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Deputy Churn: More Than One-Fourth of Deputies Have Resigned Amid Pandemic Concerns

COVID-19’s impact on the 80th General Convention has led to a significant number of resignations by members of the House of Deputies. As of June 8, a total of 234 deputies have resigned or indicated they are not attending GC80. That figure represents 27 percent of 868 originally certified deputies. Among those not attending are…
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State of the Church resolutions could change membership categories, parochial report requirements

Is the Episcopal Church collecting the best information possible in the annual parochial reports? And then, is the church measuring the right things? Those questions have been among the most pressing examined by the House of Deputies Committee on the State of the Church. Now the committee is proposing resolutions that would not only significantly…
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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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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 Sets Special Session on General Convention Concerns

The Executive Council of the Episcopal Church will convene in a special session on Zoom at 9 a.m. EDT on May 11 to discuss “public health and pastoral protocols and procedures that should be in place for General Convention attendees and the relative merits of meeting in Baltimore,” according to an email from the General…
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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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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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Racial Justice Committee Receives Competing Funding Resolutions

The Legislative Committee on Racial Justice and Reconciliation heard testimony on two competing funding proposals for the church’s Becoming Beloved Community initiative at a Zoom hearing on Thursday February 17. Resolution A100, proposed by the Presiding Officers’ Advisory Group on Beloved Community Implementation, seeks $400,000  “to make grants to churches, agencies, dioceses” and other church…
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