Opening words for Ken's gathering
Brown and Katy Gray Brown
We were just in Ken’s office in the Administration building—many of you will
remember the precariously balanced collection that is his office. There’s a
cabinet door where he posted pictures and clippings spanning nearly 50 years.
There is only one quotation included there, among the photos. Knowing Ken, you
might expect it to be about peace, justice, or the power of truth…and it is,
indirectly. It’s about you. From Goethe:
The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers and cities; but to know someone here and there who thinks and feels with us, and who, though distant, is close to us in spirit, this make
the earth for us an inhabited garden.
Viona and Ken recognized in each other a kinship of spirit, and
together they created something new. Something remarkable. Something which
extends the love, care and work of family to a much larger community and
This is where you all come in. Indulge us:
Who here have traveled with Ken – Jan term or
otherwise? Would you please stand?
Who have spent time in Ken and Viona’s living room – coffee house, philosophy tea, or Kenapoc coalition meetings?
Stand, please, if you took a class with Ken at
Now stand if you were part of a discussionKen led
in church or the community.
Thank you for coming to stand with us, today. We have no words to share for what we have lost, only words for what we have been given. We
feel particularly blessed to have grown up in the companionship and care of the
community our parents created. We were born into this movement, raised on this
ride…nurtured in this love. Every day.
…to know someone who thinks and feels with us...who is close to us in
We are so grateful for the miracle that brings us here. For this beautiful
garden that Ken leaves us to tend. May we do so with Ken’s dedication, his
irrepressible joy, and, always, his great love.