Tweeting the Meeting: Day 8, a Call for Representation

Tweets are flying at the Alamodome in San Antonio as delegates, attendees, and media share insights about the proceedings. Here is our Twitter roundup from Day Eight:

Day eight was dedicated to wrapping up some nominating committee name recommendations for General Conference offices and a continued discussion on Church Policy Manual changes.

As the morning began, many were still expressing their opinions over the “No” vote on women’s ordination and what it means for the future of our church.

Ah~ This pic broke my heart. While some Adventists were applauding, these ladies were crying... #WO #GCSA15 @GCYthMin pic.twitter.com/W7ZgowBdw7

— Jiwan S. Moon (@Jiwan4ever) July 10, 2015

The "world" could care less about the vote either way - they wonder why we don't show up & feed the hungry, clothe the naked, etc. #GCSA15

— Krystalynn Martin (@Krystalynn3) July 9, 2015

It worries some of us 40+ folk when we see the millenials in the church being far MORE conservative than our generation--eg GYC #MyChurchToo

— Trudy Morgan-Cole (@trudymorgancole) July 9, 2015

You can leave. I don't blame you. But you may be able to have a greater impact for good if you stay and act. #GCSA15 #MyChurchToo

— Brian Vistaunet (@BrianVistaunet) July 9, 2015

Just looked in Bible and discovered that minimizing hurt feelings is not, in fact, a spiritual gift #GCSA15

— Seth Pierce (@sethjpierce) July 9, 2015

Many individuals continued to speak up in gratitude toward the women in ministry who have positively impacted their lives.

@ItsRachelLogan @spectrummag Karen and John Cress came to Tracy nearly 30 years ago. She is a perfect example of why this is important.

— Michael Ahn (@ahniem) July 9, 2015

.@ItsRachelLogan @annaromuald is an awesome colleague in ministry & encourages me & many others in growing as Christ followers. #GCSA15

— Vanessa Pujic (@MtkaYouth) July 9, 2015

@ItsRachelLogan @spectrummag My wife's preaching impacts me every time to be more in the Bible and more like Jesus, and most:) people agree!

— mhaajakobsons (@mrj_principal) July 9, 2015

@ItsRachelLogan the most loving pastors I've known have been women. Gayle Lasher-NPUC @obergchristi SECC #MYCHURCHTOO #WeAre977 #GCSA15

— Shane Wood (@swoo536) July 9, 2015

@ItsRachelLogan also, when I served overseas my mission was led by an incredible woman, her title wasn't pastor, but her work was

— David Burnie (@BrotherDave82) July 9, 2015

@ItsRachelLogan I am an Adventist because of my now wife living a godly life.

— Thomas Kyser (@tomkyser) July 9, 2015

Though the morning session began at 9:30, many delegates were missing in action. Individuals took note about the missing delegates.

wow...a ton of delegates ain't showed back up today....if you a delegate we kind of expect you to vote on more than one issue - #GCSA15

— ShermanCox (@ShermanCox) July 9, 2015

As the business session progressed, one delegate after another took to the mic to express their concern at the lack of representation of women and young adults in the names presented by the nominating committee.

Lois Peters (GC): We need more young leaders so that they can step into roles. Aging population can give encouragement. #GCSA15

— SPECTRUM (@spectrummag) July 9, 2015

Leezel Deza NAD - Notes the high percentages of women and young people in Adventist Church, and their absence in leadership. #GCSA15

— SPECTRUM (@spectrummag) July 9, 2015

Larry Boggess calls for a better effort to involve #Millennials in leadership positions in the church and to take them seriously. #GCSA15

— Alisa Williams (@AWWritesStories) July 9, 2015

S/O to all delegates speaking up for #Millennials. Maybe next GC Session we'll be on the floor, speaking for ourselves. #GCSA15 #Hope

— Alisa Williams (@AWWritesStories) July 9, 2015

Delegates reached a unanimous decision on one important decision close to their hearts.

Delegate makes motion that the "temperature in the Dome be lowered to comfortable levels." EVERY delegate votes in favor. #GCSA15

— Alisa Williams (@AWWritesStories) July 9, 2015

In the afternoon, the divisions caucused to select additional leaders. Meanwhile, Spectrum set up a place at their booth for people to write notes of encouragement to women in ministry.

Happening now @spectrummag booth in aisle C1500! Loving the support for our women in ministry! #MyChurchToo #GCSA15 pic.twitter.com/09P97TE5xO

— Rachel Logan (@ItsRachelLogan) July 9, 2015

The team was particularly touched by a note from 11-year-old Naomi, who approached the booth all by herself to share some supporting words.

"Is this for the women in ministry?" From Naomi, age 11 at the @spectrummag booth. #gcsa15 pic.twitter.com/31s0B9DAfr

— SPECTRUM (@spectrummag) July 9, 2015

The Netherlands Union Conference released a statement in response to the vote against women’s ordination. It revealed that the Dutch will continue ordaining women.

Adventist Church will continue course on ordination. The Dutch will too-by ordaining. http://t.co/BDvAJoO3Ii #GCSA15 pic.twitter.com/Z5N1crKPvu

— SPECTRUM (@spectrummag) July 10, 2015

Rachel Logan is a SpectrumMagazine.org Intern, and a member of the General Conference reporting team in San Antonio, Texas.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/6958