We’re looking at four structure resolutions today. Three resolutions are to restructure executive council, to reduce the number of standing commissions, and to reform our budgeting process. We’ll also look at a resolution on provinces. Time is short, but I’d like to share a few brief thoughts on these resolutions.
Now is the time. If you are a bishop or deputy, pray earnestly. Be bold! Be not afraid! If you are not here at convention, pray for your bishops and deputies. Reach out to them and share with them your hopes for action for the sake of the Gospel.
In any case, after dinner and dessert, I arrived back in my hotel room only to notice sixteen more resolutions now posted online. Zoinks! I’m sure there will still be even a few more coming. Anyway, here are the latest resolutions.
A Facebook friend asked what he should binge-watch next. Knowing that he’s a serious church nerd, I naturally suggested the upcoming General Convention. Did you know that’s an option? Sure, it’s not on Netflix (yet), but you can still binge-watch hours and hours of worship and deliberation from the General Convention.
You know how it’s all crumbs when you get to the bottom of the cereal box? Well, Tangled Up in Blue has reached that point. Now I’m not saying that the resolutions are crummy! Just like those crumbs, which are still delicious (if a bit soggy), these resolutions are as delicious as the others. But these are bits and pieces, odds and ends.
The two most important things we can do to work for peace in the Holy Land are to engage (if possible, by visiting and by making pilgrimage) and to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. This is actually the most important thing. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. This will change our hearts and, I believe, the hearts of people throughout the Holy Land.
We haven’t used memorials in a while, which explains why plenty of bishops and deputies had forgotten that such a thing exists. Gay Jennings has been among those urging the revival of this venerable instrument. Memorials provide a way to shape conversation without resorting to resolutions. At their best, memorials can guide our whole church into new places.
We are considering resolutions which might bring about transformational change in our church, in many lives, and indeed in the whole world. When we preach the Good News and share it, when we take seriously our work as disciples of Jesus Christ, all sorts of good things happen. Yes, parliamentary procedure can lead to all this. We’ll be looking at three great evangelism resolutions from deputies in this post.
Several dioceses have submitted resolutions on liturgical matters, including resolutions on encouraging the communion of unbaptized people. There are also resolutions for a constitutional amendment and edits to the baptismal covenant. The topic of communion without regard to baptism is an important one, so I hope everyone will pray, study, and listen before voting.
This is the twenty-eighth post in a series on resolutions for General Convention 2015. See also the index of resolutions and the list of resources related to #GC78. When I blogged the resolutions on our calendar of saints...
Even and especially in the middle of mind-numbing parliamentary maneuvers, Jesus is there. Even and especially when we disagree, Jesus is there. When we gather for daily Eucharist, Jesus is there. When we meet friends for a meal, Jesus is there. When we are challenged with new ideas or we challenge others with our ideas, Jesus is there.
The budget is where the rubber hits the road. If you want to see the values of any organization, look at its budget. At General Convention, the budgeting process usually takes center stage (or close to it) and rightly so. If you’re new to General Convention, you’ll be learning a whole host of acronyms and abbreviations. Make sure you learn PB&F.