Thursday, June 28, 2012

I'm Leaving On A Jet Plane

Well my dear friends in Texas, it is Thursday afternoon, the week before General Convention (General Convention).  I have one more day in the office, I am getting my hair cut, packing, will make two visitations in Galveston on Sunday, clean clothes, and get on a plane for Indianapolis. 

Here is our General Convention Website for the Diocese of Texas:

Today Carol Barnwell and I mapped out upcoming stories and made plans to do a few interviews.

The politics are flying and the email is hot.  Legislation is pouring in. 

I have been appointed to the Committee on Structure. I think this will be very fun indeed! 

So here is my packing list and my to do list:

Technology and chargers
Upload, connect, and sync all General Convention Calendars, Blue Book, and committee reports
Download TV Series for travel and late nights (Game of thrones might be appropriate; actually downloaded Downton Abbey)
Sketch pad for cartoons
Ink pens
Vestments for Sunday Worship
Comfortable shoes
Filled out express mail labels to send back the tons of info I gather at GC

To do list:
Here is how to fold your shirt.
fold clothes correctly
hang with family

Let me connect you with this Ehow site where you can learn how to pack your suitcase correctly:

People I am looking forward to seeing:
HOB (House of Bishop) friends
Visiting Primates
Seminary deans
ECW and Altar Guild leaders

I am very excited. While I will miss my family and being home, this will be a good time to be with other Texans and our TEC (The Episcopal Church) and global Anglican friends.

I will do a daily diary here and hope you will follow as we make our journey through to Indianapolis and General Convention 2012.


  • "Christianity is not a theory or speculation, but a life; not a philosophy of life, but a life and a living process." Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • "Most people are willing to take the Sermon on the Mount as a flag to sail under, but few will use it as a rudder by which to steer." Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • "Perfection, in a Christian sense, means becoming mature enough to give ourselves to others." Kathleen Norris
  • "Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can." John Wesley
  • "The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried." G. K. Chesterton
  • "One of our great allies at present is the Church itself. Do not misunderstand me. I do not mean the Church as we see her spread out through all time and space and rooted in eternity, terrible as an army with banners. That, I confess, is a spectacle which makes our boldest tempters uneasy. But fortunately it is quite invisible to these humans." C. S. Lewis
  • "When we say, 'I love Jesus, but I hate the Church,' we end up losing not only the Church but Jesus too. The challenge is to forgive the Church. This challenge is especially great because the church seldom asks us for forgiveness." Henri Nouwen, Bread for the Journey
  • "Christians are hard to tolerate; I don't know how Jesus does it." Bono
  • "It's too easy to get caught in our little church subcultures, and the result is that the only younger people we might know are Christians who are already inside the church." Dan Kimball