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Deputies Send Challenging Israel-Palestine Resolutions to Bishops

The House of Deputies on Thursday morning passed five resolutions that, if approved by the House of Bishops, would challenge the state of Israel over its treatment of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza more forcefully than the Episcopal Church has been willing to do in the past. Under Resolution B016 the church would follow…
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Resolutions Move Church Forward on Issues of Race, Gender

Three resolutions adopted on Wednesday by the House of Deputies are intended to dismantle racism and sexism in the Episcopal Church through practices and processes promoting equity, diversity, justice, healing, and reconciliation. Resolution D002, Funding the Work of The Beloved Community, proposed by Deputy Joe McDaniel of Central Gulf Coast, came through Committee 9, Racial…
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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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¡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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HoB Opens Door to Liturgical Revisions

The House of Bishops on Tuesday passed a resolution that would open the door to revision of the Episcopal Church’s liturgical texts. The resolution, a substitute for resolution A068, was drafted by Bishop Andy Doyle of the Diocese of Texas in consultation with a group of more than 50 bishops with whom he consulted after…
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The Hutto Service: Taking the Next Step

By now you’ve probably heard that the women who came to the United States seeking asylum and are now incarcerated in the Hutto Residential Center watched our prayer service on the ballfields near their prison and waved towels through the slit windows to let us know they were watching. Yesterday in the House of Deputies,…
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Creating a Big Tent for Formation

The Episcopal Church has seen a renewed focus on evangelism this triennium, inspired largely by Presiding Bishop Curry’s evangelism initiatives and the work of Canon for Evangelism and Reconciliation, the Rev. Stephanie Spellers. However, those who work in the area of formation are quick to point out the vital connection between evangelism and formation. “We…
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“A crisis of Formation”

We are in a crisis of formation. I am reluctant to use the word “crisis,” as we have been in this state for so many years that it feels alarmist to use it now. As a native Iowan I don’t even use emergency words when there is an emergency, as “I am not happy about…
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The Long and Winding Road of B012

The House of Deputies on Monday approved a resolution that seeks to make liturgies for marrying same-sex couples available in every diocese where such marriages are legal. Resolution B012 would make the marriage rites authorized for trial use by the 2015 General Convention available “under the canonical direction of the Rector or Member of the…
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