We received our copy of Episcopal Life yesterday and it seems that the people of San Joaquin are rebuilding their Diocese after the damage wrought by ex-Bishop Schofield. The folks they talked to seem to be very positive and ready to go. I think it would be interesting to know how many of the lay people followed their "leaders" in the move to the Southern Cone. It seems to me that real progress in a diocese begins at the grass roots and not from the top down. It seems to me that at General Convention the Lay Deputies are often the ones who make change happen. When the Presiding Bishop listens to the Senior House and follows their lead then real change occurs. When the people in the pews see a need for change and buy into it the Church becomes a better church.
Mind you, I am not saying that Clergy are not important, but how many times have you seen a program put forward by the Priest or the Diocese die an agonizing death? With all its pomp and hierarchy we still need people to carry out our programs.