Episcopal Church commended for respecting differences on marriage

[Episcopal News Service – Lusaka, Zambia] The Episcopal Church and its individual members earned praise here April 11 from Anglican Communion Secretary General Archbishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon for working hard to walk together despite differences over same-sex marriage. The secretary general’s remarks came in his report to the Anglican Consultative Council about this work since he […]

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. […]

Hacer de la reconciliación y la evangelización la nueva normalidad de la Iglesia

Piden a los episcopales vivir el llamado de la Convención a nuevos enfoques y actitudes

La Convención General fijó el verano pasado una agenda audaz para que los episcopales laboren en pro de la reconciliación racial y la evangelización; quehacer que ahora ha comenzado de manera algo inesperada. Por ejemplo, los líderes de la Iglesia han iniciado la obra de la reconciliación racial escuchándose atentamente unos a otros, en lugar […]

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 […]

Episcopal Church Constitution and Canons available; reflects updates from General Convention 2015

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe, Executive Officer of the General Convention, announces that the Constitution, Canons and Rules of Order of The Episcopal Church, reflecting all updates and amendments approved at the 78th General Convention, is now available in English. Check the General Convention website here to download […]

Episcopal Relief & Development beneficiary of General Convention Eucharist offerings

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The Rev. Canon Dr. Michael Barlowe, Secretary of General Convention, has announced the offerings received at the daily Eucharists during General Convention 2015, totaling $6,792.20,  have been given to Episcopal Relief & Development. The decision to designate the donations to Episcopal Relief & Development was made by […]

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. […]