Date: 21 October 1997
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Subject: [RichMailList 181]: Memorial - Cincinnati Bible College


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Date: Tue, 21 Oct 1997 23:09:53
Subject: CBC Memorial, 10/21/97
From: Thomas K Laughlin

Presidents Hall, Cincinnati Bible College

Welcome & prayer :  Shawn McMullen of CBC

Jeff Sack, who had toured with Rich at one time,  played piano and sang
'Step by Step", "My Jesus, I love thee" and "Tis so sweet to trust in
Jesus".  Jeff said Rich taught him to love C.S. Lewis & Cincinnati.  

Jeff sang a song he wrote in the last month.  It was really nice. 
"When I cross that river thats the last time I'll cry..."

A video of still photos of the early years of Zion was then shown, with
pictures of Concerts at Fountain Square in Cincinnati, and the 1980
Sonshine festival in Butler County Fair grounds, and other places

Jamie Carmichael, Rich's roommate at CBC, then spoke about the years
from 1974 on when they were together at CBC.  He recalled times when Rich
would live in inner city areas (lower price hill), and do concerts on the
street.

Terry Fisher who had been with the Jesus House then spoke. It was
November, 1974 when Rich did his first coffeehouse at the Jesus House in
Mt. Healthy, Ohio.  Rich did 12 "coffeehouses" at the Jesus House solo,
and then 11 times with Zion.  Every December, Zion would do a Christmas
concert at the Jesus House. Terry recalled that Rich had great talent,
but it was the Lord flowing through Rich, and Rich yielding to the Lord,
that brought so much fruit.  Rich had total dependence on the Lord.  And
Terry recalled some of Rich's mild (and not so mild) eccentricities.  
He read from Psalm 118, and remarked that we all marveled at what all
God did with our friend  Rich.

A letter from Mark Hard was read. Mark and Rich were close during the
Bible School days.

Then Jenny Wesner, Beth Snell Lutz, and Tom Weimer (all of Zion) sang
"If I Stand".  Jenny recalled how Rich often used to go ahead of the
group to concerts early, to set-up.  The others had jobs, and would often
be just on time.  But Rich would go ahead early.  When she heard of his
death, she thought  He's gone ahead of us again.  And we who remain now 
we are the ones who have to stand!

Phil Heimlich, Cincinnati City Councilman, read a proclamation declaring
10/21/97 "Richard Wayne Mullins day" in Cincinnati.

Professor Ron Henderson then spoke.  He told how Rich was in his
freshman English class, and that Rich's writings were "original" like
nothing he has ever seen before or since in any of his students. He
remarked how Rich was politically incorrect at CBC before the phrase had
even been coined. Rich would not conform to the established order. 

Rich was part of his 'student family" (a group of 15 students assigned
to each professor) and Rich never missed a meeting.  They had great
discussions.  And Rich loved to lead song, and just entertain with music.
Rich later came back and guest lectured in his English class.    
He recalled the first public performance of "Sing your praise to the
Lord" and remembered thinking that it was better than any music he was
hearing on the radio that day.  It was no ordinary music, but something
special.  He said Rich hated cliches, so he had to create a new one to
describe Rich  'Rich shuffled to the beat of a different dulcimer".

They then showed excerpts of "Pursuit of a Legacy" and also "Not afraid
of the dark" which was read by Kathy Sprinkle (but I believe written by
Rich) .  It was awesome writing!

Beth Snell Lutz then sang "The 23rd Psalm", a song Rich had written. 
She met Rich 22 years ago on her first day at CBC.   Everyone was in 3
piece suits, until she saw this guy with long hair, jeans with holes, and
bare feet.  She remembered thinking Thank God there is a human-person
here.  She first heard him sing outside playing the piano on the hillside
at CBC overlooking Cincinnati.  She heard words from Rich that helped her
for the first time understand what was in her heart.  (I think many can
attest to the same when hearing Rich's music).  She got to listen to Rich
playing in the music rooms, up until the day CBC told Rich he couldn't
play anymore because it wasn't music he was  banging out on the piano.  
Rich didn't quite fit the mold of the conforming CBC  student.   She said
Rich was confused about life, but yielded himself to allow God to use
him.

Dave Mullins (Rich's brother) than spoke.   Rich was honest and open,
truthful about himself, and that drew people to him.  What many saw in
him was a sinner struggling to sin less.  He had uncommon gifts.  Was he
a saint?  Was he a sinner struggling to sin less?  He was all of these
things.  And he called to us to "come and join me on the way".

You Be Gods where you are, and He will use you.  Be faithful in the
small things, use your gifts for God.  That is what Rich did.  And that
is why he went so far.  Rich wasn't great because of his gifts, or who
he was. He was great because of *whose* he was!  (Rich yielded himself to
God much, so God could flow through him).

Then Sam Howard spoke (former member of Zion).   He told how he saw Rich
in concert, and told him after that he'd like to get to know him more. 
The next day, Rich showed up at his dorm room.  He played some of his
songs, for Rich.  They traded back and forth.  Finally he just listened
to Rich's songs.  Rich told the whole truth, good and bad,  in his songs.
Oh, he mentioned that Rich had an opinion on everything, and if he
didn't, he'd make one up.

It was mentioned that Rich said if he were to die, he would want to say
two things:  "Forgive me" and "Thank You".  He was a gifted, humble man,
who loved everyone he met.

The video 'Elijah" was played.  Jeff Sack led in the singing of "It is
well with my soul", And then David Gubbs, president of CBC gave a
closing benediction.

It was nice.  There were around 200 people in attendance.  Many were old
friends from the Zion and Jesus House and CBC days.  A real family of
rebellious Christian hippies had rallied around Rich and  Zion and the
Jesus House in  the late 70's early 80's.  It was a wonderful time, with
many strong lasting relationships, and  everyone had been thrilled as
Rich's wonderful music went national and international.  They all saw the
talent, inspiration, and gift in this wonderful humble radical friend. 
All mourn the loss, but are comforted in knowing that (as one of the
speakers said) "the volume is turned up a little bit louder now in
heaven!"

I hope you get reviews of the memorial from others to fill in the gaps I
missed,  but here are the thoughts I can remember from the service that
ended less than 2 hours ago.

Tom


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