Going to General Convention 2018: The Rev. James Richardson

Going to General Convention 2018: The Rev. James Richardson

(Third Clergy Alternate)

This will be my fourth General Convention as an alternate since 1997, making me possibly the senior alternate at General Convention. One of the advantages of being an alternate is I can float around to different committee hearings rather than being tied down to a single panel. 

At the last General Convention, in Salt Lake City, I primarily focused on proposals concerning faith formation and seminary education, and offered testimony as a trustee of the Church School of the Pacific. I probably will do that again. 

I will also watch closely the proposals for a same-sex marriage rite, and proposals for a process for revising the Book of Common Prayer. I also will attend the hearings on the Church's possible response to the Israel-Palestine conflict. 

And I hope to get a little floor time substituting for one of our deputies when they need a break. 

But General Convention is more - much more - than a legislative meeting. There are receptions, reunions with old friends, displays and a daily Holy Eucharist (with thousands) that are amazing and awe-inspiring. It is a very full couple of weeks, and I am much looking forward to being in Austin, even if it is in July.

- The Rev. James (Jim) Richardson, Interim Dean at Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento


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