Snapshots from General Convention 2009

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July 9, 2009

 

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Things are moving along apace. The Committees are hard at work, and some interesting legislation should be coming through soon. No significant resolutions can be presented on the floor until they have been through a Legislative Committee of Convention, and these Committees don't start their meeting until Convention begins. So the first few days on the floor are always slow, and the activity of the Committees is extremely high.

Today, partly because of this, and partly for reasons that are above my pay grade, the House of Deputies did something very unusual. We talked to each other. We spent an hour in The Committee of the Whole, and discussed, one on one with a Deputy we didn't know from a different deputation, our experiences with and thoughts about the 2006 Resolution B-066. This Resolution, passed very late in the last Convention, calls on the Church to show restraint in the election of bishop "Whose manner of life' would cause problems for the rest of the Anglican Communion (this is generally interpreted as referring to partnered gay people). There are a lot of strong feelings about B-033 in the House of Deputies, and this gave us a chance to share stories about our experience with this and our thoughts and hopes about how and where God is leading the Church. Deputation seating is determined by lot, and we are seated right behind the Newark deputation, so I and most of the rest of us talked with Deputies from Newark. (This is Bishop Spong's former diocese, and is what I think is the most liberal edge of the Church. It was a very useful time (it's sort of nice to feel like a conservative again) and I, for one, found the conversations very valuable. I hope we do more of this sort of thing in the future.

 

The Day began, rather heroically, with Committee meetings which began at 7 AM, explaining why we were not all that perky.
Eucharist followed, with a homily from Archbishop Williams, who left this morning to return to England. During the Committee of the Whole, we talked to each other.
Tonight, almost all of the Northwest Texas folks had dinner together. Barbara Davis made the arrangements, and we ate at P.F. Chan's, just down the street.


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