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KIT Feb 1995, Vol VII #2 Revised11-16-95

KIT Feb 1995, Vol VII #2 Revised11-16-95

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We have received word that the Bruderhof communities have (or will soon) put aside the Hutterite costume including beards (optional?), and returned to the modest civilian garb they wore before the reuniting. This, along with elder J. Christoph Arnold's aggressive letter (see excerpts below), which anticipates the imminent excommunication of the Bruderhof communities by the Schmiedeleut "Oiler" branch, seems to indicate that the final connection between the Bruderhof and the Hutterites now has be
We have received word that the Bruderhof communities have (or will soon) put aside the Hutterite costume including beards (optional?), and returned to the modest civilian garb they wore before the reuniting. This, along with elder J. Christoph Arnold's aggressive letter (see excerpts below), which anticipates the imminent excommunication of the Bruderhof communities by the Schmiedeleut "Oiler" branch, seems to indicate that the final connection between the Bruderhof and the Hutterites now has be

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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.
February 1995 Volume VII #2
evised11/16/95
 
-------------- "Keep In Touch" --------------
We have received word that the Bruderhof communities have (or will soon) put asidethe Hutterite costume including beards (optional?), and returned to the modest civiliangarb they wore before the reuniting. This, along with elder J. Christoph Arnold'saggressive letter (see excerpts below), which anticipates the imminentexcommunication of the Bruderhof communities by the
Schmiedeleut 
"Oiler" branch,seems to indicate that the final connection between the Bruderhof and the Hutteritesnow has been broken.Also, the Michaelshof community in Germany is being sold by next month.Ironically, this comes at a time when the township finally had given permission for thecommunity to put up a large new building, but the Hutterite carpenters to build it areno longer available, nor are the Hutterite funds. In fact, since the Michaelshof alwayswas a joint venture with the Hutterites and they want their money back, the Bruderhof cannot afford to keep it any longer. The
 Rheinische Zeitung 
ran an article in which theMichaelshof leaders said they never felt really accepted in Germany, and in 'theseserious times,' they feel they are more needed in Russia, Japan and Korea. There aremany financial interconnections between the Kleinsasser "Oiler" faction and theBruderhof. Both Spring Valley (1.6 million dollars) and Catskill (1 million dollars)were bought and paid for with Hutterite cash-- in the case of Spring Valley with pilesof tens, twenties and a few fifty-dollar bills. Where did all this cash come from,anyway? Enquiring minds would like to know!The most tragic impact of this split will be on the twenty-two intermarriedcouples and their immediate relatives, who now will have to decide which side of thefamily to shun. Welcome, dear folks, to the sad dilemma with which many KITfolk have been living for years! "Can't you feel the love?" Brrrrrrrrrrr!
----- The Whole Kit And Caboodle -----
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Congratulations to Nathan Mathis who was hired as Operating Room Tech at SantaRosa Memorial Hospital where he had been interning -- and his first choice for a paying job. Way-to-go, Nathan!Connie D'hoedt [belatedly discovered in the KIT file folder - sorry!] I would like totake this opportunity to greet you all for Christmas. I wish you all a very joyfulChristmas and all the best for 1995.
An Open Letter From The Bruderhof, written on behalf of all its members
 by J.Christoph Arnold Reprinted from The Plough, Winter 1995, as a courtesy to the manyHutterian colonies that have not yet seen the letter as of our date of publication.
NOTE:
This letter has been deleted as of November 16, 1995, to comply with theBruderhof's attorneys' request that KIT "cease and desist from republishing in any of your publications any copyright protected articles, letters or items published by theHutterian Brethren." (By "Hutterian Brethren" we assume they refer to the Bruderhof.)We offer the following description of the letter instead:Christoph Arnold first outlines the reuniting of the Bruderhof with the Hutterites in1974, and describes the warm and close relations that ensued, especially with theElder Jake Kleinsasser. He then criticizes the Hutterian Church for having become"lukewarm, shallow and superficial." Christoph alleges that Jesus "sharpness againstsin" is no longer practiced by the Hutterites, and they have become self-satisfied.He then states that many young Hutterites are looking for something new, andlonging for the Holy Spirit to break in. He insists that the Bruderhof cares deeply for the "brothers and sisters in the western colonies." However the rumor is that theBruderhof communities may be officially excluded by the Kleinsasser faction -- thelast one to remain united with the Bruderhof -- in the upcoming weeks.Christoph then asserts the Bruderhof determination to move ahead, and how theywish to witness to Christ so that "God's kingdom might break into this dark world andchange people's lives."KIT: We talked to Elias Kleinsasser at Crystal Spring who said that he had not seenthe above letter from Christoph Arnold. When we asked, "Are you voting to kick outthe Bruderhof?" he replied "It says in the Bible, 'The godless run without beingchased.' That's not quoted exactly, but Christoph is running and fleeing fromsomebody to we don't know where. It's not the church that kicks a man out. A man'sactions kick him out."Barnabas Johnson, 1/24/95: I recently spent two weeks in England, and am nowcompleting two weeks in the United States. In a few hours I will start my journeyhome to Kazakhstan; Lowry just called to say our pipes are frozen; but her voice waswarm and our cats are fine. I have missed [the city of] Almaty, and look forward toreturning to Central Asia, where for millennia East has met West, North has metSouth, yet the mountains and steppes have prevailed, unperturbed. During this pastmonth, I have had several KIT-related discussions, and have read much of the
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Hummer (Humming Bird Express computer mailbox) material. Perturbed, I want tooffer two observations.First, to those on and off the 'hofs who think that KITfolk understand little andcare less about Bruderhof matters, I would suggest that you peruse our writings andobserve how cogently -- and regretfully -- the present mess between the "Eastern" and"Western" communities was predicted in KIT's pages, as indeed it was predicted byHeini's critics decades ago.When the Easterners come to grips with the havoc caused by Heini's zealotry for "uniting" with the Westerners, everybody (not merely those of us on the outside) will be forced to confront the larger havoc of Heini's legacy, includinga) how and why Heini became dictator in the late 1950s and early 1960s, b) how and why Heini was able to ram this "uniting" through, despite theopposition of those leading servants of the early 1970s who had been his main hatchetmen in the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s,c) Heini's "proposal" that Christoph become his successor as EIder (one of life'slittle bemuse-ments for those of us who are JC's contemporaries), andd) the role of Jake Kleinsasser in confirming and supporting Christoph'sleadership until very recently, despite considerable resistance from the new generationof leaders who arose after 1975.All this, in turn, requires searching reappraisal of the entire question of Bruderhof leadership, and how the First Law of Sannerz insulates leaders fromaccurate "self- governing" feedback, etc. Little more need be said here, because notonly has it been said in KIT's pages before, but also the great majority of readers couldwrite volumes on this subject at the drop of a kopftuch. I would only reiterate that,when Christoph falls -- as he must -- we will offer him the same hand of friendshipthat we have offered each other.Although we have, with good reason, singled out Heini and Christoph for specialcriticism, we have focused far more upon the craziness of a SYSTEM that "sets up"leaders and then deprives them of what they need to stay sane, to wit, honest feedback.By 1960, I conclude, Heini was mentally disturbed, perhaps dangerously insane; hethought he had special spiritual powers, and deserved special dispensations;accordingly, he got away with ludicrous ideas and actions, for which the Bruderhof now praises him in its institutional, "systemic" insanity. That cannot last much longer,and Christoph will turn out to have been his father's most tragic victim.I worry for Christoph's future. Pistol-packers are far more likely to killthemselves than others. And Christoph has got himself into a terrible mess, a spiritual"slough of despond" that his father constructed -- and tossed him into -- decades ago.He has no dignified way out other than to welcome a reappraisal of his father's life,and hence his own. That reappraisal is inevitable; the only question, for Christoph, iswhether he can get through it and come out on the other side alive, healthy, andennobled by self- wisdom, which Socrates said was the touchstone of all wisdom.Know yourself, that you may govern yourself. And, as individuals need feedback, soalso do institutions; we KITfolk truly are the Bruderhof's -- and Christoph's --- bestfriends; anyone who thinks otherwise is merely perpetuating a delusion.Christoph, if you are reading this, please take to heart that we want to help youand our former sisters and brothers to free yourselves from a SYSTEM that has hurt usall: the "Kingdom of God" (as too many despotisms have understood this concept),
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