Opening remarks

Presiding Bishop Frank T. Griswold, and the Very Rev. George Werner, President of the House of Deputies made their opening remarks to the Convention this afternoon. Neither committed news.

Bishop Griswold said that the “inner dispositions” of those at the meeting would determine the nature of the Convention. Anxiety, he said, would produce disorder, whereas, well, you can fill in the rest. This is an appealing sentiment, but it doesn’t gibe with my experience. An irenic disposition is frequently maintained by avoiding unpleasant realities. And anyone’s who has ever been in school play or worked on a newspaper knows that a chaotic process sometimes culminates in a terrific performance.

Tonight I am attending the Church Periodical Club Overseas Bishops Dinner. I am taking my camera. But given my photographic and technical skills, that is no guarantee you will see pictures.

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