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September 2004       Vol. 33, No. 9       Page  134
From Our Readers

From Our Readers


Dear Editor:

I have just finished reading the article about John Gorsuch [Aisenberg, "Six of the Greatest: John Gorsuch," 33 The Colorado Lawyer 11 (July 2004)] and could not help but remember my days at law school at D.U. I was admitted to practice in 1962 after leaving there. I am not sure which professor discussed the subject, but I do remember that John Gorsuch was the subject. It was reported that Mr. Gorsuch had integrity that was above reproach. He could be observed having lunch with the opposing party of an arbitration without concern. He was trusted without reservation.

In 42 years of practice, I have always thought that such a reputation was better than money, or anything else.

Very truly yours,
Frank J. Woodrow, Montrose

Dear Mr. Gibbard:

My brother, house attorney for the Pillar of Fire Church, is a subscriber to The Colorado Lawyer. We were quite interested in your historical article in the August 2004 issue ["Historical Perspectives," 33 The Colorado Lawyer 84 (Aug. 2004)]. Besides being the founder of our church, the Pillar of Fire, Alma White was an aunt of our paternal grandmother.

I would like to bring your attention to one apparent misconception on your part. In the last paragraph, you say that Alma White "in her later years . . . was ordained in the more sedate ‘Pillar of Fire’ Church." The Pillar of Fire Church is not a different organization from the Pentecostal Union. When Alma White, her Methodist-minister husband Kent, and others founded the Pentecostal Union early in the twentieth century, they drew its name from the biblical Day of Pentecost described in the book of Acts, when the Holy Spirit descended on the disciples of Jesus (who by then had ascended into heaven), giving them spiritual power—a day considered ever since as the birthday of the Christian Church. The Pentecostal Union saw itself as the spiritual descendent of Wesleyan Methodism, emphasizing holiness of heart and life. However, over the next few years the charismatic movement sprang up, which had a different concept of the work of the Holy Spirit today and in particular emphasized speaking in unknown, so-called miraculous "tongues," an activity which Alma White and her followers saw as anti-Christian. The name "Pentecostal" was becoming associated in the public mind with that charismatic movement (and you seem to have made that association in your second paragraph where you call the Pentecostal Union a "charismatic sect"). To avoid such associations, the church name was changed from the Pentecostal Union to the Pillar of Fire, an expression taken from the biblical book of Exodus ("The Lord went before them . . . by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light."—Exodus 13:21). The denomination had already been publishing a magazine by that name, so the name was associated with the movement. . . .

Thanks for an informative article.

Yours truly,
(Rev.) Suzanne Wolfram
Alma Temple/Pillar of Fire, Denver

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