You are correct! The delegates are chosen from Adventist leadership, not Adventist membership. In the original blurb from Adventist News Network they go out of their way to define who can anticipate being selected. They say that as more women are functioning on Union and Division Executive Committees we can anticipate that the percentage of women delegates will rise.
I’m not sure why you fear people within the multicultural makeup of our global communion. They are just as intelligent as anyone else. What we need is for the leaders of our organizational entities undertake to put resources in the hands of their leaders and members such that they can come to an informed conclusion. In my June 2014 open letter to the GC Officers, featured on this website I plead for this to happen. I stated then that I believed the ECD Report to TOSC which stated that if such resources were not made available it would be counterproductive to even vote on this issue.
Further, just a few months ago I wrote to my Division President with the same plea. He replied promptly saying that the South Pacific Division was publishing the papers produced by the SPD BRC, all of which were in accord with Option 2 of TOSC ie. for the Divisions handling the issue. This book is still to see the light of day. It is likely to come hot off the presses in the next few weeks, but hardly likely to have much influence on the vote.
Still further, in my discussion with an SPD delegate to San Antonio, I have discovered that delegates from our part of the world have been provided with Options 1,2, and 3 summary papers from TOSC but no other material to inform their decision. Thankfully, at the moment this delegate has set aside this month to intensively investigate this issue.
Finally, the SPD have had a semi-official ban in place prohibiting discussion of the ordination issue. Early in 2014, I wrote to my Conference President and Executive Secretary offering to hold a 5 hour workshop at our September 2014 camp meeting on Ordination issues. I stated that I wished to canvas all perspectives on the issue and do so in an informative, not confrontational fashion. I also reminded them that I had authored a paper for the SPD BRC on same. They didn’t even bother to reply. Many months later I approached them about it, only to be told that the SPD didn’t want open discussion of the issue.
If the permissive policy emendation with regard to WO fails to carry in San Antonio, it will be almost entirely due to the fact that the GC and its Divisions have failed almost entirely to educate Adventist leaders and delegates in particular.
Brothers and sisters, it is not good enough for the GC and the NAD to discuss this issue and be informed by its scholars and administrators about WO over a 40 year period and then in the last 5 years allow for other Divisions to have input into the discussion. This is not the way to get the global communion to address the issue.
In the last 2 days I have noticed on YouTube a Diversity and Women’s Ordination Symposium held recently in London in mid-May 2015 and addressed by Drs Jan Barna, Daniel Dada, and others. Here is the weblink:
Jan Barna canvasses the various perspectives on Ordination in a very systematic way. Daniel Dada outlines in detail the case against ordination