Humans of General Convention (#humansofgc78), Third Edition

Center Aisle presents the third edition of “Humans of General Convention” – a take on the popular photo blog “Humans of New York.” We hope to place a focus on the body of The Episcopal Church as a whole, one member and one story at a time. Mostly, we hope to understand a little better why we all call The Episcopal Church our family.

Humans_Day 1_Color-13Left: “I think the biggest struggle is as a church as we learn to work through our differences in love and to fully commit to love, and to love, and to love.”

Center: “I believe the biggest struggle for the Episcopal Church is the movement we need to make from head, to heart, to hands, to action. There are so many things we know intellectually, so many facts and figures we have about a broken world, and, yet, does the knowledge in and of itself compel us to action? And that’s the hard part. So the more and more our awareness of our brothers and sisters in need transform not only our mind but then what we do – the doing of the gospel. Then the more effective we will be as witnesses to Christ in this world.”

Right: “Our baptismal covenant has already told us that the tent is wide. We need to remember, we’re not trying to shrink the tent. We’re trying to make sure everybody gets in the tent and there’s room for everyone. We promised that we would embrace that.” 

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“I would see my mission as showing the love that has been shown to me by the church back to those who need it most. That’s one of the things I feel is really special.” 

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“I’m excited to be part of the Young Adult Festival because you look out onto the room and if we’re thinking, ‘If this is the church, these are the young people of the church.’ It’s like 50% people of color, all people, you know, half of whom have done volunteer service or are working in incredible non-profit and activism circles. They’re just really wildly, capable, diverse people who – yeah – are going to be on the floor of the House of Deputies in a few years and not shake things up in a bad way but really offer the perspective of what the world needs to hear.” 

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Right: “I enjoy being a bishop because I’m not only there for clergy, but I’m there for the people. Especially when you go to the congregation and the reception you get from people. In the Episcopal Church there is such a respect and love for bishops. And we have to reciprocate that. It’s in our DNA anyhow to serve. Next year will make 25 years that I’m a Bishop. For me, it has been fun. It comes with it’s challenges, but everything in life comes with a challenge. I believe every bishop is enjoying his or her job because we are in this to serve more than to be served. And so, it’s fun. For me, it’s fun.”

Helen“As someone who grew up in the 1960’s, I find it remarkable that today, Sunday, June 28, at the age of 60, I just marched in my first protest march. This was really the first protest march that meant anything to me. Oddly enough not only did I grow up in the 60’s, I grew up in a college town. My university didn’t do protest marches. It’s not what we did at my school. This was not a part of the lexicon as I grew up. There was a race riot in my high school when I was a junior. But I was locked away in a classroom for safety. So, this really has been the first opportunity where I felt comfortable and safe in standing up with fellow Christians to say this is wrong and let’s do it now.”

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