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  1. I must admit to some confusion. There is no formal entity known as the Bay View Chautauqua. Of course, you are referring to the Bay View Association of the United Methodist Church. But I don’t see that term mentioned anywhere in the history section. An oversight?

    While ongoing dialogue is helpful, positioning this site as a celebration of Chautauqua heritage is disingenuous, the static history section notwithstanding. This site is not about the past, but about the future. A specific future envisioned by a vocal minortiy of our community.

    To be of real value, equal editorial time should be spent exploring both sides of the issue. I trust that this is part of the vision that will help us as we “seek answers to the hard moral, ethical and legal questions surrounding our current membership practices.”

    • The purpose and nature of the site are clearly stated on the opening page. The site is concerned with celebrating and maintaining our identity as a Chautuqua. We believe that current membership practices are a denial of both our Chautauqua principles and Christian values. As to providing a venue where both sides of the issue can be heared, this site does exactly that, as your own posting clearly demonstrates.

  2. Thank you so much for your comment. It is through comments like yours that the website moves toward the balance you seek. I would like to make one point of clarification, however. The “vocal minority” you refer to represented 48% of the voting membership last season. Technically a minority, but a very substantial minority.

  3. M. Smith, you are right…this IS about the future: a future in which all of the now adult children of this community who deeply love this place are also welcome at the table because of the very values they learned here. Bay View’s Chautauqua heritage encourages intellectual and spiritual growth, which by its very nature, means to honor, respect and embrace diversity in those who choose to live a life of seeking after wisdom. The Methodist tradition of the community is one of open hearts, minds and doors…both toward strangers and “our own”. We can only gain as a community by living out that mandate fearlessly.

  4. You mention Campus Club as providing activities for seniors, but it really provides activities for all ages. I request you change your wordage on the Campus Club.

  5. Can’t say it better than Mary Agria has above. True Christian values bring all to the table in community. Spiritual growth, intellectual growth, and all manner of health demands self reflective change. Often uncomfortable. As Christians we are not the sole guardians of these values — we share them with all the great spiritual and philosophical traditions of humanity. To deny this is unchristian!

  6. Seriously?? You forget the reason why Bay View was founded in the beginning – on Christian principles. When did it become “out of the norm” for a family to practice their Christian faith on a weekly basis? Traveling?? Too busy?? Bull!! Bay View was founded on CHRISTIAN METHODIST DOCTRINE, with Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Political Correctness should not be a factor in changes to the By-Laws of the Bay View Association. This community has been built on Christian (Methodist) beliefs and was never designed to be a “resort” community, but a place where follow Christians come to meet and have fellowship in their faith.

    • As a devout Christian (and long-time Methodist organist), I must say the whole tone of your response is offensive. The Methodist church has been exemplary in reaching out in love to include other faiths within its “tent”…without demanding “conversion” as a prerequisite for that fellowship. To pretend that Bay View’s exclusionary policies are loyalty to one’s faith is ridiculous. Christ himself reached out to the stranger—angering those who try to put “God” and “love” in a box. The Savior I worship would be appalled at what is going on here in His name. Denial of hospitality to the stranger is neither Christian nor Methodist.

    • I don’t see Bay View as a resort community, but rather I see it as a place where I can practice and share my faith with my family, my grandchildren and my neighbors. Our Christian faith is based on following the ministry of Jesus Christ and his disciples. That ministry was clearly focused on the first two commandments and teaching a meaning of who is my neighbor. If we practice the faith of Jesus, then an expectation is that we welcome people of diverse backgrounds and beliefs as our neighbors. I suggest you consider spending some meaningful time studying the bible in depth as it was meant to be studied. There is a great deal of metaphor in the stories told, and when we bring this meaning to today’s world,I find that I cannot call myself a Christian if I am not welcoming to people of differing faiths and cultures.and I try to share that practice of faith with my family.

  7. Though I disagree with your stance on this issue based on my experiences and my own research, I respect your right to speak your mind and give your opinions on these matters.

    I have been involved in Christian High Education for about 30 years and I just wanted to share my experiences with you. Not to change your mind but to give you some food for thought and that is all.

    Over the years, I have seen many colleges and universities change their stance on how to implement their Christian values/standards. Most of the time it is similar to what we are discussing, a need to open up, to respect moral values in line with the Christian faith but not really a need to profess the Faith. And I am talking about those in leadership roles not those enrolled (in our case that would be membership (leadership) and those engaged in BV activities (enrollment)).

    I state that because in the materials I just received, which was a good way to debate and provide other facts on the matter, when I read point #1, “Restore peace and harmony to our community”, I thought, that is not a reason to vote for this as I have never seen that happen when a issue like this keeps coming back year after year. It causes more hard feelings and even harder to overcome no matter the vote.

    The main results I have seen come about by changing leadership/membership standards away from direct Christian declaration to be of good Christian character have been:
    1. Institutions thrive in enrollment and finances but totally lose there Christian identity. Recently I talked to a young man who visited one our Methodist Colleges. I asked asked him about the trip. The Methodist Church was never mentioned, in fact, he stated, he was never told the college had any faith background at all. I have seen this time and time.
    2. Institutions try to live in the murky middle and die there as if you do not stand for anything, you stand for nothing. Many institutions got lost in the this process and found no one supported them anymore. They ended up closing their doors.
    3. In both of the above situations, they have all gone through a time of confusion of who they are. This last year at a Baccalaureate, a institution which 6 years ago dropped their church affiliation and no longer had their faculty profess a statement of faith, . had 4 different prayers from 4 different faiths at the service. That brought so many issues with it, they are now at a point they have to choose, go back to who they were or drop the Baccalaureate as it just brought the division to a breaking point.

    In closing, I do not say this to change too many minds as I think most are made up and have been for a long time but for all to understand, when the vote is over, that is when the real work will began no matter if it fails or is voted through. Either way, people will not be ready to just say, “OK, lets go forward”. If that was the case, this debate would have ended when this was defeated 2 summers ago.

    Both sides will continue to believe what they believe. We have to understand and as we were told a few Sunday’s again, the Gospel offends people, even other Christians—it is radical—which is why it is so great. But most of all, its foundation is built on Biblical truth: Faith, Hope and Love.

    Thank you for your time and Thank God for Bay View.

  8. Thank you for your comment. I can understand your concern with institutions losing their way. But, sometimes we lose our way because we don’t recognize how our goals must change as the world changes. I believe that institutions that are successful over a long period of time are successful because they understand how a changing world requires them to change. Bay View will be successful and a great place for developing values in our 21st century children if we understand the Christian role in the 21st century and practice it. Little people are smart and they watch for chinks in our behavior. If we say we are Christians and practice unchristian behaviors, they’ll lose their way.

  9. I’m doing a presentation on Illumination Night for the Ocean Park, ME association, and I’d like more information about the Bay View Illumination Night and permission to use the picture that is on your webpage.

    • I am referring your comment to our Executive Director for assistance. While we participate in illumination, the guidelines given would best come from our Chautauqua leadership.

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