As many of you now know, Bruce Reyes-Chow, my pastor, friend, and, let’s face it, my boss, was elected Moderator of the 218th General Assembly of the PC(USA) Church. This is, for lack of a better term, HUGE. He is the head of a denomination of 2.2 million folks worldwide and is now beginning a two-year term of leading that group into a 2.0 world. Seriously – when he walks into a gathering, everyone has to stand up. Seriously. Needless to say, we’re so not doing that at Mission Bay. We’ll be keeping him grounded. Jokingly we’ve called him the Queen of the Presbyterians because on some level this is a powerless figurehead position, but in reality this really is a big deal.
As I sat in the convention center listening to the speeches and the Q & A I got a real sense of what’s at stake when one of the questioners shared with the assembly about a transgender man in his community who asked that the decisions made at these meetings not “take Jesus from him.” It brought to bear the responsibility of not just this denomination but of the Church Universal. Three of the four candidates really seemed grounded in openness and compassion and there was one other one I would have been sort of O.K. with getting it, but I’m really glad Bruce got it. It’s totally what he was born to do. Bruce is the ideal person to lead the PC(USA) in the 21st century and I’m proud to know him. Go BRC!!!