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"Steeplejacking": The John Dorhauer Conspiracy Tour

Friday, February 09, 2007

We've been entertained for months now by Missouri Mid-South Associate Conference Minister John Dorhauer's semi-regular postings on Talk2Action.org about a vast right wing conspiracy to bring down liberal churches. Now, the John Dorhauer Conspiracy Show is going on tour - and it could be visiting a city near you. From an email received today from the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference:

Things You Need to Know: How Church Stealers are at Work

A special informative session for all ordained, licensed, and commissioned ministers will be held on Thursday, March 8, from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M. in the Church House, Collegeville. The presenter will be the Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer, Associate Conference Minister on the staff of the Missouri Mid-South Conference.

In his time on Conference Staff, John has had many opportunities to work closely with churches that have come under attack by agents and activists intent on pulling churches out of the denomination. John has studied the tactics and tools used by these activists; and along with his colleague on staff, the Rev. Sheldon Culver, he has written extensively about their findings. John contributes weekly to the website , wherein he chronicles the inner workings of attacks leveled against our congregations. He also has written for the magazine 'Zion's Herald,'and has appeared on Air America's "State of Belief" with the Executive Director of the Interfaith Alliance, Welton Gaddy.

He is awaiting the release of a book co-authored with Sheldon Culver entitled Steeplejacking, due to be released later this spring. John has partnered in his research with investigative journalist Fred Clarkson, author of the groundbreaking work "Eternal Hostility: the Struggle between Theocracy and Democracy," and the clinical psychologist Andrew Weaver, with whom he has co-authored a number of articles on the subject and who himself contributed to another seminal work, "Hardball on Holy Ground." John has traveled the breadth of the country informing denominational and congregational leaders about the efforts of renewal groups some of which are aligned with ultra-right-wing political organizations to dismantle and destabilize Mainline Protestant denominations.

During the Church House seminar John will provide pastors with practical tools to help identify and deal with influences seeking to destabilize and even to withdraw congregations from the United Church of Christ.
If you decide to go to the event, don't expect any real evidence of a conspiracy. A thorough reading of his own articles about the conspiracy didn't yield any proof and Dorhauer refused to offer any evidence when challenged by UCCtruths.com and by visitors to his web site.
posted by UCCtruths, Friday, February 09, 2007

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