There was a tie between two clergy candidates, Paul White, a progressive*, and a “bad news” right-wing type. The lot fell on the progressive candidate, resulting in a clergy delegation to General Conference that is decidedly progressive. If that does not show that the Spirit is with us, I don’t know what does.
Also, we got a majority on a pro-gay petition opening membership to all. Not the 2/3rds needed to send it on, but better then we have done.
Highlights of Annual Conference for me also included nearly drowning in Lake Erie; I’m not as good a swimmer as I used to be. 24 is father from 16 then I thought. Still, it was nice to get in the water. Also, seeing the mayflies come in was fun, especially since someone told me that it was proof that Lake Erie was pure and clean again.
*He also wore a 3 piece suit in a un-airconditioned auditorium. I don’t understand how he does it. I wore beach clothes all week.