It's in the books, as they say about a completed game. Synod is done, it has considered every comment and recommendation. Decisions have been made on everything intended to be decided. Some of my post-synod thoughts (more for me than anyone, since few will be logging on to this site anymore).
1. Worship can and does set the stage for how we think about things in this life. Marlin's imploring of us all had a decided effect and I believe our discussion and dialogue had civility to it and was done in a Christ-like way. Yes, there were widely varied views; some stayed exactly where they were dogmatically from the beginning of synod; others were convinced in their thinking to move positions; all came to the microphones with love for Jesus and for each other quite apparent. That is a direct result of having been before God's word and at the table together!
2. I remain uncomfortable with how the Church Herald decision was handled. I agree that the Herald has become fringe as a rule within the RCA. Many, many do not read it, therefore it is an exercise in futility. Having said that, I know that many, many do not read the church newsletter we put out at Bethany Reformed in Redlands - even with all the wisdom, information, and insight it provides. In some ways, I believe we cut off our nose to spite our face. I saw Christ in Chris and Terry's response. They must have wanted to attack, but chose to face their detractors with grace and style. I certainly hope they find work very soon and are able to go on doing what they love.
3. I am glad that the synod will meet next year. The benefit of coming together as a denomination has much more pluses than minuses. Chief among them is being family together, i.e. the family of God as the Reformed Church in America. Every family must talk and interact if it is to remain together. That is crucial and I'm glad we are doing it again next year. Finances are the only factor weighing against meeting. Some things money can't buy. Family is one of them.
4. I long for the day that women are equals in the church and see themselves as equals. Unfortunately, in my eyes, the reports received from the women's commissions come across as a bunch of angry feminists and the body of the synod reacts with great discomfort, while normally voting in favor of what they bring. It is a time of being ill-at-ease on the floor of synod. Maybe we males don't understand; maybe the reports and recommendations could be brought with more love, care, and sensitivity. Hopefully, this comment will become unnecessary in the future.
There is more; I love my church; I love our church; I love the church of Jesus Christ as we know it in the RCA. Praise be to God.