Day two is in the books. I am still here even if I was a bit lost at times. There is so much to see and learn in so many different places. It is very exciting and I am learning so much that it is hard to put it all in words.
I always love the opening Eucharist Service at our Diocesan Conventions when the people, the music, and the words seem to soar as they fill the church. This morning was the opening General Convention Eucharist Service and it was awesome! There were over a thousand people in the room and the prayers and the music fill every square inch and soared well beyond the room. It was truly inspriational to hear The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori give her sermon in which she asked all in attendance to work for the good of all the Church and not just an individual Diocese, Congregation, or person.
I attended three legislative sessions which were extremely interesting. The main order of business was to review the many resolutions that had been submitted for consideration by the Convention. At the meeting on Education, it was a priveledge to hear several very articulate young people speak in favor of the resolution “Affirming the Compatibility of Science and Christian Faith”. It will be sent to the House of Deputies to be voted on with a recomendation to adopt. In the meeting for Evangelism, several people spoke about the importance of Eevangelism in the church and the importance of having people trained to use their gifts of Evangelism effectively. It will be interesting to see if the resolution passes in the House of Deputies.
After a delightful dinner, I attended an evening meeting on the Structure of the Church. Their work appeared to be some of the most daunting of the day. There were many resolutions and many people with strong opinons to hear. It is wonderful to belong to a Church which allows and encourages people to think and speak their mind. l hope that the entire Convention remembers to honor that freedom with Peace and Joy.