Thursday, April 19, 2012

We get lots of email. Only some of it is worth sharing, because a lot of the stuff from COG members is usually laced with anger, threats and irrationality. Therefore, we love it when somebody sends us something nice, rational and thoughtful.

We’re interested in hearing people’s thoughts in response to this letter. Obviously, we have our own responses. But do you think it’s potentially fruitful to simply bring matters to ministerial attention? That some of the problems in the COG are simply based on pastors simply being unaware of what’s going on beneath their noses?

Is Dennis Luker actually looking to take UCG in a more sane direction?

Please, share your thoughts.

Dear “Silenced,”

I wanted to take a few moments to write to you to thank you for your website.

I am sorry for the pain you and others have experienced and empathize based on personal experiences.

No one can doubt your zeal for telling the truth. I disagree with some of the things you’ve said, but I believe in your right to free expression.

Have you considered communicating your concerns directly and privately to the leaders about  whom you write?

Perhaps no one has brought these matters to their attention?

I agree with your observations that the WFW could be better managed.  I can’t say that I agree with the B there or B squared approach mentioned in some of your posts regarding young people “you’re either part of the church or you aren’t.”

There are a number of people who attend functions who may not be part of the church in that sense.  But, certainly, we can hopefully learn to deal with all kinds of people?

Have you considered that the larger issue is not the lack of regulation as it is people learning to treat others with compassion and respect?

As a personal fan of Mr. Luker’s ministry, it is my hope that this is the cultural direction UCG is now heading.

There was a gentleman by the name of Mr. Dibar Apartian who helped to oversee various aspects of the French-speaking work under Mr. Armstrong who later worked with Dr. Meredith.

He died in 2010.  But, several years ago, he gave a sermon that was video-taped and played in a number of LCG congregations.  I don’t remember much about it, but I remember his SPS (specific purpose statement) - “recapture values of respect.”

Food for thought.

Kind regards,

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