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Jul
11

Newly strained bonds of affection?

“They’re losing 1,000 members a week,” David Hein says. “The Episcopal Church has now positioned itself way out there on the edge with the United Church of Christ, which is extremely liberal and also losing members.”
Jul
11

Bishops issue dissent

“The liturgy ‘The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant’ is for all practical purposes same-sex marriage.”
Jul
11

Hanging on

Inclusion means more than a minimal tolerance for those deemed intolerably unenlightened. Inclusion means encouragement, it means refusing to erect barriers to growth and survival.
Jul
10

Bishops: Covenant can wait

By Joe Thoma. The House of Bishops concurred with the House of Deputies July 10 to “decline to take a position on the Anglican Covenant,” but affirmed participation in the wider Anglican Communion.
Jul
10

President Jennings

By Lauren Anderson. The House of Deputies has elected the Rev. Gay Jennings president with 426 votes — five more than what she needed.
Jul
10

Bishops: a provisional yes

By Joe Thoma. The House of Bishops authorized a provisional rite July 9 for blessing same-sex relationships.
Jul
9

Mr. Rehill for the defense

“This is not a discernment process,” Michael Rehill tells conference panels. “You are a court.”
Jul
9

Sing out!

By Matt Townsend. Shedding tears of joy, the Rev. Canon Gay Jennings, Ohio, sang the hymn “Sing a New Church” with the Rt. Rev. Samuel Johnson Howard, Bishop of Florida, after the Committee on Structure approved a resolution on structural reform.
Jul
9

Birth of a task force?

Video by Matt Townsend. Members of General Convention’s Structure Committee discuss their progress on Resolution C095, which would establish a task force for structural reform.
Jul
8

Conflicting passions

By Matt Townsend. Same-sex blessings emerged again as a subject of complex and fervent debate July 7, as the Committee on Prayer Book, Liturgy and Music heard testimony on a resolution that would authorize such blessings in the Episcopal Church.
Jul
8

Brightly colored conversation

By Douglas LeBlanc. Friends of The Living Church packed into an upstairs room designed for 175 people to hear Episcopal leaders speak of their faith and how it affects their work.
Jul
8

Gender identity and canons

By Joe Thoma. The House of Bishops approved Resolution D002 that would amend two canons to say that “gender identity (one’s inner sense of being male or female) and expression (the way in which one manifests that gender identity in the world)” should not be bases for exclusion from consideration for ordained ministry.
Jul
8

Video: Bishop William Mchombo

Bishop William Mchombo, acting provincial secretary of the Church of the Province of Central Africa, talks with Joe Thoma, communications officer of the Diocese of Central Florida, and Christopher Wells, editor of The Living Church.
Jul
8

Bishops like mission enterprise

By Joe Thoma. Many bishops urge frugality for the Episcopal Church, but they concurred with the House of Deputies July 7 in establishing a “Mission Enterprise Fund” for underrepresented populations at the diocesan level.

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