Saturday, December 28, 2002

We Are Not A Cult

Church of the Brethren officials again have stated that the denomination is not a cult. Steve Van Houten, former cult hero, stated that no human cloning happened on his watch at last summer's National Youth Conference. "We are not The Brethren, nor do we have any connection to the Raelians," said one COB spokesperson. "You can't even begin to play the name game with 'Boisselier'," he continued. "We do not endorse cloning; in fact, at least sixty percent of us are not that progressive. Stick around, later on we're going to go out and bust up some looms."

Tuesday, December 17, 2002

Modern Day Prophet

Or maybe proof of psychic powers... On Friday, December 13th at 12:49am, Craig Alan Myers posted a rebuttle to James Lehman's "large assumptions", which were not posted until 2:32am later that same morning. (Hum the Twilight Zone theme song here.)

Another possibility is that this is a conspiracy to stir up both political/theological sides of the spectrum within the church by posting orchestracted and almost carefully coordinated arguments and counter arguments on the web and thus foment dialog.


Readers will not be able to purchase issues of the refurbished Rawhide Kid from Brethren Press when it becomes more widely available early next year. BRF leaders have expressed their support for this decision while those in support of VOS have expressed concern over the exclusion of fictional characters in the life of the church.

Tuesday, December 10, 2002

OMA Mourns Loss

Participants of the "Degradation and Recovery: Backpacking to an Abandoned Mine Site" trip which was co-sponsored by Outdoor Ministries Association and the Brethren Witness office in 1998 are today mourning the loss of one of their own. Well, practically one of their own.

Ray Wallace (1918 - 2002) was rugged rogue with a big laugh and generous heart. Born in Clarksdale, Mo., Mr. Wallace came West as a boy. He spent much of his adult life taming the country. He built part of Highway 1 in coastal California, he cut trees when they were so big that trucks carried one-log loads, and he made hiking attractive to Church of the Brethren members.

Mr. Wallace was preceded in death by son Gary, who died in a logging accident. Besides his wife and son Michael, Mr. Wallace is survived by sons, Larry, of Winlock, and Richard, of Toledo; 10 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Remembrances may be donated to Children's Hospital & Regional Medical Center in Seattle