Daily archives: Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Presiding officers meet the media at opening news conference

  The world beyond church walls was the primary focus of today’s opening press conference with Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, General Convention Executive Officer Michael Barlowe, and House of Deputies President Gay Clark Jennings. “We speak many languages,” said Jefferts Schori in her opening remarks. “We are increasingly focused outside of ourselves rather than on…
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Sounds of the Salt Palace

SALT LAKE CITY – When you walk through the main entrance to the Salt Palace convention center you might be startled by a wooden bonking sound. Be sure to look up. Above your head are eleven wooden chimes (twelve should be there but one is missing). Windmills high in front of the building on West Temple Street…
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Byron Rushing’s 15-minute history of the Episcopal Church, Part II

In this four minute video, the Honorable Byron Rushing talks about how the Episcopal Church awoke to social and political issues in the wake of the Civil War.

Avengers, pandas descend on Salt Lake City

I have made the joke flippantly in the past, but it really is true—the gathering of Episcopalians from around the world for General Convention is much like the assembling of the Avengers. We sit surreptitiously in airports, glancing at each other out of the corner of our eyes—is that one of us? Could that be…
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How can the church heal moral injury?

Psychologists have long worked to treat the symptoms of post-traumatic stress. Bishop Jay Magness believes the church needs to do much more to minister to combat veterans and others who have experienced extreme violence. As vice chair of the Standing Commission on Anglican and International Peace with Justice Concerns, Magness helped draft Resolution A047, aimed at…
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A church “resolved” to grow

In many ways, the 78th General Convention is nothing if not a convention about church growth. This designation may sound strange to deputies with paperless binders full of canonical amendments on structural minutiae and theological treatises on same-sex marriages and the proper channels to allow the Episcopal Church to perform them. Yet both of these…
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A unique vantage point on the structure debate

As chair of the Standing Committee on Structure and a member of the Task for Reimagining the Episcopal Church (TREC), Deputy Tom Little of Vermont, a lawyer and former state legislator, has had a unique vantage point on the debate about reshaping the church’s governance that may well dominate this General Convention. He told Jim…
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