We have been gratified as we have traveled about
the United States to be told how much you, our readers, appreciate our efforts.
You have told us in person just how much this publication has meant to you.
Your personal comments, plus the hundreds of letters of support we have
received from around the world, have kept us inspired to work even harder
on your behalf. We are humbled by your sincere expressions. The people of
God are wonderful.
As a small token of our appreciation for your support,
and to mark our first anniversary, we have produced for you a 24-page issue
instead of our usual 16 pages. But, even with the additional pages, we couldn't
fit everything in.
Speaking of fitting in material, many of you have
requested that we make the type larger. Frankly, we're just not sure what
to leave out if we were to make the type larger, since our budget doesn't
allow us to regularly print more than 16 pages. Please bear with us for
the time being and consider getting a brighter bulb for your reading lamp
if you're over 45 (as some of us are).
We stand behind our pledge to serve you, as we
stated in our first issue a year ago. We continue to believe that an informed
church is a strong church. Therefore, we remain committed to promoting open
communication. We believe we have seen the fruits of hidden agendas and
a controlled press, and they have been devastating to the church.
We are often asked how long we will publish. Our
answer is that we have no immediate plans to cease publication and will
continue this paper as long as there is a need. You, our readers, will make
that decision through renewing your subscriptions.
We have been asked, too, why we don't change our
name from In Transition to something more like Church of God News,
for instance. Other than IT being an easy acronym, we've come to
believe that as humans and Christians, we will always be "in transition"--to
something better we hope.
Mouthpiece for the UCG?
We are also often asked if we are a mouthpiece
for the UCG. It is true that most of our staff is affiliated with the UCG
and we carry what some think is a noticeable amount of UCG coverage.Since
a significant number of our readers are UCG members, we believe we should
serve their reading interests. But, at the same time, we also include information
about a wide range of groups, and we have on our staff members of groups
other than the UCG.
We try hard to be fair and open in our coverage,
so we find a measure of irony in being labeled a UCG publication. Mixed
with frequent compliments from you have even been a few spoken complaints
from UCG ministers and other brethren expressing the sentiment that we are
anti-UCG, with one critic suggesting we are an instrument of the
devil being used to sabotage the United Church of God.
Obviously, opinions vary.
Some are concerned that our editorial position
of including a range of opinion on some points of doctrine serves to trouble
the brethren and confuse the sheep. You, our readers in recent years have
been subjected to a withering assault on your basic beliefs from WCG leaders.
You came through with flying colors. You were not deceived by the airing
of other opinions.
We have great respect for your abilities to think
clearly, to know what you believe, to be willing to reexamine old beliefs
and stand as pillars (a pillar stands on its own, even though part of a
larger structure). We consider you, our readers, a perceptive and discriminating
lot, as you've demonstrated by holding fast to your beliefs during the recent
unrelenting storms of doctrinal change within the WCG.
Our heartfelt thanks go to all of you who have
made this publication possible. We look forward to continuing to serve you
with timely news, informative features and penetrating doctrinal studies
in In Transition.