Rev. Zachary King sent a short announcement to churches with a request for prayer and patience as he and others work to figure out the implications of Synod 2022's decisions.
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A study of the HSR (Human Sexuality Report) reveals that the word desire is used multiple times in both positive and negative senses.
In 1973 and 1999, synod called upon the church to repent and embody hospitable belonging with its gay members. The current Human Sexuality Report echoes this call. Are we ready to do it?
With the complex and consequential decisions Synod 2022 will face, wise leaders must manage the polarity of ensuring good process and arriving at good outcomes.
The way we treat each other while we make decisions is just as important to our witness as the decision itself.
Too often at church meetings, corporate prayer feels perfunctory; personal scripture study is assumed; and the spiritual formation of fellow office-bearers is an afterthought to deliberations.