First day of the session. Many people there, delegates as well as others, full of apprehension.
The outgoing president seemed visibly subdued in his presentation, talking a lot about trust, about feelings, about the big challenges ahead and his own lacking in facing them in the past three years. Also a lot about identity and global fellowship; I’m not exactly sure where he was going with that.
A couple of minor, but good bylaw changes were passed, others deferred, and the Nominating Committee (bestyrelsesudvalg) looks surprisingly good.
But then, almost as an afterthought (although some of us knew it was coming), a delegate – a well-known and respected member – suggested to expand the session with extra delegates from two church plants, Haslev (formerly Face-Out) and my own Århus Café Church. Due to a technical fault from the union with dates, we are not allowed a delegate, but I was chosen to be the one if the session decided to grant us the privelege. There was widespread sympathy for our cause, with the audible exception of one particular concerned sister. But very quickly, the lawyers descended, and the debate turned to the legality of the procedure. The church’s constitution is unclear on this issue, and so was the verdict. As for now, the proposal was deemed unconstitutional and never came to a vote, but there were many discussions afterwards, and no one knows what tomorrow will bring.
It is not a personal issue, and I don’t think one delegate can ever change anything. For us, its a matter of being taken seriously. We would like to share responsibility for the rest of the church, but that should be a two-way street. This is not a good start to the session, and does not bode well for discussions into more serious matters. I’m not sure I even want to be a delegate if it’s like this.
It’s raining heavily in Denmark, but probably not exactly the latter rain. That might be needed, though.