John and I encountered Rod and family on the West Side of Chicago as we began our intern year in 1969. His family had begun their journey with OE in 1968. After Chicago his family served in the Sydney Religious House, then Taiwan, then the Detroit Religious House. In the words of remembrance of the recorded service, the music and in the songs, the influence of those years was apparent. “When the Saints Go Marching In” was part of the prelude. The postlude was a lively Zorba theme to which the family led the congregation out with clapping in celebration of this well-lived life of care.
With his wife Pauline, and sons Steve, Curtiss, and Clifford and their families, we celebrate Rod’s passion and delight in life and his years of influence within the church and community. Grace and peace,
~~ Lynda and John Cock, Davidson, NC
Fond memories of the Rippel family in the Sydney Religious House with our three children. Grace and peace,
~~ Isobel Bishop
Rod’s smile and life was always an inspiration as we worked together in Baton Rouge building the network of local folks to support the work of the Ecumenical Institute. Little did we know then that most of the “core group” would end up in Chicago as part of EI and then onto other parts of the US and the World. “It was the days of great memories together” and never were we far apart in our hearts and commitments thereafter to Care for ALL On Behalf of ALL. Many of us are now scattered around the world 🗺 and a number of us like my husband George have already died, but the memories are always there in Gratitude and Celebration of times shared and Visions maintained. Grace and Peace,