Daily archives: Wednesday, July 11, 2018

A Move Toward Resolving the Impasse on Marriage

The House of Bishops on Wednesday moved the Episcopal Church much closer to making it possible for all same-sex couples to marry in their home churches. Currently eight diocesan bishops do not permit such marriages in their diocese, and several do not allow their priests to officiate at the marriages of same-sex couples in other…
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Bishops Say No to Investment Screens in the Holy Land

The House of Bishops Wednesday defeated a resolution that would have established “a human rights criteria social investment screen” to guide the church’s investment in Israel and the Palestinian territories. On a vote of 78-48, the bishops defeated Resolution D019, Ending Church Complicity in Israel and Palestine. The resolution sought to “develop a human rights…
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#GC79 Podcast: As the Clock Winds Down

Miguel Escobar, director of Anglican studies at EDS@Union, hosts the eighth nightly #GC79 podcast. Guests: The Rev. Carlos de la Torre is a deputy from Connecticut. He is curate at Christ Church, New Haven and program director of St. Hilda’s House, an Episcopal Service Corps program located in New Haven. The Rev. Canon Broderick Greer is canon…
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Podcast de Nancy Frausto, Episodio 3: Dra. Sandra T. Montes

La Rda. Nancy Frausto, rectora asociada de la Iglesia Episcopal de San Lucas en Long Beach, California, y miembro fundador del Grupo de Trabajo del Santuario de la Diócesis de Los Ángeles, presenta un podcast de #GC79. Invitada: Sandra Montes es de la Diócesis de Texas. Es una amante de la música, cantante, y consultora en…
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¡Cuba Sí!

This morning the House of Deputies concurred unanimously with the House of Bishops vote to admit Cuba as a diocese of the Episcopal Church. Before the vote, President Gay Jennings asked for a moment of silence, saying, “This is a historic vote.” The vote ended a 52-year separation. In 1966, the House of Bishops had…
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My great-great grandfather and the founding of a black Austin college

Racial justice and reconciliation is a theme lacing through much of the work of the 79th General Convention in Austin, Texas. The Episcopal Church has struggled—and faltered—with this for all of its existence. Yet there are also stories of courage in our church, some nearly lost to time. One of these nearly forgotten stories is…
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Day of the Purple Scarf

Of the 160 bishops active in the House of Bishops, only 21—or 13 percent—are women. To raise awareness of the effort to continue to break the “stained glass ceiling” in the House of Bishops, supporters of moving more women into the episcopacy declared July 9 to be Purple Scarf Day at the 79th General Convention….
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“Africa is not stagnant”

Before he left General Convention on Sunday, Dr. Masiiwa Ragies Gunda, an Old Testament scholar from Zimbabwe, sat down for an interview with Rachel Harrison of Deputy News. In 2015, through Resolution A051, General Convention commissioned “a listing of information and resources developed by African Anglican leaders and organizations working to curb anti-gay and anti-transgender…
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