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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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One-on-One with the Candidates
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Albert Cutie has two questions each for the five candidates currently running to succeed Gay Clark Jennings as president of the House of Deputies, and the same two questions for the one announced candidate for vice president. Devon Anderson Learn more about Devon Anderson. Julia Ayala Harris Learn more about Julia Ayala Harris. Edwin Johnson…
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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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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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