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Sine Die – the agenda notes this as the final moment of the 78th General Convention, and it is a bit of a misnomer. Translated from the Latin it means essentially that we are adjourned with no future meeting scheduled. Yet we all know that the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church is already set, and will be in Austin, Texas. But for now, let us rest in the work that we have accomplished, keeping in mind these words from the Night Prayer in the New Zealand Prayer Book, "What has been done has been done. What has not been done has not been done. Let it be."

GC2015 Blog

It has been amazing to be at General Convention while so much has happened in our society and within our church that so very many of us have been working toward and praying for.

GC2015 Blog

Last night, as our emotions ran high from the joy of the actions on marriage equality in our church and the structure decisions, we were treated to a wonderful event hosted by the Diocese of Utah. It took place in the Salt Lake Tabernacle in Temple Square, a beautiful facility dedicated in 1875, and is the home of the world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir (who, to our disappointment, is actually in our backyard – NYC – right now).

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It is customary for the President of the House of Deputies to ask for two things whenever a momentous vote is about to occur in the House: prayer and restraint. President Gay Jennings was not the first to ask for these two things today as we took the final steps on the road to marriage equality in the Episcopal Church. I have watched each of President Jenning’s predecessors – Bonnie Anderson, George Werner, Pam Chinnis, David Collins and Charles Lawrence do it, too. They call on the chaplain for prayer, and they urge the deputies to show restraint in expressing delight or dismay at the outcome when the vote is announced.

Bishop Beckwith's Blog

Early Sunday morning in Salt Lake City, the Episcopal Church joined God in the neighborhood. We claimed common ground against gun violence. We also identified the unholy trinity of poverty, racism and gun violence. And then 1200 of us marched to a nearby park.

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It is difficult to describe the emotions of this morning, on top of all that has transpired in this joyous week. I, along with the entire deputation from Newark, participated in the Claiming Common Ground Against Gun Violence procession. Our bishop, the Rt. Rev. Mark Beckwith, was one of the key leaders of this event, working as part of Bishops United Against Gun Violence, and it was one of the most meaningful moments of this General Convention (and that is saying something, to be sure).

General Convention 2015 in the News

Early in the morning of Sunday, June 28, 2015, more than 60 Episcopal bishops led a prayerful procession of approximately 1200 General Convention attendees and local Utahns through downtown Salt Lake City in a witness against gun violence.

General Convention 2015 in the News

[Deseret News] The Episcopal Church has elected its first black presiding bishop and primate.

General Convention 2015 in the News

Newark Lay Deputy Bert Jones is quoted in this article.

[Associated Press] The Episcopal Church elected its first African-American presiding bishop, choosing Bishop Michael Curry of North Carolina during the denomination's national assembly Saturday.

Bishop Beckwith's Blog

Michael Curry, Bishop of North Carolina, was overwhelmingly elected as the next Presiding Bishop on the first ballot by the House of Bishops today. It was a great moment, filled with hope and solidarity, which was immediately affirmed by the House of Deputies.

GC2015 Blog

Today, amid the morning rush between meetings, worship, and the rest, phones started buzzing with texts and calls about the decision of the Supreme Court to recognize marriage equality as the law of the land. And as the day went on, news of a rally by Utah Pride in one of the local parks started filtering through the crowd. Integrity, the LGBT advocacy group of The Episcopal Church, were passing around buttons and making signs. The rally was to start at 6pm, during the afternoon legislative session.

From the Bishop

Marriage is now the law of the land. Not just in some sections of the country, but everywhere across the United States. Full equality has now been extended to every couple that seeks to make a lifelong commitment of fidelity and faith to one another.

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I have attended several legislative sessions at the last General Convention in Indianapolis, but this was the first time I ever stood to speak. The hearing was before the Committee on Social Justice and International policy, which was hearing testimony on resolutions A052 and C012. It was standing room only.

Bishop Beckwith's Blog

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, in the first of her several valedictories at this General Convention, was passionate and compelling. As a church, she said, we are finding our edgy DNA. We are discovering God working in places we failed to look at before. And that we need a "next generation operations manual."

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While the Bishop and Deputies were attending their respective orientations this morning, I took my camera to Temple Square, the 10-acre complex owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, just one block from the convention center.

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Today at the 78th General Convention of The Episcopal church a joint session of Deputies and Bishops got a firsthand introduction to the four candidates who are standing for election for Presiding Bishop. The man (and all four candidates are men) who is elected will serve for nine years or until they reach age 72.

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Today was the day of orientation as an alternate deputy. To me today was the beginning of the diligence that goes into the governance of the Episcopal Church. I am attentive and ready to work with the other deputies as we embark on the journey that God has called us to while at the 78th General Convention.

General Convention 2015 in the News

[The Salt Lake Tribune] In 2006, Nevada's Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori was the first woman ever elected to preside over the Episcopal Church. This is her third and last Triennial General Convention, the one that will end her nine-year tenure as head of the 2.5 million-member church.

General Convention 2015 in the News

[Deseret News] As the Episcopal Church embarks on its 78th General Convention this week, church leaders are intently focused on healing the world, the nation and the church itself.

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The Diocese of Newark contingent has been arriving in Salt Lake City yesterday and today for the 78th General Convention. Today we've been getting registered, finding our way around the convention complex as well as downtown Salt Lake CIty, and generally preparing for the 10 days ahead.