There are four groups at the assembly who do not have an actual vote but who vote to advise the commissioners. Those groups are the YAADs, which stands for Young Adult Advisory Delegate, the TSADs (Theological Student Advisory Delegate), MADs (Missionary Advisory Delegate, and EADs (Ecumenical Advisory Delegate, leaders of other religions who have been invited to attend to see what the Presbyterian Church is up to). Whenever we vote, the Advisory Delegates vote first on their computers, the results of which show up on a screen and the Moderator says, “Commissioners, you have been advised.” That means we know what they think about an issue, which we can either heed or ignore when we commissioners vote. When we vote, we vote on electronic devices that transmit a signal that is translated into a graphic which shows the percentage of vote for and against. They are the same devises that are used on television show where audience members have a chance to vote. I always wondered how that worked.
Tonight we were excused from meetings so that we could attend a jazz concert put on for us by saxophonist Kirk Whalum, which was just excellent. I had not heard of him before, but now I’m a fan.
During the noon hour, I went for a walk and found a store that sold the most beautiful ladies’ hats. I haven’t seen a hot store for years, so I’m including a picture.