The Committee I was helping to lead at this year’s General Assembly wrapped up our work around 4:00 yesterday afternoon. This was just three hours past what we had anticipated and given that we had three items of business added to our agenda, not bad.
When we arrived at the closing worship there were many moments of synchronicity that suggested to me the presence and power of God in our midst. Our opening hymn was the Korean hymn “Come Now O Prince of Peace.”
Little did we know when we planned worship weeks ago that our last item of business would be a commissioners’ resolution on peace, justice, and reunification on the Korean peninsula. We heard testimony about the war that has gone on without end in this divided country, the families that have been separated, the threat of nuclear annihilation. This conflict is old and yet persists. There is a movement underway to achieve a peace treaty, to truly end the war. Read about this and find a link to add your support to the campaign here.
And then we moved to our Bible Readings– focusing on the blessedness of unity and the affirmation of faithful service. We were asked to reflect on these questions with the person sitting next to us:
How does the “Blessedness of Unity” and our service, “Well-pleasing to God,” help us understand the God we serve?
How will the message of these scriptures of unity and service continue to guide our actions and reactions in this General Assembly?
The first question got me thinking about something that unfolded in our committee while working on our penultimate item of business. A Young Adult Advisory Delegate who had been a tentative participant found her voice at last and proposed an amendment to an amendment. This is something many don’t have the stomach for late in committee process. Nobody groaned. She volunteers with refugees and wanted us to make a stronger, more inclusive statement of welcome. Her initial amendment to the amendment failed, but another member of the committee caught the spirit of what she was trying to do and proposed yet another that prevailed, reconciling our committee… inviting us into the blessedness of unity… and surely embodying service well pleasing to God. The committee I served was outstanding, good spirit, engaged, faithful… but this moment showed me how much we had grown in our short time together. Good got better, together. And all the glory goes to God.
God showed up in committee 12. May God continue to show up as we reconvene in plenary this afternoon.