Best of The 1993 KIT Newsletter
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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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