Source: The Republic
Anyone who attends one of the national church assemblies that dot the calendar every summer knows that they are highly ritualized affairs.
Officers will be elected.
Political issues will be discussed. Lofty resolutions will be passed.
At least one long business session will include a proposal about clergy benefits and salaries.
But something unusual happened recently during the 219th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). An official “ecumenical advisory delegate” — Father Siarhei Hardun of the Orthodox Church of Belarus — used his moment at the podium to deliver a message that was courteous and stunning at the same time, if not genuinely offensive to many in the audience.
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