A post from Bishop Tom Shaw:
We are on the home stretch now; however, much of the more controversial legislation around the structure of the church, the Anglican Covenant, Palestine and Israel, the medical health plan and the blessing of same-sex unions have yet to come to the House of Bishops. The next four days of legislation will be more demanding. We all are busy in our committees perfecting resolutions. My bet is that my committee on world mission will come before convention with two resolutions on the Anglican Covenant, which won’t ratify the Covenant but will allow the Episcopal Church to remain in the conversation.
Last evening we had our Province I (New England dioceses) caucus for nominees to the search committee to elect the next presiding bishop. It hardly seems possible that we are beginning that process so soon. Yesterday was the wonderful United Thank Offering Ingathering and Eucharist. Presiding Bishop Katharine preached a wonderful sermon on being prophets, and it is always impressive to see the work of the Episcopal Church Women.
Because of the death of a wonderful friend of our diocese, Priscilla Dewey Houghton, I will be returning to Massachusetts after legislation tomorrow. Going back to the time of Bishop Coburn, Priscilla and her husband Amo Houghton have been very active in the life of our diocese and the larger Episcopal Church. I give great thanksgiving for her life, witness and friendship and, with her many many friends and devoted family, will miss her presence at St. Stephen’s Church in Cohasset and in the many diocesean projects she supported.
The temperatures have dropped in Indiana. We continue to request your prayers.