GC Recap of June 25
Business has begun!Business began yesterday morning in the House of Deputies. Pictured left is your deputation's row of seats, complete with a "Where's Waldo" hat from the 2012 General Convention. The day began with voting on a few of the more than 500 resolutions the deputation will consider. Legislative sessions go on from early morning to late at night. We discovered working Convention is like having a baby - you sleep and eat any moment you can!
Opening Eucharist – literal feeding of the 5,000?
The opening Eucharist for General Convention took place at 9:30 am, Mountain Time, following the opening sessions of House of Deputies and House of Bishops. The service was conducted partly in Spanish and partly in English. Several thousand were in attendance and all were communicated in the same amount of time (or possibly less) than we can serve communion in our own parishes. It was a miracle! Bishop Katharine opened her sermon mentioning Charleston. The full text is available here.
James G. Ellison and Howard Maltby mentioned in HoD Necrology
Part of yesterday's business in House of Deputies was the reading of a necrology of deputies lost since our last General Convention. We were touched to hear the names of Jim Ellison (charter member of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, Columbia, proponent in the church for civil rights, and General Convention deputy many times) and Howard Maltby.
The Reverend Howard Maltby was the rector of St. Alban's, Lexington and dearly loved by many. His loss in this past year was a big one for our diocese. The floor of the House of Deputies for our worldwide Church joined in prayer for those we've lost. #Prayersof
A Pastoral Letter from Bishop Waldo
In case you missed it yesterday, Bishop Waldo has sent you a pastoral letter concerning General Convention. Please read it here and keep your bishop and your deputation in your prayers.
The Reverend Jordan Hylden Reporting for The Living Church
EDUSC's own Jordan Hylden is blogging for Covenant, a component of The Living Church magazine. Follow his witty and intelligent reports on the blog here! Jordan's wife is The Reverend Canon Emily Hylden of Trinity Cathedral, Columbia.
Committee 8 on Social Justice and US Policy presents resolution A302 for Mother Emanuel
Our worldwide Episcopal Church has voted to write a letter of condolence to Emanuel AME Church, Charleston. We are deeply moved by the overwhelming support by The Episcopal Church for our state.