-------- Original Message --------
||Gregory Matthews, Linda Shelton, G. Arthur Joy, Bob Pickle
||What's happening? No one said it would be easy
||Fri, 15 Dec 2006 16:32:18 -0800
CONFIDENTIAL FYEO DO NOT REDISTRIBUTE
Responding first to Greg: What's happening?
We have received responses to "Round Three" from several including Bob,
Greg, 3ABN and Danny and are awaiting responses from Art re round three and
Linda to the last two messages. Art has said Linda's' reply is coming after
a careful process.
Yesterday we received word that several ASI members had gotten a memo from
Art which incorporated a memo from Bob dated 12 6 06 to hjl, the ASI
president and secretary. Bob's memo was one of 9 received from him between
December 3 and 6. The first three were addressed to me only and raised
issues re the process. The last 6 were copies forwarded to me (some included
Ron and Deb as well) of emails to others related to concerns over
Danny/3ABN handling of matters relating to Tommy. I consider all of the
messages sent me to be related to our process and entitled to
I have accepted as real the commitment each has made to each other to
consider in confidence our communications aimed at developing a process
which includes the issues to be considered. It is my belief that Bob's
initial 3 memos including the December 6 memo (included in Arts circulated
document) were on topic regarding the process. For Art to include the
December 6 memo, in a document that was circulated far beyond the process
players) I believe, was a breach of our agreement. I thought Bobs' last 6
memos were sent to me as a "make weight" to get me to see the importance of
the Tommy issue and why it ought to be included in our agenda. I stated my
take on that issue in "Round Three" dealing with the legally mistaken
concept he has asserted of ascending liability as it purportedly applies to
the Illinois Conference of SDAs and the danger to others of such messages
creating a liability for libel.
I believe it is apparent that getting agreement on a process to consider
issues ASI has agreed to consider is not easy, maybe impossible. That's why
I feel that if we can resolve these important issues it may lead to a
process of greater scope.
AS you know we have no commitment to venture into the myriad of issues that
have been expressed by many. I would ask that you consider that with all the
communication going on over the last several months, resulting in no
resolutions, you consider limiting your scope, concentrating on what can be
resolved, then go on to what seems most important.
On the other issues you're pushing that are not our immediate concerns. We
have no intention of intruding into those matters but we don't want to be
drawn into them either. We would appreciate your not sending your messages
to ASI people, particularly leadership, as it is not helpful, worse it's
distracting away from what we can surround.
None of the 9 recent messages from Bob contained the Confidentiality
statement. Did that fact give liberty to Art to redistribute it?
Bob in one of the recent messages asserted that he is not on Linda's team.
Is there any significance to those factors?
This is purely gratuitous, but I don't think the onslaught of messages to
the other players on various sides of our process is helpful either on the
matters we are trying to surround or the other 20+ issues. Help me, what is
the biblical principal involved in that approach?
We stand ready to continue to our process.