Category Archives: General Council 42

Our new Moderator….(updated 12:30pm)

… is now one of three remaining nominees. The fourth ballot is just being cast now and the three people on it are Jordan Cantwell, Andrew Richardson,  and John Young. Also- an update on the process- if one person receives more than half the votes, they will be declared the new Moderator, so it may happen after this ballet, or we may have one more ballet after this.

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…is one of twelve gifted individuals who have put their name forward as nominees. You can find their bios and the answers to some “get to know you” questions, here:

On Monday, all twelve addressed the court of GC42 for five minutes, in three sets of four speakers each. If you’d like to watch the videos of the speeches, here they are:

Tomorrow, Thursday, Aug. 13, the commissioners will begin voting, probably around 9am NDT, which is 6:30am our time. Each round of voting, the nominee who gets the least amount of votes will be taken off the ballet, as well as any other nominees who fall below a certain percentage of the votes cast. So we can expect the first round of voting tomorrow to cut the field down quite a bit, and then every ballet after that will likely cut one nominee, until one remains. While this method take more time, the benefit is that if a person’s first choice is eliminated earlier on in the voting, they may continue to vote for their choice of who remains, and so the voting body converges together on the chosen nominee, rather than someone winning with only a small percentage of votes. The announcements of previous ballot results and the names on the next ballot will happen throughout the day tomorrow, with the newly elected Moderator to be announced just before dinner break, likely around 5pm NDT, which is 2:30pm our time. I will update on the blog tomorrow as I can!

Blessings, Kristin



General Council 42

The weekend at GC42 was filled with worship, celebration, and some housekeeping and organization motions. Today they dig into the heavy stuff. Check out this short video which tells about what’s happening on today’s agenda. And don’t forget, you can follow along on the livestream- the links to that day’s video stream is found at!

Prayer Pilgrimage Day 32

Prayer for Day 32 – Thursday, July 30
Loving God,
grant us wisdom to know when to listen and when to speak.
Grant us courage to know when to act and when to stand firm.
Grant us strength to know what needs to be held on to and what needs to be let go.
Grant us patience when we feel there isn’t any left.
Grant us your vision for the world
so that we might be able to look beyond the surface of our own needs to the needs of others.
Grant us forgiveness when we fail to listen to your still small voice
and choose the easy way instead of the right way.
Open our eyes to see the connection we share to all creation
and instill within us a deeper sense of responsibility for it.
Your love and compassion for all holds us each day.
May we feel that embrace
and may it sustain us giving us the wisdom, courage, strength, patience and vision
to be Christ’s hands and feet in this world.
Betsy Exley, London Conference Staff, London, Ont.

Prayer Pilgrimage Day 31

Back in June, I posted information about the prayer pilgrimage, which started at the end of June- 40 days of prayer in preparation for the General Council meeting in August. Now that I’m back at it, I’ll post the last 10 daily prayers on this blog, for those who would find it easier to access.
Prayer for Day 31
July 29
“Before you speak to me about your religion, first show it to me in how you treat other people; before you tell me how much you
love your God, show me in how much you love all of His children; before you preach to me of your passion for your faith, teach me about it through your compassion for your neighbors. In the end, I’m not as interested in what you have to tell or sell as in how you choose to live and give.”
Cory Booker, U.S.Senator, from his Facebook page
Loving and Faithful God,
May we hear these words from Cory Booker
and be reminded that our actions speak so much louder than our words.
May we live our faith out loud everyday
by how we interact with all our neighbours both near and far.
Let our faithful actions lead to faithful conversations
as we spread your love throughout this hurting world,
one relationship at a time.
May we see the face of Christ in the people we meet,
and may the people we meet see the face of Christ in us.
Betsy Exley, London Conference Staff, London, Ont.