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Bp Breidenthal dismayed by GTS Board action

Bp Breidenthal dismayed by GTS Board action

UPDATE: see below re: Diocese of California resolution.

The Rt Rev. Tom Breidenthal, Diocese of Southern Ohio, has posted a public statement about the General Theological Seminary Board of Trustees actions on Friday. From his Facebook page:

The board of The General Theological Seminary has decided not to reinstate the eight faculty members who lodged complaints against the dean, but to invite them “to request provisional reinstatement as professors of the seminary.” The board’s official statement goes on to say: “The Executive Committee stands ready to meet next week to hear requests of any of the eight former faculty members for reinstatement and to negotiate the terms of their provisional employment for the remainder of the academic year.” I feel compelled, not only as a former member of the GTS faculty, but also as a bishop, to register my dismay and indignation regarding this decision.

First of all, as is plain for all to see, the board has been dishonest in its claim that the eight faculty members resigned their positions when they went on strike. In fact, they were summarily fired. Second, the board has placed the eight in the humiliating position of begging for their jobs back – and at that, only provisionally, for “the remainder of the academic year.” This is nothing less than shaming behavior, unworthy of a seminary board. Worst of all, the board has failed to model the humility and fellowship to which we are called in Jesus Christ.

It should be obvious why I am outraged as a former faculty member; any faculty member at any institution of higher learning should be outraged by this board’s action. Why am I outraged as a bishop? Because this action will go a long way toward confirming the unchurched in their assumption that institutional religion cannot be

trusted. I continue to pray that the board will reverse its decision and reinstate the eight. Then real conversation can begin.

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Levi

K, I think I've seen that argument somewhere before...

http://youtu.be/zKhEw7nD9C4?t=39s

Levi S. Harris

Chicago, Illinois

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Levi

K, I think I've seen that argument somewhere before...

http://youtu.be/zKhEw7nD9C4

Levi S. Harris

Chicago, Illinois

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K Attanasi

I am glad that people in leadership (authority) positions are speaking out on behalf of the faculty members who were unjustly fired. It is not too late to reinstate the 8.

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Levi S. Harris, J.D.

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