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The Cloak of Invisibility

Belonging Full communion in the church doesn’t mean what is used to. Even those who belong don’t belong if they don’t have the rights and privileges of others. The list of nonbelonging belongers is long. If you’re included in the list (which means you’re excluded), You know it, even though you’ve been assured that the…
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Throwing Privilege Into Stark Relief: White Women, Racism and #MeToo

When I read any story, I tend to put myself somewhere in the narrative, projecting myself onto certain characters. I find the character I end up “trying on” generally has something in common with me. In the tale of the woman who anoints Jesus just before the passion narrative begins, I project myself onto her….
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A New Biography of Absalom Jones

As we again approach the celebration of Absalom Jones Day, let me ask us all to review the biography of Blessed Absalom which we print in our bulletins and to which we refer in our teaching and preaching. The most popularly printed version seems to be the short account printed in “Lesser Feasts and Fasts”…
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Standing With Tamar: A Letter from the Presiding Bishop and President Jennings, in English y español

January 22, 2018 Dear People of God in the Episcopal Church: In recent weeks, compelling testimony from women who have been sexually harassed and assaulted by powerful men has turned our minds to a particularly difficult passage of holy scripture:  the story of the rape of King David’s daughter Tamar by her half-brother Amnon (2…
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Hard and Holy Conversations: Executive Council Opening Remarks

President Jennings delivered these remarks to the opening session of the Episcopal Church’s Executive Council, meeting in Linthicum Heights, Maryland, from January 22-24. Good morning. Welcome back to the Maritime Center, and welcome back to Executive Council. I’m glad to be here with you all in this home stretch of the triennium. As one deputy…
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Legislative Committee Rosters Released/Se Publican las Listas de los Comités Legislativos

Dear Deputies and Alternate Deputies: Earlier today, I posted the final rosters of legislative committees for General Convention 2018 on the House of Deputies website. Thank you to all of you who filled out last summer’s online survey about your committee preferences, and thank you to all of you who have accepted an appointment to…
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Legislative Aide Applications Due March 16

At each General Convention, legislative aides serve the House of Deputies by working closely with the officers of legislative committees to help legislation move through convention efficiently and smoothly. In 2018, as in 2015, legislative aides will be appointed through an open application process. Both alternate deputies and volunteers who will attend General Convention at…
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Announcement of Legislative Committee Officers/Un Anuncio de los Oficiales de los Comités Legislativos

November 29, 2017 Dear Deputies: With a side of turkey over the holiday weekend, I finished one of my favorite tasks of the triennium: appointing deputies to serve as legislative committee officers for General Convention. Today I’m sending that list to all of you so you can begin to prepare for convention by learning who…
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Preliminary Budget Draft and Survey Now Available: A Letter from President Jennings

Dear Deputies, The preliminary draft of the 2019-2021 triennium budget, prepared by Executive Council’s Finance for Mission Committee (FFM), is now available online. An overview of the budget prepared by the committee is also available. After you have reviewed the overview and draft budget, I hope that you will take the online survey about the budget. This survey will provide both FFM…
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We Need All the Mission We Can Get: Executive Council Opening Remarks

President Jennings gave these remarks at the opening session of the Executive Council meeting on October 18, 2017: Good morning. Welcome back to the Maritime Center, and welcome back to Executive Council. I’m glad to be here with you all. Our work of strengthening the church to spread the gospel seems more and more critical…
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