Sunday, October 05, 2008

Andrew Cordier and the Brethren Love Feast

Andrew W. Cordier, who helped draft the charter of the United Nations and who for seventeen years served as one of its top officials, once told an interviewer that he received his first world view at the Brethren Love Feast.

Inez Long quoted Cordier as saying in 1960 that "utter sincerity, utter fairness, and utter integrity are basic to communication, and I first learned them as prior conditions to coming to the love feast tables. At these tables, after applying the rules of Matthew 18, the Brethren dramatize the idea of brotherhood under God.

"I saw these concepts acted out before my eyes by people I loved and trusted, from the time I could remember. The ideas stayed with me ... such concepts of brotherhood at the conference table of the United Nations give peace a fighting chance."

M. R. Zigler recalled an occasion when "in the presence of Dag Hammarskjold, a visiting delegation of the World Council of Churches Central Committee, and representatives of the United Nations, he [Cordier] said he found that his basic teaching came from what is known as the "love feast" of the Church of the Brethren to which he belonged."

Source: The Brethren Encyclopedia