Thursday, May 17, 2001 about 7:00 am
An Announcement: One Last Plea
Because of the years of
Southwest Baptist University
officials to act appropriately concerning the unethical, immoral,
and potentially illegal conduct of its employees, faculty, staff,
and associates, this week, Marie has been working with various
agencies and individuals to develop and initiate a systematic
series of complaints that will address these issues.
Regrettably, in spite of our best efforts, we have not been able
to devise a response that will not generate adverse publicity,
additional litigation, the probability of any number of professional
or criminal investigations, and, consequently, years of unnecessary controversy, trauma, and suffering for all those affiliated with
Southwest Baptist University.
Tomorrow (Friday, May 18, 2001), before mailing these signed
complaints, Marie will make one last plea to Jim Hill, the Executive
Director of the Missouri Baptist Convention, and to Bob Collins,
this year's President of the Missouri Baptist Convention for their
intervention and assistance.
If Marie has received no positive reply from either one of them
by 10:00 am on Saturday, May 19, 2001 (before the SBU's
Spring graduation ceremony is scheduled to begin), we will
assume that the progressively and distressingly evident abandonment
of Christian principles, values, ethics, morality, and common
sense demonstrated by the Missouri Baptist Convention and
Southwest Baptist University is now irreversible and complete.
We will then proceed as we
Friday, May 18, 2001 about 1:30
You've Got to Be Kidding!? ...
Upon contacting Mr. Jim Hill's office yesterday afternoon a source
was informed that -- no, we are not kidding! --- Mr. Hill was again
out of town and would not be available either yesterday (Thursday,
May 17, 2001) or today (Friday, May 18, 2001)!
Coincidentally, Bob Collins, the current president of the Missouri
Baptist Convention, was also unavailable yesterday -- though he
may be available briefly today. (He is also apparently unavailable
on both Mondays and Wednesdays of each week.)
Further, we have heard that a number of the SBU Trustees will
be meeting informally again this weekend (both before and after
the SBU graduation ceremony) to discuss these issues and --
hopefully -- reach some consensus.
For these reasons, Marie
has decided that, although her letter
to Mr. Hill and Pastor Bob Collins will be posted this weekend,
she will not ask for an response to her request until early next week.
In her letter, Marie outlines a simple and direct proposal to
encourage and facilitate the settlement of this dispute and asks
that Missouri Baptist Convention officials intervene to mediate
and assist in the situation.
However, as a stipulation to any negotiation, Marie has required
that all concerned parties agree to a timetable which is likely to
result in the resolution of this situation before the students return
for summer classes on Wednesday, June 6, 2001 -- please note
the year, that is 2001, not 2002!
Additionally, we would like to direct the attention of the Missouri
Baptist Convention officials and the Southwest Baptist University
Trustees to the editorial in this week's issue of the Word and Way
(the weekly publication of the Missouri Baptist Convention) which
is entitled, Lying Carries a Price.
consider the repercussions for all involved if you
act responsibly -- and immediately.
Marie's letters (and several other items) will be posted this weekend.
We would like to wish the best to each of the SBU graduates!
Prayers for safe travel homeward
a happy summer season for all.