A message from Erskine Board of Trustees Chair Joe Patrick

There is now a minority report to this letter.

Dear Ministers and Elders,
May 1st, 2012

Prior to the June 2012 meeting of the General Synod, I wanted to follow up regarding my previous note. Earlier I had communicated the Erskine Board of Trustees’ response to the 2011 Synod motions regarding the removal of trustees from the Erskine Board.

David Conner has given a presentation on these motions to the Board of Trustees (at its February 2012 meeting) and to various other groups since that time, including the Executive Board of General Synod. The presentation contains some of the numerous materials that are cited in the Board’s response to General Synod. The requirements of the accrediting agencies were more stringent than many of us anticipated and the materials demonstrate the constraints which shaped the Board’s decision.

In the interest of transparency, I have included materials in the presentation that explain the Board’s position.  These materials have proven very helpful for increased understanding of the Board’s response. Thus, I wanted to share them with each of you and with all of those attending Synod 2012. My hope is that you will be able to better understand the extensive documentation that was studied by the ad hoc committee in the preparation of its report that was adopted by the Board.

Here is a link to a website that will take you to the supporting materials:

http://www.erskine.edu/response/

Thank you for your time and effort to understand these important issues that we believe will allow for greater understanding and mutual support of the very important relationship between the ARP Church and Erskine.

In Christ,
Joe Patrick
Chair, Erskine Board of Trustees

Erskine trustees’ response to requests from the ARP General Synod

Text of the Response:

Erskine Board of Trustees Response to 2011 General Synods Requests

Supporting Documents:


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