General Convention generates many side events beyond committee meetings and legislative sessions. Among the many scheduled is "Eyes Wide Open," a display of combat boots representing the service men and women killed in the Iraq War.
Sponsored by the Episcopal Peace Fellowship and the American Friends Service committee, "Eyes Wide Open" is a three-day exhibition set up on the Ohio Statehouse lawn.
At an opening press conference on June 12, the Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston, president and dean of Episcopal Divinity School, said: "As we gather here, we hear the sounds of the great city of Columbus. Can you also hear the silence of the Iraqis and the young American men and women who are no longer with us?
"Can you hear that silence? Can you hear that silence?
"You and I can speak for them in the silence. We must let our country