TEC General Convention

Jul 12, 2018 by

Initial summary by Barbara Gauthier:

General Convention 2018 opened a day early with a #MeToo lament and “listening liturgy” for the House of Bishops led by TEC’s women bishops, who each voiced a letter of complaint/lament submitted anonymously by women (and men) who had experienced sexual misconduct in the church. It was intense. The House of Bishops later passed a resolution committing themselves to “listen to and take to heart the stories that reflect the biases deeply embedded in our structure.”

The first few days also saw friction developing between the Province IX bishops and delegations from Latin America who accused GC organizers of racism because they were frequently left without translators and at least one delegate’s translator refused to translate her testimony before the Marriage Task Force Committee because he disagreed with what she had to say…

…There was also some very heated discussion in the House of Deputies on Resolution B012 on making same-sex blessings fully available to all Episcopalians through Delegated Episcopal Provisional Oversight in the eight remaining dioceses that do not permit them. Impassioned testimonies from both liberal and conservative delegates revealed the tension in the church over the possibility of officially changing TEC’s definition of marriage and making its new doctrine mandatory on all bishops in all dioceses. An amended version of the resolution was passed and sent over to the House of Bishops for their approval.

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More news and comment (most recent at the bottom):

Is God male or gender-neutral? Episcopal church begins debate on Book of Common Prayer, by Steve Warren, CBN News

US Bishops seek to halt Prayer Book revision and deter leavers, by Madeleine Davies, Church Times

Episcopalians, sex and schism, by Jeffrey Walton, IRD

Updates on TEC’s attempts at Prayer Book revision, from Anglican Unscripted

The Faustian bargain of the Communion Partner Episcopal Bishops, by David Virtue, VOL

Bishops reject Prayer Book revision, from Anglican Ink

Episcopal Church in the US widens access to trial same-sex marriage rites, from Church Times

THE Episcopal Church in the United States has moved a step closer to ensuring that all its dioceses offer marriage rites to same-sex and opposite-sex couples, even where the bishop has objected.

…The redraft of the motion gives rectors or clergy in charge of a congregation the ability to provide access to the trial-use of the marriage rites for same-sex and opposite-sex couples. If the bishop has a theological objection to same-sex marriage, the redrafted resolution says that they must ask another bishop to provide pastoral support to the couple wishing to use the rites, and to the member of the clergy and congregation.

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Austin Statement of the Communion Partners of the Episcopal Church from Anglican Ink

The tragic betrayal of Central Florida Bishop Greg Brewer, by David Virtue, VOL

Episcopal Church Allows Priests To Perform Same-Sex Marriages, Even If Their Bishops Object by Joshua Gill, Daily Caller

Diocesan bishops who blocked same-sex marriages take reluctant first steps toward allowing ceremonies by David Paulsen, ENS

AUSTIN, TX: The politicization of General Convention by Mary Ann Mueller, VOL

It’s a Done Deal: SSM Spreads to All Dioceses — Mary Ann Mueller

Austin Statement: Communion Partners offer their pastoral care for conservatives in liberal dioceses by Barbara Gauthier


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