The question of racial disparity among the CSPD (the city and county as well) is one worthy of more critique. I have, over the past decades, as a resident of Colorado Springs, never felt discriminated against by a police officer. But then, being a person of fair complexion, how can I be sure fellow residents of dark complexion have not? It may be difficult to tell, in a moving vehicle, that many Hispanic drivers are not white. Just a thought...
I attended the community forum, "Conversation on Race" and was pleased that the Mayor and law enforcement officials, other than CSPD, were in attendance to make commitments of fair play and to answer questions from the audience.
Sometimes people forget that unless you're the very top dog, everyone has a boss, and there is usually a complaint process that can be followed. If you believe you have been treated unfairly, find out what the process is, the chain of command, and utilize it. I must admit, however, that sometimes, depending upon the situation, whether I believe the low guys on the totem pole can help me, and my sphere of influence, I go straight to the top.
For me and a hand full of other members of St. John's Baptist Church (one who is deceased), this issue began in 2008 when an initial lawsuit was filed through an attorney who didn't have the fortitude to continue with representation as has Attorney Hopkins. Weak and inexperienced leaders and members failed to investigate claims that were presented to them in black and white. I can't speak for anyone else, but for me, this issue is about honesty, integrity, ethics and trust. If people can't trust the word of a religious leader, who CAN they trust?
The psychological and spiritual warfare over the past 4+ years has been phenomenal. This experience has destroyed relationships between people who are sorority sisters, fraternity brothers, neighbors, members of the same organizations, and many who were once good friends. I have watched the destruction of a church that Milton E. Proby helped build, and that thrived for decades. I continue to hear members say, "Pastor Sutton put us out of our church." Pastor Sutton is but one mortal man. According to the Church bylaws, membership can only be withdrawn by a vote of the congregation. Sutton merely did what the leaders and members of St John's allowed and empowered him to do. I did not stop going to St. John's because I was put out of church, I stopped going because I no longer had a pastor and leaders with the faith and integrity I value in spiritual leaders.
The wounds are deep. Although I am optimistic that those who have participated in the destruction of St. John's Baptist Church, or silently watched others destroy the Church, will get their due diligence, I am not as optimistic that St. John's Baptist Church can completely recover from the breakdown. Many members have left and either attend or have joined other churches. We must learn from our mistakes. An informed and involved congregation; strong, ethical, experienced, and proven leadership; and time are imperative to the survival, revitalization and success of our church. Continue to keep us in your daily prayers. And, when the time comes, encourage and support us as we rebuild and revitalize our church family.
Kathleen Foster, Member
St. John's Baptist Church
All content © Copyright 2017, The Colorado Springs Independent
Website powered by Foundation