Saturday, July 11, 2009

General Convention: Friday

We are settling into the rhythm of go-go-go. Hearings and meetings begin at 7:30am and go until 9 or 9:30pm. Web conferencing looks like it is out of the question for now, but if you go to the media hub for The Episcopal Church, there are lots of on-demand and live stream videos for you to watch.

The Integrity Eucharist was this evening. It is the most uplifting spirited Eucharist I have experienced here yet.

Take a hotel ballroom, transform it with a dias, altar, torches and hangings, add a choir (All Saints Church, Pasadena), hundreds of worshippers, and then Bishops Barbara Harris and Gene Robinson, and what a party and spiritual experience you get!

Bishop Harris' sermon was spirited and - as usual - she had the whole room in the palm of her hand.

Bishop Robinson celebrated the Eucharist. If I am not mistaken, the closing prayer was based on the prayer he used at Obama's inauguration in January.

Here is the start of our photo album of pictures from General Convention.
-Helen