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A Tale of Two Pilgrimages: 2019 Easter Message

The Body of Christ, throughout the world, working together creating God’s dream in our lands. Recently I was appointed interim vicar of a very small congregation in San Francisco. It’s an historically African American church in a gentrifying neighborhood, a congregation deeply faithful, deeply connected in the old neighborhood. We have ministries addressing food insecurity…
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Alternate Deputy Meyers Reflects on the International Anglican Liturgical Consultation

Alternate deputy Ruth Meyers of California, a members of the Task Force on Liturgical and Prayer Book Revision, attended the International Anglican Liturgical Consultation in Hong Kong in January 2019. In this essay, she reflects on worshipping and learning with people from across the Anglican Communion: Gathering in Hong Kong for the International Anglican Liturgical Consultation, with…
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Walking Together from Jericho to Jerusalem: Executive Council Opening Remarks

President Jennings gave these remarks to the opening session of Executive Council on February 21: Good morning. I’m glad to be here with all of you in Oklahoma City, and grateful to you, Bishop Ed, for your hospitality. I look forward to our time together. I don’t know about you, but for me, 2019 has…
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Statute of Limitations Suspension Begins January 1: A Letter from the Presiding Bishop and President Jennings, in English y español

Statute of Limitations Suspension for Clergy Sexual Misconduct Begins January 1, 2019 Advent 2018 Dear People of God in the Episcopal Church: Nearly a year ago, we issued a call for the church to examine its history and come to a fuller understanding of how we have handled or mishandled cases of sexual harassment, exploitation…
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Challenging Ourselves to Change: Executive Council Opening Remarks

President Jennings made these remarks to the opening session of Executive Council on October 15: Good morning, and welcome to beautiful Chaska, Minnesota. I’m delighted to be starting a new triennium with all of you, especially those of you who are attending your first Executive Council meeting. Thank you for your willingness to serve the…
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Manna for the Journey: President Jennings’s Speech to EAM

President Jennings gave this speech at the Episcopal Asiamerica Ministries (EAM) National Consultation in Honolulu, Hawaii, on September 30, 2018: Good evening! Thank you so much, Fred and Bayani, for inviting me to join you for this wonderful Episcopal Asiamerica Ministries Consultation.  And thanks to all of you who have included me in your conference…
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Jesus is Praying for Us: Sermon Preached at the 79th General Convention

President Jennings preached this sermon on July 6, 2018 at the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church. In the Name of God. Amen. In today’s first reading, the prophet Isaiah imagines a world in which “not even fools shall go astray.” In the next ten minutes I may provide you with ample evidence that…
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Opening Remarks: Getting Uncomfortable at General Convention

photo credit:  Nina Nicholson President Jennings made these remarks at the opening session of the 79th General Convention on July 4: Good afternoon, and welcome to the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church! I am so glad to have the chance to welcome you to Austin that I agreed to occupy what is widely…
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75 Days and Counting: Executive Council Opening Remarks

President Jennings gave these remarks on April 21 at the opening session of the Executive Council meeting on April 21, 2018: Good morning, and welcome to Austin! It’s 75 days until the first day of legislative business. Just in case you are keeping track. I am! Since we met in January, I’ve had the privilege…
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Making Safe the Road from Jericho to Jerusalem: President Jennings’s Remarks at the Deputies of Color Meeting

Good morning. I’m glad to be here with you. Thank you for inviting me to share your preparations for General Convention. I hope that I can be helpful as you learn and caucus and organize, and that I can learn from all of your as I prepare to lead the House of Deputies this summer….
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