(Please note that I made a correction to the number of Deputies attending on yesterday’s post. There are about 820 - not 1,500. With the alternates, the number rises to over 1,000. I also corrected the date.)
On Tuesday, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and President of the House of Deputies Bonnie Anderson, greeted the General Convention. In her opening address, the Presiding Bishop spoke of crisis as opportunity and sees the current crises facing the church, both from without and from within, as a time of opportunity. For the full text of her address, please go to Click here: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/documents/070709_PBopeningaddress.pdf
Bonnie Anderson called the church to focus more deeply on mission and especially to the poorest of the world. Those who attended the previous 75 General Conventions, she noted, could have described their own tough times. She made clear that our times today are different. "Our technology enables us to see and to know not only how we are affected," she said, "but how the global economic crisis disproportionately affects the poorest people in the world. It is within our reach to do something about that, and that is the toughest thing about our tough times." For the full text of her address, please go to
Click here: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/documents/POHDopeningaddress.pdf
Following the address by both presiding officers, the Convention participants engaged in the first part of a project called, “Mission Conversations through Public Narrative” which will be an integral part of the Convention. More about that in the next post.