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Northfield Mount Hermon broadly interpreted Moody’s legacy by focusing on education, not evangelism. Some want elements of that ethos to continue. Dave Powell, D.L. Moody’s great-grandson, said he hopes a Christian institution will take ownership and carry on such traditions as honoring the dignity of manual labor by having everyone do physical chores.
"I hope they sustain the Christian foundation here, but are broad enough to understand that it’s not the only religion in the world," Powell said. "I would hope we certainly would invite Muslims, Jews and everybody else [to speak on campus] because how else are we going to survive in the world?"
The Greens will consider a first round of proposals at a March 7 family meeting. After that, they might open the process beyond the handpicked candidates, although that could mean weighing hundreds of proposals, Pattengale said.
He reminded local leaders that it’s the Greens’ property to "do what they want with it."
"We could hold it indefinitely if we wanted to, but our goal is to get it operating," Green said. "The sooner the better, if we could find the right fit."
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