Our Kind, Cheerful Den Mother: Ellen Mitchell

Our kind cheerful den mother
Ellen Mitchell (1937-2022)

I rejoice and give thanks for the efforts and accomplishments of Ellen Mitchell, who left this world on March 2 at the age of 85. She was not well-known in the world, but among the Worldwide Community of the New Message from God, she was well-known and well-loved.

Our kind cheerful den mother

Ellen Mitchell’s testimony of hearing Marshall Vian Summers speak

I don’t know very much about Ellen’s life. The above testimony shows she first encountered Marshall Vian Summers in 1994. In 1998 she moved to Boulder, Colorado to support the New Message. She has been a member of the Society for the New Message from God for many years.

I don’t know exactly what she did as a member of the Society. But I do know that when people inquired about the New Message from God in one form or another, Ellen would patiently and cheerfully respond. She may have answered more questions about the New Message from God than anyone, living or dead. To me, she was our kind cheerful den mother in the Worldwide Community. Happy for our participation, hopeful for our advancement, compassionate with our struggles. She had an inner strength, an inner conviction, which enabled her to be so kind and encouraging to us.

Ellen Mitchell’s depiction of Step 23 of Steps to Knowledge, “I am loved, surrounded and supported by the Teachers of God.”

Ellen also created many artworks that illustrated the teachings of the New Message from God. I seem to recall occasional exhibitions of this artwork, but I’m not finding them now. I consider her artwork to be direct and to the point.

Our kind cheerful den mother. I don’t know very much about Ellen’s departure from this world. It seems to be the tendency of students of the New Message from God to die with minimal drama. All I know is that if the New Message succeeds, Ellen Mitchell will be one of the reasons why. By “succeeds” I mean “causes the human family to survive an increasingly difficult world.” Furthermore, “causes humanity to emerge into a greater community of intelligent life with its freedom and sovereignty intact.” Did she fulfill her purpose for coming to this world? I don’t know. But I believe she made a great contribution.

Sahaba or “Companion disciples” in Arabic calligraphy

In Islam, there are those known as the Sahabah, (“the Companions”) who recognized Mohammed as a prophet during his lifetime, and died as Muslims. Like Mary Lee, I consider Ellen to be one of the Sahabah of the New Message from God. There aren’t enough of them to have a name for them yet. Sometimes the word “respondents” is used to describe people who embrace the New Message from God. All I know is that somewhere, on a golden scroll in a holy place, are the names of the Sahabah of the New Message from God. Ellen’s name is on that list.

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7 thoughts on “Our Kind, Cheerful Den Mother: Ellen Mitchell

  1. I am sad and happy all at once. I did not know Ellen greatly but my few brief encounters and correspondence with her certainly left a mark on me. What a tremendously kind caring person and champion of The New Message from God was Ellen Mitchell and I agree with another comment that somewhere, there is a golden scroll in a holy place with her name emblazened upon it. – Australia

  2. I remember her clearly when I met her at the Society in Boulder August 2004.
    Unfortunately due to economic reasons I have not been able to re-visit Boulder.
    Ellen is one of my favorites at the Society.
    We had a very good rapport in spite of her advanced age.
    She has been in my thoughts ever since that wonderful meeting in August 2004.
    I am convinced that she will advance in her new vista somewhere else.

  3. Thank you for this remembrance of a great lady, Douglas. She was my first contact with The Society of the New Message in 2013—so gracious, humble, honest and fiery passionate about the Mission. I am honored to have known her and been known by her.

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