TEC General Convention

Jul 12, 2018 by

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… Bp. John Allen of Honduras then interrupted the House of Bishops discussion on giving a salary to the House of Deputies President to formally complain that he and those with him had been made to feel unwelcome and they were tired of being treated like second-class citizens. PB Curry agreed to meet personally with Bp. Allen so that the Bishops could resume their business…

Meanwhile, the House of Bishops agreed that the House of Deputies President should be paid, but they rejected offering her a salary commensurate with that of the Presiding Bishop because that might be seen as an indication that she would also have authority equal to his, thus making her the equivalent of a “co-primate” in The Episcopal Church. The bishops decided instead to award her a “director and officer fee” in lieu of a salary.

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

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