"Informal Discussions" continued among the three "conservative" "Lutheran" Synods [Meaning: Merger talks continue.]
International relations are amazing. [Meaning: More people for overseas assignments are needed.]
Cooperation continues in "externals". [Meaning: The more we do things together, the sooner we can merge.]
Also discussed were the roles of men and women ... Large areas of agreement were evident on issues such as the existence of an order of creation and on women’s ordination. [Meaning: Creation must have taken more than a week. Women can be ordained in all synods next year when talks will continue.]
This wheeling and dealing takes a long time, doesn't it?