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Dorhauer has a passion

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Saw this fluffy news item pop up today in the East Valley Tribune:
His outspoken passion for justice made the Rev. John Dorhauer mostly “tolerated” when he worked in leadership for the United Church of Christ in St. Louis. But now that he serves as conference minister for the 43 churches of the Southwest Conference in Arizona, New Mexico and El Paso, Texas, the 47-year-old pastor believes he has come to a region and a position where he can be more authentic.

“The work of justice has always been at the center of whatever ministry I do,” he said.

“Twenty years in Missouri was in some ways exasperated because I was tolerated in spite of the justice work that was important to me.” Because Dorhauer did “the other things well,” they put up with his zeal for justice.
Dorhauer's "passion" and "zeal" is another man's lunacy. His horribly written and horrendously edited book, “Steeplejacking: How the Christian Right is Hijacking Mainstream Religion,” is a literary disaster. Nearly half the book covers the Institute on Religion and Democracy yet it doesn't mention a single church that the IRD has "Steeplejacked".

The reality is that Dorhauer's phony conspiracy further divides the UCC:
Dorhauer stooped to scare tactics and lies last year when he claimed that "insurance companies are telling us that any church that calls a pastor not authorized by their denomination will lose the liability portion of their property insurance." After talking to numerous pastors and insurance agents, I couldn't find anyone to support this idiotic statement.

It's somewhat amusing that he was merely "tolerated" in St. Louis. It's also sad. Why do we, as a denomination, tolerate someone like Dorhauer?
posted by UCCtruths, Saturday, July 19, 2008


"Dorhauer said he was heartened that the conference was searching for someone to build stronger relationships between the conference and the churches"

Those churches that just want a voice are going to face a wall of skepticism from Dorhauer as he raises an eyebrow looking for the IRD within those churches. I can see those on the edge turning away for good.
commented by Blogger daver, 10:29 PM  

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