Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, in the first of her several valedictories at this General Convention, was passionate and compelling. As a church, she said, we are finding our edgy DNA. We are discovering God working in places we failed to look at before. And that we need a "next generation operations manual."
She is talking about joining God in the neighborhood.
Her themes were picked up later in the day by the four Candidates for Presiding Bishop – Tom Breidenthal, Michael Curry, Ian Douglas and Dabney Smith, who made presentations to and answered questions from the entire assembly. There is clearly a deepening awareness, and a developing commitment, to being the church in the world.
Committees are organized and ready for business. Episcopal related agencies and entities have set up their booths, and are hosting receptions. Some relationships are forming; others are deepening.
There is a lot of work before us. No end of challenges. And a profound sense of the presence of the living Christ.