Cross Post:

“ANO” is a member of LCC who runs the “Lutheran Watch” blog. It’s a good blog, and at the moment he has more time than I do to follow the goings-on of Lutheran Church Canada.

This is just a quick cross-post for a refresher piece. ANO talks about the Alberta and BC Securities’ Commissions ongoing investigations into what happened in ABC District Office that lead to the collapse of a $113-million fund.

Blog External Link: CEF/DIL and the AB/BC Securities Commissions

 

Andreas Schwabe

Andreas Schwabe is editor and publisher of SolaGratia.ca, and an Edmonton-based multimedia & communication strategist and producer. His focus for SolaGratia is on administration, governance, and issues of faith. For clients, he writes or produces just about anything.

A Little Birdie Told Me

Advent is just around the corner; it’s time to focus on important issues of faith. Like restructuring, finance and investments…

I know, it baffles me too, but this is Lutheran Church Canada we’re talking about. We have been told CEF/DIL was an error on the side of the gospel. Also, Elvis is working at a diner in Kentucky. Stalin washes the dishes at the same place. It’s all nonsense, of course. Blaming the Gospel is probably best avoided.

Coffee shops aren’t the clearinghouse of rumors, gossip, and information they used to be. These days, in this millennium, we look to Twitter.

Twitter presents the world as it is. It’s a global marketplace of people who want to be heard in a viscous, context-less, and relentless stream of anger and profanity. Mostly Twitter is celebrities and politicians fighting. Celebrities, politicians, companies, and even charities have all succumbed to the treacherous maelstrom of ideas that is a twitter feed. Unfortunately, millions of people use Twitter as filter to understand the world. They’re trying to make sense of things.

The fun thing about Twitter is that the brilliant minds who run it know a thing or two about making associations. Part of Twitter’s magic is that it sings from the same song book a Bob from Sesame Street. “These are the people in your neighborhood.” It was a great song and I can still sing the chorus, “They’re the people that you meet, when you’re walking down the street each day.” I loved Bob. I got to meet him when I performed once at Telemiracle in Saskatcheawn. It was a great moment. He was a nice as he seemed. That was a relief. But I digress.

When you open Twitter, you’re presented a “feed” (a news ticker of sorts) of all the Twitter people you subscribe to. Because the Internet is a giant collection of information that barely seems related, Twitter and other social media use sophisticated algorithms that examine the content of messages, and group similar messages, topics, and ideas together. That brings us to this example of Twitter associating similar types of accounts.

For the record, the ASC is the Alberta Securities Commission. It’s conducted an investigation into the goings-on of ABC District. It has yet to release a statement about the investigation. Charges may still be pending. Why should anyone care that the Canadian Lutheran is being grouped with Alberta Securities Commission tweets? Because as far as Twitter can tell, LCC is a financial institution – or at least enough of one that it’s grouping LCC with a securities commission.

There are a lot of good technical reasons why this feed showed up the way it did – mostly because I subscribe to both LCC and the ASC Twitter feeds. But Twitter finds the associations and groups related tweets, topics, and organizations. This example is partly algorithm, partly chance, and completely depressing.

The world – and Twitter – categorize words like “investment” into a singular way of thinking. At best LCC is losing a language war, and it’s only job is the Word. That’s not good. Regardless of how we think or talk about ourselves as a church, the world is relating to LCC as something different than what it is. Feast your eyes.

 

 

Andreas Schwabe

Andreas Schwabe is editor and publisher of SolaGratia.ca, and an Edmonton-based multimedia & communication strategist and producer. His focus for SolaGratia is on administration, governance, and issues of faith. For clients, he writes or produces just about anything.

No

As a working journalist and producer, writing meaningful and understandable pieces is important. I love talking about issues. I love that issues can have two, four, six, twelve sides or more. I love that writing and talking can actually persuade people and effect change. Journalists are trained to be fair (“balance” is a popular word these days, but it’s not the journalists job to “balance” anything, it’s their job to report it).

Andreas Schwabe

Andreas Schwabe is editor and publisher of SolaGratia.ca, and an Edmonton-based multimedia & communication strategist and producer. His focus for SolaGratia is on administration, governance, and issues of faith. For clients, he writes or produces just about anything.

Why bother seeing through lead?

If you can’t see through lead, that’s normal. Most people don’t have actual “super vision.” LCC also lacks supervision.

An essay on the “Brother’s of John the Steadfast” website put a pretty fine point on things where one pastor serves in Central District. He raises good points that one would have hoped would be raised at convention. Instead: restructuring. Meh. The Titanic is shuffling the deck chairs.

You can read the essay on the Brothers of John the Steadfast* website. It comes replete with a spitball title: “Ecclesiastical Supervisors as the Devil’s Accomplices.”

Ouch. Forget the spitball, that’s a bean-ball. And right on target.

 

* John the Steadfast was Luther’s elector (Prince) and defender

note: the opening paragraph of the article outlines a situation in Central District where a congregation turfed its pastor without ecclesiastical cause (which is what’s required). We’ll have a future blog on the situation and on District and Synod’s inaction in the near future.

Andreas Schwabe

Andreas Schwabe is editor and publisher of SolaGratia.ca, and an Edmonton-based multimedia & communication strategist and producer. His focus for SolaGratia is on administration, governance, and issues of faith. For clients, he writes or produces just about anything.