One of the blessings of General Convention was that I got to
meet some of the people whom I had only known “virtually” through the
blogosphere, through exchanges on the
HoBD listerv. or through e-mail exchanges.
This one shouldn’t surprise anyone: On the first day I
walked into the gigantic hall in which the House of Deputies met, a big, firm,
and friendly hand reached out and grabbed me.
It was MalcolmFrench.
Not surprisingly, he was urging me to take a hard line against the Anglican
Covenant. A couple nights later, our
paths crossed again, and we spent a delightful (but sweaty!) hour or more
talking outside the Marriott. I would gladly spend many more hours with
Malcolm. He is even more engaging and delightful
than I expected.
Among other things, I learned this from Malcolm: The
Japanese have a word for “thank you” that translates to “Thank you for doing
something that I didn’t really need and that didn’t help much.” We concurred that that word for “Thank You”
should characterize the Episcopal Church’s “thank you” for the bleeping Anglican
On the night of July 6, I returned to my hotel, heading
toward the restaurant, hoping for dinner.
But then I spotted Mark
Harris and thoughts of dinner flew out of my head. I managed to shock the hell out of Mark, I
think. Spotting him, I went to his
table, dropped to one knee, and offered some silly greeting. We had a nice conversation, as he was just
coming from a legislative committee about the Anglican Covenant. I was delighted to meet Mark and talk with
him. (Thanks, Mark, for letting me horn in!)
He’s as smart, gracious, and engaging as I expected from his blog.
I encountered Scott Allen (of the Diocese of Bethlehem) early
in Convention and was blessed to spend much time with him. Scott was one of the first people who
welcomed me when I was a kibitzer on the HoBD listserv, and we’ve kept up an
e-mail and Facebook connection for over 6 years. Much time as we spent together, I wanted
more. Scott is even more warm and generous and friendly than he seemed in our
To no surprise, I also had opportunity to spend a fair bit
of time with Lauren Stanley. Though we correspond
a bit via e-mail and Facebook, I hadn’t spent time with Lauren for several
years. I was again impressed by her
intensity and Gospel fervor.
To my surprise, I also encountered some people who have read
this blog, but whose names I had not known before. I thank you deeply, friends who offered such
kind comments about my blog. I won’t
name your names, but I remember them.
Thank you for your encouragement.
I still have much more to write about General Convention . . . but I am still processing.
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