It begins!

 Lydia and Mom coloring at the Episcopal Relief and Development booth. Photo courtesy of @seanmcconnell on Twitter.

Lydia and Mom coloring at the Episcopal Relief and Development booth. Photo courtesy of @seanmcconnell on Twitter.

Greetings from deep in the heart of Texas!

Though General Convention doesn't officially begin until July 5th, you wouldn't know it based on how many folks are already here in Austin. Almost everyone at the handful of hotels in downtown Austin seems to be here for GC79! The business of convention has started with some committee meetings, but votes and official business will start Thursday morning. Until then, deputies, bishops, and visitors are trying to keep cool in the heat (102 today!) with some shopping at the many, many booths of vendors, seminaries, Episcopal Organizations, and ministries.

So far, much of the talk has been of the town of Austin itself (it's wonderful) and folks greeting friends and colleagues from across the Church. Kevin, our bishop-elect, sends his greetings, as do many others. If there was one topic of business on many people's minds, it might be prayer book revision. As you may have read in The Sonlight, this year's convention could vote to begin a process of substantial prayer book revision...or it could not. We'll keep you posted, but if you made me guess right now, I'm not sure it happens this year. I'll try to write with more specifics as convention continues.

Otherwise, all is good here in Austin. We miss you all and we're praying for you. Thank you for your prayers, and do keep the whole Episcopal Church and GC79 in your prayers -- much to do soon!

Yours in Christ,
Dennis+