The first full day of committee work can be challenging. Churches and presbyteries do use Robert’s Rules of Order for the parliamentary procedure that guides our meetings. However, rarely do we see amendments to amendments or substitute motions or other complicated procedural moves that help us clarify and hone our words and actions. The details can get confusing and seem tedious, but we know from experience that our words matter, so we want to be thoughtful and careful in crafting them, which takes time and attention to detail. Warren McNeill spoke with Megan Hansen of Worship Times about that and what helps committees learn to do this work well. You can watch that conversation on our Facebook page.
One of the things that Warren and Megan spoke about is the importance of centering our work around prayer. For those participants (voting or not) who need some extra time and space for prayer, there is always a room set aside for quiet, contemplation and prayer. This year the prayer room has items evoking the words of the song the St. Louis GA Committee on Local Arrangements commissioned, Draw the Welcome Circle Wider, which some of you may have sung in your worship on Sunday.
In addition, there was a beautiful round, windowed room in the convention center that was the perfect space for a labyrinth.