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And on the 8th day…

Convention deputies probably wanted to rest… but instead they

Read ENS’ 78th General Convention digest for July 2

Read Episcopal Cafe’s #GC78: Roundup for July 2

Read Act 8 Moment’s #GC78 Resurrection Report for July 2

Congratulations, Bishop Curry!

The Rt. Rev. Michael B. Curry was elected presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church on Saturday, June 27, 2015, at the 78th General Convention in Salt Lake City. Bishops Rayford B. High, Jr., and Scott Mayer participated in the election and deputies from Fort Worth were among those voting to confirm the election. Watch how it happened, and hear what our bishops had to say in this video:

Liturgy for Same-Sex Blessings Passes House of Deputies at General Conventions

I watched the live stream from the House of Deputies this afternoon, from home, and watched #GC77 fly past on Twitter, as debate ensued and resolutions were proposed to amend Resolution A049  “Authorize Liturgical Resources for Blessing Same-Gender Relationships.” Opponents proposed several amendments, all of which were defeated.It was a long, well-debated process, handled with grace and with at least one stop for centering, discerning prayer.

A vote by orders was called, which meant that deputies of the laity and clergy deputies would be tallied separately in the end. Katie Sherrod tweeted this picture immediately after the vote:

Resolution A049
Entire Fort Worth deputation votes YES on resolution A049 authorizing adoption of a liturgy for same-sex blessings

Yes, folks, that’s a clear voice of inclusion from the Fort Worth deputation.

It took FOREVER for the electronic votes to be tallied; why, only God knows! The House moved on to other business, namely, nominating people for the vice-president of the House of Deputies. Meanwhile, the clock ticked. As the last action before recess, the results of the A049 vote were announced:

Lay:      yes=86, no=19, divided=5;  78% voted yes
Clergy: yes=84, no=22,  divided=4; 76% voted yes

Pretty clear, isn’t it?

Shock, joy, tears, leaping, outrage were all sentiments expressed in the twitterverse on this historic vote. At this point, Episcopal legislation is complete; a liturgy has passed both houses of General Convention and will become available for use later this year. The name of the liturgy is, “I Will Bless You and You Will Be a Blessing.”

Members of the Universal Christian Church (UCC) reminded the #gc77 Twitterverse today that they were the first mainstream protestant church to openly bless same-sex unions.  Well, now there are two churches.

HOB affirms bishops of continuing dioceses in unanimous roll call vote

ENS reports on the House of Bishops’ Mind of the House resolution passed unanimously today in a roll call vote, as well as providing information on topics related to the resolution. Bishop Wallis Ohl is quoted in the story. Significantly, the resolution names each of the bishops of the continuing dioceses, making it clear who The Episcopal Church considers the bishop of each diocese.

 

The House of Bishops Recognizes and Commends the Leadership of the Diocese of Fort Worth and Other Reorganizing Dioceses

The House of Bishops today (July 8, 2012) passed a Mind of the House Resolution unanimously by roll call vote.

A Mind of the House Resolution:

Resolved, That Episcopalians in the Dioceses of Fort Worth, Pittsburgh, Quincy and San Joaquin – lay and clergy – be commended for their unflagging efforts to continue to witness to God’s mission as The Episcopal Church during recent difficult times as they reorganize their continuing dioceses in that same spirit; and be it further

Resolved, that the leadership in each of those four continuing dioceses be commended for their similar efforts, including in particular the Rt. Rev. C. Wallis Ohl, Provisional Bishop of the Diocese of Fort Worth, the Rt. Rev. Kenneth L. Price, Assisting Bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, the Rt. Rev. John Buchanan, Provisional Bishop of the Diocese of Quincy; and the Rt. Rev. Chester L. Talton, Provisional Bishop of the Diocese of San Joaquin, and especially the strong lay leadership of each diocese.”

Read the followup story from the Episcopal News Service.

Bishops Ohl & Buchanan seek affirmation of church’s “hierarchical character”

From the Episcopal News Service, by Mary Frances Schjohberg

Episcopal Church Diocese of Quincy Provisional Bishop John Buchanan and Fort Worth Provisional Bishop Wallis Ohl want the House of Bishops to “set the record on the polity of this church regarding its hierarchical character.”

Read the ENS report about the bishops’ request.

 

ECW delegate from All Saints Fort Worth shares her blog

Cynthia Hill, from All Saints Episcopal Church in Fort Worth, is serving as an ECW delegate at the ECW Triennial Meeting. She will be blogging about her convention experiences in Indianapolis, and she invites all to join her.  Her blog is called Cynthia’s Blog  at http://cadhill.wordpress.com.  Head on over to her blog and subscribe to get her updates! We have a link to her blog on our homepage sidebar in the Fort Worth sidebar.