Jun 12, 2010 | Comments 6
The Editor of ARPTalk has heard from more than two sources that a letter by Chairman Scott Mitchell of the Erskine BoT has been sent to the members of the Erskine BoT canceling the called meeting of the BoT that had been called for June 18.
The purpose of the called meeting of the BoT was to change the Erskine charter and bylaws. Many of us in the General Synod had speculated that those changes to the charter and bylaws would, in some manner, have severed the historic and organic ties between Erskine College and Seminary and the ARP Church. That is, the members of the BoT would have voted to declare the present BoT self-perpetuating and Erskine College and Seminary independent of the ARP Church.
The June 18 meeting was vital to those on the BoT who desire a change in the governance of Erskine. On July 1, a new President takes office and new board members are installed. In order to declare the present BoT self-perpetuating before July 1, the present BoT would have had to meet on June 18 and propose and adopt changes and then met again before June 30 in order to confirm the changes adopted at a June 18 meeting. No changes can take place now. The time specification cannot be met.
Inside sources have stated that, even if the June 18 meeting had taken place, the efforts of those on the BoT who want to change the governance of Erskine and withdraw from the ARP Church would have failed. It seems an informal count was done by phone and the proposals would have failed 19 to 15. PTL! However, 19 to 15 is much too close!
The Editor of ARPTalk is delighted with this turn of events. The Editor expected and has written that an attempt would be made to change the governance of Erskine and withdraw Erskine from the ARP Church. The Editor also expected the attempt to succeed. The Editor’s predictions have failed to materialize!
This news is helpful for Erskine. This news may begin the healing of the breech between Erskine and the ARP Church.
One hopes that the 15 members of the Erskine BoT who are set on a change in the governance of Erskine that removes Erskine from the ARP Church would do the honorable thing and resign from the BoT. That would immensely expedite the healing of the breach between Erskine and the ARP Church.
These are my thoughts,
Charles W. Wilson
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