by Jim Ware
Day 7 of the 78th General Convention opened (after a short session for legislative committees) with the sound of Kodo Druemmrs in the vast worship space. The sermon for the daily Eucharist was delivered by Becca Stevens. She developed a program for helping women in crisis – sexually abused, homeless, addicted, etc. Her Thistle Farms cosmetic business provides the funds to support this program. As members of the Vergers Guild, my wife Cindy and I were honored to escort the Altar Party this morning.
During the morning legislative session, several resolutions concerning TREC ( Task Force for Reimagining the Church) efforts were debated in the House of Deputies. This discussion will continue through the next day and a half.
The afternoon legislative session included some ground- breaking resolutions concerning marriage liturgies and the Marriage canons. These resolutions concurred with the work done by the House of Bishops. The process of passing these resolutions was prayerful, and sensitive to the varying emotions of the diverse body that is the House of Deputies. I, for one, found the deliberations very moving.
Before each vote, the Convention Chaplain led short chants and prayers for peace. Many people expressed their gratitude for the compassion shown by the House.
Tonight is Utah night, with a program to be held at the Mormon temple. The long hours are beginning to take a toll on people, and many people are choosing a quiet evening in and early to bed, as the last two legislative days will most certainly be full.