Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Pella Square--How To Make Your Communities Better

How To Make Your Communities Better
[Is The Pella Square to community discipling what the Romans Road, or 4 Spiritual Laws are to individual salvation?]
Example: Pella, Iowa—We’ll apply this to others later.

We write her history around the square, as the first layer. Imagine arrows going from 1--southwest corner to southeast corner, then 2--southeast corner to northeast, then 3-- northeast to northwest, and finally 4—northwest to southwest, back down to the start. (Best to have ½ the group go clockwise). [Note:  Actually start WEST of SW corner, and end up SOUTH of SW corner]

                     4--From 2011 go south from northwest corner

                                                            3--To 2011 go west from northeast corner

                                                          2--To 1922 go north from southeast corner

1--To 1847 ->  go east from southwest corner

Then we add the second layer, the Heidelberg Catechism’s summation: Guilt, Grace, Gratitude, and GoForth+ (the latter, Jeff Harlow)


    4--GoForth+ go south from northwest corner

        3--Gratitude go west from northeast corner

     2--Grace  go north from southeast corner

  1--Guilt east from southwest corner

Let us sum up the first two squares.

Something was wrong in Holland, so Domine (Reverend) Scholte and about 800 people came to America, to Pella (‘Pella’ means ‘refuge’—they sought refuge). To 1847. ‘Pella was founded in 1847 when eight hundred Dutch immigrants led by Dominee (Minister) Hendrik (Henry) P. Scholte settled the area.’,_Iowa

They enjoyed life, and built a community for about 100 years—this building and enjoying continues.

In 1922, this history was written to be shared. In 1936 it began to be shared in a yearly community celebration, Tulip Time.  Many visitors come.  Also, tourists come at all times of the year to see Pella, the Historical Village, etc.

Now, in A. D. 2011, we ask this question:
How can this refuge be given to others?

We are in an age of increasing technological benefits, but, as Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy said, any new technology increases the space over which we can operate, decreases the time it takes, but destroys the old community. [Fear not, as travel went from ships and covered wagons, to railroads, and cars, we have lived through that change.]

We see three more Christian principles at work here in How To Make Your Communities Better/The Pella Square.
1—The consummation is greater than the creation.  That is, as Pella moves along her covenant history, there are greater things.
2—As great Providential gifts are given, we are to give. Pella was given refuge, she should give refuge.
3—We are to become more and more what we are. Personally, each is a unique image of GodTrinity, with talents to be used. For Pella, she is to become more and more her name: Refuge.
These  are from Pastor Brian Nolder, Christ the Redeemer Church, Pella.

How about your community? Here’s an example of Stuart, Iowa.
When was it founded (Stuart, Iowa, 1871), and why (the railroad having been built, land could be better used for a better life).
What was the key event to mark when sharing began (Good Egg Days?)
What of your community’s name should be shared as you become more and more your name ( ____________)?

4--Commission go south from northwest corner

3--Commune go west from northeast corner

    2--Consecrate go north from southeast corner

  1--Call and Cleanse go east from southwest corner
Let’s add one more layer to our square, before we get to the next stage.  It is from the structure of worship at the church pastured by Pastor Nolder.  Let’s see how it ‘rhymes’.
A presupposition: History is liturgy (Wayne Larson). . (Also see the first 5 (or 4) Words/Commandments and Gardner’s ‘Beyond Belief’ (2008) on Rosenstock-Huessy.
 (Note: This developed from MaeDay80, a holiday developed from a seed planted at a celebration on the Eve of The Circumcision of Our Lord, Dec. 31, A. D. 2005, during our Via Pellarosa of Mom’s ‘care’).

Christ the Redeemer uses 5 Cs. Call, Cleanse, Consecrate, Commune, Commission. I, Chuck Hartman (website), have put Call and Cleanse together as ridding of guilt, until 1847. Consecrate (the sermon) would be living out the Word from 1922, and continuing. Communion (sharing) begins in 1922 with Souvenir History of Pella (a936, Tulip time).
We are now at the Commissioning stage, how to give refuge, greater than receiving it.
[In Sunday Adelaja’s ‘Church Shift, pages 135-6, he tells how  he asks for a show of hands of those who have a project or a talent that they want to use to ‘go about doing good’. He puts hand-raisers into committee(s), to draw up plans and manuals, and had them test it out on a small scale before rolling it out completely.
His church has 2000 (two thousand) of these groups as of late summer 2011.]

In each of these 4 areas, what have been (will be, post 2011) the key events in Pella, and/or your community, in these eras around the square in a memory palace? Categories below are Rosenstock-Huessy’s.
Please help us fill out this form to participate in PROPR—Participatory Recommissioning Of Pella/Refuge.  Thanks!
Community (tribe)     Business (empire)        Religion (Israel)           Education (Greece)

How can Pella share refuge in the areas of
Community, Business, Religion, Education?
Rosenstock-Huessy, Multiformity of Man, free on line
For more references and help, see our ‘The Pella Square’ website ( ------------).
The Lord be with you.
© 2011-2012: Charles Howard Hartman (on Facebook),, Use freely, with attribution, non-commercially.

PART TWO. Not part of the brochure.  Could be on the website(s).
Additional information:  Examples of Pella giving more might be: Community—this brochure, help on website and as ministry.  More Business, help the unemployed, home business on internet (sic). Religion, explicit covenant (Mayflower Compact), other ministry help, especially ‘discipling by getting others into the narrative. Education, home schooling, on-line MIT classes and more, Khan Academy, etc.

TheTitle.  An homage to the American philosopher, C. S. Peirce, who wrote a key article, ‘How to Make Your Ideas Clear’ in Popular Mechanics.

Each of these four categories of community (festivals…), business work schedules, marketing calendars…), religion (church year, weekly worship…), education (semesters, degree programs…), has its own calendar.

On communities being destroyed, see Creveld , Barzun’s epilog to From Dawn to Decadence, Nisbet (History of the Idea of Progress, Introduction), and Berman (‘Law and Revolution’ Introduction—the best scholarship:North).  Hat tip: GKN  These are all speaking of the nation-state system.

On the national revolutions of the West following a pattern of Imperative, Subjective, Narrative, Objective, see Chapter 5 of Gardner’s ‘Beyond Belief’. His complete cross of reality at the end is valuable, and the memory palace above is related to it, though differs.

Jordan’s short ‘Crisis, Opportunity, and the Christian Future’ uses Law, Lyric, Evaluation, Fact as the sequence. His ‘Covenant Sequence in Leviticus and Deuteronomy’ has a 12-stage sequence, ending in the new song of the covenant.

The Heidelberg Catechism is online, the Souvenir History is difficult to find.

Our eBook is for sale here: (when done, link). It elaborates on this process.

We want to help. It’s a refuge giving.  Contact us.

This is part two, subjective, of Hartman’s 4-part ‘Peace! Be a Hero: Help Explicitly Reconcile Opposites’ plan to avoid the perpetual war of the neo-tribes, while also avoiding the slavery of empires, as the nation-state seems to be failing. Done right, it will keep the enthusiastic small groups of the tribes, and the productive economy of the empires. Comprehensive Beauty of Rhyming Covenant Sequences is the Imperative, and The Symphony of Peace/History is the narrative—the scientific method of the sociological era, and The Jordan 49 Calendar is the objective front. Forward, In, Back, Out.  Law, Lyric, Evaluation, Fact.

An example of how rhyming covenant sequences helps.
Take two of them. THEOS and the first 4, 5 words, commandments.

If coming to Pella 1847 is both obeying a Transcendent God and setting up a new Hierarchy (America, not Holland), then living Ethically until 1922 (and continuing) would be next, but what does one do with ‘Oaths and Sanctions’ as the next side of the square?

One goes to the word/commandment about the Sabbath, and realizes that its admonition to give rest fits in with the sharing of Tulip Time and Souvenir History of Pella, so that the Oath part is seen to be more Sanctions—that one should give rest somehow.

One also sees an implication of getting out and coming to the new land, the Transcendent Hierarchy, and of Ethically living there.  This implication is that one should give rest, share, or be sanctioned?

As these sequences are piled up more and more, we learn more and more about them individually, in part, totally, and in whole.

Add the genesis and early history of this as a dealing with the trauma of Mom. Eve of the Circumcision of Our Lord, Dec. 31, A. D. 2005. 4 Gs, and ‘care’ chronology, the Via Pellarosa.

HTMYCB (The Pella Square) would narratively disciple all parties, uniting them on what to do going forward--and on whence we have come.

All kinds of communities.

Praise the Lord.

Love in King Jesus,

PS: Even better would be having half of the group go around from past to future, and half from future to past, to show herovolution:   [I'VE IMPROVED THIS POEM TREMENDOUSLY NOW, FEB. 14 A. D. 2011.]]

I believe Herovolution. God lovingly drags us into His future, changing us.
As we are chosen to be torn in the present between the future and the past, between in and out, our howl becomes music, and we the singing song.
(Faintly: Rests—absences—are as important as notes—presences.)
"Come, let us return to the LORD; for he has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us down, and he will bind us up" (Hos. 6:1)
The hero is the protagonist, the first sufferer, the one between the ages. He Helps Explicitly Reconcile Opposites.
Chapter 5 of Gardner’s ‘Beyond Belief’ and The Complete Cross of Reality are very valuable.

North has a component here:
[Members only]  The basic view is that the poweres that be [we war against higher ones] have money, power and an old boy network.  The latter is crumbling, based on educational exams: the acid at its base is 'I can get if for you cheaper'. Jews, Armenians, Scots, Dutchmen and now Asians.

[But we war against higher ones: 'Who Rules the Land?'. 'Crisis, Opportunity and the Christian Future'. Sung liturgy, same prayers every week, chanted Psalms.

Love in King Jesus,


1 comment:

  1. A little ‘sharing’ on the 6th anniversary of my mother’s death. One’s pain may, I pray, become a bridge of healing for others.
    I just put up a Facebook Page, 'Nursing Home? Godparents for Eldsters?'. The 'about' explains well, and the idea is that just as some churches have godparents to help the vulnerable youngsters, we should consider the same for the to-be-vulnerable. Link to transcript and video of ceremony in the 'about' section, or at 'Godparents For Eldsters' on the web: .
    There’s also ‘Peace Tribe Manual’ on Facebook.