Synod Agenda Summary

Glenda Mathes has just published a summary of the agenda for Synod 2012, which covers many of the musical aspects as well as other general topics. It’s a helpful synopsis for anyone interested in the proceedings of this year’s synod.

Glenda Faye Mathes

[The following article will appear in the May 23, 2012 issue of Christian Renewal. I’m posting it now with editorial permission so that it is available in a timely manner. ~ Glenda Mathes]

At 403 pages, the provisional agenda for the URCNA Synod Nyack 2012 may seem overwhelmingly deep, but it’s not as difficult to wade through as it initially appears.                                                                                             

Most individual items in the agenda are less than five pages long. The largest sections include extensive documentation regarding the Proposed Joint Church Order (82 pages) and proposed liturgical forms (73 pages). Several appendices bring the CECCA report to 44 pages, while the CERCU report equals 25 pages. Study committee reports range from 22 pages on Missions, down to nine pages on Emeritation, and six pages on Doctrinal Commitment. Although many pages of overtures and even an appeal relate to the URCNA songbook, the Songbook Committee’s report is only nine…

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