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Kit July 1996, Vol Viii #7 New 7-15-96

Kit July 1996, Vol Viii #7 New 7-15-96

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The 1996 Annual Report -------------- Once again a year has flown by since our last report, and the twelve months have been eventful. Last July ended with the Bruderhof's alleged attempt to bug the Kingston church where the news conference was to be held, followed by their lawsuit against the Kingston Eight. Meanwhile Mike Boller had escalated his attempts to visit Deer Spring Bruderhof by rollerblading to an open house.
The 1996 Annual Report -------------- Once again a year has flown by since our last report, and the twelve months have been eventful. Last July ended with the Bruderhof's alleged attempt to bug the Kingston church where the news conference was to be held, followed by their lawsuit against the Kingston Eight. Meanwhile Mike Boller had escalated his attempts to visit Deer Spring Bruderhof by rollerblading to an open house.

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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, Christina Bernard, 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 reflects those of KIT editors or staff.
July 1996 Volume VIII #7-------------- "Keep In Touch" --------------
-------------- "The 1996 Annual Report --------------
Once again a year has flown by since our last report, and the twelve months have beeneventful. Last July ended with the Bruderhof's alleged attempt to bug the Kingstonchurch where the news conference was to be held, followed by their lawsuit againstthe Kingston Eight. Meanwhile Mike Boller had escalated his attempts to visit Deer Spring Bruderhof by rollerblading to an open house. This ended in his arrest for trespassing. Andrew Bazeley managed to attend his mother Bronwen's burial atWoodcrest by asserting his legal rights as next-of-kin. The Bruderhof has nowresponded by having their elderly members sign letters specifically requesting thatnamed children and relatives not attend their funerals.In October, Boston Channel 5 aired a half-hour news program on the KIT/Bruderhof impasse, including Christoph Arnold's priceless remarks about the Gulfstream jet, the bugging of an ex-member family's phone, his dislike of democracy and the 800-number harassments. By then he had flown to Rome in the Bruderjet to meet withCardinal Ratzinger, a man with a worldwide reputation as, in the words of one KITreader, "a modern inquisitor."In November, the two Wharton Township, PA, bruderhofs failed in their attempt toget their candidate for supervisor elected despite registering every available member to vote. They also failed in their blanket rezoning request, and failed to get the property tax exemptions, which now they are appealing in New York State.Meanwhile Christmas arrived without any softening of the Bruderhof's No FamilyVisit policy for anyone reading KIT, again despite all of Christoph's previouslyspoken guarantees and written assurances that KITfolk would not be penalized. Again,this was explained as "the choice of individual Bruderhof families."
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By the first of the year, the 'divorce' between the Kleinsasser faction of theSchmiedeleut and the Bruderhof was formalized by a letter signed by all leading Oiler ministers. January brought Christoph on a phone-in radio show in Connecticut, duringwhich he heartily welcomed Ramon's question about why the Bruderhof was suingtheir own children, but could not answer it "on the advice of his attorneys." Christophand Verena also launched a new career as marriage counselors on the Internet preparatory to Christoph's book on sex and marriage being released to an eager public.Yes, the one with the one-paragraph introduction by -- Mother Teresa! And the pope'sown photo! It has, according to the author, climbed onto the Christian Best Seller listsin Europe. Dr. Ruth Westheimer, move over!March saw the Capital Punishment hearings in Philadelphia, sponsored by TheBruderhof Foundation and The Chaney Foundation. We now know that there wereserious concerns on the part of Ben Chaney about how the hearings were slantedtowards the Bruderhof's own agenda even before the Boston video was shown to the press by the Fraternal Order of Police. In May, Chaney requested that the Bruderhof withdraw from collaborating on any future Chaney Foundation projects.Financial considerations: KIT's appeal for more donations brought some response, butnot enough for us to continue as we have. It seems that by now, in our ninth year, KITshould be more solvent than it is. This is a matter that can be discussed at bothEuroKIT and at Friendly Crossways meetings. One obvious arrangement would be to,as EuroKIT folk have long suggested, place the USA, Canada and international KITreadership on a subscription basis, as EuroKIT already is.KIT's income has always kept up with its printing and mailing costs, with anoccasional phone bill payment. But office supplies, and most phone and equipmentcosts, Ramon has absorbed as well as the generous donation of his time. The mostserious expenditures are book-printing costs, with the annuals running a distantsecond. Both of these are valuable investments that will hopefully, in time, pay off.But KIT must become more viable financially. We also should find someone withfund-raising expertise -- the perennial need of non-profit groups. Do we have anyvolunteers?We need to raise our annual income from the current low average of $700 a month toat least double that. If everyone who receives KIT subscribed, (libraries and the mediaexcepted), a guesstimate would be that we would reach $1400 a month easily. Nowwhat about the Peregrine Foundation? KIT and Carrier Pigeon Press have been takingup all of Ramon's available time, and therefore other Peregrine projects, either actualor contemplated, have been languishing, including such vital aspects as grant-writing,which would allow outreach to groups other than post-Bruderhof. We seriously needto find an experienced fund-raiser and grant writer willing to work on commission.
-----The Whole KIT and Kaboodle-----
-------- Table of Contents --------Belinda Manley
 
 
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Bette Bohlken-Zumpe
 
Nadine Moonje PleilRuthy (Harries) and John ArnoldITEM: Lawsuit Settled
 
Hilarion BraunAlfred AmesCyril and Margot DaviesNorah AllainKonrad KluverKlaus Meier to Konrad KluverHans Meier to Konrad Kluver
 
Bette Bohlken-Zumpe -
Wiedergutmachungs
Dieter ZumpeWolfgang Loewenthal
 
Wall Street Journal ExcerptsBlair Purcell - Book Recommendation
 
George Maendel - Maine Report
 
Hans Zimmermann - Another Jaguar Story
 
Migg Fischli - Kurt ZimmermannN. Withheld - "B. Hood Digest' PoemJere Bruner - "Atlantis" poemNorah Allain - Life Story Part VSusanna M. Alves Levy - "My Solemn Vow"HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO AUGUST PLEIL ON HIS 70TH ON AUGUST 3RD!!
Still climbing up on rooftops, we hear! Good health and long life!
Belinda Manley,
6/28/96: The sad news of the death of dear Phyllis Woolston hasreached me. I knew Phyllis and Arthur and their three children Heather, Timmy, andIrene well. We lived in Loma Hoby in Paraguay for many years together. Phyllis wasalways very busy with her midwifery work and also the Baby house on the hof. Iremember her so well in the early mornings bringing Timmy to me in thekindergarten. She would say "Now Timmy you are to be a good boy and doeverything that Belinda says." His eyes would dance with fun and soon he would behaving a wonderful time playing probably in a large puddle of water he had made inthe sand pit -- not really allowed.I phoned around to tell others that Phyllis had died. She is remembered by many withmuch love, and known as "bunny" (her maiden name was Rabbits). Some younger ones said she had helped them into the world by her midwifery care. Othersremembered her very high standard of cleanliness and antiseptic care, which her nursing training had instilled into her. She used this training with dedication to allthose sisters who received her midwifery help, and she rejoiced with them when their  babies arrived.I rang Peter Cavanna at Darvell to know on which hof Arthur is now living -- it isPleasant View U.S.A. Peter thought the two daughters were also there. Timmy and
 
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