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Truth in love

The Rev Dr Doug Gay reflects on the big decisions to be made at this year’s General Assembly.

How to adopt a radical action plan

In line with the decisions of GA 2018, GA2019 will have some big calls to make and some tough decisions to take. We will need to speak the truth in love. As someone who will be a Commissioner at this year’s assembly, I want to share some thoughts about how we do this.


No surprise, perhaps, that I think we start with how rather than what. I am guessing many of us have been part of family conversations where we have wrestled with a significant dilemma. Perhaps in some of them, the people with the loudest voices have shouted and argued and thrown their weight about, sure that they have the right answers and other people are too dim or mean to see that. But I think many of us will also have had experiences of a different kind, when we were faced with a tough decision and we all realised that there were no easy answers. In those situations, the conversations can feel very different. There is a seriousness of intent, there is a sense of humility and as the conversation unfolds, we witness attentive listening to one another and respectful wrestling with tough choices. When a decision has to be made, the family owns it together and makes a commitment to support those who may be most or worst affected by the decision.

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