Rumors are flying around all over, but UCG has not yet done much to squelch them. To be charitable, their efforts have been ineffective. In fact, some of the things they have said over time have only made things worse.
Questions to ask:
1. Why the appearance of transparency but the lack of communication about the elimination of regional pastors? Was there an official correspondence to the membership? I haven’t seen any. I have purposely held back on commenting on this until UCG had a chance to make some sort of official explanation, but that was about 1-1/2 weeks ago.
2. Why the lack of hard questions being asked on Inside United: Realtime? Is the removal of honest questions while allowing simply negative comments alone simply a lack of consistency? Or is it a deliberate attempt to avoid the hard questions? Again, is it to simply give the impression of transparency?
3. Why did UCG send Mario Seigle to Chile? Let’s call it what it is: a stupid move. Remember that family that is in the middle of the entire Sabbath daycare episode? Those are Seigle’s in-laws. No conflict of interest there!
4. Why the trail of bodies? At very least, the entire thing is starting to seem pretty heavy-handed and ruthless. It appears to be lacking in Christian love.
I’ve been trying to figure out if this is all just plain incompetence or something more sinister. It has the appearance of a consolidation of power, and the lack of any announcement to the membership at this critical time only reinforces that idea.
Someone told me some things that may or may not be rumors. However, they do help fill in the gaps – ones not being filled by the UCG administration. Effective leadership squelches rumors by providing facts. However, ask your average member, and they will tell you that they have no idea what’s going on.
Questions, questions, more questions:
1. Was Richard Pinelli asked to resign/retire? If so, then the purge is just about complete, isn’t it?
2. Were most of the regional pastors were also signators on the documents sent to the COE? There are the letter by the 54 elders and the letter by the 60 elders, either of which would make them pretty unpopular I suppose.
3. Was Clyde Kilough part of the party sent to Chile many moons ago that helped to smooth the waters there for a (short) time? You know, to deal with the “royal family” accused of breaking the Sabbath?
It appears that the Texas move may not have been the first or the last time Kilough rankled some in Cincinnati. However, that’s why forcing him out caused the rest to fall apart in Latin America, at least for the time being. It’s the lynchpin effect. The COE pulled on that loose string, and the whole sweater unraveled. That’s why sending Seigle to Chile afterwards was really stupid. That’s why posting that Sabbath paper was pouring salt upon old wounds as well as causing new ones.
Incompetence? Grabbing for power? I simply don’t know any more. The
firing removal of the office of the regional pastors without any field input and without any announcement certainly makes it look like a consolidation of power. The question is if it even matters any longer which it is.
It ain’t looking good.
If there any elders left in May, they should seriously consider forcing a vote to clean house. It only takes 25% to get an issue on the ballot. It is obvious that this administration has lost touch with its membership and will continue to erode confidence the longer it is in power.