Snapshots from General Convention 2009

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July 17, 2009

 

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Well, we finished, and we finished about an hour early, which surprised everyone. It was the miracle of the Consent Calendar and a constant whittling away of how much time each Deputy was allowed to talk (from 3 minutes to 1 minute) that got us through.

During these ten days, the Convention completed 361 of the 419 submitted to us from all over the Church. Those left incomplete will be referred to the appropriate ongoing bodies to consider. Those we passed go into effect. As I have often said, don't believe much of anything you read in the secular press about what we have done. Even if they want to get it right, they really don't understand how we operate. We did not repeal B-033, although we did tell the truth about where the Convention is right now. And we did not approve blessings of same-sex relationships, although we did call for gathering both theological and liturgical resources for further study of that matter. We did move in a more inclusive direction, but we took baby steps--ever aware of our relationships with the rest of the Anglican Communion.

We also established Church-wide health insurance and lay pension programs, we took some important steps in mission, and handled a tough and painful budget. I am always impressed by the depth and insight of our Deputation, and especially that of our veteran Deputies--Jackie Batjer, Cliff Craig, and Dick Davis were of great help to all of us. And Barbara Davis merits special thanks for her hard work with the Diocese's hospitality room.

It is an honor and a privilege to serve as a Deputy from our wonderful Diocese, and to bring you these reports. I hope they have helped you catch a bit of both the flavor and dynamic of these days, and of the depth and richness of our beloved Church.

As always, for mere details on all the issues before Convention, check out the Episcopal Life link, and the other links on this site's Daily News page.

The whole day was spent on the floor, and there was much to line up to talk about. We all tried to pay attention.
It takes about a dozen communion stations to handle the couple thousand people at each Eucharist.  There was background music. We gathered for our last session to Paul Simon's Slip Slidin' Away.
And we left to Happy Trails by Dale Evans. Now it's time to pack up my little nest and go home.


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