We plan to continue with a international working Camp on the Summer 2008 in order to continue as planned our Peace path (29th of June to 5 of July 2008). We have a little committee here at Bienenberg seeking to find good Ideas, joint-ventures with groups, artists who are able to contribute
A description of the 1st station on the Peace Path, “the Pax Fountain” or as Claude calls it, “The Fountain of Creation”, that was constructed “in honor of the people who were involved with the Pax program. The paragraph below regarding Hansruedy Rufenacht gives credit to one of their maintenance workers who designed the “Pax Fountain”.
The name of the maintenance man (also an artist) here at Bienenberg is Hansruedy Rufenacht. He planned the first concept, and the young people (in the summer work camp who constructed the fountain) contributed to the more detailed arrangement.
|From left to right: Michel Steiger/ from Schänzli Church, Switzerland ; Katharina Hofmann/ from Mennonite Brethren Church Wasservurg/ Germany; Tabea Rediger/ from Schänzli Church, Switzerland; Rahel Saegesser/from Schänzli Church, Switzerland; Hansruedi Ruefenacht, maintenance director and artist, Bienenberg; Switzerland; his wife Irma Ruefenacht who works in the kitchen, Bienenberg; Delphine Kreis/from Mennonite Church Alsace/France; Claude Baecher and Heike Geist, both teachers and academic directors at Bienenberg; Nico Abert, Mennonite Church/France; Jonas Wurster/from from Schänzli Church, Switzerland|
from Schänzli Church
from Mennonite Brethren Church Wasservurg
from Schänzli Church
from Schänzli Church.
|from left to right:Hansruedi Ruefenacht, maintenance director and artist, Bienenberg; Delphine Kreis/from Mennonite Church Alsace;Jonas Wurster/from from Schänzli Church; Heike Geist, teacher at Bienenberg/CH.|
The symbolism of the fountain of creation (and also somehow “new-creation”):
- It expresses thankfulness for God’s magnificent work of Creation
- The seven pillars symbolize the seven days of creation (we have also placed recently two doves, one on the seventh pillar and one on a stone beside, symbolizing at the same time the spirit and peace)
- The stones are from the Jura region (the region in which Bienenberg) is located . The Idea is that “out of the wilderness comes life”.
- In the middle is a spring of Water (there is also light on it in the evening). The water moves when there is a little bit of wind. It symbolizes the work of God’s Spirit bringing life where there was no (more) Life before. Here is the symbolism of what the PAX program brought to many places of the earth “In the Name of Christ”… And we are thankful for the credibility of the Gospel that accompanied these deeds in a world of violence, destruction and sin.
- We have also placed some fossils, that is petrified former Life, in order to show that each generation must open itself to the work of the Spirit of God in order to truly stay alive.
|Behind the Pax Fountain: Claude Baecher, teacher at Bienenberg and former Pax Boy Walter Schmucker|
|Walter Schmucker is presenting the check, contributed by 57 former Pax men toward the construction of the Peace Path and the Pax Fountain|
It is possible to view more information about the Peace Path in a PowerPoint document, originally from the Bienenberg Theological Seminary website.