If you're interested in following our work in Riverside, check out the Diocese of Los Angeles website for the details. Clif Notes version is that the balloting for bishops suffragan doesn't even begin until late morning on Friday ... we'll be unlikely to have a first ballot back until we come back from the lunch break at 1:30 (Pacific). I'll be posting updates on Facebook/Twitter as we know anything so keep the prayers coming and there'll be "film at eleven!"
So here's a quick "round up" of some of the items in the news about the Episcopal Church in general and the Diocese of Los Angeles in particular.
The Riverside Press-Enterprise filed this report on the upcoming election of two new bishops suffragan; the Washington Times also reported on our election process in this piece by Julia Duin; and in a recent radio interview, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori answered questions about where we "are" as the Episcopal Church in regards to the full inclusion of all the baptized in all the sacraments.
Here's a "take away" quote from that interview that will serve us well as we move toward this 114th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles ... and beyond!
"I see challenge as an invitation to growth. Challenge tells us that we're taking notice that we haven't yet arrived at the fullness of the kingdom of God and therefore we have work to do. In the Episcopal Church that has to do with celebrating our reality as a multicultural church and discovering the reality that there are vast numbers of unchurched people around us who are hungry for the hope that the gospel offers. And there are countless numbers of people who need the hope that this church offers in its ministry to those on the margins."