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Statute of Limitations Suspension Begins January 1: A Letter from the Presiding Bishop and President Jennings, in English y español

Statute of Limitations Suspension for Clergy Sexual Misconduct Begins January 1, 2019 Advent 2018 Dear People of God in the Episcopal Church: Nearly a year ago, we issued a call for the church to examine its history and come to a fuller understanding of how we have handled or mishandled cases of sexual harassment, exploitation…
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Response to Bishop Love’s Letter/Respuesta a la carta del Obispo Love

For more than 40 years, the Episcopal Church has prayed, studied and discerned and, in doing so, we have seen the evidence of God’s blessing in the lives of LGBT people. The Episcopal Church’s General Convention, our highest temporal authority, first acknowledged that God calls LGBT people to any ordained ministry in 2009. In 2012,…
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Challenging Ourselves to Change: Executive Council Opening Remarks

President Jennings made these remarks to the opening session of Executive Council on October 15: Good morning, and welcome to beautiful Chaska, Minnesota. I’m delighted to be starting a new triennium with all of you, especially those of you who are attending your first Executive Council meeting. Thank you for your willingness to serve the…
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Manna for the Journey: President Jennings’s Speech to EAM

President Jennings gave this speech at the Episcopal Asiamerica Ministries (EAM) National Consultation in Honolulu, Hawaii, on September 30, 2018: Good evening! Thank you so much, Fred and Bayani, for inviting me to join you for this wonderful Episcopal Asiamerica Ministries Consultation.  And thanks to all of you who have included me in your conference…
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Special Committee on Sexual Harassment and Exploitation Legislation

In February 2018, House of Deputies President Gay Clark Jennings appointed a Special Committee on Sexual Harassment and Exploitation to draft legislation for the 79th General Convention. The 47-member committee submitted 24 resolutions and one memorial and endorsed two resolutions submitted by others. Its activities resulted in the following legislation being enacted.  Theology and Language…
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Nominations for Interim Bodies of General Convention Due August 20

Episcopalians from across the church are invited to apply for membership on the commissions, committees, task forces, and other interim bodies created by General Convention. The application, which is open until August 20, is available online. Applicants will be asked to indicate their interest in up to three groups created by General Convention, which include:…
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Demographics of the House of Deputies at #GC79

The House of Deputies at the 79th General Convention in Austin comprises 852 deputies, 53 percent of whom identify as women, 46 percent of whom identify as men, and slightly less than 1 percent of whom identify as gender queer. According to the Pew Research Center, the Episcopal Church’s membership in 2014 was 55 percent…
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Prayer Service Set at Detention Center During General Convention

Responding to calls from Episcopalians across the church to act on behalf of families seeking asylum at the southern U. S. border, a team of concerned leaders heading to General Convention has planned a prayer service outside the T. Don Hutto Residential Detention Center in Taylor, Texas, at about noon on Sunday, July 8. The…
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Elections at #GC79: A Letter from President Jennings

April 27, 2018 Dear Deputies and Alternate Deputies: General Convention meets just once every three years, so we deputies have a great responsibility to elect and confirm many of the people who do the work of the church in between conventions. At this convention, we’ll elect 51 people to ten different positions, confirm House of…
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75 Days and Counting: Executive Council Opening Remarks

President Jennings gave these remarks on April 21 at the opening session of the Executive Council meeting on April 21, 2018: Good morning, and welcome to Austin! It’s 75 days until the first day of legislative business. Just in case you are keeping track. I am! Since we met in January, I’ve had the privilege…
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