This is my fourth General Convention and one thing has remained consistent over the last nine years – this day always feels a little weird. It’s the day where things begin, the day that slowly begins to build before this become really busy. Here’s how today went:
After getting ready and having breakfast here at the hotel, I went with a couple other RI deputies to register. This process involved waiting in three different lines to be certified, registered, and get my iPad for our virtual binders (I have a feeling I’ll be writing a lot about this little devices throughout the duration). After waiting in the first two lines, myself and two other deputies took a break from line waiting to walk around the exhibit hall. It was great to run into friends from around the Church and catch up on which vendors have the best stuff. After walking around a bit, we got back in line and got our iPads. A brief stop in the House of Deputies and it was back to the hotel. A group of us met up for lunch and then it was back to the Convention Center to help another deputy get set up, back to the hotel for a deputation meeting, back to the convention center for legislative committees, and finally out to dinner with a couple of Rhode Islanders.
All things considered, it was a really easy day. Didn’t need to do a lot, and just got to hang out, walk around, and catch up with folks. But it all felt weird. Here we were walking around hanging out, knowing all the work that needs to get done, and we are waiting to start it all. I think it feels weird because of the anticipation of the days ahead (as obvious as that might be). The next week and a half will be crazy. Early mornings, late nights, legislative maneuvering, worship, meetings, and electing a new Presiding Bishop. It is exciting, energizing, and a little bit nerve-racking.
Today I also got to do something new. For the first time I am serving on a legislative committee (Environmental Stewardship and Care of Creation – Legislative Committee 16). We are a brand new committee with some wonderful people with amazing experience and passion of this area of ministry. This area is new to me, and something I haven’t paid particular attention to. I’m really excited to be working with such amazing people, I can’t begin to imagine how much I will learn from them. As part of my work for this committee I’ll be serving on the Food subcommittee (so far dealing with two resolutions: A091 – Affirm Work for Food Ministries and Food Security and B006 – Support the Potential of Genetically Engineered Foods in the Care for Creation). They are two really interesting resolutions, and I’m not just saying that because my Bishop proposed one of them. I’m looking forward to digging into these resolutions and seeing what’s a work in them. What do you think about the resolutions, dear reader?
Tomorrow is a pretty big day – presentations by the Presiding Bishop and President of the House of Deputies, deputy orientation, presentation of the nominees for Presiding Bishop, and rounding out the day with the second meeting of my legislative committee. I am positive there will be much to reflect on tomorrow, but for now I am enjoying a quiet evening after a rather easy day. I’m soaking up the excitement of General Convention and hoping it will help carry me through these insane next ten days.
Pray for us!