Wednesday morning is one of the few breaks in the GA meeting Schedule, well for most of us. The Committee moderators spent last night and this morning working on their reports. Also, many commissioners were finalizing their minority reports. I slept in being that I have not fallen asleep before 1 am since arriving at GA. However, while I was not writing a report of any kind, there were still many resolutions to see, especially the ones that were amended and the ones that are going on the consent agenda. This is the Fist GA with one of those, if an overture received larger then 75% of the vote in committee it automatically will go on a consent agenda so that time can be freed for the fun discussions!
The commissioner resolution that I signed will be on that consent docket, hopefully it will not be pulled! However it did pass it’s committee with a unanimous vote! Pretty cool! Here it is:
Given the global crisis for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons and their families in eighty-one countries where homosexuality is illegal and the impact of persecution that threatens their lives, health, and safety, the 221st General Assembly (2014) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) does the following:
1. Encourages each Presbyterian to hold in prayer our LGBT sisters and brothers in the countries where they are vulnerable around the world.
2. Encourages the Presbyterian Mission Agency to create educational resources about the critical global LGBT situation and forward those resources to synods and presbyteries for study and action.
3. Encourages Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregations to consider preparations to provide sanctuary, safety, and support for LGBT refugees and asylum seekers.
I also made the front cover of todays General Assembly newspaper. Now the afternoon fun starts!
Rev. Dr. Bryan James Franzen