While our nine provinces certainly do some good, they also add a layer of polity that we should be able to trim way to free up resources of time and money for other work. It’s important that no one think that I or anyone else would say provinces do no good. Rather, the opportunity cost of keeping them is higher than what they accomplish.
This Wednesday, at 3 p.m. EDT, I will be talking online with the Crusty Old Dean. We’ll be doing this on a live Google Hangout called “A ‘Seven-Whole-Crusty’ Perspective on #GC78 (Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Blue Book).”
Our current President of the House of Deputies, the Rev’d Gay Jennings, has expressed her desire to reform the way the House of Deputies does business — and also to work for General Convention as a whole to legislate more efficiently. Some of this work can be done simply in the way the PHoD carries out her work. Much of the reform effort relies on streamlined and revised Rules of Order for the House of Deputies.
Whatever we do at this General Convention, I hope we will do it graciously. We should be kind to one another, and we should realize that we have things to learn from those with whom we differ. In our speech and in our action, I hope we will model the love of Jesus Christ which is the same love that animates the very marriages we are discussing.
Yesterday I looked at 19 resolutions of the 34 (!) resolutions from the Standing Commission on Constitution and Canons. Today we look at the remaining 15 resolutions.
Seriously, I think someone told these people there was a prize for submitting the most resolutions. I count 34 resolutions from the Standing Commission on Constitution and Canons (SCCC). You read that right. 34 resolutions.
Today’s unlikely pairing of reports brings us resolutions from the Standing Commission on World Mission and the House of Bishops Committee on Pastoral Development. The report from world mission is especially worth reading, as the reader can learn much about the state of our relationships with some of our partners.
Moving right along, we find ourselves at the the report of the Standing Commission on the Structure of the Church. This group is certainly prolific. They submitted 18 resolutions in 2012, and we get 15 this time around.
Today we look an unlikely pair of reports (though like peanut butter and jelly, perhaps there’s a treat waiting for discovery), the Standing Commission on Stewardship and Development and the Standing Commission on Social Justice and Public Policy. We’re on the home stretch, friends.
This is the fourteenth post in a series on resolutions for General Convention 2015. See also the index of resolutions and the list of resources related to #GC78. Some fancy restaurants serve multi-course dinners in which each course...
In a brief respite from Tangled Up in Blue, everyone’s favorite scintillating tour through the Blue Book of General Convention, I thought I would turn our gaze toward fashion. Wait, what?
This is the thirteenth post in a series on resolutions for General Convention 2015. See also the index of resolutions and the list of resources related to #GC78. Sorry for the lag between episodes of Tangled Up in...