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Deputation Diary Day 10: Jenny Ogelby


“We are the Jesus Movement!”

The last day of General Convention is a bittersweet time. We are all very tired and ready to go home but it has also hard to say goodbye to our colleagues in ministry who we have worked beside these last 10 plus days. We have greeted old friends and made new friends; we have enjoyed the hospitality of all of the folks in Salt Lake City; we have studied resolutions, debated resolutions, amended resolutions and voted on resolutions; we have navigated new electronic equipment to help us in the legislative process; and we have worshipped together every morning. It is hard to describe how powerful an experience it is to worship with 1200 plus Episcopalians in one large worship space. The music was spirit filled and the sermons inspiring. This morning we had the great pleasure of listening to our Presiding Bishop-elect Michael Curry.

As I write this we are finishing up the last pieces of business of convention and saying our good-byes. Thanks so much to the people of VT for your prayers of support. Thanks also to our Bishop Tom for his leadership and support. And a very special thanks to our Communications Minister, Kathleen. She has done an amazing job keeping in touch with all of you at home and letting you know of all that has happened here at #GC78.

In the words of Bishop Michael Curry: “I love this church. I love the Lord. And God isn’t finished with us yet!


Bishop Tom and Ann Ely with the Vermont deputation to General Convention at their goodbye dinner in Salt Lake City. In Bishop Ely’s words, “celebrating a wonderful and momentous General Convention.” 

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