Maine Episcopalians have lots of ways to get the latest updates on the actions of the 78th General Convention of the Episcopal Church meeting at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City from June 25 to July 3.
Bishop Stephen Lane, four lay deputies, four clerical deputies, a representative to the concurrent Episcopal Church Women’s Triennial meeting, and a member of the Official Youth Presence have arrived and begun a ten-day whirlwind of committee meetings, daily worship, legislative sessions, and time to connect from Episcopalians from across the U.S. and the 14 countries where the Episcopal Church has a presence.
The New Northeast news blog
This blog, The New Northeast, will serve as the primary portal for daily news summaries, photos, the Deputy of the Day post, and Bishop Lane’s video update of each day’s events. Join 247 others in receiving email notices of new posts to the NNE by clicking the “Follow this Blog” button on the right sidebar.
The “Mainers in Salt Lake City” group on Facebook
While we’ll be posting to the diocese’s regular Facebook page (which we hope you “like!”), the algorithm that determines what you see on your news feed means that you will probably see very few posts unless we pay to “boost” them, i.e. advertise them. Bag that! Instead, join the Mainers in Salt Lake City group where you will see photos and hear news in real time posted by our deputies and Bishop Lane as well as be able to post your own questions for Mainers here in SLC.
Here’s a photo album of pix from the first few days. You don’t have to be on Facebook to view it.
Follow us on Twitter
If you’re the tweeting sort, follow Bishop Lane @maine_bishop and the Diocese of Maine @episcopalmaine. Canon for Communication and Advocacy Heidi Shott also tweets @heidomaine about some of the quirkier elements of General Convention. Her tweets are her own. Follow #GC78 for a firehose of tweets from hundreds of people across the Church. Other hashtags to follow include #prayersof (promoted by Society of St. John the Evangelist) and #jesusatgc (promoted by Forward Movement.)
Here’s a list of other resources:
General Convention Website: a good go-to for general information
The General Convention Media Hub: real-time and video on demand of sermons from daily Eucharists, live streaming of legislative sessions from the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops, and a daily schedule of events.
The Blue Book: This lists all the resolutions from standing bodies of the Episcopal Church as well as their reports from the 2013-2015 triennium. Follow this link to get the report/resolutions for a particular group (rather than download the whole Blue Book.)
Legislation Tracker: Interested in a particular piece of legislation? Track it by number, committee, subject, or sponsor and follow its legislative progress through committee and the two houses.
Episcopal News Service: Lots of stories about all things General Convention. Just posted are the opening remarks of the Presiding Bishop, the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, and the President of the House of Deputies, the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings.
House of Deputy News: a robust stream of stories and features about members of the House of Deputies