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Why Brethren History?

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dunkerguide-history-complete35/27/104:55 PMPage 7300 YEARSWhy Brethren history? by Frank RamirezHeritage is full of rich stories and lessonsIlearned a good deal of Brethren history before I even considered joining the Brethren. What surprised me at the time was how little real Brethren knew about their own story.In 1974, while I was a theater arts major at La Verne College in California, fellow students Mike Titus and Phil Franklin told me that professor Vernard Eller had been asked to write a play about Brethren beginnings called “A Time SoUrgent.” It had been commissioned for the 250th anniversary of the church in1958 but never performed. Mike and Phil got this crazy idea that we ought to take this play out into Brethren society that summer. Could I help?It was the height of the gas crisis, with long lines at the pump, but the college was offering us a van (wonderfully refurbished because the staff mistakenly thought it was for the president) and a gas card. We would depend on Brethren churches for food, lodging, and maybe an offering or two.

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Dan West

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dunkerguide-history-complete35/27/104:56 PMPage 941908-1958Dan WestPied piper for peace by Denise KetteringBrethren ‘visionary’ helped to begin several major programsICourtesy of Brethren Historical Library and Archivesdiscovered many treasures while working at the Brethren HistoricalLibrary and Archives. In the bottom of an old filing cabinet, for example, I found a flute in a moldy, black case that once belonged to Dan West.It seems an apt symbol for West’s leadership. Like the legendary Pied Piper,Dan West played an original tune and led Brethren youth down a new path.Unlike the legend, however, he did not lead young people down the road to destruction; instead, he called youth to lives of peace, justice, and harmony.The song he composed while luring young men into alternative service, drawing young women into the camping movement, and inviting teenagers into peace education at times created strident notes within the denomination he loved.Dan West’s influence in the Church of the Brethren and around the world is itself legendary. Throughout the world, people have benefited from Heifer

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Justice Talk in the Tanakh (Old Testament)

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Chapter 5:Layout 15/21/101:13 PMPage 103Justice-Talk in the Tanakh(Old Testament)Stephen Breck ReidThe contemporary convention in biblical studies is to identify the first testament of the Bible as the Hebrew Bible. This is an interesting case study in matters of power and justice. Professional societies of biblical scholars dominated by Gentiles recognized that the term “Old Testament” was a confessional category. A group of progressive Protestant biblical scholars started to use the term “Hebrew Bible” or “Hebrew Scriptures” to supplant the term Old Testament. This new language was meant to be more inclusive and acceptable to Jewish scholars in the guild. Another group of scholars maintained that the confessional language of the Old Testament was not only tradition but appropriate, if for no other reason because it was the familiar language of “regular readers.”The result from the debate is the hybridized term HebrewBible/Old Testament currently used in scholarly circles. However, this nod to inclusiveness overlooked the recognition that the Jewish community refers to these same books as the Tanakh. Therefore, in addition to the scholarly societies that created the designation

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Conflict Transformation and the Jacob Saga

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Chapter2:Layout 15/21/101:07 PMPage 33Conflict Transformation and the Jacob SagaE u g e n e F. R o o pGenesis 12–50 features some of the best-known and well-loved narratives in the Old Testament. These stories do not portray the lives of our biblical ancestors as pious and peaceful. Quite the opposite, these ancestral sagas tell us about lives painfully punctuated by crisis and conflict. To be sure, their parched and rocky land often provided a match that ignited disputes between and within families. Along with the environment, cultural patterns and family structures also served as catalysts generating episodes of conflict.The cultural importance of offspring intensified Abraham andSarah’s struggle with infertility. This provided a catalyst for conflict between husband and wife, and with others in their community.The leadership role of the firstborn inflamed conflict between the twins, Esau and Jacob. According to the narrative, their battle began in the womb and gained steam as the years went by. Each twin sought to be recognized as the most important man in the family. The arrogant-sounding words directed by the younger

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Eternal Life

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A DUNKERG U I D E TOEternal LifeA new heaven and a new earthJohn 3:16; John 14:1-7; Revelation 21:1-4W. Clemens RosenbergerEwith the age-old question: “If mortals die, will they live again?” (Job 14:14). We do this because our human self-consciousness, unlike that of the rest of the animal kingdom, makes us anxious and afraid in the face of death and dying. At the tender age of six, I realized the power of death for the first time on the night my grandmother died. Grandma’s sudden passing, the shock and grief of my mother, and the eeriness of the wake in a dimly lit home parlor packed with whispering church members and friends, awakened within me that question; “If I die, willI live again?”We live in a world of death and dying. Our nation is fighting multiple wars. Across the global horizon we witness natural disasters, violent revolutions, mass migrations, suicidal bombings, crowded refugee camps, and hundreds of thousands of people dying from hunger and AIDS. With advancing years, with illness and the death of friends and loved ones, and with an everincreasing fascination with obituaries, memorial services, cemeteries, and

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