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Constitution and Canons

Debunking Myths and Avoiding Episcopal Overreach: Conducting Clergy Searches According to the Canons

Consider the following scenarios: A Search Committee is told they must wait patiently for a list of rector candidates from the diocese. They are not...

Title IV Must Be Revised

Years ago, I was discussing retirement with a bishop who had retired after a 25-year episcopate. “I got out just in time,” he said....

A Proposal for the 81st General Convention

Prayer Book Revision and General Convention, Part 4 By Matthew S. C. Olver This is the final essay in my four-part series on the place of...

An Explanation and an Exploration of 2022-A059

Prayer Book Revision and General Convention, Part Three By Matthew S. C. Olver General Convention Resolution 2018-A068 directed the Task Force on Liturgical and Prayer Book...

A Summary of the Authorization of Liturgical Texts

Prayer Book Revision and General Convention, Part 2 By Matthew S. C. Olver This is the second essay in my series on Resolution 2022-A059, the first...

The Book of Common Prayer in TEC’s Constitution

Prayer Book Revision and General Convention, Part 1: By Matthew S. C. Olver In July of 2022, the 80th General Convention passed Resolution 2022-A059, the first...

The Prayer Book as a Constitutional Document

Debate over Resolution A059 (Amend Article X of the Constitution of The Episcopal Church) has brought attention to a fundamental question for Episcopalians, namely,...

I Taught Canon Law. Then I Went to General Convention.

This is the first in a series of essays on the 80th General Convention and prayer book revision that Covenant will publish in the...

It’s ‘Bishop Suffragan,’ Not ‘Suffragan Bishop’

By Kirk Petersen It’s all too easy for an outsider with no skin in the game to make snarky comments about the sausage-making inherent in...

Canonical Obedience

By Steve Rice Some time ago, a bishop told me that when the hurricane is coming, you don’t call a vestry meeting to vote on...

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