ABC District’s CCAA (bankruptcy protection) is nearing its end. On January 5, 2015 ABC District declare itself in a “sufficient cash flow shortage.” That particular baffle-gab (re: bullshit) was the first volley in a series of misses and misdirections from Distrct and Synod leadership when the insolvency was announced. Of course it only took a couple of weeks for District and Synod to put a clamp on communications and rig for silent running.
I don’t have a lot of spare time these days, and I’m always happy to expose my lassitude by cross-posting interesting stuff. The article yesterday is a good example.
Today’s effort comes from LCC observer and CEF/Synod message forum pundit ANO. His “Lutheran Watch” blog quietly chronicles the technical details of Synod’s various issues. The latest installment is entitled “Sweating the Restructuring Details.”
If the fact that elections during the Synod Convention weren’t completed weren’t enough (nope, they weren’t – several elected positions will be appointed, which usually goes so well in our Synod), then you’ll love the fact that Synod is making it up as it goes along, again.
I’m in Mississauga enjoying the hospitality of my in-laws before making the short trek from here to Kitchener. Kitchener is hosting the umpteenth LCC Synodical convention. I say “umpteenth” because it doesn’t really matter what number we’re on.
It was bound to happen. To be generous I’ll call the restructuring process and plan contentious. I listened to the audio of the on-line seminars (there was no video, they were just audio). It universally contains the language of the foregone conclusion. “What we’re doing.” “What we’re going to do.” “The new system WILL be…” A couple of times moderators caught their bias, but it’s clear Synod’s plan is to make the “proposed” a reality, without a lot of discussion.
Considering how close convention is to the anniversary of the reformation on October 31, someone had to fire a volley in the dispute between the Synod’s own restructuring consultant, Rev. Les Stahlke, and Synod. And the volley came in the form of a new 95 thesis.
In 2017, 500 years after the reformation, there’s an uneasy sense that Synod needs reformation. We only need to look to Synod’s own restructuring consultant. This document is now making the rounds: a new 95 Thesis for Lutheran Church Canada as written by Rev. Les Stahlke.