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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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Standing with Today’s Canaanite Women

And his disciples came and urged him, saying, “Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” He answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s food and…
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House of Deputies Special Committee on Sexual Harassment and Exploitation Appointed

Forty-seven member panel to draft legislation for General Convention 2018 House of Deputies President Gay Clark Jennings has appointed a House of Deputies special committee that will draft legislation on sexual harassment and exploitation for this summer’s General Convention. “In January, Presiding Bishop Curry and I called the church to examine its history and end…
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Why Does #MeToo Burn Bright While #BlackLivesMatter Gets Extinguished?

Women are calling out men’s sexual misconduct and abuse of power with great effect. We are seeing a correction to how women are being treated, which is so positive and so necessary. Yet somehow it leaves me feeling hollow. Why can’t we get the same traction when it comes to misconduct and the abuse of…
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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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