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More scapegoating by Dorhauer

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Instead of actually addressing his own priorities, UCC Missouri Mid-South Associate Conference Minister John Dorhauer indignantly deflects criticism by making the issue about the UCC church that just closed. From Dorhauer's comments on his own blog today:
I want to be clear about one thing: what pisses me off is not the repeated attacks to my charachter. I don't have enough respect for Hutchins personally, nor do I place enough (not any) credibility in his writings to be affected personally by what he writes. What pissed me off was his use of this painful moment, approached with dignity and grace by the members at Holy Ghost, in order to try and further his twisted agenda. THEY deserve better than that, and every one of them would take offense at the implication that the efforts of their Conference staff were compromised because of other interests; or that their closing was the result of other work their Conference staff undertook. Without knowing any more than that a church closed; and with no other motivation that to sully my reputation, Hutchins implied that other work I had done led to the demise of this and other churches. Again, the good people at Holy Ghost do not deserve to be used by him in this matter. That is a disgrace; and whether he sees it, knows it, or can accept it, Hutchins comes out looking like an opportunistic bully. I have ignored a number of personal attacks - but this I could not ignore. Andyes, I'm pissed.
This isn't about Holy Ghost - this is about John Dorhauer's priorities. His clear priority publicly has been on a conspiracy theory about outside groups stealing UCC churches. Of course he would rather make this about Holy Ghost since he (and everyone else) knows where his public priorities lie - all you have to do is read his blog, his book or watch his presentations. I would argue that the problem isn't with churches being stolen, but with churches closing. Highlighting the fact that a historic church closed in Dorhauer's backyard was ironic but not opportunistic.

At no time did I accuse or blame Dorhauer for churches that are closing. I do think his work regarding the conspiracy theory is harmful to our denomination as a whole, but it's not responsible for any churches closing and I don't doubt that he did what he could with Holy Ghost. But this is about priorities. Publicly, Dorhauer's priorities are on a conspiracy theory that he himself acknowledges "all I have is circumstantial evidence".

Holy Ghost's closing wasn't circumstantial, it was real and, as an Associate Conference Minister, Dorhauer's public priorities should reflect that, not on a conspiracy theory.
posted by UCCtruths, Wednesday, August 29, 2007


I agree that Dorhauer is way off base with his conspiracy theory, and that even if he were correct, in the process he is part of the problem, not the solution.
However, you too are off base for judging the whole of John by these 2 web sites. Of course his blog only talks about conspiracy - that's what it is about! It is not a "here's my ministry" blog. If the way he spends his time is out of balance, that's his boss's problem and fault.
I think both of you are of the opinion that "no publicity is bad publicity."
commented by Blogger Steve, 6:17 AM  
I there's some aspect to Dorhauer's public ministry that I'm missing, please, post a link here.
commented by Blogger UCCtruths, 9:11 AM  
Is it possible to admit that this all stems from John Dorhauer's own problems? His conspiracy theory is a legacy of the chip he carries against Catholicism and his subsequent escape to Eden and the UCC to find a church that looked like him. Don't get caught up in his self-importance. This is not about UCC TRUTHS. Laity outside his conference didn't really know who he was until you put him on the map and made him significant. His words are divisive and he is full of venom. Don't give him a voice and don't let him spread his hate.
commented by Anonymous David Berndsen, 9:59 AM  
I don't know if we have to dive into his background - sounds a little too personal for what we know and there's enough to discuss with what he's published on his blog and in his book.
commented by Blogger UCCtruths, 11:12 AM  
Dorhour is really the one with a problem here and it's unbelievable that this is the only site out there exposing him. It's also hard to believe there so many gullible people in the UCC.
commented by Anonymous Jon Dansel, 9:15 PM  
John Dorhauer's book tour coming to a city near you:

Sunday, September 2, 5:00PM
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution-Decatur Book Festival
Decatur, GA

Tuesday, September 4, 7:30PM
Powell's Books
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd
Beaverton, OR

Wednesday, September 12, 7:00 PM
Left Bank Books
399 North Euclid
St. Louis, MO

Monday, October 1, 7:30PM
Changing Hands Bookstore
6428 S. McClintock Dr
Tempe, AZ
commented by Anonymous David Berndsen, 2:05 AM  
steeplejacking-what a joke.

the only hijacking occurring here is the UCC forcing the O&A on the 4000 churches who do not necessarily agree with the corrupted philosophy.

The church speaks to its people, not for them!

this guy, Dorhauer, is a fraud.

soon the name of the of UCC will change to United Clergy for Corruption.
commented by Anonymous charles stephen, 11:46 PM  

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