Innumerable thanks go to all the people who made the 121st Convention of the Diocese of Lexington a reality. The people of St. Michael’s, Lexington were gracious and helpful hosts! The people who offered their gifts for the convention choir as well as the instrumental music for the afternoon led our music gloriously. All who served as tellers, pages, and volunteers made the day run smoothly. We are grateful for those who allowed themselves to be nominated for diocesan offices, and for those who are currently serving in those offices, we give thanks. Having Bishop Larry Maze serve as chaplain was a true gift. We are thankful that all clergy and deputies took time to participate in our governance together. This is not an exhaustive list, but please know- to those of you who shared your time for convention, we are very thankful.
Resolutions and Budget:
Three resolutions were passed, whose final texts will be available on the new website next month, and we will be sharing information on how your faith community can implement R-2 and R-3 in the coming editions of the DioLink.
•R-1 allows a member of the Standing Committee to serve as the Committee’s president. Previously, only a priest could serve as the president of Standing Committee.
•R-2 Affirms that the Diocese of Lexington will commit to welcoming refugees and immigrants.
•R-3 Promotes all faith communities to participate in a study to dismantle racism.
The budgets that were presented to the convention were passed in the form that was affirmed by the Executive Council at their February 4 meeting.
The following people were elected to Executive Council for a 3-year term: Lisa Johnson, Christ Church Cathedral, Lexington; Kat Luchtefeld, Good Shepherd, Lexington; Susan Leo, St. Mary’s, Middlesboro; Jemima Roberts, St. Andrew’s, Lexington; The Rev. Aelred Dean, St. Mary’s, Middlesboro; and The Rev. Margaret Shanks, Resurrection, Jessamine County.
Our lay deputies to the 2018 General Convention are Mary T Yeiser, Emmanuel, Winchester; Dave Sevigny, St. Raphael’s, Lexington; Ann Davis McClain, St. Peter’s, Paris; and Jim Ware, Christ Church Cathedral, Lexington. Our clergy deputies are The Rev. Cn. Elise Johnstone, Diocese of Lexington (chair); The Rev. Laurie Brock, St. Michael’s, Lexington; The Rev. Amy Dafler Meaux, Trinity, Danville; and The Rev. Peter Doddema, St. Philip’s, Harrodsburg. Our lay alternates are Holli Powell, Christ Church Cathedral, Lexington, Tracey Werner-Wilson, St. Michael’s, Lexington; Tracey Herzer Huston, St. John’s, Corbin; and J. Marshall, St. Alban’s, Morehead. Our clergy alternates are The Rev Keila Thomas, St. Alban’s, Morehead; The Rev. Jeff Queen, St. Andrew’s, Ft. Thomas; The Rev. Matthew Young, St. Paul’s, Newport; and The Rev. Joe O’Brochta, Trinity, Covington.
Thank you for the resolution addressing my long tenure in the Diocese of Lexington at the Convention Saturday. My full attention as I came forward was to see the resolution as Bishop Bruce was reading it and then make a most intelligent genuine response. Then to my amazement, you all the full convention were acknowledging me with a standing rousing applause. And then I lost it as I was trying quickly to respond. However, warm emotions overcame me. I am not very often at a loss for words but after this display of gratitude, I was about to become an everlasting water fountain and could hardly get a word spoken. I do think I uttered some type of thanks; I hope I did. You all certainly overwhelmed me beyond words I can ever express.
As many of you know we are leaving Lexington as it has become necessary for a number of reasons to be with our only family, our son, our daughter-in-law and our only grandson, Holden. But I also learned Saturday afternoon without a shadow of doubt we have a much bigger family in the Diocese of Lexington who also loves us very much. That is what overwhelmed me and will go with us into this journey and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am so grateful that our paths have crossed and that is why it so hard to enter this new phase in the journey but with your love going with us it will be much easier.