At 12:30-1:30, Program, Budget and Finance held its first hearing on Priorities, which was a standing room only, or sit-on-the floor only, event. There were a large number of young adults from the Official Youth Presence as well as campus ministers who signed up to speak on behalf of funding for youth, young adult and campus ministries, as well as many who spoke in favor of continuing funding for Lifelong Christian Formation.
|View of the Program, Budget & Finance hearing as people|
were still streaming in.
|Another view of the Program, Budget & Finance hearing.|
I was at a dinner for the ecumenical guests of The Episcopal Church earlier in the evening. I serve as Co-Chair of Legislative Committee 18 - Ecumenical Relations. Many of the ecumenical guests attended my committee's afternoon meeting in order to observe our proceedings. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's (ELCA) presiding bishop, the Rt. Rev. Mark Hanson, came to speak with us on testifying to a piece of legislation about the continuing dialogue between the ELCA and The Episcopal Church, which was scheduled for the next morning and afternoon legislative committee sessions. Bishop Hanson's testimony influenced the committee to appoint a subcommittee to write a substitute resolution with more felicitous language that would serve the purpose of encouraging ongoing dialogue between our two churches on important areas such as the diaconate and lay presidency where our churches' practices differ.
I have had the privilege of serving as the Executive Council's liaison to the ELCA's Church Council, which has afforded me the opportunity to observe their council's proceedings and to learn about their church's concerns. I have also in those meetings been able to meet leaders from the Reformed Church in America, the United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church, and the Southern Province of the Moravian Church. What has been unique for us is that I am a lay representative serving among primarily ordained representatives.
|House of Deputies President, Canon Bonnie Anderson, addressing|
|Deputies Christy Shain-Hendricks, Jack Finlaw, and|
Ruth Woodliff-Stanley sitting in row 2 of our deputation's
assigned two rows towards the rear of the House of Deputies,
on July 5th, the first legislative day. See Jack's big binder?
|A fuller view of the front of the House of Deputies|
|Secretary of the General Convention, the sartorially|
splendid Rev. Dr. Gregory Straub, who sits with the
House of Deputies.
|This is the Leader Resources booth from a food court view.|
|At the end of the second legislative committee meeting on July 5h.|
That's me with Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson, and Mrs. Ione
Hanson is on my right. I'm sorry that I don't have the name of
the gentleman next to Bishop Hanson handy.