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#GC79 Podcast: Anger Out of a Place of Love
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Miguel Escobar, director of Anglican studies at EDS@Union, hosts the fourth nightly #GC79 podcast. Guests: Ariana Gonzalez-Bonillas is a deputy from the Diocese of Arizona, consultant for this year’s Official Youth Presence, and recent graduate of Wellesley College. The Rev. Dr. Ruth Meyers is an alternate deputy from the Diocese of California and dean of…
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Deputies Say Yes to Prayer Book Revision
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The House of Deputies today approved a resolution “to undertake comprehensive revision” of the Book of Common Prayer 1979. The matter now moves to the House of Bishops. The vote on Resolution A068 was held by orders. The lay order approved the resolution 69-26-15. The vote in the clergy order was 63-30-17. The vote came…
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Convention Seeks Clarity On Relationship with Church Pension Fund
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At first glance, Resolution A060 looks like the kind of resolution that wouldn’t excite much interest among even the most committed church geeks. What possible excitement could ensue from a proposal to have a task force study the church’s pension system? Plenty, as it turns out. The resolution is the result of three years of…
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#GC79 Podcast: Going Beyond Sharing Stories
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Miguel Escobar, director of Anglican studies at EDS@Union, hosts the third nightly #GC79 podcast. Guests: The Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, dean of EDS@Union, Canon Theologian at Washington National Cathedral, a member of the House of Bishops Theological Commission and the House of Deputies Special Committee on Sexual Harassment and Exploitation. Dr. Sandra Montes is Spanish language…
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News you need about the Hutto service
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Eight hundred and fifty people have signed up for buses to the service at the Hutto detention facility in Taylor, Texas on Sunday, July 8. Here’s news you need from the event organizers: The service will take place from 12:15 p. m. to 1pm.  The signup for buses is CLOSED.  Folks now need to find…
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A Spin Through the Work of the #MeToo Committee
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The House of Deputies Special Committee on Sexual Harassment and Exploitation, known informally as the #MeToo committee, has submitted 24 resolutions to General Convention. They touch on so many aspects of church life that following their progress in real time requires one of the little electric scooters that are popular among tourists in Austin. You…
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#GC79 Podcast: the Uncomfortable General Convention
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Miguel Escobar, director of Anglican studies at EDS@Union, hosts the second nightly #GC79 podcast. Guests: The Rev. Laurie Brock is the rector of St. Michael the Archangel in Lexington, Kentucky and a deputy from the Diocese of Lexington. She serves on the House of Deputies Special Committee on Sexual Harassment and Exploitation. Brian Romero is a member…
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The Marriage Resolutions: A Primer
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The topic of marriage – who is included, how the church is involved, and what the rites should look like – has been in front of every General Convention for at least 40 years. The 79th General Convention will be no different. The focus this time will be on the recommendations of the 19-member Task…
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Time to Pay the PHoD
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It’s Time to Pay the Presiding Officer of the House of Deputies. Until yesterday, three resolutions were being considered to authorize some form of compensation for the President of the House of Deputies: A028 from Task Force to Study Church Leadership & Compensation, B014 from a group of bishops led by Bishop Sean Rowe of…
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Rethink the PHoD’s Job
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The 79th General Convention will be my second as a deputy. My first foray into the inner workings of our denomination’s national structure was prompted by the calls to reimagine the church. I believed, and still believe, that the Episcopal Church is going to have to make some difficult and imaginative decisions if we are…
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#GC79 Podcast: Why General Convention Matters
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Miguel Escobar, director of Anglican studies at EDS@Union, hosts the first of his nightly #GC79 podcasts. Guests: The Rev. Megan Castellan is the new rector of St.John’s in Ithaca, NY, and an alternate deputy in the diocese of West Missouri. Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale is a deputy, and serves as canon to the ordinary for administration and evangelism in…
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Video: Meet the #GC79 Deputies
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Meet a few of the deputies gathered for the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas.