A Joyful Pilgrimage: My Life in Community by Emmy Arnold

By Emmy Arnold

Emmy Arnold used to be born in 1883 in Riva, Latvia, to a well-known relations of teachers. As an grownup she grew to become her again at the middle-class milieu of her upbringing and married Eberhard Arnold, a innovative public speaker. In 1920 the couple left their Berlin domestic and based a rural commune that also exists within the Bruderhof, and as a Christian communal flow within the united states, united kingdom and Australia. it is a biography and background of Emmy Arnold's existence and paintings.

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Then a letter from Georg Flemmig, a teacher from Schlüchtern, suggested possibilities in that region. His letter came as a call to us, a challenge to live in the manner of the early church. Flemmig told us that groups who lived in the same spirit of expectation were to be found in every part of the country; that the movement was not confined to our own circle. So Eberhard traveled to Schlüchtern to get acquainted with the group gathered there. Near Schlüchtern Eberhard found several possibilities for a new community, for instance, the Ronneburg, an old castle ruin near Gelnhausen.

Trainloads of wounded soldiers were already being transported from the battle lines, and cattle were being shipped to the front to feed the men. At home – in the railway stations and in the streets – people talked of nothing else. Great enthusiasm was evident everywhere. “Germany is surrounded by enemies from all sides. Let us fight! ” Eberhard did not see things in such a rosy light. But when we looked around at the people who were so close to us, especially in Christian circles, we didn’t know what to do.

Why didn’t he stay with those who kept their soldier’s vow to the bitter end, fighting and dying “for God, king, and fatherland”?  A Joyful Pilgrimage Seekng I will never forget the endless columns of soldiers that passed our house in those days – silent, bearded, and gray, their artillery pieces and field kitchens in tow. They were returning home defeated after four years at the front, and no one dared to say a word to them. Great sadness and mourning, disillusionment, emptiness, and fear were written on their faces.

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