Thankfully the district board’s resolution, 5-01, did not pass. 5-01 was
a tragedy and would have only given ULC $250,000 and more importantly
it would have probably put ULC under church discipline as it said that
ULC had violated the 9th commandment among other lies and half truths.
When 5-01 was presented to the floor for discussion a Pastor called for a
substitute motion. The substitute was excellent as it directed MNS
Board of Directors to withdraw from the sale of ULC and deed the
property to ULC. President Seitz ruled the motion out of order and then
someone challenged the ruling of the chair. The discussion, on the
ruling, was great and gave a lot of good reasons why the sale was
unethical. I argued that this would have never happened if the district
leadership had listened that to the many people telling them this was
wrong including the joint MNN and MNS Pastoral conference which voted
overwhelmingly that this matter should be decided by the district
convention and not the board. After the lengthy discussion the vote to
overrule the chair failed 158-216. Then we were back to 5-01 and someone
offered another substitute motion, this one directed 2 million dollars
from the sale to go directly to ULC to continue its ministry. An
amendment to change the 2 million to $500,000 was offered and then
rejected by a vote of 142-228. The discussion on this was interrupted a
couple times by orders of the day and then taken up again after a couple
hours. The final vote of the motion to give ULC was yes-181 no-165.
Which is a very hollow victory as the beautiful ULC will be destroyed by
a wrecking ball. I pray that ULC will find a new home and continue with
its confessional ministry at the U of M.
That is the report from the MNS District Convention.... So we sell and demolish a church building right next to campus, housing a very successful and faithful Campus Ministry and congregation.... and in the end we give nearly all the money back to the congregation to help them relocate... to a property further from the focus of their mission... What was it Jesus said about the sons of darkness being shrewder than the sons of Light????