While the clergy meet the laity have their own gathering which orients new delegates and reviews some of the items before the conference. (Someone can correct me if I left something out of that. I have only been a lay delegate once and it was a while ago.)
Normally after those sessions everyone goes to dinner and comes back for worship. But this year there is an additional piece. We will all be gathering to have a discussion of the constitutional amendments that will be before the body to be ratified. I am not quite sure how this is going to work. There are 32 amendments. It will take most of that hour just to read them. I am not quite sure what the discussion will look like.
After that discussion is the time when many of the seminaries hold their alumni dinners. I imagine Pastors Kit, Leslie, Ryan and Adam will be heading off to visit with their old friends from Asbury. I have yet to make it to an Austin Seminary alumni dinner. Maybe next year.
Wednesday evening ends with worship and important worship at that. We begin our time together with a memorial worship service where we remember and celebrate the clergy servants who have died in the past year.
I will try to get logged on tonight and let you know how it all goes.