June 26, 2015

Triennial Thoughts-Go Light your World!

The weekend before General Convention, approximately 500 women from around the world gathered in Midway, UT for the Triennial Assembly of the Order of the Daughters of the King. There were representatives from every Province and 18 countries, including 8 women from the Diocese of the Rio Grande.

The four day assembly was filled with music, worship, inspiring talks, workshops, and fun. Susan O’Brien from the Diocese of Chicago was elected as the next National President. She will serve for 3 years, with the able assistance of 14 other members of the National Council.

Bishop Hyashi of the Diocese of Utah gave a warm welcome to the women on June 20. Bishop Sylvestre Romero, National DOK Chaplain, preached at the opening Eucharist. He focused on the theme of Triennial, ‘Shining the Light of Christ’, noting that in the presence of God darkness and chaos disappear. He encouraged Daughters to tell the story of the Light as we live and serve the Real Jesus.

Canon Andrew White, the ‘Vicar of Baghdad’ was one of the keynote speakers. He encouraged the Daughters to know that whatever we do, and wherever we go or whatever danger we are in, God is with us and will help us. White stated that his job, and ours, is to care for the survivors, as well as loving their (and our) enemies. Canon White was especially encouraging toward the ministry of the Jr. Daughters. One of the Triennial workshops also highlighted the need to evangelize our children and especially our Jr. Daughters. They are living in a world that needs a generative, imaginative faith that will let God’s love BURST into their lives. Just like Bishop Romero stated, we and our young women must know that they belong to the Story of Faith. By supporting our youngsters, we plant in them the knowledge that God is actively present in their lives.

Canon White preached at the inspiring Sunday Eucharist, held outside on the hillside of the Zermott Resort. Afterward, he joined the Jr. Daughters on the hillside. Hundreds of blankets, brought by the ladies to sit on during the Eucharist were donated to local shelters.

The second Triennial speaker was the Rev. Becca Stevens, founder of Magdalene Ministries and Thistle Farms. This ministry helps women break free from a life of sexual exploitation and trafficking. The women find a haven and learn how to work by making candles, lotions, and other items. Stevens stated that the “Holy Spirit moves us to dance in our brokenness.” She noted that people who are hungry, thirsty, in prison, or hurting do not care if we feel inspired at that moment. They see in us the Light of Christ as we minister to them.

One of the women who has been helped by the Thistle Farms ministry shared her story. She said the key is to keep shining the light, by telling our story, because we don’t know who needs to see the light and hear our story.

At the closing banquet, Becca Stevens gifted each person with a candle made at Thistle Farms as a symbol of carrying the Light of Christ into the world. Music leader Roger Greiner led the group in singing Go Light Your World while the candles were lighted and held out.

View a slide show of images from Triennial here.

June 21, 2015

Triennial Day 2

Today was really kind of a Sabbath day. We started with a glorious, Spirit-filled Eucharist outside on the hillside by the Zermott gazebo. We had been asked to bring a blanket to sit on for the service. Afterward these were blessed and will be donated to shelters in UT.

Come to the presentation on Saturday to see a video of the procession!
Most of our time base been in the Bernese center at Zermott.

The speaker today was Becca Stevens of Thistle Farms and Magdalene ministries. She gave an inspiring talk, reminding the ladies of the strength of community and the power in supporting each other. She also said to expect the unexpected with the Holy Spirit and not to put too much emphasis on committees and long range plan. If the Spirit is in the activity it will have a life of its own.
Tomorrow's agenda includes ratifying by laws changes, election of anew National board, and any other business of the Order. The time is flying by with all the activities and fellowship and praise music!

June 20, 2015

Images from Triennial

The Rio Grande delegation arrived at Midway, UT on Friday. Bertie, Andrea, Deborah, and Toni also represented the diocese. Part of us are staying at the Homestead part and part up the hill at Zermott.

 Maddy the bear, wearing a DoK scarf and cross welcomed guests to Zermott while an adorable frog...name unknown greets guests at Homestead, decked in a cross, too.

Cindy is at Homestead and climbed the 72 steps to the top of the Homestead Crater. She was rewarded with a fabulous 360 degree view of the valley and a nice look at Zermott.

The provincial dinners were on Friday night and your delegation presented highlights of the Rio Grande in a song loosely based on "America" from West Side Story. Imelda even dressed in a chili costume!

Day one of Triennial was packed with activities. We started with the entry of the Triennial torch and Eucharist. Bishops Romero, Skilton, and Hyashi con-celebrated. Romero 's sermon reminded us that as Daughters we shine light into the darkness.

After approval of the previous triennial minutes, finance reports, and other basic business, 19 nominee for National council were introduced. Each woman had 2 minutes to answer the question "how do we take the DoK into the 21st century and what gifts do you have for that task?"

Canon Andrew White from Baghdad spoke after lunch. He shared stories of how the children of Iraq won't deny their Jesus.

After the International dinner, everyone marched and sang to the hall for international sharing.
Remember the meeting on Saturday, June 27 to learn more about the fun and workshops and even the new online dues payments

June 17, 2015

Triennial is almost here

Watch for news from the Rio Grande delegation to Triennial.
We look forward to sharing bits of interesting things from the Zermott.
Then come to the Cathedral on June 27 at 11am for a complete report, and light refreshments.

June 7, 2015

Tracking Triennial 2015 (June 19-23)

As you know-the Daughters will be gathering in Midway, UT in just a couple of weeks. At this time there are 9 attending from the Rio Grande, plus one husband. Please keep Marta, Brenda, Imelda, Cindy, Nettie, Andrea, Deborah, Antoinette, and Karol in prayer for safe travel and fun experiences.
We will be taking all of you with us in spirit, as we share the special chili prayers with sisters from around the Province AND around the world. Triennial is a time for all Daughters to gather for fellowship and worship, as well as the business of the Order. Those attending are looking forward to hearing the speakers, visiting the vendors, and attending workshops!

You'll be able to follow Triennial happenings on the Daughters Facebook page, on Twitter @TheDOK1885 and #DOKTRI2015. Cindy will also be posting here and DRG Women's Facebook page about her thoughts and experiences.
Remember to participate in the Triennial (and General Convention) Prayer Vigil, as explained in the Royal Cross and in the recent CrossLinks e-newsletter:
"We are asking Daughters everywhere to unite in 14 days of prayer for the Triennial meeting, from June 11 through June 25. We will pray daily for the unleashing of the Holy Spirit and offer specific prayer concerns each day. Prayers will be offered throughout Triennial and all Daughters are invited to join us in praying for God's guidance and an outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the Episcopal General Convention. A calendar of prayers of special intention for the Prayer Vigil June 11 through July 4, 2015, will be published in The Royal Cross and available online. Daughters in other denominations are encouraged to pray daily for their own leadership gatherings." 

As a followup-- All interested Daughters are invited to the Cathedral on June 27 at 11AM. Cindy and other members of the Rio Grande delegation will share their thoughts and impressions of Triennial. We'll serve some light refreshments, and maybe even have some photos or videos from Triennial!
Please remember to keep your DOK Board in prayer as we meet  August 7-8 to do praying and planning! Everyone is invited to the service of installation of the officers at the Cathedral on August 9 during the 10AM service. If you have ideas you'd like to share, contact Cindy or one of the other officers.