General Convention news bulletin
We are tracking several important stories here in Anaheim. Stay tuned for details.
We were 100% rubrical! In the opening Eucharist yesterday morning, Rite II was strictly followed. This cannot be taken for granted in massive church liturgies, and I am grateful for this. Further details on the worship: the sermon was quite good, ending with a dramatic touch by our Presiding Bishop. I greatly enjoyed the music, which was varied from straight-up “Anglican classic” with organ all the way to…lots of stuff. Good, good, good. Also, the Communion bread was both holy and tasty.
EXCLUSIVE: There is a secret swimming pool in the House of Deputies! I clearly heard the Secretary of Convention say so. When explaining how we could get a page to deliver messages for us whilst the House is in session, he said this, “When pages are summoned, they will come from the pool up front.” I do not understand how they can change from their bathing suits into their yellow aprons this quickly, so we’ll see how this works.
EXCLUSIVE: Almy hates high-church clergy! Whilst visiting the Exhibit Hall, I came across this juicy tidbit. Almy is discontinuing the nice stiff collars I like to wear, and they’re making us all switch to the floppy ones instead. Some would say this is a metaphor for the whole church — getting less rigid and more flexible. Anyway, all high-church (read: proper) clergy wear the stiffer collar, called the “Pontiff”. Now I am going to have to wear something called the “Cleric-Cool”. I am not making that up. It is time for me to go see my new friends at Wippell.