the spring term. 

5. Kansas City, Mo. About 3,500 
people gathered for the 2000 
Church of the Brethren Annual Con- 
ference at the Bartle Hall Conven- 

tion Center July 15-19. Details ap- 
pear elsewhere in this issue. 

6. Nigeria. The General Board will be 
sending another workcamp to the 
West African nation Jan. 13-Feb. 12, 
2001. Several Ekklesiyar Yan'uwa a 
Nigeria congregations and many 
members there have suffered 
losses during conflicts between 
Muslims and Christians. 

7. La Verne, Calif. Youth from four 
western states gathered at the Uni- 
versity of La Verne for the Western 
Regional Youth Conference, held 
only once every four years. More 
than 100 attended the event, which 
had the theme "Peace Together a 
Future with Love." 

8. Fort Collins, Colo. It was recently 
announced that Colorado State Uni- 
versity will again serve as the host 
site for National Youth Conference. 
The large gathering will be held 
there July 16-21, 2002. Coordinators 
are currently being sought. 

9. Nicaragua. An earthquake regis- 
tering 5.1 on the Richter scale 
struck the southern part of the 
country July 6, damaging more 
than 200 homes. It was centered 
near the city of Masaya, according 
to a United Nations office. More 
than 40 people were injured, ac- 
cording to reports. 

Messenger September 2000 wM 



I continued to be 
struck by the 
attitude of 
the youth 
throughout the 
week.... Was 
this just an 
group of young 
people, or are 
we experiencing 
a generation 
hungering to 
know God? 

Paul Grout, reflecting on 
"The God-Centered Life" 
youtfj spirituality camp at 
Shepherd's Spring that he 
helped lead. 

Youth share the spirit at Shepherd's Spring 

The first youth Spiritual Life Camp, held July 2-8 at Shepherd's Spring 
Outdoor Ministries Center in Sharpsburg, Md., was designed to create a 
focus on becoming a fuller creation in God and coming alive spiritually. 
It is part of the new "God-Centered Life" project. 

Thirteen youth participated in the event, led by Genesis Church of 
the Brethren (Putney, Vt.) pastor Paul Grout, Shepherd's Spring direc- 
tor Rex Miller, and General Board Youth/Young Adult Ministries 
coordinator Chris Douglas. 

Mornings included physical exercise at 6 a.m. and a new spiritual disci- 
pline each day. Off-site trips provided a highlight for many of the campers, 
with ventures including the Valley Mall in Hagerstown, Md., where Grout led 
a lesson on the Christian view of life versus a worldly viewpoint; a session 
on homelessness and a time of passing out bag lunches in Washington, 
D.C.; and a trip to a pottery shop followed by a pottery-making session. 

Other highlights included sessions that incorporated videos, journal- 
ing, and meditation time, plus some free time each day. Two special 
worship services — a Quaker-style meeting and a feetwashing/commu- 
nion service where each person was individually invited to the 
table — were also powerful experiences. 

As the week ended, campers sang a variation of "Come Share the 
Spirit," a recurring song from the week, as a closing and a challenge to 
each other as they said goodbye: "Come share the spirit growing in 
you./ Live out the love that's showing in you./ Dance out your life as only 
you can./ Dream of the day we'll walk hand in hand."- Stephanie Grossnickie 

Paul Grout leads a 
discussion on 
consumerism and its 

effect on the world 
while sitting with the 
campers in Valley Mall 
in Hagerstown, Md. 

OEPA board 
steps up to its 
own challenge 

At its April meeting, 
the On Earth Peace 
Assembly board of 
directors accepted the 
personal "Challenge 
for Peace" effort to 
give $50,000 during 
Phase I of the board's 
fundraising project. To 
date, donations and 
pledges from board 
members and staff 
have totaled close to 
$40,000, with 100 per- 
cent participation. 

The donated 
amount represents a 
substantial increase 
from last year. The 
board advancement 
committee, led by 
chair Eugene Lichty, 
spearheaded this new 
fundraising effort. 

During Phase II, 
board members and 
staff will be contacting 
other people who 
believe in peace edu- 
cation and witness 
and asking them to 
consider joining them 
in making a contribu- 
tion to On Earth 
Peace. Board mem- 
bers are also expected 
to encourage their 
own local churches, as 
well as neighboring 
churches, to include 
On Earth Peace in 
their outreach or wit- 
ness budgets. 

Messenger September 2000 


The Youth Peace Travel Team, 

sponsored by the General Board, On 
Earth Peace Assembly, and Outdoor 
Ministries Association, provided a key 
leadership role for Youth Week at Camp 
Eder (Fairfield, Pa.) this summer, one of 
many camps the team visited. Travel 
team member Dan Royer shares his 
guitar skills at an evening coffeehouse. 

California youth 
Crystal Hyde and 
Megan Kristos join 

others from Western 
Regional Youth 
Conference for a sunset 
vespers service led by 
Jon Shively on Corona 
del Mar beach. 

BCA gives 

Brethren Colleges 
Abroad announced 
three 2000-01 recipi- 
ents of the Allen C. 
Deeter Scholarships, 
named for a longtime 
former BCA executive. 
All three will be spend- 
ing a year abroad at 
one of BCA's 11 inter- 
national study centers. 

Lindsay Briggs of 
Juniata College, Hunt- 
ingdon, Pa., will study 
in Dalian, China; Robyn 
Thompson of Man- 
chester College, North 
Manchester, Ind., and 
Stephanie Adams of 
the University of La 
Verne (Calif.) will both 
study in Strasbourg, 
France. They will 
receive money from 

the scholarship fund to 
offset the costs of 
living overseas. Stu- 
dents were chosen 
based on personal 
essays written as part 
of the application 

The scholarship will 
be offered annually to 
students at one of the 
six Church of the 

to hold study 

An interdisciplinary, 
international study 
conference on "The 
Amish, Old Orders, and 
the Media," sponsored 
by the Young Center 
for Anabaptist and 
Pietist Studies, will be 
held June 14-16,2001, 
at Elizabethtown (Pa.) 

The conference will 
explore professional, 
ethical, and academic 
issues in depicting 
and reporting about 
plain-dress Anabaptist 
and Pietist groups. 
Proposals for papers 
or for thematic ses- 
sions from media 
professionals and aca- 
demic researchers are 
encouraged. The 
deadline is Oct. 20. 

For more informa- 
tion, contact David 
Eller, The Young 
Center, One Alpha 
Drive, Elizabethtown 
College, Elizabethtown, 
PA 17022; or e-mail 
or call 717 361-1470. 


Sept. 11-15 National 
Older Adult 
Conference, Lake 
Junaluska, N.C. 

Sept. 15-16 Northern 
Indiana District Con- 
ference, Camp 
Alexander Mack, Milford; 
Southern Pennsylva- 
nia District 
Conference, Buffalo 
Valley Church of the 
Brethren, Miffiinburg; 
West Marva District 
Conference, Moore- 
field (W.Va.) Church of 
the Brethren 

Sept. 17-Oct. 7 
Brethren Volunteer 
Service unit 241, 

Angelus Oaks, Calif. 

Sept. 29-30 Assoc, of 
Brethren Caregivers 
board meetings; Dis- 
aster Child Care 
training Oak Grove 
Church of the Brethren, 
Roanoke, Va. 

Oct. 6-7 Mid-Atlantic 
District Conference, 

St. Mark's United 
Methodist Church, 
Easton, Md. 

Oct. 7 On Earth 
Peace Assembly 
board meetings 

Oct. 8 World Mission 

Messenger September 2000 H 

▲ Soft but firm — a 
symbol of God's love. 

Moderator Emily 
Mumma tells the story 
of the fuzzies during 
Saturday evening 
worship and sends 
thousands of the 
fuzzies into the crowd, 
setting the tone for the 
rest of Conference. 

Delegates reflect on changes: a short 

by Ed Poling 

"it's better to shoot for the moon and 
miss it than to aim for a skunk and hit 
it." These notable words were spoken on 
the Annual Conference floor by jim Myer, 
from the White Oak congregation, Man- 
heim, Pa. Delegates were deliberating a 
query on evangelism and church growth at 
the time. While |im's metaphor was not 
quite persuasive enough to win the argu- 

ment, it may well describe the intentions ot 
the Annual Conference leaders this year. 

The Program and Arrangements Com- 
mittee aimed high in offering not only a 
much-revised schedule but also a new way 
of doing Conference business. Two great 
traditions of Annual Conference — the 
Tuesday-to-Sunday format and Robert's 
Rules of Order — saw major modifications. 
Haggling over parliamentary procedure in - 
a very long weekend format seemed to be 

^ Taking care of business: Delegates de 

berate abo 

Annual Conference busi- 
ness was kicked off with 
"Brethren Ministries 
Live," a first-time com- 
bined report of the five 
agencies reportable to An- 
nual Conference. 

The production used mu- 
sic, video, guest speakers, 
and drama to convey stories 
of the work of the General 
Board, Association of 

Brethren Caregivers, On 
Earth Peace Assembly, 
Bethany Seminary, and 
Brethren Benefit Trust. 

Congregational struc- 
ture. The most substantial 
item of business was a pro- 
posed new model for con- 
gregational structure. 

The study committee 
found that nearly half the 
congregations responding to 

This report of Annual Conference business was prepared by the 
Brethren Press news team. Becky Ullom, Eric IVIiller, and Kathleen 
Campanella covered business sessions at Conference this year. 

a survey no longer use the 
one board/ three commission 
model recommended in 
1964. The new model aims 
to be simpler, to emphasize 
the discernment of gifts, to 
integrate the deacon min- 
istry into the structure of the 
congregation, and to focus 
on the mission and vision of 
the congregation. 

While the document ap- 
proved by the delegates re- 
places former polity on 
congregational structure, it 
is offered as "a flexible tool 

that will enable congrega- 
tions to develop their own 
unique organizational plan, 
so they might better carry 
out their mission." 

Personal evangelism ant 
church growth. Delegates 
wrestled with a Virlina Dis- 
trict query that asked for 
reaffirmation of the spirit 
and intent of the 1 98 1 state 
ment on Diminishing Mem- 
bership in the Church of the 
Brethren and that its recom- 
mendations be reassigned 
to conform to the General 

r»l Messenger September 2000 

Relaxing at the General Board 
'nding booth. Alan Kieffaber, 
3tor of the Denton (Md.) church, 
ends some quality time with 
inddaughter Mikayla Genovese of 
■rth Manchester, Ind. 

* r 

A Brethren Ministries Live. Francisco 

Ramirez of St. Louis, Mo., Derek Field of 

Pasadena, Calif., and Noelle Bledsoe of 

Troy, Ohio, portray three youth discussing 

the words of a strange voice that comes 

from their TV set. 

>jmat and Worshipful-Work give cause for pause 

Ic Hicthren way. But not so anymore. 

\\ ould it work? Were people ready for a 
. aiigc? Most delegates I talked to looked for- 
( u\l lu it and were surprisingly upbeat. It 
I :aiu one less day of doing Conference busi- 
iisb. Could things be done more efficiently yet 
ijmain relaxed enough to let the Spirit lead? 

The new Saturday evening to Wednesday 
lion format was appreciated by Ray Hill, 
[ legate from the Aughwick-Germany Valley 
1 ngrcgation, Shirleysburg, Pa. "I like the 

shorter period. The division of business and 
worship is good. By the end of past Confer- 
ences I was pretty much washed out. This 
year I can give full attention to the church 
business. I hope more people can attend." 

First-time delegate Karen Hollinger, a 
young adult from the Manassas (Va.) con- 
gregation, had other thoughts. Having 
come to Conference frequently as a child 
and youth, 

continued on next page 

▲ Taking the floor. 

Jim Myer of Manheim, 

Pa., presents his view to 

the Conference body on 

why goals should be set 

for evangelism. 

jcture, evangelism, caring for the poor 

)ard"s new design. 
After debating the best way 
foster effective evangelism, 
i delegates affirmed the the 
:ent of the query but re- 
rned it to the district. 
Caring for the poor. 
■legates adopted a state- 
ent that urges congrega- 
)ns to become involved 
th the poor. Recommen- 
tions for specific actions 
e addressed to congrega- 
)ns, districts, and the 
sneral Board. 
In other business, the 

delegate body: 

• returned two Pacific 
Southwest District queries 
that pertained to the role of 
district executives and 
guidelines for district em- 

• endorsed the World 
Council of Churches Decade 
to Overcome Violence; 

• appointed a committee 
to plan the 300th anniver- 
sary of the Church of the 
Brethren: Jeff Bach, Donald 
Durnbaugh, Rhonda 
Pittman Gingrich, Richard 

Kyerematen, Leslie Lake, 
and Lorele Dixon Yager; 

• responding to almost 
identical queries from At- 
lantic Northeast and 
Shenandoah districts, ap- 
pointed |im Yaussy Al- 
bright, Gary Flory, and 
Gail Erisman Valeta to up- 
date the 1977 Discipleship 
and Reconciliation paper; 

• received as an interim 
report the work of a com- 
mittee studying the process 
for calling denominational 
leadership, and granted the 

committee another year to 
continue its work; 

• approved a 3. 1 -percent 
increase for the pastoral 
salary scale, as recom- 
mended by the Pastoral 
Compensation and Benefits 
Advisory Committee. 

Among reports received 
were a Ministry Advisory 
Committee skit on "Who 
Wants to Be a Minister?" 
The Program and Arrange- 
ments Committee an- 
nounced the 2005 Annual 
Conference site as Peoria, 111. 

Messenger September 2000 




Election results 

Paul Grout 

Annual Conference Pro- 
gram and Arrangements 
Committee: Andrew 

General Board, at-large 
representative: J.D. Glick 

General Board, Illinois/Wis- 
consin: Carol Flory Kussart 

General Board, Northern 
Ohio: Doug Price 

General Board, Southeast- 
ern: Donna Shumate 

General Board, Western 
Plains unexpired term: Cheryl 

On Earth Peace board: 
Kenneth L. Edwards 

Association of Brethren 
Caregivers board: Eddie 
Edmonds, James E. 

Bethany Theological Semi- 
nary board, laity: Ted Flory 

Bethany Theological Semi- 
nary board, ministry: 
Edward L. Poling 

Brethren Benefit Trust board: 
Richard Brandhorst (In 

addition, BBT Pension Plan 
members elected Ken 
Holderread of Elgin, III., to 
represent churches and dis- 
tricts and David Gerber of 
Hanover, Pa., to represent 
retirement homes.) 

Pastoral Compensation and 
Benefits Advisory Commit- 
tee, laity: Sally Brubaker 

Committee on Interchurch 
Relations: Joe Loomis 

Review and Evaluation Com- 
mittee, males: Earle W. 
Fike Jr., James F. Myer, 
Phillip C. Stone 

Review and Evaluation Com- 
mittee, females: Joan 
Daggett, Pat Royer 

she realized it would be over too fast this year. 
"I enjoyed the old format better. There was 
more time to visit and fellowship. I miss the 
extra time. I'd stay for two weeks if I could." 

For others, the schedule change created 
an issue of how to appropriately observe the 
Sabbath. First-time delegate Larry Nichol 
from Purchase Line congregation, Clymer, 
Pa., was concerned about the church doing 
business on Sunday. He said he enjoyed the 
worship and the singing. However, he said 
business sessions seemed out of place on this 
day. But the greatest discomfort came as he 
and his wife stood in the exhibit hall Sunday 
afternoon. As they gazed at the brisk sales in 
books and gifts, he said, "We don't believe in 
Sunday selling." He alluded to the story of 
[esus and the money-changers in the 
Temple. He said his family would make its 
purchases on a day other than Sunday. 

Most other delegates I spoke to about this 
Sabbath problem were not concerned. While 
many did wonder how to most appropriately 
observe this day, their comments were simi- 
lar to those of Marlys Hershberger from the 
Roaring Spring (Pa.) congregation. "This 
was not a problem for me. I struggle with 
what the Sabbath does mean in today's 
world. But I found I could still celebrate the 
Sabbath at Conference. What we did on 
Sunday was not distracting to me." 

While Conference evaluation forms will 
give a fuller picture, my non-scientific sense 
is that the new schedule was a welcome 
change for most conferencegoers — dele- 
gates and non-delegates alike. 

The modification to parliamentary pro- 
cedure also seemed to be appreciated. 
Worshipful-Work was introduced by Mod- 
erator Emily Mumma as a way to add a 
spiritual dimension to church business. 
She described it as "inviting discernment 
into decision-making," and allowing the 
Holy Spirit more intentionally into the 
work of the church. This was done through 
the use of hymns, prayers, moments of 

silence, and small-group personal sharing 
times. Ellen Morseth, of the Worshipful 
Work organization headquartered in 
Kansas City, served as spiritual director t 
the delegates, describing her job as "payii 
attention to the heart of the meeting." 
Robert's Rules of Order was still followed 
in handling motions and in voting. 

Karen Chronister, an elementary scho 
teacher and delegate from Cedar Grove 
congregation. New Paris, Ohio, was quitf 
positive. "I love it. I love the bell," she 
said, referring to the small handbell that 
called meetings to order and ended quiet; 
prayer times. "I hate the gavel. I liked the 
hymns, the singing, the sharing. I use 
these kinds of things in my teaching. It 
helps to create a cooperative atmosphere. 

lack Karpenske, from the Lynchburg 
(Va.) congregation, took a longer view. "I 
find it helpful at moments of tension, sucl 
as when a person wants to speak and is 
turned away at the microphone." But he 
felt this kind of thing always has gone on 
informally at past Conferences through th 
sensitivity of good moderators. "I don't 
need to be reminded of the Holy Spirit 
revealing the truth in us. It will happen." 

Beth Miller, a young adult delegate from 
the Waynesboro (Pa.) congregation, apprec 
ated a more user-friendly format. "It gave 
time to process papers in a different way. \\ 
had more time to reflect spiritually and to 
interact with other delegates." This interac- 
tion was crucial to Beth as she was often 
confused by parliamentary procedure. Forti 
nately, on the last day she sat next to an 

Messenger September 2000 

cperienced delegate who "really went out of 
s way to help explain procedural things." 

Not everyone agreed that Worshiptul- 
'ork was led correctly. On the closing day 
F Conference during an open-mike ses- 
on, one delegate questioned how it was 
Dne. "We didn't really do Worshipful- 
brk," she said. "People weren't allowed 
I get up and offer a scripture or a song." 

Even with the diversity of opinion 
nong the Conference delegates on this 
;w style of handling business, most 
emed to welcome a parliamentary style 
at was more worshipful in spirit. 

While it is clear that the Annual Confer- 
ice leaders didn't "hit the moon" in 
eeting everyone's expectations with the 

Doing the wave. Everyone attending Wednesday morning's closing 

worship received white handl<erchiefs to wave at the end of the 

service, recalling the way missionaries were sent out in years past 

and sending out modern-day Brethren in service today. 

new schedule and business format, they 
wisely didn't aim too low. (erry Greiner 
focused on some of the intangibles that good 
planning can never foresee. The delegate 
from the Mechanicsburg (Pa.) congregation 
met two junior high youth who seemed to be 
having the time of their lives. One was a boy 
who was more than excited about singing the 
Conference songs. The other was a girl who 
was creating a scrapbook of her Annual 
Conference experiences. With that kind of 
youthful enthusiasm for the Brethren gather- 
ing in Kansas City, we all can take heart. 

Edward L. Poling is pastor of the Carlisle (Pa.) First 
Church of the Brethren. He attended his first Annual 
Conference in Colorado Springs, Colo., in 1948, when 
he was less than one year old. 

Discerning the mind 
of Christ. Linda Davis 
of California shares 
her thoughts 
concerning the query 
on "Personal 
Evangelism and 
Church Growth. " 

delegates by the numbers 

tal Conference 
:endance was 3,458, 
npared to a total of 3,528 
vlilwaukee. Wis., last 
V, 3,509 in Orlando, Fla., 
1998, and 3,325 in Long 
ach, Calif., in 1997. 

tal delegates (from 23 
tricts): 883 

rcentage attending out 

1,355 delegates possible; 

anding Committee 
imbers included in 

delegate count: 43 (includes 
past moderator) 

represented: 655 

(61 percent of 1,073) 

Youngest delegate: age 1 6 


Oldest delegate: age 88 


Average age (also mean 
age) of delegates: 52 years 

Percentage of male 
delegates: 54 percent 

Percentage of female 
delegates: 46 percent 

Racial/ethnic back- 
grounds: No records kept 

Districts with significant 
increases in delegate 
attendance due to location 
(compared to average of 
past five years): Western 
Plains, Missouri/Arkansas, 
Northern Plains, Southern 

Districts with significant 
decreases in delegate 

attendance due to location 
(compared to average of 
past five years): Atlantic 
Southeast, Idaho, Mid- 
Atlantic, Shenandoah, 
Pacific Southwest 

This information was compiled with 
help from Dan Rensberger, the 
volunteer director of delegate 
registration at Annual Conference, and 
Vicki Rensberger, who assists him. 

Messenger September 2000 

Celebrating the global 

church. David Reyes, 

left, moderator of tfie 

Cliurcli of the Brettiren in 

tlie Dominican f^epublic, 

and Gilbert Romero, 

pastor of tfie Bella Vista 

church in California, were 

among many who 

rejoiced at the Cross- 

Cultural Dinner 

•^ On the strings. Ben Godfrey of 
New Paris, Ind., brings a 
worshipful spirit to the Brethren 
Ministries Live report. 

Gifts make worship work 

Bringing God close at Annual Conference 

by Erin Matteson 

Worship class In seminary brought a 
potpourri of definitions for the subject 
at hand. Of all the offerings found 
there, worship as "the work of the 
people," has always stuck close to me. 
Worship in the Church of the Brethren 

at its best has always meant God's people 
making offerings of praise, prayer, and 
proclamation together as a whole commu- 
nity. Whether in silence, song, or the 
spoken word. Church of the Brethren folk 
bring forth honor and glory to God as dif- 
ferent members of the community bring 
forth a variety of special gifts. In the end, 

Ministers' Association hears 

'Preaching in a Webbed World' 

"Interactive Preaching: 
Parabolic Preaching in a 
Webbed World" was the 

topic for the post-Annual 
Conference Ministers' 
Association meetings in 
Kansas City. Thomas H. 
Troeger, from the Iliff 
School of Theology, was 
the guest leader. He illus- 
trated the possibilities and 
power of the spoken word 
and freely interspersed 
music and hymns through- 
out his presentations and 

Troeger, a noted hym- 
nologist, stated that the 
Church of the Brethren has 
the best hymnal in the 
English language. He 
added that it includes six 

hymns written by him! 

Michelle Grimm, former 
Annual Conference music 
coordinator, served as 
pianist and music leader 
for the event. Her knowl- 
edge of the hymnal greatly 
aided in the worship expe- 
riences. Frances 
Townsend, pastor of the 
Root River congregation, 
Preston, Minn., and this 
year's chair of the Minis- 
ters' Association, was the 

Tim Peter, pastor of the 
Prairie City (Iowa) con- 
gregation, was elected to 
the executive committee 
and will serve as secretary 
this coming year. He joins 
the new chair. Donna 

Ritchey Martin of the 
Grossnickle congregation, 
Myerswille, Md.; Michael 
Hostetter of Williamson 
Road congregation, 
Roanoke, Va., vice-chair; 
and Dan Barnum- 
Steggerda of Daleville, Va., 

Allen T. Hansell, direc- 
tor of ministry, serves as 
the General Board staff 
liaison to the executive 

There were 185 
ministers, spouses, clergy- 
clergy couples, and 
students at the Wednesday 
afternoon session. Fifteen 
children participated in 
childcare activities coordi- 
nated by Linda Miller of 

McPherson, Kan. An 
offering of $1,236.30, the 
highest amount gathered 
in recent memory, was 
received for the Ministry 
Assistance Fund. 

Acknowledging some 
pre-conference concern 
about the timing of the 
sessions, executive com- 
mittee members were 
pleased with the number 
of people who attended 
this first post-conference 
professional growth event. 
Because there were no 
other meetings scheduled 
during this time period, 
district executives and 
General Board staff were 
also able to attend. 

— Julie M. Hostetter 

Messenger September 2000 

Voices of love. Three youth 
id the Conference congregation 
1 singing "Love as I Have Loved 
u. " They helped write additional 
rses to this theme-related song 
composed by Keith Hollenberg. 

together, those gifts aid in the seeking 
d finding of God close at hand for all, 
Dse to the heart of all. 

Annual Conference worship in its totality 
is a fine example of Church of the 
ethren worship. So many gifts came 
gether to bring the best opportunity 

continued on next page 

acticing what he preaches. Thomas 
Deger of Denver, Colo., brought the 
ednesday morning message, then 
ared his insights on preaching to the 
'nisters' Association on Wednesday and 
ursday. He emphasized weaving word 
d music together. 

An ensemble of about 50 

trombones adds a festive 

flavor of fanfare to Saturday's 

opening worship. 

Expression through 
movement. Sally 
Carlson Crowell of the 
Washington (D.C.j City 
Church of the Brethren 
ministers through 
interpretive dance, 
which was used in 
worship several times 
during the week. 

Messenger September 2000 

Passion from the pulpit. 

Conference Speakers 

focused on various aspects 

of the thieme. Speakers 

included, from top: former 

Kansas City mayor Emanuel 

Cleaver: Belita Mitchell of 

Los Angeles, Calif.; and Joel 

Nogle of Gettysburg, Pa. 

Moderator Emily Mumma 

and theologian Thomas 

Troeger also spoke. 

possible for all God's people gathered 
to worship. 

It was an opportunity to recognize 
themselves in God's presence, to respond, 
and to accept the call to go out to serve. 
Below are just some of the gifts that 
were offered from the larger church that 
made worship at Annual Conference this 
year rich for all: 

• Childrens's packets assembled 
beforehand by Congregational Life Team 
members for each time of worship, that 

children might be intention- 
ally invited into the themes 
of worship and our her- 
itage. Each night families 
were invited to pick up the 
large zip-lock bags filled 
with creative activities. 
Children found themselves 
feeling more included in 
worship than ever. 

• Variety in music, using 
J differing styles of contem- 
I porary and traditional 
3 hymns, various instruments, 
"" and unison and harmonic 

singing. This allowed each 
person to have the best 
chance of "praying twice," 
as Augustine claimed hap- 
pens when one sings. 

• The continued use of 
sign language and translators 
of the spoken word to other 
languages aside from English. 
The presence of translators 
serves to remind us all of how 

I diverse is the body of Christ. 
I It calls us to ask what our 
I responsibility is to assure all 
are able to worship fully. 

• Liturgical dance and 
drama that remind us of just 
how many different mediums 
are used to communicate 
God's word for us. 

• The sharing of per- 
sonal testimonies in 
worship, that God might be 
known and celebrated 
through the open sharing of 

I life stories that illustrate 
^ how individuals have expe- 
S. rienced a living, interactive. 

calling Christ. 

• The sharing of the eucharist, that we 
might deepen and strengthen our connec- 
tion, commitment, and commonality as the 
larger Church of the Brethren body gatherec 

• Creativity shared in soft fuzzies flying 
and in white hankies waving, that a womar 
named Carol might remind us of love with 
something simple and handmade. The 
handkerchiefs reminded us of how we sent 
off missionaries years ago, and sent off om 
another from Conference to go be mission- 
aries in our own small corners of the world 

• Inspiring, challenging words from 
gifted preachers. Emily Mumma told us, 
"Love is not defined but is experienced 
through actions and attitudes." [oel NogU 
said, "We have never looked into the eyes 
of anyone who did not matter to God." 

From Belita Mitchell we heard that "it 
one thing to know about a congregation h 
East L.A. and another thing to worship 
and work with them." She said that "we 
must know God not just intellectually, but 
personally as we continually develop a per 
sonal relationship with him." And part of 
the way that happens is when we break 
through the "pesky little 'isms' that frag- 
ment the fabric of our faith." 

Emanuel Cleaver preached that "faith h 
the word of God is a laboratory course, no 
a lecture course," and that "we have yet to 
do what as Christians we are called to if w{ 
can just move outside the margins." 

From Thomas Troeger we heard that 
"when a liberal and conservative carpente 
are working together and arguing, and we 
remember lesus' words, 'I'll be praying fo 
you,' I don't think he is praying for the 
conservative or liberal theologian to win. 
think he is praying, 'Please, let them finisl 
the house!'" 

Thanks be to God, for the vision of 
those who planned and led us in worship 
and music, for the willing hearts of all 
those who shared of themselves, for the 
privilege of being in worship in Kansas 
City with Brethren from throughout the 
country and world. 

Thanks be to God for the fruitful 
"work of God's people" gathered in that 
place, that brought our steadfast and 
loving Creator close at hand for all. 

Erin Matteson is pastor of Faith Church of the Brethren, 
Batavia, 111^ 


Church of the Brethren General Board Report 2000 




Ckjver photo by Jeff Lc- 


A favorite hymn of mine first appeared in The Brethren contain the image of the sun." In a culture that is so 
Hymnal m 1901: "Oh, how wondrous the grace of our graceless, so characterized by ungrace, Yancey sees the 

God." Familiar as the words are, I am 
still profoundly moved at each 
singing of the refrain, "Oh, how deep 
are the riches of grace, how great is 
the love Christ has shown." 

The song is one of a score of 
hymns on grace appearing in Hymnal: 
A Worship Book. Each number reminds 
us of the legacy that is ours in what 

Opposite. Chapel, 

Church of the Brethren 

General Offices in 

Elgin, III., home to 

the denomination 

since 1899. 


Lower left. Students, 

Mimi Copp at new 

EYN Secondary 

School in Nigeria. 

world thirsting for grace in ways it does 
not even recognize. 

This report on grace in action is dedi- 
cated to you who are both partakers and 
dispensers ot God's grace. I thank you for 
your partnership with the General Board in 
the work of grace — "laborers together with 
God." And I urge us as a church to press on 
in proclaiming to the world at home and 

the apostle Paul terms "the gospel of God's grace." afar, "Oh, how wondrous the grace of our God." 

Grace is "truly our last best word," Philip Yancey /~\ 

declares in What's So Amazing About Grace? It con- /7~ jy 

tains the essence of the gospel as a drop of water can — ^Judy Mills Reimer, Executive Director 

Left. For Brethren youth, 

ventures in spiritual 

discernment: first National 

Youth Conference, now the 

God-Centered Life program. 

Below. A central ritual of the 

Brethren community is 

lifted up in remembrance 

and renewal. 


What are the virtues that come to those in whom the irrelevant in the culture that surrounds us. But they are 

word of Christ dwells richly? Drawing on Colossians the language of grace, the culture of faith, the 

3:12-17, Marva Dawn in A Royal "Waste" of Time writes: characteristics of the kingdom." 

"Gentleness and patience, humility and thankfulness, They are values that give rise to the General Board s 

compassion and kindness, love — these are totally 

forming a network for introducing Worshipful- Work in 
church business proceedings, assisting youth in the 
quest for spirituality, recounting the vibrancy of the 
Brethren love feast observance, and investing 10 years 
and nearly a million dollars in the translation of the 
Bible into the Nuer language. 

The apostle Paul counseled the Colossians, 
"Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the 
name of the Lord Jesus" (3:17). 

In the name of the Lord Jesus: the language of grace. 

Above. Translation team 
leaders Lester Boleyn, 

Tut Wan Yoa at 

launching of the Nuer 

Bible, Mading, Sudan. 


Right. Worshipful-Work 

invites prayer and praise 

in the midst of General 

Board business. 

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Left. Intern Daniel House, mentor Richard Sisco 
at Ministry Summer Service orientation. 


Inset. Congregational Life Team's five area 

coordinators w^ith executive Glenn Timmons. 


Right. Sebastian Reyes is greeted by his wife, 

Yudiana de la Rosa de Reyes, at ordination and 

licensing of first 17 Church of the Brethren 

ministers in the Dominican Republic. 

Lower right. New membership studies for 
Brethren youth and adults. 


One of the momentous discoveries in life is to notice 
the grace that is around us. To see healing and for- 
giveness, goodness and mercy enacted before our very 
eyes. To recognize grace as God's gift of love in our lives 
1 1 and in the lives of others. 

It is love undeserved. It is 
love freely offered. It is love that 
invites each person to take a 
place at the table in God's family. 
To humbly accept the gift of 
grace may prompt one to enter 
into church membership study, 
to test one's calling in Ministry 

Summer Service, to train through the Brethren Academy 
for Ministerial Leadership, to nurture congregational 
growth and vitality. Or to respond in myriad other ways, 
yet step by step striving to live more fully into 
the presence of God. 

But no matter whether our role 
is ministerial or lay, no matter 
whether we are long or new 
into discipleship, the 
challenge is to sing 
of God's amazing 
gift, to lift the grace 
notes high. 

Left. Alex Kirculescu, Stan Noffsinger of 

Emergency Response/Service Ministries 

discuss refugee placennent. 


Lower left. "A quiet place to get things 

done": New Windsor Conference Center. 

Inset. At Habitat project is Franl< Shank, 

one of hundreds of Brethren youth who 

volunteer each year for work assignments. 

Right. Gail Long assisting Kosovar 
refugees in Macedonia. 



In Strea?7is of Living Water, 
Richard Foster tells of the 
literacy teacher to the masses, 
Frank Laubach, noting in his 
journal, "Of all today's 
miracles, the greatest is this: To 
know that I find Thee best 
when I work listening, not 
when I am still or meditative 
or even on my knees in prayer, 
but when I work listening and co-operating." 

Many find that growth in grace, in Christlikeness, 
happens foremost in solitary, interior ways, a matter of the 
heart. Others, like Laubach, find growth in grace is best 
nurtured when work and prayer are blended into one. 

Whether in worship or in workcamps, in 
community or in solitude, in crisis response or in tranquil 
retreat, the dynamic for growing in grace is co-operating 
with God, participating with God, heeding the God at 
work within you and in 
your faith community. 

The apostle Paul's 
counsel to the church at 
Philippi still stands: 
"Work out your own 
salvation with fear and 
trembling; for it is God 
who is at work within 

you, enabling you both to will and to work for his 
good pleasure" (Phil. 2:12b-13). 

Left. The Dinka-Nuer Peoples Peace 

Conference of the New Sudan 

Council of Churches brings hope for 

a new generation. 


Inset. In its 20th anniversary year Disaster 

Child Care is extending to new frontiers. 


Right. Rachel Gross, architect of the General 
Board's Death Row Support Project. 

Lower left. Students at Brethren High 
School, Valsad, India. 



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"Culture gives us one measure of humanity — too often 
a highly individualistic and grasping one. Christian 
spirituality gives us entirely another — a compassionate 
and communal one." 

^ Writing in Heart of Flesh, Joan D. Chittister 


i zeroes in on qualities important to Brethren for 

300 years. Compassion and community mean 
opting for forgiveness over revenge, reconcilia- 
tion over retribution, empowerment over con- 
trol, resistance over aggression. 

Through advocacy of the Death Row 
Support Project, development of Disaster Child 
Care, overtures to disparate Christian bodies in 

India, and encouragement to ethnic factions in Sudan to 
resolve age-old animosities at the peace table. Brethren 
through General Board ministries are giving a new face to 
compassion and communit)'. 

Or is it an old face — regard for the ot/ier, the stranger, 
the one different from us, the poor and the weak — all 
who figure so centrally in the beatitudes of Jesus. 

Slaeiak'^ -:-—:. 

Left. Ludovic St. F!eur, pastor of First 
Haitian Church in Miami. 


Lower left, Logo of the World 

Council of Churches. 


ifSi-et, Robert Edgar, genera! secretary, 

and Andrew Young, president, National 

Council of Churches of Christ. 

light, A deforested hillside in Honduras 

opens acreage for beans but further 

destabilizes a fragile ecosystem. 


Grace upon grace, blessing upon blessing: God's freely countries, in concert with sister churches engaged in 

given love streams out to the world. common mission, in our care for God's creation, the 

How can we accept the plenitude of God as our own Church of the Brethren extends the compassionate and 
never-ending, inexhaustible birthright? How can we redeeming work of God. 

affirm that everything we have received — everything — is a That's how God's love works: We receive, and thus 

gift from God? How can we realize that only by channel- we give; we give, and thus we receive.' 
ing our blessings, sharing them with others, do we avoid s i 
bottling up the flow of goodness? 

"From the fullness of the Child have we all received, 
grace upon grace" (John 1:16). In the mys- 
tery of the Word becoming flesh, God's 
love for the world is revealed: one 
gift of Jesus Christ, sent as grace, 
sent with grace. 
Through our partnership 

with other cultures and other 1 . The above text adapted from 2001 One Great Hour of Sharing theme materials. 



Ministry. Nurtures church leadership > 
Bethany Seminary and Brethren Acaden- 
Sponsors ministry training. Works with 
district staff, pastors, and camps. Admini 
grants, pastoral assistance. $328,570 


Brethren Press Publishing. $1,204,240 Si- 
Emergency Response/Service Ministries. $86 i,0 10 
New Windsor Conference Center. $624, S 80 
Messenger. $237,800 - 
Immigration Refugee Program. $61,990 ;.: 

Emergency Disaster Fund. $729,000 
Global Food Crisis Fund. $344,000 

The financial picture is solid for this 
second full fiscal year of the General 
Board's new design. 

The Board's General Ministries Fund is 
supported primarily by congregational giving 
($3,464,240) , which this year was up by 0.7 
percent (compared to a decline of 1 .6 percent 
the previous year). Total income exceeded 
expenses by $150,900, even after caring for 

special transfers such as eliminating the 
deficit of Brethren Press ($192,950) and 
funding annuity payments ($140,000). 
Income from bequests far exceeded 
expectations, covering the $500,000 budget- 
ed and also increasing the bequest quasi- 
endowment fund by $1,643,300. The inter- 
est from this growing fund will support 
General Board ministries over the long term. 

In addition to the General Ministries 
Fund, which is supported primarily by 
donations, the General Board operates sev- 
eral "self-funding" ministries that receive 
income from service fees or sales. All but 
one showed improvement from the previ- 
ous year. Brethren Press finished the year 
with $11,390 of income over expense. 
Messenger was not able to cover its expens- 

Brethren Volunteer Service. 

Orients and places volunteers in 
projects focusing on peace, 
justice, human need, and the , 

environment. $356,580 / 


Executive Director. Administers work of the General 
Board. Coordinates Leadership Team. Heads ecumenical 
representation. Oversees human resources. Spiritual 
guidepost for staff and General Board ministries. $67 1 ,740 

Brethren Press Communications. Fosters 
identity, unity, and vision. Publishes Messenger, Agenda, 
Source, Newsline, Yearbook, and the website. Interprets 
program, conducts news service. $266, 1 50 

Brethren Witness. Enlists individuals and 
congregations in study and action on peace, justice, 
and environmental concerns. Manages Global Food 
Crisis Fund and Washington Office. $169,370 

Congregational Life Ministries. Provides a 
variety of congregational leadership development 
opportunities, including Youth and Young Adult 
Ministries, and provides options for congregational 
redevelopment work. $872,790 

Funding. Offers financial resource counseling on stewardship and 
estate planning. Oversees direct mail campaign. Distributes outreach, 
stewardship, and offering emphasis packets. $513,400 

Global Mission Partnerships. Guides international church planting, 
development, leadership training, and theological education. Coordinates 
global relief, disaster, refugee, and material aid responses. $606,520 

Treasurer/Centralized Resources. Handles finances of General 
Board and Annual Conference. Manages and maintains General Board 
facilities, technology, and archives. Covers telephone, technology, 
postage, support services for all program areas. $ 1 ,225,820 

es by $25,380, but net assets from the pre- 
vious year covered most of the shortfall. 
The New Windsor Conference Center and 
Emergency Response/Service Ministries 
ended the year with income of $48,300 
and $135,110, respectively, with some of 
this income from a property sale. Even 
without the property sale, the Conference 
Center made a significant turnaround 

from a negative to a positive year-end. 
Net 1999 expenses for the General 
Ministries Fund were $5 million. Total gross 
revenues that include the self-funding units 
were $10.1 million. In addition, $729,000 
in grants were made through the Emergency 
Disaster Fund and $344,000 through the 
Global Food Crisis Fund. 

For full financial data, see the General Board's auditors report. 

What's in a numb 

While words and pictures . 
one way to review the sco 

of the General Board's 

ministries in 1999, numbers 

are important too. 

The numbers represent the 
gifts of thousands of 
individuals. Every dollar is a 

choice to invest in the 

worldwide ministry of the 

Church of the Brethren. 

The numbers also represert 
resources purchased and used. 

conferences attended, articles 

pondered, service given — faith 
lived out day by day. 

Each day we receive a measure 
of God's grace, and each day 
we are given the opportunity 
to share that grace with 
others. Each day we are fed, 
and each day we have the 
opportunity to share our bread 

with others. 

Grace upon grace is ours to 
receive and to give. 

Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to 

accomplish abundantly far more than we can ask or imagine, to 

him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, 

forever and ever Amen. {Eph. 3:20-21) 


Church of the Brethren General Board 
145 I Dundee Avenue, Elgin, Illinois 60120 

^iecing the church together 

onference conversations with special people 

by Tavia Ervin 

i/alk up and down the aisles of the 
hibit hall at Annual Conference on Sat- 
day afternoon. The displays are set up. 
)ws of booths with leaflets and signs and 
ychains and lots of free stuff. Some of the 
ssages and literature 1 see make me say 
men" under my breath and others irritate 
d even anger me. I pass by the "movers 
d shakers" as well as the "rank and file" 
I wander from table to table. I feel alien- 
id one minute and embraced the next. 
I see a friend from my days on our district 
ard and we stop to talk in the arts area. 
le has been working on the Annual Confer- 
ee quilt; the shortened Conference week 
allenges the quilters to get it finished by 
;dnesday afternoon. We catch up on each 
ler's lives — she tells me about some health 
Dblems she and her husband are coping 
th and I tell her about the challenges of my 
)rk as a chaplain. I feel blessed just to know 
r and to have this time to talk with her. 
hind us the women quilt — finishing the 
)rk that was started by many different sis- 
s and brothers as separate pieces. 

inual Conference brings with it some 
xiety for many people, myself included. 

eems to me that there is this overall feeling 
urgency among us. There are only a few 
ys in which to gather together all of the 
;ces that make up our own unique individ- 
1 lives in the church and to connect them in 
vay that will make them stronger for the 
nnection. There is only so much time to 

and hold and visit with those sisters and 
Dthers we see so seldom. There is only so 
jch time to hear what other Brethren are 
nking and doing and envisioning — 
lether it is in keeping with our own vision 
the church or is a challenge to it. 

fere are good buys at the SERRV 
hibit. I get into a conversation with a 
stor from an inner-city church. What is 
thinking about as we gather in Kansas 
ty? He longs for us to spend our time 

focusing on our vision and mission for the 
Church of the Brethren. Different people 
have different visions of what the church 
should be, and though these may be vastly 
different, they are all driven by the desire 
to be faithful to Christ. Focusing on vision 
will lead us beyond ourselves to welcome 
and include everyone. We sit together in 
the concession area and talk for quite a 
while. As the day winds down, the quilting 
stops. The work will continue tomorrow 
as more people arrive to participate. 

On the second day of conference I find 
myself in the hospitality area of the 
exhibit hall. I am impatient with sitting in 
the business session, and I am thirsty. 
With a cup of ice water in hand I take a 
seat across from a woman with a kindly 
face. She is Olivia T. Gandy from the 
Battle Creek (Mich.) Church of the 
Brethren. We strike up a conversation. She 
is waiting for word from her husband Ted, 
who has been missing since last evening 
when he went to find a hotel room for the 
two of them. She tells me with a smile that 
many people are looking for him. "I have 
all confidence that our Maker is in con- 
trol." Olivia is 85 years old and smiles a 
lot. "At Annual Conference you meet spe- 
cial people who you've known for years." 

The following day I think of her words 
as I sit across from a man the same age as 
Olivia whose eyes fill with tears as he tells 
me about how painful it is to come to 
Annual Conference. "So many people I 
have known for years are gone now." 

As Olivia and I sit together, her pastor 
and friends from her church stop by period- 
ically to check on her and to bring her news 
about the search. Her face lights up as they 
approach. She talks to me about her life in 
the church. "The Church of the Brethren 
has many fine qualities that I would hate to 
lose. We have a concern for moral issues 
that I think the world needs," she says. 

1 finish my cup of water and gather my 
things together to go as a family friend sits 
down with Olivia to talk with her. She is 

People remain at the center 
of Conference. Top, 
participants in the BBT Fitness 
Challenge 5K race; center, 
Delbert Blickenstaff of 
Oakland, Ohio, converses with 
Sarah Leatherman Young of 
Littleton, Colo., at the 
Association for the Arts 
exhibit: bottom, Jen Henry of 
York, Pa., enjoys a snack 
during senior high activities. 

Messenger September 2000 


So much to do, so little time. Above, both 
women and men donate much time to prepare 
quilts for the annual Association for the Arts' 
quilt auction held on Tuesday afternoon. At left, 
Rosanna Dell join ssenior high youth who helped 
to create a banner based on the Annual 
Conference theme; bottom, Harold Moyer of 
Roanoke, Va., and Kathryn Valencourt Erisman of 
Mineral Creek, Mo., prepare to leave following 
Wednesday morning's worship service. 

smiling as we say our goodbyes and I wish 
her well. I find out later that Ted has been 
found safe and sound. I stroll past the arts 
exhibit again and notice with satisfaction 
that the quilters are working again, reinforc- 
ing the pieces they have been given. Their 
work during this Conference week always 
yields something beautiful and useful. 

The days go by quickly. I go to luncheons 
and dinners; I listen to many speakers. I 

hear a leader of the church say that elder 
members of the church should "step aside" 
and let the young people take over leader- 
ship of the church. The next day I hear an 
eloquent presentation of ways that the 
church can make our marginalized elderly 
feel useful and wanted again. The youth of 
the church poke at our awareness of the 
effects of United States trade sanctions and 
we are picketed by an anti-gay hate group 
outside the Convention Center. 

On Wednesday morning I watch them 
prepare the quilt for auction. It is beauti- 
ful as usual — bright and multicolored and 
pieced together with love. Each square 
unique and made even more special in its 
connection to the others. An amazing piece 
of work to complete in a few days' time. 

Tavia Ervin is a member of First Church of the Brethren, 
Springfield, III,, and is chaplain at Pleasant Hill Village, the 
Brethren home at Girard, III. 

The children « 

Learning peace and love 
by Eddie H. Edmond 

When we think of Annual Conference, 
we see images of business sessions wi 
lines at the microphone, worship servici 
that include spirited preaching and 
singing, and that all-important treat, ice 
cream. There is, however, another group 
that attends conference with an equally 
important agenda. These are the children 
of delegates and conferencegoers from 
across the denomination. 

Ranging in age from babies through 
grade five, this group of attenders looks t 
leadership to provide an interesting and 
entertaining mix of activities. Even with 
the shortened schedule, this year was no 
different, with many activities planned. 

Barbara Flory, "early childhood ser- 
vices" coordinator and a member of the 
McPherson (Kan.) Church of the Brethre 
led a team of caregivers that designed 
activities around the Conference theme, 
"Love as I have loved you." She empha- 
sized that the early childhood services wei 
to be more than babysitting. Her team 
worked hard to provide not only a safe 
place, but a learning environment as well. 

A highlight for the kindergarten 
through grade two children was a day tha 
included trips to the Kansas City zoo and 
Kaleidoscope. Located at Hallmark Card 
World Headquarters, Kaleidoscope pro- 
vided a time of fun activities and capped ,| 
day that taxed the physical resources of 
children and adult volunteers alike. The 
children also learned through creative pre 
sentations of the work of Trees for Life 

Ej Messenger September 2000 


nsas City 

id Heifer Project International. 

Catherine Strahn Frantz, a member of 
e Topeiva (Kan.) congregation and coor- 
nator of activities for this age group, 
id most of the activities were planned 
th the Conference theme in mind. 

Catherine added that she was pleased 

the willingness of adult volunteers to 
sist with the program. 

Carolyn Barr, a member of the Osage 
lurch of the Brethren in McCune, Kan., 
id this year's coordinator for the chil- 
en's activities for grades three through 
'e, listed two things that made Confer- 
ice memorable for her. "One was our 
jit to The Peace Pavilion, and of equal 
iportance were the adult volunteers who 
ade it all happen, in particular two 
iuth, desiring to be in service to the Con- 
rence, volunteered to help with 
lildren's activities instead of participat- 
g in senior high youth activities." 

At the Peace Pavilion the children par- 
:ipated in role-playing that demonstrated 
jys that conflict and differences could be 
ttled peacefully. Taught that when con- 
ct became evident to "Stop - Think - 
!ace," the children found tools that will 
: of use to them for years to come. 

Other visits were made to the Nelson- 
kin Museum of Art and Science City, 
ith over 50 hands-on adventures and 
ree theaters, the excitement of this field 
ip was exceeded only by the children's 
irticipation in Tuesday night's worship 
rvice. There the combined children's 
loir led enthusiastic singing joined by the 
onference participants. 

Another highlight of this year's Con- 
ference were the children's activity 
packets provided at each worship experi- 
ence. Over 150 children participated in 
the evening worship services, which were 
made more meaningful to them by the 
activity packets. The packets were 
assembled and provided by the Congre- 
gational Life Teams of the General 
Board staff. Jan Kensinger, CLT coordi- 
nator for Area 1 and one of the 
coordinators of this project, said that the 
packets were intended to reach out to 
the children attending Conference and to 
illustrate, in simple ways, the theme of 
each worship service. Julie Hostetter, 
CLT coordinator for Area 3, added that 
many conferencegoers had asked to take 
a packet to their home congregations in 
hopes of encouraging this same connect- 
edness at home. 

A central inspiration from all the lead- 
ership involved with the children's 
activities, from the 12 to 15 young 
Brethren in the early childhood stage to 
the more than 145 children who partici- 
pated in the kindergarten through fifth 
grade group, could be found in a passage 
from the book of Proverbs. "Train children 
in the right way, and when old, they will 
not stray" (Prov. 22:6). 

Eddie Edmonds is an ordained minister in the Church of the 
Brethren and currently serves as pastor of the Meier Avenue 
Church of the Brethren in Martinsburg, W.Va. He is the father 
of a teenage son who has participated in Conference age- 
group activities over the years. Eddie was elected at this 
year's Conference to serve on the Association of Brethren 
Caregivers board of directors and was a member of the news 
services team. 

And the children shall lead 
them. Children had many 
activities to keep them busy 
during the week. Above, 
from left, children in the 
grades 3-5 activities joined in 
excitedly during a session on 
'Clowning Around'; Marlys 
Best of Hutchinson, Kan., 
plays with Joseph Witt rein 
and Kaylie Penner; and Rita 
Murphy entertains a group of 
children in the pre- 
kindergarten childcare area. 
Below, Sean Leininger- 
Dickason takes a break to 
play with a dinosaur. 

Messenger September 2000 

Ideas and eloquence 

Some notable dinner speeches to digest 


^^ The voice 

within me asks, 

What must God 

think when the 

church people 

are divided and 

stand in 

judgment of each 

other? ...the 

question is, What 

is the mind of 

Christ? ^^ 

— Judy Mills Reimer, General Board 
executive director 

Much of the story of Annual Conference is tucked away 
in speeches at the various optional dinners and special 
events sponsored by interest groups. Here are reports 
about what a few of those speakers had to say. 

by Fletcher Farrar 

In her "report on the state of the church," 
General Board executive director Judy 
Mills Reimer spent much of the time recall- 
ing stories to celebrate the success of the 
denomination's mission and ministry. 

In her address to the Messenger Dinner 
at Annual Conference, she recalled the voice 
of Maria in the Dominican Republic, who 
had received a new house built by Church of 
the Brethren dollars. "If your church had 
not responded when we lost our homes 
because of Hurricane Georges, we would 
still be homeless today." 

In the center of her positive, upbeat 
speech, Reimer voiced several "cautions" 
and challenges facing the church as well. 

"The voice within me asks. What must 
God think when the church people are 
divided and stand in judgment of each 
other? Whether that division is on biblical 
interpretation, issues surrounding racism, 
sexuality, denomination name change, God 
language, or who does what in the church — 
the question is, What is the mind of Christ? 

"The voice within me asks how dys- 
functional are we, the Church of the 
Brethren, when we depend on each other 
as agencies of the church to provide ser- 
vices to each other for a fee? ... In our size 
of denomination it is a must that we get 
along. Yet how healthy is it when we feel 
slighted in the service given by partnering 
Church of the Brethren agencies? 

"The voice within me asks, What does it 
mean today with so many different agencies 
holding out their hands for dollars from the 
same donors? . . . Will the church need to set 
rigid boundaries and guidelines? Can we 
continue to cooperate or will the funding cli- 
mate become more and more competitive?" 

Robert W. Edgar, the former congressman 
who recently took over as executive direc- 
tor of the National Council of Churches of 
Christ, spoke at the Ecumenical Luncheon 
sponsored by the Committee on Interchurch 
Relations. Edgar said his challenge goes 
beyond reforming the troubled NCC which, 
he said, "got some mold around the edges 


and began to stumble on itself." 

The task at hand, he said, is to recognize 
the "kairos moment" of the year 2000 as a 
time to "reignite the ecumenical movement. 
His vision is to unite evangelicals and 
Catholics with mainline Protestants, not by 
getting those groups to join the NCC, but b 
building a "new and larger table." Though f 
was vague about how this would work, 
Edgar hinted there might be a new name foi 
the ecumenical organization, or different 
forms of membership in the association. 

"The first thing we need to do together is 
to address the needs of the poor," he said. A 
churches can agree to fight poverty together ^' 
he said. The NCC has begun an intitiative 
called "Mobilization to Overcome Poverty, 
which will name "achievable" goals. 

"God is calling us in the urgency of 
now to make a difference on Planet 
Earth," Edgar said. He quoted a speech b 
Robert F. Kennedy: "Few will have the 
greatness to bend history, but each of us 
can work to change a small portion of the 
events, and in the total of all these acts wi 
be written the history of this generation." 

esus' call is a call t( 

be about verball' 

proclaiming the goot 

news. [If we don't; 

we're living in sin. ^^ 

— Gerald Crouse, missionary In Dominican Repub 


Messenger September 2000 

Charles llyes, pastor of the Springfield 
Ihurch of the Brethren, Coopersburg, Pa., 

avc an old-i'ashioned sermon at the Brethren 
Levival Fellowship Dinner. He spoke to the 
iftlculties of Christian life and ministry, using 
'aul's image of running a race and recalling 
is own experience of planting strawberries 
1 a straight row by looking forward, not back. 
"Satan wants to trip us up," he told the 
udience of nearly 300. "He will do every- 
ling possible to make us look back. But 
ang in there. Don't give up. When we see 
isus face to face it will be worth it all." 

t the Monday evening dinner spon- 
ored by the General Board's Global 
lission Partnerships office, Rebecca 
aile Crouse shared songs in Spanish and 
3oke enthusiastically of their family's 
lission work in the Dominican Republic. 

When Gerald Crouse took the micro- 
lone for the second half of the presentation, 
le celebrative mood turned somber. He said 
ominican Christians have influenced him to 
i more evangelistic, something he did not 
arn during his years growing up in the 
hurch of the Brethren, or even later as a 
jstor. "We are a non-evangelistic church," 
; said, citing recent statistics on the denom- 
ation's declining membership. 

"lesus' call is a call to be about verbally 
•oclaiming the good news." If we don't 
■actice "verbal" evangelism, Crouse said, 
Ne're living in sin." 

)rmer moderator Charles Boyer, pastor of 
e La Verne (Calif.) Church of the Brethren 

loke at the luncheon of the Brethren Men- 
)nite Council for Gay and Lesbian 
ancerns. He spoke of the need for the 
lurch to be more loving and more inclusive, 
e said those who favor inclusivity for homo- 
xuals need to learn to love their critics. 

"The place for some of us heterosexual 
Tsons to begin is to remember that not 
o many years ago we held some beliefs 
:ld by the current critics of BMC. Our 
:arts have been moved and softened and 
J have become more inclusive. It can 
ppen to others as it happened to us." 

Boyer said he can remember debates in 
e Church of the Brethren about inclusion 
persons of non-European ancestry in 
ngregations and summer camps. He can 
member debates about whether divorced 
rsons should be accepted in leadership, 

or whether women should 
be ministers. 

"As we have become 
more inclusive of persons 
of color, divorced persons 
and women in leader- 
ship," he said, "we are 
becoming more inclusive 
of transsexual people." 

Boyer concluded: "We 
are Church of the Brethren 
members who are going to 
help this little denomination become more 

loving, more accepting, and more just 

We've all got a place in the Kingdom of God!" 

Noemi de Espinoza, executive president 
of Christian Commission for Develop- 
ment, in Honduras, spoke at the Sunday 
evening Outreach Dinner, sponsored by 
the General Board's Brethren Witness and 
Global Mission Partnerships offices. 

At the conclusion of her speech, she 
addressed volunteers who come to Hon- 
duras to help: "What's important isn't how 
many cement blocks you can lay in a day or 
whether you can speak Spanish, but rather 
whether you can offer a ministry of presence 
in a world where poverty isn't romantic, 
whether you can listen with humility and 
embrace a poor person, whether you can 
open yourself up to hearing the gospel of 
lesus Christ in some new ways. 

"What we've heard from many of the vol- 
unteers is that their visit to our country has 
amounted to a conversion experience, in 
which they've experienced the Holy Spirit 
blowing in powerful ways through the lives 
of the poor, and where their experience of 
that spirit leads them back home to question 
who they are and how they are a church in 
the middle of a world where our lives and 
stories are increasingly interlinked. 

"We are in this together. We are equals, 
we are companions, we are the family of 
God, of a God that is not the God of imperi- 
alism, but rather the God who during 
Hurricane Mitch was to be found suffering 
and dying in the neighborhoods and villages 
that washed away, who was present there 
with us in the mud the storm left behind. It 
is that God who has brought us safe this far, 
and the God who will lead us home, hand in 
hand, sister and brother, south and north, 
into a new heaven and new earth where we 
shall live in peace and be unafraid." 

Angels among us. Rosa 
Maria Martinez Undo gave 
out corn-husk angels, made 
by a Honduran women 's 
group, to participants in 
Tuesday's "Un-lunctieon." 
Participants gave up tiieir 
luncli for tine day and instead 
donated tliat money to tlie 
Global Food Crisis Fund. 

^^ What we've 
heard from many 
of the volunteers 
is that their visit to 
our country has 
announted to a 
conversion experi- 
ence, in which 
they've experi- 
enced the Holy 
Spirit blowing in 
powerful ways 
through the lives 
of the poor. ^^ 

— Noemi de Espinoza, 

president of the Christian Commission 

for Development, In Honduras 

Messenger September 2000 


Brethren Historical Library and Archives is a vital link to the past 

by Kendra Flory 


I f one could lift the veil and see the 

-A- past: see the pious Eight in 1708 at 
Schwarzenau; . . . see the gradual trans- 
formation to the church of to-day; and 
learn from the actors themselves at each 
stage of development the wonderful 
story of the church's growth, the duty of 
recording it would be a rapturous plea- 
sure But Death has sealed the lips 

that could have spoken and stilled the 
hand that might have written. Fragments 
alone remain. These are scattered over a 
wide area in two continents." 

In his book, A History of the Gentian 
Baptist Brethren in Europe and 
America, the first substantial historical 
account of the Brethren. Martin Grove 
Brumbaugh expressed in 1899 the truth 
of a recorded history hard to come by. 

However, in the last 64 years some of 
these surviving fragments have been dis- 
covered, donated, gathered, and formed 
into what is now the Brethren Historical 
Library and Archives (BHLA), located in 

the basement of the General Offices in 
Elgin, 111. It is the largest collection of 
Brethren materials in one place. 

A program of the General Board, the 
BHLA strives "to keep alive the Brethren 
faith heritage" by fulfilling the goals in 
its purpose statement, including to col- 
lect and preserve Brethren-related 
materials, to give historical perspective 
to the mission of the church through 
counsel and publication, and to provide 
a centralized Brethren research center. 

BHLA began in 1 936 when descen- 
dants of Elder }.H. Moore — a noted 
writer, editor, and churchman among 
the Brethren — donated his library to 
the General Mission Board. A year 
later the [oint Historical Commission 
was organized as the first advisory and 
policy-setting agency for the program. 

Since its start, the BHLA has main- 
tained a dual function of library and 
archives — collecting and preserving pub- 
lications, records, and other materials of 
the Church of the Brethren, one of the 
six major branches of the Brethren trac- 

ing their roots back to Schwarzenau. 
Also collected are books and periodicals 
published by the other five groups — Old 
German Baptist Brethren; Brethren 
Church; the Fellowship of Grace 
Brethren Churches; the Dunkard 
Brethren; and the Conservative Grace 
Brethren Churches, International. 
As the official repository of the 
Church of the Brethren, the BHLA 
archives maintains Annual Conference 
records dating back to 1856, as well as 
records from early Brethren organiza- 
tions such as the General Mission Board 
(1908-1947). Extensive collections of 
district and congregational materials are 
kept, including the records of numerous 
districts and congregations, district and 
congregational directories, and district 
minutes and newsletters. The archives 
also house biographical files of Brethren 
individuals and papers of national, 
regional, and local Brethren leaders. 
Among the items of this manuscript col- 
lection are the journal of Alexander 
Mack, Ir., and the Dan West papers. 

Messenger September 2000 

In the last 64 years some of these surviving 
fragnnents have been discovered, donated, 
gathered, and fornned into what is now the largest 
collection of Brethren materials in one place. 

In its book collection the BHLA has 
nearly 9,000 volumes, including books 
from the Sauer and Liebert presses of 
Germantown and the Ephrata Cloisters 
Press, more than 550 genealogies, over 
400 Bethany Theological Seminary 
dissertations, and a 1539 German New 
Testament — the oldest book in the col- 
lection. The BHLA has also collected 
more than 200 newsletters from differ- 
ent Brethren organizations, more than 
1,600 pamphlets, and more than 100 
Brethren periodical titles, totaling over 
1 ,750 bound volumes. 

Other collections include photographs 
and negatives totaling over 30,000 
images, and nonprint media — video cas- 
sette tapes, reel-to-reel tapes, 16 mm 
films, slide sets, individual slides, film- 
strips, phonograph records, and cassette 
tapes, including tapes of Annual Confer- 
ence business sessions since 1949. 

The best source of genealogical infor- 
mation at BHLA is the obituaries that 
were published in Brethren periodicals 
from 1851, when the Gospel Visiter 
began, through 1964 when the name of 
the Gospel Messenger was changed to 
Messenger. Almost all of these obitu- 
aries have been indexed by BHLA. A 
gradual project over the past 1 1 years 
was to inde.x the obituaries and archive 
the index on a CD, which is now avail- 
able for purchase from Brethren Press. 

Though it is not a museum, the BHLA 
also has a small collection of artifacts. 
The most significant piece of this collec- 
tion is the Henry Kurtz organ that was 
built in 1 698 and is the oldest playable 
pipe organ in the United States. 

The collection has grown continually 
since BHLA opened. Brethren records of 
|all kinds are always being collected. 
Brethren Press donates copies of all its 
publications. And Brethren authors, as 
well as other contributors, often donate 
to the organization. But in its earlier 
iyears, the program lacked staff and 

continued on next page 




Now in his 12th year as director 
of Brethren Historical Library and 
Archives, Ken Shaffer is responsible for 
collecting materials, seeing that they are 
cataloged and processed, and integrating 
them into the library and archives. In this 
administrative position he also plans the 
BHLA budget and writes reports to the 
General Board and Annual Conference. 

But what Shaffer enjoys most about his 
job in the archives is the challenge of 
tracking down information for those 
inquiring about Brethren. 

"It's interesting work," he says. "The 
kinds of materials you work with and the 
kinds of questions you get, they make 
you think." 

Shaffer says one of the few frustrations of 
his job is constantly changing technology. For 
example, 16 mm reels are unusable unless an 
old projector is available and working, or the 
reels are converted to videotape, which will 
also become obsolete someday. "Everything's 
only a passing medium," Shaffer says. "It's 
hard to maintain the equipment of older media, 
and it gets expensive to keep converting mate- 
rials with ever-changing technology." 

Originally from Denton, Md., Shaffer received his undergraduate 
degree in philosophy and religion from Bridgewater College in 1967, and he 
earned a master of divinity degree at Bethany Theological Seminary in 
1970. Several years later he took a job at Bethany in which he spent part 
time in the acquisitions library. There he discovered his strong interest in 
library work. Changing his plans to earn a doctorate in religion, Shaffer 
worked toward a master's in library science at Northern Illinois University, 
which he received in 1983. 

Shaffer has always enjoyed history as well. While most seminary students 
took Brethren history their second or third year, he couldn't wait that long and 
took it during his first year of classes. 

In addition to his work in the archives, Shaffer meets with the Brethren His- 
torical Committee and the Germantown Trust and served as book review editor 
for Brethren Life and Thought .—Kendra F\ory 

Messenger September 2000 


Ken Shaffer, director of BHLA, 

enjoys the challenge of tracking 
down information. 

funding, so the responsibility for archives 
was shared between various offices in the 
Brethren Publishing House. Materials 
were not processed or well-organized. 

"Initially the archives wasn't pro- 
cessing and organizing the items," says 
Ken Shaffer, director of BHLA. "So 
much was kept, but they didn't create a 
path to find specific items." 

The program began to shift in the late 
1970s when the first full-time coordina- 
tor was hired and the space allocated to 
BHLA was doubled. Eventually a read- 
ing room/processing area and a records 
storage room were installed. Another 
full-time position was added in the mid- 
1980s, but was recendy eliminated as 
part of the General Board redesign. 

The program depends heavily on 
Brethren Volunteer Service workers and 
other volunteers whose donated time is 
often used for processing archival mate- 
rials. All materials that come to BHLA 
go through this archiving process, 
which includes weeding out duplicates 
and other unwanted materials, writing a 
descriptive inventory (a record of con- 
tents in each set of materials), and filing 
the information on computer. 

Volunteers also help with answering 
the hundreds of resource questions 
directed at BHLA. In 1999 BHLA 
responded in writing to 263 requests for 
information, 275 phone requests, and 
232 requests made by General Board 
employees. One hundred people made 
personal visits to use the archives. 

"I don't know that we could handle 
more phone, letter, and e-mail requests 
than we're getting now," Shaffer says. 
"I'd like to see more people come on 
site to use the archives." 

Shaffer says the archives are used for 

Messenger September 2000 

Daniel Greenawalt recently completed 
service in the archives as a Brethren 
Volunteer Service worker. 

many different reasons. They are used 
by Brethren and others looking for 
information about Brethren beliefs and 
practices. For example, in 1996 a man of 
Grace Brethren background came to 
research the topic of nonresistance for 
his dissertation. And, in 1993 a man 
researching the civil rights movement 
came to explore the materials of Ralph 
Smeltzer, a Brethren who served as a 
mediator in Selma, Ala., during the 
marches of the mid- 1 960s. 

Genealogists and those who write his- 
tory are BHLA's primary users, inspired 
to search for roots and reasons of their 
heritage. Don Durnbaugh wrote that 
"history is to the group what memory is 
to the individual" and that like a person 
reflects on past experiences to decide 
how to act in the future: "His judgment 
is tempered by past successes and fail- 
ures," so must a group look to its 
history and heritage for understanding 
of what, how, and why it came to be in 
order to be fruitful tomorrow. 

Shaffer hopes Brethren will take advan- 
tage of the resources available in BHLA. 
And, like Brumbaugh prayed for his book 
of Brethren history, may it "quicken our 
love for the church and, under the 
blessing of God, be the means of ^f ■ 
doing some good for the Master." ■■■ 

Kendra Flory is a member of the McPherson (Kan) Church 
of the Brethren and will graduate from Bridgewater Col- 
lege in December For nine weeks she served as an intern 
at Brethren Press through the Ministry Summer Service 
program. Her interest in Brethren history and artifacts 
grew stronger through her work at the McPherson 
Museum where she did the research and design for a 
historical display of McPherson College. 




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^^ When told how she had addressed God, Joan was surprised. She had not 
realized she'd called God Mother. Somehow, her desperate need of nnaternal 

connfort overshadowed her usual pattern of praying to God the Father. 


New Messenger design 

It looks like the "gray old lady" has 
been outfitted with new Sunday-go- 
to-meeting clothes — and they are very 
becoming to her. The new Messenger 
design has a freshness and integrity 
that was long due to someone of her 
age. The gentlemen callers (prospec- 
tive subscribers) will surely begin to 
take renewed interest. Everything 
from her new bonnet (nameplate) to 
her gusset (the new page width) to 
the cut of her dress (the layout and 
design) put a new lift into her step. 
She is bound to have the neighbors 
gossiping. (Good for her!) Congratula- 
tions to all involved. 

Ronald E. Keener 

Gilbert, Anz 

God is like a mother 

Several years ago, a young mother, 
Joan, was desperate. She was ill. Her 
husband had gone to Europe on a busi- 
ness trip. Her young son was suffering 
severe asthma attacks. It was night. 
Frightened, she telephoned Anne, an 
experienced single mother who shared 
a deep faith in God. "May we come stay 
with you tonight?" Joan asked. 

At Anne's home when the frightened 
mother had her ailing son comforted and 
finally asleep, Anne expressed their need. 
"I think we ought to pray," she said. 

In the sanctuary of prayer, Joan, out 
of her desperation, uttered these 
words, "Mother God, please help me." 
Anne inwardly noted this unusual form 
of address to God because Joan had 

never before used it. Like most Chris- 
tians at that time, she regularly prayed 
to the Father God. 

Years later, the two women recalled 
that troubled night. When told how she 
had addressed God, Joan was sur- 
prised. She had not realized she'd 
called God Mother. Somehow, her des- 
perate need of maternal comfort 
overshadowed her usual pattern of 
praying to God the Father. 

In spite of the patriarchial emphasis 
in the Bible rising out of the periods 
in which these books were written, 
some stunning feminine imagery for 
God emerges. In addition to picturing 
God in masculine terms of warrior, 
judge, lord, and father, the writers of 
scripture employed these unexpected 



The Olive Tree has been a source of food, fuel, furnishings and oil 
for anointing for over 6,000 years. Because it matures very slowly — 
one tree can live for over a thousand years — parents and 
grandparents plant olive trees for their children, leaving a valuable 
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Bethany's Olive Tree Community \o\ns together a special group 
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Through deferred and estate gifts, they are leaving a legacy for 
future generations to nurture the leadership needed for our 
children, grandchildren and new children in the Church of the 

We invite you to become a member of the Olive Tree 
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^^ insurance, start a retirement plan or review your current 
estate plan, why not consider including BETHANY as a 
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fond memories are formed here among 
the beauty and peace of these 26 acres. 

As a Volunteer Hostess or Host, you will have the opportunity to share in this 
ministry by helping to provide Christian hospitality and conference services to our 
guests in a cozy and homey atmosphere. You will experience the rewards of 
service as you interact with groups and individuals and witness the true meaning of 
our motto: "a quiet place to get things done." 

On days off, an added benefit is our convenient access to Baltimore, MD, Lancaster, PA, 
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or longer, if you'd like. A few opportunities are still available for this year and 
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God is like a mother eagle 
(Deut. 32:11, 12). 

God is the mother who bore 
(Deut. 32:18). 

God was a wet nurse to Israel 
(Num. 11:12). 

God is like a midwife who takes the 
child at birth and lays it on the mother's 
breast (Psa. 22:9). 

God is like the head woman in a 
household (Psa. 123:2). 

God is like a nursing mother (Psa. 
131:2; Isa. 49:15 and 66:12, 13). 

God is like a woman in childbirth, 
gasping and panting (Isa. 42:14). 

God is like a lifelong nursemaid. 
(Isa. 46:4). 

God, like a loving parent, teaches her 
child how to walk (Hos. 11:11-4). 

God is like a mother bear, robbed of 
her cubs (Hos. 13:8). 

Even Jesus referred to himself, the Son 
of God, as a brooding mother hen, gather- 
ing her chicks to herself (Matthew 23:37). 

If we overlook these feminine images 
in scripture, we fail to recognize the 
wholeness of God's nature, manifest in 
both masculine and feminine. 

Besides these images of the feminine 
God, another passage of scripture 
reminds us of the dual nature of God. 
Genesis 1:27 states, "God created man 
in his own image, in the image of God 
he created him; male and female he cre- 
ated them." Humankind was created 
male and female in God's image. That's 
what God is like — male and female. 

God is not male or female. God is 
both male and female. We have no 
words to express that. Actually, God is 
infinite, so none of our words can 
convey complete understanding of this 
divine eternal being. 

So, in the past, biased by culture, we 
have used "he" and "his" when refer- 
ring to God and addressing God only as 
father, unconsciously neglecting the 
feminine manifestations of the deity. 
This omission limits our understanding 
of the Creator-Sustainer-Nurturer of life. 

Perhaps if we would abandon ourselves 
in trust, out of our desperate need, like 
Joan, we too might find ourselves praying 
sometimes "Our Father," and sometimes, 
"Mother God, please help me." 

Jean Lersch 
St. Petersburg, Fla. 

Messenger September 2000 


Christian Family Practice group is seeking a 
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We are located in North Central Indiana, near 
Goshen. We provide obstetrics with many deliv- 
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Travel with a purpose. Visit the "Cradle of Civi- 
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Galilee, cable car ride to Massada. Visit Petra, the 
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throughout. For information write Wendell and Joan 
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Walk where Jesus walked with Pastor Roger 
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The Association of Brethren Caregivers is 
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the Fellowship of Brethren Homes, a ministry with 
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Adolph. Lyle and Myrtle. Wor- 

thington. Minn., 50 
Archer. Roy and Bonnie, 

Sebring, Fla.. 50 
Bentz. Clark and Doris. 

lohnstown. Pa.. 50 
Bryant. lames and lacquita. 

Wichita. Kan.. 50 
Burch. Doug and Naomi, Brad- 
ford. Ohio. 50 
Chaney. Bert and Ina May. 

Wheatland, Mo., 50 
Child, Don and Edith, Sebring. 

Fla.. 65 
Coffman, Richard and Doris. 

Harrisonburg. Va.. 50 
Davis. Rodney and Dorothy. La 

Verne. Calif.. 50 
Deardorff. Paul and Mabel. 

Chambersburg. Pa.. 70 
Dickey. Kenneth and Martha. 

Silver Lake. Ind.. 55 
Dull. Norlyn and Gwen. La 

Verne, Calif., 60 
Everest. Ned and Lois, Goshen. 

Ind., 50 
Frantz, Dean and Marie, New 

Haven. Ind.. 60 
Harbaugh. lames and Lois, 

Huntingdon. Pa.. 50 
Harshbargcr. Raymond and 

Marv Ellen. McVeytovvn. 

Pa.. 50 
Hermanson, Art and Lois, 

Kingsley. Iowa. 50 
Hoffman, Fred and Pauline, 

Chambersburg. Pa.. 65 
Hoover. Raymond and Lura. 

Goshen. Ind.. 55 
Hosletler. Dean and LaVerne. 

Windber. Pa.. 50 
Krehmeyer. August and Ear- 

lene. Haxtun. Colo.. 60 
Kreider. Clair and Betty. 

Willow Street. Pa., 55 
Kreider, |. Russel and Mary, 

Lancaster. Pa.. 50 
Lindsay. William and Mildred. 

Huntingdon. Pa.. 65 
Mahan. Dan and Pat, Princess 

Anne. Md.. 50 
Martin. Harold and Priscilla. 

Lititz, Pa., 50 

Miller. Henry and Mary. New 

Oxford. Pa.. 74 
Monke. Melvin and Phyllis, 

Kingsley. Iowa. 55 
Patrick. Norman and Beryl, 

Hershey, Pa. 
Quay. Clarence and Mary. 

Bridgewater. Va., 50 
Rogers. Lewis and Shirley. 

lohnstown. Pa., 50 
Rohrer, Harry and loanna. 

Mechanicsburg, Pa., 50 
Ross. Wayne and Mary Elizabeth, 

North Manchester. Ind., 50 
Shaffer. Martin and Chrystal, 

Center Valley, Pa., 55 
Snell, Wayne and Verna, 

Sparks, Nev.. 50 
Towers. Clayton and Jackie. 

Bridgewater. Va., 50 
VanBaalen. William and Bettie, 

Sebring. Fla.. 65 
Warren. |oe and Dorothy, 

Smithville. Ohio, 50 " 
Whalen. Dennis and Melva, 

Huntingdon, Pa.. 50 
Whitsel. Hays and Ruth. 

Chambersburg. Pa.. 50 
Wilhelm. Herbert and Doris, 

Pasadena. Calif.. 50 
Yoder. Elmer and Fern, 

Bremen. Ind.. 60 
Zook. Wayne and Evelyn, 

Wenatchee, Wash., 50 


Ake, Carrie, 65, Huntingdon. 
Pa.. March 8 

Alwine, Clyde. 86. lohnstown. 
Pa., lune 10 

Anthony. Effie Ott, 78, Dec. 13 

Baker. Anne, 77, Huntingdon, 
Pa.. May 16 

Barriek. Barbara Lynne. 39, 
Harrisonburg, Va.. May 17 

Benham, Amy C. 62. Hamp- 
stead. Md., June 22 

Berkey. Cynthia Ann, 44, Dec. 3 

Berkey, Mary S.. 79. Windber. 
Pa.. May 8 

Bible, Beulah Elizabeth, 90, 
Franklin, WVa.. May 17 

Bleam. Ethel I.. 77, Quaker- 
town. Pa., May 18 

Bodkin, jaylene, 40, Bridgewa- 
ter. Va.. lune 22 

Bomberger. Mildred, 81, Leola, 
Pa., luly 3 

Bower, Donald, Wichita, Kan.. 
Oct. 23, 1998 

Brown, Everett E.. 84, Wichita. 
Kan.. May 17 

Brown. Ruth H.. 98. Wichita. 
Kan., lune 3 

Bucher. Anna. 95, |uly 3 

Brumbaugh, Harold B.. 89, 
Huntingdon. Pa., Ian. 18 

Butterbaugh. Harriet. 94. La 
Verne. CaliL, lune 17 

Byrd. Doris Ann Hartley, 96. 
Bridgewater. Va.. May 18 

Cameron. Ivella. 92. 

lohnstown. Pa.. May 10 

Carpenter. Fleta Virginia. 87. 
Dayton. Va.. April 30 

Carter. Gladys Stone. 93. Bas- 
sett. Va.. luly 17 

Cherry. Ronald. 68. Hunting- 
don. Pa.. March 19 

Cleghorn. Karen Lea, 61. Hart- 
ford. Iowa, lune 26 

Cline, Denise Cool. 94. Coral 
Gables. Fla.. |une 1 5 

Coffey. Dorothv. 79. Wichita. 
Kan,. Feb. 4^ 1999 

Costlow, Mary, 88, Windber, 

Pa., lune 6 
Coulter. Annabelle, 91, Hunt- 
ingdon, Pa., lune 7. 1999 
Criles, Thelma Lee, 78, Moore- 
field, W. Va.. May 23 
Crum. Melvin H., 75, lohn- 
stown. Pa., luly 5 
Cubbagc. Howard Vincent, 76, 

Stanley, Va.. May 3 
Detamore. Anne Mae, 77, 

Mathias. W. Va.. lune 9 
Donncr. Benjamin |., 88, 

Berlin, Pa.. May 9 
Dove. Denna Arlene. 79. New 

Market, Va.. May 1 5 
Dowdy, Earl. 70, Huntingdon, 

Pa., April 30 
Eller. Rev. Henry Cline. 100. 

Bridgewater. Va., May 28 
Emiey, Ramah. 95, La Verne, 

Calif., lune 4 
Etter, Duane W.. 78, Cham- 
bersburg, Pa., Feb. 1 
Flory. Betty E.. 77. Lawrence. 

Kan.. April 6 
Furr. William Harold. 81, 

Bridgewater. Va.. May 27 
Gardner. Merle. 63, George- 
town. Texas, May 22 
Goss. Velma. 72, Lancaster, 

Pa., lune 3 
Gould, Rev. William L., 83, 

New Oxford, Pa.. |une 22 
Green, Annetta, 60, Callaway, 

Va., May 20 
Grove. Agnes. South English, 

Iowa, May 1 1 
Gugelman, Ralph. 91. Fort 

Wayne. Ind.. |an. 16 
Harper. Ella O.. 89, Moyers, 

W.Va., April 15 
Harper, Elsie, 94, Moyers, 

W.Va., April 10 
Heiny, E. Wayne. 93. Modesto. 

Calif., lune 1 1 
Herbster. Glenn. 79. Lakeville, 

Ind.. lune 30 
Hicks, Vernon, 64, Nevada, 

Mo.. Sept. 1, 1998 
Hileman. Lawrence G., 83. 

Elgin, 111., Sept. 10. 1999 
Hinkle. Mabel. 80, Lebanon. 

Pa.. April 2 
Huet. Frederick. Sr., 72, 

lohnstown. Pa.. |une 21 
Isett. George. 77. Mount 

Vernon, Ohio, [une 19 
Kenyon, Edna, 94, Hunting- 
don, Pa., Ian. 10 
King. Zela. 88. Bridgewater, 

Va., March 3 
Kiracofe, linimie Lee, 57, 

Waynesboro, Va., lune 8 
Kojakanian, Alex, 82. Modesto. 

Calif.. April 
Korneich, Alex, 88, Elgin, 111.. 

April 26, 1999 
Kretzer. Norman E.. 79. Cham- 
bersburg. Pa., lune 12 
Lehman, Susan Sellers. 64. 

Dallastown. Pa., lune 30 
McWilliams. Clarence (Bud). 

87. Pasadena, CaliL. April 12 
Mathias. Ervin Lee. 86, Tim- 

berville, Va.. May 30 
Maxwell. Troy. 72. Wichita, 

Kan.. May 1 1 
Miller. DeWitt Thomas, 81, 

Hampton, Va., April 16 
Miller, Marion. 85. Lebanon. 

Pa., lune 26 
Mock. Harley. Wichita. Kan., 

Ian. 20. 1999 
Mock. Olive, 80. lohnstown. 

Pa., March 1 
Mosholder. Dorothy I., 86. 

Berlin, Pa., |une 18 

Musselman, Velma. 73, 

Hanover. Pa.. |une 24 
Myer, Anna Mae. 88, Lebanon, 

Pa., lune 1 
Myers, Mattie Ellen, 94, 

Bridgewater, Va.. May 5 
Nicarry, Frances O., 80. Cham- 
bersburg. Pa.. April 14 
Pearson. Rachael. 14, 

Lakeville, Ind., lune 2 
Pence, Margaret Garber, 78. 

McGaheysville. Va.. May 12 
Picking, Esther B.. 76. 

Mechanicsburg. Pa.. May 16 
Reed-Seehler. Ruth. 83. Wind- 
ber, Pa., May 29 
Roth, Dorothy, 90, Hunting- 
don, Pa., April 21 
Runk, Hayden G., 86. McVey- 

town. Pa., luly 3 
Rupel, Dennis, 69, Stockton, 

CaliL, lune 4 
Ryman, Medford Lester (Ted), 

78. Mount lackson, Va., June 5 
Senn, Edward, 81. |uly 12 
Sesser. Charles L.. 84, 

Modesto, CaliL, lune 8 
Shaffer, Hollis, 95, Whitewa- 
ter. Kan.. Nov. 28. 1998 
Shaffer, Martin. 60. Nov. 3 
Shuyler, Mary, 79, Quarryville, 

Pa.. lune 6 
Smith. Carolyn Berkey, 36, 

June 16 
Smitherman, Alma. 80. Win- 
ston-Salem, N.C., April 24 
Spainhour, Henry (Ed), 82, 

Winston-Salem, N.C.. |une 1 1 
Strawderman. Alfred Leon 

(Doc). 73, Luray. Va., |une 1 5 
Swihart. Elsie M. Anglemyer, 

90, Goshen, Ind., |une 29 
Tryon, Charles, 90, La Verne, 

CaliL. April 21 
Vance. Gerdie Virginia. 94. 

Mathias, W.Va.. May 17 
Vought. Robert W.. 59. 

Friedens. Pa.. April 9 
Wakeman. P. Stanley, 85, Toms 

Brook, Va.. |une 10 
Walters. Frances Arlene Bam- 

bers, 88, Mount lackson, 

Va.. May 28 
Warner, Robert M., Elgin. 111., 

May 6. 1999 
Watkins. Mabel, 81, Wichita, 

Kan., May 23 
Weaver, Harold, 77, Annville, 

Pa.. lune 24 
Weaver. Herman O.. 86. 

lohnstown. Pa., |uly 6 
Webb, Eva. 74, Rocky Mount, 

Va., May 7 
Weirick. William, 70, Wichita, 

Kan., Feb. 3, 1999 
Wellman, Claire, Sebring, Fla., 

luly 12 
Whetzel. Garnet Denzil, 79, 

Broadway, Va.. May 2 
Whitlow. lames. 88, Rocky 

Mount. Va.. lune 22 
Whitmer. Rebecca. Mount 

Morris, III., Nov. 6 
Wimer, William A. (Bill), 58, 

Franklin, W.Va., May 18 
Witter, Helen M., 83, Cham- 
bersburg, Pa.. May 1 7 
Wolf. A. Louise, 85, New 

Oxford, Pa., lune 30 
Woody. Mary, 100. La Verne, 

CaliL, lune 25 
Yoder, luanita. 77, Goshen, 

Ind.. lune 9 
Ziegler. Ralph. 83. Elgin, 111., 

Aug. 21. 1999 
Ziegler, William, 92, Palmyra, 

Pa.. April 19 

Messenger September 2000 


As civil war 

wears on in 

Sudan — it 

has been 17 

years now — 

our job as 



and the 

Church of 

the Brethren 

is to pray for 

peace and 



Steady until the sun sets 

When the Amaiekites threatened, Moses 
sent Joshua out to fight them while Moses 
went up the hill, taking Aaron and Hur with 
him, to intercede with God on behalf of the Israelites. 
When Moses held up his hand to God, Israel pre- 
vailed. But when he lowered his hand, Amaiek started 
to win in battle. As the day wore on Moses grew tired 
and had to sit down. Eventually Aaron and Hur had 
to hold up his hands for him. But his hands were 
"steady until the sun set," and Joshua defeated Amaiek 
with the sword (Ex. 17:8-13). 

As civil war wears on in Sudan — it has been 
1 7 years now — our job as American Christians 
and the Church of the Brethren is to pray for peace 
and freedom there. "To clasp the hands in prayer 
is the beginning of an uprising against the disor- 
der of the world," said Karl Barth. Here are some 
ways we might pray. 

Pray that Sudan might become a topic in the 
VS presidential campaign. This seems preposter- 
ous, because even foreign affairs in general seems 
to be off the radar screen for political candidates. 
The electorate is more concerned about how to pay 
for prescription drugs or save Social Security than 
it is about the fate of Africans. But if I got a chance 
to ask the candidates a question, I would ask what 
they intend to do about Sudan. The war has killed 
nearly 2 million people, far more than were killed 
by the Serbs in Kosovo before the US took its stand. 
Nearly 4 million people have been forced to flee 
their homes at least once since 1983, and many 
thousands live in refugee camps. The number of 
victims of Sudan's war far outstrips that of recent 
wars in Chechnya, Kosovo, Bosnia, Rwanda, and 
Somalia combined. Yet Sudan is ignored and for- 
gotten by the US and much of the world. 

Pray the news about Sudan. No matter how many 
people are suffering in Sudan, chances are you won't 
read about it in your newspaper or hear it from Tom 
Brokaw. But news reports can be tracked down from 
the Internet. From the Reuters news wire on Amer- 
ica Online, I learned that early this year President 
Clinton assigned diplomats to the Sudanese capital 
for the first time since the US closed its embassy in 
1996. Then President Omar Hassan al-Bashir ousted 
from his government Islamist leader Hassan al-Turabi, 
leading to speculation that Bashir is trying to shed 
Sudan's image as an exporter of terrorism. The ouster 
of Turabi prompted rebel leader John Garang to fly 
to Cairo to talk with Egyptian President Hosni 
Mubarak. They discussed "ways to take advantage 
of these developments to turn Sudan into a new 
united and democratic Sudan," Garang told reporters 

then. These hopeful reports from last spring faded 
away with nothing seeming to come from them. More 
than two years of peace talks under the auspices of 
the Intergovernmental Authority on Development 
(IGAD) have so far failed to make any progress. 

Pray for fighting to stop. First came reports in 
May that the government had resumed bombing 
attacks, in violation of a ceasefire agreement. Rebel 
troops, meanwhile, captured the town of Gogrial, 
previously held by the government. In late July rebels 
said the government had stepped up bomb attacks. 
Merlyn Kettering, the Church of the Brethren con- 
sultant to the New Sudan Council of Churches, 
reported during an Annual Conference insight ses- 
sion that the pace of government bombing has doubled 
since Sudan began receiving revenues from oil exports 
last year. A Canadian oil company. Talisman Energy, 
Inc., is helping to extract the oil. but is receiving pres- 
sure from home to stop fueling Khartoum's war effort. 

Pray for "People-to-People" peace. The New 
Sudan Council of Churches (NSCC), the Church 
of the Brethren's partner in the region, is sponsor- 
ing a series of peace conferences aimed at ending 
conflicts between traditional tribal enemies in Sudan. 
The Wunlit conference, in March 1999 (see Mes- 
senger, June 1999) was called to reconcile the 
Dinka and Nuer peoples. A second conference, the 
East Bank Nilotics Reconciliation Conference, was 
held this May with four additional ethnic groups. 
More such efforts are planned, with the idea that 
peace begun at the grassroots will spread. 

Pray for commitment and persistence. In a recent 
Church of the Brethren video, Haruun Ruun, exec- 
utive director of NSCC, compares Sudan's plight 
with that of South Africa during apartheid: "I never 
thought it would ever change. But Christians all 
over the world decided to do something. There is 
nothing impossible for God. They said, 'We are 
here as a voice of God and the hands of God. It is 
our responsibility to communicate to the world that 
God does not like this [apartheidj. And we don't 
want it.' They made that commitment. 

"Our brothers and sisters in Euro-North Amer- 
ica can do the same for Sudan. It is not a simple 
challenge. But it is a challenge for humanity. It 
can be done." 

Prayers for peace in Sudan may be answered 
suddenly, as they seemed to be in South Africa. Or, 
as some Sudanese tell us, peace may take 40 years. 
Will our prayers last that long, or will we suffer 
"donor fatigue" and "Africa fatigue"? We must, like 
Moses, find ways to prop up our hands steady in 
prayer for as long as it takes. — Fletcher Farrar 

Messenger September 2000 

onnect the Dots 

Things are different 

The Association of Brethren Caregivers 
has been an independent organization 
since January 1, 1998. 

ABC became an official denominational 
agency on July 3, 1998. 

Annual Conference charged ABC with 
responsibility for the health and caring 
ministries of the Church of the Brethren 
on July 3, 1998. 

Most ABC programs are congregationally 

ABC needs financial support from you 
and your congregation to continue 
these programs. 

ABC does not receive financial support 
from any other denominational agency. 

ABC connects to you and 
congregation by providing: 

• National Older Adult Conference 
and Caring Ministries Assembly 

• Deacon Resources 

• Annual Health 
Worship and 
study Resources 

• Caregiving — 

a quarterly 
for caregivers 

• Messenger On Tape — for people 
with visual impairments 

• Scholarships and Loans for 
Studies in the Health Professions 

BThe only way you and your congregation can financially 
support the caring ministries of the Church of the 
I Brethren is to send that support dire