The spectacle of a leading UCG minister and former COE member screaming and pounding his fists on the carpet may be a tad disconcerting, but does it really matter? Joel Meeker wouldn't be the first COG elder to throw a five-star tantrum, and he won't be the last.
Meeker however is perhaps the UCG's chief asset in the French-speaking world. He has edited French-language publications for Cincinnati, traveling the world on their behalf - Europe, the Caribbean and Africa. If Meeker catches a cold, you'll hear sneezing in Bordeaux. Clyde will have to tip-toe through this particular tulip patch with greatest care.
And, interestingly enough given the current spat, Joel has served as chair of the Ethics, Roles and Rules Committee!
One thing is clear, after this impressive little hissy-fit it'll be difficult to kiss and make up.
A couple of comments from the earlier posting throw some light on Meeker's character:
One year before the GCE he posted and said that the nonsalaried elders who didn't got to AC should talk with their Regional Pastor about who to vote for. Seems that the "worldly educated" elders who didn't go to AC...didn't have the brains to know who to vote for.
Another correspondent notes:
You will note, the term "member" or "membership" or "church members" or "brethren" appears nowhere in Joel's write up.
Which puts some perspective on the matter.