I have to give props to a all of the candidates. They did a great job of answering the questions and though there was a lack of cooperative technology, it was amazing that Heath won with an overwhelming majority. I think it will set a good unifying spirit for the assembly. It was interesting from the questions and answers it sounds as if there is a spirit of moving forward to what’s next as a denomination.
I guess with the reality of 11 churches leaving our presbytery to ECO because they cannot handle an inclusive denomination, I am excited that we still worry on the denominational level how we include people who consider themselves evangelicals and conservatives.
Though I lament that John Willkinson did not win, I have always looked up to his ministry, I think Heath can do a great job and his connections will bring healing and dialogue around the world and within our church. I also think that he will be an active Moderator guiding and challenging our denomination.
The spirit of GA is great. And it is nice to see how we can celebrate in joy our differences. I have to make note that watching the excitement of the youth advisory delegates and the respect that the “non-youth” have for them is an incredible witness to the future of our church.
Oh and the technology Glitches continue, hopefully by the time the difficult decisions come it is worked out, I think at least an hour or 2 were wasted today, just playing with tech stuff. GRR
Rev. Dr. Bryan James Franzen