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Communion Vote Due

By Joe Thoma General Convention’s Evangelism Committee’s support is waning for Resolution C040, which would allow Episcopal congregations to “invite all, regardless of age, denomination, or baptism to the altar for Holy Communion.”

Many Nays to the Covenant

By Lauren Anderson Critics of the proposed Anglican Covenant said at an evening open hearing July 6 that it creates a central authority and threatens the Episcopal Church’s self-governance.

Structure Thinks Big

By Matt Townsend General Convention’s Structure Committee heard testimony July 6 suggesting a reimagined role for the presiding bishop, a unicameral General Convention and markedly younger leadership.

New Seats, Hot Seats

By Joe Thoma On the second legislative day of General Convention the House of Bishops consented to the election of eight new bishops after struggling in private with complaints brought against nine of its own.

Baptism and Communion

By Lauren Anderson General Convention’s Evangelism Committee heard the cases for and against repealing a canon that specifies Holy Communion as intended for baptized Christians.

A Matter of Polity

Eight of the nine bishops accused of violating the church's canons have responded in an open letter to the House of Bishops and addressed to Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori.

Complaints Go Formal

The Rt. Rev. Wallis C. Ohl, Bishop of Ft. Worth, and the Rt. Rev. John C. Buchanan have asked General Convention to “set the record straight” on hierarchy in the Episcopal Church. They also have accused nine brother bishops of “boundary-crossing.”

Challenging Confirmation

By Matt Townsend The subject of confirmation stirred passionate testimony July 5 before General Convention’s Education Committee. Clergy and laypeople addressed the committee on Resolutions A041, A042, A043 and A044, all of which address the nature of confirmation as a necessary step in becoming Episcopalian.