An Evening with the Presiding Bishop
Yesterday – oops, I just realized I still haven’t written a full entry about yesterday. I’ll try to remember to get back to that. The point is, yesterday’s trip to the airport and evening with the young adult group refreshed my spirit and restored my enthusiasm for and pride in my work, which had waned over the past week. Therefore, I set out to do better today, and I succeeded. Last night, I made a list of about 15 things I needed to accomplish at work today, and I accomplished all but two of them. (One of them was writing a full blog entry about yesterday.) I added two families to the database, and completed the pickup schedule and directions for Monday, among other things. I left my desk nice and neat, with only one piece of partially-completed work on it.
The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church is visiting the Diocese of Kentucky this weekend. Thanks to Amy Coultas, I got a ticket to the conversation she held tonight, in the comfortably large parish hall at my very own church, St. Matthews. Amy Coultas’ parents were kind enough to drive me there and back, and I sat with most of our young adult group.
Hearing The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori speak was deeply encouraging and inspiring. I am very glad to know that my Presiding Bishop and I share the same viewpoint on what’s important in living a Christian life, both as an individual and as a church: to reach out, to be God’s hands working in the world, is what’s important. One of the most important points she made was that, in her experience, growth and vitality in the Church are found where the Church and its people are thus outwardly focused, rather than focused on internal issues and divisions. She has a powerfully calming tone and presence, and conveys an openness and a desire to listen to and respond to the questions and needs of those around her. For that reason, she kept her prepared remarks brief and spent the majority of the 90-minute session answering questions gathered from churches in the Diocese of Kentucky. I was both surprised and encouraged to hear that there are no plans to spend time enacting legislation at this year’s Lambeth Conference. Rather, the conference is designed to allow everyone to spend time together, get to know each other, communicate, and learn from one another. I think that’s great, because I agree with what she said about legislation: too often, it is a source of division.
After tonight, I feel even more richly blessed to be part of the Episcopal Church, and even more certain that it is by God’s will that Katharine Jefferts Schori is its current leader.