Council of Elders says “Thank You”
December 19, 2010
Thank You for the “Thank You”
The Council of Elders wishes to thank the many brethren and congregations who signed a giant “Thank You” card that was presented to the Council on December 6.
Since it became known that more than 700 names of supporters appeared on the card, many more brethren wrote in and asked for their names to be included also. So far, close to 2,000 names have been submitted, with some representing the membership of entire congregations.
In addition, the Australian ministry sent in their names, along with a resolution from the Australian National Council dated Nov. 21, expressing its thanks to the Council and president of UCGIA, including unanimous support from the Australian ministry:
To the Council of Elders and the President of UCGIA.
Although the United Church of God—Australia is geographically removed and largely independent financially, its National Council views the escalating controversy and conflict in the Church in the United States with increasing concern. As a voluntary associate of the United Church of God, an International Association, we are concerned about any flow‐on effect to international areas such as Australia.
The Australian National Council, both formally through the Rules of Association and in spirit, supports the governing documents and governance structure of UCGIA. Together they provide the means by which the Church can fulfill the exhortation of 1 Corinthians 14:40, “Let all things be done decently and in order.”
The National Council believes that those whose actions are destructive and damaging to the United Church of God, and are distracting it from its God‐given mission, should cease their divisive work and allow the present difficulties to be resolved with prayer to God and through the Church’s established structure, policies and procedures.
We offer you our prayerful support and encouragement and trust that God will give you the wisdom and strength to do His will in His Church during these troubling times.
The Australian ministry unanimously supports this statement and it may be shared at your discretion.
On August 9, the National Council of the United Church of God—Canada wrote a letter to the Council of Elders stating in part the following:
As the National Council of the United Church of God—Canada, we earnestly hope and pray that your next round of meetings will be especially successful at this crucial time in the history of UCGIA.
We want to assure you that we support all of the governing documents, including the Rules of Association. There have been times of crisis for us here in Canada, but by abiding by the Holy Scriptures and these documents, we have found that success is forth coming…
You are the duly elected members of the governing board of our parent organization, UCGIA, as selected by the General Conference of Elders. We in Canada recognize and respect your authority and the power that you have to act upon that authority, as clearly outlined in our governing documents…
Do carry on and may the Eternal Loving Compassionate Heavenly Father and His beloved Son, Jesus Christ, who is the Head of the Church, guide you and provide you with His wisdom in your upcoming urgent deliberations.
With the many challenges that the Council and administration face in their day-to-day work, we want to say “thank you” to you brethren as well for your support and faithfulness to God’s Work and His Church.
Melvin Rhodes—Chairman, Council of Elders