The last few days have been amazing. Everyday starts with an inspirational Eucharist Service to set the tone for the day. We have been blessed with words of wisdom which inspire and excite. The services focus on different concerns or celebrations of the Church. The music is awesome. We have been blessed to experience the beautiful diversity in language and music we Episcopalians share.
I have attended several committee meetings which have been extremely interesting. In each meeting complex and far reaching topics have been discussed. The Small Congregations meeting illustrated once again that small congregations everywhere have many of the same challenges as the small congregations in our Diocese. There are no simple answers, just lots of hard work and FAITH. I attended a workshop on Lay Leadership in small congregations presented by the Commission on Small Congregations which stressed the importance of knowing what the mission of any congregation is no matter what size the congregation is. It also discussed the need to help each member of the congregation discover and develop his or her gifts.
The Legislative Sessions have been filled with lively and thoughtful debates on many of the resolutions. There were some far reaching decisions made which will help shape the Episcopal Church for years. It was thrilling to watch the whole process and to be a small part of it. I will take home a new sense of wonder at how so many diverse people found ways to come together to do God’s work and spread the Good News of God’s love. I hope that in the end those who are concerned about some of the decisions made will find peace in the fact that I believe God still loves all of His children.
Lynn Ferren, First Time Lay Deputy