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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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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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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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Deputies Say Goodbye to the 79th General Convention
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Before they journey home, we asked several deputies, “where did you see God at General Convention?”

Deputies Send Challenging Israel-Palestine Resolutions to Bishops
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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
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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
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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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