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In Memoriam: Dr. Charles V. Willie

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House of Deputies President Gay Clark Jennings released a statement today upon learning of the death of Dr. Charles V. Willie, former vice president of the House of Deputies: “I was deeply saddened to learn today of the death of Dr. Charles V. Willie, a giant in the Episcopal Church’s long and incomplete journey toward…
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Electing the Next President and Vice President of the House of Deputies

Dear Deputies and Alternate Deputies: At the 80th General Convention, the House of Deputies will elect a new president and vice president. The canons specify that no person shall serve more than three consecutive terms as president or vice president, and since Vice President Byron Rushing and I are both now serving our third terms…
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Let Us See Again: Executive Council Opening Remarks

Good morning. It is wonderful to see you again. I pray that our time together this week will be energetic and productive and holy and safe. Please take good care while we are here and observe all of the risk mitigation measures that were outlined so well by our GCO colleagues in our meeting materials….
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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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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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A Full and Equal Claim: LGBTQ+ Episcopalians Discuss the Path Forward

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For decades, General Convention has helped the Episcopal Church move closer to full inclusion for LGBTQ+ Episcopalians, but the work is not yet done. On May 18, Deputy Jen Adams of Western Michigan, Deputies Christopher Hayes and Cameron Partridge, both of California, and Miguel Escobar, executive director of the Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological…
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