Most of the Business meetings these past couple of days have centered around the presentation, discussion and voting on Resolultions. When I am back this week, I'll share the totality of which ones passed and which ones didn't. But the most moving testimony of this whole assembly came from youth who weren't delegates, but who were here participating. These youth do not have voice or vote, but requested voice to weigh in on one of the Resolutions, which of course the Assembly granted. The were high schoolers who had written out their complete comments (because they only have a short time to speak), but took turns saying the words. They weighed in on the Resolution of Witness, On Recognizing and Studying Gun Violence as a Public Health Emergency.
Their testimony was powerful and alarming. They shared their experiences of how the threat of shootings impacts them every day. After they delivered their heartfelt testimony, the Synod gave them a standing ovation. Friends, the children are not the future....they have an influence now....if only we will listen.
Tomorrow is the last day of business. I fly back on Wednesday.
To be continued....
Every plenary session will be on livestream, available on the UCC website here. The schedule is also on the website.