Welcome to the last day of this report. I am writing this from home - On the Isle of Palms! Made it home. Thank you Lord!
It was the last day and we started early - 8:00 a.m.
Lonnie had to leave early to catch his flight home, and that left me as the last one standing to observe.
And what did I observe?
Business as usual.
The morning session was a madcap rush to try and get as much legislation passed as they possibly could. Most of the morning was devoted to passing resolutions in support of universal health care (ObamaCare), alternative energy, increased taxes on the rich, and so on and so on, and so on.... Of course, they all passed.
On the left above, the left. On the right, the moderate.
After what seemed like the 15th or 20th political resolution, a deputy from Central Florida rose to say she was really getting tired of all this, and said, "Let's get off politics and talk about evangelism!!"
The one you see above on the left rose to say that the political resolutions were evangelism. Mercy.
We adjourned at 11:10 so that the deputies could go to the 11:30 Closing Eucharist. I decided that I had seen the bitter end. I had had enough. I said my goodbyes to the few friends we had and to the Connecticut deputation sitting in front of us with whom we had become quite close. (They voting on the opposite side, but they were very nice folks.) I headed back to the hotel to check out.
One last look at where it all happened:
Turned out that I was not alone in leaving - probably 300 or so (a rough guess) also headed back to their hotels instead of heading to the Eucharist. I spotted a fellow taking picture of a doll loaded down with some of the Convention buttons that had been worn by the deputies:
A closer look:
Shortly before noon, I headed out on my road trip home. I drove the 11 and a half hours straight. All the way home.
Ran into rain in Kentucky:
Yep. That's about as clear as my eyes were at the time...
I arrived home about 11:45, posted a brief update, and headed to bed! Whew! Done!
Lydia provided me with a few links of news articles mentioning South Carolina's action at Convention that might interest you:
Here is a CNN news article (provided by station WFMZ).
The St. Louis Post and Dispatch
Beliefnet.com asked, Why is the Episcopal Church near collapse?
This morning (7/13), the Wall Street Journal answered Beliefnet's question.
Well, that is it. This report from the 77th Triennial Convention of the Episcopal Church is Done.
Thank you for following along, and a special things to all who wrote me with encouragement over the past ten days. You kept me going, and I thank God for you.
I leave you with a phone camera video the Rev. John Zahl sent me on Thursday. This video - even though it is filmed sideways - reminded me of why all this stuff matters. Click here to download and view it.
May our Lord bless you and keep you. Good day, and so long for now.
God be with you 'till we meet again.