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CANA East Synod 2018

a report from Jerri MacMillian - lay delegate from Bishop Seabury Church, Connecticut

This, my first experience attending synod, was an unknown from the perspective of expectation. Even if I had gone with expectations, they would have been wildly exceeded.

Overall, the synod felt like a family reunion. And, we have an AMAZING family rich in tradition. Our host faith community carried out the logistics not only seamlessly but with such humility and grace that we felt like honored guests … at a family reunion!

Right from the start – even before arriving at the synod – we were welcomed with a registration process that was clear and informative which then set up the on-site registration as a welcome as opposed to a process. I suspect that I know who was principally in charge of this effort but, that everyone was on board speaks to an attention to detail and communication making everyone not just a member of the family but representative of the unity of purpose in the family.

To say that I was overwhelmed would be to reduce the experience to cliché. In no particular order, “awesome” would adequately describe the music, the ceremony, the food, the tradition, the celebration. We stood and knelt and sat, captivated by the messages delivered in lecture, sermon and homily where the delivery was as riveting as the substance was intellectually challenging.

“Fellowship” as defined in Webster’s 1828 dictionary … “Companionship; society; consort; mutual association of persons on equal and friendly terms; familiar intercourse.” perfectly captures the ease of discussion and shared experience. We are not alone!

Oh, and there was the transaction of business also, presented professionally but not intimidating. Inviting discussion and accommodating to suggestion were the hallmarks of the effort to identify and address opportunities for clarification in the official documents governing CANA.

Departing, we felt privileged to be counted as ‘family’ and inspired to continue the work dedicated to sharing the Good News through our family.

In Christ,

Jerri

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