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by The Rev. Dina van Klaveren
There are many different ways in which the deputies elected to General Convention have been preparing for this particular ministry:
-we have made travel arrangements and covered responsibilities at home/work to be away for ten days in Austin, Texas;
-we have gathered as a diocesan deputation, along with bishops, a few members of diocesan staff, and the Episcopal Church Women participants to plan our time in Austin and to build community before we depart;
-we have begun reading legislative materials pertinent to our varied committee assignments, as well as kept tabs on particular issues and actions that interest us; and,
-we have gathered with the twelve other dioceses in Province III to become better oriented to the schedule, business and resources related to General Convention.