Greetings from Indianapolis. Sunday at this meeting of the General Convention began for many with the running (or walking) of a "5K" to benefit Claire House, and in memory of Mary Ellen Smith, the wife of Dabney Smith, bishop of Southwest Florida. Kathy Mayer and Jackie Batjer participated in that event.
The Sunday morning celebration of the Holy Eucharist was a glorious event, including beautiful music and an inspiring sermon, preached by our Presiding Bishop. I commend it to you, and it can be found online at http://publicaffairs.createsend1.com/t/ViewEmail/r/4F5AF55EA7202B3E/EB645043E1B4581627D1E72AD0FD8334.
|Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefforts Schori|
The Diocese of Indianapolis then hosted an "Indianapolis Event" across the street at Victory Field, home of the Indianapolis Indians -- considered one of the best minor league baseball parks in America. This was a welcome break in the action, as they provided food and games and relaxation. The event was underwritten totally, and all donations were designated for their companion dioceses.
Then we went back to work; there is no Sabbath at General Convention. It's true that we have reached that halfway mark on the timeline, but in regards to legislation we are in the first quarter of the ballgame.
The day concluded with a social gathering with the dioceses of our province, followed by supper.
As always, I find General Convention to be simultaneously energizing and exhausting. I love the worship, seeing old friends, and spending time with our wonderful deputation.
Blessings to all y'all,