We have arrived. Our little group of delegates in a sea of Episcopalians. I forget sometimes that there are so many Episcopalians in this world. Yet coming to an event like this makes it easy to think that we ARE the world. It is a balance between knowing who we are, loving our identity and knowing that there are many outside of that identity.
The young adults in this group have chosen to give up two weeks of their lives to engage the world at large and our own tradition and even their very own values. Yet without knowing how this will happen, as one delegate put it, “I have no idea what I’m going to be doing but I know I’m going to be very busy for the next two weeks.”
Our group is a microcosm of difference. I am very different from each of them and they are all very different and distinct individuals. It is in these differences that we are strong. In these differences we are a more complete picture of God’s life here on Earth. I hope that through our differences we can build something that is bigger and better than any one of us could even imagine.
The day has been long. But we are here. We have arrived. Our delegation is going to make an impact. It is unclear what is in front of us but we will find that balance of our differences and bring the struggle for peace and justice to this convention. We are going to do what we can do and we will leave room for Jesus. We hope that Jesus will show up and be in our midst and be with the entire General Convention.