Category Archives: General Convention 2015

What’s happening on Wednesday, Day 7 of General Convention?

Legislative committees are meeting Monday through Thursday this week from 7:30 to 9:00 am, with worship at 9:30 am (Utah time).

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

The House of Deputies and the House of Bishops will meet separately for the morning legislative sessions, from 11:15 am – 1:00 pm and for the last half of the afternoon session, from 3:45 pm – 6:15 pm. 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.

In the early afternoon, the deputies and bishops will meet together for a Joint Session on Program, Budget and Finance from 2:15 – 3:15 pm.

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

House of Deputies – view the calendars.

House of Bishops – view the calendars.

Today, the exhibits will close at 3:00 pm.

There are numerous other activities going on today. Here are some that are scheduled:

All Day – Children’s Program
All Day – Episcopal Relief & Development: I believe that no one should live in poverty
All Day – Murals from Haiti
All Day – Young Adult Festival at General Convention
1:00 PM – AA/Recovery
1:30-2:30 PM – Tea with Bp. Li, Diocese of Taiwan
2:15 PM – Joint Session PB&F
3:00 PM – Exhibits Close
3:15 PM – Photo Day
3:45 PM – Legislative Session
7:00 PM – Diocese of Utah Event
9:00 PM – Black Caucus
9:00 PM –  Latino Caucus

 

How to… Submit a resolution

Both the House of Bishops and the House of Deputies are debating and voting on resolutions that have been submitted by various people or groups. There are so many, on a dizzying range of topics, that it can be overwhelming. Here is a little information to help.

Resolutions are catalogued with a letter and number. The letter tells where the resolution originated:

  • A” Resolutions are those submitted by CCABs.  (What’s a CCAB?)
  • B” Resolutions are those submitted by Bishops.
  • C” Resolutions are those submitted by Provinces or Dioceses.
  • D” Resolutions are those submitted by Deputies.

Each resolution is also categorized by its topic, by the committee it’s assigned to, and by who proposed it.

How does a resolution get submitted?

A resolution must also be vetted and approved by the Resolutions Review Committee of the House that will be hearing it before it can be voted on, to make sure that it follows certain guidelines and, if it passed, it wouldn’t be in conflict with the Constitution or Canons.

Resolutions are fluid documents, and the more complex or contested ones often undergo many changes on their way to the floor of either house. At legislative hearings, the resolutions are more extensively discussed; deputies may suggest amendments – or even entire substitute resolutions – to the proposer or author.

Many of the topics taken up at General Convention this year are part of continuing conversations.  The Archives of The Episcopal Church helps keep track of legislation from previous conventions that relates to resolutions at this year’s convention on a Legislative Research Services page.  Pick a resolution currently being considered, for example, A037, which is one of the resolutions on marriage, and the archives will show resolutions from previous years that are directly or indirectly related, with the text of those resolutions included.


All this discussion reminds David Madison of something from his childhood…

 

Evangelism in the digital age

On Monday, the House of Deputies adopted resolution B009, related to digital evangelism; now it goes to the House of Bishops. This topic seemed to energize several deputies and other Episcopalians using Twitter, to the point that their internet friends who are not Episcopalian started tweeting to ask about it. Watch the Twitter conversation unfold in the slideshow below. Watch the discussion on the floor of the House by clicking play in the video on the 3rd slide; move the slider at the bottom to about 3:05:00 to begin near where the discussion on B009 starts.


Despite his wariness of technology, the Rt. Rev. Scott Mayer decided to try Twitter. This decision was met by a chorus of support from Episcopalians and his fellow bishops on Twitter, and he had coaching from the most qualified member of the Fort Worth deputation, @GodWelcomesAll, the Rev. Jordan Haynie Ware.

Heads up, Episcotweeps – @jscottmayer is in the House (of Bishops)!

 

Commemorating James Weldon Johnson

The worship service on Tuesday, June 30 remembered the life of James Weldon Johnson, poet and hymn writer.

Eternal God, we give thanks for the gifts that you gave your servant James Weldon Johnson: a heart and voice to praise your Name in verse. As he gave us powerful words to glorify you, may we also speak with joy and boldness to banish hatred from your creation, in the Name of Jesus Christ; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

A combined choir of students from St. Augustine’s University and Voorhees College led the singing.

The Rev. Kimberly Jackson, Chaplain and Vicar of the Absalom Jones Episcopal Center in Atlanta preached.

Listen to the sermon online.

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“We are called to reject the notion that some people’s lives are of greater value than others’.”

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What’s happening on Tuesday, Day 6 of General Convention?

Legislative committees are meeting Monday through Thursday this week from 7:30 to 9:00 am, with worship at 9:30 am (Utah time).

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

Today, the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops will meet together after worship, from 11;15 am – 1:00 pm for a Joint Session to talk about Mission.

The House of Deputies and the House of Bishops will meet separately for the afternoon 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. 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 no one should live in poverty
All Day – United Thank Offering Blue Box
All Day – Young Adult Festival at General Convention
1st Half of lunch break – CPG Lunchtime Learning: Protect Yourself From Credit Card Fraud
2nd Half of lunch break – CPG Lunchtime Learning: Staying Active
1:00 PM – AA/Recovery
2:00 and 4:00 PM – ECW Triennial Workshops 2015
This evening – Seminary Gatherings
6:45-9:15 PM – Traces of the Trade
7:30 PM – Association for Episcopal Deacons Reception
9:00 PM – Deputies of Color Meeting

Watching My Children at General Convention

My family and I are benefiting from a gracious gift from some friends. The prospect of spending 12 days away from Margaret, Karina (11), and Cade (9) for General Convention seemed quite  daunting when I was elected as a deputy. But our friends made it possible for my family to spend a few days with me here in Salt Lake City.

Yes, we’ve done some vacation-type activities. For example, we took the kids up to Olympic Park in Park City, site of the 2002 Winter Olympics. We’ve shopped at the malls near the hotel and convention center. That’s all well and good. Those activities alone make for a wonderful gift. But there’s a deeper gift I’ve been granted.

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I’ve been able to spend two days worshiping with my family. For a change, I’ve stood next to them during Holy Eucharist instead of being separated by an altar. I’ve been close enough to hear them sing (or not). I’ve fielded questions that arose after Episcopalians around us recited the Lord’s Prayer in languages my children had not heard until arriving here. I’ve received the Body and Blood of Jesus with them instead of giving it to them.

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I ponder the impact this convention will have on my children’s journey with Jesus in the Episcopal Church, as they’ve received daily hugs from Bishops High, Ohl, and Mayer, and engaged in deep conversations over dinner with deputies from the Episcopal Diocese of Northwest Texas (not to mention small talk with bishops processing past them during Sunday’s worship service).

Karina and Cade aren’t the only children here at General Convention. There are even younger folks among us.

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A young attendee at General Convention joins in worship.
A young attendee at General Convention joins in worship.

One can hear the occasional cry, or laugh, or emphatic “Amen” during the liturgies after all the adults have finished saying “Amen.” After hearing their voices and the stories from other deputies and bishops about the times they brought their children or grandchildren to different conventions, it’s clear to me that children are welcome here. They add to the joy of this large,  Episcopal family. Their presence here is indeed a great gift that will keep on giving.

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:

Reflections on Worship – Monday, Day 5

This morning’s Eucharist, like all I have attended at the General Convention of the Episcopal Church, was both moving and meaningful.

The first lesson was from Ezekiel. We are reminded that we are God’s sheep and that he will provide leadership and care. Psalm 87 was sung, led by the exceptional choir. The second lesson was a reading from Timothy, where we are enjoined to spread the word, and be rewarded by the Lord, the Righteous Judge.

The Gospel was the story of Jesus repeatedly asking Simon Peter if he loved him (Jesus), and directing Peter to “feed my sheep.” Jesus then gave an indication of Peter’s fate to come, and concluded with “Follow me.”

The homily was by Archbishop Vicken Aykazian, Legate of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America.

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He noted that we were celebrating the feast of St Peter and St Paul, and gave a brief reference to the lessons, then began his story. I expect that you can find the video online, so I’ll just recap a few impressions. I had forgotton what I might have known about the genocide of the Armenians. It happened in what is now Turkey, early in the 20th century. The people were ejected from their homeland of 3,000 years; two thirds of an ethnic population of over one and a half million perished. Over 2,600 monasteries were destroyed, and over 4,000 clergy killed.

Episcopalians in this country received refugees and opened doors. We were thanked for our generosity and grace.   I can only assume that not all were so welcoming.

The homily was moving, and well received.

Some other interesting factoids: We served about 2,200 at the Eucharist – in less than 10 minutes. There were 12 stations with multiple servers. We used 48 loves of bread and 96 bottles of wine.

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On Sunday (yesterday), we served over 5,000 in less than 12 minutes.

I have enjoyed each and every daily Eucharist at GC2015. Somehow we manage to successfully combine all that makes an Episcopal service special with numbers that rival mega-church.

Thanks be to God!

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

PB Election

The Election of the 27th PB of our beloved church was extraordinary. The election took place on the first ballot, a first in recent history. There was a great spirit before, during and after the election. The House of Bishops spoke very strongly and decidedly about their will. I believe we knew what we wanted and ultimately who we wanted. Bishop Michael is an evangelist, who preaches Jesus’ love , acceptance, and acceptance of all God’s children. His Diocese of North Carolina is an example of his work of ministry. He is going to be very good for our church.

+Rayford

 

Bishops sign testimonials
Bishops sign testimonials