Unfortunately, the Hall closed yesterday, as it regularly does a few days before the end of convention. With the shortened convention this year and the numerous active committees meeting from morning to night, attendance seemed lighter than in the past. Here is a smattering of interesting places that caught my attention.
First mention goes to the Association of Anglican Musicians for the best give-away. AAM's "organ pipes" are pretzel rods covered in caramel and chocolate with a musical note at the bottom. AAM is a great organization, but I've had many more interesting conversations at that booth than I might have if their hospitality were not so "swell."
Those offering clergy bling and other items were too numerous to mention, but the photos give a small sample of their wares.
|For the "Cradle Episcopalian"|
Interest group booths provided interesting discussion. Never before had I heard someone passionately express why we need to return to the 1928 Book of Common Prayer. She was across the aisle from someone promoting videos detailing involvement of Episcopal Bishops in slavery. The Consultation, a collection of progressive groups such as Integrity, had a large area with comfortable places to sit, regular speakers and more papers to read than ecologically-minded Episcopalians would want to see trees killed for.
Almost every church organization was represented, including some of the less expected components of Christ's body. Without claiming an exhaustive list, some that I saw are listed below with links to their websites:
- Episcopal Conference for the Deaf
- Episcopal Church Women
- Episcopal Network for Animal Welfare
- Vergers’ Guild
- Association of Episcopal Deacons
- Forward Movement (bringing us Lent Madness and Forward Day by Day among other items)
- The Order of the Daughters of the King
- Church Publishing
- Alcoholics Anonymous
- The Anglican Communion Office
- Seamen’s Institute
- American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem
- Episcopal Service Corp
- Society for the Increase in Ministry
- St. Nicholas Center (the truth of Santa Claus begins with Nicholas)
- All the Episcopal Seminaries
- Indigenous Theological Training Institute
- Global Episcopal Mission Network
- Starfish Project to rescue sexually abused and trafficked women in Asia