The 186th Convention of the Diocese of Georgia completed its main business session today at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Augusta. We passed a budget, approved a change to the church canons (laws) that will permit King of Peace to apply to be a parish next year (instead of in 2011) and elected people to offices, including me as a Deputy to the General Convention of The Episcopal Church which next meets in 2009. The big news, however, was that our Bishop, Henry Louttit, announced his intention to retire on the consecration of a new bishop. He called on the Standing Committee of the Diocese to take on the work of selecting a new bishop. They will name a nominating committee who will create a slate of choices and the people and clergy of the Diocese will select their bishop in an election to take place in less than 18 months. Tomorrow we will ordain three persons to the transitional diaconate (they will be ordained in priests in 6 months or so) including Loren Hague, who served as an intern at King of Peace the July before she went to seminary.
The Rev. Frank Logue, Pastor
The convention met in the gym at The Episcopal Day School.
Bishop Ernest Shalita, retired Bishop of Muhubura, Uganda and current Bishop Missioner for African Team Ministries spoke at the convention and had dinner with the King of Peace delegation.
Fred Richter and the Rev. Cynthia Taylor listen to the debate on the convention floor as insurance issues are considered.
Mary Miller from Trinity, Statesboro follows along with the printed Treasurer's report as it is presented.
The Rev. Jim Shumard of St. Francis, Savannah speaks to the convention and gets a laugh.
King of Peace's delegation with Bishop Shalita, and the Rev. Dann Brown who serves as the chaplain to the University of Georgia.
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