Originally Posted by revtj
When you get to the level of church adminstration/politics that Rick has talked about, I have seen that IT's ALL THE SAME!! Orthodox, Liberal, Opus Dei, the Mafia...there are some sick people who ascend to the top in EVERY denomination! I think it's just the nature of organized religion.
A minister that I respect deeply once told me that it is often the worst people who rise to the higher levels of administration so that they are far removed from the people and can do less damage there! It's been something that has stuck with me for years, and so I rarely expect wise decisions to come from those in charge of organization, especially churches.
When the UCC approved a resolution in support of same-sex marriage, I sent a thank you note to the pastor of the UCC across the street from my apartment. I've never met the pastor, but I wanted to thank him for being part of a denomination that supported my people. I never heard a response from the guy, and later heard from someone else who had met him that he is a rather pompous gentleman and most likely would not support gay marriage. That's ok. At least he knows there are people in this town paying attention to what his denomination does, even if they don't attend his church.