Welcome to General Synod from a blogger's point of view!
My name is Elinor, and I am serving as a delegate from the Minnesota Conference of the UCC to General Synod - 27. I will be doing some semi-live blogging from Grand Rapids, MI. It's my first time at Synod, so look here for news on official business, stories of navigating a new city, and (hopefully) some updates on the fun stuff, too!
Right now I'm in the Milwaukee airport, waiting for my flight to GR. During my layover I've been looking over the Resolutions and Bylaws changes that have been proposed, and I have to say - I'm starting to get excited! Aren't you?!
Right now I am most hyped about the proposed amendments to the bylaws:
From the delegate materials at ucc.org:
"Authorized Ministers of the United Church of Christ—ordained, commissioned,
licensed—are all to be regarded by the Church with mutual respect and care as
they serve on behalf of the whole Church."
Hmm, so far, it sounds good to me. What do you think?
One outcome of this change would be a change in our terminology; instead of calling someone a "Student in Care," they would be referred to as a "Member in Discernment." I like this terminology, because it reflects the fact that not all those who are called to ministry are necessarily called to Divinity School at the same time :)
So, that's all for now. I think I'll go find some grub and then take a nap - hoping to meet up with other Young Adults after the worship tonight, so I better be rested!
See you in Cyberspace! Leave a comment!
UPDATE: This was the first chance I've had to get online, so I've actually arrived and survived the first Plenary Session! Check back soon for a report!