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28 May 2017
Portola Valley, California
Most of the time I have no idea about the name of the flowers that are in the photos I take.
Parishioners at Valley Presbyterian Church in Portola Valley let me know this is the California Poppy, the state flower.
Today, January 25, and the 25th of each month, is an Orange Day – a day to witness and work for an end to violence against women and girls.
On this day, I:
- wore an orange tie,
- asked my Senators to co-sponsor the Violence Against Women Act, and
- took part in a conference call to orient the Presbyterian delegation to the Commission on the Status of Women where we will advocate in the global community for policies to end violence.
Work remains. Much work remains.
See you along the Trail.
That was the color of the cards.
The Executive Committee of the World Communion of Reformed Churches is meeting in Geneva. They started on May 5.
In their discussion, they use a consensus model that involves showing cards to indicate support for or dissent from a matter under consideration.
Orange is good. It represents support. Go for the orange!
The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations also represents the (WCRC) at the UN. Ryan and I wrote a report of our work and I was asked here to present it. After some travel misadventures in New York, I arrived this morning (Geneva time). This afternoon (Geneva time) I fought off jet lag and made the report.
Questions were asked.
In a bold move, I asked a question of my report.
Well, OK, it wasn’t a question of my report. More a question raised by my report.
Then moderator asked if people supported the report.
And a sea of orange cards appeared.
Well maybe more of a small puddle since there are only 40 or so members.
But all the cards were orange!
And then they clapped.
Over the next few days, we will explore together how to deepen and expand this partnership. Tomorrow starts with worship at the Church of Scotland in Geneva. We are staying in the John Knox International Center so that seems fitting.
See you along the trail!