Early this afternoon, the GC Deputation from the Diocese of El Camino Real (ECR) started to arrive in Salt Lake City to attend the 78th General Convention of the Episcopal Church. Since then, Diana Trapani and I, both first time GC participants, have enjoyed wandering around the Salt Palace Convention Center checking out the wide variety of exhibits, and meeting fascinating people. So far:
- I talked at length with Karen Meridith, Executive Director of Education for Ministry, about the EfM study materials my class will be using starting in September. (She and I have only communicated by email before.)
- I met the Rev. Canon Scott Gunn, Executive Director of Forward Movement and one of the leaders of Lent Madness, who is much taller than he looks online and was very polite about speaking with a fan while unpacking his exhibit booth.
- I bought two more books from Rev. Eric Law, Founder and Executive Director of the Kaleidoscope Institute, about whom I have written before.
What a pleasure it is to be able to speak with them in person! I also found out that our own ECR Deputation member Celeste Ventura is a featured author at GC. Her book Deeper Simplicity, Broader Generosity – Images of Financial Wholeness is advertised in the current issue of The Living Church magazine.
It is hot here in Salt Lake City (95 degrees Fahrenheit / 35 Celsius), so we will be spending much of our time in the air conditioned buildings. We enjoyed watching some little kids swimming in the fountain of the mall across the street. Our first GC meeting is tonight!
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