Rector's Rhetoric - November 2106
This year’s Diocesan Convention has now come and gone, marking 29 for me. It’s hard to believe that I’m now considered one of the senior clergy members in our diocese. I’m not sure how I feel about that. Our conventions represent all that is good in the Episcopal Church—our worship, great preaching (some sermons I still remember), our ministries at home and abroad. But above all, conventions are a microcosm, not just of the great work we do, but of the great people we have in our diocese. Conventions are like “old home week” even if they only last a day and a half, and that’s really why we keep coming back each year. Because we love each other. I remember a few squabbles over the years — the resolutions involving the death penalty and Israeli-Palestinian relations come to mind — those were some passionate debates! Both issues divided us, sent us to the microphones to express our feelings, our experiences, our pain, our visions of a just and peaceful world. And yet, here we are all these years later. Still working together, still celebrating our life in Christ.
I expressed my feelings to Bishop Ed that this was truly the best of the best conventions. The preaching and worship this time around was as fine as any I’ve experienced. I was really overjoyed to see my old friend, John Koons, be awarded the Bishop’s Cross for his lifelong devotion to the Cathedral and the Diocese. Well deserved. All of this made you want to get out and do something, made you proud to be an Episcopalian, proud to be a part of a very loving and generous Body.
Next year our Convention will be in Tulsa, and the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church will be our guest preacher. The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry is someone no Episcopalian in their right mind would want to miss. If you haven’t heard him preach, go to Youtube and find out what’s got the Episcopal Church all pumped up. If you’re interested in going to convention as a delegate next year, please contact one of the Vestry members on the Nominating Committee that I’ve mentioned in another article. You won’t be sorry.
I love this Church!!!