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Johann Heinrich ( "Heini ") Arnold was born 23 December 1913 in Oberbozen in the [[Tyrol (Austria)|Tyrol]]. Heini Arnold was a son of [[Arnold, Eberhard (1883-1935)|Eberhard Arnold]] and [[Arnold, Emmy von Hollander (1884-1980)|Emmy (von Hollander) Arnold]]. He died at the [[Woodcrest Bruderhof (Rifton, New York, USA)|Woodcrest]] Bruderhof, Rifton, [[New York (USA)|New York]] on 23 July 1982. He was elder <em>(Vorsteher) </em>for the [[Society of Brothers|Society of Brothers]] from 13 July 1962 until his death. He was raised in [[Berlin (Germany)|Berlin]], Sannerz, and the [[Rhönbruderhof (Hessen, Germany)|Rhönbruderhof]] in [[Germany|Germany]]; lived in [[England|England]] and at [[Primavera Hutterite Colony (Paraguay)|Primavera]], [[Paraguay|Paraguay]]; then immigrated to the [[United States of America|United States]] in 1955. He was married to Annemarie Wachter; they had nine children. He was confirmed as Servant of the Word <em>([[Diener am Wort|Diener am Wort]]) </em>on 23 October1939, at the [[Cotswold Bruderhof (Ashton Keynes, Wiltshire, England)|Cotswold Bruderhof]]. He was devoted to his father's early Christian witness and last request for the "uniting of genuine old Hutterianism with the attitude of faith of the Blumhardts [Johann Christoph Blumhardt, 1805-80; Christoph Blumhardt, 1842-1919] and the life-attitude of the true Youth Movement." The direction taken by members of the Paraguayan Bruderhofs led to a break with the [[Hutterian Brethren (Hutterische Brüder)|Hutterian Brethren]] in western [[North America|North America]] in 1955. After years of prayer, his humility and self-sacrifice were instrumental for the forgiveness and reuniting that took place in 1974. His love for Christ led the Bruderhof back to unity in living and proclaiming the Word, as recorded in numerous letters and transcripts of meetings. His most important works (all published by Plough Publishing at Rifton, New York) are: <em>Freedom from Sinful Thoughts: Christ Alone Breaks the Curse </em>(1973) <em>(= Freiheit von Gedankensünden: Nur Christus bricht den Fluch, </em>1973); editor, with Annemarie Arnold, of Eberhard and Emmy Arnold, <em>Seeking for the Kingdom of God: Origins of the Bruderhof Communities</em> (1974)<em>; In the Image of God: Marriage and Chastity in Christian Life </em>(1977);<em> Purity of Childhood </em>(1973); <em>Man the Image of God and Modern Psychology </em>(1973); <em>Living in Community: A Way to True Brotherhood </em>(1974), with Annemarie Arnold (= <em>Gemeinsames Leben, ein Weg zu waterer Brüderlichkeit</em>, 1977);<em> Gifts and Saving Grace </em>(1979).
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Johann Heinrich ( "Heini ") Arnold was born 23 December 1913 in Oberbozen in the [[Tyrol (Austria)|Tyrol]], a son of [[Arnold, Eberhard (1883-1935)|Eberhard Arnold]] and [[Arnold, Emmy von Hollander (1884-1980)|Emmy (von Hollander) Arnold]]. He was six years old when the family left Berlin to begin living in community in the village of Sannerz; a personal encounter with Jesus during his childhood profoundly affected his whole life.
  
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He studied agriculture at the Strickhof in Zurich. He married Annemarie Waechter at the [[Alm Bruderhof (Liechtenstein)|Alm Bruderhof]] in 1936; because of a military draft in Germany the young couple began their married life at the [[Cotswold Bruderhof (Ashton Keynes, Wiltshire, England)|Cotswold Bruderhof]] in England. There he was confirmed as Servant of the Word <em>([[Diener am Wort|Diener am Wort]]) </em>on 23 October 1939. At the outbreak of World War II, the Bruderhof was forced to leave [[England]] because of their pacifist position and emigrated to [[Paraguay]]. The next years were difficult as the group tried to get established in an inhospitable environment.
  
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In 1951, Heini was one of several members who traveled to the United States to raise money for [[Primavera Hutterite Colony (Paraguay)|Primavera's]] charitable hospital. He was remarkably successful because of his ability to connect with people. Many of those he met wanted to learn more about the Bruderhof's way of life, and several made the long trip down to Paraguay. In 1954, [[Woodcrest Bruderhof (Rifton, New York, USA)|Woodcrest]] was begun in [[New York (USA)|New York State]]. Heini was the senior pastor there until his death.
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Heini devoted his energy to leading the Bruderhof to a Christ-centered life. He was appointed elder <em>(Vorsteher) </em>for the [[Bruderhof Communities|Bruderhof Communities]] on 13 July 1962. He died at the [[Woodcrest Bruderhof (Rifton, New York, USA)|Woodcrest]] Bruderhof, Rifton, [[New York (USA)|New York]] on 23 July 1982.
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His most important works (all published by Plough Publishing at Rifton, New York) are: <em>Freedom from Sinful Thoughts: Christ Alone Breaks the Curse </em>(1973) <em>(= Freiheit von Gedankensünden: Nur Christus bricht den Fluch, </em>1973); editor, with Annemarie Arnold, of Eberhard and Emmy Arnold, <em>Seeking for the Kingdom of God: Origins of the Bruderhof Communities</em> (1974)<em>; In the Image of God: Marriage and Chastity in Christian Life </em>(1977);<em> Purity of Childhood </em>(1973); <em>Man the Image of God and Modern Psychology </em>(1973); <em>Living in Community: A Way to True Brotherhood </em>(1974), with Annemarie Arnold (= <em>Gemeinsames Leben, ein Weg zu waterer Brüderlichkeit</em>, 1977);<em> Gifts and Saving Grace </em>(1979). ''Discipleship'' is a collection of his writings that was published after his death.
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= Bibliography =
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Arnold, J. Heinrich. ''Discipleship: Living for Christ in the Daily Grind.'' Plough Publishing House 2013.
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Arnold, J. Heinrich. ''Freedom from Sinful Thoughts.'' Plough Publishing House 2014.
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Mommsen, Peter. ''Homage to a Broken Man: The Life of J. Heinrich Arnold - A true story of faith, forgiveness, sacrifice, and community.'' Plough Publishing House 2015.
 
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[http://www.heiniarnold.com/ J. Heinrich Arnold website]
 
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Latest revision as of 17:20, 7 August 2017

Johann Heinrich ( "Heini ") Arnold was born 23 December 1913 in Oberbozen in the Tyrol, a son of Eberhard Arnold and Emmy (von Hollander) Arnold. He was six years old when the family left Berlin to begin living in community in the village of Sannerz; a personal encounter with Jesus during his childhood profoundly affected his whole life.

He studied agriculture at the Strickhof in Zurich. He married Annemarie Waechter at the Alm Bruderhof in 1936; because of a military draft in Germany the young couple began their married life at the Cotswold Bruderhof in England. There he was confirmed as Servant of the Word (Diener am Wort) on 23 October 1939. At the outbreak of World War II, the Bruderhof was forced to leave England because of their pacifist position and emigrated to Paraguay. The next years were difficult as the group tried to get established in an inhospitable environment.

In 1951, Heini was one of several members who traveled to the United States to raise money for Primavera's charitable hospital. He was remarkably successful because of his ability to connect with people. Many of those he met wanted to learn more about the Bruderhof's way of life, and several made the long trip down to Paraguay. In 1954, Woodcrest was begun in New York State. Heini was the senior pastor there until his death.

Heini devoted his energy to leading the Bruderhof to a Christ-centered life. He was appointed elder (Vorsteher) for the Bruderhof Communities on 13 July 1962. He died at the Woodcrest Bruderhof, Rifton, New York on 23 July 1982.

His most important works (all published by Plough Publishing at Rifton, New York) are: Freedom from Sinful Thoughts: Christ Alone Breaks the Curse (1973) (= Freiheit von Gedankensünden: Nur Christus bricht den Fluch, 1973); editor, with Annemarie Arnold, of Eberhard and Emmy Arnold, Seeking for the Kingdom of God: Origins of the Bruderhof Communities (1974); In the Image of God: Marriage and Chastity in Christian Life (1977); Purity of Childhood (1973); Man the Image of God and Modern Psychology (1973); Living in Community: A Way to True Brotherhood (1974), with Annemarie Arnold (= Gemeinsames Leben, ein Weg zu waterer Brüderlichkeit, 1977); Gifts and Saving Grace (1979). Discipleship is a collection of his writings that was published after his death.

Bibliography

Arnold, J. Heinrich. Discipleship: Living for Christ in the Daily Grind. Plough Publishing House 2013.

Arnold, J. Heinrich. Freedom from Sinful Thoughts. Plough Publishing House 2014.

Mommsen, Peter. Homage to a Broken Man: The Life of J. Heinrich Arnold - A true story of faith, forgiveness, sacrifice, and community. Plough Publishing House 2015.

Additional Information

J. Heinrich Arnold website


Author(s) Emmy Maendel
Date Published August 2017


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