While I await my first committee meeting, there are three plenary business meetings to attend with more later in the week. I am meeting new people and getting reacquainted with old friends. Yes, we are a connected church. There is a spirit of joy, a genuineness to be together, an anticipation of an experience, that is a much welcomed diversion from news cycles that focus on division and brokenness.
The singing of the first hymn, “The Church’s One Foundation,” at the General Assembly’s opening worship service overwhelmed me with emotion as I looked around the convention center room at the beautifulvariety and diversity of people of God singing in unity. And that emotion continued to pour over me as I listened to an amazing, thought-provoking sermon on justice preached by the 222nd GA co-moderators.
As I witness the inclusiveness of this Assembly, the framing of a Church centered on justice and kindness and humility, I look forward to the Committee discussions, as difficult as they might be, knowing I’m surrounded by others also praying about the issues and challenges facing our denomination.