Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Testifying Not Terrifying

By P’Tricia Egbert

On Saturday I testified at a hearing on Resolution D064, which asks General Convention to help send young adults on a pilgrimage to Geneva. I was surprised to find that when you testify, even if you haven’t initially been involved in the creation of a resolution, the floor is open to questions from the committee members. The committee, while critical of the resolution itself, were supportive and helpful. By the end of the session, all had agreed to have the resolution revised by the subcommittee, asking that the resolution be directed to the Office of Young Adult and Campus Ministry. Now that I know what to expect, any anxiety I had about expressing my opinion during a hearing is gone; people were glad to hear my opinion as a young adult.

P’Tricia Egbert is from the Diocese of Kentucky.

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