Thursday (John Coleridge Patteson)

Up and out of the Hampton Inn in downtown Dallas in time for an 0830 breakfast with the other Communion Partner bishops, including our “Gracious Restraint” Canadian colleagues. It was a time of sharing and planning ahead of tomorrow’s luncheon meeting with the Archbishop of Canterbury. We concluded around 1030. I spent the middle part of the day back in my room with emails, phone calls, and other assorted small tasks. At 4pm, up to the Church of the Incarnation for conference registration, and vesting with other bishops, as we were invited to enter in procession for solemn choral evensong. The service was elegantly rendered in the finest Anglican tradition. The Presiding Bishop was the officiant and the Archbishop of Canterbury preached. There followed the opening lecture of the conference, delivered (to a still packed huge church) by Dr Stanley Hauerwas, retired of Duke Divinity School, a widely-published author and highly-sought after speaker. I concluded the evening with some Texas BBQ with four of the six other members of the Springfield contingent at this conference.

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