And the one who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” -Rev. 21: 5
While February in Kentucky cannot usually be described as a time of lightness, I come to this February with sunrises and sunflowers in heart and mind — personal symbols of the light of God as all things are made new.
The annual Convention of the Diocese of Lexington to be held in Lexington February 17-18 is a “family gathering” where the elected representatives of the people of this diocese will come to conduct the business of their diocese, reflect on where we are as a community of believers and prepare for all that lies ahead. The theme of the 2012 convention was set immediately following the 2011 convention, in anticipation of welcoming new members of the diocesan family who would be in place as rectors of parishes by the next convention — and in celebration of a renewed passion for mission and expressions of that passion in ministries throughout the diocese and beyond, new ways of being together and modeling a Culture of Courtesy for a world too often devoid of even civility. Only a few months later would we learn that the theme would also encompass the process of electing a new bishop — the 7th Bishop of Lexington!
Our “new” interim assisting bishop, the Rt. Rev. Chilton Knudsen, will offer new insights on our life together in the Bishop’s Address. As those sharing ecclesiastical authority in the interim period, she and the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Lexington have guided the planning of this convention — a “new” experience for all — with the experienced and steady guidance of the Ven. Bryant Kibler, Archdeacon for Administration of the Diocese, and Ellen Darnall, Executive Assistant to the Bishop.
A highlight for all will be the welcoming of clergy new to the Diocese of Lexington between Convention 2011 and Convention 2012:
- The Rev. Peter D’Angio- Trinity, Covington
- The Rev. Linda Young – Trinity, Covington
- The Rev. Amy Dafler Meaux- Trinity, Danville
- The Rev. Jeffrey Queen – St. Andrew’s, Fort Thomas
- The Rev. Jessee Neat- Ascension, Frankfort
- The Rev. Elise Johnstone- Holy Trinity, Georgetown
- The Rev. Peter Doddema- St. Phillip’s, Harrodsburg
- The Very Rev. Carol Wade – Dean and Rector, Christ Church Cathedral
- The Rev. Brian Cole – Church of the Good Shepherd
- The Rev. Dominic Moore – Church of the Good Shepherd
- The Rev. Christina Brannock-Wanter- St. Peter’s, Paris
- The Rev. Philip Linder- St. John’s, Versailles
A “new” feature will be the hosting of the Friday night Convention Banquet as the “Gala” of the Church of the Good Shepherd. Proceeds of both the silent auction and exciting “live” auction will benefit outreach ministries.
In addition to the important Youth Silent Auction, proceeds of which support youth ministries, and feature baskets or featured items from each parish and from individuals, two “new” auction tables will benefit St. Agnes House and Reading Camp.
This may be our 116th Convention, but God is “making all things new”!
We have come through numerous transitions in our parishes, and we continue in transition as a diocese. Transitions remind us that to live is to change, and with change comes growth — particularly when the opportunities are embraced, engaged and celebrated. A part of the engagement is a pruning — letting go where it is necessary to allow room for the new to emerge. A part of it is recognizing the active life and work of transition, in order to keep the proper nutrients, water and sunlight in the process. As the branches of God’s Kingdom, we remain as the medium of transport, prepared to take new steps together to be God’s face, God’s hands and God’s feet in the world, with new energy and passion.
Sunrises and sunflowers in February — “Making all things new” in the Diocese of Lexington.
Come celebrate with your diocesan family.
By Kay Collier McLaughlin, PhD, Deputy for Leadership Development and Transition Ministries