Now for the vote. The outcome will mark the ELCA for many years to come. Hopefully the electorate will reject the Task Force's recommendations.
I foresee one of three likely (basic)outcomes at the CWA--
1. The recommendations are brought to the floor and rejected outright. This would be the most desirable outcome because it would send a clear message to the liberal leadership that the laity will not tolerate "altering the ecclesiology of the ELCA," as they put it.
2. The recommendations are brought to the floor but "tabled" for further discussion. This is actually not as desirable because it leaves an open door for the recommendations to be "re-tooled" into something even more muddled than what they've already put on the table. Boiling Frog Alert!!!
3. The recommendations are not even brought to the floor--and we end up with the same problems as in #2. :(
No.s 2 and 3 are unfortunately the more likely options, since our church has a track record of non-confrontationalism.
The silver lining is, IMHO, that I really don't think the measure can really succeed on the floor outright, in it's current form.