This is my favorite time of year. I love the warm colors of autumn leaves. I love the crisp blue skies and vibrant Michigan sunsets. I love the cooler temperatures allowing me to sleep under my cozy comforter. And I love going to our Convention at the end of the month!! Bet you didn’t expect that one! “Why do you love our Diocesan Convention?” you might be asking. What comes to mind first is the wonderful opportunity for fellowship with friends from around our Household. I get to spend precious time with some people I get to see only once or twice a year and I get to worship and celebrate a beautiful Eucharist with the largest congregation I’ll see all year!
But when it gets right down to it, I also value the work that we do together. This is our opportunity to engage with our whole Household to accomplish God’s mission! Sure, sometimes the work seems to be bogged down in legal-sounding resolutions but a well-written resolution may still be the best way to have a large body discussing a specific action. Can you imagine trying to have a conversation with 400+ people without having everyone working from the same document? We’d be in Lansing for weeks!! Now, I will be the first to admit that I don’t believe resolutions themselves change anyone’s heart – but they can change behavior and sometimes that’s a great place to start! Without some of the resolutions, we might never be aware of the possibilities for action.
When Bishop Gibbs first asked me to chair the Resolution Review Committee, I was very confused because I had no idea why anyone would want to spend time examining resolutions but I said “yes.” (Was there another answer really?) And I am truly glad I did. With a lot of help initially from friends in the diocesan office, I learned to navigate my way around all the mumbo-jumbo and find the essence of each resolution. What I found was a treasure! Our Episcopal Church is truly trying to further God’s mission around the world through the passions of God’s people and their dedication to both our Baptismal Covenant and the 5 Marks of Mission!! It’s a beautiful thing!!
So, here is my invitation to all of you – Join us at the 180th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan! Even if you’re not a delegate from your congregation, you are welcome to share in the beauty of this work. Who knows – maybe your passions will be awakened to a new work for God’s kingdom!
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As we prepare for this time together, let’s pray for the work to be done
Almighty and everliving God, source of all wisdom and
understanding, be present with those who will take counsel
Lansing for the renewal and mission of your Church.
Teach us in all things to seek first your honor and glory. Guide
us to perceive what is right, and grant us both the courage to
pursue it and the grace to accomplish it; through Jesus Christ
our Lord. Amen.
Hope to see you all in Lansing! Do stop in and say “hello” at the Nuts and Bolts display!
~ Judith Schellhammer, chair, Resolution Review Committee, Diocesan Council