First Post From Diocesan Convention – Western Louisiana

We had a good Standing Committee Meeting this morning. We approved the consent for the consecration of Lawrence for South Carolina (again.) We also approved the ordination to the priesthood of Deacon Dawnell Stodghill, and approved the candidacy of two others, including Michael Millard, a sometime visitor to this blog.

I had to miss the service today because of a work crisis, but the sermon has been reported to have been pure Gospel.

We have another candidate in the running for lay deputy: Daniel Cutler of St. Timothy’s, Alexandria. He is 18 years old, an Eagle Scout, and who is described as “a dedicated Christian and a student of the Bible.” I hope he makes it.

Everyone is starting to come into the hall now, so hopefully I can make this fast.

One of the resolutions proposed (turned in today before 1 p.m.) reads as follows:

In accordance with the Lord’s High Priestly prayer that we be one and in obedience to his great commission to go into all the world and make disciples and in gratitude for the gift of the wider Anglican Communion as a sign of the Holy Spirit’s ongoing work of reconciliation throughout the world, we offer the following resolution with the hope of providing for those groups within our diocese alienated by the recent developments in the Episcopla Church in a way acceptable to them and that enables the Primates to end all interventions:

Whereas, we support Bishop MacPherson’s resolution to the House of Bishops meeting in New Orleans expressly calling for the establishment of the Pastoral Scheme as outlined in the Dar-es-Salaam Communique;

Be it resolved that the Diocese of Western Louisiana calls upon our Bishop, Diocesan leadership, and General Convention delegates (sic, should be deputies) to take all possible action toward the creation and implementation of the Pastoral Scheme proposed in the Dar-es-Salaam Communique.

Submitted:

Grace Episcopal Church, Monroe
Christ Church, Bastrop
St. Thomas, Monroe
Hon. Dee D. Drell, St. James, Alexandria

with more signatures coming.

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