House of Deputies

of The Episcopal Church

Letting Our Light Shine in Texas: A Letter from the Presiding Bishop and President of the House of Deputies

August 16, 2017 Dear People of God in the Episcopal Church: Yesterday, the Texas legislature adjourned its special session without passing a so-called “bathroom bill,” which threatened to write discrimination against transgender people into state law. We give thanks for all of the Texan Episcopalians, elected officials, business leaders, and advocates who raised their voices…
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The Christian Tradition We Would Far Rather Forget

The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, president of the House of Deputies, released this statement on August 14 in response to racist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 11 and 12: Like many Americans, I was horrified to watch white supremacist violence in Charlottesville spiral out of control this weekend. As an Episcopalian, I was particularly…
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Legislative Committee Survey Now Online

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[En ingles y español] July 14, 2017 Dear Deputies, In preparation for the 79th General Convention in July 2018, I am beginning the process of appointing deputies to legislative committees. The Presiding Bishop and I wrote to bishops and deputies about our plans for legislative committees on July 6; you can read that letter on…
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Legislative Committees Announced: Letter from Presiding Bishop Curry and President Jennings

[En ingles y español] July 6, 2017 Dear Deputies and Bishops, We’re just over a year away from the 79th General Convention, and already, planning is in high gear. Part of our role in those preparations, as set forth by the Rules of Order of the House of Deputies and House of Bishops, is to…
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Three Buckets of Water

President Jennings delivered these remarks to Executive Council on June 9 at the beginning of a meeting held in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Good morning. I’m glad to be here with you in the Diocese of Puerto Rico. It’s been nearly ten years since Executive Council convened in Province IX, and although this meeting has…
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Episcopal Migration Ministries Launches Fundraising Campaign

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Last week, Episcopal Migration Ministries, the refugee resettlement agency of the Episcopal Church, launched a fundraising campaign called Stand To Support Refugees. Funds donated will support the Episcopal Church’s ministry to refugees, which began in the nineteenth century and expanded to include refugee resettlement with the passage of the Refugee Act of 1980. The campaign is prompted…
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Mantengámonos de pie con los refugiados

Apoyemos el Ministerio Episcopal de Migración y la Red Episcopal de Política Pública Estimados Diputados: Como muchos de ustedes, he visto la semana pasada el desarrollo de las noticias de Washington, D.C. con creciente incredulidad y miedo para los más vulnerable entre nosotros. Los esfuerzos de la nueva administración de revocar La Ley del Cuidado de…
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Stand with Refugees: A Letter from President Jennings

Dear Deputies: Like many of you, in the last week I have watched the news from Washington D.C. unfold with increasing disbelief and growing fear for the most vulnerable among us. The new administration’s efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a suitable replacement, silence journalists and advocates, and distort our national conversation with…
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Take Action to Champion Refugee Resettlement

Cabinet confirmation hearings begin tomorrow The Senate tomorrow begins confirmation hearings on President-elect Trump’s cabinet nominees. This is an opportunity for Episcopalians to urge their senators to determine where the nominees stand on one of the most important humanitarian issues of our day: the resettlement of refugees in the United States. Call your senators and…
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Flipping in a New Way

President Jennings delivered these remarks to Executive Council on October 20 at the beginning of a meeting held in New Brunswick, New Jersey.  Last month, at the kind invitation of the Presiding Bishop, I went to the House of Bishops meeting in Detroit. I am absolutely certain that when he invited me, he did not…
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