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Dismantling Systemic Racism in the Episcopal Church

A lot has been going through my mind in the past few weeks as a person of color. The death of George Floyd reveals the fault line of our country’s original sin, and this is a moment of reckoning of our nation’s soul. I hope the outrage we are experiencing can begin to engage this…
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“How long, white Episcopalians, how long?”: Executive Council Opening Remarks

President Jennings gave these opening remarks to an online meeting of Executive Council on June 8: Good morning. I’m glad to be with you all this morning and I want to to welcome, for the first time, people from across the Episcopal Church via live stream on YouTube. Twice in recent years, I have traveled…
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An Update on the 80th General Convention From Presiding Bishop Curry and President Jennings

Dear Bishops and Deputies: As this pandemic season stretches on, our profound grief for those who have died is compounded by daily reminders of the economic hardship the plague has brought to many of our communities. Even those who have not suffered great losses are enduring smaller ones, such as the cancelation of graduations, summer…
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Emerging from the Pandemic With A Church That Matters: Executive Council Opening Remarks

Presiding Jennings gave these opening remarks to an online meeting of Executive Council on April 29: Good morning. I’m very glad to be with all of you, albeit remotely, as we all continue to adjust our lives and our ministries to the coronavirus pandemic. I know that we are all living on Zoom these days,…
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Working for Justice During the Pandemic: A Letter from President Jennings

Dear Deputies and Alternate Deputies: I pray that you and those you love are well in the midst of this unprecedented season. I am glad to have had a chance to talk with so many of you in the days since we began staying home to flatten the curve of the pandemic. I am especially grateful…
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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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