Last week I said I wouldn't blog again until today. That was because of commitments I had made, to be in Auckland with family and for the special reason of participating in our son's graduation from the University of Auckland (I wore my University of Canterbury tie especially for the occasion), then after an early morning flight home yesterday, it was in the car to Timaru for a day in South Canterbury.
So here I am and feeling very pleased and justified in a self-satisfied way. Why?
Well I felt that not blogging till today would be fine because our General Synod would not make a decision about A Way Forward until later this week, despite Monday being the "big" day of discussion on the report.
And so it has come to pass. Occasionally I am right but not enough to be your investment advisor!
Currently #gsthw16 is considering the work of a new working group and will vote (I imagine) either later today or tomorrow on the final outcome of this synod's work.
We get some sense of the direction the synod is heading in by reading these Taonga reports (one, two, three).
And what is that direction? Pretty much the direction of Motion 30 from 2014: towards two integrities.
And, presumably, towards an improved-after-Monday's-discussion version of A Way Forward's proposals.
But there, I suggest, our speculation must end because Taonga is not reporting on the substantive content of Monday's discussion which was "in closed session".
I do not feel at all sorry for those observers and media who felt excluded by Synod going into closed session for that discussion. That is the right and proper procedure for a synod to adopt on a sensitive matter, one that could easily be perturbed by observers reporting open, frank and creative contributions via social media and the like.