Dear Rachel et al.,
First, thank you, Rachel for taking the time to respond. I was traveling this weekend and just now had a chance to review the comments, and I agree with you, many of them are hurtful and unproductive. Certainly not reflective of what a Christ honoring community should be. The intent of the original post was not at all to attack you or elicit attacks from others. Our job at IRD is to observe and report on trends within the Church, so that was my intent in writing about your talks in Williamsburg. I welcome discussion about the substance of your message, but do not condone the assumptions about and attacks on your character.
Second, to those who have posted accusatory and mean-spirited comments: please do better. This blog often discusses contentious matters that Christians ought to engage, but name-calling and accusations have no place in that. Please be thoughtful and rigorous in debating the actual issues at hand, but don’t verbally attack individuals.
Some of the comment threads on this blog have become quite appalling recently and consequently, we will begin moderating the comments more stringently. Please read our code of conduct here:
Thanks to everyone for reading and engaging in this conversation – let’s please be more civil in the future!
[Editors note: The above post appeared in Juicy Ecumenism's Comments section of the Rachel Held Evans: An Evolved “Evangelical” blog post. We thought it best to place it more prominently so that Kristin's sentiments, which reflect those of the organization, are clearly stated.]