It may be the 4th of July, but work continues for #GC79 here in Austin. A few events for the day are listed below. Several of them will be available via livestream at the Media Hub if you'd like to participate from afar.
- Open hearings for many legislative committees
- Presiding Bishop Michael Curry & President of the House of Deputies Gay Jennings present to convention (1:15-2:30pm CDT)
- Orientation in the House of Deputies and House of Bishops (3-5pm CDT)
- House of Bishop Listening Session (a sacred space where previously selected reflections on sexual harassment, abuse, and exploitation will be read - in an opportunity for increased awareness, reconciliation, and healing) (5:15-7pm CDT)
Below the Austin picture (a decoration in our hotel) is a reflection from (Deputation Co-Chair) - Dean Brian Grantz. Wishing you a happy and safe 4th of July!
Good morning, Team EDNIN!
Freedom in Christ is the ability to speak God's truth, to choose what is just and merciful and right and good, to walk in love as Christ loved us. Freedom in Christ is the abiding knowledge that nothing can separate us from the love of God; that we, with Jesus, belong in God's oikos, God's household.
The speaking of God's truth to power features prominently in the Office readings this morning: Balaam, a prophet hired to curse Israel, nevertheless speaks God's word of blessing (much to Balak's "What-are-we-paying-you-for?" consternation). Jesus lobs out the parable of the wicked vine-grower's in the presence of those who have turned religion into something more self-interested than God-honoring. Their stunning boldness and willingness to speak freely is rooted in the blessed assurance of God.
So let's celebrate freedom today: Freedom to love what God commands. Freedom to keep building God's household, the Church. Freedom to strive in the ways that Love leads us. Have a bold and blessed day!
- Dean Brian Grantz