October 5, 2017
We have registered and have been doing our best to follow what is being proposed on the "Service for Zion" site. We have found it very cumbersome, time consuming, and overwhelming as we have attempted to move along through the principles that have been proposed.
In addition, only a few in our fellowship of over 45 have found the time to register, and read all of the proposed principles and comments on the site. In speaking with several members of our community, we found that they were feeling the same way as us. There has also been a hesitation to put forth a principle because being the moderator felt intimidating.
We are concerned that this approach actually creates more exclusion than inclusion because of the mechanics of it. There also seems to be important guidance that is not being addressed by the current principles proposed.
We have been wondering about the document produced by the committee called "Guide and Standard-Aug5th"
We are proposing that we consider starting with the Aug 5th document.
1. That document garnered over 90% adoption by a vote before the covenant.
2. If there was a re-vote by only those who have entered into the covenant, it may be possible that it would be mutually agreed upon. We could have the vote not be just yes or no, but "mutually agreed" or "not mutually agreed"
3. For those who do not mutually agree, could we create a forum wherein those who do not agree can state what specific principle or statement they would modify, using the same criteria put forth on the "Service to Zion" site? Then, all involved could focus with patience, long suffering, pure knowledge, and love unfeigned to work towards mutual agreement. We would be reworking the August 5th document and not attempting to start from scratch.
4. Before a re-vote, it seems important to add to the August 5th document the method outlined by Denver Snuffer in Boise about how to administer the covenant.
We appreciate all of the effort that was put forth by the committee to create the Aug 5th document. We also acknowledge the current effort to create something we can mutually agree upon. We hope the proposal we have outlined can be given consideration.
Yours in Christ,
Blain and Christina Saunders
Southwest Utah Doctrine of Christ Fellowship
P.S. We are hoping this can get to Adrian & Jeff as well.