Convocating

I just returned from our polity’s convention, a mix of inspirational talks, voting for officers, and deliberating and voting on various resolutions intended to help guide the governance of our District.  

It was my first time going to one, though I’ve only narrowly escaped it at times over the past 20 years or more. Part of the reason I didn’t attempt to evade this one is that I was being elected to an office (Circuit Counselor) and I felt bad not showing up for my own election.
I have to say, it wasn’t as painful an experience as I had feared.  Discussion was cordial and surprisingly brief.  The oversight of parliamentary rules kept things moving along nicely.  There were enough changes of focus to keep most folks more or less interested.  While there were inevitably parts that were slower and less interesting than others, it was a good experience over all.  
Every three years, we have these gatherings.  Both pastors and a ‘civilian’ (lay) representative from each congregation can go.  If you haven’t done so already, consider it.  It’s a way of helping your congregation, helping your District, and learning more about why our polity functions the way it does.  I consider myself a fairly non-political person, but it was still beneficial. 

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