The Jubilee 2000 RLDS World Conference, or What’s in a Name? This paper will look at ways in which the actions of the Conference reflect the shift from sect to denomination, with the name change being a symbol of that shift. The conference’s focus on issues like gun control and capital punishment, and the School of the Americas (taking liberal political positions on all three issues) is part of that shift. Also, the conference did not take legislative action on two big issues facing us: (1) accepting the baptisms of other denominations and (2) ordination of gays and lesbians; however there were positive signs at the conference on these two issues despite the legislative inaction on them. But there were also signs of continued authoritarianism.
William D. Russell, Scott Kenney