File Folder 5 - Lederach, Paul M. not annotated

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Lederach, Paul M. not annotated


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Bender to Paul M. Lederach, June 1, 1962 [jjq zq jxx]: zqxq Paul M. Lederach to Bender, June 6, 1962 [jqq on stationery of Mennonite Publishing House qxx]: zqxq Bender to Paul M. Lederach, June 8, 1962 [jjq zq jxx]: zqxq From an on-line obituary of Paul M. Lederach (1925-2014), to be found by searching “Mennobits”: In the summer of 1944, at the age of 19, Paul was chosen by lot for the ministry, which forever altered the course of his life. On August 6, 1944, he was ordained as a minister for the Norristown Mennonite Mission (now Norristown New Life). In the years ahead, he served as pastor of the Blooming Glen Mennonite Church and a bishop and overseer for churches in the Franconia Conference. Paul graduated from Goshen College, Goshen College Biblical Seminary and Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He received a Doctor of Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX. For many years Paul's work was based at the Mennonite Publishing House in Scottdale, PA. His work as the executive editor of the Foundation Series, a children's graded educational curriculum for the Mennonite church, was a significant accomplishment which recognized children in the gathering of the congregation and the imperative to share the Mennonite faith with them. During his years in Scottdale, he served on numerous church-wide boards. Over the course of his life, Paul wrote numerous books, most notably, The Third Way (1980), a book that took a radical departure from commonly held notions about Jesus, the nature of the Kingdom, the church and salvation, and in 1994, Daniel (Believer Church Bible commentary Series) in which he presented the stories and dream-visions of Daniel with wisdom drawn from years of developing curriculum materials and teaching and preaching in the church. In 1978, Paul took a hiatus from church work and formed the Westmor Insurance Service in Scottdale, reflecting "I am anxious to enter the business world and in that context do further theological reflection...too often many of those involved in the business world are not equipped to think theologically, while those so equipped are far removed from the business world." Paul and Mary returned to Franconia Mennonite Conference in 1987. In the following years, he served as lead pastor at Franconia Mennonite Church (1987-1991), interim pastor at Zion Mennonite Church (1997-98), and Plains Mennonite Church (1998-99). In 2000, he was appointed as interim pastor at Bahia Vista Mennonite Church in Sarasota, FLA. Paul Mensch Lederach will be remembered as a gifted theologian, a bold and progressive thinker, a preacher, teacher, writer, and a loving compassionate, committed husband, father, sibling and friend. ============================= 15:30 zqBender to zqPaul M. Lederach, zq, 19zq [jjq zq jxx]: zqxq zqPaul M. Lederach to zqBender, zq, 19zq [jjq zq jxx]: zqxq • • • REPLYzqATTACHEDzqCONTIGUOUS, ============================ Paul M. Lederach to Bender, April 30, 1958 [jqq on stationery of Mennonnite Commision for Christian Education qxx]: the Committee on Co-ordination of Church Program had assigned Lederach to compile a “tentative church calendar”; writing to Bender as Chair of both Peace Problems Committee and the Historical Committee [of the (MC) Mennonite General Conference]; had been some action to begin a Peace Sunday––do you want it? and how about a Reformation Sunday? cc: Paul Erb. • • • CONTIGUOUS, document headed “Exhibit A” [bold added; no date; one sheet, one side, single-spaced]: main portion––“Annual Observances Sponsored by the NCCC” [National Council of the Churches of Christ], listing 22 special days; minor portion––“Mennonite Church Calendar (1958)” listing 9 special days, including Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. • • • CONTIGUOUS, document, 5 mostly single-spaced pages, headed “A SUMMARY OF THE DISCUSSION AT A MEETING OF MENNONITE GRADUATE STUDENTS AT CORNELL UNIVERSITY, ITHICA, NEW YORK” / “April 4-5, 1958”: (page 4 lists 8 or 9 people as present) [NOTE: is this the founding of Mennonite Graduate Fellowship?]; document names Herbert Minnich as discussion leader at Cornell; it offers what appears to be an excellent summary of the thinking of those present; page 5 is a short questionnaire asking interest in attending “occasional meetings” for such discussion, etc. • • • RESPONSE, Bender to Paul M. Lederach, June 16, 1958 [jjq zq jxx]: thanks for “Cornell document”; yes re Peace Sunday”; unsure about Reformation Day, unless “we could twist it somewhat into Anabaptist Day.... Paul M. Lederach to Wm. T. Snyder, September 2, 1958 [Lederach writing from Tokyo Japan; Snyder [Wm. T. Snyder, “Bill” Snyder, at MCC––Akron Pennsylvania]: some travelogue, mostly substantive report on issues re the unit in Tokyo. cc: A. J. Metzler [Abram J. Metzler. Bender to Paul M. Lederach, September 7, 1961 [addessing Lederach at Mennonite Publishing House]: reference to Lederach ’sjjj disappointment that the General Council [of the (MC) Mennonite General Conference] had not acted on recommendations of the Committee on Worship; in a one-page letter, Bender gave an explanation. • • • REPLY, Paul M. Lederach to Bender, September 13, 1961 [jqq on stationery of Mennonite Publishing House qxx]: Bender ’sjjj explanation convinced Lederach that the General Council had not had “all the facts in hand”; elaboration––mentioning Paul Erb, C. K. Lehman, Edward Stoltzfus. [Chester Lehman, Chester K. Lehman. NOTE: throughout this exchange there was much mention of the Music Committee]. cc: Lehman, A. J. Metzler [Abram J. Metzler].

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