I was a little worried the thread would sink like a stone; thanks for your responses.
I really didn’t expect the election of Bishop Jefferts Schori as PB. Both our bishop and “our” deputy at the convention told me before the election that they would be content with any of the seven nominees; none was anathema (to them, at least). The PB-elect seems like a smart, collegial, low-key person who could do very well in the job, and I wish her well. What amazes me is that she’s gone from layperson to PB in just a dozen years: ordained in 1994, named bishop in 2001, and now set to lead the church. I’m concerned, though, that many in the Anglican Communion will take her election as a thumb in the eye (even though I’m sure it wasn’t intended that way). We’re still struggling with the controversy over gays in the church, and I’d just as soon not have an additional issue which might tend to divide the worldwide church.
I had cookies at the CEEP luncheon, but no cake and no tea. Not even a drop of sherry! :smack:
The logistics of the big Eucharist were pretty impressive. The altar, on an elevated stage at the front of the convention hall, was loaded with (literally) gallons of wine and many baskets of bread. The PB blessed them all and then they were whisked throughout the hall. There were dozens of priests and chalice-bearers who provided the bread and wine to us as we were released by the ushers, by row. It all went very smoothly and surprisingly quickly (and the bread was really tasty!)
The overall GC atmosphere was very relaxed and cordial - despite the differences of opinion that we plainly have, it was all on a very civil plain, from what I saw.
Yes, Mark Hollingsworth has been our bishop for a few years now, and still has his thick, bristly mustache. Don’t know who Pitt McGehe is, though (or am I being whooshed?)