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All God’s people and mission urgency: A Day Two message from Bishop Shaw

Bishop M. Thomas Shaw, SSJE writes:  

Bishop Shaw briefs the media covering the General Convention on July 9.

Bishop Shaw briefs the media covering the General Convention on July 9.

“Today’s program theme at General Convention is ‘God’s People.’  Yesterday I experienced a hearing on B012, a piece of legislation that wants to include all of God’s people in the life of the church.  It’s about marriage equality and how the church is going to respond to marriage equality in six states.  I think it’s an important piece of legislation that will allow us to pastorally care for people.  It is also a tool for evangelism.  

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Briefly: Day One

07/08/09:  The first day of the 76th General Convention began with the Eucharist, at which Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori preached about heart transplants:  “We are in cardiac crisis if we think we can close the doors and swing our incense and sing our hymns and all will be right with the world.  The heart of this body is mission.  …How will this heart push more lifeblood out into a languishing world?”

The day ended with a forum on the global economic crisis that featured Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams.  “What we have seen in our world is not simply an economic crisis but a crisis of truthfulness,” Williams said.  “We need to define more carefully and more generously what we mean by wealth.”  Panel members Sarah Eagle Heart, Michael Schut and Dr. Stephen Dzisi, described by House of Deputies President Bonnie Anderson as “young vibrant persons doing God’s mission in the world,” got a standing ovation for their “two-sentence” responses to a question about what the Episcopal Church needs to hear about joining God’s mission in the world.

In between:  Legislative committee hearings continued, early and late.  The House of Deputies conducted its first legislative session in fives, adopting “Five Marks of Mission” and the five mission priorities put forward by the Program, Budget and Finance Committee.  The House of Bishops passed its first resolutions, A075 and A076 on relations with the Presbyterian Church and the Church of Sweden, which now go to the House of Deputies for consideration.  The Episcopal Church Women’s Triennial, concurrent with General Convention, had its opening ceremony.  And, even with a sagging economy, Episcopalians still go shopping.

For an even briefer brief, check out the Daily Wrap in the on-demand video section of the Media Hub, where Heidi Shott issues a six-word sermon challenge.  Video from many of the day’s big events is also at the Hub.

What we were really thinking…

The presiding bishop, Katharine Jefferts Schori, and House of Deputies president Bonnie Anderson gave opening speeches yesterday before Harvard’s Marshall Ganz got convention-goers going with a mission conversation using his “Public Narrative” model, and it got us thinking:  What’s going on with Gregory Straub’s jacket?

Ever-generous Massachusetts deputy Byron Rushing ventured this opinion:  “You really had to get close up to appreciate it.  The big screen projection didn’t do it justice.”

The Diocese of California’s Sean McConnell managed to get close enough to capture this shot of the revered General Convention secretary’s ensemble.

Massachusetts Diocesan Convention-goers are used to Secretary of Convention Leon Brathwaite’s perennial red sneakers; perhaps this sort of thing goes with the job.