August 20, 2018

Breaking the Code of Silence

Bonhoeffer first service to our brethren is to listen to them

 

 

 

 

 

The following is a brief  history of organizational conflict which has transpired over the last forty years between  the interlocking organizations known as the U.S. Center for World Mission (USCWM) aka, Frontier Ventures (FV, Venture Center)/William Carey International University (WCIU) /Frontier Mission Fellowship (FMF) {known as “The Order”} and their relationship with other individuals and collaborating organizations. Breaking the Code of Silence

This is a synopsis of each conflict beginning with the person or organization’s description, what happened, and the final outcome. It addresses how conflict was put to silence, resolved or how it continues to affect the lives of others.

Not all stories are fully known as the mission community holds to a code of silence.  The list of incidents while not conclusive,  demonstrates that a bitter root which is hidden and remains unrecognized by wise elders will only grow and bear much bitter fruit.

While we are commanded in the body of Christ to maintain unity and to “Follow peace with all men, and holiness,” we are also commanded to look “diligently”  and to examine ourselves “lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness spring up to trouble you, and thereby many be defiled.”

We must all examine and test and evaluate ourselves to see whether we are holding to our faith and showing the proper fruits of it.

NKJV Hebrews 12:14-16/Amplified Bible 2 Cor. 13:5.

Breaking the Code of Silence Bonhoeffer quote

About jstephens

James C. Stephens was a graduate of a Buddhist Study Academy and a Buddhist leader for fourteen years (1970-1984). In 1978, he married Elizabeth, a Jewish Buddhist at a Buddhist temple. Following an accident in Japan in 1981 while on a Buddhist pilgrimage followed by an intense three year spiritual search through various other faiths and practices, James and Elizabeth made the decision to become disciples of Jesus Christ. James graduated in 1999 with a MA in Intercultural Studies from Fuller School of Intercultural Studies and in 2010, launched http://www.worldviews101.com/ which offers a twelve week course "A Christian Perspective on the Dalai Lama and Tibetan Buddhism."

He and his wife enjoy Landscape architecture, gardening, making kombucha and kefir, film, screenwriting, literature, and music.

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