The tale of a Minnesotan, living in Maine, Traveling to Tampa for the UCC General Synod 2011

Friday, July 8, 2011

And so I'm back home after my long journey. I took the train again and it was a much more solitary trip then the trip out, which I think is what I needed.

Some personal highlights of Synod for me were as follows:

*Time spent with my sister and her friends "just hanging out"
*Time spent with my sister, her friends, and my friends in the Minnesota Conference talking about options for the future a.k.a. ministry, or laity?
*The moderators! We had some very nice moderators, including the one from Hawaii who was very nice and funny when I spoke with her on an escalator, and the one who asked us funny questions when we were sitting in plenary (who would you sit down with? John the Baptist or Judas?)

And absolutely above all else, UNANIMOUSLY passing the Right of LGBT Persons to Adopt resolution. Isn't it amazing how far we have come since 2003's Marriage Equality vote in Minneapolis? I had a testimony prepared in case there was opposition, but when only affirmatives came up, I didn't feel I needed to. But my feeling boiled down to a paraphrase of Steve Simon's quote:

"How many Gay parents does God need to create before we accept that God wants them to be parents?"

I hope my blog gave you some idea of what this Synod was like. If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments and I'll do my best to answer them in a post! Thanks for reading!


  1. Hi Elinor .... so nice to get to know you as a fellow MN delegate at GS 28! Hoping to get to Maine sometime in later October as part of my sabbatical!

  2. Welcome home, Elinor, and thanks for the blogging.