The Commission on a Way Forward has begun meeting, and reporting of our conversation has been shared with the church. Because we are a body that meets every few weeks, and because the pace of social media is one measured in minutes or hours, there is a gap between the perception of the commission’s work and the reality. Many of the lenses through which the commission is viewed are inadequate. For example, the lens of U.S. politics does not adequately describe the work of a body that is global, and the present political context of the U.S. is not the lived reality of a substantial number of the commission members.
In reflecting on the first phases of our work, we have noted several of the challenges that are inherent in our group, and a corresponding set of strengths or assets.