Observing the Rituals of the House of Deputies

We in the Episcopal Church love nothing better than a good liturgy. It’s no surprise then that the work of the House of Deputies is another example of great liturgy—a Greek word that original referred to public duty but is translated now as “the work of the people.” Although I have only been here for…

The Megachurch Experience of the Episcopal General Convention

If I didn’t know where the opening Eucharist of the 78th General Convention of the Episcopal Church was being held, it would not have mattered very much. A stream of people headed in a single direction–pointing toward the huge convention hall that had been appointed with 2,000 or so chairs, giant and colorful banners depicting…

The Big World & Small Town of the Episcopal General Convention

The first day of my very first General Convention of the Episcopal Church felt a little bit like the first day at a new school. I worried that I wasn’t dressed right, that I would get lost,  that I wouldn’t find my meetings, that I wouldn’t have anything intelligent to add to the conversation, and,…