UPDATE: Barry was discharged from the hospital after 4 nights there. He came home late Wednesday night. He is doing much better and thanks you for your prayers!
John E. Fetzer and Constance Cumbey - - Fighting either for or against the “New Age”: Two former Seventh Day Adventists originally from the Fort Wayne, Indiana area – very, very different paths!
The immense ironies have not escaped me. One of the greatest perpetrators of the New Age Movement came from the same corner of Indiana where I was born and raised, although he arrived much earlier than myself (1909 vs. 1944). That was John E. Fetzer. One sounding the major warnings against the New Age Movement, myself, also came from that same corner of Indiana. John Fetzer was born in Decatur, Indiana. I was born in very nearby Fort Wayne, Indiana. Ironically, for formative years of our respective lives, we were both once Seventh Day Adventists. Out of curiosity, I searched online for mentions of our respective selves in SDA archives. The following is from the James White Library of Andrews University, the flagship Seventh Day Adventist university located in Berrien Springs, Michigan. Mr. Fetzer (1909-1991 and myself (1944 - present) took very, very different paths. Ironically, I only learned of Fetzer’s Seventh Day Adventist background after reading a by now well publicized book by Brian C. Wilson, a professor of Comparative Religions at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Kalamazoo, Michigan is where John E. Fetzer was headquartered for many years and where he built his business empire worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Kalamazoo is the home of the Fetzer Institute recipient of the huge fortune left by Mr. Fetzer on his death in Hawaii in 1991. Mr. Fetzer left his immensely large fortune to propagate and propagandize the New Age Movement.