[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.
Exhibitor applications are now available for organizations and vendors interested in exhibiting at the Episcopal Church 79th General Convention, Thursday, July 5 to Friday, July 13, 2018 at The Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas (Diocese of Texas).
The exhibit area serves as a marketplace and educational arena for attendees. General Convention Manager Lori Ionnitiu said that General Convention attracts thousands of people of all ages for more than one week, which provides a desirable venue for exhibitors.New to General Convention 2018 is an option for vendors to participate in the event either for nine or four days.In addition, discounts are available to groups affiliated with the Episcopal Church.
Exhibit information and details are here. For information, contact Ionnitiu at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe, Executive Officer and Secretary of the General Convention, has announced that “An Introduction to the 79th General Convention for Deputies and Bishops” is now available on the General Convention website here and here.
This publication is an important reference for deputies and bishops and a good source of information for anyone interested in General Convention and the legislative process.
The Jesus Movement: Loving, Liberating and Life-giving will be theme for the 79hGeneral Convention.
The 32 –page document is filled with important and key information including: