Thursday, May 21, 2009

Convention Plans Varied Lineup of Preachers

A wide-ranging lineup of clergy and laity has been scheduled to preach at the daily Eucharists celebrated during the General Convention, July 8-17, in Anaheim, Calif.

A bishop will serve as celebrant at each Eucharist, and preachers will be asked to address a theme designated for that day. The themes were developed by the Liturgy and Worship Subcommittee of the Planning and Arrangements Committee.

The schedule:

July 8—Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, celebrant and preacher at the opening Eucharist.

July 9—Bishop Jon J. Bruno of Los Angeles, celebrant. Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams will conduct a Bible study during the Eucharist on the theme “God’s People.”

July 10—Bishop Steven A. Miller of Milwaukee, co-celebrant with a member of the Moravian clergy. House of Deputies President Bonnie Anderson will preach on the theme “Unity.”

July 11—Bishop Frank Brookhart of Montana, celebrant, joined by a member of the Methodist clergy. Ray Suarez, senior correspondent for PBS’s “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” will preach on the theme “Hospitality.”

July 12—Bishop Jefferts Schori will be celebrant and preacher at the main convention Eucharist and Ingathering of the United Thank Offering.

July 13—Bishop Prince Singh of Rochester, celebrant. Courtney Cowart, director of advocacy and community affairs for the Office of Disaster Response in the Diocese of Louisiana will preach on the theme “Domestic Poverty.”

July 14—Bishop Robert O’Neill of Colorado, celebrant. Abagail Nelson, senior vice president of programs for Episcopal Relief & Development will preach of the theme “The Millennium Development Goals.”

July 15—Bishop Greg Rickel of Olympia, celebrant. Bishop Steven Charleston, former dean of Episcopal Divinity School will preach on the theme “Creation and the Environment.”

July 16—Bishop Wilfrido Ramos of Ecuador Central, celebrant. Brian McLaren, author and activist, will preach on the theme “Evangelism.”

July 17—Bishop Jefferts Schori, celebrant and preacher at the closing Eucharist.

Eucharists will be held daily at 11:30 a.m. (Pacific) except for the Sunday Eucharist, to be held at 10 a.m. Sermons will be available for viewing on the internet on the Episcopal Church website.

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