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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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Task Force on Liturgical and Prayer Book Revision Update

The Task Force on Liturgical and Prayer Book Revision has released the following summary statement: The Task Force on Liturgical and Prayer Book Revision was established by Resolution 2018-A068 and met for its second meeting Oct. 22-25, 2019, at the Emory Conference Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The Task Force is seeking, receiving, and reviewing liturgical…
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“The fire to dare to share our learnings”: a Sermon from Diane Pollard

This sermon was delivered by New York deputy and member of Executive Council Diane Pollard during the meeting of Executive Council in Birmingham, Alabama on October 18, 2019: Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be always acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer. Over the…
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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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Navigating Uncharted Territory: Using Social Media Responsibly and Charitably

Dear Deputies and Alternate Deputies: Last week, we learned that the 10-year membership and attendance numbers for the Episcopal Church show a steep decline. For those of us who love the Episcopal Church, this news was sobering and even upsetting. It has inspired many people to question their assumptions and consider anew the urgency of…
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A Relentless Cascade of Violence and Injustice: A Letter from President Jennings

Dear Deputies and Alternate Deputies: For the past several weeks, reading the news has registered like a series of body blows. First, a cluster of mass shootings by white men in California, Texas, and my home state of Ohio killed more than 30 people, most of whom were people of color. Then, while the vigils…
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Plans Underway for Families with Children at #GC80

In February, the Diocese of Western Louisiana became the first diocese to elect deputies for General Convention 2021 in Baltimore. As deadlines to stand for election approach in other dioceses around the church, families with children can explore options for children who will attend General Convention, which will take place June 30 to July 13, 2021. Thanks…
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