Following extensive debate Saturday morning and afternoon, synod delegates voted to form a special council charged to describe a “constitutional pathway forward” for the RCA regarding human-sexuality questions related to ordination and marriage. The vote passed by a 2-to-1 margin.
“This is the first time we are bringing a Transformed & Transforming report to synod,” general secretary Tom De Vries said. “Tonight we are talking about what [the ministry plan] looks like, and where are we seeing God at work in our congregations.
Roman Catholic Bishop Tod Brown of the Diocese of Orange in Southern California told General Synod delegates that he considers the 2011 acquisition of the former Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove to be “a gift from God and a gift to our church.”
In his report to synod Friday morning, general secretary Tom De Vries challenged delegates to think about living and loving like Jesus in three new ways: to think different, act different, and stand faithful.