I am excited and honored to be asked to write a blog for Synod this year. Having attended Synod as a delegate only twice before, I know what it's like to be away from the meeting and wonder what is going on. Often, the "goings on" that are of the greatest interest are more than the things that can be tabulated and counted (or recounted). What those outside of the meeting want to hear about are also the mood, the feelings, the perspectives. We want to know what cannot be conveyed in the press releases (for good reason).
I take it that this is what readers will get from all us bloggers. They will get our perspectives on the synodical events of the day. My own perspective is impacted by the experiences and circumstances by which God has chosen to mold me. My wife, Tammi, and I have been married for 25 years and we have three children. I am a pastor of a small congregation (100 people in attendance) in Rochester, NY. I have a Ph. D. in systematic theology. I am a musician, and play viola in a community orchestra. My values and interests concern the theology, worship, and order of the Church.
Thank you for "listening."