General Assembly

I haven’t published in a while, and there actually is a very good reason for that. The General Assembly of the Universal Anglican Church was held here in Milwaukee from July 23rd through July 26th, and the amount of preparation that meeting requires is not insignificant. When you add to it my general ministry load it makes for a pretty hectic month – but a month that is full of rewards.

There is something about gathering with your colleagues that is rewarding in and of itself, no matter your vocation. When those gatherings are exceptionally productive and enriching on many levels they become absolutely life changing and enriching in a way that I never can imagine they will be while preparing for them. With all due respect to women who have given birth, I would say that the General Assembly is always for me a giving birth (with a shorter gestational period and much less physical pain) that leaves me feeling blessed and causes the work involved in bringing a meeting to fruiting to fade into the recesses of my mind.

We are blessed in that our meeting is truly a leadership meeting, and so there aren’t truckloads of resolutions and proposals to wade through. In fact, the “business” part of our meeting takes only a few hours. The rest of our time together includes prayer, worship, presentations, and relationship building. Because of our semi-congregational polity, there just isn’t a lot to argue about. When you are successful in building a Church where everyone is truly welcome, most of your potential arguments are eliminated before they start!

The other thing that makes our General Assembly so enjoyable is the humility and security of our clergy. This year, for the first time in our short history. no one who joined us suffered from the kind of insecurity that compels them to talk more than they listen or to spend most of their time in self-justification and/or self-aggrandizement. To be sure, every human beings have those moments. Some human beings live in those places, and we are blessed to have a very secure groups of bishops, priests, and deacons.

There are several exciting new programs within The Universal Anglican Church and her ministries, including a way for people who are attracted to the UAC to become active members even if there isn’t a UAC ministry in their location. To learn more about this opportunity, visit http://l-o-g.org/LoveofGodSpiritMemberships.dsp . Thanks to technology, it is no longer necessary to settle for a local parish whose message is that you are anything less than a fully loved child of God!

We also are happy to announce the launch of new devotional societies. The Divine Mercy Society (www.divinemercysociety.org) and The Sacred Heart Society (www.sacredheartsociety.org) afford ALL Christians access to these beloved devotions that are so in union with the UAC’s message of God’s unrestricted Love for ALL people! Watch the Universal Anglican Church website for more developments!

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Don’t forget to check out the Love of God Cathedral podcast on Itunes or on our hosting website http://cbergland.libsyn.com/ Feel free to leave comments and review our Podcast on Itunes – it helps move our Podcast up the list on search results and makes it easier for people to find us. Keep checking our website at www.uanglican.org for more exciting new ministries!

Wishing you and your family all the best!

+Craig Bergland, EFR

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