Update 2018-10-21: I wrote this article on the basis of what I believed was a report by an convention attendee. I have since gotten confirmation that what I alleged happened – namely the separation of delegates by clergy and lay status during the convention – did not happen. That means that I accused President Schaeffer and the ABC Board of Directors of something they did not do, which I sincerely regret and apologize for.
I’m not sure what you are referencing with the division of lay and clergy. I am a clergy delegate and I am sitting with my lay delegate. There has been no formal division of the delegates into separate seating sections.
On Sat, Oct 20, 2018 at 8:15 PM ANO / Lutheran Watch wrote:
> ANO posted: “This update is rather concerning for me, because it’s about a > highly inappropriate attempt to manipulate the convention and its > attendees. By dividing the attendees into lay and clergy groups instead of > seating delegates together by the church they repre” >
I’m basing this on an report I received from an attendee. If that report was in error I’ll instantly write a retraction, apologize to the people running the convention, and pull the article.
I can confirm Pr. Richert’s statement There was and is no separation between lay and clergy. Voting delegates must sit separately from advisory delegates when votes are taken. But other than that, what you’ve been told is completely untrue. I’ve also been sitting with my lay delegate each session.
I think it would be right to do all of those things that you mention in your comment, ANO.
I’ve marked this post private and will be posting a mea culpa later. Thank you for the correction.