Articles from the Features category

Pre-Convention Buzz: A Diversity of Concerns

There are 852 members of the House of Deputies at the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church and, even in these hyper connected times when you can find a Facebook group to discuss what is being discussed in other Facebook groups, it can be hard to know what is on deputies’ minds as they…
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Worship, Barbecue and “Soft Handshakes”

General Convention isn’t all committee meetings, open hearings and legislative sessions. Occasionally, fun is had, friends are made and hearts are moved in activities not dictated by the Committees on the Dispatch of Business. “I believe it was at the Anaheim Convention [in 2009] that I encountered people from every significant congregation in my journey—where…
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Bible Study Catalyzes Gender Justice Conversation at ACC

In “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” the poet Dylan Thomas writes that he once received “by a mistake no one could explain, a little hatchet.” By a mistake—or at least an unexplained gaffe—no one could explain in Lusaka, the 16th meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council—a meeting with gender justice high on the agenda—began on…
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Lusaka Cathedral Is No Stranger to High-Stakes Meetings

LUSAKA, ZAMBIA—April 12—The 16th meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC), is taking place at a fractious time in the Anglican Communion. But the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, in which the meeting is being held, has seen much worse, and has long been a venue for high-stakes meetings among groups in conflict. At the…
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Scenes from the ACC-16 Opening Eucharist

Photos from before and after the opening Eucharist of the 16th session of the Anglican Consultative Council meeting in Lusaka, Zambia. Posted by House of Deputies News on Sunday, April 10, 2016

Preparations for the Opening Eucharist of ACC-16

On April 10 at 9 am, thousands of Anglicans from across the Province of Central Africa will gather for the opening… Posted by House of Deputies News on Saturday, April 9, 2016

General Convention photo album

Many thanks to Deputy News photographers Brian Baker, Jacob Bilich, and Jim Steadman for these memories of the 78th General Convention in Salt Lake City.

Podcast: Fun, games, and the hymn to the virtual binder

In the last of her series of General Convention podcasts, the Rev. Emily Mellott, alternate deputy from the Diocese of Chicago and rector of Calvary Church, Lombard, spoke to deputies about the lighthearted aspects of life in the House of Deputies. Guests General Convention Bingo: The Rev. Melody Shobe is a deputy from the Diocese…
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Video: Worship at General Convention: gospel choir

There are many things to do at General Convention, from the legislative sessions to the exhibit hall. One of the most collaborative, creative, and universal activities is the daily Eucharist. The music during the Eucharist on Tuesday morning was led by two young choirs from North Carolina. After the service was over and they had…
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House of Deputies voting prayers

The Rev. Lester MacKenzie led the House of Deputies in prayer before each vote on marriage resolutions. Peace perfect peace perfect peace. Proverbs 15:1 A gentle answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger. Jesus Christ, our Lord, our God. Draw near and be present with us. Fan our hearts, minds and…
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