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Friday, July 10, 2009

Under The Big Tent

It's Day Two and we're fully underway now. I'm always impressed with those who make up this 'Big Tent' version of the House of God. Lawyers, people of color, mothers, retired business persons, gay activists, Latinos, and a few conspicuous young people (among many others) - - I love it. They all love The Episcopal Church and want to make a difference for you and me in how we live as the People of God.

The convention is working very hard to hear how the Spirit will lead us now past B033 - the resolution from the 2006 convention which has been used to block gay and lesbian priests from becoming bishops. We will get past this - I truly believe. The World Mission Committee (hearing initial testimony on this) is full of good, smart people of varying viewpoints and stations in life. They are praying hard, listening compassionately - to everyone - and really want to do something to help.

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams is something to see....and hear. Like an Anglican Dumbledore (from Harry Potter fame), he really has a big-picture perspective that only he can describe to us. He preached yesterday calling us to a new level of truthfulness; saying that we've been lying to ourselves about our finances, our unsustainable level of consumption and our connectedness with other peoples.

Finally, I'm working this convention on the Evangelism Committee. Among others, we're working to perfect a resolution which will plan outreach to the 45.5 million Latino/Hispanic Americans in the United States (Did you know the United States is the 2nd largest Latino country in the world?). Also, if you'd like an example of a resolution which is a real political football, try Resolution C069. It asks The Episcopal Church to affirm a theological statement from the Church of England. See if you can find the half-dozen problems with the way this resolution is written....

It's now 2:20am here. Please forgive my rambling. Remember you can always go to the live-stream online to see how the proceedings are going...


Peace be with you. We miss home.
Mike Clark


  1. Mike,

    Thanks for the post and thanks for representing us. We are remembering you in prayer.

    Greg Lynch

  2. Yuck! I just looked up C069 (and pasted it below for the convenience of other readers). Mike, you know this for what it is: a "gotcha" resolution just like D058, which they tried to get passed at GC06. You can read the Rev. Dr. Robert Certain's statement about that one here. BTW, that one, too, went thru the Ctte on Evangelism.

    From the GC site:

    Resolution: C069
    Title: Affirm Christ in multi-faith society
    Topic: Evangelism
    Committee: 12 - Evangelism
    House of Initial Action: Deputies
    Proposer: Diocese of Western Louisiana


    Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, That this 76th General Convention of this church affirm the conclusion of the Church of England at its February General Synod and direct the House of Bishops' Committee on Theology to report back to the 77th General Convention on "their understanding of the uniqueness of Christ in the United States multi-faith society, and offer examples and commendations of good practice in sharing the gospel of salvation through Christ alone with people of other faiths and of none."


    Indicative of our support and appreciation for the presence of the Archbishop of Canterbury at this General Convention and his leadership of the Church of England in Christian witness within the multi-faith culture of the United Kingdom, this resolution affirms that the Episcopal Church is in substantial agreement with the Church of England General Synod which directed its House of Bishops at their February 2009 meeting to report back on "their understanding of the uniqueness of Christ in Britain's multi-faith society, and offer examples and commendations of good practice in sharing the gospel of salvation through Christ alone with people of other faiths and of none."

  3. I suspect that this will not see the light of day because it refers to something not available to all the rest of us...


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