When have you last thought about
—your earliest memory from childhood?
—that favorite room in the house where you were raised?
—your spiritual heritage; how you were influenced in forming your beliefs and philosophy of life?
Have you ever thought about putting such thoughts into writing?
How you remember them, why and how to write them, and share them. You will learn some beginning steps in a fun-filled experience exploring and writing about your own past—and gain some ideas of what to do with them. WORKSHOP to follow on October 30, 2021.
Richard has experience in writing about families—his own and that of others. He has researched and written family histories (with genealogies) and a couple of family story books.
—Some Family Memories and Stories with the Ancestral Records of Jacob Good Bowman and Anna Mary Stauffer (2007)
—Stewards and Entrepreneurs, The Life and Times of a Franconia Mennonite Family—Clemens and Gotwals (2013)
—An Honest and Industrious People, The Life and Times of Isaiah Tyson Landes and Susan Moyer Alderfer (2021)
He has also authored two congregational histories in his retirement years.
—An Increase in Time – Story Lines of Germantown Mennonite Church and Its Historic Trust, 1683-2005 (2015)
—Meetinghouse on the Plain – Plains Mennonite Congregation Remembering 250 Years (2015)
Richard taught history and religion classes in three high schools–in Kalona and Van Horne, Iowa and 19 years at Christopher Mennonite Dock High School. Richard has been a pastor in three Mennonite congregations: Kalona, Iowa; Germantown, in Philadelphia, PA; and Plains, Hatfield, PA. He is a graduate of Eastern Mennonite College (now University), Harrisonburg, VA, and the Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (now Palmer Seminary), St. Davids, PA. He is married to Mary Mosemann Lichty and they now live at Dock Woods, Lansdale. They are the parents of three adult children.