Province II of the Episcopal Church
International Atlantic Province

Coming out of General Convention

What does this mean for us?

There were 41 resolutions passed that gave direction to individuals and congregations. There were also 49 resolutions giving direction to dioceses and 65 resolutions directing the Episcopal Church. In addition, there were 25 relating to Title IV, 15 about liturgy and 14 social justice resolutions that don't ask anyone to do anything.

There is a post on the blog "Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones" from July 10, 2015 that lists the 41 individual and congregation resolutions. This is a valuable resource as we ask ourselves in the days to come "What does that mean for us?"

On July 14 in that same blog is a post about the diocesan resolutions.

Our Presiding Bishop Elect, Michael Curry

By now many people have seen the videos posted of the preaching and interviews with Curry. The report by ENS of the election provided background information.

The open question for many now is when and how does the presiding bishop elect become the presiding bishop. A liturgy marking the beginning of Curry’s ministry as presiding bishop and primate will be celebrated Nov. 1, All Saints Day, at Washington National Cathedral.

To clarify the technical language of what will happen, here is a list:

  • A rector is instituted and inducted as the incumbent priest of a parish (two steps: institution in the bishop grants license to serve, and induction in which the priest steps into that new role in this parish).
  • A dean, canon, or bishop may be installed at a cathedral -- literally placed in their appointed stall in choir.
  • The Presiding Bishop is invested with the rights, responsibilities, and dignities of his new office. But this is technically a "lateral shift", and not an elevation above his or her former status as a bishop.
  • The Archbishop of Canterbury is enthroned because he actually has a throne.

Many thanks to the Rev. Chris Arnold, St. Andrew's Emporia KS for this information

Reports and pastoral letters are available from most dioceses:

The General Convention Wrap-up

Coming Soon...

Becoming the Story We Tell

APLM Regional Conference - North American Anglican/Episcopal congregations
Wednesday & Thursday, September 9-10 2015 at Church of the Holy Spirit, Lebanon, New Jersey
Co Sponsored by: Anglican Church of Canada, Diocese of New Jersey, Episcopal Preaching Foundation, hosting parish Holy Spirit, Lebanon, NJ
Parish leaders will leave equipped with scope and detail of a deep and transformative 14 week Lent-Triduum-Easter experience of worship and small group gatherings; and, supportive and sustaining peer congregation relationships to plan and implement BTS with APLM consultants. More information and registration

Episcopal Foundation Webinars July - September

For the full calendar, information and registration, go to the website.

  • Investing Your Endowment - July 22, 2015 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm EDT
  • Introducción a la “Guía de recursos para juntas parroquiales” - August 13, 2015 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST
  • Las campañas anuales de la mayordomía - August 27, 2015 7:00 am – 8:00 pm EST
  • Using the Tools of ECF's Planned Giving on Demand - September 2, 2015 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm EDT
  • Vestries: The Next Six Months - September 10, 2015 7:00 am – 8:00 pm EST
  • Blessings and Struggles of Scrappy Church Ministry - September 22, 2015 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST
  • Basics of a Capital Campaign - September 23, 2015 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm EDT

An Adult Learning Retreat

  • Friday, Oct. 9 – Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015
  • Holy Cross Monastery, West Park, New York
  • Leaders: Dean & Lynne Weber
  • Info & 201-568-1763
  • Cost: $220 for retreat, room & meals Friday eve – Sunday lunch (confidential scholarships available – contact Lynne Weber)
  • Deposit: $100 deposit due July 1; balance due August 1, 2015
  • Checks payable to: Church of the Atonement
  • Information: 201-568-1763 or

More about General Convention

General Convention 2015
  • General Convention The official website of our General Convention
  • Convention turns diocesan asking into a mandatory assessment in 2019 - Resolution sets up process to study salary for House of Deputies president By Mary Frances Schjonberg and Tracy Sukraw | July 4, 2015 [Episcopal News Service – Salt Lake City] General Convention, meeting in the last hours of its nine-day gathering here, made mandatory the current voluntary diocesan budgetary asking system for the 2019-2021 budget cycle and imposed penalties for noncompliance. Substitute Resolution D013 also conforms the church’s canon on the budget to the process that has actually been used in recent years to craft the budget. Read more...

Around the Province...

Check the websites of the dioceses: Albany, Central New York, Convocation, Haiti, Long Island, New Jersey, New York, Newark, Rochester, Virgin Islands (no website), Western New York