The afternoon started with an awesome witness of Rev. James Reese who has been to more Presbytery meetings then I have been alive, his first was in 1974! WOW! As a elder statesmen in our denomination, he has see many things in our denomination both good and I am sure bad. But he highlighted the fact that the Presbyterian Church has and is an inclusive body. As the first mainline denomination to elect a African American Moderator we have and do give voice to the voiceless and power to the powerless. The best witness was that the Church is better when all of us bring our gifts and work through our differences.
Lets just say the rest of the afternoon was best described as painful. It was speech after speech, all which blended into each other and nothing of much of substance.
The evening, on the other hand brought the first taste of what my committee assignment is going to be like. In not so many words the Moderator summed up the feeling of the room when he lamented with us this assignment. We did not really did not do anything beyond get to know each other. Again I am surrounded by a wise and thoughtful cohort of people, that I have every confidence will do their best to find the will of God. It is safe to say that, like with the rest of the assembly so far, the feel of the group is very positive, and I think we are dedicated to make some kind of statement. What it will be, who knows.
So all in all there is not much to say other then today was a bit of a transition day. And tonight will hopefully bring some good slumber! Tomorrow we look forward to an hour of open time to hear 40 people speak for and against the proposals.
As it is tomorrow will be a 12+ hour day of meetings so prayers for stamina are welcome!!!
Rev. Dr. Bryan James Franzen