Minimum Salary Guidelines. Why is there always some pastor who probably makes a hell of lot more money than me who has to get up and complain that the guidelines are too high and he feels so sorry for the poor poor congregations and suggests we lower them? There's always one in every synod!. It was pointed out that our synod has the second lowest salaries in the region and we are one year behind cost of living raises. His motion to lower the guidelines was soundly defeated. Personally I think Minimum Guidelines are a joke. In my entire 24 years I have never been paid guidelines and the older I get the less likely I will come even close.
The Budget passed without discussion. I have NEVER been to an assembly where nit picking the budget was not the main event.
ANOTHER study - this one on "Justice for Women" that I think is making the rounds. I did not speak against it. I fear the women in this synod already view me with suspicion because I did not support a move to require 50% women clergy on the synod council (there just are not enough of us for that and I'd probably get stuck serving on it!).
I don't like this idea of dwelling on all the injustice for women. I think there's enough injustice in this country to go around and I don't think a study is particularly helpful. Particularly in family court with issues of custody and child support, I think we could use a little work on justice for men. I would like to see some time and effort to tackle the problem of human trafficking and sexual exploitation that involves children and minors of both sexes. And frankly I'm just tired of listening to white American women with $50 hair cuts, big houses, and computers whine about being "oppressed". You still live better than most women and men in most of the world so get over it. But it passed overwhelmingly.
May 12 - Day of Remembrance and Prayer for Immigration Reform There were two - one for our synod and one to memorialize the Churchwide Assembly to do the same. Passed unanimously.
Then I came home to face the Vacation Bible School kids!