Thomas said above
A very wide and diverse group of honorary pall bearers But I see an entire generation passing. The present nurture seems to be inward , not a glimpse of ecumenical dialogue.:
Tom. not only that there is not now an alternative to the lack of vision, perspective and creative spirit that is needed to lead our church into the next generation of changes. Our church is starting to look like the Mormon Council or the Curia, Council of Bishops, a group of old men, not because of age, but because of intellectual atrophy.
As Seventh-day Adventists, we stand on the shoulders of earlier generations of reformers, radicals and idealists who challenged the status quo of their day. They helped change America by organizing movements, pushing for radical reforms, popularizing progressive ideas, and spurring others to action, even starting a new church and organizing it for service to others.
To understand the history and leagacy of our SDA Church, we need to know about the accomplishments of people like Roy Branson and many like him.
Today’s battles over WO, build on the foundation of previous generations of people who asked good questions, who were loyal dissenters. In today’s SDA culture, dissent is viewed as being disloyal and an obstruction. We don’t want to hear dissenting views or understand and cherish our differences.
Each generation of Adventists faces a different set of economic, political, and social conditions. There are no easy formulas for challenging injustice and evangelizing a secular world. But unless we know this history, we will have little understanding of how far we have come, how we got here, and what still needs to change to make our church and the message it has relevant.
Several years ago I heard Angel Rodriguez (former BRI director, NOT appreciated or well liked by present GC leaders) in a meeting expressing sincere appreciation and respect for several persons who had deep disagreements with him and for their honest search for truth. I was so impressed with his calm demeanor and courtesy. What are we doing to encourage other voices that will ispire and help us to grow into what God want s us to be. Are we listening to only those who agree with us?
Where is the next generation of creative thinkers?