The committees have finished meeting and now we are back in plenary sessions as an assembly. There's not much yet to report, so I wanted to share some other things with you so you know what all happens in a General Assembly.
Since I have been here I have attended 5 different meal events. These meals are hosted by special groups that are either a part of our denomination or are special advocacy groups that work to promote certain agendas. For example this morning I attended the Ecumenical Breakfast where I heard an address from the Rev. Dr. Allan Boesak, who was instrumental in working against apartheid in South Africa and the creation of the Belhar Confession, which is pending approval to add to our Book of Confessions.
The other picture shows the TriMet light rail train that we are using to get around town. I've haven't been in a car since I drove to the airport on Friday! This public transportation is handy and well-managed.
We are meeting inside the Oregon Convention Center which can be seen by the two greenish spires in the distance along the river in the third photo. I walked along the river to the Convention Center after lunch today. I figured I would be sitting the rest of the day, so I got my 10,000 steps in before 2:00 p.m.
I heard a powerful address from the Rev. Dr. Allan Boesak, who was instrumental in working against apartheid in South Africa.
I hope this gives you a sense of what is happening. We will be meeting in plenary for the rest of today, all day Thursday & Friday, all the way through noon on Saturday. I'll keep you posted on things as they develop!
"I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you." Romans 1:17-18 NRSV