Articles tagged structure

House of Bishops completes its work

On the final legislative day of the 78th General Convention, the House of Bishops plowed through multiple calendars and dozens of resolutions, including two that drew considerable debate but ultimately were approved. A matter that had caused significant debate on Thursday – whether or not the president of the House of Deputies should receive a…
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House of Deputies passes two structure resolutions
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The House of Deputies today passed resolutions that substantially reduce the number of standing commissions that help shape church policy between meetings of the General Convention, and maintained the church’s 38-member Executive Council at its current size. A task force that studied the church’s governing structure had recommended reducing the size of the council by…
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Of barnacles and rivets

Every time I hear the President ask, “Mr. Secretary, what is the next item of business?” I have a mini-panic attack before realizing I no longer need to know what the matter before the House is. That’s the difference between a secretary and a guest. I attended my first General Convention in 1976 as a…
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Podcast: The Structure Debate

The Rev. Emily Mellott, alternate deputy from the Diocese of Chicago and rector of Calvary Church, Lombard, spoke to her guests about the structure debates taking place during General Convention. Guests:  Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale is a deputy from the Diocese of Indianapolis The Rev. Paige Blair is a deputy from the Diocese of San Diego The…
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The Trellis of Structure

This is one of a series of articles about how deputies are making up their minds about the issues before their legislative committees. By Katie Sherrod As the work of the Committee on Governance and Structure was beginning, there has been more than one moment when the scale of the challenge before us seemed overwhelming….
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Bicameral or Unicameral? Deputies Debate Structure

In the first of a series of viewpoint essays, Deputy Bonnie Perry of Chicago and Deputy Jennifer Adams of Western Michigan debate Resolution A002, which would make General Convention unicameral.  

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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“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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