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From: Mark & Lorraine Fearnall[SMTP:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, November 25, 1997 11:19 PM
Latest News: Tuesday 25 November 'United Church reaffirms its faith'
This article was in regard to the statement made by the Executive of
General Council. Wishy-washy if you ask me, but hey isn't that the
It reaffirms the Basis of Union as our teaching, but then basically
says you don't have to go along with it to be a minister of the
Anyone out there need a job? Come be a United Church minister!
Don't believe, you say... don't matter, we don't care!
Mark & Lorraine Fearnall <><
Response to United Church Moderator
If you believe what you like in the Gospel, and reject
what you like, it is not the Gospel you believe,
but yourself. - Augustine
From: Gary Bielert
..on another note - I found it interesting that the way the
United church solved their present problem is by saying the
head could engage in whatever public musings that he chose
because they do not represent the views of the denomination.
That hair splitting statement is one I would expect from a
political leader. But then maybe the general public is getting
so sophisticated that they are able to separate out private
musings that a professor of theology categorized as being
heretical and the core beliefs of the denomination as a whole.
I am left rather puzzled by the whole incident.
I can't imagine any other head of any other Protestant 'mainline'
- like Anglican , Presbyterian, denomination getting away with
the same thing.
And certainly the so called 'evangelical' denominations would
have their spokesperson immediately muzzled and probably removed
I saw one editorial which praised the current head of the UC as
a great humanitarian - in the same way the Ghandi was - but
certainly not a Christian - in the sense that he denied the core
beliefs that Christians of all stripes - whether catholic,
evangelical, or orthodox would subscribe to.
I guess the good that has come out of all this is that what
often is a taboo in the press - religious issues are being
Forwarded by Mark Fearnal:
We should all remember to communicate that the General Council
executive nor the G.C. itself, nor all Gc.'s put together can
redefine the faith of the church. The process of remits protects
the church from schismatic councils, executives and moderators.
the 20 articles stand, and besides that, 1992 action on the
Authority of Scripture sounds pretty traditional to the untrained
Stand up for Jesus
Rev. Brian Wilkie,
Dominion- Chalmers United Church, Ottawa Ontario