Canadian CRC leaders have committed the CRC to endorsing and lobbying for Bill C-262, a federal Canadian bill that if passed would incorporate the United Nations Declaration of Rights of Indigenous Peoples into Canadian Federal Law. Should they have?
Doug Vande Griend
Grew up in NW Iowa. Graduated from Dordt College in 1976, majoring in philosophy and history. Graduated from Willamette University College of Law in 1979, and have been in private practice since. (Also a programmer and started software company for attorneys).
Went to Synod in 1992, on committee tasked with overtures re ratifying or not ratifying removal of word "male" as qualification for ordination. Pretty much disagreed with everyone on the committee as to what was most important. Hate needless division in the church. First delegate to synod with a computer on the floor (1992, red gas plasma screen Toshiba--a bit noisy--, with hypertext versions of all creeds and confessions, the Bible and all overtures assigned to committee).
Have been significantly involved over the years with Christian Legal Society, Alliance Defense Fund, Western Center for Law & Religious Freedom, Oregon Right to Life, Dordt College (as Trustee), local Christian high school (as Trustee, baseball coach, other), local church, local Little League and American Legion baseball, Salem downtown association, neighborhood association. Current volunteer caretaker for neighborhood park (and so owner of a really nice Kubota Tractor and various implements). Live on the Hispanic, less affluent, side of town--by choice.
Have been exposed to a goodly number of other Christian traditions and believe the CRC has incredible strengths but also great weaknesses.
Four sons, youngest now in college, and so these days fill the house with three international students (Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese) from the local Christian high school.
Life's academic emphasis: political/social philosophy. Kuyper/Dooyeweerd fan, but also John Locke (recognized sphere soveriegnty before Kuyper was born; core thought resulting in US political liberty). Own hard bound copy of New Critique of Theoretical thought.
Big fan of Micah 6:8, but perturbed about "doing justice" and "loving mercy" being reduced by many to "doing and claiming justice."
See my "About me."
If passed, what would the effect of the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act be? How would we know? What should we know to responsibly lobby for or against it?
Responsible political advocacy must do more than offer only one side of a multi-sided issues, both as to facts and arguments. Being "one-sided" cannot and will not result in justice for all, but rather intractable division.
As the debate (fight) about immigration and refugee policy descends, it is important to step back, consider how complicated the political questions are, and decline partisan political activism.
In the relatively new push by the CRCNA to become a part of a much bigger organization (first WARC and REC, which folded into WCRC), I for one have a number of questions to which I lack answers.
Great article. The only thing I'd add is that the US Federal government has this problem too, in spades, as do a number of US States. The problem is pretty much the same even if the consequences...posted on: Don't Let This Creep Near You
Sure, Classis and Synod and Consistory and Council and Elder and Deacons -- and that's not even touching doctrine describing words -- are all strange words for some people who come to the CRC from...posted on: Time to Rename Classis?
I'm all for the deacons immersing themselves in the work of mercy. Where more careful discernment is needed, I think, is when deacons take on "justice." I put that in quotes because "justice" (...
This article over defines "justice" in a way that pours the content of the word "mercy" into justice, leaving no differentiation. In other words, it conflates the two words (and their proper...
What caught my eye in reading this was the bulleted point (under "What you will learn") of:
- Why the classification of white people and people of color dehumanizes us all
You certainly don't need to reply, Dan, but here are my observations and comments:
What you cite above, 2016 Act of Synod, Article 72, Section 8 says:
8. That synod affirm initial...
Dan: It's good to hear that Canadians are so of one mind as to all matters political.
I'll not respond to your points except this one: In your number 2, you decline to cite to any...
Dan: Thanks for engaging. My responses (correlating with your point numbers):
1. UNDRIP's Article 26, as literally written, cannot be regarded as less than "breathtaking" (which was the...
Herb. Let me know your email address and I'll respond.