Dear Cathedral Ohana:
This morning I write to you from Austin, Texas where I’m serving our diocese as a deputy to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church. I arrived here late Monday evening and Tuesday morning I hit the ground running with preparatory meetings for the plenary sessions that will begin tomorrow.
I am also serving on a legislative committee called Churchwide Leadership and we are grappling with some interesting topics including providing compensation to the President of the House the Deputies as well as looking at putting support mechanisms in place for the calling of bishops, including discernment processes.
One of the things I enjoy about being here is reuniting with folks with whom I have worked over the years at various levels across the national church. I also get to see seminary classmates, which is a real treat for me. While I haven’t posted very many photos yet, for those of you who follow me on Facebook, I’m sure that over the next 10 days I’ll have things to say and pictures to share.
I’m leaving you in good hands this weekend at worship when Canon Sandy Graham will be with you all. I very much appreciate his making himself available to the Cathedral congregation for worship and I I am confident that you will give him the kind of welcome for which the Cathedral is so well-known.
Last week Sunday during the aloha hour we had an issue in the men’s room with one of the toilets and I appreciate it and people stepping up to put a sign on the door and letting the Junior Warden and me know immediately. Ramona called the plumber yesterday and the issue has been fixed for now, although looking down the road, we will probably have to replace the commode. I very much appreciate how we come together to be in the solution.
We had wonderful services this past Sunday morning with 210 people in attendance over the weekend. After the 8:00 AM service, a couple from Atlanta, Georgia came up to me and commented on how wonderful their worship experience was for them. So I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for all you do to reach out to God’s people and help them feel the presence of God in their lives. Yes, we have challenges. At the same time, we work hard together for the building up of the kingdom and I feel very blessed to be a part of that with all of you.
Please take care.