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President Ayala Harris Advent Reflection

Traducción al español a continuación Advent 2022 On Thanksgiving Day, my family and I chose to visit the pilgrimage site Santuario de Chimayo, which is about 30 miles north of Santa Fe. For hundreds of years, the Indigenous peoples in the area told stories of how the sand beside a stream at this location had…
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President Ayala Harris Interim Bodies Sermon

Traducción en español a continuación It takes prophets to say that this will not harm us, but heal us. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, our creator, our guide, our rock, and our redeemer. Amen. (Adapted from Psalm 19:14.) In today’s reading from Second Kings, we see…
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President Ayala Harris Interim Bodies Opening Remarks

Traducción en español a continuación Learn how to love and be loved in our beloved church Hello fellow Church Geeks!  It is so good to be together again, isn’t it?! I hope you will find this time together in person exceedingly fruitful, especially given how quickly you must do your work in this short timeline. …
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“Brace for Impact: PHoD Priority Themes”

President Ayala- Harris October opening remarks to Executive Council Hello Executive Council! I wish that I were there with you in person! President Jennings used to say at the beginning of her opening remarks to council that it is always difficult to follow Presiding Bishop Curry making these public statements. That is not the reason…
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From President Ayala Harris: Building a Solid Foundation

Traducción en español a continuación Hello Friends, I hope this letter finds you safe and healthy. It has been a busy fall in the office of the PHoD. After returning from the World Council of Churches 11th Assembly in Germany, I spent a week at the Episcopal Church Center, getting myself oriented to this new…
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From President Ayala Harris: The Work Begins

Read this letter in Spanish Hello Friends, It’s been a little more than a month since we headed home from the 80th General Convention, and since then, I have been starting to master the behind-the-scenes details of serving as your president. Thank you for putting your trust and confidence in me. Together, we can begin…
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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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