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Articles by: Adialyn Milien

After Whirlwind Process, Convention Design Group’s Plans Secure Approval

Episcopal Church leaders today approved plans for a shortened, streamlined General Convention with significant COVID-19 mitigation protocols. The convention will take place July 8-11 in Baltimore, where deputies and bishops will follow a tight legislative schedule that has the House of Bishops and House of Deputies in legislative session morning, afternoon and evening for periods…
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Presiding officers announce plan for tightened COVID-19 precautions at 80th General Convention
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[Episcopal News Service] The Episcopal Church’s presiding officers plan to recommend enhanced public health precautions for a shorter in-person meeting of the 80th General Convention in July that would include frequent rapid testing for COVID-19 and wearing of high-quality face masks at nearly all times.Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, president of the…
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Work in Progress: Design Group Previews a Significantly Revised Legislative Process

Legislative committee officers for the 80th General Convention, planned for July 8-11 in Baltimore, met with the Presiding Officers’ General Convention Design Group tonight to discuss a revised legislative process for the convention, which has been shortened from eight days to four due to COVID-19 concerns. Bishop Sean Rowe, parliamentarian of the House of Bishops,…
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Deputies Worry Flexibility and Fellowship May Be Lost at Shortened Convention

From fears that important issues will be ignored to fears that rebooked air tickets will cost too much, concerns about the pared-down General Convention are widespread among deputies, even as they appreciate the safer environment. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, president of the House of Deputies, on May 17 endorsed…
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Curry and Jennings Endorse Four-Day Convention with No Events, Limited Attendance

The 80th General Convention of the Episcopal Church will be held from July 8-11 in Baltimore, and include only bishops in active ministry, deputies and essential staff and volunteers, should the church follow recommendations endorsed today by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, president of the House of Deputies. If the…
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Presiding Officers Urge a Shorter, Smaller Convention Focused on “Essential Business”

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, president of the House of Deputies, told Executive Council and the Joint Standing Committee on Planning and Arrangements today that the church should continue with plans to hold its 80th General Convention in Baltimore in July, but that the gathering should be smaller in size,…
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Executive Council funds public health expert for House of Deputies

At its final meeting before this summer’s General Convention, the Episcopal Church’s Executive Council allocated up to $50,000 to allow House of Deputies President Gay Clark Jennings to contract with a public health expert to advise her and the house leadership “on protocol and procedures” for General Convention. If needed, the funds also may be…
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Hearing Focuses on Liturgies and the Lectionary

In the third of three hearings held over Zoom on Saturday February 19, the Committee of Prayer Book, Liturgy and Music heard testimony on one resolution regarding “language that has been interpreted as anti-Semitic” in the readings of Holy Week, and three regarding the revision and publication of liturgies. Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, Rabbi Stanley M….
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Witnesses Testify on Inclusive and Expansive Language

The Prayer Book, Liturgy & Music Committee heard testimony about four resolutions in the second of three hearings it conducted on February 19. The hearing drew three deputies who had registered to testify, in addition to committee members and a few observers. Two of the three witnesses testified on Resolution A060, which endorses a set…
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Harris and DuBose: additions and a subtraction proposed for Lesser Feasts and Fasts

The Prayer Book, Liturgy and Music Committee heard testimony about 11 resolutions on February 19 at its first hearing ahead of General Convention. The most discussed topic was whether the late Bishop Barbara Harris should be added to the Episcopal Church’s calendar of Lesser Feasts and Fasts. The first woman bishop in the Anglican Communion,…
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Deputy News Returns for the 80th General Convention

Welcome to the inaugural 2022 edition of Deputy News, created by the House of Deputies news team. We will be covering the 80th General Convention and the activities leading toward it with an emphasis on the House of Deputies and its members. Even before the convention gets underway in Baltimore on July 7, we are…
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Change the Lectionary

Professor Amy-Jill Levine, a well-known New Testament scholar, testified before the Committee on Prayer Book, Liturgy and Music on February 19 on Resolution C014. The resolution would “direct the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music to recommend revisions to the Church’s appointed Lectionary readings for Holy Week to remedy passages that use language that has…
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