King's Business - 1954-06

ublic school, teachers in Los Angeles now have their own fellowship.

¡ Here’ s what one group of public school teachers is doing to strengthen their | Witness For Christ

Education: Christian Teachers Unite

warm, lazy day in the middle of last summer. Crowds of people were moving rapidly in and out of the sprawling Union Station in Los An­ geles. Some were boarding trains for points east while others with their smart looking luggage, had just ar­ rived in California and were gazing interestingly at the tall palm trees around the station—trees that looked like long, tall mops turned upside down. The large Harvey House with its southwestern architecture was getting its share of business that day. A trim, polite, and soft-spoken hostess was just inside the dining room door assuring hungry travelers and local businessmen that tables were becom­ ing available and that they would be accommodated in a matter of a few minutes. One of the group was Dr. Clyde Narramore, a tall, bushy-haired man in his mid-thirties. He had a lunch­ eon date with a man he had never met. As Narramore looked around he saw a mature, kindly looking gen­ tleman entering- the door. “ Pardon

me, sir, but are you Mr. Weiss?” Narramore said. “Yes, I am,” said Weiss, “And you are Dr. Narra­ more?” “ That’s right,” said Narra­ more. As the two were talking at their table, they remarked how each of them was engaged in the field of edu­ cation in Southern California, were both Christians, how they had heard much of each other, and yet had never met before. Ben Weiss, principal of the Metro­ politan High School in Los Angeles, spoke of his interest in Christian youth groups. As he told about the trip he was soon to make to Japan in behalf of Youth for Christ, Narra­ more scribbled three words on his paper napkin — three words that would remind him that he wanted to talk with Weiss about a certain matter. Then with a sudden note of en­

thusiasm Weiss said, “ But you know, lately I’ve had a special burden on my heart about another organization which I feel should be brought into existence, one we have needed for many years.” “What’s that?” asked Narramore. “Well,” said Weiss, “ it’s an organization for public school edu­ cators—a teachers fellowship.” Nar­ ramore turned his napkin over and said “ Look what I’ve just written here —fellowship for educators!” That was the beginning of the Ed­ ucators’ Fellowship of Southern Cal­ ifornia, an organization of born-again professional people who are employed by the public schools. It is interesting too, that these two men represent the largest educational organizations of their type rin the State of California. Weiss is an influ­ ential man in the Los Angeles City School system, being principal of one of the large high schools. Dr. Nar­ ramore is a psychologist and educa­ tion 'Spefcialist on the staff of the Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools, traveling throughout Los Ahgeles County as a consultant to

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