The Assembly finished the last of the committee reports last night (actually this morning) at 12:30 AM. I think what we need to do after worship this morning is to adopt a final budget and per capita based on the actins taken at this Assembly. Every item proposed for action had a report included as to how much the action would cost the Church and where the money would come from.
Check the official news reports for what all we did. By in large we adopted the Social Witness reports unchanged, being against torture and asking for review of Guantanamo Bay and Ali Graib, etc. Some good things also came out of Health Issues. Many thought that the committee's action changed the denominations long standing committment to reproductive freedom when it acted on an overture on late term abortions - late term meaning past the point of viability which with today's advances in the care of premature infants can be considered as early as 20 weeks. Some changes were made to preserve in part our emphasis on supporting women in making difficult choices and not standing in condemnation of the choices that women make in these these choices, I thought we should stand by well thought out and long standing polity rather that change our policy in haste at midnight.
I am nearly packed, they will store our luggage and after the meeting the shuttles will take us to the airport. With a long lay over in Atlanta and the time change I will not be home until 9:41 tonight.
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