Day 8 at General Convention – the home stretch in sight

Bishops and deputies put in another long day as they moved through resolutions on a wide range of topics, both those to do with the structure and governance of the church and those looking to the Church’s role in the wider world. Convention will end no later than Friday, July 3, at 6:30 p.m. Deputies will head home on late evening flights and arrive home in Maine by noon on July 4. Please keep them in your prayers as they travel.

Your deputies grab a box supper before attending the Diocese of Utah event held at the Mormon Tabernacle.

Your deputies enjoy a box supper before attending the Diocese of Utah event held at the Mormon Tabernacle on Wednesday.

Structure of the Church
Both houses approved two resolutions that will change the structure of the church.
Learn more at House of Deputies News and Episcopal News Service

Prayerbook revision
Earlier today some waggish deputy tweeted that perhaps the 1979 Book of Common Prayer shouldn’t be called the “new” prayerbook anymore. Both houses approved a study process to look into a major prayerbook revision over the next triennium.
House of Deputies News has the story here.

Marriage equality
Late yesterday afternoon the House of Deputies concurred with the House of Bishops on two resolutions that will open two marriage liturgies to all couples beginning with Advent 1.
Here’s the story at Episcopal News Service

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Nina Pooley testifies on Thursday

2016-2018 Budget
Earlier today the House of Bishops concurred with the House of Deputies on the next triennial budget. The approved budget includes amendments to increase stewardship funding by $150,000 to be taken from the operations of the Development Office and the addition of $2.8 million for church planting by increasing the draw from the endowment by .5 percent.
More from House of Deputies News and Episcopal News Service

Divestment
Today the House of Bishops, as the first house to address resolutions related to the conflict in Israel/Palestine, rejected a resolution that called for divestment in corporations that do business in Israel.
Episcopal News Service has the story

The House of Bishop concurred with a resolutions that calls for the Episcopal Church, though not the Church Pension

Ben Shambaugh testifies on Thursday

Ben Shambaugh testifies on Thursday

Fund, to divestment in fossil fuels.
A story on that action may be found in the Episcopal News Service daily digest (second headline down) for July 2.

Alcohol policy
Episcopal News Service has a comprehensive story about the three resolutions relating to alcohol passed on Tuesday by both houses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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