Dear RevGalBlogPals members and contributors,
The RGBP Inc. board has read and noted the comments from those who disagree with our decision to remove one of the blogs from the Ring. In consideration of the privacy of the blogger involved, we have refrained from discussing this decision on the RGBP blog.
We appreciate the respectful tone those questioning this decision have maintained. Since the issue was raised in comments on the birthday post, as a board we want to let you know that the decision made by the board was unanimous and took place after over a month of thoughtful and prayerful discussion and consideration both online and in person.
There are many issues on which, informally, members of this ring have agreed to disagree from its very beginning. As the Ring expanded from a dozen or so to over 300 blogs, questions arose that had never occurred to anyone to ask in the beginning, including whether to allow commercial blogs or how to question applicants about whether they actually support women’s ordination or what to do about a blog linking directly to the materials of a cult. The Ring may be a community to most of us, but to some applicants it is simply a tool to increase traffic. The Ring’s profile has risen with its membership, and as our denominations have become aware, too, questions have been raised in some quarters about what it means to belong to the Ring.
Our standards for membership at one time were discussed by all contributors to the blog. Over the past year, since we incorporated, a board--first of three volunteers and then of seven elected members--has wrestled with these questions and tried to anticipate what may lie ahead. It may be for some of us that the lines we feel required to draw are different than for others, and members of the board are truly sorry if there is pain for some Ring members as a result of the recent membership decision.
In Christ’s Peace,Songbird