General Convention: First Post

Dear Friends in Christ,

I write you from Salt Lake City, site of the 78th General Convention. Today is Registration Day for Bishops and Deputies and the initial meetings of Legislative Committees. As at last Convention, I am on the Committee for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations. 

In one sense, General Convention is like a big family reunion. I sat on the plane next to a priest from Vermont who had been my GOE reading partner years ago. Last night, I had a good visit with my friend Tony Pompa, Dean of the Cathedral in Bethlehem, PA. I am certain I will see many other friends in the Exhibit Hall today.

I want to remind you as I have before previous General Conventions that the media does not always accurately report the decisions of Convention. This is not by intent. We are a nuanced people in an unnuanced age and the black and white nature of reporting does not always grasp these subtleties. Your deputies and I will meet with you after Convention to share with you what has transpired. 

In closing, I ask your prayers for me, our Deputation, and most especially the Church. Pray that we may have grace to glorify Christ by our actions.

Yours in Jesus’ name
+Steven