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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Churchwide Assembly - Day Four

Today we passed the implementing recommendations that were attached to the Sexuality Statement. These tell us how we're going to utilize the Statement now that it is passed. No one challenged the close vote on the statement during the two sessions today so I think we're good to go!

This morning's plenary session involved the voting members in small groups to discuss the Reccomndation on Ministry Policies. We then went into the big group discussion which was sometimes heated, a little intense, and on occasion hurtful. We finished our discussion time this morning but the actual vote occurs tomorrow.

Word is that there are huge numbers of visitors signed up for tomorrow and Saturday. It's going to be a big fight but, perhaps by tomorrow night I will be able to report that the ELCA approved the four step process as outlined in the policy and full equality has come to gay and lesbians in the ELCA. It could happen so pray for us tomorrow and see if we can't make history.

I'm completely exhausted as I write this so...I'l post more tomorrow. It's a quite grueling and emotional experience so far but I wouldn't want to be anywhere else in the world this week.

1 comment:

Jen said...

Exciting historical times in the ELCA this week! The holy spirit is hard at work it sounds like, and making some very good changes. I'm interested to hear how the voting turned out about the rostering of pastors...sounds like a turbulent week, hang in there!

Love Jen