Last night’s meeting was not as bad as feared. The mood was better than in the afternoon, and even though some very clear disagreements finally came into the open, there was also talk of fraternity and acceptance. But where do we go from here?
Our problems were not solved in one meeting. No one was expecting that. Hopefully, it will open up to a slightly more forward-looking mindset in today’s structural discussions. But the disagreements are still there. As one person said, the reason this fighting touches us so deeply is that we are brothers and sisters, and we care about the future of the church.
One meeting solves nothing. But it sheds light on a possible path towards reconciliation: dialogue. We need to continue talking, even though it may hurt, and even though it may seem like nothing is accomplished. More importantly, we need to refocus on a common project, we need to all put our energy into something besides in-fighting. One such project could be to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ to the different peoples of Denmark – but that’s just an idea.
Can this happen? Strong leadership is essential. Perhaps we will see a new union president today.