General Convention Badges

Alfonso Bedoya is probably best known for his show-stealing line while playing the role of Gold Hat in the 1948 film The Treasure of Sierra Madre:

“Badges? We ain’t got no badges. We don’t need no badges. I don’t have to show you any stinkin’ badges!”


Well, deputies to the Episcopal Church’s 78th General Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah,  need badges. As a member of the Credentials Committee, it’s my job to help deputies obtain their badges. The line for badges begins with the station where I’m working. After the deputies from my assigned-by-alphabetical-order dioceses of Maine to Northwestern Pennsylvania fill out the forms (in Trinitarian-like triplicate), they move to my right, pass one of the copies of the form to my work neighbor, and they are presented with their wonderful-smelling nametag holder with lanyard complete with name, map, and other goodies I’ve yet to explore. In short, they successfully obtain their badges.


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