Wednesday Word: Odds and Ends

Odd and Ends

Today we celebrate our independence as a nation. Today we celebrate our ability to choose how we will govern our nation and ourselves. Let us never forget that it was this self-evident right of equality and self-determination that (supposedly) guides our country. And let us never try to force our ideas upon others such that those mandates would eliminate another persons freedom to choose the best course of action for themselves, or result in benefits for a few at the expense of the many.

Today is the 4th of July. May we all celebrate safely and sanely. May we remember to keep the potato salad and mayonnaise on ice. Keep the drinks cold, the burgers and 'dogs hot. Keep the games fun. And please, Please, PLEASE don't burn anything down or blow anyone up.

The General Convention of the Episcopal Church officially begins this Friday. This is the triennial event that ultimately governs this Church. Every diocese, regardless of size, is able to send four lay delegates and four clergy delegates who, along with the bishops, produce, vote, and pass (or not) a variety of legislation. There are also thousands of “convention junkies” who go to see old friends and meet new people.

I am not one of those people.

However, if you would like to follow the goings on of General Convention, the GC Media Hub has live feeds of the various proceedings, as well as other updates.

The link is here: https://www.episcopalchurch.org/general-convention-2018-media-hub

Two of the major discussions will revolve around the continuance of trial marriage rites and whether or not we should pursue revising the BCP.

In closing . . . It's the 4th of July! Eat, drink (lemonade), and be merry. Stay safe. Stay intact.

And remember to celebrate our risen Lord with the same enthusiasm.



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