Yes, we've been in Indianapolis for 9 days and the 77th General Convention of the Episcopal Church is now a wrap. The pictures above are the sunrise from my hotel room this morning and the empty House of Deputies after everybody had cleared out. More on the details of what we did and why I think it matters to come. Right now I need to just put my weary self to bed and be grateful to be able to sleep in a little in the morning before I head back to L.A. (Those 7:30-every-morning committee meetings take their toll -- seriously!)
But first I want to share a comment on this blog from an earlier post about General Convention -- because it illustrates in such a clear and compelling way just exactly WHY it's worth it to take two weeks out of your life for all the angst and anxiety of yet-another-general-convention and why I'm more convinced than ever that we -- the Episcopal Church -- is on the cusp of a truly great new chapter in its history of being a vehicle for God's love, justice and compassion. A reader wrote:
You make me want to believe in God. I think you have interpreted with love, kindness, and thoughtfulness the true doctrine of Christ. As a non-Christian and previous graduated religion minor (history major), I have looked at the life and teachings of Jesus as a great philosopher, similar to Buddha.I rest my case. And now I'm going to bed.
For what it's worth, you make me wish I believed, so I could belong to a group with you as such a member. I think the Episcopal Church just may save the soul of Christianity with it's open and affirming love, which is truly Christ-like in my opinion.
Blessings be to you and yours,