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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14,1962

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MRA Headquarters on Island Hideaway

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By MICHAEL HARRAH
City Editor
Special To The Daily
MACKINAC ISLAND - To your
right after the boat docks, a black-
topped winding little street wan-
ders off around one of the world's
most famous islands.
Here the north woods beauty is
a tradition. No motor vehicles are
allowed on the island. Horses and
bicycles do the job.
There is a rustic air about the
whole place, from its world f a-
mous Grand Hotel to the smallest
cobblestone in the narrowest side
street.
Headquarters
This is the setting which one of
the world's most unique organiza-
tions has selected for its perman-
ent headquarters. This Island of
Mackinac, at the junction between
Lakes Huron and Michigan, is the
home of Moral Re-Armament.
MRA, of course, is the organiza-
tion which hopes to better the
world as a place to live by chang-
ing human nature, and most of its
operation is directed from here.
And although its founder, Frank
N. D. Buchanan, died last year, the
organization is far from moribund.
Expand Programs
The group has headquartered at
Mackinac since 1942, but that fact
hadn't attained much notice until
just recently, when its great con-
struction and building program
got underway.
Starting in 1942 with a borrowed
building, MRA now possesses 15
buildings, covering some 20 acres,
making Mackinac Island the ma-
jor training center for the group
which considers itself the only ef-
fective force against the spread of
world Communism.
(Other MRA centers are located
at Caux, Switzerland, at the very
peak of a mountain in the Alps,
and at Tokyo.)
Plush Facilities
Attracting devotees from all
over ,the world, the Mackinac
hideaway includes living and din-
ing quarters, a television and
movie studio, where MRA pro-
duces its own material.
Morality plays and propaganda
are admittedly its media for the
masses in its attempt to bring
about complete "morality" in all
governments.
Communism is its current foe,
and leaders hope to reform Pei-
"ping and Moscow without taking
up arms. MRA'ers claim that the
coming years will be their most
crucial because of this goal.
Nebulous Group
To classify them would be diffi-
cult. Theirs is a religion without
ritual, a credo with feeling, a po-
litical weapon without sin.
They originate their morality
within themselves and they hope
that "it will be catching"-so that
they may reform those about them
by osmosis, so to speak.
MRA'ers work at their tasks
with great zeal, and they claim
they will be successful only be-
cause they are devoid of political
aspirations.
Many Backers
On the Island, their opponents
are many, but their friends are
just as numerous. Endorsers in-

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About $16.00 per week for room and board

ECONOMICAL LIVING.
plus 5-6 hours work.

BOARDING.

If you room near a co-op house you may obtain 20 meals a

week for $10.50 plus 4-5 hours work.
ADULT RESPONSIBILITIES and privileges in homes that are student con-
trolled and owned. Sharng work cuts costs.

DEMOCRATIC IDEALS.
nation.

No racial, religious, political, or social discrimi-

MACKINAC ISLAND-Amid the rustic surroundings and horse-drawn carriages Moral Re-Arma-
ment directs its far-flung campaign against Communism. People from all walks of life and the four
corners of the earth converge on this famous island to participate in its activities.
elude cartoonist Walt Kelly and day-to-day, with money and Rather they are an industrious
K a t a n g a President M o i s e muscle just turning up whenever sort, devoting every energy to their
Tshombe, clearly two divergent it is needed. task.
personalities. While MRA.people are perhaps And perhaps it is rewarding -
Their group has no visible hier- odd bedfellows individually, they for MRA has grown and grown,
archy, and its operation goes from that aren't strange or different. both in operation and in following.

for information, contact the Co-op Office: Room 2546
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