Wednesday, July 8, 2009

July 7, 2008, First Day of General Convention

We began and ended the day with Committee Meetings. Tuesday morning the process of legislation lurched forward as the different committees began to channel work into the different houses.

Our deputies are all here and accounted for. We enjoyed a nice gathering last night in our room. If you are here in Anaheim from the Diocese of Texas please join us at 6 in the Oasis Tower of the Marriot, room 1748.

There was good discussion last night and people shared their different experiences in committees.

We are joined in Anaheim by ECW and Daughters of the King representatives, youth and young adult representatives. I am so very proud of our representation here!

The newcomers to convention have eyes wide open and are taking it all in...

Today we begin with a brief legislative session, followed by an opening Eucharist. JoAnne and the girls will join me for worship.

I understand that we will end the day with the Archbishop of Canterbury visiting with the House of Bishops, then JoAnne and I and the kids will join our class of bishops for dinner.

Keep us in your prayers as we begin our work today.


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