|Some of the incoming board members and new board officers|
at a celebration of ministry Saturday night
So a little bit of context, and then I will let the pictures speak for themselves. The Archdeacons' and Deacon Directors' conference (#ADDD15), hosted by the Association for Episcopal Deacons, began in San Antonio on Wednesday, March 18 and went through Sunday morning, March 22. The picture above was from our service that happened on Saturday night. There were presentations and round table discussions, OpenSpace meetings and panels of experts that came in to work with the archdeacons that were present at the conference.
Unfortunately, I did not fly into San Antonio until Saturday, so I missed most of that. However, thanks to my friend Maureen Hagen, most of the pictures from the conference made their way onto the AED Facebook page. Additionally, I was very grateful that the modus operandi of the OpenSpace meetings included a scribe, so there are notes for all those conversations on the AED website.
|We were tweeting DURING dinner, not ABOUT it.|
With the time that I did have to rub elbows with all the archdeacons, it became apparent that I was just a pup amongst all the accumulated experience in diaconal ministry that was in any one room at the conference at any one time. I did, however, get a chance to give an impromptu Twitter tutorial at dinner before the celebration of ministry service. I was very glad that I was able to offer that particular bit of insight!
|L to R: Geri Swanson, Michael Kitt, Elaine Bellis, Pam|
Nesbit, Jo Weber, Lauren Welsch
Meanwhile, the AED Board meeting (which was my primary reason for going to San Antonio) did not start until Sunday afternoon. I am please to say that I genuinely enjoyed the meeting! I must admit that there have been times in my life that I have sat on boards for various church organizations and my personal experiences have not been so stellar; at those times, I have found myself becoming filled with trepidation and cynicism for meetings of that sort. However, that all quickly melted away the more and more I interacted with my fellow board members.
|That's Lauren Welsch again on the left, followed by Lori|
Mills-Curran, Tina Campbell, Kate Harrigan, and Gen
Grewell to the right.
|My excitement is palpable in this picture, isn't it?|
That's Bradley Peterson on my left and Douglas Argue
on my right.
|Blooms! I haven't seen those for so long...|
|Running water! I tried to get a little artsy with my phone's|
camera at this fountain.
|I had a wonderful lunch with Pam, Gen, and Jo (who was|
sitting next to me when I took this one, so she's not in it...
|Carving of Juan Diego in the San|
Fernando Cathedral... made me feel sorry
that I hadn't voted for him in Lent Madness
|The San Fernando Cathedral is huge; nearest|
me you can see the chancel and pulpit, then
beyond those are transepts on either side (hard
to see, I know) and beyond that,
finally, is the reredos
|Gen and Jo were both on their phones at the same time... I couldn't resist the|
photo documentation because I thought I was supposed to be the token tech-head
|Riverwalk selfie! I had to do at least one...|
So I'm glad to report that I had fun at the Board of Directors meeting for the Association for Episcopal Deacons in San Antonio last weekend. I met a lot of really great, hard-working, big-hearted people who have been encouraging the Church to engage its diakonia of all believers.
Let me leave you with this anecdote: after all this work and envisioning that we have been doing, I was sitting in the hotel and waiting for my airport shuttle to arrive. I was the last one there, everyone else having had earlier flights than me. And suddenly my phone buzzes because Maureen has sent me this from the airport:
|Captioned: "This says it all. See you at #GC78!"|
These guys rock.
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