I wonder if anyone has romantic or idealised notions of synod? Or does the title of the post just turn you off? I don't find synod as bad as many people do - although it certainly has its moments.
We broke into groups with each group taking a number of resolutions or documents to discuss in order to make suggestions to the resolution committee who will then bring their considerations to the floor of synod. Our discussions were very negative and unconstructive. People are cynical and unwilling to listen to others and many don't understand the issues, but think that they do. They seem to have their own hidden agendas and assume that everyone else does too. I must admit that I find it difficult to discuss something which comes to us with very little background information - such as who submitted or researched the proposal.
But on the other hand, the worship was good, meals were good, timekeeping was good and I didn't feel that time was wasted. And I enjoy meeting people that I see very rarely. I'm starting to recognise more faces from the district.
At some stage they will be reporting and voting on the probationers. I don't know if that will be stressful for us or what. I don't think that there are any unpleasant surprises lurking for me, so I'm not worried. I must just wait and see!