TLC at GC, July 8

From Indianapolis: The Living Church, General Convention edition, July 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.

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.

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.

An Option for the PB

By Lauren Anderson The House of Deputies has voted to eliminate the canon requiring a newly elected presiding bishop to resign from the bishop’s previous jurisdiction before assuming the office.

Structure Approves PB Change

By Matt Townsend General Convention’s Structure Committee passed a resolution July 7 that, if ratified, would remove the requirement that a presiding bishop-elect resign from a diocesan role.

House of Deputies Notes

By Lauren Anderson Notes on Inter-religious relations, ECW’s ministries, Youth Presence, and Pension Fund elections.

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.