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Best of KIT 1993 Vol V

Best of KIT 1993 Vol V

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Naomi Baer, 12/15/92: Happy New Year to all! A wolf in sheep's clothing is still a wolf. The Bruderhof is still the Bruderhof even if they dress in Hutterite garb. My father's grave is not even half settled and the Bruderhof, in the person of Dave Maendel (of all people) contacts my mother for MONEY!
Naomi Baer, 12/15/92: Happy New Year to all! A wolf in sheep's clothing is still a wolf. The Bruderhof is still the Bruderhof even if they dress in Hutterite garb. My father's grave is not even half settled and the Bruderhof, in the person of Dave Maendel (of all people) contacts my mother for MONEY!

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Best of The 1993 KIT Newsletter
The 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,Brother Witless (in an advisory capacity)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.
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aomi Baer, 12/15/92: Happy New Year to all! A wolf in sheep's clothing is still awolf. The Bruderhof is still the Bruderhof even if they dress in Hutterite garb. Myfather's grave is not even half settled and the Bruderhof, in the person of DaveMaendel (of all people) contacts my mother for MONEY! (Dave's parents and familyand my parents and family share close history). After taking my father's inheritance,savings and labor for the years he was in the B'hof, they kicked him out with 13children, a pregnant wife, no medical insurance, no job and of course no money, evenfor a month's rent. The Bruderhof has no consideration for BASIC human needs, thatis, no HUMANITY when there are philosophical differences.The Hutterites, on the other hand, recognize philosophical differences and yethelped us out with food and shelter for a few months until my father found a job. Mysister Miriam then paid back the debt with additional labor.The Bruderhof treated us with the same inhumanity when they chased us out intoa very dangerous winter blizzard late at night when we drove a long distance to showour last respects for Dave's mother. A stray dog would have been treated with moredignity for life than we were. I am sorry for Dave that he is acting as the Bruderhof vulture. To beg for money from the very people they have kicked out and then kickedin the face again. I am sorry for the lack of dignity Dave shows. I am sorry for mymother's scars being scraped open once again, and then so soon after my father'sdeath, and then by someone whom I want to respect.I could talk about Bruderhof wealth. I could talk about their Christian out-reach.But it doesn't make sense. As family and friends, the caring contact to make with mymother is to OFFER, not to BEG. The rest need not apply.Carol Beels Beck, 1/15/92: ...This is part of a covering letter sent to all my family brotherhood members in the Pennsylvania communities. (With this letter I sent a copy
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of the letter printed in the November '92 KIT addressed to Ramon's son-in-law, JohnRhodes.)"The way people continue to be treated up to the present (see the letter to JohnRhodes) makes me just so deeply grateful I am not beholden to the Brotherhoodanymore. I am FREE. I am allowed to be free just to listen to my own conscience before God. I do not have to blindly trust directions and decisions decided by a leader at the top, however well-meaning and loving that person may be. John Rhodes cannot be solely held responsible for this deliberate, cruel repeat of history. He is backed bythe Brotherhood. What has this decision got to do with Christ's teaching: 'If someoneasks you to go with them one mile, go with them two?" Wasn't Jesus speaking aboutthe enemy doing the asking?'"About the last paragraph -- Mummy and Daddy, please try and understand whyI had to write that. You always loved us. You were only doing what was expected of you as loyal Brotherhood members. Since hearing directly from ex-members in KITand through reading Roger Allain's book, I just have a growing compassion andunderstanding for you both as my parents, for what you went through all those years.So much suffering and heartache could have been avoided if only...! When I was stillliving in New Meadow Run in 1979 I remember having a frightening recognition thatI was so afraid of being my true self that I had lost my own inner sense of discrimination. I so much longed to be accepted back in the brotherhood that I couldnot be my genuine self. (For every little thing I had to run to an authority figure for guidance.) I now feel a tremendous sense of relief not to feel under any pressure toconform and feel united on all 'important' matters."It is probably too much to hope that at least one or two of you will have toquestion as loving what is being done to Ramon, to put pressure on him to stophelping to edit KIT. KIT has changed for the better, I believe, since the two KITconferences last summer. It is sad that as a group you have decided to cut yourselvesoff again from honest, open exchange, as individuals see and experience their Bruderhof past. All I know is that by reading these honest, heartfelt sharings, so muchsuppressed fear and anxiety still locked inside me is strangely released. Those fiveyears when we lived near Woodcrest (1967- 1982) are making a lot more sense now.But I feel no ill will or resentment towards any of those directly responsible at thattime or later."It is a real loss to me now that I never had the opportunity to form a close bondas a child with any of my four grandparents. (For KIT readers, the only thing I knewabout my grandparents as a child in Paraguay was what presents they sent and whatour parents told us about them. I just got to know my grandmother for a short time in1961, and that meant a lot.) I seriously question whether the B'hof is doing enough toallow B'hof children to get to know closely and for its own sake, their "outside"grandparents. I remember a number of incidents where young families in NewMeadow Run discouraged outside grandparents the joy and fulfillment for forming aclose relationship with their grandchildren. Please don't just dismiss as off the track what I have said about the importance of the extended family. This way Bruderhof children also are helped to value and respect and LOVE people who think and livecompletely differently."------ Food For Thought ------
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From The Art of Daily Activism by Judith L. Boice, Wingbow Press, 7900 Edgewater Drive, Oakland, CA 94621; tel: 510 632-4700, 230 pps. $14.95 postpaid, 1992 (asquoted in "The Whole Earth Review" Winter 1992 issue):"Howl. Crack peanuts in movie theaters. Go barefoot earlier in the spring. Eat more ice cream. Live. Experience. Suck themarrow of the world. Enjoy. These are the ten commandments:1.Thou shall love the world.2.Thou shall love thyself. Thou shall love. Period.3.Thou shall enjoy.4.Thou shall follow thy bliss.5.Thou shall refuse to do anything else.6.Thou shall make love with thy fellow human beings.7. Thou shall respect all of Creation.8.Thou shall speak thy Truth.9.10.Thou shall celebrate with gratitude 'til the end of thy days."So get on with it. Get holy and roll in thegrass and kiss a dog. This is serious business,and you'd better get down to it (or up to it,depending on whether you are facing up or down in your somersault.) Saving the worldis heavy stuff. Chuck it. Get on with creatingthe world you want to live in. Who wants torepair the same old wreck? Recycle it. Builda new model."Reviewer Lara Owen comments: "Judith Boice's book is not one of the guilt- provoking do's-and-don't's breed of environmental literature. This is a guide for thenineties, a sophisticated look at the realities of trying to live with care for the planetand for ourselves. This lively guide to being an earth warrior covers a lot of territory...It's packed with information, useful advice, and stories from the author's travelsaround the world... Boice recommends that instead of thinking of "saving the world"we work to create a world we want to live in. This book brings the roaring, wild, holylife back into our desire to make a world for our children in which clean water andfresh air are a reality, not a distant memory."Steven Sears (from a teleconferencing network called 'The Well'):"We hope that out of the emergence of the child, those triumphant and thosewounded, that a reconciliation can take place. The triumphant child who does notmake an attempt to connect with those wounded children becomes a self-centeredegomaniac concerned only with his own or her own personal evolution, looking downon suffering humanity with contempt and scorn, looking up to its Gods with anadoration that fills the heart with the triumph of power. And the wounded child whodoes not make the attempt to connect with his brothers and sisters who have "made it," picks fights in the underpass with Jerry Munson, and blows smoke in the faces of those uppity girls, looks up to its Gods with an adoration that fills the heart with
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