1 00:00:02,300 --> 00:00:15,599 everybody I think you're starting us up yes all right so yesterday for some of 2 00:00:15,599 --> 00:00:18,359 you who participated in the conversations thank you so much 3 00:00:18,359 --> 00:00:27,240 so there's I'm gonna say two things so I've been to you a very long time and 4 00:00:27,240 --> 00:00:30,840 one of the things that I appreciated about youth work and young adult work 5 00:00:30,840 --> 00:00:34,530 was that we actually had deep conversations with each other we have 6 00:00:34,530 --> 00:00:39,149 deep dialogue we may not have always agreed but we built very deep 7 00:00:39,149 --> 00:00:45,059 relationships the only way to actually be in a covenant faith is to 8 00:00:45,059 --> 00:00:49,469 actually do discernment together does that make sense otherwise you're not a 9 00:00:49,469 --> 00:00:53,219 covenant if you don't communicate you just go somewhere you sit there you look 10 00:00:53,219 --> 00:00:57,390 at them you do this you get up and you go home that's not what covenental 11 00:00:57,390 --> 00:01:02,219 means and so one thing that I recognized while here because I'm in deep 12 00:01:02,219 --> 00:01:07,080 discernment about what it means to be on this stage is that I went to this thing 13 00:01:07,080 --> 00:01:12,030 in 2005 called opposite concentric and I looked around and was like oh 14 00:01:12,030 --> 00:01:16,799 half of opposite concentric is in the building and while we were dealing with 15 00:01:16,799 --> 00:01:21,210 all hope under stuff around who we want to be as a young adult ministry what it 16 00:01:21,210 --> 00:01:24,180 meant to do radically inclusive spiritually alive and justice that at 17 00:01:24,180 --> 00:01:31,259 work we did deep very painful sometimes very late nights work in which we talked 18 00:01:31,259 --> 00:01:35,939 to everybody present which meant we built relationships even in the midst of 19 00:01:35,939 --> 00:01:40,439 struggle sometimes in our adult communities we do not do the same thing 20 00:01:40,439 --> 00:01:45,780 so while we were doing it in our youth work and in our young adult work 21 00:01:45,780 --> 00:01:49,560 sometimes we were not always doing the same work within our adult communities 22 00:01:49,560 --> 00:01:54,570 does that make sense what I'm trying to say do you and so because of it we are 23 00:01:54,570 --> 00:02:00,469 now dealing with the impacts of having to figure out how do we build 24 00:02:00,469 --> 00:02:05,009 collectively where we're trying to go to where we're actually in relationships 25 00:02:05,009 --> 00:02:09,899 where we're listening to each other for real and at every step of the way moving 26 00:02:09,899 --> 00:02:13,650 forward and so that's what this process is about to go 27 00:02:13,650 --> 00:02:18,659 how do we imagine our bylaws our mission we were I was in a session people said 28 00:02:18,659 --> 00:02:23,489 we don't have a mission we do but if you don't know it that means we got work to 29 00:02:23,489 --> 00:02:28,379 do right and so that's what this is about to figure out how we are all 30 00:02:28,379 --> 00:02:32,579 working alongside each other nope I'm sorry see that was able list 31 00:02:32,579 --> 00:02:36,720 how we are moving alongside each other to make it happen and we all mess up 32 00:02:36,720 --> 00:02:44,189 because I just used ableist language and I apologize it's in Missouri the show-me 33 00:02:44,189 --> 00:02:49,440 state do I have that right so when after the breakout sessions 34 00:02:49,440 --> 00:02:56,280 yesterday we were like yes show me what people said so for some of us myself 35 00:02:56,280 --> 00:03:02,790 included be a visual representation of what we heard from all of the breakout 36 00:03:02,790 --> 00:03:10,349 groups is the easiest way to get something out of the collective voice so 37 00:03:10,349 --> 00:03:15,780 since we're in the show-me state we're going to show you via the word cloud 38 00:03:15,780 --> 00:03:24,769 some of the major themes that came out of our 19 discussion groups yesterday 39 00:03:24,859 --> 00:03:33,870 there was lots and lots of feedback and it was amazing to see how many of the 40 00:03:33,870 --> 00:03:40,949 groups had similar thoughts and ideas that are represented in these words it 41 00:03:40,949 --> 00:03:48,569 was also amazing to see the diversity of thought there was a concentration of 42 00:03:48,569 --> 00:03:55,229 themes and then there were some radical ideas some radical words some radical 43 00:03:55,229 --> 00:04:00,449 suggestions of ways to move together to be together that came out of those 44 00:04:00,449 --> 00:04:06,060 discussion groups and I want to thank all of you for bringing your full selves 45 00:04:06,060 --> 00:04:10,260 to that to that conversation I'm gonna hand it over to Christina in 46 00:04:10,260 --> 00:04:14,879 just a second who's going to go in up in a little deeper but thank you thank you 47 00:04:14,879 --> 00:04:20,489 thank you for those of you who attended and Kimberly and Eric thank you for 48 00:04:20,489 --> 00:04:23,310 staying up until dawn to put all of this to 49 00:04:23,310 --> 00:04:29,220 gather for us so thanks for that and Christina will give me some detail 50 00:04:29,220 --> 00:04:42,570 so we had what do we say 19 we had 19 breakouts sessions we had about 600 to 51 00:04:42,570 --> 00:04:47,820 700 of you all participate in these conversations so right yeah 52 00:04:47,820 --> 00:04:52,919 Leon you offer for hanging out and one of the things - what a Landry said and 53 00:04:52,919 --> 00:04:59,669 also to kind of feed back to what Carey MacDonald was saying yesterday is these 54 00:04:59,669 --> 00:05:07,979 are skills that we're not always adept at in our congregations right talking to 55 00:05:07,979 --> 00:05:12,720 each other within covenant having difficult conversations hearing voices 56 00:05:12,720 --> 00:05:16,650 from the margins so this is something that we're going to need to practice so 57 00:05:16,650 --> 00:05:22,290 that we get better at these skills so you're going to hear and see more of 58 00:05:22,290 --> 00:05:26,639 these types of practices from your board of trustees in the coming years 59 00:05:26,639 --> 00:05:32,000 particularly it when we get to Spokane next year so be prepared for more 60 00:05:32,000 --> 00:05:37,740 conversation it's really important that when we are in community can you bring 61 00:05:37,740 --> 00:05:42,060 back up the the word cloud because you'll see community is the largest word 62 00:05:42,060 --> 00:05:46,680 there when we are in community that doesn't mean that we're just sitting 63 00:05:46,680 --> 00:05:52,080 together looking at a screen it means that we are in relationship with each 64 00:05:52,080 --> 00:05:56,789 other and talking with one another so we're going to be doing more of that 65 00:05:56,789 --> 00:06:04,289 in the coming years the other thing I wanted to say is that within our 66 00:06:04,289 --> 00:06:07,229 conversations there's always conversations about the board doing 67 00:06:07,229 --> 00:06:13,139 linkage work when you heard yesterday one of the proposal bylaw changes was 68 00:06:13,139 --> 00:06:17,460 really specifically about how to engage with the board and we take that really 69 00:06:17,460 --> 00:06:21,720 seriously and we're going to be talking about that this year but I want to point 70 00:06:21,720 --> 00:06:26,190 out that what we did yesterday is linkage work you are all part of our 71 00:06:26,190 --> 00:06:31,650 sources of authority and accountability and us having these kinds of discussions 72 00:06:31,650 --> 00:06:37,739 sessions with you is very intentional it's work the other thing I'm gonna say 73 00:06:37,739 --> 00:06:42,479 real briefly and if we can pull sorry I'm sorry tech deck I know I should have 74 00:06:42,479 --> 00:06:45,959 just had you keep it up there if you pulled the word cloud back up the other 75 00:06:45,959 --> 00:06:49,139 thing I want to mention about word clouds because I think some of your 76 00:06:49,139 --> 00:06:56,899 congregations use these as well is to look at the words on the margins right 77 00:06:56,899 --> 00:07:05,099 because we see themes come in the center Community Work principal people actions 78 00:07:05,099 --> 00:07:10,289 faith and that's that's important to look at see what those common themes are 79 00:07:10,289 --> 00:07:16,259 but as Denise was saying if we're really doing our job and look listening and 80 00:07:16,259 --> 00:07:23,129 thinking about communities on the margins then we're looking at the words 81 00:07:23,129 --> 00:07:29,939 on the margins as well so we're looking at words like survivor and perspective 82 00:07:29,939 --> 00:07:36,289 and understanding and allies and barriers and beliefs and compassion 83 00:07:36,289 --> 00:07:41,039 those are the words that were on the margins some of the words that were on 84 00:07:41,039 --> 00:07:46,829 the margins so I really invite you when you're doing this type of discernment 85 00:07:46,829 --> 00:07:50,969 and discussion work in your congregations to make sure that you're 86 00:07:50,969 --> 00:07:55,819 paying attention to that as well anything I missed 87 00:07:55,819 --> 00:08:04,949 thanks oh yeah was doing we got 88 00:08:15,890 --> 00:08:27,570 okay so with Tim um Barb come so we just want to say one more thing before we 89 00:08:27,570 --> 00:08:34,380 recess and close so it is this is going to be hard to say because it's 90 00:08:34,380 --> 00:08:38,310 just hard so we are all in different spaces but the thing we want to be able 91 00:08:38,310 --> 00:08:42,630 to do is to treat each other respectfully right so there's someone 92 00:08:42,630 --> 00:08:47,850 named sky who we I want to give an apology to one thing we wanted to do is 93 00:08:47,850 --> 00:08:53,730 to figure out how we shift how we are able to speak in general session and so 94 00:08:53,730 --> 00:08:56,430 we were hoping we could figure out how for people to speak that aren't 95 00:08:56,430 --> 00:09:00,360 delegates but then we were like oh that's actually we can't do that 96 00:09:00,360 --> 00:09:05,160 and so I just want to say sky we apologize because we said to sky that 97 00:09:05,160 --> 00:09:10,320 they would be able to speak and then we then said they couldn't and we forgot to 98 00:09:10,320 --> 00:09:14,280 go back to sky we forgot to go back to sky and say here's the struggle that 99 00:09:14,280 --> 00:09:18,660 we've experienced and we were wrong right and so we wanted to bubbly say we 100 00:09:18,660 --> 00:09:22,890 were sorry too there are people who have been felt hurt 101 00:09:22,890 --> 00:09:28,710 there's GA by the process and we just want to say sorry for that and some of 102 00:09:28,710 --> 00:09:32,910 it is on some of it is the fact that we have a process that's complicated and to 103 00:09:32,910 --> 00:09:38,310 hold both of those things as truths and people are doing heroic volunteer work 104 00:09:38,310 --> 00:09:46,440 and can we not yell at them like can we please not yell at them I know I've been 105 00:09:46,440 --> 00:09:51,300 yelled at I've yelled at people before one of our commission members was yelled 106 00:09:51,300 --> 00:09:55,980 at can we just really try to come at each other and respectful loving ways 107 00:09:55,980 --> 00:10:00,510 knowing that we're all in this struggle together and that in like we are in all 108 00:10:00,510 --> 00:10:04,770 operating out of hurt and pain and frustration but how we can do that 109 00:10:04,770 --> 00:10:08,990 faithfully is really what we're called to do it this time