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Sunday 7:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist at Lebanon Chapel in Airlie Gardens 9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist 11:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
Nursery available at the 9:00 and 11:00 service.
Saturday 5:30 p.m. A Celtic Eucharist in Parish Hall
Every three years, as regular as clockwork, there is an outbreak of buttons and pins in the Episcopal Church. Like the swallows returning to Capistrano or the 17 year cicada emerging from the soil, these outbreaks can be predicted with a fine accuracy. They center around the Exhibition Hall at General. They appear on shirts, blouses, name tags, and purses though there is no cure, they are harmless, not contagious, and tend to get lost in dresser drawers over time.
Nearly every booth offers a button. Many are straightforward, like “Black lives matter,” or the 230th Anniversary of the House of Deputies pin. Others require deeper thought and investigation. Ecce quam bonum is the Latin text of the first line of Psalm 133. It is the motto of the University of the South at Sewanee. Then there is the Mortimer the Moose pin. He is the mascot of the Diocese of Utah.
There is a theory that General Convention is actually planned and run by buttons as means of reproducing and spreading. If you should meet someone suffering from E.B.P.S. (Episcopal Button Proliferation Syndrome), remember what your Mother told you, and don’t stare. … See MoreSee Less
I’ve been in Salt Lake City for 5 days, and have hardly had time to sit down, to think or to write. Mornings start at 6 (that’s Mountain Time) with Deputies meeting for breakfast and conversation about the days past and ahead.
Legislative hearings begin at 7:15 and run until 9. I’ve been observing and have testified to the Task Force on Alcohol and Drugs. Spurred on by a tragic incident where a Bishop in Maryland killed a cyclist while driving under the influence, the church is reexamining its policies on alcohol, alcoholism and drug abuse. Most legislative committees have the three years between conventions to do their work. With only two months to act the Task Force has done an incredible job of pointing the way for us as a church to be mindful of the role of alcohol in our common life.
Worship is at 9:30 and has been magnificent. There’s nothing like going to church with over 1000 of your closest friends. Music has been varied: organ, Indian drum circle, jazz band, and a cappella choir. We have been treated to rich liturgy and dynamic preaching.
The rest of the day is split between legislative session and more hearings. By the end of the day, everyone is exhausted and ready to catch a few hours before it all starts again.
There have been some high points. Bp. Michael Curry of the Diocese of North Carolina has been elected as Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. He is a powerful preacher and gave a moving sermon at the end of the Bishops’ March Against Gun Violence on Sunday morning.
The Supreme Court’s decision on equal marriage was read only a few days before the church will deliberate resolutions on new rites for marriage. I was sitting in the meeting of the Task Force on Alcohol and Drugs when Bishop Gene Robinson asked for a moment of personal privilege and read the news of the decision.
One of the real joys of Convention has been the Homecoming and Pic-nicin’ on the grounds aspect. I have seen people from my first parish, some of my students from Clemson University, fellow college chaplains, old friends from across the Southeast, and new friends just waiting to be made. (2 photos) … See MoreSee Less