Articles tagged #GC78

Byron Rushing’s 15-minute history of the Episcopal Church, Part II

In this four minute video, the Honorable Byron Rushing talks about how the Episcopal Church awoke to social and political issues in the wake of the Civil War.

Avengers, pandas descend on Salt Lake City

I have made the joke flippantly in the past, but it really is true—the gathering of Episcopalians from around the world for General Convention is much like the assembling of the Avengers. We sit surreptitiously in airports, glancing at each other out of the corner of our eyes—is that one of us? Could that be…
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How can the church heal moral injury?
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Psychologists have long worked to treat the symptoms of post-traumatic stress. Bishop Jay Magness believes the church needs to do much more to minister to combat veterans and others who have experienced extreme violence. As vice chair of the Standing Commission on Anglican and International Peace with Justice Concerns, Magness helped draft Resolution A047, aimed at…
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A church “resolved” to grow

In many ways, the 78th General Convention is nothing if not a convention about church growth. This designation may sound strange to deputies with paperless binders full of canonical amendments on structural minutiae and theological treatises on same-sex marriages and the proper channels to allow the Episcopal Church to perform them. Yet both of these…
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A unique vantage point on the structure debate

As chair of the Standing Committee on Structure and a member of the Task for Reimagining the Episcopal Church (TREC), Deputy Tom Little of Vermont, a lawyer and former state legislator, has had a unique vantage point on the debate about reshaping the church’s governance that may well dominate this General Convention. He told Jim…
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Byron Rushing’s 15-minute History of the Episcopal Church Part I

The Honorable Byron Rushing of the Diocese of Massachusetts is vice president of the House of Deputies, and majority whip of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He sat down recently to talk about General Convention with Kathleen Moore of the House of Deputies communications team. Excerpts from that interview will appear on the Deputies News…
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A young Episcopalian “in love with the concept of an all-inclusive church”

One of these years, I will be that senior deputy who has attended and participated in 14-or-so General Conventions of the Episcopal Church, which might come at an early age for me, since I attended my first General Convention soon after I turned 13-years-old. This was the 76th General Convention in Anaheim, California, in 2009….
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“Looking forward to the whole thing”: General Convention opens in Salt Lake City

SALT LAKE CITY, June 22—The 78th General Convention of the Episcopal Church technically begins on Thursday, but deputies, bishops, exhibitors and other interested parties are already pouring into the hotels surrounding the Salt Palace Convention Center, where convention will be in session until July 3. While the convention is a legislative gathering—and the legislative agenda…
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Fatal drunk driving accident prompts reexamination of attitudes, policies toward alcohol

Tragedy demands a response. It forces us to confront issues and sheds light on situations long-hidden or ignored. For the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, president of the House of Deputies, the tragedy in question happened last December when a car driven by then-bishop Heather Cook struck and killed bicyclist Thomas Palermo in Baltimore, Maryland. The…
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Steeple Chasers run Utah relay for Episcopal Relief

On June 20 and 21, a group of deputies and friends organized by Deputy Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows of Chicago ran in the Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back, a 200-mile overnight relay from Logan to Midway, Utah along the back of the Wasatch Range of the Rocky Mountains. “Ragnar Wasatch Back ranks as the most challenging race I’ve ever done and…
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Deputy News: Who we are and what we’re up to

During General Convention, the House of Deputies communications team will publish news, features and commentary, in English and Spanish, in print, podcasts and videos at Our intention is to provide the church with a broad and deep sense of the work deputies do at General Convention, the ways in which they draw conclusions and…
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