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An Interview with President-elect Julia Ayala Harris

Albert Cutié interviews Julia Ayala-Harris, who was elected president of the House of Deputies during this morning’s legislative session.

July 9 Morning Legislative Session (HoD)

This is a live blog covering the morning session of the House of Deputies that took place July 9, 2022. Election Camp is over for a while The president says we will elect no more until after convention. Trustees of General Seminary Michael Braxton and Noreen Duncan have been elected as lay trustees of the…
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Practicing Sabbath, Even Here

“Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath.  And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight. When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Woman, you are set…
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July 8 Evening Legislative Session (HoD)

This is a live blog covering the evening session of the House of Deputies that took place July 8, 2022. Having decided to take up D045–possibly moving the site of the 2024 General Convention–before taking up A001, regarding sites for the 2027 convention, the house is adjourned. The Committee on Governance and Structure supports moving…
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What Happened to the Wi-Fi

The internet outage that plagued the morning session of General Convention started during the livestream of convention worship, overwhelming the convention center’s Wi-Fi capacity, and causing a cascading effect that included an equipment failure and compromised Wi-Fi in both the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops. The General Convention office and the presiding…
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July 8 Afternoon Legislative Session (HoD)

This is a live blog covering the afternoon session of the House of Deputies that took place July 8, 2022. The house is adjourning. Numerous members are planning to participate in a march sponsored by Bishops United Against Gun Violence that will take them near the site of a fatal shooting that occurred several blocks…
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At Least We Don’t Have Yellow Fever: Why the 80th General Convention is so Special

Welcome to a General Convention like no other. The 80th convention of the Episcopal Church has acquired numerous superlatives, many of them due to the need to protect ourselves from COVID-19. This is the shortest convention, at four working days, in modern times and, at an expected 1,200 attendees, probably one of the smallest. More…
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Different kind of convention still means doing important business, leaders say

The 80th General Convention of the Episcopal Church isn’t a normal one. But the unusual format won’t take away from the event’s importance, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, president of the House of Deputies, told reporters on the eve of the event. “This is not the convention anyone hoped for or…
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The Offline Convention: Why We Have to Be Here

Churches do it. Dioceses do it. Legislative committees do it. So, deputies want to know, why can’t this year’s General Convention offer online participation? As the 80th Convention in Baltimore approaches, interviews with deputies show a gulf between their swift pivot to online worship and meetings when COVID struck in 2020 and what some see…
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Revisiting Revision: A059 and the Future of Common Prayer

The Episcopal Church is not considering a single resolution to revise the 1979 Book of Common Prayer at the 80th General Convention, which convenes on Friday in Baltimore. But it will take the first step in determining how the prayer book is revised, and, beyond that, how it is defined, if it passes Resolution A059,…
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The Strange Journey of C028

The resolution that stoked perhaps the most vigorous online debate in advance of the 80th General Convention died in committee on Monday when the legislative committees on Prayer Book, Liturgy and Music of the House of Bishops and House of Deputies voted to take no action on it. Resolution C028, endorsed by the Diocese of…
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Racial Justice Committees pass major initiatives

The legislative committees on Racial Justice and Reconciliation of the 80th General Convention voted last week to send to the floor several of the most far-reaching resolutions the Episcopal Church has ever considered about its devastating heritage of white supremacy. By unanimous votes, both the House of Bishops and House of Deputies committees, meeting jointly…
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