Corrections have been made to this page 11/02/2009: Bishop Gilkey's first name is Joseph and Enoch Perry's title was referenced as "Bishop". Those statements were incorrect. Special note 11/29/09: See bottom of the article for commentary and update.
And what may be a similarly related issue:
3- Truly, how is the real property of congregations and the congregations themselves handled when a pastor dies and why is the congregation overlooked?
Section I: Clergy Sexual Abuse
1- How will COGIC handle the perpetrators of sexual abuse among clergy?
2- How will COGIC handle the victims of sexual abuse and make them whole?
The sad thing is that if the church has been aware of these sort of atrocities for 15 years, why hasn't it responded with greater sense of urgency and a more exacting resolve? Over the last 15 years there have been 3 Chief Apostles of the church:
Bishop Charles E. Blake
They conclude by saying in the dissent:
I wonder why more men of the character and resolve of Bishop Nesbitt do not serve in greater and more numerous capacities within our church. It would certainly be a help in all aspects of church growth and development, as right now we can see that flesh has a high potential to not only get in the way, but to also oppress the people of God, claiming privilege where it has not planted and reaping what it has not sown. There ought to be shame for what has been allowed as these events have not gone without the input of the Presiding Bishop and the General Board. What can we expect as a result of the 102nd Convocation? The answer to that question remains to be seen.