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Separated at Birth By Charles Rodenbough
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Between 1993 and 2005 the author worked in Russia, Tajikistan, and Belarus for extended periods with different humanitarian projects through American Protestant denominations, chiefly Presbyterian... More > and Methodist,and the Russian Orthodox (Department of Education and Catechism, PIMEN, and Metropolitan Fileret of Belarus. This study of his experiences in travel and negotiations on these projects that involved: women's work in the church, departments of education, medical resources, relief distribution systems,inter-church dialogue, Orthodox study for Protestants, agricultural programs, building restoration, Moslem issues in Central Asia, Russian charity programs, Ecumenical programs between US and Russia, Freedom of Conscience legislation.The author discusses his personal Faith journey as an American layman as he enmeshed himself in the study of Orthodoxy and Russian history within the rapidly changing period of perestroika.He perceives a spiritual impulse for dialogue at the beginning of the 3rd Millennium.< Less
Understanding the Flow of Ancestry-Antigua-Virginia By Charles D. Rodenbough
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This is an interactive study plan presented in five books using a common format for teaching in schools, homes, and churches. The Bible, the Koran or other faith texts, give a foundation for the... More > understanding of a particular people, thus giving believers roots upon which to build their own images in continuity with their past. This study can demonstrate for African Americans, the flow of their ancestry as a historical continuum. Where genealogical study may find a research roadblock with the last slave ancestor, African Americans find in the flow of their story, the same kind of harmony that the slaves found in the richness of the Old Testament. The value of such an inclusive understanding of the progress of a people of faith, is not limited to African Americans but can be an instrument of educational understanding for any student.< Less
Settle: A Family Journey Through Slavery By Charles D. Rodenbough
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Although this is an historical novel, it is based on a factual family and branches of that family with different racial identities. Since this is such a well known family in the South and it had a... More > record of racial mixing during slavery and a shared concern for the Union and racial justice, there are mixed venues in which to examine particular racial attitudes within the family. I have used dialogue to interpret what might have been the discussions within the family but have added Editor's Notes in order to distinguish facts and a Bibliography to identify my sources. There is also a Teaching Supplement available to use in schools or as home study, of interpretive racial history. This method is particularly designed to assist African American children to use the interpretation of history within this family for understanding Justice and to gain greater self awareness and identity. This book is part of the Sauratown Project-Understanding the Flow of Ancestry.< Less
History of a Dream Deferred By Charles Rodenbough
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In 1728, William Byrd II led the Virginia delegation in running the dividing line between Virginia and North Carolina. As a result of that survey he acquired 26,000 acres in North Carolina well... More > inland on the Dan River which he intended to colonize with sturdy European Protestants. He was unsuccessful, and through a chain of conflicting purposes among his descendants this patrimony remained undivided and unsold for nearly a hundred years and became the last large parcel of land opened to sale on the Carolina frontier. During that time the ownership became associated with the sugar plantations of Antigua, and with many of the more influential and colorful characters of the colonial and early national period. The vagaries of the slave trade in Africa, the Indies and Carolina can be examined in this story of Eden as well as the commercial network of Scottish traders,the social order of Philadelphia, and the dichotomy of Moravian ethics and ministry to slaves.< Less