All Saints Messenger - July 23, 2015

posted Jul 23, 2015, 12:26 PM by Church Secretary   [ updated Jul 23, 2015, 12:27 PM ]

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

The Episcopal Church's General Convention made history June 27 when it chose Diocese of North Carolina Bishop Michael Curry to be its 27th presiding bishop.  The House of Bishops elected Curry, 62, from a slate of four nominees on the first ballot, first time this has occurred..


Marriage equality

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.


Divest from fossil fuels, reinvest in renewables

General Convention passed two resolutions aimed at environmentally responsible investing and creating a climate change advisory committee.


Agrees to major structural changes

The General Convention approved two resolutions making major changes to the structure of The Episcopal Church.


Oppose divestment in Israel, Palestine

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 State of Israel is not in the best interests of The Episcopal Church, its partners in the Holy Land, interreligious relations, and the lives of Palestinians on the ground.


Plans to be created for prayer book, hymnal revision

General Convention 2015 took a step toward revising the 1979 Book of Common Prayer and The Hymnal 1982, directing the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music to prepare plans for revising each and to present them to the next convention in Austin, Texas, in 2018.


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 U.S.-based Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Church of Cuba took a step toward closer relations during the 78th General Convention.


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!