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80th General Convention Set for July 7-14, 2022 in Baltimore/La 80ª Convención General tendrá lugar el 7-14 de julio de 2022, en Baltimore

Dear Bishops and Deputies: When we last wrote to you about the 80th General Convention, in late July, we committed to reevaluating the public health situation, consulting with epidemiologists, and making a final decision about how the convention would proceed. We have taken these steps, and earlier today, Executive Council consented unanimously to our decision….
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The 50th Anniversary of Women in the House of Deputies: Executive Council Opening Remarks

President Jennings gave these opening remarks to an online meeting of Executive Council on October 9: Hello, and welcome to this online meeting of Executive Council. I continue to be grateful to all of you, and to everyone across the church, who is learning new technology and embracing new ways of gathering so we can…
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A Conversation With Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows and Bishop Deon Johnson

Since the beginning of the Episcopal Church, we have governed ourselves democratically with the full participation of laypeople, clergy and bishops. What advantages do our democratic structures give us in responding to COVID-19 and systemic racism as we seek “to become a Church of and for all races and a Church without racism committed to…
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President Jennings Supports LGBTQ Families as Lead Signer in Supreme Court Brief

Nondiscrimination policies are no bar to religious liberty, says House of Deputies president House of Deputies President Gay Clark Jennings is the lead signer on a friend of the court brief filed Thursday with the Supreme Court of the United States. The brief, which concerns a case involving religiously affiliated child welfare agencies that refuse…
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Becoming Beloved Community NOW: Justice

On July 29, President Jennings made these remarks to the Becoming Beloved Community NOW: Justice online gathering, which was led by Deputy Edwin Johnson of Massachusetts. Learn more about the initiative from Episcopal News Service and watch the recording. Thank you, Edwin, and thank you to all the members of the Presiding Officers’ Advisory Group…
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A Conversation with Mayor Pete Buttigieg

On July 15, President Gay Clark Jennings hosted Mayor Pete Buttigieg, an active Episcopalian and member of the Cathedral of St. James in South Bend, Indiana, in a conversation about the intersection of faith and politics. The webinar is the first in a series for deputies and alternate deputies to the 80th General Convention.

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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