For today, we get to the resolutions coming from the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music. In a Groundhog Day moment, I feel like I’m rewriting what I wrote for the 2012 General Convention. We’ll look at the SCLM material over two or three posts, depending on my stamina. Let’s start with saints, or perhaps I should say, “saints.”
Today brings us to the Standing Commission on Anglican and International Peace with Justice Concerns. Their mandate, as I noted in 2012 is “to develop recommendations and strategies regarding common ministry opportunities and concerns with other Provinces of the Anglican Communion…”
Today we look at two reports, offering just a few resolutions between them. We’ll begin with the more interesting of the two reports (no disrespect to the people who plan logistics for General Convention).
Today we come to the General Board of Examining Chaplains. Their job is to design and administer the General Ordination Exam, the most common way to verify that priests about to be ordained have achieved competency in seven areas of knowledge as specified by canon.
We come to the House of Deputies Committee on the State of the Church. If you read only one report in the Blue Book, make it this one. It’s just over 20 pages long, with about 15 pages of appendices, all chock full of data on the vitality of the Episcopal Church.
A few weeks ago, I spent three days with five friends writing material for General Convention to consider. Yes, this was the epitome of church-geekery. And it was great fun. It’s hard to see how we got anything done amidst nearly nonstop laughter. Yet we produced about forty pages (!) of resolutions and a memorial for General Convention to consider.
Sometime tomorrow we will all see the slate of nominees for Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. I’ve been thinking about the challenges our next Presiding Bishop will face, and I wanted to get some thoughts jotted down now, before we know who the nominees are. I don’t want to be seen as campaigning for a particular person.
When I blogged through the Blue Book in 2012, I articulated a position on political resolutions: Let us tell the world what we are going to do about political problems, rather than telling the world what they should do about political problems.