Friday, June 16, 2006

General Convention - June 16

Dear Friends,

It's been another interesting day - I seem to be saying that each night, don't I?

Today, we had two long legislative sessions. We worked on one resolution about Title IV. We agreed with the House of Bishops that the Presiding Bishop could retire at 72 instead of 70. We added people to the calendar of Lesser Fasts and Feasts. Three people names were put in nomination for the next Vice President of the House of Bishops. Election will be tomorrow.

Today's Eucharist celebrated the life of Joseph Butler, Bishop of Durham, 1752, and women's ministries. Now you may think these two ideas don't go together very well, but the preacher, The Very Rev. Martha J. Horne did a great job. Bishop Geralyn Wolf was the celebrant.

Tonight was the Massachusetts Dinner - everyone who is from the Diocese was invited. We gave Shirin McArthur flowers and a gift as she is leaving the Diocese the end of next week. Bishop Orlando and his wife had been invited by Bishop Tom. So I ended up having dinner with Tom, Orlando, Vera (Bishop Orlando's wife), and Betsy Madson. (Not bad company!)

Mark Wilkerson arrived today, and he was also at the dinner. Service was awful, but the food was plentiful and good.

Guess that's it for tonight. The large service with UTO ingathering is tomorrow instead of Sunday. The music for the service is special music composed in honor of Frank Griswold's ministry. I am looking forward to that.

Check out or Diocesan web site for news from the House of Bishops - perhaps with pictures.

Until tomorrow - Becky