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Hoosier Musings on the Road to Emmaus

Monday, October 08, 2007


This weekend was our annual diocesan convention, held over in Butte this year. There was much that was good about it-- primarily the renewing of connections with people across this far-flung diocese, and making new ones. I wasn't brand new this year, and I enjoyed seeing familiar faces, and catching up with what is happening around our corner of the world.

Another Good Thing: Organizers had developed a wide variety of projects for Christian outreach, and we had our choice of opportunities for work and witness. (Yes, our House of Bishops did something similar in New Orleans-- but we were not emulating them; this has been planned for many months. You might say they were following our example!) Saturday morning the delegates were dispersed around the conference center, and out into the community. I was part of a crew that made some "energy efficiency" improvements in low-income homes. We installed weatherstripping around doors, caulked around windows, wrapped hot water heaters and pipes, added insulation to outside wall outlets, installed low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators, etc. Another delegate (Tommy, from Libby) and I spent about 2 hours in one house, and hopefully left it better than when we found it.

Of course, there were also some Not-So-Good things. The church is made up of human beings, and so there was some of the inevitable attempts at petty politicking (fortunately, kept at a minimum, I think). Organization of the event left a LOT to be desired. And worship... well, let's just say that, if my liturgics professor had been in attendance, I'm thinking her head might have exploded (Example, for Episco-liturgy geeks: a sung Rite I sursum corda offered with Eucharistic Prayer B. No, I am not making this up).

But it ended, and we drove home through God's country. We don't have snow here, yet-- but most of the western side of the state does. We stopped and took this picture just east of Bozeman.


Blogger Rev Dr Mom said...

Rite I + Prayer B?? Ai yi yi!

I generally like going to convention, but organization is often,shall we say, interesting...

October 08, 2007 1:16 PM  

Blogger Reverend Ref + said...

In the immortal words of Bill the Cat, "Aaaak;" but you can't say it wasn't interesting.

October 08, 2007 2:08 PM  

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