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Final Final Day Post

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Here it is, a complete run-down of the day’s events at General Convention, compressed from 10 hours down to a single post from Loewll Grisham:

8:00 a.m. — Legislative Session
We started with a fine prayer written by Steven Charleston …

We made several procedural changes to speed legislation. …

On the fun side: I started the day in third place in Bonnie Ball – bonnie-ball.org – but I imagine competition will be fast and furious today.

Read the rest.

For the Birds

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

The ENS article about the call for new rites and prayers for the care of beloved animals included a great quote from oen of our own:

“That seemed like a friendly amendment to me and will be well received by the animals of the Episcopal Church,” said the Rev. Lowell Grisham of Arkansas, deputy committee chair.

Parting Shot

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

As General Convention wraps up this afternoon, we leave you with photos of the Arkansas deputation gathered to discuss such weighty topics as chitterlings and pig’s-ear sandwiches.

Great General Convention Primer

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

If for you General Convention has been a blur of resolutions and debates and amendments, here’s the post you’ve been waiting for. The Rev. John Ohmer, writing for the Diocese of Virginia’s blog Center Aisle, posted a great overview of the most important legislation from General Convention 2012, and gave it a snappy name, “ABCCCS of General Convention,” a plain-language guide to what happened:

A – Anglican Covenant …
B – Blessing of Same-Sex Unions …
CCC – Connections, Corporate Worship and Communications …
S – Structure …

Read the rest.

Last Day of General Convention

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Via Episcopal Cafe:

Today is the final day of General Convention. Much of the most significant legislative work has been done. The Official Youth Presence has gone home. But business goes on.

Today the Deputies will receive legislation that would allow a diocese to dissolve its relationship with a bishop. …

The Bishops will receive legislation on the relationship between Baptism and Communion in the Episcopal Church. …

Read the rest.

Meet the Rev. Jesse Perkins

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

The Rev. Jesse Perkins, rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Jonesboro, Ark., is a clergy alternate at this year’s General Convention. He talks about the role of an alternate and his personal highlights as a first-timer at convention.

Also, take a minute to meet Katie, Jos, Julie, and Marvin.

The Debate on “Open Table” Communion

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Center Aisle, a blog of the Diocese of Virginia, has a good overview of the open-table discussion that’s been going on here at General Convention:

A pastoral attempt to walk a fine line on open communion passed the House of Deputies Wednesday by 77 percent among the laity and 64 percent among the clergy.

C029, “Access to Holy Baptism and Holy Communion,” is a complete substitution of resolutions calling for open communion throughout the Church. Instead of making canonical changes, it “reaffirms that baptism is the ancient and normative entry point to receiving Holy Communion and that our Lord Jesus Christ calls us to go into the world and baptize all peoples.” The resolution also acknowledges that “in various local contexts there is the exercise of pastoral sensitivity with those who are not yet baptized.”

That acknowledgement of communing the unbaptized was the cause of spirited debate in Deputies. …

Read the rest.

Budget Approved

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Read the ENS report on the approval of the triennial budget.

The budget for the Episcopal Church in the 2013-2015 triennium was unanimously adopted by the 77th General Convention July 11 with little fanfare. …

They passed the budget on a voice vote, with no dissenting voice heard, and sent it to the House of Bishops, … Three bishops spoke to the house, taking just more than three minutes, before the house approved the budget by voice vote.

Convention Unanimously Approves Structure Plan

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Via Episcopal News Service:

Applause and cheers erupted July 11 as Resolution C095, which calls for creation of a task force to re-imagine the workings of the Episcopal Church in the 21st century, sailed unanimously through the House of Bishops.

A day earlier, deputies also had passed the measure unanimously.

Read the rest.

Live-Streaming the Houses of Deputies and Bishops

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Keep up with the afternoon’s discussions in the House of Deputies and House of Bishop with these live streams from the respective floors.