does someone choose to open their door to a stranger and
invite them inside, knowing that very act carries the threat
of death for them and perhaps for their entire family?
For Reverend Jeanne Audrey Powers, the challenges raised
by the Holocaust are constant companions and with great
sadness she knows that she herself might be unable to open
the door. It is not a pleasant realization. Like an uncomfortable
sermon speaking the word of truth, the Holocaust continually
challenges her -- and us -- to consider and live out the
implications of our faith.
Jeanne Audrey Powers Holocaust Studies Collection,
the result of one woman’s wrestling with the implications
of those horrible events, is a generous gift of over one
hundred titles, effectively doubling the Spencer Library’s
Holocaust related holdings and providing a significant resource
of materials for United and the Upper
Midwest region. Reverend Powers’ Minnesota roots
and her connections with United through past students make
the Spencer Library a natural choice for her and, like all
retiring pastors, she wants her books to “…go
to a good home.” We thank her for this gift and welcome
the collection to its new home in the Spencer Library.