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From the Presiding Officers: 80th General Convention Legislative Committees Announced

Dear Bishops and Deputies: When we wrote to you in November announcing that General Convention would be postponed until July 7-14, 2022, we committed to appointing deputy and bishop legislative committees early and charging them to begin their work virtually in advance of our gathering in Baltimore. Today we are taking the next step in that process….
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Alternate Deputy Tim Dyer Appointed Sergeant-at-Arms

President Jennings has appointed alternate deputy Tim Dyer of the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania as Sergeant-at-Arms of the House of Deputies. Dyer, vicar of Grace Church in Ridgeway, Pennsylvania, is a former Marine and a 2019 graduate of Church Divinity School of the Pacific. Read about his remarkable story. The House of Deputies Rules of…
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Our Responsibility to Stand Against Christian Nationalism: Executive Council Opening Remarks

President Jennings gave these opening remarks to an online meeting of Executive Council on January 22: Hello, and welcome to this online meeting of Executive Council. We’re beginning to get good at meeting this way! I’m grateful for this technology that allows our work to continue, but just because it has become routine, I don’t…
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Prayers for the House of Deputies

House of Deputies Chaplain Lester Mackenzie offers prayers, a meditation, and song for this difficult time. “To pray is to live with God,” he says. “Even on this virtual tightrope of hope, dear friends, I pray that you might remember…the breadth of the Holy Spirit reminding us that we are one together.”

Betsey Bell to Join General Convention Office

Dear Deputies and Alternate Deputies: I am writing with a mixture of sadness and pride to tell you that Elizabeth C. Bell, more commonly known as Betsey, will soon leave her position as manager of operations and administration for the office of the president of the House of Deputies to become the executive assistant to…
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80th General Convention Set for July 7-14, 2022 in Baltimore/La 80ª Convención General tendrá lugar el 7-14 de julio de 2022, en Baltimore

Dear Bishops and Deputies: When we last wrote to you about the 80th General Convention, in late July, we committed to reevaluating the public health situation, consulting with epidemiologists, and making a final decision about how the convention would proceed. We have taken these steps, and earlier today, Executive Council consented unanimously to our decision….
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A Conversation with Professor Scott MacDougall

When we do church governance, we are doing theology, says Dr. Scott MacDougall, associate professor of theology at Church Divinity School of the Pacific and newly appointed theologian of the House of Deputies. What does our Anglican way of dispersing authority express about our theological imagination? How do our ecclesiological structures reflect our ideas about God’s…
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The 50th Anniversary of Women in the House of Deputies: Executive Council Opening Remarks

President Jennings gave these opening remarks to an online meeting of Executive Council on October 9: Hello, and welcome to this online meeting of Executive Council. I continue to be grateful to all of you, and to everyone across the church, who is learning new technology and embracing new ways of gathering so we can…
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A Conversation With Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows and Bishop Deon Johnson

Since the beginning of the Episcopal Church, we have governed ourselves democratically with the full participation of laypeople, clergy and bishops. What advantages do our democratic structures give us in responding to COVID-19 and systemic racism as we seek “to become a Church of and for all races and a Church without racism committed to…
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President Jennings Supports LGBTQ Families as Lead Signer in Supreme Court Brief

Nondiscrimination policies are no bar to religious liberty, says House of Deputies president House of Deputies President Gay Clark Jennings is the lead signer on a friend of the court brief filed Thursday with the Supreme Court of the United States. The brief, which concerns a case involving religiously affiliated child welfare agencies that refuse…
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