The following correction to ARPTalk has been delivered by Paul Patrick, Campus Minister at Erskine. Thanks for keeping us straight, Paul!! You can also read the newsletter describing the event.
The Editor of ARPTalk is hearing from numerous sources that there is going to be another meeting of the Investigatory Commission of General Synod on Erskine College and Seminary. Why would the Commission meet again? There is only one reason for the Commission to meet: NEW ERSKINE MATTERS.
Chairman Scott Mitchell of the Erskine BoT has canceled the June 18 called meeting whose purpose was to change the Erskine charter and bylaws which would effectively sever the historic and organic ties between Erskine College and Seminary and the ARP Church.
The Court of Appeals ruled and, pursuant to the motion by the ARP Church, modified the language of the preliminary injunction against the ARP Church, overruling four of the five restrictions that Judge Griffith placed on the General Synod of the ARP Church.
After eleven months of service, Dr. Gid Alston has been removed without cause and replaced by Dr. Brad Christie as Interim Academic Dean at Erskine College. It seems that Dr. Alston chose the wrong master to serve and is now betrayed.
Upon receiving my packet for the meeting of General Synod I was hoping for an Erskine report that forthrightly and humbly recognized the disaster that has fallen upon Erskine over the last year. But no, the hauteur elite of Due West have once again produced a piece of disingenuous obfuscation emblematic of all that is aberrant and dysfunctional at Erskine College and Seminary.
After Scott Mitchell and Joseph Patrick issued a letter to the ARP and Erskine communities, the Editor asks, Have these people lost their minds? Scott Mitchell is the one who initially acted in contempt of the General Synod’s actions. Scott Mitchell is the one who opened the floodgates of legal actions. Scott Mitchell is the one who has incurred more than $50,000 of legal fees for Erskine by his insubordination and sedition. And do you understand that the $50,000 attorney’s fee was only for what he started and backed away from? There is much more to come!…
Apparently, a fund has been created by some Erskine alum to sue the ARP Church for exercising their authority on the Board of Directors. Is Erskine being asked to pay for a lawsuit (which it dropped) which alumni have instigated against the ARP Church? Even stranger, is the ARP Church contributing to pay attorney’s fees both to sue itself and defend itself?
The hearing on the restraining order filed by Erskine alumni against the ARP Church took place on Thursday, March 25, 2010, at the Newberry courthouse. Based on the events that transpired during the proceedings, the Editor has some questions at this point…
The restraining order filed by Mr. Scott Mitchell, the former Chairman of the Erskine Board, has been withdrawn. However, three former members of the Board have continued the restraining order…
In its response to the report of the commission, did the General Synod of the ARPChurch act to hurt Erskine? No! Needful correction is not “hurt!” Here is some of what was found by the commission along with other matters of which the Editor is aware: