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An alternate deputy's reflections

Laura Russell, Dunstanette Macauley-Dukuly and Janelle Grant

Today was the day of orientation as an alternate deputy. To me today was the beginning of the diligence that goes into the governance of the Episcopal Church. I am attentive and ready to work with the other deputies as we embark on the journey that God has called us to while at the 78th General Convention.

Not only am I serving as an Alternate Deputy, but I am a Legislative Aide. I have been asked the question on numerous occasions, “Why did you chose to become a legislative aide?” It is an opportunity for me to get more in-depth knowledge and experience of all the hard work and dedication involved in the legislative process. I feel as though being a legislative aide will increase the knowledge I will gain while watching the committee members deliberate over the resolutions assigned to them.

Today the Bishops and Deputies were given the opportunity to meet the nominees for the next Presiding Bishop. They are all wonderful candidates and I thank the Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop for the hard work and time they put into choosing the candidates. Even though I will not be able to vote on the next Presiding Bishop, it was an incredible opportunity. I was able to form my own views on the candidates and given the chance to connect with the candidates as they answered the questions given to them. I think they all had great insights for the way they envisioned the future of the Episcopal Church, but I already have one candidate in mind. I am curious to see if the House of Bishops will chose the candidate I have in mind. My prayers for the Bishops come from Proverbs 3:5-6:

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Until I write again, Janelle signing out. Live, Love, Laugh

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