Today is day eight of the nine days of the 78 th General Convention which officially began on Thursday, June 25 th. However, the deputies from the Diocese of Lexington have been in meetings and hearings since arriving in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, June 23 rd.
We work 12 plus hours every day, but there are also opportunities for fun, the latest of which was “Utah Showcase” held last night at the Mormon Tabernacle. This multi-cultural program sponsored by the Diocese of Utah included Japanese drummers, Mexican and Native American dancers , and choral groups from several faith traditions. The evening ended with a resounding performance by a 220 member regional choir and orchestra.
The major item on the agenda for the House of Deputies today was consideration of the budget for the next triennium. An amendment to the budget passed to increase the draw on unrestricted endowments from 5% to 5.5% in order to generate an additional $2, 823, 225.80 which would then be allocated to evangelism initiatives , including but not limited to new church plants and Latino/ Hispanic ministries. An additional amendment was made to add $150,000 for stewardship , by reducing the allocation for the development office by the same amount. The amended budget passed the House of Deputies with 97.08% in favor after only 30 minutes of discussion and/ or questions. This was an amazing change from the past!
Several random personal observations during the last ten days—
*. Eucharist is held each morning , and it sets
the tone for the day. This morning, the
music, readings and Eucharistic prayer were
All in Spanish
*. Met a clergy deputy from Liberia who was a
Seminary classmate of my priest
*. The chancellor for the Archbishop of Canterbury
Attended the Chancellor’s dinner
*. I am tremendously honored and grateful to serve
As a Deputy from the Diocese of Lexington at
General Convention for the second time. In
many ways, this has been a mountaintop
experience. To quote a song the Chaplain of
The House of Deputies taught us: ” We are all
together. yo, Yo, Yo!”