General Convention 2021 location announced

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The 80th General Convention of the Episcopal Church will be held in July 2021 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland (Diocese of Maryland). The decision was presented by the Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe, executive officer of General Convention and chair of the Joint Standing Committee […]

Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music will present options to General Convention on possible prayer book revision

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music (SCLM) plans to present the 2018 General Convention with four options regarding the possible revision of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, said the Rev. Devon Anderson, commission chair. The options, discussed in detail on the SCLM’s blog, are: Revision […]

Leaders call on Episcopalians to heal ‘pain of racial injustice, division’

[Episcopal News Service] The leaders of the Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops and House of Deputies March 12 issued a letter “to welcome sisters and brothers in both Houses and ultimately all Episcopalians to join us” in the ministry of racial justice and reconciliation, as called for last summer by General Convention in Resolution C019. […]

Making reconciliation and evangelism the church’s new normal

Episcopalians asked to live out convention’s call for new attitudes, approaches

[Episcopal News Service] The General Convention last summer set a bold agenda for Episcopalians to work for racial reconciliation and evangelism; work that now has begun in some unexpected ways. For instance, church leaders have begun the work of racial reconciliation by deeply listening to each other rather than immediately asking staff members to develop […]

Convention further strengthens church’s position on immigration, refugees

[Episcopal News Service] General Convention passed a number of resolutions aimed at protecting the rights of immigrants and refugees throughout The Episcopal Church. Resolution D069 calls for the church to support birthright citizenship, particularly in countries where it has dioceses. In 2010, for instance, the Dominican Republic changed its constitution removing jus soli, the right […]

Convention acts to streamline Title IV process, fund training materials

[Episcopal News Service — Salt Lake City] The 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church, meeting here June 25-July 3, approved several Title IV revisions, including adding sanctions for those who may attempt to delay or disrupt the disciplinary process and allocating money to produce training videos and manuals to help streamline proceedings. The Standing […]

Resumen de la Convención General: decisiones históricas y cambios estructurales

Primer Obispo Primado negro, aprobada la igualdad matrimonial, renovado el gobierno de la Iglesia

[Episcopal News Service] La 78ª. Convención General, en una serie de momentos históricos, eligió al primer Obispo Primado afroamericano, aprobó la igualdad matrimonial para todos los episcopales, adoptó un presupuesto que enfatiza la reconciliación racial y la evangelización, respaldó el estudio de la desinversión en los combustibles fósiles, se opuso a la desinversión en Israel […]

General Convention wrap-up: Historic actions, structural changes

First black presiding bishop, marriage equality approved, church governance revamped

[Episcopal News Service] The 78th General Convention, in a series of historic moments, elected the first African-American presiding bishop; approved marriage equality for all Episcopalians; adopted a budget that emphasizes racial reconciliation and evangelism; endorsed the study of fossil fuel divestment; opposed divestment in Israel, Palestine; and made some significant changes to the church’s governance. […]

General Convention: Speaking up, in big and small ways, about race

Pop-up conversations offered safe places for sharing

[Episcopal News Service – Salt Lake City] With the nation’s racial tensions boiling, the 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church has spoken in a big way about its priorities, earmarking $2 million for racial justice and reconciliation work in the next triennium. The initiative involves “new money” and unrestricted funds and sends a strong […]

Persecuted Christians need greater solidarity, convention urges

[Episcopal News Service – Salt Lake City] Editor’s note: The following article has been changed to include reference to Resolution C018, “Solidarity with Holy Land Christians.” Advocacy for Christians facing persecution and living in the context of civil war are the subject of several resolutions that were passed by The Episcopal Church’s 78th General Convention, […]