Sunday, July 27, 2008

Class Photo Day at Canterbury

Saturday was "photo op" day at the Lambeth Conference ... and at 2:00 p.m the hill was a sea of vested bishops heading to the bleachers for their portrait sitting.
As the official photographer gave instructions through a bullhorn herding the bishops into rows, the "unofficial" photographers gathered, as well, to document the scene ...

... while the Archbishop of Canterbury waited patiently.

It was interesting, after a week of being kept at a distance from the bishops by fences and stewards and Lambeth Conference staff to be so close to "the action" for a change. Here's me ... just a stone's throw from my own bishop, Jon Bruno ...

... who scored an aisle seat and seemed to be enjoying himself VERY much.

A couple of shots of the "long view" ...

... of very many bishops ...

... and yet, not all of them, is it? Sad to think of the ones who chose not to come because others were included and sadder still to remember that +Gene was excluded because of who he is.

After the "official" shot there was lots of impromptu photography going on, including this one of me with my bishop and Davis MacIyalla ... who was celebrating having just gotten word that his request for asylum in Great Britain from Nigeria had been granted.

Then there was the "other" official photo sitting ...

... of the 18 women bishops participating in Lambeth Conference 2008. (There are actually 24 women bishops in the Anglican Communion but the others are either retired or currently between jurisdictions.)

And here's was this picture of the American women ...

... and of Cynthia Black who orchestrated the "women 's photo" with extraordinary grace and efficiency. (Her official photos are online here.)

One of my favorite parts of the day ...

... were the men bishops lining up to get their own photos. And best of all were these two Korean bishops ...

... who after taking pictures of the women came over and asked if please, they would do them the honor of allowing them to be photographed together to be part of this historic occasion.

Then the opportunity for a few more shots ... this one of Richard Schori and his charming wife Katharine ...

And finally, having screwed up my courage to ask the Presiding Bishop if she was willing to have her picture taken with me, was overwhelmed when she said she'd be honored.
This is me ... being overwhelmed!
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6 comments:

JTurner said...

Thank you so much for posting those!!

Rev Dr Mom said...

Great pictures. I am still moved by the picture of the women bishops. My own bishop (now retired) +Mary Adelia McLeod was there last time, and I have a picture of all the women in my office. Will have to add this year's.

And great shot of you and the PB.

Lapinbizarre said...

Wonderful photographs. Thank you.

Joseph P. Mathews, OSL said...

Isn't she great about pictures? My Facebook profile picture was mine with her for at least a month. She is so approachable!

Fr Craig said...

the bishop holding the camera and the water bottle is +Dean Wolfe, dio Kansas, where I was ordained. Good guy.

Bruce said...

I didn't see the real Bishop Duncan (Central Gulf Coast). He should be easy to spot, he's the middle-aged white guy.