2016 Convention Comments

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Synod Convention: Thursday

Greetings from Milwaukee!  I am writing this from the lobby of our hotel, where we will be waiting for the shuttle to bring us back to the airport for our flight home.  This has been an incredible experience, and I am very grateful to the circuit for giving me the opportunity to represent them here at Convention.  Our final business meeting was indeed busy, but there were plenty of opportunities for humor along the way.



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Synod Convention: Wednesday

Greetings from Milwaukee!  This Convention has flown by the last couple of days—not least because both the chair and the floor committees have been hammering their way through resolutions at a breakneck pace!  We have accomplished a lot of important things here, but a huge number of those “important things” today fall under one of two categories:  “We need to fix something in Bylaw X because it is [insert reason here],” or “Well, Legal told us to do it, so we’re doing it.”  And that’s before we had to elect people to national boards and college/university Boards of Regents! Those aren’t the most exciting resolutions to pass or elections to hold, but these kinds of nitty-gritty Constitution-and-Bylaw updates are necessary.  And the people we elect to these offices will have important responsibilities for the coming triennium.



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Synod Convention: Tuesday

Greetings from Milwaukee!  After yesterday’s business sessions got bogged down with arguments about the issue of Ecclesiastical Supervision and Dispute Resolution, it was nice to be able to really cruise through so much business today.  There were a few points of contention, but compared to some previous conventions, it’s my understanding that this one has been relatively smooth.



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Synod Convention: Monday

Greetings from Milwaukee!  We are just under halfway through the convention, but it seems like we still have an enormous amount of work left to do before we return home on Thursday.  Today the Convention heard an essay from the Rev. Roosevelt Gray, Jr., Director of LCMS Black Ministry, on the subject of repentance, before he and a few other pastors went to the site of the “Black Lives Matter” protest a couple blocks from the convention center in order to pray with those present.  Beyond the convention essay, 6 floor committees brought business to the convention floor (in addition to elections for Secretary of Synod and regional members of the LCMS Board of Directors), but we didn’t get through nearly as many resolutions as perhaps we would have liked.



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Synod Convention: Sunday

Greetings from Milwaukee!  Today was the first day of real business for the Convention, and we had a lot to accomplish.  Today’s business included elections for the Synod Vice-Presidents, floor nominations for Secretary of Synod, floor time for several floor committees, and our first Convention essay (presented by Dr. Lawrence Rast, President of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne).



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