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KIT February 1997, Vol IX #2 New 2-9-97 Revised 3-28-97

KIT February 1997, Vol IX #2 New 2-9-97 Revised 3-28-97

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Part of the editorial from KIT VIII #2, February, 1996, we think bears repeating: Over seven years we've been riding this bucking bronco without either saddle or reins, wondering if the glue on the seat of our pants will give way or not.
Part of the editorial from KIT VIII #2, February, 1996, we think bears repeating: Over seven years we've been riding this bucking bronco without either saddle or reins, wondering if the glue on the seat of our pants will give way or not.

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The KIT Newsletter, an Activity of the KIT InformationService, a Project of The Peregrine Foundation
P.O. Box 460141 / San Francisco, CA 94146-0141 / telephone: (415) 821-2090 / fax(415) 282-2369KIT Staff U.S.: Ramon Sender, Charles Lamar, Vince Lagano, Dave Ostrom;U.K. : Joy Johnson MacDonald, Susan Johnson Suleski, Carol Beels Beck, BenCavanna, Leonard Pavitt, Joanie Pavitt Taylor, Brother Witless (in an advisorycapacity); Europe: Elizabeth Bohlken-Zumpe.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 reflect those of KIT editors or staff.Yearly subscription rates (11 issues): $25 USA; $30 Canada; $35 International mailedf/ USA; £20 from EuroKIT to UK and Europe. KIT is staffed by volunteers, anda100% of all subscriptions/donations pay printing/mailing costs and assist ex-members.For those of you who access the newsletter on the InterNet, we expect you to bewilling to continue on a honor system and mail in your subscription regularly. Pleasegive more or less, as you can afford. Thank you.
February 1997,Volume IX #2-------------- "Keep In Touch" --------------
Part of the editorial from KIT VIII #2, February, 1996, we think bears repeating: Over seven years we've been riding this bucking bronco without either saddle or reins,wondering if the glue on the seat of our pants will give way or not. Many of the same problems come up over and over again. People ask us not to print 'sex stuff.' "Don't print stuff that isn't 'positive'." "Don't print material that isn't 'true'." "Don't printmaterial that isn't 'helpful'." And, sometimes, "Don't print material that isn't'Christian'." But we then must remind ourselves -- and our readers -- that our only jobis to hold up a mirror to the whole Bruderhof/ex-bruderhof situation. Hopefully it's atrue mirror with no cracks, no ripples, no cloudy condensation. And whereas we arenot in a position in many instances to tell what is true or not true -- and never will be -- we are in a position to polish that mirror by facilitating the possibility for anyonewho feels they have something to say, to speak up for themselves in their own words.As concerns what is true, positive, Christian, etc. everyone must be their own KITeditor. Several familiar problems: 1) Passive aggressiveness on the part of readers whodon't want to write unless they see what they like already in print. 2) The fact that
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many people don't write unless they feel upset. 3) The fact that the newsletter tends totake on the tone of frequent contributors. 4) The fact that the desire to belong, which isuniversal and not limited to the Bruderhof, causes people to feel they 'belong' to KIT,and they try to censor other people. These are not problems that the editors canresolve. These are problems only readers can solve. So take up your pen and write,especially if we haven't heard from you in a while. And if you have never written, letus hear from you!
-----The Whole KIT and Kaboodle-----
-------- Table of Contents --------Christian P. DomerBill PetersJessie PetersBlair PurcellHilarion Braun
 
Nostalgic Tidbits
 
Tarrel MillerItem about The Oakwood monograph
 
Katherine Brookshire
 
Bette Bohlken-ZumpeCarol Beels Beck 
 
Charlie LamarKonrad Kluver
 
Wolfgang Loewenthal - The Urutau
 
V.I.P.-Poor-WillLeonard Pavitt - Revolting Times (cont.)Grant Gross -
 Breakaway Hutterites Return
 Hannah Goodwin Johnson -
 Hope Deferred 
 J Christoph Arnold to
Cornerstone MagazineCornerstone Magazine
replies to JCAHans Zimmermann -
 Mother of Marathons
 
 I Tell You A Mystery
- reviewed by EBZ
The Verbally Abusive Relationship
- reviewed by Judy Tsukroff 
 
Toll-Free Phone for former Bruderhofers in need of advice and referrals: 1888 6 KINDER 
.
The Eighth Annual Friendly Crossways Conference
will be held in Littleton,Mass, (same place as always) the last weekend July (the 25th through the 28th).We're planning a crafts fair to raise money for KIT and the XRoads Fund, sostart making your favorite items for sale there! Give Muschi's socks and Lee'ssweaters some competition!
Olive Scott Rutherford
died quietly in her sleep in the Bruderhof on Jan 8th atthe age of 78. Much beloved by many, she will be missed both by her children
 
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and her friends.
Alice Humphreys
also passed away recently at 87. It was unfortunate that notimely notice was given to her adopted children outside the Bruderhof.
Margot Davies
fell and broke her hip. She had surgery to repair it and by now ishome again. Here is wishing you a rapid recovery, Margot!
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Christian Domer
faxed the following from the Bruderhof corporate office in Riftonto various Hutterite ministers on 1/23/97:OTICE NOTICE NOTICE
We have removed the above-named letter as a gesture of good will and because of pending litigation (Bruderhof/Christian Domer vs Peregrine Foundation/RamonSender).While we believe firmly that we would not violate any law to continue posting theletter, nevertheless we feel that it is in the best interests of everyone to removethis letter at this time.
 
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Bill Peters
to Rolf, Peter and Nick Maas, 1/5/97:You don't know me. You chose to ignore my existence in the early years when wewere more mobile and, when we tried to visit, you left me once standing at the gate. Isaw you, Peter, when you came to a spot distant from me and yelled, to see if Elizabeth Maas was there, to some pleasant people who were visiting with us. She hadalready gone up the hill. You left and someone told me who you were. Once when youthought you would meet me in Albany, Peter, you ran to your elders for advice toreject me. You harangued my wife in a hospital room with some of that weirdBruderhof logic. You seemed willing quickly to forget that she was there because youhad asked her to come to help on such short notice that she didn't have time to pack achange of clothes. I was not certain then, whether you used my wife's love for her mother or whether you simply abused it. I did become aware, though, that you wereneither kind, nor very Christian. You made her walk out again! She left with me.Some folks mistake kindness for stupidity.I love my wife. Yes, my wife. I love her. We have been husband and wife since July15th, 1978. The fact that you have not recognized this has not kept us from continuinghappily with our life. Instead of egotistically proclaiming ourselves to be holy of holies, we have struggled with the real "nitty gritty", Rolf, to produce good fruits. Wehave been raising a family. These are children and grandchildren whom you don'tknow. One thing they will never have to suffer is exile from their family. Our love isunqualified.
 
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