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Luci Hoad and Jordan Ware, co-hosts of Two Feminists Annotate the Bible (subscribe on iTunes), join us for a second week to talk about the mysteries of using your power to show mercy and pity.
This week’s prayer: Proper 21 (BCP p. 234)
O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we, running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of your heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The Acts 8 Movement invites you to join with us in a month-long cycle of prayer for our church in the lead-up to the installation of Bishop Curry as the 27th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, on Sunday, November 1, at noon Eastern time. Each day on the calendar, beginning October 1, holds a specific intention for prayer, ranging from the local to the churchwide.
If you’d like to use prayers from your Book of Common Prayer for this, there are many prayers devoted to the church on pages 816-819.
Please feel free to share this calendar with your friends, social media contacts, and congregations (with attribution). And if you’re so moved, post about your daily prayers on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #octoberprayer.
From beginning to end, the 78th General Convention of the Episcopal Church was filled with resurrection moments, moments where it was clear to everyone in attendance that this church was alive and kicking, or as the Presiding Bishop said last week, “Get up, girl! You’re not dead yet!” Here are a few of my favorite moments from today.
Presiding Bishop-elect Curry preached at the Convention’s closing Eucharist today. His sermon is well worth your time.
Presiding Bishop-elect Michael Curry preaches at General Convention Closing Eucharist
Not long after Bishop-elect Curry finished his sermon, he got a surprise from Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori and another somewhat important person.
President Barack Obama sends congratulations to Presiding Bishop-elect Michael Curry
The House of Bishops also sent Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori off with a resounding round of applause.
Both houses adjourned before the scheduled “Sine Die” time of 6:30 pm, with the House of Deputies ending at 6:10 pm after one final song from our beloved chaplain, Lester Mackenzie. Ever wonder what Sine Die means? It means to adjourn a meeting with no appointed time for resumption.
Overall, if I had to describe this General Convention in three words, it would be “Go–follow Jesus!” From our choice of a new Presiding Bishop to the priorities made clear by the Houses to the spirit permeating the Salt Palace, everything we did pointed towards the love and redemption of Jesus. We are poised to do amazing things this next triennium–I can’t wait to hear all about them! Don’t wait until Austin 2018 though–we always want your stories on Facebook or Twitter.
Until next time, respectfully submitted, yo yo yo,
Wow. What a legislative day. Today the House of Deputies stood in session for almost seven full hours. Some resurrection moments from the floor today:
The House of Deputies voted through an amended budget which included nearly $3 million in additional money for evangelism efforts (church planting and Latino ministries) as well as additional funding for The Episcopal Network for Stewardship. The House of Bishops concurred.
Both Houses also passed new structure resolutions, reducing CCABs and changing Executive Council’s authority with regard to executive officers. See here for more details.
The House of Deputies concurred with two amendments from the HoB (C045 and A030), creating a climate change advisory committee and directing the Investment Committee of Executive Council and the Episcopal Church Endowment to divest from fossil fuel investments and reinvest in clean energy.
The president of the Episcopal Church in South Carolina rose to the floor of the House of Deputies to say, “We aren’t going anywhere!” and to thank the House for its support.
We also received several mentions of today’s worship service as particularly uplifting, from the baby being held by the lector to the featured music to the invigorating sermon preached by the Rev. Colin Mathewson from the Diocese of San Diego (read full text or watch here).
Are you on Instagram? Have you taken a scroll through the #gc78 hashtag to see what people are seeing here in Salt Lake City? If not, check it out here. (You can access this link without logging into Instagram, by the way.)
Tomorrow’s the final day! Don’t forget to send any pictures, stories, blog posts, or notes to firstname.lastname@example.org before you pack up and go in peace to love and serve the Lord!
As the weather in Salt Lake City turns windy (seriously, did anyone else whisper to themselves “I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore” this evening?), resurrection keeps on happening, just like the Lord intended.
The House of Bishops today passed two resolutions about climate change: C045, calling for divestment from fossil fuel investing, and A030, establishing a climate change advisory committee. These resolutions will now move to the House of Deputies for concurrence.
In possibly one of the most photographed moments of General Convention so far, the past, present, and future Presiding Bishops of the Episcopal Church appeared together in the House of Deputies.
Raves are flooding into the Resurrection Report about the Episcopal Service Corps dinner this evening, where Presiding Bishop-elect Curry spoke. One quote I received from his speech: “We who follow Jesus do not settle. Because we have a savior who did not settle for powers of evil but rose above them.”
And finally, in another point of personal privilege, The Collect Call’s first live recording is now available on iTunes, Soundcloud, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Featuring Kyle Oliver, Lisa Kimball, Sean Maloney, David Simmons, and a lively studio audience, this has so far been the most fun I’ve had at General Convention hands down.
Happy Hump Day, General Conventionistas! That’s right–it may not seem like it now, but we’ve now reached the downhill slope, with only four legislative days remaining until adjournment.
We received a photo submission from The Very Rev. Cliff Haggenjos of the Diocese of Northern California. Taken at Sunday’s march against gun violence, he notes, “It is for these little ones that we march and witness to love.”
How often do you hear Jesus being talked about in a budget meeting? Thanks be to God for Presiding Bishop-elect Michael Curry for bringing his message to the Programs Budget & Finance Committee today.
The House of Bishops passed resolution A054 today, the resolution which will allow same-sex marriages in the Episcopal Church. This resolution now heads to the House of Deputies for concurrence.
Not to be outdone, the House of Deputies passed several key evangelism resolutions, including $5 million for church planting, $1 million to revitalize existing congregations, and $3 million for digital evangelism. (Read an excellent summary of these resolutions here.) These resolutions will move to the House of Bishops.
Also today, on the floor of the House of Deputies, a moving moment submitted by many readers occurred when the entire deputation of the Diocese of Mississippi rose to the platform to support resolution D044, encouraging removal of the Confederate battle flag.
What’s your resurrection story? What’s been giving you life–other than coffee and the free candy in the exhibit hall? Send your tweets, blog posts, pictures, or stories to email@example.com.
No day of rest here in Salt Lake City, people of God. Your elected representatives at General Convention were a busy group today just like any other day.
The day began early, with a march organized by Bishops United Against Gun Violence which had over 1500 attendees walking through the streets of SLC. More details, including video, can be found here.
Following that, the convocation gathered for the traditional UTO Ingathering and Eucharist. The crowd audibly gasped when the final total was announced–over the last triennium, UTO had raised over $4 million for their work.
For those of you at home, here’s a short video showing just how incredible worshipping with so many fellow Episcopalians can be.
Overheard: “Look around–resurrection is always emerging.”–Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, in her sermon today.
Nurya Love Parish of ChurchWork writes this helpful post about how General Convention is doing with caring for God’s creation.
Finally, in a point of personal privilege (sorry, I’ve been in the House of Deputies too long), the Acts 8 Moment’s podcast about prayer, The Collect Call, held a live recording of its show this evening. Joining hosts Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale and yours truly were Kyle Oliver and Lisa Kimball from Easter People, Sean Maloney from Padre’s Pods (via the telephone), and the Rev. David Simmons as our special live music DJ. Look for the episode on the Acts 8 Moment website later this week!
Where are you seeing new life at General Convention? Send me your stories, pictures, blogposts, roundups at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Our apologies–the Resurrection Report is a little late due to technical difficulties. Insert your own “at least you didn’t have to wait three days” joke here.
Well! Did anyone hear anything cool going on yesterday at General Convention? Maybe on CNN or over the Associated Press wire? By now, of course you know that Bishop Michael Curry of North Carolina has been elected the 27th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. This is the first time I heard Bishop Curry speak–at the 2012 General Convention in Indianapolis. I won’t soon forget it.
Bishop Curry General Convention Sermon
Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale brings us this report:
Lurking on the consent calendar for the House of Deputies tomorrow is resolution B004: Commend Report on Relations with Church of Sweden. Until I saw it, I was only dimly aware of the Church of Sweden and not at all aware that dialogue was happening between The Episcopal Church and the Church of Sweden.
This afternoon I met with The Reverend Dr Christopher Meakin, head of ecumenical relations for the Church of Sweden to find out what is going on. The dialogue began several years ago at the request of Bishop Pierre Whalon of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe, to see if there were ways for the Episcopal and Swedish churches scattered throughout Europe to cooperate.
Dr. Meakin noted that the Swedish and Episcopal churches have never not really been in communion. Though the Church of Sweden is Lutheran, Dr. Meakin said that Sweden’s revolution was “comparatively mild”, and that the Church of Sweden never lost sight of apostolic succession, and that our liturgies and understanding of the Eucharist are compatible. Many Church of Sweden congregations established in the United States in the 18th and 19th centuries became Episcopal churches as the cultural ties to Sweden waned.
What the present dialogue is doing is uncovering a communion we weren’t really that aware we had, other than incidentally. For instance, the Rt. Rev. Barbara Brown Harris, the first female bishop on The Episcopal Church, participated in the ordination of the first female bishop in the Church of Sweden in 1997. But otherwise the fact that our churches have a great deal in common has been under the radar. Cooperation among our churches does not require the technical accommodations and clarifications of Call to Common Mission (which allowed full communion between the ELCA and The Episcopal Church).
Dr. Meakin observed that he found the election of our next Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, “particularly American,” in a positive way. He said that if Swedes had been making the selection, the choice might have been different due to a more reserved Nordic culture, but thought that Curry appears to be the right man for our church at this time.
Given that I live nowhere near Stockholm, the chances of me worshiping in a Church of Sweden congregation any time soon. But it does my heart good to know that the bonds of the faith I treasure stretch to still another land.
Truly I tell you, there are postings in The Episcopal Church that require driving hours through the desert in a Humvee or jumping out of airplanes, all in the name of our Lord. Find out more about how the chaplains in our Federal Ministries do their work day to day.