July 2018
Convocation Newsletter
July 2018
A Newsletter for Members and Friends of the Convocation of
Episcopal Churches in Europe
This is a monthly convocational newsletter.
Please direct any comments to news@tec-europe.org
Reports from the 79th General Convention of
The Episcopal Church
The Most Rev. Michael Curry , Presiding Bishop, preaching at the Opening Eucharist of General Convention
O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you, bring the nations into your fold, pour out your Spirit upon all flesh, and hasten the coming of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. (The Book of Common Prayer)

Pray with us in the Convocation Cycle of Prayer - available here
Bishop Search Process
The List of Bishop Nominees is Final!

See the latest information below....
The 79th General Convention
Austin TX, USA, July 3-13, 2018
The General Convention is the highest governing body of The Episcopal Church. It is the oldest such legislative body in the Anglican Communion. This year's convention was the 79th convention since 1785.This bicameral legislative body includes the House of Bishops and the House of Deputies. The Presiding Bishop, The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry is the chair of the House of Bishops. The current President of the House of Deputies, The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, was elected in 2012. The two bodies meet and act separately, to set the Episcopal Church's mission priorities, budget and policies. Both Houses must concur to adopt legislation. 

The Convention has the authority to amend the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church; adopt the budget for the church for the next three years; authorize liturgical texts and amend the Book of Common Prayer; adopt communions and covenants with other churches; set qualifications for orders of ministry and office-holders; elect officers of the General Convention, the Executive Council, and members of boards; and delegate responsibilities to the committees, commissions, agencies, and boards of the Episcopal Church.

The General Convention meets every three years. In between conventions, an elected body, the Executive Council, meets to address concerns and carry forward the policies and programs adopted by The General Convention. The next General Convention convenes in 2018 in Austin, Texas.

Legislation at the General Convention is authoritative for the church and comes from a deliberative process.

We thank our Bishop and ten Deputies and Alternates from the Convocation for their hard work at the General Convention in Austin TX:

BISHOP: The Rt. Rev. Pierre Whalon , Bishop in Charge
L1: Mr. David Case , Munich
L2: Mrs. Anne Swardson , Paris
L3: Mrs. Helena Mbele-Mbong , Geneva
L4: Dr. Yvonne Cockcroft , Munich
Alt. 1: Dr. Joshua Farrier, Frankfurt
C1: The Rev. Deacon Richard Cole , Geneva,
C2: The Rev. Austin Rios , Rome
C3: The Rev. Steve Smith , Munich
C4: The Rev. Sunny Hallanan , Waterloo
Alt. 1: The Rev. Chris Easthill , Wiesbaden
The European contingent (left to right): David Case (Munich), Helena Mbele-Mbong (Geneva), Austin Rios (Rome), Sunny Hallanan (Waterloo), Christopher Easthill (Wiesbaden), Richard Cole (Geneva), Bishop Pierre Whalon (omnipresent), Yvonne Cockcroft (Munich), Joshua Farrier (Frankfurt), Steve Smith (Munich), Sophie Plé (Paris), Walter Baer (Paris); not pictured Anne Swardson (Paris).
Some links to actions at General Convention

(from the Diocese of Fort Worth)

(from the Episcopal Church Media Hub)

DAILY RECAPS (from the Diocese of North Carolina)

The Convocation at General Convention in Austin
Deputies speak on various issues
Among the various Europe Deputies who spoke at committee hearings or on the floor of the House of Deputies were the Rev Sunny Hallanan , Mr. David Case , the Rev. Steven Smith , and Alternate Joshua Farrier.
Relative Deputies or Deputies who are Relatives....
Family fun...

Sister deputies , Felicity Hallanan, Lay Deputy from Central New York and the Rev. Sunny Hallanan from Waterloo BE and clergy deputy from Europe.

Father-Son deputies: The Rev. Austin Rios from Rome and clergy deputy from Europe with his father Ron Rios , lay deputy from Western North Carolina.
World Cup divides Deputation
World Cup competition on the floor of the House of Deputies! France vs Belgium!
The Rev. Sunny Hallanan of Waterloo supported the Belgian team. Anne Swardson, Helena Mbele-Mbong and Yvonne Cockcroft led the French fan club.)
Read article from the Episcopal News Service here
Convocation Booth!
The Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe (The Episcopal Church Europe - for short) was not only fully present in the House of Bishops and House of Deputies, but also in the Exhibit Hall. Countless number of visitors to the Convocation book were impressed by our work on behalf of the church in Europe and many new and exciting things that are happening. The Bishop Search was a frequent topic of conversation. Many brochures, post cards, and flyers were given away, and and many bilingual BCPs were sold. Thanks to Christoph Herpel (Frankfurt), Sophie Plé (Paris) and Archdeacon Baer for the many hours of service, besides other duties at Convention. Thanks too to Maleah Rios for helping, to Jere Shipper , who spearheaded our first-ever exhibit booth at the 2015 General Convention, and to Felicity Hanford for her many photos and artistic advice. Many important connections were made and renewed at the booth. Thanks to the Board of Foreign Parishes for underwriting the cost of the booth and its staffing.
Convocation People in the Media at General Convention

World Cup Fever at Convocation Table

Maleah Rios interviewed by Mary Parmer about "Invite, Welcome, Connect"
A View from Europe by Anne Swardson
All Resolutions submitted by the Convocation were approved!

Bishop and Deputies were active and vocal on many issues, from evangelism to migration to Prayer Book reform to Palestine/Israel issues to ecumenical dialogues to church planting to church structure to creation care to dispatch of business, among others.
Each evening at 9 p.m., Bishop Whalon and wife Hélène hosted the deputation for a recap of the day's legislative actions and to strategize about the upcoming day.
Four resolutions which originated from the 2017 Convocation Convention in Wiesbaden and sent to General Convention, were approved. These included:
  • Recognition of Full Communion with the Church of Sweden
  • Recognition of our dialogue with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Bavaria as an official ecumenical dialogue of the Episcopal Church
  • Changing our name in places in the Canons from "American" to "Episcopal"
  • Call for fresh translations of the BCP into Spanish, French, and Haitian Creole.

Bishop Whalon and Deputies shepherd them through both houses. Deputies Smith and Rios worked intensively on the ecumenical resolutions. All deputies and alternates spoke in committees and on the floor on many issues facing the church.
Some random photos from Genreal Convention
The Bishop Search Process - Nominees Final
Nominees for the position of Bishop-in-Charge of the Convocation are now Final!

The deadline for the petition process has now passed and no new nominations were submitted. This means that the slate for the election in October is complete and only the four candidates nominated by the the Search and Nominating Committee and approved by Council of Advice will be considered. They are: 
  • The Rev. Canon Paul-Gordon Chandler,
  • The Rev. Mark D.W. Edington
  • The Rev. Steven D. Paulikas
  • The Very Rev. Dr. Benjamin Shambaugh

Information about the Bishop Nominee "Walkabouts" will be available in a few days time. Look for Search Update #9...

In the meantime, see Search Update #8 for details about the four Bishop Nominees .

Check out the

This site includes: 
  • Biographical and other information about the nominees
  • The Convocation Profile, which was developed by the Bishop Search and Nomination Committee, both in an on-line and a downloadable form. 
  • It also includes other information about the Convocation, which will assist persons who are interested in the bishop search process, including a description of the Convocation Parishes and Missions.
  • As of June 25, there have been over 32,000 visitors to the website.
  • The Bishop Search has engendered great interest in the Episcopal Church and elsewhere in the Anglican Communion.

Bishop Search Update E-Mails....

Search Update #1   - Nov. 12, 2017
Search Update #2   - Dec. 16, 2017
Search Update #3   - Jan. 23, 2018
Search Update #4 - Feb. 24, 2018
Search Update #5 - Mar. 20, 2018
Search Update #6 - May 8, 2018
Search Update #7 - June 14, 2018
Search Update #8 - June 25, 2018


O God, we pray for the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe as we discern and elect a Bishop to serve your people, build up your Church and proclaim boldly the Gospel to the world. Send us, we pray, an apostle who is a wise counsellor, a merciful pastor, filled with your joy and grace. May your servant have the abundant gifts needed to lead your flock and the strength and courage to administer them. And may we renew and rededicate our lives to your will and service. All this we pray in the Name of our Great High Priest and Servant of the servants of God, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Upcoming Convocation Events

  • September 6-8: CAECG in Heidelberg, Germany

  • September 15-16: Visitation at Ascension in Munich Germany

  • Sept 27- Oct 1 Presentation of Bishop Candidates in Paris, Munich, and Rome

  • October 17-18: COMB, Waterloo, Belgium

  • November 16-18 Youth Leaders Training Event


  • February 4-7 Clergy Retreat

  • March 7-9: CAECG in Bonn, Germany

  • March 12-15 House of Bishops

  • March 29-31 Spirituality Retreat - Tutzing, Germany

  • April 5: Farewell Service and Soirée for Bishop Whalon at the Cathedral in Paris

  • April 6: Ordination and Consecration of the new Bishop in Charge at the Cathedral in Paris

  • May 3-5: APL "Experiencing the Holy" in Augsburg, Germany

  • May 30 - June 2: Ascension Weekend Youth Events
Bishop Whalon and Hélène Teneur
The Rt. Rev. Pierre Whalon and Mme. Hélène Teneur were married (French civil marriage) in the Mairie d’Antony on June 30.

The "cérémonie religieuse" will take place on August 25 in the US at Virginia Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia.

There will be a service of thanksgiving at the American Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Paris on September 29.
The Rev. Austin Rios and Maleah Pusz are wed
The Rev. Austin Rios , Rector of St. Paul's Within the Walls Episcopal Church in Rome, and Ms. Maleah Pusz were married June 18 on Black Balsam Knob near Canton, in western North Carolina, USA

A Blessing of the Marriage will take place at St. Paul's Within the Walls on October 28, with Bishop Whalon officiating.
Youth Commission
More about our Convocation Youth Events
on Ascension Day Weekend (May 10-13) and June 8-10

See this excellent YouTube short film from Youth Across Europe (YAE) in Florence, Italy, to get a taste of the spiritually enriching experience that our youth enjoyed. Thanks to good folks at St. James in Florence for hosting such a memorable event!

Juniors Across Europe (JAE) met in the beautiful city of Clermont-Ferrand
in central France hosted by Christ Church.

YAE 20s Weekend was hosted by Christ the King Church in Frankfurt, Germany, June 8-10. With an excellent turnout, this ministry has an exciting future. Thanks Youth Commission, and to Tyson Røsberg (youth director in Paris), the Rev. Scott Moore (Nuremberg) and Isabel Cochrane from making is such a success!

Sermons online
Did you miss Church?
Francophone Outreach...
A la radio : le Magazine Anglican
Le « Magazine Anglican », animé par Laurence Moachon, paroissienne de la Cathédrale de la Sainte Trinité à Paris. 
À propos du Magazine Anglican :
Depuis septembre 2012, Laurence Moachon présente le 4e samedi du mois, le Magazine Anglican. Avec l’objectif de faire mieux connaître la tradition anglicane au public français, elle traite de sujets d’actualité culturelle, historique, liturgique ou ecclésiologique dans la Convocation et la Communion Anglicane. 
  Check out the latest edition of The Read Thread
Read the latest on what's going on in the wider church
and much more....
"Go forth for God; go to the world in peace; be of good courage, armed with heavenly grace, in God's good Spirit daily to increase, till in his kingdom we behold his face."

                                                   Hymn 347 - Holy Eucharist; Music: Litton 
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