By Kirk Petersen On a voice vote, the House of Bishops overwhelmingly approved a resolution authorizing “director and officer fees” for the president of the House of Deputies, a demanding job that has always been filled by a volunteer. Since the House of Deputies passed the same resolution July 5, it is approved, and proceeds to Executive Council for implementation. The … [Read more...] about Director Fees for the PHoD
Archives for July 6, 2018
Diocese of Cuba in 2021?
By Matthew Townsend Additional deliberations within the Episcopal Church in Cuba committee suggest reunification of the Cuban church with the Episcopal Church may happen — but not anytime soon. On July 6 Committee 6 set aside two resolutions discussed the day before — A052 from the Task Force on the Episcopal Church in Cuba and D060, which would have established a … [Read more...] about Diocese of Cuba in 2021?
Honduran Bishop Protests Translation Negligence
By Kirk Petersen Years of frustration from Spanish-speaking Episcopal leaders boiled over July 6 in the House of Bishops, as the Bishop of Honduras twice interrupted the scheduled order of business to express anger over the lack of Spanish translations in a committee hearing the previous day. The Rt. Rev. Lloyd Allen told the bishops that although the convention discussed … [Read more...] about Honduran Bishop Protests Translation Negligence
Deans Oppose Seminary Investigation
By G. Jeffrey MacDonald Deans of Episcopal seminaries rose July 6 to voice opposition and, in one case, qualified support for a proposal to launch an exploration of a host of issues and challenges facing theological education. Under Resolution A007, a new committee would explore everything from collaboration among Episcopal seminaries to proliferation of non-traditional … [Read more...] about Deans Oppose Seminary Investigation
Marriage Resolution Ready for Houses
By Kirk Petersen After hours of sometimes wrenching testimony and debate, a General Convention committee has approved a revision of Resolution B012 that would ensure same-sex marriage rites are available throughout the Episcopal Church while postponing the emotional issue of adding the rites to the Book of Common Prayer. The resolution revokes the authority of eight … [Read more...] about Marriage Resolution Ready for Houses
PB&F Kicks Off Hearings
On the evening of July 5, several dozen Episcopalians offered two-minute testimonies to the Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget, and Finance in the JW Marriott in downtown Austin. This gathering, among the first public meetings of PB&F in Austin, gathered comments without asking clarifying questions or engaging in dialogue, which comes later. The Rev. Scott … [Read more...] about PB&F Kicks Off Hearings
By Matthew Townsend Resolutions proposed by the Task Force on the Study of Marriage have produced quite a bit of work for General Convention. Three packed-to-the-rafters meetings of Committee 13 held on July 5 discussed revising the Book of Common Prayer to include, possibly, liturgies for same-sex marriage — or to find a compromise solution. Committee 13 — the Committee to … [Read more...] about Cohabitation Conundrums
Let the Earth Sprout
By G. Jeffrey MacDonald The search for promising keys to Episcopal Church growth has led two General Convention committees back to the land. They are exploring how the church might launch and nurture congregations centered on sustainable farming and other types of experiences in nature. A July 5 brought a series of Episcopal farmers to a microphone planted in a sprawling … [Read more...] about Let the Earth Sprout