Verity A. Jones, DisciplesWorld editor and publisher

Verity A. Jones, DisciplesWorld editor and publisher

In our May 2009 issue, we published an editorial called “Time for Transparency” (reposted here, in case you missed it.) Our goal was to highlight the relationship between transparency and accountability, and to point out that if the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) wants to increase accountability, it should make a better effort at being  transparent. We (DisciplesWorld) have some ideas about how that might be done, including asking the General Assembly (via this Resolution) to create an open meeting policy for the Assembly, the General Board of the General Assembly, the Administrative Committee of the General Board, and any other task forces, councils, or working groups formed by those entities to carry out their work. While the General Assembly can’t require the general, regional, or congregational ministries of the church to creat such a policy, our hope is that they will.

An open meeting policy is just one way the church might become more transparent. At the conclusion of the editorial, we invited readers to join the conversation.

We’ve already heard from several of you with some great ideas for what transparency should look like, what specific practices are in place within congregations, regions, and the general church, and how you’d like to see things move forward. We invite you to share your thoughts on transparency, your ideas, and best practices.  Please share your comments here, or become a Fan of our Facebook page and join the discussion there, by clicking on the “Discussions” tab.

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