Over the last several weeks, I have been very troubled by The News Tribune’s front-page news. While it was important to cover an horrific local homicide, I believed the Tribune went way overboard. I shared my frustrations with many people, including a representative of the newspaper.
Then, the Sunday paper arrived. On the front page was a story about an issue that is near and dear to my heart. Steve Maynard’s coverage of the issue confronting the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, among others, was superb (TNT, 2-26).
Maynard addressed the issue of the ordination of gay and lesbian clergy in a very thoughtful and thorough manner. We got to hear from voices on both sides of the issue, to see some of the biblical references, and the opportunity to understand the complexity of this issue.
I agree with Executive Editor Karen Peterson when she states that the TNT is fortunate to have a dedicated religion reporter, especially one with Maynard’s experience and credentials (TNT, 2-26). It was my privilege to interact with Steve Maynard for many years while I served as the executive director of Associated Ministries. I can only hope that The News Tribune will make even more use of him so we can all benefit from his journalism skills in reporting on religion.