And it was a clergyman to boot. Heaven forbid appointing someone from the psych or social work program.
All of the SDA institutions, universities, hospitals and offices, have history. The issue is not the history. It happened, you can’t change it. The issue is that to go forward, the institutions cannot be defined by or held hostage by their history. Draw a line in the sand and walk forward. If you keep looking back to the history nothing will change.
I watched something like that some time ago. Was the one you watched the one who shipped the children out by train? Those stories as very touching.
I’m sorry but it seems like commenting on here gets what a diversity professional does. The Adventist Church as a whole needs a diversity wake up call. Quite frankly, the loudest voice on this thread could use a diversity wake up call.
It was a 1.5 hr. documentary. Yes, most were sent out by train, I think to France. Then by boat to Britain.
Heartily agree. Would adding another office to an expanding bureaucracy really make a difference? Diversity-minded teachers and staff, some department chairs, those on the front lines, should be sufficient.
Those are the areas of purview that an office of Diversity and Inclusion will handle. It is not that any specific University is having a problem in that area. This is an area of administration for which a Master’s degree in Diversity and Inclusion Leadership (such as that offered by Tufts University) prepares people.
Yes LOTS of European Jewish children were “adopted” in countryside British
homes. I believe that as much as possible they attempted to tag the children
with their names. I’m sure that would be a difficult job, but tried.
The documentary showed how parents that knew the Germans were coming sought out Winton to take their children. He set up a system numbering and got travel documents. He traveled back and forth to Britain and found families that would take them in. He attempted to keep children together. Every child was accounted for and where they went. Years later the children wondering about their background through the accounting system also discovered who made it possible. They were “Winton’s children.” Winton converted to Christianity from the Jewish faith. I had not heard this story. There were a lot of Christians in Europe that did hide and assist Jews from the holocaust.
There was a French SDA who helped a lot of Jews get to Switzerland. John
Weider. I have a signed copy of his book at my daughter’s house.
His sister was captured and sent to a concentration camp and not heard of
After the war he was celebrated in Israel for his efforts.
Many times he had to be more skilled skier than the Germans at the border.
Those who bake those “cookies” control the “dough”!
Some of us are from the era that Pastors could do everything…including (if not most specifically, finances). I don’t need to recount the fiascos that having them head financial committees caused (nothing good at all).
Hi, CP…not that you may be incorrect but how would it help the “loudest voice”?
Here on Spectrum we are ALL pretty opinionated.
But we enjoy listening to each other, and sharing. and quite often
learn NEW things. [Like I posted on another site – Jesus is NOT
a safe person to have around. see: Luke 8:26-39]
Learning, Exploring NEW things is not always SAFE.
What would a D.Th. (Doctor of Theology) know about human sexuality other than to preach/teah about their views of it! Much better would have been to appoint a doctor of Psychology, or at least social work. But they probably couldn’t survive the witch hunt climate that prevails in the church - especially with Southern’s mask (my view) of “conservative”.
So true…His observations and opinions rocked the “authorities” of the day.
Yeah, I hear you. I joined the church 39 years ago at the age of 20. I learned pretty quickly that if it wasn’t a pastor that was appointed to a position that was inappropriate to his field of expertise, then it was a medical doctor who got the job…but still inappropriate to his/her field of expertise. Then everyone was shocked and dismayed when stuff went sideways, be it at the local church level or much further up the food chain. But still, there was (and still is) an inability to profit from experience.
I read a very interesting article in First Things, a catholic journal I get, (Jesuit, you know). Very good magazine by the way. The title was “Who Wants To Be Diversity Dean?” You might read it, it is available on their web site, but it may be because I have a subscription. Here is a pertinent paragraph:
When interviewers ask Jordan Peterson why he opposes laws against hate speech, he gives an interesting answer. The real problem isn’t the fuzziness of the line at which speech becomes hateful, or that banning hate puts traditional beliefs under a perpetual cloud of suspicion. Those are questions about hate itself, about what it is. Peterson shifts to a “who” point: If you pass hate laws, the people who end up enforcing them are the very last people you want wielding that power. Individuals asked to judge human interactions, to examine motive, intent, and social mores, must be prudent and neutral, like Lady Justice with her blindfold. The people who sit on hate tribunals, the ones ready to punish the haters, are anything but neutral.
The Colorado Commission that sued the Christian Baker for not making a gay wedding cake, were of that ilk. They were anything but neutral. Even sued him a second time!! And a Dean of Diversity would be just as bad.
Well, Hush my mouth!!
As I mentioned earlier, I remember Southern used the term “evidence based” for creating policies for minority populations in its advertisement for the position. To your point, I also remember thinking that this was a job that came with an expiration date for anyone of integrity that attempted to create policies that were, indeed, evidence based/driven.