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Friday, July 6, 2012

July 6 - AM


Morning -- July 6th 

I started this morning at 7:30 AM attending the Evangelism Committee legislative hearing on Open Table (communion without baptism).  There were some 30 speakers – about evenly divided, speaking in support of or opposed to the proposed legislation (Resolution C040) to change our canons, eliminating the requirement of baptism before communion.  Hearings on this issue will continue at 2PM.  Mike Clark serves on this committee.

Our morning worship began at 9:30 AM, with President of the House of Deputies Bonnie Anderson preaching on courage, particularly the courage of John Hus (Holy Women, Holy Men) a Czech priest (1372 – 1415) and the Hmong people. Our service bulletin provided all the lessons and prayers in both English and the Hmong language. The Hmong language was chosen in the liturgy as a symbol of our desire to advocate for the least among our peoples. The Hmong are a nomadic tribe in the jungles of Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and China. They do not have a country of their own. Today, there are about 200,000 Hmong Americans.  The Holy Apostles Episcopal Church (St. Paul, Minnesota) has a membership of around 700 Hmong, possibly the largest and only Hmong congregation in the entire Anglican Communion. 

Day 2, Legislative Session 2 started at 11:15 AM.

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