Day 2 General Convention July 4, 2018
Second Day of General Convention
Today I started our morning with my first listening session of a Legislative hearing, the committee on “The Episcopal Church in Cuba.”
Deputies and Alternate Deputies are encouraged to attend the committee hearings because eventually, we will be voting on the proposed Resolution A052. The Legislative Hearing that I attended began studying the resolution, the Hearing also solicits testimony. If the committee approves of it, the Resolution continues to the GC floor for a vote. Resolution A052 resolves to start the process for reunifying the Cuban Diocese with the Episcopal Church.
I decided to go to this hearing two days ago because of Natalie Pukas and Cheryl Leong, our Altar Guild Directresses. Last year, they visited Havana and expressed an interest in going to the Cathedral on their next visit. I thought it might be good to learn a bit more about the relationship between the Cuban Church and our Church.
The Episcopal Church of Cuba traced its formal origins to 1901 when the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church established the Missionary District of Cuba under the jurisdiction of the Presiding Bishop. The 1959 Cuban Revolution made communication and travel between the churches difficult, and in 1966 the Episcopal Church of Cuba was made an autonomous Diocese within the Anglican Communion, under the oversight of a Metropolitan Council comprising the Primates of the Anglican Church of Canada, the Church in the Province of the West Indies and the Episcopal Church.
Four people were also invited by the committee to testify. They included Frank Armstrong from Church Pension fund, David Copley from the Presiding Bishop’s staff, Kurt Barnes, treasurer and the Rt. Rev. Griselda Delgado. The testimony was riveting while eye-opening as I gradually understood the complex issues surrounding the reunification of the Cuban Diocese with the Episcopal Church.
I hope to learn of more issues before casting a vote for resolution A052 or any other resolution related to Cuba.
There are many more happenings at GC, don’t miss my video blog found on our website and Facebook account. Tomorrow I will be including my thoughts on the opening session of the Convention. All I can say is “Powerful work!”
Father Sunil Chandy+