#GC43: Day Four (Tuesday July 24, 2018)

It was such a full day I find myself unable to reflect on more than two instances of the day.  I encourage you to read the newsletter, watch the videos or review the #GC43 Facebook Feed.

Immediately following worship, at 9AM as I was seeking to auction off the use of one of the few comfortable chairs in the space (proceeds to the Mission and Service Fund), we entered our first Decision Session.  And… the first motion, a rework of proposal ANW 02 as crafted by the Facilitation Team, was moved by the General Secretary…

That the 43rd General Council: Amend The Manual to allow a meeting by e-mail in exceptional circumstances, with clear parameters and policies to be developed by the General Secretary.

I moved toward the microphone for the first time but before I could speak one of my fellow commissioners made the point I would have made: that it is out of order for an individual to make a motion that asks them to do something…  And I was left struck by how for me, this error symbolized the centralization of power and authority in what for 25+ years I have experienced as a conciliar Church.

With this though swirling in my heart I ate lunch, I participated in another discussion 37735003_10156192009816001_6402059602669600768_nsession and in the listening session on Remit Implementation and yes, I asked some hard questions about budget and process and background decisions…  and after the second discussion session of the day I was about spent and almost didn’t go to the Sunset Ceremony  for Presbyteries and Conference.  Unfortunately, due to copyright you cannot watch the full service but I was touched.  The preacher, Rev. Laura Springate led us (me) to a place of pondering those times when I felt loved, that I belonged somewhere … and I was taken back to my first experience at Maritime Conference Youth Forum… “From Now On…” and other times in leadership in the same event, my ordination in the midst of that community in which I’d been affirmed… and the sense of loss was overwhelming.

The service concluded with folk from each of the Conferences making their way to a place where the Executive Secretary and President of that Conference greeted them and exchanged blessings and gratitude for what has been… and we walked away, still uncertain of what would be, trusting that God would be with us.

Faithfully,

Lloyd

One comment

  1. Dear Lloyd: Greetings and blessings in this busy time. I am grateful for your posts and keeping us updated. Thank you. I also try to check on the website.

    I am glad you are pacing yourself and taking breaks with Rasta. Wonderful how you connect readily with others and offer service so spontaneously in your gestures. Very much being you!

    Good to hear that the talk of “parameters and policies” was softened and made more bearable by the affirming worship and interactions you described. Thanks be!

    I grabbed onto this quote by Hewitt Holmes yesterday when interviewed at the end of the day: “Discussion groups said that governance is about decision making, accountability, transparency, accessibility, and keeping our vision and mission clear. It’s how we relate, but not how we rule each other. It’s conciliatory. It has both organizational and theological implications.”

    I pray that vision and mission will lead; that relational process will prevail – as the Spirit moves in community.

    Blessings and hope, Anne

    On 25 July 2018 at 07:00, Sackville Pastoral Charge wrote:

    > lloydabruce posted: “It was such a full day I find myself unable to > reflect on more than two instances of the day. I encourage you to read the > newsletter, watch the videos or review the #GC43 Facebook Feed. Immediately > following worship, at 9AM as I was seeking to auction o” >

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