dwditty; The campaign IS 'congregation selective'. Not the national TV ads, certainly, but participation in the whole campaign. Each congregation has the opportunity to participate fully or in lesser ways or not at all. Haveing said this I realize that the national campaign might well put the ultra liberal "tag" on some more conservative UCC congregations and those might not desire that. There is a sort of "backlash" among some congregations in North Carolina. No, these aren't conservative white congregations, they are conservative black congregations and they have had some other issues with the UCC at large. Hopefully, the spirit of the campaign will help to reconcile those congregations with the UCC as a whole.
Don Firth; I cannot get the local ABC station and was unaware of the program "Nothing Sacred" nor of the controversy surrounding it. I am sorry that the program was cancelled by ABC.
Kat; I forgot to tell them but I will.
We had a lively discussion group this morning. Our pastor, Ed Wilson, began his sermon with: "Hi I'm Ed Wilson and I'm a Christian" and went on to say that stating something like that is almost unheard of these days. He said that before he returned to school he used to introduce himself as "an engineer" (he worked for McDonnel-Douglas) and never thought anything of it. He went on to describe the ad campaign and the networks' response in the context of identifying as a Christian. Good sermon.
I wish to say to all who have posted to this thread, thank you. I feel that your answers, serious and humerous are genuine expressions of your sincere thoughts regarding this matter. It leads me to see that Mudcatters, while sometimes irreverant are not irrelevant.