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Policy Change

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A new discipline for me has me blogging once again.

Note also, though, that the site policy is changing. Posting under pseudonyms is allowed. Comments will be moderated to weed out any slanders or similar inappropriate material.

Written by Fr Basil Biberdorf

June 17th, 2013 at 9:15 am

Leadership is not Anonymous

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This site has an important policy for those who want to participate actively in the discussion: full names are required. Yes, you should be able to be identified when you post here. No, this is not a universal blogging practice. So why do I insist?

Quite simply, it’s required because we need to move forward, to make things better here in the Church in North America.  Postings made in the spirit of this site can be quite critical (even harsh) but may not descend into ad hominem attacks, gossip, or libel. The use of real full names is intended to foster a profitable discussion, built upon Christians entering into thoughtful, responsible dialogue. Full, real names encourage that. I don’t think anyone is at serious risk of retribution for participating here under those terms.

If there is a serious risk, then contributors can use the contact form to communicate with me privately (and confidentially). Of course, one could also choose to be a confessor—taking a principled public stand in the face of possible punishment. There’s plenty of Christian precedent for that.

So, if you submit a public comment to this site, kindly use your real name.

Written by Fr Basil Biberdorf

January 19th, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Posted in Ground rules

Welcome to The Orthodox Leader

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The purpose of this blog is a simple one: to provide a forum to discuss many of the leadership challenges facing the clergy and faithful of the Orthodox Church, particularly (but not always exclusively) in North America. I am a married priest in the Orthodox Church in America as well as a software developer in the private sector. The content here reflects my own interests and opinions, which are, hopefully, informed by Orthodox Christian piety and belief. I will earnestly seek to scandalize only those who need to be scandalized.

Comments and discussion are encouraged, although because being a leader means being responsible, participants must register and use their real names. Libelous or anonymous/pseudonymous comments are subject to deletion.

Now, on to the discussion!

Written by Fr Basil Biberdorf

November 28th, 2009 at 12:34 am

Posted in Ground rules

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