Written by Gregg Brekke
The proposal to institute a town hall meeting on justice issues one day before each General Synod was postponed indefinitely when it came to the plenary floor Tuesday afternoon with its committee recommending no action.
The resolution was brought by the Pacific Islander and Asian American Ministries, and Ron Fujiyoshi of the Hawaii Conference urged the committee to support a biennial gathering of justice advocates who would create a two-year justice platform for the UCC.
However, the committee had problems reconciling the wording of the resolution with the goals Fujiyoshi presented. Tuesday morning Margaret Irribarra of the Pacific Northwest Conference, the committee chair, summarized the group's thinking in voting to take no action. "We were in favor with what we were hearing but not what we were reading (in the resolution)."
"We didn't hear the covenantal connections between the groups (PAAM and Justice and Witness Ministries) for an idea that we agree is useful," another delegate said.
John Gregory-Davis of JWM observed that Justice and Witness "sees themselves as already moving in that direction."
Fujiyoshi said he was sanguine about the committee's decision but "if we're not focusing on the justice agenda, it won't happen. I want the UCC to continue to be the Just Church."