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US GCA HM1/278-32-Folder 1


A - miscellaneous


  • 1958-1962 (Creation)

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BOX 32, FOLDER 1 NOTE: Folder 1 has a "miscellaneous" file. Rather than strictly by date, "miscellaneous" files have entries alphabetized by correspondent, then by date for a given correspondent. Also-- NOTE: this annotator’s German is not strong; so the descriptions of German-language materials may be incomplete and not fully accurate. 5/16” file (about 30 items) {1} THREE entries James L. Adams to Bender, January 22, 1960 [stationery of Harvard Divinity School]: thanks for letter [not extant here]; glad the paper of Eugene Peters on Sebastian Frank was eligible for consideration for Mennonite Quarterly Review; discussion of possible revision. // Friends whom Bender and Adams [James Luther Adams ?] had in common included Franklin Littell, George Williams, Robert Friedmann [Franklin H. Littell, George H. Williams]. • • • CONTIGUOUS, Bender to James L. Adams, December 1, 1960: publication of Eugene Peters’ paper was proceeding; Bender needed Peters’ address.... • • • CONTIGUOUS, James L. Adams to Bender, November 30, 1961: glad to see you have published the Eugene Peters article; Adams read the MQR; lauded an article by John Howard Yoder “The Otherness of the Church” and one by Paul Peachey, “The End of Christendom”; wanted 12-15 reprints of Yoder’s. {2} Bender to Alvin Ahern, February 27, 1959 [Ahern--Dean of The Biblical Seminary of New York]: the [Goshen seminary] teacher about whom Bender had consulted seemed to be seriously considering your S.T.M. program, but could hardly be given leave for a whole year at a time; would the program be possible with a semester leave in each of next two years? {3} A statement of appreciation and sympathy in view of Bender’s illness, addressed to Bender and “Sister Bender” [Elizabeth Bender, Elizabeth Horsch Bender], from Alberta-Saskatchewan Mennonite Conference, meeting on July 5-8, 1962; signed by C. J. Ramer, Moderator, and Paul Voegtlin, Secretary. {4} Ed Alderfer to Bender, February 4, 1961 [stationery of Allegheny Christian Education Conference, Edwin Alderfer as Secretary of Home Interests]: wanted copies of Bender’s lectures--mentioned there had been 5; mentioned at least 2 being at EMC [Eastern Mennonite College; later EMU, Eastern Mennonite University]. {5} Edwin Alderfer for Allegheny Mennonite Conference to Bender, July 30, 1962; a statement of appreciation and sympathy in view of Bender’s illness, signed by Alderfer as conference Secretary. {6} Bender to an Allegheny Airlines official, August 14, 1959 [to Vice-President in Charge of Traffic and Sales]: Bender’s clergy card had expired at end of 1958; he planned to fly with Allegheny Airlines and requested its renewal. {7} Bender to Editor of Allentown Morning Call, December 6, 1957 [to Allentown Pennsylvania]: at suggestion of John A. Hostetler, wished permission to republish an article from the “Dietsches Eck” part of your paper, last February; wished to reprint it in our journal [likely a letterhead showed he meant Mennonite Quarterly Review]; title: “The Books of the German Immigrants in the Shenandoah Valley”. {8} Telegram, Bender and Waltner to ADS, January 27, 1961 [addressed to ADS 432 Singel, Amsterdam; ADS=Algemeene Doopsgezinde Societeit--General Mennonite (literally “baptist-minded”?) Society {Dutch Mennonite general conference}]: that world Mennonites were looking to Amsterdam and Witmarsum to join Dutch Mennonites in memory of Menno Simons...; greetings from Mennonite World Conference. {9} Gould Wickey to Charles L. Taylor, November 30, 1960 [Taylor--of American Association of] Theological Schools; Wickey seems to have been a Lutheran educator associated with Carthage College in Wisconsin; perhaps he and Bender were examiners or evaluators who wrote the mentioned report together]: reference to “our report to North Park Theological Seminary”; on corrections apparently from Taylor’s proofreading (attached is a sheet with more on those corrections); cc to Bender. {10} SIX entries American Association of Theological Schools..., February 26, 1962 [stationery of Lilly Endowment Study of Pre-Seminary Education, Culver the Associate Director]: in a few days would be sending all AATS seminaries [American Association of Theological Schools] a letter asking your cooperation re a questionnaire to seminarians and a faculty consultation on pre-seminary education; (more).... • • • CONTIGUOUS, Keith R. Bridston Associate Director of the Lilly Study, March 6, 1962 [stationery of Lilly Endowment Study of Pre-Seminary Education]: reference to a letter to heads of theological schools, October 30, 1961; two of its “research procedures” involved several issues (e.g., whence came your best seminary students, etc. (more ...); also planning regional consultations bringing theological schools together. • • • CONTIGUOUS, Keith R. Bridston to Bender, April 16, 1962 [stationery of Lilly Endowment Study of Pre-Seminary Education, Minneapolis Minnesota]: planning a consultation in Chicago May 7 (explained); invited Bender; note at top in Bender pen--“Paul: can you attend? Do you want to I cannot. HSB” [Paul Mininger] Penned reply “---- No, sorry, P.MM.” • • • CONTIGUOUS, Keith R. Bridston and Dwight W. Culver, respectively Director and Associate Director of the Lilly Study, to Bender, April 18, 1962 [stationery of Lilly Endowment Study of Pre-Seminary Education]: about the study; it was sponsored jointly by National Association of Biblical Schools and the AATS; hoped one or both of the writers might visit your school; requests for certain information and materials. • • • • • • • • • CONTIGUOUS, Dwight W. Culver, Associate Director of the Lilly Study, to Goshen College Biblical Seminary, April 18, 1962 [stationery of Lilly Endowment Study of Pre-Seminary Education]: we have sent three communications to Dean Bender--October 30, 1961, February 26, 1962, March 6, 1962 (more ...); suggested sending Goshen’s catalog; named some of the information needed; mention AATS and the invitation to the consultation in Chicago. CONTIGUOUS, Bender to Dwight W. Culver, Associate Director of the Lilly Study, April 28, 1962: responding to your February 25 and March 6 letters; sending a list of students with certain information; glad to administer the “Seminarians Questionnaire” [sic]; were planning a faculty discussion next year on pre-seminary education and would send you a report; glad to participate in regional study conference; sorry could not attend on April 7, wished to send a seminary professor instead. {11} re American Society of Church History, December 21, 1961-- Jerald C. Brauer to Ray C. Petry, cc to Bender, [University of Chicago stationery, Brauer the Dean]: a letter proposing nominations for ASCH; that Church History Editors J. H. Nichols and F. A. Norwood had resigned [?? James Hastings Nichols, James H. Nichols; likely Frederick A. Norwood, Frederick Abbott Norwood].... {12} TWO entries George C. Amstutz to Bender, April 9, 1960 [from Dalton Ohio]: wondered if it would be appropriate to accept a teaching position in military-connected “American Dependents Schools” overseas; about administration (such schools seemed to be broadly under the military but under Civil service Commission); Amstutz wanted to go to Germany, had also checked with MCC. • • • REPLY, Bender to George Amstutz, April 14, 1960 [to Dalton Ohio]: saw no problem with “a position under the Civil Service Commission and the Civilian Personnel Office” even if the father was in military service; MCC had greatly reduced in Europe and was not likely to have a position. {13} Memorandum, Bender to H. Clair Amstutz, December 7, 1959 [Dr. Amstutz (? college physician?)]: Seminary office had received a memo from Mrs. Wilda Otto, R.N. [sic], a message saying that full-time students had to submit health information forms to the Health Center before registration; Bender did not know of this and had asked Dean Kreider [Carl Kreider] for information, and was attaching a copy; wanted clarification; cc Kreider. {14} Robert H. Reardon to Bender, September 18, 1959 [stationery of Anderson College, Anderson Indiana; Reardon its president]: appreciation for Bender’s stimulation to the faculty, for better teaching--and for emphasis on religion in the classroom. {15} THREE entries [Illegible signature] from Andover-Harvard Theological Library to Herald Press, February 26, 1959 [from the Acquisitions Department; Cambridge Massachusetts]: had Number 5 of Mennonite World Conference and wanted Numbers 1-4 and 6, plus wanted a standing order for future ones. • • • REPLY, Bender to Andover-Harvard Theological Library Acquisition Department, April 18, 1959: your letter to Herald Press had come to Bender; he was shipping Numbers 1-3 in German--their only language--at charge of $6 (pay him personally); he would obtain Numbers 4 and 6 and notify you; about “All-Mennonite Convention reports”, of 1916, 1933, and 1936, which were out of print; would search and inform you if he found copies. • • • CONTIGUOUS, Bender to Andover-Harvard Theological Library Acquisition Department, June 4, 1959: had sent Number 4 on April 30 and was now sending Number 6; pay Bender personally $4. {16} TWO entries H. J. Andres to Bender, December 12, 1960 [stationery of The Schowalter Foundation, Newton Kansas; likely Herman J. Andres, Herman Andres]: had copy [not extant here] of letter Bender had sent to Orie O. Miller about establishing a Peace Fellowship at Institute of Mennonite Studies, Elkhart Indiana [IMS at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries, later Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, later Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminaries]; reminder that about half of Schowalter income [sic] went to MCC work for peace witness and education and refugee work; ... so Andres was writing to William Snyder of MCC [William Snyder, William T. Snyder, Wm. Snyder, Wm. T. Snyder, “Bill” Snyder] suggesting some such MCC funds be channeled for the purpose... • • • ATTACHED, copy of Andres to Snyder, December 12, 1960. {17} William M. Arnett to Bender, January 3, 1961 [stationery of Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore Kentucky, Department of Christian Doctrine]: had gotten your telegram [not extant here], sorry to “hold you up”...(reasons); paper would be in the mail today or tomorrow. {18} FIVE entries Bender to J. R. Schultz [sic--Shultz], November 2, 1960 [Joseph R. Shultz as Chairman of the Seminary Development Committee, at a Washington D.C. street address: Reverend Spencer Gentle of Goshen had asked if Bender would serve as consultant for Ashland Theological Seminary [? First Brethren, not Church of the Brethren ?] as it planned for accreditment with American Association of Theological Schools [AATS]; yes, Bender happy to serve; cc Gentle. • • • REPLY, Joseph R. Shultz to Bender, November 5, 1960 [writing as Chairman of Seminary Development Committee, stationery of Washington Brethren Church, in D.C.]: thanks for November 2 letter [not extant here]; delighted to have you serve as consultant;... meeting date, January 23; cc’s Dr. Glenn Clayton, Reverend Spencer Gentle; penned note at bottom “11-8 -60...Wrote confirming Jan 23 as suitable” • • • CONTIGUOUS, Glenn L. Clayton to Bender, January 4, 1961 [stationery of Ashland College, Ashland Ohio, Clayton the President]: new date for the meeting would be January 30.... • • • CONTIGUOUS, Joseph R. Shultz to Bender, January 10, 1961 [J. R. Shultz, stationery of Washington Brethren Church, in D.C.; date typed as 1960, but letter stamped as received January 13, 1961]: anticipating Bender’s presence to Ashland’s Development Committee meeting on Monday the 30th; sorry about change in time; Bender to make his contribution at 1 p.m. • • • CONTIGUOUS, Bender to Dean of Ashland Theological Seminary, 26, 1961 [Seminary at Ashland Ohio]: would be traveling eastward after the consultation; proposals for his travel embarkment. {19} TWO entries Grayson L. Atha to Bender, April 25, 1962 [stationery of The Methodist Church Haviland Charge, parsonage at Haviland Ohio]: writer was preparing a paper on the Ecumenical Movement of the day; it seemed one heard only the positive sides of e.g. “the Blake-Pike proposal” and caution was treated as “nasty”; ... wanted Bender to give Bender’s position and his reasons; needed by May 12. • • • REPLY, Bender to Grayson L. Atha, April 28, 1961: “Our” church’s position was not to join ecumenical movements--World Council of Churches, National Association of Evangelicals--but it had not set forth reasons clearly by any conference resolution, so perhaps not helpful; it did not join WCC because WCC included liberals “along with evangelicals”; another reason was that “as a denomination [we] are not yet well-enough organized and mature” to “perform satisfactorily” in such organization;... recommended pamphlet by John H. Yoder [John Howard Yoder, J. H. Yoder], The Ecumenical Movement and the Faithful Church”; drop me a line about this year’s seminary experience.

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