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Kit April 1995, Vol Vii #4

Kit April 1995, Vol Vii #4

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Published by KITexBruderhofCCI
The pressure of news has made this a DOUBLE issue. Please keep in mind our climbing costs with higher U.S. postage, and put a donation in the mail to us if you have not done so for a while. We would remind everyone that our foreign mailing costs are even higher. The XRoads Fund also could use some help. Thank you.
The pressure of news has made this a DOUBLE issue. Please keep in mind our climbing costs with higher U.S. postage, and put a donation in the mail to us if you have not done so for a while. We would remind everyone that our foreign mailing costs are even higher. The XRoads Fund also could use some help. Thank you.

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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. : Susan Johnson Suleski, 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.
April 1995 Volume VII #4-------------- "Keep In Touch" --------------
The pressure of news has made this a DOUBLE issue. Please keep in mind our climbing costs with higher U.S. postage, and put a donation in the mail to us if youhave not done so for a while. We would remind everyone that our foreign mailingcosts are even higher. The XRoads Fund also could use some help. Thank you.
----- The Whole Kit And Caboodle -----
HAPPY 60th Birthday to Bette Bohlken-Zumpe! Also a big welcome to her newgranddaughter! Nadine Moonje Pleil, 3/6/95: August and I are the very proud grandparents of a newgrandson! Kerry and Andrea have a son, 10 lbs and 21-1/2 inches long, with lots of  brown hair. His name is Paul Joseph. He came by way of Caesarean, but everythingwent well. We now have 10 grandchildren. We are very grateful for the safe arrival of this new little person!KIT: We were very sorry to hear that both Bronwen Bazeley and Richard Whitty areseriously ill. Our very best wishes to them both and to their families. Also KathleenJoyce Hazelton is fighting emphysema. We extend our best wishes to her, Donald andtheir family."State Hutterites Split from Eastern Colonies for Differing Reasons," by CarsonWalker © by "The Argus Leader," Sioux Falls, South DakotaSouth Dakota Hutterites have split from their brother colonies in New England,and each side has different reasons for the schism. The minister of the South Dakotacolonies, the Rev. Michael Waldner of Mitchell, said the separation started last year."There was something between us. Nothing drastic that can't be solved down theroad sometime, we hope," Waldner said. "Like any other church, they get things
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 between them."Hutterites, who have German ancestry, live a structured life- style and are guided by a deep Christian faith. Most live in communal colonies of about 100 members.About 5,000 live in South Dakota. Waldner said the Western Hutterites, which includeSouth Dakota, other states and Canadian provinces, stopped communicating with theEastern colonies because of a colony in Nigeria, Africa, called Palmgrove. The disputearose when the Palmgrove Hutterites took control of the assets that the Americanshelped them establish, said Martin Johnson with the Hutterian Brethren ServiceCommittee in Farmington, Pa.Hutterites from the Dakotas and other parts of the West still support the Nigerians, but the Easterners believe the actions amount to a breach of relationshipand it is not right to continue supporting them, Johnson said. Waldner said the EasternHutterites made accusations against the Westerners without asking them about it."The East just took the word from one person as truth. The Hutterite way of lifethrough the centuries was to ask first before you accuse a person. They have not askedthe second party if it's so," he said.Johnson said the Eastern Hutterites have tried to settle differences with theWesterners, but it has been to no avail."From our point of view, we tried to settle these things, and now they do notaccept our feelings on these things."The West also shuns the East because of a book, said the head of the EasternHutterites, the Rev. Johann Christoph Arnold of Rifton, NY."We have published a book called "Discipleship," which the elders of WesternHutterites forbid them to read because it's a challenge to us as Christians," he said."They see it as a threat because it means for them they have to change... They arefurious that we published this book and are telling outside people not to buy it."Waldner said the book is not banned. "We never opposed the book," he said."I've got the book and have read it. There's nothing in there we didn't know. It's a nice book, and I don't know of anybody who's been forbidden to read it. Where he got thatI don't know."KIT: The schismatic faction of ex-Schmiedleut colonies known as the "Oilers" are being asked to stop identifying themselves as Schmiedleut and Hutterian Brethren.Quoting from a letter signed by Rev. Mike Hofer and Leonard Kleinsasser,Schmiedleut Conference, to Mike Wollmann, Sam Kleinsasser, Jacob Waldner, JacobHofer and Sam Hofer: "Again, we hope that you will act in an honourable way anddiscontinue use of the name "The Hutterian Brethren Church" and "the SchmiedleutConference," as to do so is misleading." Another letter from Wolschock & Company,Barristers and Attorneys-at-Law, addressed to Bill Murray and Michael Radcliffe of the law firm, Baker, Radcliffe and Co., also made the same request.KIT: The Bruderhof has filed two lawsuits in Nigeria attempting, first and foremost, tofreeze the assets of the Palmgrove community. The Petitioner named is "HutterianBrethren in New York, Inc. (for and on behalf of Hutterian Brethren Communities inthe United States, Great Britain, Germany and Canada"). They accuse the Nigerianleadership of various infractions of their relationship, and request the court to:a) Declare null and void any sale or transaction... respecting the assets (of 
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Palmgrove). b) Declare that all assets now in the name of the Nigerian trustees and member  be held in trust for Palmgrove.c) Declare that all trust properties be returned to Palmgrove.d) Declare that any Palmgrove assets "that have been disposed of without therequisite approval" be returned.e) Restrain Palmgrove's trustees, via a "perpetual injunction," from dealing withthe assets... in such a manner that jeopardizes Palmgrove's title to same.f) Direct Palmgrove to amend its Constitution to conform to the Bruderhof'sArticles of Faith and appoint Bruderhof representatives as additional trustees...As an alternative to the above, they request "an order winding up the Respondentin accordance with the Companies and Allied Matters Act." [We assume this wouldmean closing down the Palmgrove Corporation and disposing of its assets - ed].Meanwhile the Hutterian Church of Canada has responded with two letters. Onestates that they oppose the lawsuit and have not authorized it, and that "the Americansleft Palmgrove voluntarily against the wishes of the Palmgrove people and against thewishes of the Elders of the Canadian Hutterites, leaving everything in the hands of thePalmgrove people and Canadians, and we will therefore continue to help Palmgrove."The second letter points out that "the Americans calling themselves HutterianBrethren of New York Inc. have no right to request authorization to participate,control or administrate Palmgrove on a daily basis. Since Palmgrove was a jointventure and was built up by contributing colonies from Manitoba, Canada, USA,charities, churches and other organizations, the Americans have no more right to ask or demand a wind-up than anybody else..."The Americans left Palmgrove voluntarily. After the pull-out, they contributednothing to the upkeep of Palmgrove... There is no reason why they should claim or demand ownership now. From the beginning, Palmgrove was a mission field and jointventure for the benefit of the African people, and no foreign contributor shouldreclaim ownership or control of any of the property now."KIT: The Bruderhof claims expenses "approximating U.S. $2,354,487" and allegesthat the Nigerian leaders misrepresented the possibility of electing foreign directors toa Nigerian charitable organization and filed a constitution that "only makes scantreference to the Articles of Faith" of the Hutterian Church. Since Palmgrove did notyet exist as a legal entity when the property and various assets were purchased, theywere transferred to Rev. Innocent Idiong to "hold in trust," with the understanding thatonce Palmgrove had been registered, Rev. Idiong would transfer the assets. Theseincluded five deeds of conveyance (presumably for real property) in Rev. InnocentIdiong's name. Once Palmgrove was registered, three additional foreign directors wereappointed, including Jake Kleinsasser and Johann Christoph Arnold.However with the ongoing Canadian Hutterite support for Palmgrove, the possibility of the Bruderhof reacquiring control or 'cashing out' (winding up) their investment seems very unlikely. Inasmuch as Jake Kleinsasser was electedPalmgrove's "chief of chiefs," it seems probable that his view will prevail. The sight of an established U.S. church bringing a lawsuit against the very people they setthemselves up to assist, including a well-publicized fund- raising campaign, isunusual. Palmgrove's neighboring churches are outraged, as is evidenced by the
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