By G. Jeffrey MacDonaldIn his first 24 hours as presiding bishop-elect, Bishop Michael Curry of North Carolina wasted no time introducing himself as a passionate preacher and evangelist who readily cites Scripture even when he’s far from the pulpit.And Episcopalians gathered at General Convention have been just as quick to give their next leader a solid amen.In addressing the … [Read more...] about Bp. Curry Warms Up for Office
Archives for June 29, 2015
By Zachary GuilianoGeneral Convention’s Committee on Governance and Structure spent most of its time Monday morning deliberating on substitute resolution A004 (Amend I.4.1-8: Restructure Executive Council).The resolution would, among other points, give Executive Council the power to dismiss the church’s chief operating officer, chief financial officer and chief legal officer by … [Read more...] about Power to Fire?
By Matthew TownsendThe Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations deliberated at length Monday morning on a resolution calling for eventual reunion with individuals who formed the Anglican Church in North America.The committee heard testimony from deputies and visiting chancellors from reconstituted dioceses — including Fort Worth, Pittsburgh, and San Joaquin. They … [Read more...] about ‘Please Don’t Box Us In’
The Most Rev. Samuel Robert Azariah talks with TLC correspondent G. Jeffrey MacDonald about the Church of Pakistan, living as a Christian in a nation that includes Islamic extremism, and how Episcopalians can support Anglicans on the other side of the world.In this conversation, Azariah outlines the growing need for reconciliation within the Episcopal Church and the Anglican … [Read more...] about Video: The Primate of Pakistan
By Zachary GuilianoThe House of Bishops began its work in closed session at 2:15 p.m. Sunday, as the assembled bishops discussed what Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori later described as an urgent issue. The closed session lasted until about 3:30 p.m.The House’s consent calendar only listed four resolutions for the afternoon: two on ethical investment and two on … [Read more...] about Pension Fund Flexes Muscles
By G. Jeffrey MacDonaldGeneral Convention’s Program Budget & Finance Committee is gearing up to use a $2 million budget surplus from the last triennium to make an “astonishingly attention-getting” statement about the Episcopal Church’s commitment to racial justice and reconciliation.“People want to talk about reparations, but it wasn’t just the White House that was built … [Read more...] about Going Big on Racial Justice
Analysis by Zachary GuilianoThe Sunday Eucharist of General Convention is typically a time of great celebration, not least because it includes the public ingathering of the United Thank Offering.This Eucharist was no exception: Spontaneous shouts of “Alleluia!” broke out, and the stereotypically understated dignity of Anglican worship was marked by more charismatic elements, as … [Read more...] about A Bleeding Body