Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
This month The Episcopal Church concluded their 78th General Convention. This year 1000 elected Deputies from around The Episcopal Church gathered to listen, reflect and vote on issues of great importance to our church. I wanted to let you know a few of the most significant happenings. They are:
North Carolina Bishop Michael Curry elected presiding bishop
Divest from fossil fuels, reinvest in renewables
Agrees to major structural changes
Oppose divestment in Israel, Palestine
Plans to be created for prayer book, hymnal revision
Convention takes a first step, admits: 'Alcohol affects us all'
General Convention passed three resolutions on the issue of alcohol and drug abuse.
Closer relations with Cuba
The Episcopal Church's General Convention meets every three years and is the only decision making body of the church. They are organized similarly to our government in that they meet in two houses, the House of Bishops and The House of Deputies and they are required to reconcile differences in committee if they disagree with one another.
Our governance and polity is an interesting aspect of our church which at times lead to disagreements and a slow moving church. However, it also allows for many voices and intentional reflection as we ponder and act on God's work in the lives of our Church.
See Ya Sunday!
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