Giving Room for Conservatives
Yesterday, Presiding Bishop Jefferts Shori spoke to Province V. She spoke about the General Convention process, and she seemed to decry the culture of "winners and losers." If I understood her correctly, she was calling our church into a process of conversation that would not merely result in "winners and losers."
The Presiding Bishop reminded us Deputies that we have the opportunity to move into a "committee of the whole," apart from strict parliamentary rules -- in which we could have conversation rather than confrontation.
I had the opportunity to talk with the Presiding Bishop this week. I informed her that I had suggested the Deputies have holy conversation rather than just parliamentary debate. I confessed that I am a liberal on social and political issues. However, I also feel for those Deputies who come out on the losing end of our debates.
I sense it is time for us to find a way to hold debates that give room for the minority. Perhaps my thinking is guided by the realization that, in the ebb and flow of things, my positions will someday be in the minority.