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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!
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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
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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
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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
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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”
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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
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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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HoD Passes Truth and Rec Task Force
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The House of Deputies on Monday approved almost unanimously a resolution from the so-called #MeToo committee to establish a Task Force for Women, Truth, and Reconciliation to help the church “engage in truth-telling, confession, and reconciliation regarding gender-based discrimination, harassment, and violence against women and girls in all their forms by those in power in…
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#GC79 Podcast: Witness and Connection
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Miguel Escobar, director of Anglican studies at EDS@Union, hosts the sixth nightly #GC79 podcast. Guests: Myra Garnes is the canon for youth and young adult ministries for the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island. She is supporting the Long Island deputation, promoting Baptized for Life and providing support for the Office of Black Ministries. Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale…
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Debating Israel and Palestine: How Should the Episcopal Church Invest its Money?

The question of how the Episcopal Church should respond to issues of peace and justice in Israel and Palestine, particularly when it comes to financial investments, has proven so fraught that a working group was created just to figure out how best to talk about it. Following the 2015 General Convention, during which debate became…
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#GC79 Podcast: Possibility for Change
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Miguel Escobar, director of Anglican studies at EDS@Union, hosts the fifth nightly #GC79 podcast. Guests: The Rev. Devon Anderson is rector of Trinity Church in Excelsior, Minnesota and chair of Minnesota’s deputation to General Convention. She chairs the legislative Committee on Social Justice and United States Policy Policy, and is Chair of the Standing Commission on Liturgy…
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Rough Seas for the “Other” Liturgical Resolutions
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While much attention at this General Convention has focused on the possibility of revising the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, other resolutions related to liturgical revision are working their way through Committee 12, the legislative committee on Prayer Book, Liturgy and Music. Resolution A064 proposes to authorize the Book of Occasional Services 2018, while Resolution…
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