Our longest legislative day yet began today with a very energetic and invigorating Eucharist, with music by St. Augustine's Steel Drum Orchestra, from Brooklyn, NY. Entering the worship hall today was as joyous and upbeat as entering an Episcopal cruise ship for an anticipated voyage.
|St. Augustine's Steel Drum Orchestra|
The music was topped off only by the rousing sermon given by the Rt. Rev. Michael Curry, Bishop of North Carolina, a preacher known to be both dynamic and engaging. In order to enact change in our world Bishop Curry called upon us to be "crazy Christians"- as crazy as our Lord and Savior was often seen to be in his own ministry. His sermon may be read at
|Bishop Michael Curry- Diocese of North Carolina|
With 44% of the House of Deputies as first time deputies, getting everyone onto the "same page" in legislative session has at times been slow and tedious. Thus, the afternoon session had a slow start with confusion over several amendments, amendments to amendments, and voting procedures. There seems to be a trend toward positive change and proper funding within the Church at this General Convention, which often triggers plentiful discussion of resolutions. The House did, finally, accomplish all its work for the day while maintaining decorum and a sense of humor. We were also privileged to hear from the former President of the House of Deputies, the Rev. George Werner, who greeted the HOD at the end of our session.
|Fr. Jim Liggett at the microphone, and seen on the jumbo screen.|
All in all the day was productive, albeit very hot outside. We were all thankful to be inside rather than out where the daily temperatures have been in the 100's- a very unusual occurrence for this area. Spare time has been spent indoors wandering the exhibits or visiting with friends.
It continues to be an honor and privilege to serve our Diocese as a deputy and communicator at this General Convention. I would urge you to follow the Episcopal News Service site and the links provided on our website or Facebook page for more GC2012 news.
St. Paul's, Lubbock
Lay Deputy/ Diocesan Communications Officer