Issues, Etc. overture to Southern Illinois District Convention (Mollie)

Via Rasburry’s Res, here’s the text of an overture that will come before next week’s Southern Illinois District Convention.


WHEREAS, Issues Etc. weekday and national Sunday night show was cancelled on Tuesday March 18th, 2008, for programmatic and business reasons; and

WHEREAS, The LCMS Board of Director’s stated in the September 2008 Reporter, “the Board authorized its general counsel to prepare a release for use of the LCMS-owned trademark for the radio program “Issues, Etc.,” the archived programs, and related materials to Rev. Todd Wilken and Jeff Schwarz. Wilken and Schwarz intend to continue the program, which was dropped by KFUO. According to (Ron) Schultz, the Board expects the agreement will help bring the recent programming issues to a positive conclusion”; and

WHEREAS, The U.S. Trademark office, stated that in October of 1999 the LCMS failed to maintain its trademark on the name “Issues, Etc.”; and

WHEREAS, On May 31, 2008, Mr. Harry Madsen made application for the trademark in his own name, as sole proprietor, desiring to make arrangements for Rev. Wilken and Mr. Schwarz to use the “Issues, Etc.” name for their new radio broadcast.; and

WHEREAS, On December 2, 2008 the LCMS filed a Letter of Opposition to Mr. Madsen’s trademark application; and

WHEREAS, On December 7, 2008 Mr. Madsen filed a Motion to Dismiss the LCMS Objection on grounds with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office; and

WHEREAS, On December 16th, 2008 the attorney for the LCMS Board of Director’s sent a letter threatening to recommend legal action against Rev. Wilken and Mr. Schwarz, “to enforce its rights to the trademark”; and

WHEREAS, No vote is recorded in any minutes of the LCMS Board of Directors stating a change in their position “to assign its entire right, title, and interest in and to the Issues, Etc. mark….to Rev. Wilken and Mr. Schwarz”, which was written in the resolution voted on and carried at the August 21-22, 2008, meeting and recorded in the minutes;

WHEREAS, The LCMS has spent thousands of dollars on the opposition to the Issues, Etc. trademark, and the expense and opposition and threatened legal action is totally unnecessary and is a poor use of Synodical financial resources and man hours that could be used for the further proclamation of the Gospel; therefore be it

RESOLVED, that the Southern Illinois District gathered in convention at Collinsville, Illinois, this 21st day of February, in the year of our Lord 2009, give thanks and praise to God for the ministry of Issues, Etc. and the hard work of Pastor Wilken and Mr. Schwarz, and be it further

RESOLVED, that the Southern Illinois District direct the District President to admonish the Synodical Board of Directors to cease and desist all legal action regarding the Issues, Etc. trademark and legal action against Rev. Wilken and Mr. Schwarz; and be it further

RESOLVED, that Synodical Board of Directors be admonished to be better stewards of donated congregational dollars to be used toward the proclamation and spreading of the Gospel rather than frivolously engaging in legal matters; and be it further

RESOLVED, that the Synodical Board of Directors adhere to their published and carried resolution of August 2008, and withdraw its opposition to Mr. Harry Madsen’s application for the trademark “Issues, etc.,” and release the archived programs, and related materials to Rev. Wilken and Mr. Schwarz; and be it finally

RESOLVED, that these actions by the Synodical Board of Directors will bring the recent programming issues to a positive conclusion for all.


Issues, Etc. overture to Southern Illinois District Convention (Mollie) — 6 Comments

  1. I’m glad for this.

    But I hope the objective of lcms inc. isn’t to distract conventions so that they will pass the “Blue Ribbon” restructuring while they are working on the Issues Etc. protest.

  2. Helen, you raise a frightening point, frightening in that you may be correct. Would anyone think that couldn’t be a possibility? Our SED draft agenda for our May District Convention puts discussion of the BRTFSSG on Sunday morning after worship when I know a lot of delegates will have likely left.

    I would have asked if I could have ‘borrowed’ this resolution and changed the name of the district, date, etc. but it’s already too late to submit things. I have written to the brothers in my circuit and sent in a letter to my DP when I turned in my statistical report and some other things.

    I am pleased with the SID’s proposed resolution and I have a hunch that the SID will be able to discuss all the things that need to be discussed.


  3. ADVICE:
    The pastors or laypersons who propose and speak to Issues, Etc. resolutions should not be the same people who speak to the Blue Ribbon Task Force proposal.

    Perception is everything.

  4. A sane and Christian response to the Issues, etc., “issue.”

    It won’t see the light of day at the synodical convention no matter how many Districts pass such a resolution.

  5. Jeremy,
    You can still get it in front of the convention by introducing it from the floor. All you need to do is get recognized by the Chair, propose your overture, make sure you have a “second” ready to respond and some votes to discuss and you can at least get it on the floor. Granted, they may vote to send it to a floor committee, but at least it’s out there.

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