So, what’s really going on here? A few would like to know.
This morning, I read with interest Mr Holladay’s take on things on Inside United: Realtime:
Further Information Regarding Council Withdrawal of Officers Resolution:
Inquiries have been coming in from several elders asking for more details or specific reasons why the Council of Elders felt it necessary to withdraw the “resolution concerning governance” from the Call and Notice packet for this year’s General Conference of Elders.
I have asked our legal counsel to prepare a statement giving that explanation in response to those inquiries, which should be ready next week.
Chairman, Council of Elders
[underlining my emphasis]
Um, “legal counsel”? There were lawyers in Jesus’ day, and it seems He wasn’t all that happy with them. What is definitely not clear is if this is the internal legal counsel or external. If external, this could be a big deal for some of the members. However, at this point, no one is saying.
OK, concerning, maybe even depressing, but not a cause for alarm yet, right? In reality I want to be optimistic about it all, but bringing in lawyers for “explanations” do not raise my comfort level!
Well, it seems that some people don’t like some of the Facebook groups that have sprung up, either. In particular, I am looking at United Church of God – current crisis? and I see “There are no admins left in this group!” It is pretty sad that some cannot get together to try to hash things out. Whoever went to the trouble of getting her account yanked, twice even, needs to quit being a coward and grow up. Adults may have to vent occasionally, but at least they try to reason things out at some point. Children cannot tolerate someone else’s opinion.
Thanks to J at Shadows of WCG Next Generation for the tip-off, BTW.
On the positive side, that page has been replaced by UCG Current Crisis. It has on it a document that has filled in a little of the picture. One thing that has been missing for me is how did some of these events transpire? I mean, we all know about Texas. We know there was a resolution recently to review governance, but why all the turmoil? Well, this new blog has one piece of the puzzle in “Response to resolution”.
At very least, we can see the other side of the story. Frankly, between this and the sudden urge to use attorneys, the current COE’s side isn’t looking so good at the moment.
It should be noted that a lot of the emotion is on the side of those supporting the resigned ministers. Perhaps this is the reason why.
What still is nagging at me, though, is why the big deal from the COE’s side? When you look through the proposal and you look through the email, it definitely appears that it is a simple request for a group to create a task force. It does not even create the task force, it creates a group to create a task force. It does not require that anyone adopt any changes. All recommendations can be rejected in the end by all concerned.
In any event, this year’s GCE is not too far away, and there will likely be a very difficult time for all if some of this isn’t explained by then.
It should be repeated, though, that while there are some very upset members, there also is a realization that what is transpiring is political. There may or may not be ideological differences, there may or may not be philosophical differences, but the differences are not theological. In spite of the turmoil, most of the members I have had contact with are not overly concerned. In fact, as one said, “I lived through 1995. This is not the same.”