Thursday, June 10, 2010

More Pension Problems

I was disappointed, but not surprised, to read another round of Beth Lewis bashing over on Pretty Good Lutherans.  I submitted a few questions and comments at the end of the article, but was informed that they wouldn't be posted.  So I'll post them here.

Susan, your reply to Pastor Justin's comment raises some questions for me:
What do you mean when you say, "even if (Beth Lewis) is innocent of wrongdoing, she deserves to be taken to task." Why? She didn't make the decision to terminate the pension plan; the Board of Directors did. Furthermore, if she did nothing wrong, why does she need to be "taken to task"?
 If the Lutheran Magazine article contains inaccuracies, how does that demonstrate "courage in publishing a viewpoint that didn’t bow to the stance of the church executives"?
Why would we assume that Lewis is misrepresenting facts and state that she "has not operated in an open and transparent fashion with church members regarding the financial records of Augsburg Fortress"?
I'd love some additional insight.

It's important for me to clarify -- my unwillingness to vilify Beth Lewis should not be interpreted as apathy toward those who lost their pensions. There are good people and families that were hurt by the closure of the pension fund. Nobody should disregard their misfortune in the midst of the lawsuit. I also think, in the meantime, it's our obligation to pray, listen, study, and exercise patience, instead of assuming the worst in people.

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