Day 2 of the legislative sessions began with a bang, as the news from the Supreme Court about marriage equality started filtering into Salt Lake City in the early morning hours. I received many reports of spontaneous applause, song, and even tears throughout the Salt Palace as legislative sessions turned into spontaneous celebrations. Deputy Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale took this video of the pre-Eucharist exuberance.
The other item that received multiple nominations for resurrection is the Theodicy Jazz Collective, the musicians featured in the above YouTube video and in our daily worship today. The TJC is “committed to making justice real through the creative, spiritual work of making music in community.” You can find their music on iTunes or at theodicyjazz.com.
Your random fact about Salt Lake City: If you leave the Hilton heading for the Hotel Monaco, and you get lost in a deserted alley, you might encounter this street art and deem the experience worth it.
Anyone interested in a prayer walk through the halls of General Convention should meet in the back of the House of Deputies hall at 1:00 pm local time on Saturday, June 27.
As part of the Acts 8 Moment prayer gathering on June 25, the group invited attendees to share their resurrection stories on video. Here is Andrea McKellar of the Episcopal Church in South Carolina, sharing hers.
And finally, a group of musicians from Texas began playing music outside the exhibit hall this afternoon. It was a wonderful backdrop to an already wonderful day. Enjoy.
Before closing, tomorrow is the big day--the election of the 27th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. Please take a quiet moment and join me in prayer:
Collect for the Election of a Presiding Bishop
Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose and confirm a Presiding Bishop for this church, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.