This month we hold our annual convention for the Episcopal Church in Delaware, and I expect it will be as lively and engaging as ever. In addition to the customary decisions we make together (such as electing folks to various state-wide committees and teams), we’ll also hear a powerful keynote presentation and take a peek at many of the exciting ways we are already seeing Invite Welcome Connect take root across Delaware. We will enjoy another Delaware Late Show with all kinds of talent on display and will celebrate three “featured parishes” from across our diocese (see article elsewhere in this Communion).
Annual convention is open to any active Episcopalian in Delaware, not just voting members of our parishes, clergy and members of diocesan governance committees. Clearly, however, not everyone is able to come. It is up to those of us lucky enough to attend to share the energy and information from convention with folks back home.
If you will not be with us in Ocean City in January, you can still do something important. I ask that you pray for the convention. Please pray that we ground our work in the loving, liberating, and life-giving power of Jesus Christ and pray that we remain faithfully open to the Holy Spirit and the potential for surprise, renewal, challenge, and peace — and whatever else she may bring. Our convention will be rooted in prayer from start to finish. I have named Sister Julian Wilson to serve as our convention chaplain, and I have asked all the sisters and brothers of Anamchara to pray for us throughout convention. Please add your prayers to ours. May all of us — at convention and at home — serve our savior joyfully and proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ as boldly, humbly, and truthfully as possible.
Your brother in Christ,