May 27, 2011
Clyde Johnson isn’t technically an Earlham alumnus; he graduated from Indiana University. But back in 1966 he created Ichthys House, a spiritual house and retreat on College Avenue, across from the Earlham campus, and especially close to the Earlham School of Religion. He has also been described as ESR’s longest enrolled student.
For more than four decades, Clyde has maintained Ichthys House as a place of spiritual welcome, retreat and refreshment for EC and ESR students, for Young Friends of high school age and many others. He provided bread, conversation, spiritual advice, and days of silence.
He was drawn to this ministry, in part, by his encounter with D. Elton Trueblood and the Yokefellows, a movement that Trueblood founded while an Earlham Professor. Today, in Richmond, Yokefellows honored Clyde Johnson for his life’s ministry. I had the honor of saying a few things about him. Another speaker described him as “a quiet man giving ministry in a quiet house that reached around the world.”