The Friday at General Assembly was packed and probably will take years to process. It was the hardest due to how tiered I am! It is hard to describe, but GA is emotionally, physically, and mentally draining. But all of that is lifted up by the spiritual renewal that comes from a body trying to discern God’s message for us, and the church today. There are many choices we made and chose not to make that I will struggle with for years to come. But I know that everything was done out of love.
Personally, this was a hard day for me. As you know when I jump into something I jump all the way in. 8 weeks ago I only knew the surface of the issues in the Middle East and while I now know much more I still feel like I only know the surface. On Tuesday, I thought it was something I could live with, but after seeing what happened with it in the media, I knew that the action we actually took would be lost in the media’s interpretations. I spoke to that effect.
I cannot help but think about my parent’s church and especially their pastor, who as you know has had quite a year, and this will be one more thing! Please, also keep in mind the Great Rivers Presbytery Leadership as they will be spending the night carefully wordsmithing a letter, which they have asked me to comment on as well.
Saying all of that, I am glade that in the committee we could get the document out that got out. It brought positive language to the resolution and with a couple of other amendments made today it clarified that it was not in line with the BDS movement as well as a call for engagement. Unfortunately, that is not what the media heard.
I am looking forward to worship and closing tomorrow, but I will miss my time at GA. We still have a long night to come, so I will blog sometime tomorrow. And will at some point process everything and give some thoughts with sleep and perspective!
Rev. Dr. Bryan James Franzen