First Impressions

For the next 10 days I will be blogging from and about the General Convention of the Episcopal Church meeting in Indianapolis IN

The Indianapolis Convention Center is mammoth. So much so that walking in by the “back” door near the parking lot there did not look like anyone was present – nor a large convention anywhere in the area. I walked down empty corridors, past vast and empty exhibit hall and meeting rooms until finally turning down another hal that led to the main corridor where the Episcopal Church was obviously present.

A sign at the information booth proclaimed in large letters “You are here” and that seems a good beginning for such a gathering that is looking into the future. The agenda includes proposals to restructure the church and Convention, two competing budget proposals, and other significant  visions of the future. We are here.  It really does not matter how we got here, this is where we are and from where we launch ourselves into the future we desire for our congregations and our denomination. We could spend lots of time reciting history and assigning praise and blame. Or we can focus ourselves and our resources to live into a life-giving future for others and for ourselves.

Gathered here around me on this day preliminary to the beginning of the legislative business are bishops, and diocesan deputies who will spend the next nine days focused on the details of how we best do this. It is a task that can seem daunting until we recall that in God all things are possible.

We are here. It will be interesting to see where we all end up.



About don

The Rev Don Hill is an Episcopal priest, rail fan and writer. He and his wife the Rev. Dr. Nancy Woodworth-Hill are currently Co-Pastors of St Paul's Episcopal Church, Jeffersonville IN, in the Diocese of Indianapolis. They also work as parish consultants in Appreciative Inquiry, strategic planning and spirituality development for parishes and vestries.
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