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Bye Bye Bob

Thursday, September 27, 2007

In January, Bob Edgar boasted that he was brought in as General Secretary of the National Council of the Churches of Christ to do three things: "raise money, raise money and raise money". However, as Edgar leaves the National Council of Churches, the organization is now, according to UC News, left with "projected $1.2 million budget shortfalls for the current and subsequent fiscal years".

Edgar's life as a Congressman-turned-minister has been steeped in partisan politics... and at times to the detriment of the National Council of Churches.

In 2005, the United Methodist Church (Edgar's own church and the largest member of the National Council of Churches) sent a "letter of concern" to the NCC over the departure of the Antiochian Orthodox Church and to “take immediate steps to understand” why the Orthodox church left the NCC. In the same letter, the United Methodist Church also expressed it's "disdain" over a politically loaded fundraising letter that Edgar sent out earlier in the year.

Edgar's initial reaction to the criticism he received from the letter was to suggest a conspiracy of "those who try to dilute our witness and mislead our friends by suggesting that the National Council of Churches is a partisan, left-leaning organization." However, the tune changed after the UMC letter. Thomas Hoyt, then President of the National Council of Churches, said that Edgar now “has acknowledged that the letter was sent from the development office without proper review."

Edgar is gone and his legacy is a weaker, financially strapped National Council of Churches.
posted by UCCtruths, Thursday, September 27, 2007

1 Comments:

"Edgar's initial reaction to the criticism he received from the letter was to suggest a conspiracy of "those who try to dilute our witness and mislead our friends by suggesting that the National Council of Churches is a partisan, left-leaning organization.""

This is similar in type (though not tone) to the apparent thinking demonstrated by Rev. Barry Lynn on the UCC Obama incident.

I'm beginning to wonder if partisan (sometimes extreme) left wing political activism has become such a familiar and widespread feature of the Mainlines and ecumenical organizations that their leaders (always insular even under the best of circumstances) aren't even aware of it anymore.

As odd (and out of touch with reality) as this may seem to me, it almost appears that it just strikes them as normal and matter of course - so when it is pointed out they are surprised and offended.
commented by Blogger will, 3:55 PM  

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