Today was the first of our official gathering time. We celebrated the Eucharist with Bishops and spouses present then posed for group pictures. Bishop David Lei of Taiwan is so very grateful for our attendance that he wants to remember our time here with a collection of photos. This is the 60th Anniversary of the Diocese and our presence here marks the first time the Episcopal Church has visited in a such an official way. It really is a "Big Deal" to our hosts and it is evident by their joy. They are a very gracious people and want so very much to share their culture and their Church with us.
The highlight for the day was the dinner hosted by the Episcopal Diocese of Taiwan. We were treated to a wonderful buffet of traditional foods. Highlights included the fish salad, codfish rolls, sashimi grade ahi tuna, salmon, and my favorite, pickled jellyfish. (It had a bit of a bite!) We were also very blessed and honored to have as our guest the President of Taiwan, Ma Ying-jeou. He was very gracious and his attendance underlined the significance of our presence here.
Well, it is very early Thursday morning and I must try to get back to sleep. Adjusting to the time zone differential is proving difficult for me. I retired last night at 7:30 PM only to awaken 5 hours later. I can't imagine what our military personnel deal with and how they adjust. I wish I knew! Today, we head out for our various site visits throughout the Diocese and I will report on my visit to Old St. John's University as it is known. God bless one an all.
Episcopal Church House of Bishops Fall 2014 meeting:
Daily Account for Wednesday, September 17
The House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church is meeting in the Diocese of Taiwan from September 17 to September 23. The following is an account of the activities for September 17.
The theme for the fall meeting of the Episcopal Church House of Bishops is Expanding the Apostolic Imagination.
The day began with Eucharist. The Presiding Bishop presided and preached (Presiding Bishop’s sermon here.) During the Eucharist the Bishops renewed their commitment to the Core values of the House of Bishops.
The Presiding Bishop and Bishop David Lai of the Diocese of Taiwan welcomed the bishops and spouses. “Dreams can come true,” Bishop Lai told the group. He read a letter of greetings from Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.
The morning session concluded with a group photo.
The Diocese of Taiwan welcomed the bishops and spouses at an evening reception. In attendance were President Ma Ying-Jeou, regional dignitaries, officials and government representatives. Area clergy and lay leadership also welcomed the bishops and spouses.
Bishop Paul Lambert is in Taipei, Taiwan for the Fall 2014 House of Bishop's meeting:
After flying for nearly 17 hours, I arrived safely in Taipei. I flew on China Air and was very pleased with the professional service and attention. I would fly them again anytime! We checked into the Grand Hotel with no probelm. The folks here are very hospitable and accommodating. It's challenging to get used to the time change. It's almost midnight here on Tuesday while it's 4 p.m. in Dallas, yesterday! Go figure. I am off to bed to try and sleep (good luck with that one) as we have a 10 a.m. start time for our meeting. I will try to write more tomorrow. God bless one and all.
Join the 13th Annual Bishop's Camp Charity Golf Classic on Sept. 29, at Thorntree Country Club in DeSoto to raise money to support the Bishop's Camp summer literacy program. The camp provides seven weeks of summer day camp at no charge to participants for inner-city youth.
Camp activities include reading, math, science, art, music and sports. Volunteers spend time reading with each child every day to help them maintain reading skills over teh summer break so they are on-track when returning to school in the fall.
Go here for more information.
Exhibitor applications are now available for organizations and vendors interested in exhibiting at The Episcopal Church's 78th General Convention scheduled for June 25-July 3, 2015 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, UT (Diocese of Utah).
The Episcopal Church's General Convention is held every three years, and is the bicameral governing body of the Church. It is comprised of the House of Bishops, with upwards of 200 active and retired bishops and the House of Deputies, with clergy and lay representative elected from teh 100 doiceses of the Church, at more than 800 members.
Exhibitor applications are available here.
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A Prayer for the Diocese
O Lord, you promise to be with your Church until the end of the age: continue this good work as you raise up the next Bishop of Dallas. Prepare this person to be the pastor and spiritual leader who will lead us forward to glorify you. We also ask that you send your Spirit upon the committees and convention given the task of calling our next bishop. Give them prayerful, open and discerning hearts that they may hear your voice and do your will to fulfill your purpose for this diocese. We ask all this in Jesus' name. Amen.