October 21, 2020
Convocation Newsletter
(COVID-19 special edition #24)
October 21, 2020
The 33rd Week in Coronatide
Convention Edition
A Newsletter for Members and Friends of the Convocation of
Episcopal Churches in Europe
Please direct any comments to news@tec-europe.org
Convocation Convention, October 22-24
For a Church Convention
Almighty and everliving God, source of all wisdom and understanding, be present with those who take counsel in the Convocation Convention for the renewal and mission of your Church. Teach us in all things to seek first your honor and glory. Guide us to perceive what is right, and grant us both the courage to pursue it and the grace to accomplish it; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Important Convention Linkes....
Watch the entire Convention Online on our YouTube links:

Participate in the Open Session of Convention on Friday, October 23, with Bishop's Address and the reports of our four Task Forces.
In something of a departure from usual practice, the middle day of this year’s Convention — Friday, October 23 — will be open to everyone in the Convocation a Webinar form. On this day, we’ll hear about the work done over the past year by four different Task Forces in the Convocation, that have been working on

You can register to hear presentations from those who have done this work and engage in conversations with others in the church across Europe. Register to join us in the Webinar by clicking on this link.

For more information, you can download the packet for the Open Session of Convention at this link.

Or, if you would rather only watch the session, you may watch on the YouTube link, as indicated above.
Online Convocation Convention - Schedule

All delegates and clergy have received their convention packets including important Zoom links and a secure voting link.

The convention schedule is as follows:

Thursday, October 22:
  • First Session of Convention 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. Delegates and registered guests only; Public Livestream
  • Opening Prayer and Call to Order
  • Appointment of Recording Secretary and Parliamentarian Special Rule of Order for the Conduct of Convention
  • Organization of the Convention
  • Report of the Secretary of Convention
  • a Communications received
  • b Approval of the 2019 Convention Journal
  • Report of the Committee on Nominations
  • a Nominations from the Floor
  • b Election for Members of the Council of Advice - Four officers
  • c Election for Treasurer of the Convocation
  • d Election for Assistant Treasurer of the Convocation
  • e Election for Lay member of the Disciplinary Board
  • Consideration of Resolutions 2020-3 and 2020-4
  • Compline & Recess
Friday, October 23: OPEN TO ALL - See Open Sessions Packet (Register to participate in Webinar; or watch the sessions without participation here
  • Second Session of the Convention: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. OPEN TO ALL
  • Morning Prayer with the Bishop’s Address
  • Presentation on the Day Ahead
  • Task Force Report: Refugees and Migrants, Dr. Thomas Huddleston, Waterloo, Chair
  • Task Force Report: Youth and Children: Ms. Caireen Stewart, Youth Commission, and Ms. Joyce Chanay, Paris, Chairs
  • Task Force Report: Climate and Creation Care, Mr. Stephen Squire, Geneva, Chair
  • Open discussion Recess
  • Third Session of the Convention: 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. OPEN TO ALL
  • Task Force Report: Racism, Reconciliation, and Beloved Community, The Reverend Stephen McPeek, Frankfurt, Chair of the Task Force
  • Presentation: Dr Catherine Meeks, Executive Director, Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing
  • Sacred Narratives Survey Introduction, Ms. Allison Glasgow-Lafontaine and The Reverend Dr. Stephanie Burette
  • Break
  • Panel Discussion with Dr Thomas Schirrmacher, Dr Michael Privot, and others; Mr. David Case, Munich, Moderator, Ambassador Xolelwa Mlumbi-Peter, Geneva, Chat Moderator
  • Break
  • Presentation: The Right Reverend Deon Johnson, Bishop of the Diocese of Missouri
  • Wrap Up

Saturday October 24
  • Fourth Session of the Convention: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Delegates and registered guests only; Public Livestream here
  • Morning Prayer and Homily
  • Presentation of the 2019 Financial Report and the Proposed Budget for 2021, Mr Denis Le Moullac, Treasurer of the Convocation
  • Discussion
  • Convention is Recessed
  • Convening of the Assemblée générale of the Association 1901 of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe
  • Convention is Reconvened
  • Report of The Council of Advice, The Reverend Christopher Easthill, Wiesbaden, President
  • Open discussion
  • Recess for lunch
  • Fifth Session of the Convention: 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. Delegates and registered guests only; Public Livestream here
  • Report of the Committee to Respond to the Bishop’s Address Report of the Committee on Resolutions
  • a Resolutions Proposed by the Council of Advice
  • b Resolutions Proposed by Task Forces
  • c Resolutions Proposed by Commissions of the Convocation d Resolutions Found in Proper Form
  • e Courtesy Resolutions
  • Commissioning of the new Council of Advice Adjournment of Convention
  • Adjournment of Convention

This promises to be an exciting convention. Do keep especially the bishop and the convention prep team in your prayers as they venture into a new and untested virtual realm this year. All the latest information about the online Convocation Convention, including the latest updates on resolutions and nomination process may be found here:

A big THANK YOU to St. Paul's Within the Walls Episcopal Church in Rome for hosting the virtual convention in their facilities. Special thanks go to the Rev. Austin Rios, Rector; and to Maleah Rios, Digital Ministries Coordinator, for making this possible.
Task Forces to Report to 2020 Convention

At the 2019 Convocation Convention in Bossey Switzerland, Task Forces were appointed to examine and four priorities in the coming year. These Task Forces will report to the 2020 Convention.

In June, these four priorities were examined in considerable depth at the annual Academy for Parish Leadership (APL) sponsored by the European Institute for Christian Studies (EICS). These reports are being finalized and updates will be available in upcoming newsletters.

The four task forces and their chairs are:

See the complete Task Force Reports in the Open Session Packet here
Upcoming Convocation Events

  • Oct 31 - Nov 1: Visitation to All Saints - Waterloo, Belgium

  • November 27: COABICE - online
Looking to 2021

  • May 28-29, 2021: Mission Fest in Augsburg, Germany
Online Worship in the Convocation
St. Paul's Within the Walls Episcopal Church, in Rome, Italy, reopened for worship on Sunday, October 4. Extensive interior renovations, which had been planned to extend over several more years, were entirely completed during the COVID-19 shut-down. Link
Online Worship Opportunities for Sundays and Weekdays

With many of our church buildings closed to public worship, many of our parishes and missions have moved their Sunday and weekday Worship online. Consider taking part in worship with your sisters and brothers in Christ across Europe.

Online and In-Person Worship opportunities may be found here
Convocation COVID-19 Webpage
Information in one place
Convocation COVID-19 Response
Please visit our webpage dedicated to our COVID-19 response, as well as other resources.

If you have things to add please send information to news@tec-europe.org
Congregational Plans for reopening churches - see the Bishop and Council of Advice directives on Regathering the Church Prayerfully and Intentionally here
A physician caring for a patient is blessed by Christ and assisted by St. Luke and the Theotokos
Collect for St. Luke (October 18)
Almighty God, who inspired your servant Luke the physician to set forth in the Gospel the love and healing power of your Son: Graciously continue in your Church this love and power to heal, to the praise and glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

In Time of of Great Sickness and Mortality....
O most mighty and merciful God, in this time of grievous sickness, we flee unto thee for succor. Deliver us, we beseech thee, from our peril; give strength and skill to all those who minister to the sick; prosper the means made use of for their cure; and grant that, perceiving how frail and uncertain our life is, we may apply our hearts unto that heavenly wisdom which leadeth to eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (1928 BCP, 45)
In Other News...
  • The new book edited by Bishop Mark Edington, We Shall Be Changed: Questions for the Post-Pandemic Church, is available for preorder from Church Publishing.

  • The Convocation in cooperation with the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Paris is offering a weekly Eucharist in French on Saturdays at 5:00 p.m., starting October 3. It is held in the choir/nave area of the cathedral, under the direction of a committee including the Rev. Jean Dumond Chavanne, Missioner, assisted by the Rev. Thomas Myers, and Thomas-Xavier Martin.
Sermons Online

Did you miss Church?

Check out Bishop Edington's latest sermon:

September 27, 2020
Visitation at Emmanuel Church, Geneva

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. 
The Convocation's Francophone Mission
Les samedis à 17 h

La Convocation des Églises épiscopales d'Europe vous propose: la Sainte Eucharistie en français !

Vous êtes tous les bienvenus à cette sainte Eucharistie en français, présentée par la Convocation des Églises épiscopales d'Europe. La première messe a eu lieu le samedi 3 octobre à 17 h. à la cathédrale de la Sainte Trinité. Lorsque vous entrez, vous devez fournir vos coordonnées pour la recherche des contacts.
Regarding Allegations of Clergy Sexual Abuse
Important information on the lifting of the Statute of Limitation regarding clergy sexual abuse...

Let it be known that for three years in the Episcopal Church there is no statute of limitation on clergy sexual abuse. Every diocese has a confidential way to make a report. In Europe here is ours:
"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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