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General Convention starts in 16 days. What would you like to see happen in Indianapolis? What would you like not to happen?


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Nicole Porter

-I would like for any and all same-sex rites to fail (Wishful thinking,I know)

-I want CWOB to fail.

-I want those who has held power and influence over the church for so long, lay and ordained, to sit down.

More than likely, I’ll get my second wish.

Sarah Lawton

“I wonder if there are other ways our church can work to change public policy?”

Scott and anyone else, I would love to hear ideas about this, for real.

Jim Naughton

Scott, I should add that I am sorry if I have misrepresented you. It certainly seems to me that you are saying that a PB can personally direct the Office of Government Relations without consultation with the wider church in the period between General Conventions. If that is not what you were saying, I apologize.

Jim Naughton

Sorry, Scott, I think you are just wrong about this. The language you quoted in no way authorizes the PB to personally mobilize the Office of Government Relations. It has never, to my knowledge, been interpreted that way.

I think what you see as golden idols I see as best practices developed over a long period of time by people who have devoted their careers to doing advocacy work on behalf of what they thought was the Kingdom of God.

Scott Gunn

I have not even remotely suggested that we should let “the Presiding Bishop personally direct the Office of Government Relations without consultation with the rest of the church.” Rather, I am pointing out that there are alternatives to GC directing the OGR. Some of said that the only way to determine what OGR can work on is GC resolution, and that’s simply not true.

I wonder if there are other ways to make a difference in US and international policy besides lobbyists? I wonder if our church should do this work, or can others? I wonder if there are other ways our church can work to change public policy?

What I’m really saying is that there are no golden idols here, and I think we should be willing to ask tough questions or rethink business as usual.

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