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The Best of The Best of KIT 1992 Vol IV

The Best of The Best of KIT 1992 Vol IV

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This collection skims the Best of KIT 1992 file, which is derived from The 1992 Annual, to create a Best of the Best of KIT 1992. We understand that the sheer volume of articles and letters available can overwhelm the casual browser, and so we offer in this manner a sampling of the most interesting and informative.
This collection skims the Best of KIT 1992 file, which is derived from The 1992 Annual, to create a Best of the Best of KIT 1992. We understand that the sheer volume of articles and letters available can overwhelm the casual browser, and so we offer in this manner a sampling of the most interesting and informative.

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The Best of The Best of KIT 1992
From January thru December,1992The KIT Newsletter, an Activity of the KIT Information Service, aProject of The Peregrine Foundation
P.O. Box 460141 / San Francisco, CA 94146-0141 / telephone: (415) 821-2090 / (415)282-2369KIT Staff U.S.: Ramon Sender, Charles Lamar, Christina Bernard, Vince Lagano,Dave Ostrom;U.K. : Joy Johnson MacDonald, Ben Cavanna, Leonard Pavitt, Joanie Pavitt Taylor.The KIT Newsletter is an open forum for fact and opinion. It encourages theexpression of all views, both from within and from outside the Bruderhof. Theopinions expressed in the letters we publish are those of the correspondents and do notnecessarily reflects those of KIT editors or staff.This collection skims the
 Best of KIT 1992
file, which is derived from
The 1992nnual,
to create a
 Best of the Best of KIT 1992.
We understand that the sheer volumeof articles and letters available can overwhelm the casual browser, and so we offer inthis manner a sampling of the most interesting and informative.
------ Keep In Touch --------
---------Food For Thought--------
 "The Bruderhof demands the whole man. To show what we mean, we quote thesatanic words of Adolf Hitler: 'In this one thing we are like the early Christians: wedemand the whole personality.'"Those who refused to become part of the Nazi state were shot. Now that is a sataniccaricature of something we want in a divine way. We want to love all men. We wantto love you all. But we do not want to delude or fool you into thinking that you willfind a secure, comfortable nest to live in here. This life demands sacrifice, moresacrifice than in ordinary society." p. 26,
 Living in Community
 by Heini & Annemarie ArnoldPlough Publishing, 1974"Early religions were like muddy ponds with lots of foliage. Concealed there, the fishof the soul could splash and feed. Eventually, however, religions became aquariums.Then, hatcheries. From farm fingerlings to frozen fishsticks is a short swim... Of course, religion's omnipresent defenders are swift to point out the comfort it providesthe sick, the weary and the disappointed. Yes, true enough. But the deity does notdawdle in the comfort zone! If one yearns to see the face of the divine, one must break out of the aquarium, escape the fish farm, to go swim up wild cataracts, dive in deepfjords. One must explore the labyrinth of the reef, the shadows of the lily pads. How
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limiting, how insulting to think of God as a benevolent warden, an absentee hatcherymanager who imprisons us in the 'comfort' of artificial pools, where intermediariessprinkle our restrictive waters with sanitized flakes of processed nutriment."Tom Robbins in
Skinny Legs and All 
.Status/addresses needed: Mary Worth, Jack Melancon. Also (via chats with MikeCaine) the following: Harry Little (Koinonia in '50s), Ken Meister, Walter Bennet, M.Boning, Necki Boning, Toby Kadish, Hans Herbert Blocher, Maureen Burn's boys,Howard Cheney, Fred Kemp, David Caynes, Jonathan Phillip Cavanna, Oliver Christoph Dyroff, Ernie Dyroff, Fred Wild, Felicitas Dreher (in Oregon) Maya Dreher (married in Berlin), Don Dreher (laser surgeon) Roy Dorrell (in Paraguay) Francis'Potto' Rhoda Dorrell (in Australia) Bernhard Dyroff (near Sydney, Australia), DonnaFord, Benjamin Emil Fontes (Curotiba, Brazil) Regula Fontes (husband Anton),Dorothy Ellison (Hereford), other Ellisons (Shrewsbury), Carla Hall, (actress inLondon), Ruth Janney, Phil Janney, Daniel Habbakuk, Eddie Halliwell (Cheltingham)Oren & Vera Hoffman, Sue & Virginia Housmann, Jo Housmann (joined Catholicorder), Else Von Hollander (Sacramento, CA), Annaliese Ingold, Peter Keiderling,Ben Keiderling (in USA) Irmi Keiderling Ricketts (England), Ina Koopman (Holland),Ida Freiling, Dorothy Lomas (Liverpool), Hazel Johnson (Liverpool?), Marsh family,Clem Marsh (works for BBC), Olga Mercoucheff, Tanya Mercoucheff (Bristol, CTnumber unlisted), Lewis McCann (south of England), Dave Newton (died in Ecuador in 1988) Jeanie Newton, Jill Shapley (Wales), Michael Vigar (Newbury, England), Nickie Vigar, Peter Trapnell (Rio de Janeiro), David Trapnell (England) JohannaVaijling, Francis Watts (Australia), Fred Wild (Habersham, England) BarbaraMitchell (Macedonia person now in her 80s) Johanna Wirtz, Ray & Betty Saban(Boston?)
---------Food For Thought----------
 
Cults: What Parents Should Know
 by Joan C. Ross and Michael D. Langone, Ph. D.American Family Foundation (excerpts):Common Tactics used by Groups to Effect Conversion:
Discouraging rational thought.
For example, many cults dismiss members' doubts,criticisms or questions with statements like "Everything will become clear in time," or with threats, 'Satan is at the root of all doubt,' or with exhortations like, 'If you want toknow God, you must reach beyond rationality.'
Effects:
Prospects feel guilty for doubting, questioning, or using their intellectualabilities to evaluate the cult. Many even come to regard their minds as troublemakers,generators of poisonous doubts, tools of Satan and the like.
Confession Sessions
, during which members are pressured to reveal extremely personal information about past and present transgressions and sins, whether real or imagined.
Effects:
Prospects who reveal such information may feel an initial sense of guilt andshame, and then a sense of relief at having confessed. However, those who want toleave the cult are fearful that the cult may use the information they have revealed to blackmail or slander them.
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Group Pressure
, that is offering positive reinforcements such as approval, affectionor raised status when members agree with group goals, and withholding suchreinforcements or punishing those who speak or act against cult prescriptions.
Effect:
Prospects may succumb to group pressure despite strongly held convictionsthat conflict with cult beliefs and practices.
Repeated threats of sanctions
for leaving, such as: "If you leave, your life will fallapart;" or "Your soul will rot;" or "You will go to hell;" or "Your relatives will suffer;"or "Your life will be in danger."
Effect:
Converts become afraid to leave sect.
The promise of imminent fulfillment,
 peace, salvation, for example telling convertsthat if they "just try a little harder, give a little more" of themselves, they will attainwhatever reward the cult has promised.
Effects:
Converts are continually striving to attain utopian ideals, and blamethemselves for not trying hard enough.
Limited or no access to outside information.
 
Effect:
 No contrasting views to stimulate critical thinking about the cult.Reinforcement of notion that doubts about the group reflects defects in the doubter,not the group.
Absence of non-cult relationships
and emotional support.
Effects:
Converts become dependent on the cult of friendship, intimacy and emotionalsupport; feelings of alienation, hostility and paranoia towards the non-cult world arefurther reinforced.
Control of sexuality and intimacy
within the cult; for example, the leader maydictate whether, when and whom to marry, whether and when to have sexual relations,children, sterilization, abortion.
Effects:
Converts may develop a distorted, impersonal view of sexuality and intimacy.The leadership is protected from the possibility of intimates sharing and reinforcingdoubts about the group.
Ongoing confession and self-denigration.
 
Effects:
Converts feel ashamed, then relieved, then indebted to the cult for savingthem from their "evil nature."
Excessive financial obligations,
often requiring the signing over of inheritances, bank accounts and other material assets to the cult.
Effect:
Members are left virtually penniless and financially dependent on the group.Also, if a lot of money has been donated, converts may justify their investment by blinding themselves to the destructive aspects of the group.Julius Rubin March 21, 1992: ....
ield Notes in Progress on Allegations of the Sexual Molestation of Children in the Bruderhof 
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