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).
I’ve gotten a dozen very fun and lighthearted emails about this: Lutheran Church Canada Seeking Communications Manager
Ironically, I interviewed for that job about 25 years ago. It went like this: I flew to Winnipeg, did the interview, and then was told to wait in my hotel room until I got final word about who was chosen among the four Candidates. A knock on the door came in the early evening. The successful candidate (an American) had won the position, but turned the offer down. I was told I was the second top candidate, so I was confident I’d get the offer after the board conferred a little more. The job was then offered to a second candidate, also an American, who also turned it down. Now, apart from the fact I was clearly the number three (or lower) candidate after being told I was the number two candidate was perturbing. I was more than a little irked. I was working in a radio newsroom at the time and I was none too impressed that I was mislead. In late evening a third knock on the door came. The last two remaining candidates weren’t good enough so we’d just go home as scheduled.
That incident informed much of how I perceived Lutheran Church Canada in the future. We want to polite, and effusive, and generous. To accomplish that goal we do impolite, restrictive, and selfish things (like saying misleading things, or losing tens of millions of dollars).
Gee, this is turning into a letter a lot like President Bugbee’s “I’m not standing for re-election,” message. He won’t stand for CEF depositors either, but that’s a different issue.
The problem is I couldn’t do the job of LCC Communications Manager without betraying my faith, or my profession. That’s more than a little ironic. Lutheran Church Canada may meet federal employment regulations, but I’m afraid it simply doesn’t meet my expectations as an honest or open corporation – I wouldn’t be able to do the job the way it should be done, and that would be frustrating.
That’s all I have to say about that.
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.