March cover image: View of Vancouver, British Columbia.

Vol 24 No 2 March 2009

Columns

National Bishops's Turn

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See You in Vancouver!

Travelling by plane to B.C., sleeping in a strange bed, sitting through hours of meetings…I can't wait for convention!

There's nothing like a good journalism convention to get my brain juices flowing. I get to hear from the real innovators in my industry, broaden my knowledge base, and bring back fresh ideas. Put a face to the names of all those people I've only met via email. Hone my skills, explore a new city, and swap grisly war stories with peers who face the same predictable challenges: tight deadlines, absentee writers, printing glitches, grammar conundrums, and the requisite coffee addiction.

And I love sleeping in a bed I didn't have to make.

Crazy? Perhaps. I like to think I'm enthusiastic about what I do. And it's with that same spirit that I plan to attend the 12th Biennial National Convention in Vancouver June 25–28. Sure, this event will be different. It's work. But I know that spending time worshipping and talking with church members can only fortify my commitment, broaden my insights, sharpen my ideas, and make this unique ministry of Canada Lutheran really sing.

Not planning to attend? Why not? Especially those of you in the BC Synod. Whether you participate as a delegate or a visitor, the convention offers the chance to experience, first-hand, the inner workings of your church. To learn how and why decisions are made. To meet inspiring people you've read about in this magazine. To hear—straight from the National Bishop—about the goals, priorities, and direction of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. The theme of this year's gathering is In Mission for Others: Signs of Hope, and your presence—or the presence of your congregational delegate—is proof positive that members are committed to building a stronger church that can rise above its challenges.

Our cover story on page 9 explains what attendees can expect from this summer's event and how you can participate online if travel isn't in your future. At the very least, I hope you'll find out who your delegate is and share your questions and concerns so that he or she may truly represent you at the gathering. This is your church, and the National Convention is one of the most important places you can let your voice be heard.

I hope to see you there!


Lucia Carruthers, Editor