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August 14, 2013

Dartmouth Foundation won’t allow Anglican bishop to serve, on account offffff

Do ya have to ask?

Dr. Tengatenga spoke to me about his inspiring life of service to some of the world’s most vulnerable people, especially victims of HIV-AIDS. In passionate terms, he described his commitment to gay rights and how he has worked to support the LGBTQ community in Malawi in the ways that are most effective, given the country’s cultural context.

However, following much reflection and consultation with senior leaders at Dartmouth, it has become clear to me that Dr. Tengatenga’s past comments about homosexuality and the uncertainty and controversy they created have compromised his ability to serve effectively as dean of Tucker.

The Rt. Rev. Dr. James Tengatenga is not only a recently resigned bishop in Malawi, he’s chair of the Anglican Consultative Council and senior bishop in the Province of Central Africa.  He was not considered hostile to LGBT&c concerns, and was praised by no less than the UK’s Changing Attitude (pro-LGBT&c) lobby.  But he’s not good enough to sit on the board of some foundation because of “past comments,” which probably means he wasn’t a radical activist for all things LGBT&c in Africa.  He’s part of that “context” that’s barely moved from “animism to superstition.” 

Just what is the William Jewett Tucker Foundation supposed to be about?

The William Jewett Tucker Foundation educates Dartmouth students for lives of purpose and ethical leadership, rooted in service, spirituality, and social justice.

Fighting AIDS, developing literacy, advancing sustainable farming for women, trying to help broker negotiations for the politically hounded church in Zimbabwe, dealing with culture clash in a global church - none of that is useful to a search for “lives of purpose and ethical leadership, rooted in service, spirituality and social justice” if some rainbow flag waving moonbats use their federal loan subsidized existence to shriek at panicky college administrations.



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“The foundation and Dartmouth’s commitment to inclusion are too important to be mired in discord over this appointment. Consequently, we have decided not to move forward with the appointment of Dr. Tengatenga as dean of the Tucker Foundation.”

In other words, the commitment to inclusion disqualifies all those we haven’t included.

Bishop Tengatenga damaged his own credibility within the Church in order to gain this appointment, and now doesn’t have it.

Dartmouth has proven its “commitment” to inclusion by refusing to include a highly qualified individual on the basis that he is “too controversial” due to his not being sufficiently controversial in his position as bishop and chair of the ACC.

Anyone want even money that Dartmouth now engages the services of VGR as Dean?  He was controversial enough 10 years ago to pass the current “inclusion” qualifications.

[1] Posted by tjmcmahon on 8-14-2013 at 05:52 PM · [top]

Not only that he publicly came out in support of “marriage equality” just a month ago.

Still not enough.

I’m sure he’s feeling delighted at being persuaded to resign his bishopric to take up a post that has been vaporized by the tolerant inclusiveness of Dartmouth.

Not only that but his any role he might now hope to take in his homeland will now have been made vastly more difficult by the public support of marriage equality that the College presumably “invited” him to make.

What a catastrophe for him personally - the College has thrown him under the bus - and how revealing about life at Dartmouth.

[2] Posted by driver8 on 8-14-2013 at 06:01 PM · [top]

My link apparently failed. Do a Google search on “‘Courageous Moral Leadership’: A Message From James Tengatenga”.

[3] Posted by driver8 on 8-14-2013 at 06:03 PM · [top]

Of course, “inclusion”, “diversity”, and “courage” have very specific meanings in today’s political rhetoric, which meanings have no relationship to actual inclusion, diversity, or courage. Words mean what they mean in relationship to The One Thing That Matters. To that one thing, all reality bends.

[4] Posted by Words Matter on 8-14-2013 at 06:26 PM · [top]

Serve him right for being so mendacious.

Mind you, he has been under considerable pressure from Lambeth Palace and the ACO to participate in various TEC and Trinity Wall Street funded programs to recognize that ‘our understanding of the Bible and God’s laws is conditioned by the cultures in which we live’, when it comes to standing for the truth - ‘Reconciliation™’ - if you will.

[5] Posted by Pageantmaster ن on 8-15-2013 at 06:56 AM · [top]

Anyway, the real Dartmouth is a naval college on a rather nice estuary.

[6] Posted by Pageantmaster ن on 8-15-2013 at 06:59 AM · [top]

Somebody screwed up in whatever they promised him.  Wonder who that was?  Keep an eye out for any red faces.  That is what comes of trusting in man not God.  Payoff for being a good boy evaporated it seems.

[7] Posted by Pageantmaster ن on 8-15-2013 at 07:04 AM · [top]

How ignominious! What dishonor!

For one who holds ‘correct’ beliefs to be treated as one who holds ‘incorrect’ beliefs!

Yet one must respect the brittle purity of the academy.  Any tiny exposure of the academy to an incorrect idea might send it crumbling to the ground.  Such is the outcome of this mode of ‘academic freedom.’


[8] Posted by tired on 8-15-2013 at 07:45 AM · [top]

Check out the comments at The Lead:

We “reappraisers” are unhappy about this too.  It was a poor decision.

[9] Posted by Charles on 8-15-2013 at 08:08 AM · [top]

In terms of who has been ‘encouraging’ him in the past and has been pushing him for this role, it will perhaps be very interesting to see who steps up and offers him a job now.  Kenneth?  Katherine?  Justin?

[10] Posted by Pageantmaster ن on 8-15-2013 at 08:38 AM · [top]

Being *inclusive* means excluding those who disagree with you.

And if you think that is a contradiction, you are a bigot.

[11] Posted by Newbie Anglican on 8-15-2013 at 08:51 AM · [top]

The description “intolerant inclusiveness” keeps coming to mind as I read this post and the comments.

This sentence from tjmcmahon, “In other words, the commitment to inclusion disqualifies all those we haven’t included.” was priceless, as they say.

Oh, and I read some of the link to Spong’s discussion regarding “animisim to superstition”.  I’ve also actually read “Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism.”  I don’t have the words to describe the combination of ego and idiocy in that man.

[12] Posted by ADaniel on 8-15-2013 at 09:40 AM · [top]

What, of course, is most embarrassing about this for the ACC and the ACO is that it is now obvious that before being selected as Chair, Tengatenga was vetted through the liberal US and ACO leadership, and none other than Colin Coward winking approval to Kearon, et al.  He was clearly quite liberal for a Central African bishop (do I have my provincial geography correct?) since most of the leadership of African Churches would have had a very difficult time sitting in the same room with KJS and Douglas, much less supporting their gerrymandering of the Standing Committee and innumerable violations of ACC rules in Douglas’s appointment, trashing of the covenant, and utter refusal to enforce the various decisions of Instruments throughout his tenure.

But even though he had done the hard work in the trenches for the revisionist establishment, and been the figurehead “bishop from a conservative African province,” when it came down to it, they offered him a big reward, then snatched it away.

In reading the stuff in the Lead, the irony, of course, is that the criteria Dartmouth used in assessing Tengatenga is the same criteria that most TEC diocese use in assessing rectors and bishops.  Better not be any blemishes on your record of revisionist adherence and accomplishment.

[13] Posted by tjmcmahon on 8-15-2013 at 10:11 AM · [top]

Sounds like the ‘same ole, same ole’ from TEo to me.

Newbie, I guess that makes me a racist, sexist, bigot, unworthy of Episcopal ordination, huh?

[14] Posted by Fr. Chip, SF on 8-15-2013 at 01:47 PM · [top]

Looks like a typo here.  Should be Dirtmouth.

[15] Posted by maineiac on 8-16-2013 at 01:28 PM · [top]

Best and brightest? Just one more reason to tune out the elite.

[16] Posted by BlueOntario on 8-16-2013 at 01:36 PM · [top]

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