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Letter from N.D. Pendleton to Rev. Eldred Edward Iungerich, 1929-04-10

Identifier: RG.004.01

Scope and Contents

Typed letter from N.D. Pendleton to Rev. Eldred Edward Iungerich in Pittsburgh, PA, USA. Since his last letter on the subject, Pendleton has learned more about the supposed “oppositional services” carried out by Vincent (Odhner). In short, Odhner held a Sunday morning doctrinal class in Mr. Harvey Lechner’s house, at Lechner’s request. As Lechner is a member of the Advent Church of Philadelphia, of which Odhner is a minister, Pendleton has no issue with Odhner giving a doctrinal class. However, because the class was held on a Sunday morning, some of those who attended have been referring to it as a service, and Pendleton has expressly told Odhner that he is not prepared to recognize him as a teacher of doctrine in the Bryn Athyn society. Those who attended Odhner’s class overlap with those who are not satisfied with the “building matter” in Bryn Athyn, and they have begun calling themselves “non-ritualists”. In the second part of the letter, Pendleton discusses the proper way to dedicate a space for worship. A place of public worship should be dedicated by a Bishop or a Bishop’s representative, but this is not necessary for the dedication of a home. A Bishop should lay the cornerstone of a new cathedral, but a local pastor may lay the cornerstone of a parish church. Pendleton advises that a priest operating within a society of which he is not the pastor should take great care to do only things which are approved and advised by the pastor. The letter ends with a short handwritten note from Pendleton which is largely illegible. Names mentioned: Hugo (Odhner), Vincent (Odhner), Harvey Lechner


  • 1929-04-10


From the Collection: 368.00 Linear Feet

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Repository Details

Part of the Academy of the New Church Archives Repository

PO Box 740
Bryn Athyn PA 19009 USA