List of Available Articles and Papers
The following is a list of items available here for reading and
downloading.Last updated June 6, 1998.
"Out Of The Opium Den" -- My Life In the Bruderhof Communities 1988 - 1990 by John Stewart. A rejected member, still a devout follower of Jesus, describes his time in the Bruderhof communities. New edit April 22, 1998.
Chapter of a Life Story, by Ethan Martin, September 10, 1995
File K: Excerpts from newspaper articles from the COBI press conference, July 1995, September 10, 1995.
How I Escaped From The Bruderhof, by Ramon
Sender Barayon, September 10, 1995.
Document Excommunicating The
Bruderhof from the Hutterian Church , December 11,
Draft of A Bill of Rights for Religious
Communities and Their Members, prepared by Benjamin
The Media Packet Itemized
To Whom It May Concern
Letter giving an
overview of the current situation vis-a-vis the Bruderhof and
various ex-members and concerned individuals. updated September 10, 1995
File A: The Society Syndrome,
Depressive Illness and Conversion Crises in a Christian
Fundamentalist Sect, by Julius H. Rubin, Ph.D.
File B: List of Alleged Abusive Incidents
compiled from various sources. Although incomplete, it helps the
reader form a picture of what some of the problems are that exist.
File C: Expelled Bruderhof Members Speak
Out by Professor John A. Hostetler, noted authority on Amish
and Hutterite groups.
File D: Excerpts from Daniel Hofer Sr.'s first
appeal of a Canadian court's decision regarding the right of
Hutterite elders to expel him from his colony.
File E: Letter from banker I. Donald Gibb
to Hutterite minister Rev. John Stahl outlining a history of his
banking relationship with various Hutterite colonies. He describes
how Elder Jakob Kleinsasser defaulted on a large loan, and how he
investigated further and discovered losses totaling over $40 million
dollars due at the very least to mismanagement and poor
investments. It was mainly due to Gibb's research and his alerting
the Hutterian Church leaders that Kleinsasser was voted out of office.
File F: Stress and Conflict in an International
Religious Movement: The Case of the Bruderhof, by Timothy
Miller, Department of Religion, University of Kansas. Paper read at
CESNUR/INFORM/ISAR Conference, London, March, 1993.
File G: The Abuse of Charismatic Authority
Within the Bruderhof, by Julius H. Rubin, Ph.D. Presented at
'Power, Its Use and Misuse in Anabaptist, Mennonite and Brethren
Communities,' July 25-27, The Young Center for the Study of
Anabaptist and Pietist Group, and the Association of Mennonite
Scholars and Anthropologists, Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown,
File H: Heini Arnold and the Early Woodcrest
Community, by Ramon Sender Barayon. Presented by Julius
H. Rubin at 'Power, Its Use and Misuse in Anabaptist, Mennonite and
Brethren Communities,' July 25-27, 1993, The Young Center for the
Study of Anabaptist and Pietist Group, and the Association of
Mennonite Scholars and Anthropologists, Elizabethtown College,
File I: Open Letter to the Bruderhof
from a Workshop at the 1990 Friendly Crossways Conference for
graduates and survivors of the Bruderhof.
File J: A list of Concerns and Suggestions
compiled from various KIT Newsletters and from concerns
expressed and experiences described at various KIT conference
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Other Available Items
Our Broken Relationship With The
Society of Brothers, by Samuel Kleinsasser. An article
to a request by the Schmiedenleut Conference of the Hutterian Church Committee regarding what stand the
Schmiedenleut Conference of the Hutterian Church should take
towards The Society of Brothers (Bruderhof).
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be $1. (Also you will find ordering info for a 118-page, hard-copy set of additional writings by Samuel Kleinsasser et al. on related
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Why Do You Want To Join? A young man about to join the Bruderhof dialogues via
e-mail with various ex-Bruderhofers before -- snap! --
"seeing the light!"
Some Observations on The Bruderhof,
The Holocaust and Christianity by Charles Lamar. A
discussion of Christian theology vis-a-vis The Bruderhof life and the
An Analysis of Some Bruderhof
Traits by Ramon Sender Barayon. Some personalities' need
for authoritarianism, a comparison of Nazi traits with some
unfortunate Bruderhof parallels, and an informal analysis of elder
Heini Arnold's character type.
Memories of the New Hutterite
Bruderhof 1920, 1961 and 1993 by Herbert Sorgius. Recently
deceased old member describes his arrival at the original German
The Monday Morning F Xways
Meeting 8/12/91 as mentioned in the Best of KIT 1991,
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