The Episcopal News Service has shared a number of articles summarizing the key events of the 80th General Convention. Learn more at: www.episcopalnewsservice.org/tag/general-convention-2022/.
80th General Convention wrap-up: shortened, masked, tested, legislated
The 80th General Convention came to a close in Baltimore on July 11. ENS' wrap-up coverage provides a summary and highlights, as well as links to more comprehensive coverage.
The Episcopal Church shared the following summary of Day 4:
Recordings of all legislative sessions and media briefings are available on The Episcopal Church GC80 Media Hub. (Look for drop-down menu in upper left corner of each livestream box once opened.)
The final day of the 80th General Convention of The Episcopal Church began with Morning Prayer in the House of Bishops and House of Deputies that included a pre-recorded sermon by Julia Ayla Harris, president-elect of the House of Deputies. Both houses concluded business by early afternoon.
Episcopal Church General Convention approves reunion of Texas dioceses
On its final day in Baltimore, the 80th General Convention of The Episcopal Church approved the reunification of the Episcopal Church in North Texas with the Episcopal Diocese of Texas.
Bishops close convention with climate emergency statement ahead of Lambeth
The House of Bishops issued a statement during the final day of the 80th General Convention naming the climate crisis as the overarching issue that affects all the other issues of social justice that convention has considered.
House of Deputies president bids farewell after 10 years of service
In the final moments of her service as president, the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings described her journey to leadership in The Episcopal Church and urged deputies to embrace the generational change that is taking place and to stay committed to working for structural change to make the church more inclusive.
Full Episcopal News Service coverage of the 80th General Convention in Baltimore
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ENS Headlines from Day Three of the 80th General Convention:
Bishops pass measure broadening definition of Book of Common Prayer
After hours of discussion, the bishops proposed the first-ever constitutional definition of the Book of Common Prayer — and it's not just a physical book anymore.
Deputies advance $100.5 million budget proposal for 2023-24 and process reforms
The House of Bishops and the House of Deputies gathered together July 10 for the first and likely only time this convention, to hear an afternoon presentation of the $100.5 million churchwide budget proposal in a joint session, as mandated by the Canons. Deputies later passed the budget. Bishops will consider it July 11.
Maryland bishop challenges church to ‘tear down walls’ across the church, communities
Bishop Eugene Sutton challenged Episcopalians to “tear down walls” of division across both church and community, with love, truth-telling, reckoning and reconciliation, while preaching July 10 during the 81st General Convention in Baltimore.
General Convention takes steps toward adding Bishop Barbara Harris to calendar of church saints
General Convention voted to add Bishop Barbara Harris' historic consecration date to the calendar and requested further study for a potential future addition of a commemoration of her life to Lesser Feasts and Fasts.
House of Deputies gives first approval of Texas, North Texas merger
On July 9 the House of Deputies voted unanimously to approve Resolution D050, setting in motion the reunification of the Fort Worth-based North Texas with the Diocese of Texas.
House of Deputies elects Rachel Taber-Hamilton vice president
State of the Church resolutions seek tools to navigate adaptive change in church’s future
House of Bishops sends resolution to create new director of LBGTQI and Women’s Ministries position back to House of Deputies
July 10 dispatches from 80th General Convention in Baltimore
President Gay Clark Jennings Awards House of Deputies Medal to Janet Dunn Clark of the Diocese of SC
A great moment happened yesterday in the House of Deputies at the 80th General Convention when outgoing President Gay Clark Jennings honored Janet Dunn Clark, a member of our diocese who attends the The Episcopal Worship Group in Cheraw, with the House of Deputies Medal. President Gay Clark Jennings talked about her relationship with Ms. Clark and expressed her "love and appreciation" for her love and thanksgiving for her ministry. Watch a video of the presentation (which was accepted on her behalf by the chair of our deputation, Cn. Andrea McKellar). Watch the wonderful moment in the clip below, provided by The Episcopal Church. Our diocese is blessed with people like Janet Dunn Clark who graciously share their love with others. Many thanks to President Jennings for shining a light on South Carolina and Janet Dunn Clark!
Deb Harris: Hello. I'm Deb Harris.
Adam Shoemaker: Hi, I'm Adam Shoemaker.
Deb Harris: We're both first time deputies here at General Convention in Baltimore.
Adam Shoemaker: We are recording this during day two, during the convention. And I wonder, Deb, what has stood out for you so far?
Deb Harris: Well, I have to say that I am completely and totally impressed with Gay Jennings, the current president of the House of Deputies. This will be her last General Convention. She's been serving for ten years with, I mean, her grace, her compassion and her knowledge and patience. It's amazing. In fact, last night that young man that stood up to speak and he was so passionate that he just couldn't articulate words. And she stopped the timer and reset the timer, told him to just take a deep breath and relax. And I just thought that was wonderful because, I mean, it's scary getting up there, especially the first time you do it. But it's been amazing. How about you, Adam? What do you think?
Adam Shoemaker: Well, as a first time deputy, I have been overwhelmed by the sheer volume of resolutions that are before the House. But we are tackling some very important issues. And yesterday we took a vote on a resolution to support a coalition for racial justice and equity across the Episcopal Church with some significant investment behind it and commitment from the wider church as we continue to be about the work of building the beloved community as our Presiding Bishop encourages us to do so.
It's really worthwhile. And as our new President of the House of Deputies, Julia Ayala Harris said, if you read the minutes and get into the minutia of these resolutions, you can, through this process, have an impact on the work that the church is doing. And that's very gratifying to be a part of…
DAY TWO Headlines from The Episcopal News Service (ENS):
Self-proclaimed ‘church geek’ Julia Ayala Harris elected House of Deputies president
The House of Deputies today elected Julia Ayala Harris, 41, a deputy from the Diocese of Oklahoma, to be its next president. Her term begins on Monday at the close of the church’s General Convention. She will be the first Latina and first woman of color to hold the position.
States’ anti-abortion laws fuel impassioned debate by deputies over future General Convention sites
The House of Deputies spent more than an hour on July 9 discussing how to plan future General Conventions now that the Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, with much of the debate focused on whether to avoid meeting in states where abortion now is illegal.
General Convention elects Episcopalians to committees, other positions
Bishops concur with deputies encouraging adoption of paid family leave, health insurance for lay and clergy church employees
Bishops call for end to Ukraine conflict, approve racial equity resolutions
July 9 dispatches from 80th General Convention in Baltimore
Day One Headlines from The Episcopal News Service:
Presiding bishop invites Episcopalians to look to their roots during #GC80 opening Eucharist
Opening the 80th General Convention, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry put the gathering in context: perhaps not the grand, joyous reunion the church had craved, but a moment of orientation in “strange and difficult days.”
Deputies engage in ‘holy listening,’ begin process toward healing by passing racial equity resolutions
Following heart-wrenching testimony, the House of Deputies overwhelmingly approved resolutions to establish a voluntary coalition for racial equity and justice, and to reckon with The Episcopal Church’s involvement in Indigenous boarding schools.
General Convention honors victims, recognizes survivors of the Alabama church shooting
Bishops and deputies passed a resolution recognizing, honoring and lamenting the three members of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church who were killed and the 18 survivors of the June 16 shooting at the church in Vestavia Hills.
Hundreds of Episcopalians march, calling for an end to gun violence
A murder on July 7 near the site of General Convention and the urging of two bishops, including one who happened upon the scene as it unfolded, prompted a march of hundreds of people from the Baltimore Convention Center to an area a few blocks from the scene.
July 8 dispatches from 80th General Convention in Baltimore
GC80: Day Two Sermon by The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, President of the House of Deputies
TRANSCRIPT: Good afternoon. This is Deputy Tom Miller. This convention is unlike any convention that we have ever had--obviously, with the challenges politically, environmentally, certainly with the pandemic going from eight or nine days of work down to four. There is a tremendous amount that has to be done and the people who have spent four years putting this together are focusing on making it efficient, making it effective, and you can feel that energy.
But, nothing compared to Presiding Bishop Michael Curry this morning. He brought in pieces from the Babylonian exile, things he remembered at his grandmother's living room about being a Christian, about being God's work. And a couple of takeaways that that I jotted down... but this is in Babylon and the God behind us is far stronger than the power of any problems that are yet to confront us or are confronting us now. A closing statement that was made by the rector of St. Stephen's Church in Vestavia Hills, Alabama, where there was a mass shooting, really should be a message to us all: the light shines in the darkness and the darkness cannot overcome it. That's a sense of the excitement and the power that is in this building today.
The 80th General Convention of The Episcopal Church will meet July 8 - 11, 2022 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Deputies representing the Diocese of South Carolina were elected in November 2019. Keep track of their time at General Convention on this blog.