On Friday, July 6 General Convention engaged in the first of three TEConversations (The Episcopal Church Conversations), which are being held during joint sessions of the House of Bishops and the House of Deputies. Each conversation includes multiple speakers, video presentations and table conversations around three priorities of this Convention: racial reconciliation, evangelism and care of creation. You can read about the first TEConversation and its three powerful speakers in the article TEConversations opens with racial reconciliation (Episcopal News Service). As a bonus, the article includes a photo of the Newark deputation engaged in table discussion.
Bishops United Against Gun Violence, of which Bishop Mark Beckwith is a co-convenor, will hold a prayerful public witness at General Convention on Sunday, July 8. Each day leading up to this event, they are holding a 5-minute "pop-up liturgy" in the Austin Convention Center at which they distribute 96 crosses, representing the 96 people, on average, who die each day to gun violence. On July 6 Bishop Beckwith joined with Bishop Mariann Budde of Washington to hold that day's pop-up liturgy. Afterwards Bishop Beckwith talked with the parents and sister of Carmen Schentrup, a 16-year-old Episcopalian who was killed in the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, FL. The Schentrups will speak at the public witness on Sunday. You can follow both the pop-up liturgies and the Sunday public witness on social media using hashtag #witnessgc79.
Finally, a shout-out to the many, many volunteers here at General Convention. Identified by their T-shirts proclaiming "And also with y'all," they are extremely helpful and overflowing with a cheerful Texas hospitality. General Convention is an enormous operation that can be overwhelming even to an experienced attendee, and these hardy volunteers are helping to make it a little more manageable.
The Photo Gallery below has photos from July 6 by Nina Nicholson.
The article A Spin Through the Work of the #MeToo Committee (House of Deputies News), which includes the work of Deputy Laura Russell as chair of a cubcommittee of the House of Deputies Special Committee on Sexual Harassment and Exploitation, known informally as the "#MeToo committee."
Cynthia Black's blog post, July 6: Joint session on racial reconciliation and evening worship in photos.
Follow the Newark contingent online at the diocesan media hub: dioceseofnewark.org/gc2018.