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Nominations for Interim Bodies of General Convention Due August 20

Episcopalians from across the church are invited to apply for membership on the commissions, committees, task forces, and other interim bodies created by General Convention. The application, which is open until August 20, is available online. Applicants will be asked to indicate their interest in up to three groups created by General Convention, which include:…
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Demographics of the House of Deputies at #GC79

The House of Deputies at the 79th General Convention in Austin comprises 852 deputies, 53 percent of whom identify as women, 46 percent of whom identify as men, and slightly less than 1 percent of whom identify as gender queer. According to the Pew Research Center, the Episcopal Church’s membership in 2014 was 55 percent…
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Prayer Service Set at Detention Center During General Convention

Responding to calls from Episcopalians across the church to act on behalf of families seeking asylum at the southern U. S. border, a team of concerned leaders heading to General Convention has planned a prayer service outside the T. Don Hutto Residential Detention Center in Taylor, Texas, at about noon on Sunday, July 8. The…
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Elections at #GC79: A Letter from President Jennings

April 27, 2018 Dear Deputies and Alternate Deputies: General Convention meets just once every three years, so we deputies have a great responsibility to elect and confirm many of the people who do the work of the church in between conventions. At this convention, we’ll elect 51 people to ten different positions, confirm House of…
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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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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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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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