Blessed to Gather as God’s People

Thank you Episcopal Church in Minnesota!

From the worship and fellowship to conversations and camaraderie, Convention 2012 was truly a blessing to gather as God’s people.

Here are a few highlights seen through the lens of both engaging God’s mission and our scriptural theme for the new program year: Who is my neighbor? (LK 10: 25-37).

  • We passed a balanced budget — but to manage it, we had to dig into reserves. While revenue is up at a moderate 4 percent, we will nonetheless have to continue to work hard on the stewardship of our financial resources.
  • We elected a solid slate of competent folks for our elected bodies.
  • We learned about the good work of our committed General Convention Deputies.
  • We heard inspiring words from Bishop Mark MacDonald, who encourages us to continue our long history of being missional people, especially in unexpected places, and with those we often do not view as our neighbor.
  • We welcomed new clergy, noted other clergy transitions, and gave thanks for those who have gone on to God’s greater glory.
  • We received a ministry overview from the Commission on Ministry and learned that we have more than 100 people in the process of discernment and ordination.
  • We passed legislation on anti-racism training and the repudiation of the Document of Discovery.
  • We took the bold step of re-visioning governance, moving from gathering as Regions to Mission Areas; and we elected a phenomenal group of folks to serve as Mission Area Teams, which collectively comprises Council.
  • We celebrated past successes with mission projects and launched Mission Project 2013: Seeds & Scholarships, partnering with the Mama Ada Foundation.

All the while, we heard and sang great music with the Turner boys — and even Bishop Mark grabbed a guitar to join in a few of the songs!

Thank you, thank you, thank you Episcopal Church in Minnesota — for being an incredible network of faith communities called to transformation by engaging God’s mission!

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