The 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church convenes in Austin Texas, July 5th - 13th, 2018

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Day 3 - Deputy Booker

The big news of the day has already been posted by others.  On a first ballot by the House of Bishops, Bishop Michael Curry was elected as our next Presiding Bishop.  The House of Deputies overwhelmingly approved that election, and the Episcopal news feeds have been celebrating that event across various media platforms.  Bishop Curry is a phenomenal orator, and I think he will set us on an energetic course of revitalization.

The picture above comes from today's Eucharist.  The music was provided by Navajo members of the Episcopal Church, who performed with flute and drums in a way that I know many of us found very moving.  The preacher was a Navajo woman from south-eastern Utah who has been an actual shepherd(-ess), and was able to use her experience to expand on the Gospel imagery of Jesus as the Good Shepherd.

Today we honored many people who have served the Episcopal Church, in particular Dr. Charles B Willie, who preached at the ordination of the "Philadelphia Eleven."  We also voted on a resolution to allocate a large pool of money that could be used by the leadership of the Church on anti-racism efforts.

One additional thing that made the day special was that we celebrated the 230th anniversary of the House of Deputies.  There were party hats and noisemakers to mark the occasion.  All told, it was a quite festive day. 

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