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Dismantling Systemic Racism in the Episcopal Church

A lot has been going through my mind in the past few weeks as a person of color. The death of George Floyd reveals the fault line of our country’s original sin, and this is a moment of reckoning of our nation’s soul. I hope the outrage we are experiencing can begin to engage this…
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A Pentecost Lamentation

May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be always acceptable in your sight, my Lord and my Redeemer. On this Pentecost, I saw this challenge posed to Episcopalians at the end of a reflection: “If you would like to DO something to help dismantle systemic & institutional racism …” It…
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Seeking Justice in Minnesota

On Monday night, George Floyd, a black resident of Minneapolis, died after being restrained by police officers, one of whom pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes. Earlier this week, the Rev. Craig Loya, bishop-elect of Minnesota and former deputy from Nebraska, wrote about the situation in light of the long…
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“We Are One Together”: An Easter Greeting from Chaplain Lester MacKenzie

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In his Easter message to the House of Deputies, our chaplain Lester MacKenzie says, “When we gather as a house…yes, we do resolutions and church business, but the heart of all of that business is … the One that we follow, Jesus of Nazareth.” Watch the video to hear his message and our House of…
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The Phases of Disaster: Reflections from President Jennings

During the last twenty years, I have served as a critical incident stress debriefer for emergency service workers and clergy in disaster zones, and I have seen firsthand how those experiences change physical, social, emotional and spiritual landscapes dramatically. I am not an expert in disaster response and recovery, but I have studied the dynamics…
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President Jennings Remembers Bishop Barbara Harris

The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, president of the House of Deputies of the Episcopal Church, has released this statement about the death of Bishop Barbara Harris: It is almost impossible to imagine the Episcopal Church without Bishop Barbara Harris, the first female bishop in the Anglican Communion. Elected in 1988, Barbara was fierce, faithful, and,…
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Branching Out: A Sermon Preached at the Rooted in Jesus Conference

President Jennings preached this sermon on January 23 at the Rooted in Jesus Conference in Atlanta: Now, I want to acknowledge right up front that I don’t do yard work. In fact, my favorite seat in my house is at my kitchen table, where I can look out over the backyard and often see my…
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“What Would Whipple Do” Campaign Launches

Three deputies in the Episcopal Church of Minnesota are at the center of a campaign offering the federal government a choice: either evict the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and its immigration courts from the Bishop Henry Whipple Federal Building in Fort Snelling, or remove the bishop’s name from the building. Clergy deputies Devon Anderson,…
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Unlearning the History We Were Taught: Executive Council Opening Remarks

Good morning, and welcome to Montgomery. I’m glad to be here with all of you after my long summer of recovering from shoulder replacement surgery, and I’m even more glad to have escaped, if only briefly, the clutches of my physical therapist. I suspect he actually enjoys putting me through those torturous exercises that are…
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State of the Church Committee Meets with Bishops

Group charged with adaptive thinking travels to Minneapolis The members of the House of Deputies State of the Church Committee met earlier today with the House of Bishops. The group, which President Jennings asked “to identify, study and report on the Episcopal Church’s most significant opportunities to innovate and experiment so that we are equipped for 21st…
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