Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Consideration Tonight of New Form of Government (nFOG)

Commissioners will return from an extended dinner recess to a primary focus of this assembly. At 8:30 pm (unless it is moved up) the New Form of Government, as amended by the GA Committee that studied it here, will be considered. This discussion can be viewed through a live stream from the denomination's website: Shall the Form of Gov't in our current Book of Order be replace? We shall see what the assembly determines. If approved, nFOG will go forward to the presbyteries for approval, requiring a simple majority, as opposed to the Belhar Confession, which will require a 2/3 majority vote (see Mike's post).

The caveat, "unless it is moved up," refers to the fact that Moderator Bolbach possesses a command of the podium that we have not seen in many years! Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons complimented her before the dinner recess by telling the body that she is "...the most efficient moderator he has ever known!" May it be so as we enter this evening's session.

Holy Spirit, descend on us, we pray.

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