Saturday, August 2, 2008
Day 15--Finishing up
This morning we had our second to last Bible Study and Indaba group. We continued to discuss the Covenant and the report of the Windsor Continuation Group. It was a good exchange, although some of our brothers and sisters seem to be unaware of the fact that the American church did respond to the Windsor Report in a way that was acceptable to the Standing Committee of the Anglican Consultative Council. We will certainly hear more about "moritoria" tomorrow at our last session.
A final report of the Conference is almost done, and there is some concern in our House that it contains things that were not said in the indaba groups and also that it will be perceived by the larger church as policy statement. We have been told repeatedly that this Conference is a consultative meeting and is not deciding anything. Still there are some who are pressing for a definitive judgement on the controversial issues. I think we will hear more about this tomorrow.
On the bright side, this evening we had a plenary session to hear from the "Stewards" a group of about 50 college students from around the world give their impressions of the conference. We had a chance to ask them about what they wanted in a church 30 years from now when they might be sitting in our seats. It was great fun and a real inspiration. I've attached a picture of one young man from Madagascar speaking.