Margaret Fayram Wisehart is the daughter of The Reverend Richard Shackell.
The Holy Bible presented to Margaret Fayram on her 9th birthday, from Richard Shackell, July 4, 1960, was inscribed and would change the direction of her life. From a nine year old perspective, she was wondering what to do with the bible given by her Mom's friend, the Rev. Richard Shackell. It felt so Holy. On November 2, 1960 she became a PK known as Preacher's Kid. This meant helping with the ministry. Margaret received the bible most likely as she would need guidance, and lots of God's help through his word. It became a tattered black leather cover and was replaced by a new red New Revised Standard version.
Most of her fondest memories of Church of the Resurrection were in her latter days there as part of the youth group. The ski trip to Homewood especially stands out as an adventure of beauty and freedom for a teen. Youth group tended to take place on Sunday afternoons and often was on the volleyball courts. Laughing made up, if play was not going well.
The two brothers, Rick and Dave were acolytes and Margaret sang in the choir. Mary and Sarah were busy also. Sarah and Margaret recently discussed communion. The memory of Seder Meal, just before Easter, taught us the history of our Christian tradition, as much as communion itself.
The Rev. Richard Shackell and Jeannette Fayram Shackell created a communion at home as guests ranging from parishioners to bishops attended meals, prepared especially for them by Jeannette. The chicken, almond, broccoli casserole stands out as a family favorite. This part of being a PK would bring lasting memories of dialog, of current issues of the 1960's and early 70's.
The year was 1967, when little America, otherwise known as the Rev. Richard Shackell's family, did a pulpit exchange with a family from Felbridge, England. It was exciting and educational for all. This trip influenced a great deal of future happenings, but for the five PK's memory of the family in England was made.
According to Jeannette Shackell, the Rev. Leslie Walters, with his wife and three young children, came to America's Church of the Resurrection. Their lives too were changed. They lived in the Shackell's house and drove the Shackell's VW van. Rev. Walters was accustomed to preaching from wherever his finger landed on the bible. He learned a lot about the ministry of the laity. The friendliness of the people of Church of the Resurrection taught him to be a warmer person. He returned to England and was so changed he was given a much larger parish and more responsibilities in his diocese. When Dick saw him in England several years later he was driving a VW bus and drinking ice water with his meals.
One of the most outstanding moments was the contribution Rev. Shackell made to the civil rights movement. He marched with the Rev. Martin Luther King from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. A call had been put out to clergy by Rev. King, to challenge clergy to stand up for their beliefs, even if it meant putting their lives on the line. Not all agreed, nor will all Christians ever agree, as Peter and Paul did not. Respect for our differences is needed, but when it comes to human rights we are all equal in God's eyes.