Monday, March 8, 2010

Controversial Firing of Principal in Baraboo


So! You criticized Archbishop Weakland's sermon
at Wisconsin Lutheran College? You have broken fellowship
with Holy Mother WELS.


Story


Sauk County's Daily Newspaper



Monday, March 8, 2010

St. John's to vote on principal's future: Parents offer Hartwig support

By Christie Taylor / News Republic


Members of the congregation at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Baraboo will decide the fate of the principal of the parochial school, John Hartwig, whose employment might be terminated following a vote later this month, though some parents are protesting that firing Hartwig would be unjust.

Church leaders announced to the congregation in mid-February that Hartwig would undertake a voluntary leave of absence to study doctrine. Then, in a letter to school parents Tuesday, church pastors announced Hartwig’s suspension, "for promoting materials" questioning the church’s teachings, and "conduct unbecoming a called worker."

Because Hartwig is not "at one" with the practice of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, the letter states, he cannot serve as principal at the school, and the church council is recommending that his position be terminated.

The congregation’s male members will be asked to vote in a special meeting on the 21st.

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GJ - I have no details at the moment so I cannot shed any light on the reasons. Normally they just sandbag a church worker before anyone can find out. Holy Mother WELS is never wrong, so instant shunning sets in. However, prevenient shunning warns him that someone has already decided his guilt and passed the word.

Note that Becker, Stroh, Kelm, Ski, Glende, Doebler, Gunn and many more are still fully employed, leaving many to conclude that something is rotten in the State of Denmark.

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