My daughter was eating lunch with a friend at an inner-city diner when
they saw a painfully thin young woman stagger down the center of street
outside, her face and limbs contorted and flailing, her eyes rolled back
into her head. Soon a police car pulled up.
Martin Boehm was a key player in founding the United Brethren in Christ denomination, one of the precursors of the United Methodist Church. More than 240 years ago, Boehm was excommunicated after having a Wesleyan-type spiritual awakening that led to his preaching to people outside of his Mennonite church. Pennsylvania Mennonites recently denounced “the small-mindedness of religious thinking” that led to Boehm’s ouster, restored his Mennonite credentials, and asked local United Methodists forgiveness for their spiritual forebears’ narrowness (UMNS, June 27).