Friday, March 13, 2009

Blogging from House of Bishops

Since our own Cathedral Dean, Nick Knisely is here at Camp Kanuga teaching bishops how to blog, I guess I had better get busy and start posting on my own blog. Those of you who follow this will remember that I did daily posting from the Lambeth Conference, including video. I have my camera and will try to do likewise these next few days. The setting for our meeting is the Kanuga Conference Center, just outside the town of Hendersonville, North Carolina. It is a great facility set on a small lake in the piedmont mountain country. The only problem for me with my thin Phoenix blood is the weather--damp and cold, with highs about 45 degrees. I am glad I brought my long underwear with me! I have been here since Wednesday, since I needed to attend a "pre-meeting" of bishops who are serving as mentors to new bishops. The spring meeting of the House begins this afternoon. At this point my guess is that our business over the next week will focus on the following: 1. Discussing the upcoming General Convention 2. Electing a Missionary Bishop for Ecuador 3. Looking at the impact of the recession on the wider church 4. Laying the groundwork for a closer union with the Moravians. We will also hear from Walter Bruggeman, one of the great Old Testament scholars of today, as well as from several other speakers. As always, daily Bible study will begin each day. I look forward to sharing thoughts and impressions with you over the next week. Your comments are always welcome!


Timothy Dombek said...

Your video brings back many fond memories of when I lived only 50 minutes from Kanuga. What a great place for peace and quiet. The meeting of the bishops will be in my prayers, especially on the election of a new bishop for Central Ecuador, another place that has fond memories for me.

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Anonymous said...

C'mon, Bishop! It's spring in the NC mountains! Just be glad it isn't snowing! Have some toast and enjoy. :)

Pat Klemme said...

You are referenced on Episcopal Cafe's The Lead as one of the HOB Blogging Bishops. I appreciate your reports, and I'll be checking in every so often. Prayers for a holy and productive retreat ascend.

Bishop Kirk Smith said...

Thanks all, and because of a brain numbed by un-Arizona like temperatures, I mistakenly referred to Kanuga in the the video as Camp Allen! Sorry!

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