“While Jesus was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!’ When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, ‘Get up and do not be afraid.’ — Matthew 17:5-7
We are approaching the 121st Convention of the Diocese of Lexington in a year that has not been a smooth journey as a diocese, but one that has come to be a year where we have begun to learn more about ourselves, who God is calling us to be, and how God is continuing with us on the journey regardless of whether we experience blessings or challenges. As such, our theme for our convention together will be that teaching for which our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has emphasized: The Jesus Movement. As we complete that common work set before us as a diocese in our convention: electing leaders, agreeing on shared resources, worshipping together, and affirming priorities and practices for our life together, we will hear reflections from our convention chaplain, The Rt. Rev. Larry Maze, the Bishop of Arkansas, retired and we will concentrate scripturally on Jesus’ transfiguration from the Gospel according to Matthew and how that story is a part of Jesus moving us and moving with us.
We will gather at St. Michael’s, Lexington, and if you have registered for convention but have not yet received your preparatory materials, please email Ellen Darnall at [email protected]. There is still yet one more opportunity for a more full preparation for convention at the last pre-convention hearing on Wednesday, February 22, 6:30 p.m. at St. John’s Church, Corbin. If there are questions regarding convention that we can assist with, please email Elise Johnstone at [email protected]. Many thanks to St. Michael’s for hosting our diocesan body gathered, to those who have helped to plan and prepare for convention, and to all of you for taking the time for our common life together. We look forward to seeing you at convention!
by The Rev. Canon Elise B. Johnstone, Canon to the Ordinary
The Episcopal Diocese of Lexington