1. our history: This week, I can’t get over the fact that the Board of Pensions began in 1717 and that the Foundation was incorporated in 1799. I’m in awe that people in the 1700s had the foresight to provide for the church. The fruit of that seed money can be seen in the church of today.
2. our polity: Sometimes parliamentary procedure just seems ridiculously complicated. Other times, it seems the best way to make sure all are allowed to speak. Only God can bring about justice, but I’m thankful that there are rules that intend to bring about fairness.
3. our passion: People care SO MUCH and caring is cool. I find myself celebrating with some over voting outcomes, while mourning those same voting outcomes with others. The energy of the assembly was so much better at the times when people visibly cared.
4. creativity in worship: I was completely inspired this week by the ways people used the new hymnal in worship. Worship was phenomenal– not too gimmicky, not dull. I am inspired at the many ways we praise God.
5. inclusion: I feel like the denomination’s radical hospitality extended to the city that was hosting us. From wait staff joining in singing at meals to ecumenical partners feeling welcomed with committee work and an advisory vote (um.. okay… maybe that’s not EVERYONE’S idea of a good time).
I suppose sometime I could do a 5 Things that Concern Me about the PC(USA) but certainly not tonight. One day left and I get to go home… I’m still so stoked I got to be part of the 221st General Assembly.