Back at Hamilton’s Catering in Jacksonville in time to gavel the 138th annual synod of the Diocese of Springfield back into session at 8:30, We amended the proposed 2016 budget a bit, then passed it. We had a lively discussion of the proposed revisions to the diocesan constitution, and, with some relatively minor amendment, passed it on first reading. My general observation about synods and conventions in general is that I wish people would think twice about making motions that have the potential to be decided by a close vote. A close vote appears to resolve an issue, but it usually creates unanticipated ripple effects that complicate the life of a community. Sometimes it’s better to be patient and let the same results be achieved organically. At any rate, we were finished around 11:30, and, after a couple of short impromptu meetings, we headed home (where we had not been since Wednesday morning). At that point, the weary Bishop of Springfield rested.