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).
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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!