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House of Deputies Elects Julia Ayala Harris President

Julia Ayala Harris, a deputy from the Diocese of Oklahoma, was elected today as president of the House of Deputies of the Episcopal Church. Her term as one of the denomination’s two presiding officers begins  on Monday at the close of the church’s General Convention in Baltimore. She will be the first Latina and first…
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Reporting Concerns in the House of Deputies

We want everyone in the House of Deputies to feel safe and to be safe.  And, we want you to know who you can contact if anything happens at any time and any place during General Convention that makes you feel unsafe or that you think someone should know about.  Whether you are a deputy,…
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From President Jennings: Responding to the Supreme Court Decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization

Although we all knew that today’s Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization was coming, its arrival is still a blow to people of all faiths and none who have cherished, for nearly 50 years, the hope of equal access to reproductive health care. As I said in May, when a draft…
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COVID-19 Care at the 80th General Convention

Confidential reporting mechanism for all General Convention attendees: If you test positive, please text Dr. Rodney Coldren at 724-603-0232. House of Deputies COVID Care Plan Once a positive test has been reported, Dr. Coldren or a member of the House of Deputies Medical Support Team will be in touch to ensure that deputies are aware…
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80th General Convention House of Deputies Seating Chart and COVID Safety Rules

The House of Deputies seating chart, which includes locations for each deputation, is now available. Dioceses marked in red include members of the House of Deputies Medical Support Team, who will be available to assist deputies in identifying resources and medical services to respond to COVID-19. As a reminder, these COVID-safety rules will be in…
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Statement from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and President of the House of Deputies Gay Clark Jennings on NYSRPA v. Bruen

The Supreme Court’s decision today striking down New York’s regulation of the concealed carry of firearms—at a time when our nation is reeling from gun violence—raises grave concerns. We fear this decision will lead to more firearms on our streets and in our communities. When we signed onto an amicus brief in this case last…
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Second Candidate Forum Video Available

The recording of the second President of the House of Deputies and Vice President of the House of Deputies candidate forum, which took place on June 13, is now available with Spanish subtitles. See candidate profiles here: https://houseofdeputies.org/candidate-forums/  

On Second Thought: An Update about Breakfast and Lunch at General Convention

Dear Deputies and Alternate Deputies, Last week, you received word that the upcoming General Convention would include a hotel breakfast and boxed lunch program that would be required for bishops and deputies and be billed to dioceses. Since then, I have heard from many of you that the meal plan would be too expensive, involve…
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First Candidate Forum Video Available

The recording of the first President of the House of Deputies and Vice President of the House of Deputies candidate forum, which took place on June 4, is now available with Spanish subtitles. Join us for the second candidate forum at 2 p.m. Eastern today: https://houseofdeputies.org/candidate-forums/

House of Deputies President and Vice President Candidate Forums in June, Profiles Now Available

Deputies and alternate deputies are invited to hear from candidates for President of the House of Deputies and Vice President of the House of Deputies during forums taking place Saturday, June 4 at 2 p.m. Eastern and Monday, June 13 at 2 p.m. Eastern. The Rev. Albert Cutié will moderate the forums. Submit questions for the candidates…
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Letter to The Episcopal Church from Presiding Bishop and President of the House of Deputies: Recommendation for June 6 resolution deadline for GC80

Dear Friends in Christ: Earlier this week, the Presiding Officers’ General Convention Design Group met for a third time to continue planning a shorter, smaller, safer General Convention in Baltimore from July 8 to 11. This week, the group’s primary recommendation is that June 6 be established as the deadline for submitting resolutions to the…
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Letter to The Episcopal Church from Presiding Bishop and President of the House of Deputies: COVID-19 safety recommendations from Presiding Officers’ General Convention Design Group

Dear Friends in Christ: Earlier this week, the Presiding Officers’ General Convention Design Group met for a second time to continue planning a shorter, smaller, safer General Convention, which will take place in Baltimore from July 8 to 11. The group has made several recommendations to us that we have accepted, and we are confident…
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