(Fourth in a series.)

Christian organizations and church officers often take down statements they have, at first, made publicly. Thus during conflict, they control information.

For the permanent record then, this is the transcript of the statement the Session of Tenth Presbyterian Church just posted on Vimeo. Here their spokesman explains why he and his fellow elders cancelled the congregational meeting they had called for yesterday, Sunday, January 7, 2024.

Hi, everyone. I’m Jamin Ferner, interim moderator of the Tenth Session. I want to thank you for taking a moment to listen to this important update. I want to let you know that Tenth’s Session met on Friday to cancel the congregational meeting called for Sunday, January 7th, and there’s two reasons for this.

First, snow had been forecast throughout the week on Sunday morning, and we were concerned that the weather might be an impediment, at least to some of you who would want to participate in that meeting.

But second, Session heard from a number of Tenth members that they’re looking for more information and more time to make a prayerfully informed decision about how to vote at this meeting.

The Session wants to do everything it can to listen to you and give you both the time and the information needed in order to vote. And so we decided to cancel the meeting, called for Sunday.

Now, I do want to tell you a few more things, though. One, the meeting originally called for this Sunday will be rescheduled and called for another date. We don’t know exactly when, but we want to give ample opportunity for everyone to get to the point where they feel seen and heard and where they feel they have the information needed to move forward.

And two, if weather conditions permit, we invite you to attend worship on Sunday, have communion together, and to stay, if possible, for a special informational meeting following the 11 a.m. service.

This meeting will give the Session an opportunity to explain why the congregational meeting was cancelled and what we plan to do moving forward. In addition, elders will be available to talk with you after that meeting.

Three, eh part of making sure we see and hear you is to have a series of listening sessions throughout the parishes over the coming weeks. We want you to have the opportunity to talk with your elders, ask questions, and hear all the information that’s available to share.

We’ll get those parish meetings scheduled and announced to you as quickly as possible. And four, we want to be absolutely transparent with you about the process we’re all going through. So that means getting you more timely information about, not only what’s going on, but why it’s going on and ways that you can speak into it. The Session wants to love you well, and a big part of that is communicating effectively.

So lastly, I just ask you to pray for your elders as we try to navigate this process with all of you, pray that the Lord would give us wisdom and grace—not only to lead you well, but to love you well also.

Thank you for listening and I hope to see you on Sunday.

(Fourth in a series.)

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