LDS Newsline has an article highlighting the continuing success of BYU religion prof Robert L. Millet's ecumenical outreach, entitled Evangelicals and LDS Seeking Common Ground. Millet partners with Evangelical minister Greg Johnson to promote LDS-Evangelical dialogue in a variety of forums, including a recent dinner with the head of the Anglican Communion and even their own television show, "Bob and Greg in Conversation." I'll also point out the events calendar on the website at Pastor Greg's church, which notes the two will be featured in a segment of the CBS Morning News on Easter Sunday, March 27, 2005. Kudos to Millet for almost singlehandedly promoting a kinder and gentler form of Mormon outreach.
I suspect if an objective "goodwill generated per dollar of expenditure" measurement were done, Millet's results would exceed the FARMS Review by about ten to one (and that's being generous, as the FARMS Review figure might actually be a negative number). FARMS generally can't name an ex-LDS Evangelical minister without first reciting a string of disparaging adjectives, yet here's Millet forming a friendly working relationship with one. If the people who control the LDS budget are serious about promoting goodwill with fellow Christians rather than scoring debate points with the choir, they would be setting up CHARMS (CHristians And Respectable Mormons Speak) and throwing some of their pot of tithing money at Millet to run it. I wish bright young LDS grad students would dream of using their academic training to become effective ambassadors of Mormon ecumenical outreach and goodwill rather than the next great Mormon apologist.