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The Albright Reporter
Albright College
13th & Bern Streets
Reading, PA 19612-5234
Fax: 610-921-7295
E-mail: jstoudt@alb.edu

Dear Albright Reporter,

The article about Greek organizations (winter 2004, vol. 24, no. 1) centered on the social fraternities and sororities. However, there are additional organizations that have served the Albright community for decades. There are the service fraternities whose primary function is to serve Albright and surrounding communities in a variety of ways. There are also the academic fraternities who honor academic excellence in specific fields.

An organization that does not neatly fit into any of these categories is Phi Delta Sigma Honorary Alumnae Sorority. It was formed 90 years ago when Albright College was in Myerstown, Pa., by five young women who were students there. They desired to have a way to maintain their relationship with the College and each other after graduation. Since that time, Phi Delta Sigma has chosen additional sisters from Albright seniors who are outstanding academically and personally through activities on campus and in the community. The sorority continues to serve Albright with annual contributions to the Gingrich Library and with scholarships to current students. More than 300 current sisters continue the original goal of maintaining relationships with the College and each other.

I hope that in a future issue of the Reporter you will tell the story of the contributions of these other organizations.

Beth Fox Shugar
Class of 1971


Dear Albright Reporter,

Dr. Charles Brown’s disjointed essay “Selling Faith,” as published in the spring 2004 edition of The Albright Reporter, is yet another subtle indicator of the anti-Christian, secular humanism philosophy that permeates the halls of higher education institutions and their elite academia inhabitants.

In his essay, Dr. Brown wishes to reassure readers that despite the recent commercial success of the Passion of the Christ, Veggie Tales and the Left Behind series, the population of “evangelicals” in the U.S. has remained “relatively stable” (Dr. Brown doesn’t define the word “evangelical” as used in his essay). Yet in the same paragraph, Dr. Brown states that, “current estimates suggest that there are somewhere between 25 and 75 million evangelicals in this country.” The contradiction between “relatively stable” and “25 to 75 million” suggests that Dr. Brown may be as clueless as the rest of us common folk as to how many so-called “evangelicals” live in the U.S.

In another clever swipe at Christianity, Dr. Brown states that for well over 200 years Americans have combined their religion with…”singing hymns whose musical structures were taken from popular drinking songs.” For clarity on this issue, of the hundreds of hymns in the United Methodist Hymnbook, would Dr. Brown kindly advise readers just how many hymns are based on drinking songs?

Dr. Brown concludes his essay…“So for those who fear that the popularity of The Passion of the Christ and other evangelical cultural items are symptomatic of an evangelical resurgence I would say don’t worry…you’re merely looking at the wrong side of the equation.” Dr. Brown, are you one of those who fear an evangelical resurgence? If so, why? What are you afraid of?

Curt Glass
Class of 1964

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