Sea to Sea at Synod

Sea to Sea cyclists gave a presentation at Synod about the bike tour this summer. If you’d like to watch it (it’s really encouraging!) here’s how:

If you’re just going to read here and not watch, then don’t miss this quote from Rev. Wes Granberg-Michaelson. He’s the “Secretary of something” for the Reformed Church in America (RCA) which split with the Christian Reformed Church (CRC) in the 1850s. (The 150th anniversary we’re celebrating oddly enough) Anyhow, as the RCA is partnering with the CRC in this summer’s SeatoSea Bike tour, the RCA secretary got to speak at the CRC Synod. Coming together on common ground to do something exciting together is fantastic. As some 22 year old who couldn’t really even describe the reasons the RCA/CRC split occurred back 150 years ago it seems right that as the anniversary we’re celebrating was born out of negative relationship that we do get to celebrate it with a positive one. So… that quote I was going to get to: “There’s an African proverb that goes, ‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.’ I believe that’s true for cyclists, and I believe that’s true for denominations.” Rev. Wes Granberg-Michaelson

There is probably more than one person who will read this that doesn’t exactly know what Synod is and fair enough, why should you, my description that follows is pretty lousy itself and I’m a member! Synod is the most geographically broad and therefore the uppermost level of governance for the church. Synod so far as I understand the word is a hybrid of the words conference and assembly. I mean by that, it’s both an event and the group of people who are there. Delegates from all over the place “go to synod”, hence conference. Also though, “synod says stuff” after discussion on different matters of church policy and that kind of stuff, hence the assembly part of the word. It happens every year.

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