Some other significant legislation of the day included a resolution to ask Episcopalians to oppose Defense of Marriage Acts at the state level and work to overturn the federal law and in squeaker, a resolution to petition the government for a single-payer, national, all-inclusive health care plan - our deputation was divided on this one. There were of course dozens of other resolutions and for those interested in the details, go here. A lot of it deals with social action issues that are vitally important, but produced little disagreement among the deputies.
There is some disagreement among the deputies on whether the Church should advocate for public policy since it appears to speak for every member of the Church when we know that not every member agrees with the position approved.
The blessings resolution, CO56, is in the House of Deputies Friday morning at 9:30 am.
It takes a Particular Kind of Shepherd to be a Legislator
What I think I've come to realize is that for me, there is enormous satisfaction in participating in shaping the great issues - a small minority of the total agenda - but little pleasure in the required micro work of a legislative process that extends over two long weeks. I'm very glad to have been here and to have had the opportunity to vote on many things particular to this convention, but not because I'm a natural at this sort of thing. I'll have to re-reference Paul and see what else is available.
The Most Interesting Character of the Day
What is wonderfully amazing about it all is that so unlike our churches, in general, it will all be replaced in accordance with a disciplined schedule - mattresses every 13 months, lobby furniture every 36 months, new T.V's every year and so on. And it's not limited to what one can see - the mechanical systems of the building, the elevators, etc. are also subject to the same rigorous process.
From a management point of view, it's easy to do - simply put away some money every year so that the maintenance and replacement schedule is funded. There are even several software programs to aid the procedure. By comparison, we often tend to manage our church plants as landlords do rental properties - put into the property as little as possible while continuing to collect the income. The landlord's advantage is that s/he sells when the place becomes exhausted. My 'Buildings and Grounds' editorial aside, a modern convention hotel is a marvel to observe. Grand residence no, rather the fast food version of out-of-town lodging, a notch above Motel 6.
by Jim Greer