Have you been listening to the bishop candidates this week as they travel around our diocese? We are so incredibly blessed—there are 4 amazing candidates and I really think that any one of them would do a great job for us. Of course, I have a couple of favorites, but they are all so well spoken, so dedicated, so spiritual, so transparent. One of the questions that was asked of them today was about their own personal story of coming to grips with racism. Each of them had a gripping moment of realization and they were completely open about their background. The stories were touching and spoke of transformation. It doesn’t matter who the convention will elect, we will have won this one.
I invite you and strongly suggest that you go to the Oregon diocesan web page and read their bios and resumes. I would also suggest you listen to at least one of the discussions (there will be five, eventually). These four people, Diana, Mary, Andrew, and Tanya, are going to go far in the wider church—and one of them will be ours!
In the meantime, Resurrection is playing a special role in their time here. On Friday, the whole traveling entourage is going to be at Resurrection. Somehow this involves 12 cars and 25 people! They will view Hospitality Village, take a look at the Home Starter Kit operation, peek into the sanctuary, and eat lunch (quite socially distanced) in our beautiful downstairs area. You can bet Resurrection will make a lasting impression on them. The church is squeaky clean and ready for this adventure. Fr Bob and I are privileged to be there with them—I’ll fill you in on all the details!
To get ready, the residents of Hospitality Village have been cleaning and straightening. Don and Jack and Donna have spent hours on the grounds. Ron has done an amazing job of cleaning the whole place. Tina straightened and organized the front and hallway of the church. Neal took on the downstairs and the kitchen. The church looks like something fun is going to happen. I’m always proud of this church—the people and the building. We are unique. Thank you for being just exactly who you are.
Blessings this week,