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Spread Your Wings and Fly
(by Dana Perillo '03)

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Class Notes Form, In Memoriam, Special Notices

'94Cynthia Nash Cantrell and her husband Daniel recently celebrated the one-year birthday of their son, Zachary Samuel, born June 14, 2000. The family also recently relocated to Houston, Texas, where Daniel has been made an associate in his engineering firm. Cynthia is taking the year off from teaching to stay at home with Zachary. In June 2001, Holli Harvey accepted a position as coordinator of judicial affairs at the University of Delaware. Her job involves working with students who are involved with judicial matters at the university, managing crisis situations, and providing educational programs. Holly says that she really enjoys this field of work and that it is a welcomed change from her former live-in residence life position at the university. Amy (Paiva) Hursh and her husband Scott, are the proud parents of a baby girl, Mia, who was born on January 23, 2001. They live in Freehold, N.J. On September 16, 2000, Eric Luthi married Kristen Trott '95. The wedding party included best man David Skutches, Jason Stout, and bridesmaids Melissa Fischbein '95, Emily Brown '95 and Erica Dembski '95. Others in attendance were: ChrisAnn (Olsen) Ficuciello '95, Julie (Boulanger) '95 and Scott Spoerl '95, Leslie Compagna '95, Laura Mahn '96, Kevin Visioli '92, Joe Weiss '93, Kim (Mitchell) '92 and Tim Silvestri '91, Norm Woolley '95, and Dr. Daniel and Renee Klem. Photo of Trott-Luthi wedding party A month before their wedding the couple relocated to Harleysville, Pa., where Eric works as a market analyst at Merck & Co., and Kristen works in the benefits and compensation department at IKEA North American Services, LLC. Gwen Parker and Gregg Burnstein wish to announce the birth of their first child, daughter Kaitlin Arianne Burnstein, born on July 7. Katie is the grandaughter of alumnus Malcolm Parker '69. Gwen and Gregg were married in November of 1996. Guests included alumni Mark Shellenberger, Craig Galan, Greg Merkel, Ivan Herschenfeld, Ryan Ing and Karen (Kuch) Esposito. They currently reside in Bear, Del., and both work for JPMorgan Chase. The partners of Ford Farewell Mills and Gatsch, Architects, of Princeton, N.J., recently named Pamela A. Parker to marketing coordinator. Pamela lives in Ewing, N.J. Photo of Pamela Parker '94 Seth D. Rosenbaum is currently a first-year resident in internal medicine at Cooper Hospital/UMDNJ-RWJMS at Camden. Lynne Wolckenhauer married Scott Nicol of Avon, Conn., on April 21, 2001 at the Tournament Players Club at Piper Glen in Charlotte, N.C. Tara (Zdanowicz) Luing served as matron of honor, Meredith Mitstifer served as a bridesmaid, and Lisa (Prisco) McCarty participated in a reading. This day was also celebrated by several Muhlenberg alumni including, Elizabeth (Simpson) Wolford, Jay Walton '93, and Brian Luing '92. The couple will reside in Huntersville, N.C. Lynne is the human resources manager for Hecht's Department Stores in Charlotte, N.C. Denise Wunderler recently completed her first year of medical school at the UHS - College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, Mo. "I love it!" Denise writes. "I completed a three-week practicum in sports medicine/orthopedics in Grand Junction, Colo., this summer. I learned a great deal and climbed some fourteeners (14,000-foot mountains) while I was there too!"

RIGHT: Top to bottom, right to left: Scott and Julie (Boulanger) Spoerl '95, Jason Stout '94 and Laura Mahn '96, Norm Woolley '95, Renee Klem, Kevin Visioli '92, Joe Weiss '93, Tim '91 and Kim (Mitchell) '92 Silvestri, David Skutches '94, ChrisAnn (Olsen) Ficuciello '95, Dr. David Klem
Front row, left to right: Emily Brown '95, Leslie Compagna '95, Melissa Fischbein '95, Erica Dembski '95
Center: Bride Kristen Trott '95 and directly behind her, groom Eric Luthi '94
LEFT: Pamela Parker '94.

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Could it actually be possible to conduct missionary work abroad without disrespecting the traditions of the culture? Especially if that culture is already plagued by a deep sense of despair evoked from years of ethnocentric empiricism from a dominant white culture?

It is if Pastor Lee Berry '68 has anything to say about it. Berry has made a dauntless attempt at doing just that with his Lutheran affiliated ministry, On Eagle's Wings. As pastor and director of this ministry, Berry demonstrates the necessary dedication it takes to connect with a tribe that Americans may often inappropriately refer to as "Eskimo."

While living in northern Canada for some 20 years, Berry searched to find a way for various Christian denominations to form an ecumenical partnership. About three years ago, On Eagle's Wings formed one such coalition between Lutherans, Anglicans, and Catholics -- an unusual feat, since, according to Berry, societies have tendencies to isolate themselves by dividing into sects so that everyone can be labeled.

Berry's success in thwarting this natural tendency is due, in part, to his religiously unusual belief that God's word is God's word, despite a particular denomination's propensity to remain separate and isolated, rather than cooperative.

On Eagle's Wings is located in the Northwest territory of Nunavut, an area twice the size of Alaska, where communities are often 1,000 miles apart, making airplane transportation a very expensive necessity. Hence, it should come as no surprise that Berry is a professional bush pilot as well as a pastor, which makes this rigorous commute a bit more feasible.

When asked why he chose the people of the Northwest territory of Canada as the focus of this ministry, Berry sincerely replies, "I've always had a great love for the wilderness and other cultures."

And it does require of genuine love for people as people, and not simply a fascination with rescuing people from their own culture. It is about "enabling native people to lead and shape their own communities," according to Berry, for it is not simply a self-serving charity "project."

Berry explains that many global missions begin, though unintentionally, with a disrespectful attitude toward the traditional customs and beliefs of aboriginal people. Dominant white culture, he says, cannot seem to rid itself of its insatiable appetite for assimilation. Natives who had inhabited Canada's Northwest territory for more than 10,000 years have had their traditional ways threatened by the coming of non-natives searching for and exploiting the vast wealth of mineral and natural resources in the Arctic.

On Eagle's Wings, Berry says, focuses on enabling and training the Northern people as teachers and ministers of God within their own cultures, encouraging them to be what God leads them to be, rather than reflecting the beliefs, values, and ways of non-native people from the south.

Berry says this pressure to assimilate into a different, often insensitive culture is responsible for the self-destructive behavior that transpires among the Northwest territories and Nunavut. "Our culture has dominated the native people and forced them to live by our traditions, yet we don't seem to welcome them readily," he says, adding that this ignorant hypocrisy has evoked in them a deep-rooted despair, for many feel that they no longer fit in with either culture.

Typical "teenage angst" is magnified among northern teenagers to the point in which their suicide rate is 10 times higher than the national average, centering around 12 to 15 years of age. Plus, Berry says, the Nunavut people experience an incredibly severe sense of brokenness because of the clash of cultures, thus leading to many broken families and a high rate of alcoholism among teens and adults.

On Eagle's Wings often provides counseling for those who struggle.

Both Berry and his wife Sarah Schaffner-Berry '71, a first-grade teacher to the Nunavut people, feel that their time at Muhlenberg prepared them well for their current endeavors. "Our Muhlenberg education has well-instilled in us a sense of family values that we both incorporate into our behavior and techniques as teachers," says Berry.

Recently, On Eagle's Wings doubled in size, adding a second office in Landsdale, Pa., to its original office located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

The desire to expand to the United States stemmed from the fact that many Americans want to volunteer in the training of adults and the teaching of children. Berry says the combination of United States and Canada together means more financial support for the program and the potential for further expansion.

Looking to the future, Berry says that next year he hopes to extend his ministry to an area called Cambridge Bay in Nunavut with the addition of a second airplane and a second pastor to join with him in his ministry.

Clearly, at this point Pastor Lee Berry and On Eagle's Wings seem to be flying higher than ever before!

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