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Touch Grass: Legislative Officer Training Opening Remarks

President Jennings gave these opening remarks to an online training of legislative officers on September 28: Good afternoon—or good morning, or good evening, depending on your time zone. Thank you all for devoting this time to preparing for General Convention.  We’ll get down to details in just a few minutes, but before then, I want…
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House of Deputies Legislative Committees Appointed

More than 483 deputies will serve on House of Deputies legislative committees at the 80th General Convention, House of Deputies President Gay Clark Jennings has announced. The triennial meeting, originally planned for 2021, is now scheduled to take place in Baltimore from July 7-14, 2022. For the first time, legislative committees will convene online beginning in November…
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Members of the Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop Elected

Congratulations to Deputies Thomas Alexander of Arkansas, Lydia Kelsey Bucklin of Northern Michigan and Rose H. Sconiers of Western New York; alternate deputies Thomas Diaz and Antonio Gallardo of Los Angeles; and also to Maureen-Elizabeth Hagen of Oregon, Deborah Harmon Hines of Western Massachusetts, Deborah M. Jackson of Florida, Steven Nishibayashi of Los Angeles, Mary…
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Statement on Indigenous boarding schools by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and President of the House of Deputies Gay Clark Jennings

In Genesis, God conferred dignity on all people by creating them in God’s own image–a belief that is shared by all Abrahamic faiths. We are grieved by recent discoveries of mass graves of Indigenous children on the grounds of former boarding schools, where Indigenous children experienced forced removal from their homes, assimilation and abuse. These…
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Election Update: Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop

The election of lay and clergy representatives of the Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop will continue into the fifth ballot on Tuesday with three lay members and two clergy members still to be chosen. Lay members Deborah Harmon Hines of West Tennessee and Steven Nishibayashi of Los Angeles were chosen…
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Moving Forward Together: Executive Council Opening Remarks

President Jennings gave these opening remarks to an online meeting of Executive Council on June 25: Good morning. It’s good to be with all of you on Zoom today. Thank you for your prayers and good wishes since our last Executive Council meeting in April, when my remarks had to be recorded in advance due…
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The Bigotry at the Heart of Fulton v. Philadelphia: A Statement from President Jennings

As a priest in the Episcopal Church, where we have struggled for decades to treat LGBTQ+ people with the dignity they deserve and God demands, I am disappointed by the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Fulton v. City of Philadelphia. Scholars can debate the broader legal implications of the decision, but as a…
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From the Presiding Officers: Online Election for the Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop/Las elecciones en línea para el Comité Conjunto de Nominaciones para la Elección del Obispo Primado

Dear Bishops and Deputies: A week from today—Tuesday, June 8—we will begin the online election for the Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop. This way of electing leaders will be an experiment—one of many we have undertaken during the COVID-19 pandemic—and we ask all deputies and bishops to participate so we…
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GC80 Legislative Committees Survey Now Available

Dear Deputies: In preparation for the 80th General Convention in July 2022, I am beginning the process of appointing deputies to legislative committees. The Presiding Bishop and I wrote to bishops and deputies about our plans for legislative committees on February 23; you can read that letter on the House of Deputies website. The survey to indicate…
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Choose Hope: A Sermon Preached on the Feast of Florence Li Tim-Oi

Today we remember the Rev. Florence Li Tim-Oi, born in Hong Kong in 1907, ordained a deacon in 1941, and ordained a priest in 1944. This makes her the first woman ordained a priest in the Anglican Communion – at least that we know about. There are some who say that the first ordination of…
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