I have been part of five sessions this year and was at the one this article reports about. In every session registration was required. I wonder how many sessions the author has ever attended. Also, having been in attendance at the SU session I can attest I witnessed no aggressive dismissal of unregistered saints. There were a lot of people there and from what I could tell all were there as registered, and no individuals or groups I could see trying to muscle themselves into the meetings for which they had no registration.
I can’t vouch for how this author was treated. I didn’t witness the alleged behaviors. (I do know the individuals named, have worked with them for years, and it is wholly out of character to share they were in anyway rude, or disrespectful, or dismissive.) Frankly, I feel this piece of reporting more of a personal diatribe and embarrassment because they failed to register and then pushed themselves about seeking entrance to the meetings to boost their journalistic creds, but were not getting their way. Please, Spectrum, you can do better. This piece comes across as, I want to put this kindly, childish. All he needed to obtain was the session’s printed material and they would have received all they had to know. An agenda was included, and nothing wavered outside of it in approximately 12 hours of deliberation over two days and with a dinner and breakfast interlude. Had we met I would have most gladly texted him votes on positions, confirmation of reports, any dicey news he wanted.
But I can report that all positions were revoted save those that retired, had health related needs to resign, and those that personally decided not to continue. There were no votes on women’s ordination, issues involved LBGT concerns, no statements made about earth’s creation, nor even discussion on vaccine mandates. No gripping conversations from the floor about how awful the General Conference is conducting the work (if that is how one feels) or calls for the heads of leadership unwilling to get caught up with the times (if that is how one feels). In summary: a very uneventful session, which will be boring to some, meh to others, and kudo worthy by still another group of saints.