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A Message of Hope: Reflections from the PHOD as we prepare for the 81st General Convention

Hello, House of Deputies. I am recording this video from the site of the 81st General Convention here in Louisville, and I’m so excited for this upcoming General Convention. I just did a tour of the House of Deputies, and it’s going to be fantastic. I cannot wait until you can see it and experience…
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Letter to Deputies from President Ayala Harris

Traduccion al español a continuación Dear Deputies, It is with a heavy heart that I write to share some difficult news with you. Over the last year, I have been the complainant in a Title IV case under the purview of the Disciplinary Board for Bishops.  Until today, to uphold the integrity of the process,…
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House of Deputies Chaplain’s August 2023 reflection

Traducción al español a continuación The Fire of Unity. “What does it mean to truly unite in the face of adversity?” As we grapple with this question, we must look to our roots, our shared history, and the path that lies ahead.  The Episcopal Church is a tapestry woven with countless stories of struggles, failures,…
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House of Deputies Chaplain’s July 2023 Reflection

Traducción al español a continuación In the name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, I greet you from the Chapel of the Transfiguration, a place of worship in Grand Teton National Park. I find myself on the land where Shoshone, Bannock, Blackfoot, Crow, Flathead, Aaniih (Gros Ventre) french, and Pierced Nose (Nez Perce) French…
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House of Deputies Chaplain’s June 2023 Reflection

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born, I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”  Antes de formarte en el vientre,    ya te había elegido; antes de que nacieras, ya te había apartado;    te había nombrado profeta para las naciones. Avant que je t’aie formé dans le…
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President Ayala Harris’ 2023 Chancellors conference remarks

Traducción al español a continuación Creativity and Governance: A Love Story Good afternoon, colleagues!  Wow, Episcopal Chancellors you all are a wonderful group! I can honestly say that I never thought I could have so much fun while standing in front of a room full of church lawyers!  For my time with you today, I…
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President Ayala Harris’ June Executive Council opening remarks

Traducción al español a continuación Good morning, Executive Council, churchwide staff, and our distinguished guests.  Before I begin my opening remarks, I need to acknowledge that this morning is different.  I’ve joked in the past that it’s always hard to follow the presiding bishop at these meetings, and yet today I so wish that he…
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President’s 2023 Easter Message

Traducción al español a continuación Over the past few days, my husband and I have been busy planting our late spring and summer gardens. Our gardening this week builds on years of intentional planning and planting various native varieties of wildflowers and pollinator-attracting plants. Many of these plants have yet to send up their shoots,…
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President Ayala Harris March 2023 Interim Bodies Sermon

Traducción al español a continuación Out of Despair and Into Hope President of the House of Deputies  Interim Bodies Meeting  Cleveland, Ohio March 26, 2023 Sermon As Delivered Today the lectionary provides us with two very familiar passages from the Bible that are given for our reflection on this 5th Sunday in Lent.  The first is…
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President Ayala Harris’ February Executive Council Opening remarks

Traducción al español a continuación ‘Good Governance is Sacred and Holy Work’ Hello, Executive Council! It is so good to be back here again with you all in person. Before I begin my remarks, I would like us to take a brief moment of silence to pray for our 31st president of the House of…
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Death Announcement: The Very Rev. George Werner

We are saddened to hear the news of the passing of former President of the House of Deputies, the Very Rev. George L. W. Werner, who died peacefully in his home next to his family at the age of 85 this Monday, February 6, 2023. Rev. George served six years as the 31st president of the…
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Members named to the Constituting Group for Episcopal Church Coalition for Racial Equity and Justice

Español / Français Less than a year after a coalition was first proposed to focus on The Episcopal Church’s racial equity and justice work, members of the constituting group—representing the broad diversity of the church—have been appointed by the presiding bishop and president of the House of Deputies.  The 80th General Convention voted to establish…
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