Great news! Presiding Bishop-elect Michael Curry was here in Taiwan last year ~ a wonderful person! Historic election of Bishop Michael Curry as 27th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church.
Final day maybe, but very busy ~ non-stop action all day! In fact I got to the Grand Hotel soon after 7:00am and didn’t go out of those doors till 10:30pm – about how long it takes to fly to London lol!
But a wonderful day it was, of course, starting with a closing Eucharist, led by Bishop Lai in English and Chinese, and a great sermon from Chaplain Simón Bautista challenging everyone to travel light as they go home. But seems our lovely bishops and spouses have received so many gifts from our churches in Taiwan and friends they’ve met, that traveling light is not really an option ~ we spent the day finding boxes and helping to buy suitcases for those who needed extra space!
While the bishops had meetings, we said goodbye to the 3 archbishops from Japan, Philippines and South Korea, sold T-shirts, organised a group of 6 bishops and spouses to go to visit Dharma Drum Mountain today, answered questions, took photos – fun!
And so to the evening, and the final community dinner ~ 183 people in total, including 15 from our own diocese…. we had speeches and presentations, gifts and yep, Bishop Lai organized a great teapot lottery!
Then farewells all round, as groups of bishops and spouses leave today for church visits to Japan, Philippines, Korea or Hong Kong, others stay on a day or two, and some head straight home… wishing them all safe travels, and of course, please come back again soon!
Thanking God for a wonderful, amazing, grace-filled time this last week ~ just incredible!
Episcopal News Service article:
Just as well it was meetings all day for the bishops as the typhoon rains moved over and eventually out…. now all gone, yippee!
After their Eucharist, the bishops had sessions in the morning from archbishops from Japan, Philippines and South Korea, and more meetings in the afternoon ~ while we set up our shop selling the HOB group photos, Taiwan 60th anniversary polo shirts, Chinese Bibles and tea…. so even the bishops could fit a little shopping into their busy day…..
Meanwhile the spouses were free for the day and many of them went, well, yes, you’ve guessed it – shopping!
And we were glad to have Rev. C. C. Cheng from St. Mark’s Church, Pingtung who came along to help us – and guess what? His church of St. Mark’s was built with a donation from Trinity Church (Cathedral) in guess where? Yep, the Diocese of Upper South Carolina no less – so there were more photos for Bishop Andrew Waldo and his wife to pose for…. y’know, so far not a single bishop or spouse has refused to smile when I point a camera in their direction, I’m sooooo happy! 🙂
You can see from the smiling faces that hey, bishops meetings are maybe not so bad after all, especially with a little retail therapy in the middle to help things along!
Today’s House of Bishops Meetings in Taipei:
Gotta check this out, it’s great!….