General Synod convened last evening with worship (a bit odd having a Reformed worship with no reading of Scripture, but it was probably an oversight).
Several matters of interest, mostly of rumors on the ground.
1) Belhar may run into some trouble. Some folk are preparing to argue that acceptance of Belhar will open the door to acceptance of homosexual persons in the church — in all offices.
2) In a related matter, the anti-gay forces are planning an alternate worship in protest to Jacquie Lewis’ presence as preacher. This in response to her stance re GSTG folk in the church.
3) As to Missional Structures…. The stated clerks, to a person, angrily took the proposal, and its committee, apart. My read is that they were responding to what Dan Meeter pointed out as the violence of the report. Read it from the perspective of a stated clerk and the disrespect emerges pretty quickly.
My bet is that Missional Structures will be “sent back” or referred somewhere. There will be moves to save it in some form.
The other so-called big issue is the use of assessments that had gone to the Church Herald. Right now there’s no telling how this one will turn out.