April 12, 2018 in Englewood, Colorado
Clarence had been living with his daughter, Rev. Claire Snelling Nord, in Englewood, CO for the last several months. He and I had celebrated the Eucharist together every week or two since shortly after Shirley’s death in early 2016. When I visited Clarence last Tuesday, he appeared to me to be in extremis. I asked if he was approaching the end of his life. When he replied, “Not really,” I queried further, “So is your path more like a dark forest or a bright dessert”? His immediate reply was, “Both.
~~ David Dunn
I do not have the details, but I recall that Clarence Snelling was on the faculty of Iliff Seminary in Denver and was very supportive of our work there. In skimming through an Archive listing, I found this brochure of a Training event held at Iliff. It is only the cover of a brochure, but it brought to mind the vastness of the Crimson Line and the gratitude for Clarence and Shirley Heckman Snelling, who each were part of spreading our work with local churches at various times. https://wedgeblade.net/files/archives_assets/19903.pdf With gratitude,
~~ Lynda Cock
Clarence was one of the teachers of my first RS-1 in Denver in 1970 where he was on the faculty of Iliff Seminary. I have many memories of his participation at House Church at the Denver House, the LCE and recruitment of courses. A great spirit giant who addressed the lives of many of us. In gratitude.
~~ Gail West
Clarence was a young Methodist in New Orleans in the mid-1940’s in High School. He was a contemporary of my Dad’s so most of my stories are second hand. He was a pillar of the Civil Rights efforts within the Methodist Church serving as the Campus minister at Tulane in New Orleans. He was innovative in his approach by organizing Bible studies for both Tulane and the nearby African American College. He was active in the National Methodist Student Movement (NMSM) conferences. Martin Luther King, Jr., Richard Laubach and Joseph Wesley Mathews were keynote speakers among centennial leaders of the century invited to speak. Many of us remember the MOTIVE magazine which was the publication spawned by the MSM. Although he never directly worked with the teaching programs of the Ecumenical Institute or ICA he was a life time supporter of the Spirit Movement. Many of us recall his participation in the Millennium Connection (2000) in Denver.
~~ Paula Philbrook
I remember several brief conversations with Clarence at summer programs over several past years on the West Side. Came in contact with him and Shirley years later at Park Hill United Methodist Church of Denver where I was also a member. Clarence was a ready willing and able substitute in leading our worship service during times whenever the pastor had to be away from gracing the pulpit. Grace & Peace,
~~ Dawn Collins