Going to General Convention 2018: James Jordan Jr.

Going to General Convention 2018: James Jordan Jr.

(First Lay Alternate)

I volunteered at GC1985 (when Edmund Browning was elected Presiding Bishop). Represented the Executive Council Committee on Science, Technology, and Faith and volunteered at GC006 (when Katharine Jefferts Schori was elected) and at GC2009. Served as Lay Deputy at GC2015 (joyfully voting to confirm Michael Curry as Presiding Bishop), and will serve as First Alternate Lay Deputy at GC2018.

GC2015 was very exciting. After the achievements of the previous nine years, GC2015 selected an electrifying Presiding Bishop, energetically refocused on the Church's Mission, joined in the Jesus Movement, reaffirmed the inclusivity of the Church especially of the LBGTQ community, started confronting racism in the Church and beyond, and restructured the Church's governance and operations structures to support the focus on Mission.

I'm delighted to have the opportunity to learn of the Church's progress in the past three years. I expect this Convention will be exciting and productive, too, but calmer and more focused on Mission and the Care of Creation.

Having helped restructure our Diocese, I was particularly interested in the GC2015 restructuring effort and am interested in the GC2018 resolutions tweaking the structure, especially those relating to Provinces.

Coming from a small, isolated, lay-led Episcopal/Lutheran congregation worshiping in a Roman Catholic sanctuary, I'm also interested in resolutions relating to the formation of non-traditional congregations, to the planting of churches, and to the formation of lay leaders.

Coming from a community with a growing Hispanic population and with three Pomo rancherias, I am interested in the resolutions relating to the full inclusion of diverse ethnic and racial groups.

Finally, coming from a beautiful part of Creation, I'm interested in the resolutions relating to Care of Creation.

Much of the fun of Convention comes from working within our deputation, seeing friends from other dioceses, telling Shepherd by the Sea's story, and learning the stories of other congregations. There are always Spirit-filled serendipitous surprises.

- Jim Jordan Jr., member at Shepherd by the Sea, Gualala

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