This was only my first full day of General Convention…and I am so overwhelmed. Overwhelmed by the work there still is to do in the Church. Overwhelmed by the amount of ministries and people doing this work. And overwhelmed by the fact that there is one thing that unifies all of these things…a faith in and a desire to follow God and Christ.
As a writer, I keep a small notebook in my purse. This means that I’m often pulling out my notebook to jot down quotes or ideas. I wrote down so much today that I don’t even know what to pick to blog about. In a way, I feel thankful that there are nine more days here. Maybe that means I’ll be able to blog about all of the things I jotted down today. But I know that each day the things I jot down will increase. So that it will be impossible to blog about it all. Maybe I’ll expand on these more later during my time at Convention, particularly if they are things that seem to resonate with other people. And I will definitely pray and spend time on these things when I am back home and alone. But for now, I think it will be best to just blog briefly about the things that struck me the most today and cause me to jot something down.
Directly from my notes:
-waiting…confusion…frustration…but then those moments when it’s all worth it because someone is in solidarity with you (like talking with someone about the difficulty of finding fresh, healthy food in this gathering of Christians)
-bivocational priests this shouldn’t become a thing simply because the Church has no money, but because people feel called to being two things. (For example, a farmer and a priest. Why not both? Don’t these things go hand in hand, in fact?)
-I love the meaningful connections you make with people at these sorts of gatherings…even the connections you make with people who think differently than you. It’s all about showing up at the table.
-Issues about peace are intrinsically tied with issues surrounding the change of Church structure. How can we achieve peace when the Church itself still has systematic problems tied with race, gender, sexuality, etc.?
-In the opening speech to Convention, the current Presiding Bishop encouraged us to “Befriend the Other.” I was about to tweet this quote, since I was tweeting a lot of quotes. But this one gave me pause. Maybe because of my anthropological background, but I hate the term Other. Is there really an Other in the Body of Christ?
-When we gather together as Christians…including and perhaps even especially for big events like General Convention…how can we make sure we are making an impact on the community (in this case Utah) instead of just coming in and then leaving without any understanding of where we are?
Let me know what you think about these questions! Is there anything you would like me to expand on?