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Following the service will be a brief legislative session from 11:00 am to 12:45 pm. Legislative Committee Chairs will meet together for lunch today, followed by a four-hour afternoon legislative session.
The House of Deputies and the House of Bishops will meet separately for those legislative sessions. Since the General Convention is a bicameral (or two-house) body, whatever legislation one of them passes must then be sent to the other for concurrence.
There are numerous other activities going on all day today. Here are some that are scheduled:
All Day – Children’s Program All Day – Episcopal Relief & Development: I believe that all children & families deserve a healthy start in life
All Day – United Thank Offering Blue Box
All Day – Young Adult Festival at General Convention – Segment One: “Why Serve”
All Day – Young Adult Festival at General Convention – Segment Two: “Kindling”
8:15 AM – Conversations with General Seminary
1st Half of lunch break – CPG Lunchtime Learning: The Nuts and Bolts of High Deductible Health Plans
2nd Half of lunch break – CPG Lunchtime Learning: CPI Author Spotlight: Beth-Sarah Wright
12:10-1:00 PM – The Annual Meeting of the Episcopal Women’s History Project
1:00 PM – AA/Recovery
2:00 PM – ECW Triennial Workshops 2015
4:00 PM – ECW Triennial Workshops 2015
6:00 PM – Latino Ministry Fiesta
6:30 PM – Bishop Gathering
7:30 PM – Ice Cream Social, Diocese of Maryland
8:15 PM – Integrity Eucharist
There will be one legislative session in the afternoon, with the bishops and deputies meeting separately. You can watch either of those sessions live on the General Convention Media Hub as well. Here’s what they’ll be talking about:
View a slideshow of photos from today relating to the election and confirmation of the Rt. Rev. Michael Bruce Curry as the 27th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church.
Additional photos will be added later today and this week, so feel free to check back.
“We’ve got a society where there are challenges before us, and we know that; there are crises all around us, and the Church has challenges before us. But we’ve got a God, and there really is a Jesus – and we are part of the ‘Jesus movement,’ and nothing can stop the movement of God’s love in this world – nothing!” – Presiding Bishop Elect Michael Curry
Curry then quoted Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who, he laughed, was “probably quoting Augustine or somebody” when he said about God’s movement in the world:
“By himself, God won’t; by ourselves, we can’t, but together with God, we can – and we will!”
The Rt. Rev. Michael Bruce Curry was elected by the House of Bishops on the first ballot, with 121 votes out of 174. This the vote tally:
Breidenthal – 19
Curry – 121
Douglas – 13
Smith – 21
A deputation from the House of Bishops, the Rt. Revs. Wayne Wright and Todd Ousley, brought word of the election to the House of Deputies, but the name was not announced.
Committee 19 for Confirmation of the Presiding Bishop then stepped forward and the Chaplain prayed for them; they left to deliberate on their recommendation to the House about whether to confirm or reject the House of Bishops’ election.
When the committee left the room, it was suggested by the Secretary that the House take a break so people could eat, but this was vehemently rejected by the deputies. They were determined to wait and stay in session until the committee came back with its decision.
When the committee returned, they made a motion to approve resolution A153 to confirm the House of Bishops’ election of Curry as Presiding Bishop.
The House of Deputies then voted on the motion, confirming Curry’s election with a vote of 800 to 12. When President of the House of Bishops Gay Jennings announced the results and banged the gavel, the House of Deputies was on its feet, singing and clapping.
The House of Deputies then sent word to the House of Bishops, informing them of their decision, and they brought Bishop Curry back, with his family and his deputation from North Carolina, to welcome him to the House of Deputies as the newly elected Presiding Bishop.
Bishop Curry is introduced to the House of Deputies
At 1:50 pm, The Rt. Rev. Wayne Wright and the Rt. Rev. Todd Ousley brought word from the House of Bishops:
“On behalf of the House of Bishops, we bring you greetings and announce that we have elected, by majority vote, the 27th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church.”
The President of the House of Deputies then called for Committee 19, Confirmation of the Presiding Bishop, to come forward, with Chaplain Lester McKenzie offering prayer for the committee as they deliberate about whether to confirm the election or not.
The name of the person elected by the House of Bishops will not be announced until after the committee for the Confirmation of the Presiding Bishop has reached a decision whether or not to confirm that election.
Click here for a live stream of the House of Deputies, which is in session still until the committee returns with a decision.
Members of the Fort Worth deputation at General Convention worked this morning to respond following the US Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage.
Diocesan Communications Director Katie Sherrod stepped out of the morning’s community Eucharist service to draft a statement as soon as word came through of the decision. Following the service, Sherrod and our two bishops, the Rt. Revs. Rayford High and Scott Mayer, worked on their joint statement further before sending it to be published on the diocesan website and disseminated through our other communications channels.
Members of the deputation had a brief opportunity to talk about implications of the Supreme Court decision before moving into a Joint Session of the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops, for a conversation about the Presiding Bishop Nomination and Structure.
There is a tight schedule at General Convention, to cover a wide range of issues. The General Convention is also discussing marriage and will be voting on related resolutions sometime in the days ahead.
The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth's Deputation to Episcopal General Convention