I suspect the world’s typical perception of church communications is secretive and unwilling to acknowledge wrongdoing. This perception existed long before the scandals in the Catholic Church, and long before prominant evangelists were brought down by charges, but clearly events in the past 15-20 years have done it no good.
It was refreshing, then, to see the head of United Methodist Communications blog about transparency in the UMC. One of the greatest hacks for a system is establishing integrity and reforming secretive processes.
That said, there’s been some tensions lately between the news and the leadership.
- The UMComm and the Bishops had a row over whether to report on the UM Amendments defeat before the international conferences had taken place. This blog wrestled with some of that and continues to wonder about the line between openness and empowerment.
- And apparently there’s some foo-wah (a technical term) over reporting allegations of misconduct against a former bishop and outgoing head of a bureaucratic agency. When rumors swirl, one can choose to ignore their lack of substance or to acknowledge the truths of the matter. I applaud Bishop Stanovsky (whose area is dealing with the allegations) for her openness in her pastoral letter to the area.