August 6, 2003, p.m.

From figueroa Thu Aug 7 01:05:47 2003
Subject: GC Report 8/6 evening
To: philemon
Date: Thu, 7 Aug 2003 01:05:47 -0400 (EDT)

Dear faithful AAC members and friends and guests,

Report from the General Convention at Minneapolis - meltdown day 2 evening.

Brothers and sisters,

Nearly 400 gathered in and outside the chapel at Westminster Presbyterian Church for the Forward in Faith Eucharist this morning. Actually, it was more like the Eucharist of the faithful remanent. Nearly 20 bishops participated in the celebration.

Clergy from the Diocese of Albany contributed the closing hymn, an Irish song they have been using in Albany for a while. Three priests taught it to us before the opening procession:

"How deep the Father's love for us, how vast beyond all measure,
that he should give his only Son to make a wretch his treasure!
How great the pain of searing loss: the Father turns his face away
as wounds which mar the chosen one brings many sons to glory.

"Behold the man upon a cross, my sin upon his shoulders;
ashamed, I hear my mocking voice call out among the scoffers.
It was my sin that held him there until it was accomplished;
his dying breath has brought me life - I know that it is finished.

"I will not boast in anything, no gifts, no power, no wisdom;
but I will boast in Jesus Christ, his death and resurrection.
Why should I gain from his reward? I cannot give an answer;
but this I know with all my heart, his wounds have paid my ransom."

I can only speak for myself, but the cleansing tears just poured forth. I suppose there were a few dry eyes, but I didn't see them.

Because the celebration went a little long, we were all a bit late to the morning legislative session. The Southern Ohio deputation breathed a sigh of relief as I waltzed in.

Shortly after that, the NH bishop Coadjutor elect was introduced to the traditional standing ovation. I stood (we all did) but did not "ovate" along with many other "non-ovators." Then our remanent theologian, the Rev. Canon Kendall Harmon was invited to read a prepared statement. Many of us gathered around Kendall as he read that statement. Photo at:

The statement read by Kendall Harmon in the House of Deputies is on the AAC's web site, where you will also find posted many of the statements of Anglican leaders around the world, at:

Afterwards, a representative of the Dallas deputation made a statement that the Rev. David Rosenberry of Christ Church, Plano had resigned from their deputation as a matter of conscience. David runs the most successful Episcopal Church in the US and has the support of his bishop. Of course, David is still here as part of the remanent leadership team.

The Diocese of Ft. Worth's tables were empty all day. The vote tallies were on average about 50 or so lower than they had been for the past two weeks.

We have eight new chapter members today thanks to the "emergency."

At the AAC sponsored lunch/legislative briefing session, about a dozen deputies (yes, me) had ashes imposed to witness our collective grief and guilt.

The strategy meeting at Christ Church, Plano, will be on October 7-9. I plan to attend.

For perspective, today's postings by David Virture must be read:

Tired now. Must go. Thank you all for your prayers. You are all in my prayers too.

Andy Figueroa

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