Up in time for a 7am breakfast with old friend Bishop Ed Little (Northern Indiana). The Province V bishops reconvened an hour later. We heard reports from two bishop members of the Executive Council, the co-chair of the House of Bishops Planning Committee, a member of the Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop, and talked about various pastoral responses to some emerging phenomena in church and society. With extremely severe weather forecast for the Chicago area in the afternoon, nobody complained when we adjourned at 10:30. I caught the hotel shuttle to the airport, hopped a Blue Line CTA train again, and arrived at Union Station shortly before noon, hoping to trade in my ticket on a 5:15 Lincoln Service departure for the 1:45 Texas Eagle. My wish was granted, which meant that I was back in Springfield by 5:30 rather than 8:45.

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