By Zachary GuilianoGeneral Convention’s Committee on Prayer Book, Liturgy, and Music deliberated further Friday afternoon on a resolution that allows the distribution of consecrated Communion elements by lay ministers (see “Saints and Communion”).A substitute resolution proposed that the measures be put in place only “on a provisional basis for 2016-2018,” “with permission of … [Read more...] about Communion and Bishops
Archives for June 26, 2015
Send Your Ideas to #gcgas
By Zachary GuilianoThe House of Deputies and House of Bishops met together Friday morning and afternoon for the official nomination of presiding bishop nominees and to discuss issues of structure and governance.This meeting was not strictly constitutional, as many deputies noted during Thursday night’s meeting of the Committee on Structure and Governance.The Primate of Brazil, … [Read more...] about Send Your Ideas to #gcgas
Alcohol Panel Speaks Directly
By G. Jeffrey MacDonaldAs a General Convention panel dug into substance abuse issues Thursday, some members wondered whether the committee is dodging the sort of drinking problems that made the committee necessary.The Special Legislative Committee on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse passed a resolution calling on oversight bodies to ask candidates for ordination about their … [Read more...] about Alcohol Panel Speaks Directly
Video: Kevin Eckstrom
Kevin Eckstrom, chief communications officer at Washington National Cathedral, sat down with G. Jeffrey MacDonald of TLC to discuss his hopes about the next presiding bishop.Evangelism, he said, should be a key focus of the next presiding bishop — especially an evangelism that speaks in plain, captivating language. Eckstrom, who previously served as editor-in-chief of Religion … [Read more...] about Video: Kevin Eckstrom
Restructure Ideas Fray
By Zachary GuilianoIn her opening address on Thursday, the President of the House of Deputies noted that the 77th General Convention voted unanimously to create the Task Force on Reimagining the Episcopal Church. Then she added: “I think we have probably had our last unanimous structure vote for a while.”Those words rang true during Thursday night’s meeting of the Committee on … [Read more...] about Restructure Ideas Fray
‘Something to Celebrate’
By Zachary GuilianoThe mood was jubilant at General Convention’s daily Eucharist on Friday. The Theodicy Jazz Collective was playing as the bishops, deputies, and visitors assembled.“We have something to celebrate today,” singer Ann Phelps said, mere hours after the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that same-sex marriage is a Constitutional right. She invited those present to sing, … [Read more...] about ‘Something to Celebrate’
End ‘Sacramental Apartheid’
A second night of hearings on a proposal to redefine marriage in church canons brought a few more opponents into the limelight Thursday, although they were solidly outnumbered again.The Special Legislative Committee on Marriage moved from the Salt Palace Convention Center to a Radisson Hotel, where the spacious Wasatch Room provided extra seating to accommodate more than 100 … [Read more...] about End ‘Sacramental Apartheid’
Boren Headington: Evangelize!
Carrie Boren Headington, a deputy from the Diocese of Dallas, talks with TLC correspondent G. Jeffrey MacDonald about how she’s bringing her experience with evangelism to General Convention’s Committee on Communications and Evangelism.This committee is exploring several opportunities to expand evangelism in the church, ranging from greater online outreach to a special task … [Read more...] about Boren Headington: Evangelize!