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.
I’ll blog my way through the so-called Blue Book again, offering my sense of how I’ll vote and some thoughts about why. By the way, this time, the so-called Blue Book is “so called” because it’s actually blue (a fact which 7WD exclusively revealed), but it won’t actually be a physical book.
Back in 2008, I started 7WD with what was then a fairly modern design. Well, it’s seven years later, which is an epoch in Internet time. So it’s time for a new look for 7WD. You are now looking at the freshly updated blog, complete with lemon-fresh scent (if your computer is enabled for this feature).