The Revd Tracey Lewis, convenor of the mission committee, said that, post-vote, we were in ‘days of uncertainty and change … as we seek the good news … and challenges of the kingdom of God.’
Resolution 38, that the proposed budget of the United Reformed Church for the following year should be brought to General Assembly to be debated, was presented by the Revd Dr Alan Spence and the Revd Nicola Furley-Smith on behalf of Southern Synod.
It was brought with a change in wording from the text in the Book of Reports: ‘approval’ was changed to ‘adoption’.
General Assembly this afternoon passed a new resolution replacing resolutions 21 to 23 on ‘What is the Spirit Saying to the Churches’.
The issue had been referred to a facilitation group yesterday after Assembly failed to reach consensus.
The Church should be setting the pace of society in responding to dementia, a special interest group on dementia-friendly church heard today at General Assembly.
Mr David Richardson, dementia coordinator for Churches Together in Cumbria (CTiC), described the pioneering work of Cumbrian churches and encouraged Assembly delegates to follow their lead.
In two separate one-hour long sessions on Sunday, Assembly divided into groups to consider – and ask questions on – the content of the reports of the 11 Assembly-appointed committees.
There was provision in the agenda for these sessions to report back to the full Assembly if something worthy of a resolution came out of the parallel sessions – no business came back for such report.