We believe the Lord’s hand was evident in the drawing of lots last night and have every confidence that this group of 7 can succeed in developing a Statement of Principles. The baton has now been passed to the 7 who have begun their labor and we, including the Central Recorder, have no further involvement in developing the statement.
We wanted to clarify a miscommunication we had with the Central Recorder regarding the role of the alternates. The original proposal stated “8. …if they could not unanimously approve the document , they would disband and allow the selected alternates to undertake the same process” (p3). Because the original proposal was what was voted upon, the plan to allow the 7 alternates an opportunity to fulfill the assignment should the original 7 not succeed will be followed. On the Recorder’s Clearinghouse blog it was stated that if the 7 chosen did not succeed, they, as well as the alternates, would be redrawn (this has now been corrected). If selected individuals are unable to continue participation for any reason, additional alternates will be drawn accordingly.
We humbly petition the body of believers under covenant to unify in heart and mind to support those who have been chosen by lot to complete this assignment with their faith and prayers. In the Answer, the Lord has asked us: “And what is my Spirit? It is to love one another as I have loved you.” And He also commanded us to “Be of one heart, and regard one another with charity.” Let us continually strive to to do so.
James Fargo & Jim O’Rullian