|Photo taken by Wyoming Deputy Pamela RW Kandt|
Volunteers, staff, and deputies began arriving at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis in preparation for General Convention as early as last Thursday. It takes a lot of effort and elbow grease to make convention happen. From the photo, you can see that the weather in Indianapolis is a lot like it has been in the Colorado Springs-Denver-Boulder-Fort Collins corridor - hot, hot, and dry! Fortunately, there are elevated walkways that connect many of the convention hotels to the convention center. The Colorado deputation is staying at the JW Marriott (number 4 on left of the below map), as assigned by the General Convention Office.
We deputies prepare by studying the "Blue Book," which is officially known as "The Report to the 77th General Convention." It contains reports from all the "CCABs," the acronym for the Committees, Commissions, Agencies, and Boards of The General Convention, our topmost governing body of The Episcopal Church. The CCABs do their work in the interim between the triennial General Conventions.
The Blue Book contains not only reports, but also resolutions proposed by the CCABs. Our deputation spent a day at Cathedral Ridge on May 30 talking about the key resolutions from each of the 23 Legislative Committees. We are also studying and communicating by email with one another on the additional resolutions proposed by bishops, dioceses and provinces, and deputies that are being submitted subsequent to the publication of the Blue Book.
Deputies Lelanda Lee and Zoe Cole and Alternate Janet Farmer will arrive this evening in Indy. Almost everyone else on the deputation will arrive on July 3rd with a couple of stragglers on the 4th and 5th, which is the first official day and the first legislative day when Convention actually starts hearing and voting on resolutions. There will also be many other Coloradoans in Indy to volunteer, staff booths in the exhibition hall, and attend the Episcopal Church Women and Daughters of the King Triennials meeting concurrently with Convention.
Stay tuned! Please pray for all of us. We value our church in the Diocese of Colorado and our kinship with one another.