By Josh Barrett, a deputy from the Diocese of Rochester
Over the past couple months, I have been reflecting and praying about the direction of our Church. We recently convened as a Province, and soon will gather once again to do the holy work of being together as Church in Austin, Texas. The Holy Spirit is up to something big all across our parishes, dioceses, province and larger Church. I would venture to say that I think we got a taste of it in our time together.
As a first-time deputy, I did not come to the Province meeting with many expectations. The reputation of Provincial meetings carries the weight of outdated bureaucracy. Honestly, that was what I was anticipating and that is what I observed at first. However, I witnessed Christ move within us as a Province as we prayed, worshipped, and asked holy questions.
At the Holy Eucharist, I was asked to assist the deacon with setting the table. I fumbled a couple times. I forgot things on the credence table. I handed the deacon the wrong thing at the wrong time. I probably even made the deacon faintly question my seminarian credentials. I was quite embarrassed, to say the least. Upon reflection, I came to realize that experience might represent us as a Christian people. I fumbled my way through the moment, but the task was completed - Jesus showed up and we were made one with Christ. This is what we do best as the church. God takes our best efforts to “do it right” and then God completes the best work. I pray we show up to Austin with all of our best work, all our deepest prayer and all of our courageous disciple-hearts, even if we have to fumble our way to the table together, over and over again.
Josh is a junior at Virginia Theological Seminary. He is a first-time deputy of the Diocese of Rochester. When Josh isn’t in church, you can find him in a nice coffee shop, endlessly talking about the Great British Baking Show, or swinging away in his hammock.
Province II is proposing two resolutions to be considered at General Convention.
They are (in pdf format):
Check out the web page on the Episcopal Church Foundation's Vital Practices website.
There's a collection of resources related to Episcopal Church governance, structure, and polity as well as tips for reporting on General Convention. On down the page is a list of links.
The orientation videos have been posted on the General Convention website. You can find that page here: https://www.generalconvention.org/orientation-materials-gc2018/. Or just click on the Orientation Materials in the GC menu on our front page. You can direct people to that site if they want to watch the videos remotely.
Here is a link to all the downloadable videos (in the intended viewing order).
We recommend Provincial Coordinators use this link to download the content if they are going to play it during their in-person Synod meetings (or otherwise want to view it offline).
[Episcopal News Service] The prospect of revising the current Book of Common Prayer is filled with risk, complexity and “potentially great promise.”
That is the gentle invitation the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music has put before the Episcopal Church five months before the start of the 79th General Convention.
The church does not revise the prayer book lightly or frequently. The current book dates to 1979, which replaced the 1928 version. The General Convention asked in 1997 that the Standing Liturgical Commission, as it was then known, develop a comprehensive plan for prayer book revision. The group did so, and convention approved it in 2000 but failed to provide adequate funding. However, that effort resulted in the liturgical commission’s developing a series of supplemental liturgies known as “Enriching Our Worship.”
Episcopal Church Invites Comments on 2019-2021 Draft Budget
The Episcopal Church Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget and Finance (known as PB&F) invites comments on the draft budget for the 2019-2021 triennium.
In preparation for the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church, the legislative committee rosters for the House of Deputies and House of Bishops have been announced.
The House of Deputies legislative committees were appointed by the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, president of the House of Deputies. The roster of the 26 House of Deputies legislative committees is here. A letter from President Jennings to deputies and alternate deputies is here.
The House of Bishops legislative committees were appointed by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. The roster of 24 House of Bishops legislative committees is here.
“Overview Calendar: What’s Happening at General Convention” offers calendars for official General Convention events, Episcopal Church Women Triennial meeting, exhibit and registration schedules, and events taking place in Austin related to Episcopal Church and General Convention.
“Overview Calendar: What’s Happening at General Convention” is available in English and Spanish on the General Convention website here or here.
The Report to the 79th General Convention, commonly referred to as The Blue Book, will be available online at the Episcopal Church General Convention website here.
Reports will be added to the General Convention website beginning in February as they are translated into Spanish and prepared for publication, the Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe, General Convention Executive Officer, said. He noted that General Convention 2018 marks the second time the Blue Book is available online at no cost.