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What’s happening on Day 5 of General Convention?

Today, legislative committees are meeting from 7:30 to 9:00 am, with worship at 9:30 am (Utah time).

Watch live at 10:30 am our time on the Media Hub.

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.

You can watch either session live on the General Convention Media Hub as well. Here’s what they’ll be talking about:

House of Deputies – view the calendars.

House of Bishops – view the calendars.

 

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

What’s happening on Day 4 of General Convention?

There are no legislative committees or sessions in the morning today, but many people will still be up and at it first thing.

The worship service, including the United Thank Offering ingathering, begins at 10:00 am in Utah.

Watch live at 11:00 am our time.

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:

House of Deputies – view the calendars.

House of Bishops – view the calendars.

A “priority calendar” will include topics where debate and discussion is anticipated, and each resolution will be voted on separately.

Items on a “consent calendar” are usually not expected to require discussion or debate, so they’re voted on together in one block.

In the evening, the Fort Worth deputation has the option to get together with other deputations in our Province,  Province VII.

Presiding Bishop Election Slideshow and Press Conferences

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.

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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!”

Watch a press conference with Bishop Curry

Watch the daily press briefing with representatives from the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops.

The Rt. Rev. Michael B. Curry elected as Presiding Bishop

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.

Bishops Wayne Wright and Todd Ousley announce the House of Bishops has made an election.
Bishops Wayne Wright and Todd Ousley announce the House of Bishops has made an election.

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.

The Committee for the Confirmation of the Presiding Bishop gathers.
The Committee for the Confirmation of the Presiding Bishop gathers.

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.

Michael Curry confirmed as Presiding Bishop
Michael Curry confirmed as Presiding Bishop

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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

Watch Bishop Curry’s Press Conference

 

See a slideshow of photos from the day.

 

House of Bishops has made an election, House of Deputies committee deliberating

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.

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Click here for a live stream of the House of Deputies, which is in session still until the committee returns with a decision.

 

Bishops march against gun violence in Salt Lake City

The bishops and many others started early Sunday morning, with a 7:15 am march: “Claiming Common Ground Against Gun Violence.” The march was organized by Bishops United Against Gun Violence.

Watch more videos from the Episcopal News Service about the march, which was also covered on TV news in Salt Lake City.

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The convention is also voting on related resolutions, such as C005 – Decreasing Gun Violence, which is being considered by Committee 8 – Social Justice and United States Policy; Cliff Craig, a deputy from Northwest Texas, serves on that committee. The “C” in the resolution number indicates it was submitted by a diocese, in this case, the Diocese of Los Angeles.

The Diocese of Los Angeles’ Peace and Justice Ministries page has many resources related to gun policy and gun violence.

Supreme Court ruling on marriage prompts responses

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.

Katie missed the sermon this morning, busy drafting a statement on the  US Supreme Court ruling on marriage
Sherrod missed the sermon this morning, busy drafting a statement on the US Supreme Court ruling on marriage
Katie and the bishops review statement on the US Supreme court ruling on marriage
Sherrod and the bishops review a joint statement on the US Supreme court ruling.
Carlye and the bishops talk about pastoral responses to the news from the Supreme Court.
Carlye Hughes, rector of Trinity, and the bishops talk about pastoral responses to the news from the Supreme Court.

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.