GC Blog Day 8 (Thurs., July 9): The Day After the Women’s Ordination Vote

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GC Blog Day 8 (Thurs., July 9): The Day After the Women’s Ordination Vote

It is the day after the women’s ordination vote, and the Alamodome is nearly empty. Quite a contrast to yesterday, when the motion to allow divisions to proceed with female ordination was voted down.

Today, the agenda consisted of various amendments to the General Conference’s constitution and bylaws along with decisions on division secretaries and treasurers (now chief financial officers) and GC departmental associates. Moreover, David Trim of Adventist Archives presented the plan to create an Adventist web-based encyclopedia that will cost $1.6 million in the next five years.  The afternoon was reserved for division caucuses.

The handful of delegates available this morning continued to emphasize the need for more young people who are diverse and committed in positions of church leadership.

It was quite visible that the women’s ordination vote still hangs heavily in most of the discussions.  Will the divisions, unions, missions, and conferences respect this vote?  Or will the unions do their own thing?  Time will tell.

Let’s continue to pray for the Holy Spirit to heal and unite His church together.

Jesus Is Coming

During the Thursday evening program, representatives of the West-Central Africa Division emphasized the message we need to share with the world.

(Top photo: The Aeolians of Oakwood University sing “How Great Thou Art” for the Thursday evening program at GC Session.)

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Valmy Karemera is associate editor of The Compass Magazine and posts daily news updates on the Compass Twitter page. Originally from Rwanda, he now lives and works in Texas with his family.