Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Gulf Coast Good Work

More than a year has passed and there is still MUCH work that needs to be done to help rebuild the Gulf Coast. An elder from our church just returned from a week in New Orleans—he was a part of a group from our presbytery that went to help with the rebuilding effort. Churches and groups like Habitat for Humanity have been a blessing in the rebuilding effort. The task is just too large for the local skilled labor force. A big THANK YOU goes out to all who have gone to the Gulf Coast to lend a helping hand.

This is an instance where something good has happened through the denomination. Church groups from across the nation can join forces to accomplish something that our individual churches could never accomplish.

I’ve got an idea. Let’s cancel the next General Assembly meeting and donate all of the money that would have been spent on it to the Gulf Coast rebuilding effort. Why do we need to argue about changing the Book of Order while thousands and thousands of people still have not had their homes rebuilt? We could commit to fully staffing the Presbyterian work camps that whole spring and summer. By planning far enough in advance we could get our skilled contractors and workers from our congregations to be a part of that major push. Imagine that message that would send throughout the nation—it would show that Presbyterians really care.


At 12:42 PM , Blogger Dave Moody said...

creative idea, I'm in!

At 2:09 PM , Blogger Quotidian Grace said...

Absolutely right. I couldn't agree more.

At 6:55 AM , Anonymous Matt Ferguson said...

If the PJC rules that local option is in with the new AI (something I do not believe they should do with the wording of the AI as amended but it is still a possibility) then we would need a GA sooner than later to address this error.
Thus, I would speak against not holding GA in 2008. It is not GA that is the problem, but the sickness within this denomination and skipping a GA isn't a solution for what ails us.
I am all for the every other year GA meetings. I would even be in favor of every third year if we could set up a better system that wouldn't allow something like this last GA misusing the power of issuing an Authoritative Interpretation (AI). And yes, it was a misuse of what an AI is for that occured.
Now, we could do a lot to save money when holding a GA and that savings could go into local mission projects delegates to GA could participate in prior to a particular GA beginning.
God's blessings to you,
Matt Ferguson


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