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.
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Posts from retired blogs, including Bishop Mark Beckwith's blog "Signs of God's Grace," Canon Greg Jacobs' blog "Out of the Ordinary," and blogs by General Convention deputies in 2012 and 2015.
Deputies concur with Bishops on marriage equality: "Things which were cast down are being raised up..."
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 a
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).
Last night, our tired, but dedicated deputation, youth representatives, and a host of others from the diocese, gathered together at a local restaurant to enjoy time to together, hosted by our Bishop.
One of the more interesting things happening at this General Convention has nothing to do with legislation.
During the packed legislative session of the House of Deputies, this afternoon the deputation from our diocese was heard loud and clear.
At General Convention: addressing gun violence; supporting marriage equality; appreciating the energy our youth bring
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.
It is difficult to describe the emotions of this morning, on top of all that has transpired in this joyous week.
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.
Today is the day our next presiding bishop is elected. At our morning media briefing, Episcopal Church Public Affairs Officer Neva Rae Fox told us, “This is not a day you want to go to the beach. This is a day you want to stay close.”