Through July 12th I am attending and blogging about the Episcopal Church’s 77th General Convention in Indianapolis, IN.
Sunday night we were invited to Western New York Night at a local Indianapolis restaurant called the Slippery Noodle. Nancy and I spent 18 years working in that diocese (in addition I grew up there and was ordained there). It was a personal delight to talk with old friends, meet new leaders of that diocese, as well as re-connect with people, who like us, had left the diocese for other pastures. There were people from Florida, Texas ,Indiana, and Delaware renewing our Western New York roots.
In previous days at GC2012 I had met folk I had known throughout the years when I belonged to Episcopal Communicators, or served in the Diocese of Rochester.
The seminaries have booths and most will have some sort of gathering for alums and friends of the seminary.
Issue oriented groups represented here also have meetings, workshops, receptions, liturgy or meals to bring them together.
The Episcopal Church gathered in Indianapolis, like our congregations, is a community as well as a network of smaller communities. We need to work at being in community with one another. We need to honor the various communities of which we are members and allow them to inform and draw us deeper into relationship with one another rather than act as barriers that divide.