Video: Presiding Bishop-elect Michael Curry preaches at General Convention Closing Eucharist

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] “Now I’ve got one word for you,” the Rt. Rev. Michael Curry of North Carolina, Presiding Bishop-Elect, told the 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church. in his sermon on July 3. “If you don’t remember anything else I say this morning, it’s the first word in the […]

President Barack Obama sends congratulations to Presiding Bishop-elect Michael Curry

[Episcopal News Service – Salt Lake City] President Barack Obama sent congratulations to Presiding Bishop-elect Michael Curry in a letter dated July 2. Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, the first female presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church and the first female primate to serve in the Anglican Communion, read the president’s letter to Curry, who […]

General Convention passes budget with money for evangelism, racial reconciliation

Evangelism decision comes as amendment from deputies

[Episcopal News Service – Salt Lake City] The General Convention adopted the 2016-2018 triennial budget July 2 after agreeing to add $2.8 million for evangelism work. While the addition passed with relatively little debate in the House of Deputies, it faced some opposition in the House of Bishops. The 2016-2018 triennial budget is based on […]

Convention agrees to major structural changes

Actions dramatically cut number of committees, change some of Executive Council's authority

[Episcopal News Service – Salt Lake City] The General Convention has approved two resolutions making major changes to the structure of The Episcopal Church. The deputies and bishops serving on the Committee of Structure and Governance, which considered the resolutions, “were united in love for this church and its mission,” Committee Chair Bishop Clifton Daniel […]

Convention calls for closer relations with Cuban church

Possibility of reunification explored

[Episcopal News Service – Salt Lake City] The U.S.-based Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Church of Cuba took a step toward closer relations during the 78th General Convention, meeting here June 25-July 3. Convention also passed a resolution calling for the U.S. government to lift its economic embargo against Cuba. “As state-to-state diplomatic relations between […]

Bishops overwhelmingly oppose divestment in Israel, Palestine

Editor’s note: The quotes from Bishop James Magness have been changed to clarify the purpose of his message to the House of Bishops. [Episcopal News Service – Salt Lake City] The House of Bishops sent a strong and clear message July 2 that divestment from companies and corporations engaged in certain business related to the […]

Music and dance showcase Utah’s cultural and religious heritage

[Episcopal News Service – Salt Lake City] The Kenshin Taiko drummers from the Japanese Church of Christ in Salt Lake City got the July 1 Utah Showcase off to a thunderous start with a reverberating opening number representing a dragon wishing listeners a long life and good health. The evening came to an equally powerful […]

General Convention approves marriage equality

[Episcopal News Service – Salt Lake City] In the wake of the June 26 U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage for all Americans, General Convention followed suit on July 1 with canonical and liturgical changes to provide marriage equality for Episcopalians. The House of Deputies concurred with the House of Bishops’ approval the day […]

Racial justice work is highlight of proposed 2016-2018 budget

Committee proposes to reduce diocesan asking to 15 percent over three years

[Episcopal News Service – Salt Lake City] The Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget and Finance (PB&F) July 1 proposed a budget for The Episcopal Church in the 2016-2018 triennium that includes a major new $2 million initiative on racial justice and reconciliation, even as it reduces the amount of money it asks dioceses to contribute […]

Integrity celebrates 40 years with festive Eucharist

[Episcopal News Service – Salt Lake City] In a colorful and festive Eucharist, members of the Episcopal LGBT community and its supporters celebrated the pioneers and victories of the past 40 years while looking ahead to the work yet to be tackled. An estimated 1,200 to 1,500 worshipers attended the triennial Integrity Eucharist at General […]