The General Convention of the Episcopal Church takes place this summer in Austin. This is the second in a series of updates about the convention. Learn about other deputies in future updates or on the diocesan website .
Ms. Hanh Tran
St. Peter’s, Del Mar
I attended General Convention as a visitor in 2006 when Katharine Jefferts Schori was elected presiding bishop. I look forward to meeting and working with other deputies in the legislative process. 

Favorite Hymn:  I Am the Vine

Favorite Bible Passage: Jeremiah 29:11 “For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.”

Favorite Church Season:  Advent

Pets:  I have a Japanese Chin dog named Puzzle.

The Very Rev. Penny Bridges
St. Paul's Cathedral, San Diego
This will be my second General Convention. I look forward to being involved in the work of the wider church, to inspiring worship, and to reunions with friends from across the entire Episcopal Church, as well as some great barbeque in Austin.

Favorite Bible Verse:  I Corinthians 1:18 “For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”

Favorite Church Season:  All the seasons of the church year.

Pets:   I am owned by one cat called Mitzvah.

What are some of the EDSD priorities at this General Convention?

  • Liturgy & Music (Book of Common Prayer and Hymnal revisions, musical resources, regularization, gendered language, marriage task force, trial use liturgies, translations for Chinese and Spanish use)
  • Evangelism (bi-vocational clergy, formation, small church leadership, mission strategy, racial reconciliation, useful metrics)
  • Care of Creation (climate change, environmental justice, water, energy policy)
  • International (Haiti, Cuba, Palestine/Israel, refugees and migration, nationalism)
  • Social Justice (gender wage equity, transgender dignity, racial justice, immigration, voting rights, DACA/Dreamers, deportations, sanctuary cities, addictions)
  • Governance (interim bodies strategy, Program, Budget and Finance resolutions on funding, Constitution and Canons, Title IV- Safeguard, Church Pension Fund, stewardship)

Beyond voting, how will our deputation serve at this General Convention?
People from our diocese will serve in these capacities:
  •  #3 Safeguarding and Title IV – Polly Getz
  • #4 Governance and Structure – Andrew Green and Butch Glosson
  • #7 Hob Committee Chaplain – Katharine Jefferts Schori
  • #10 Congregational and Diocesan Vitality – Colin Mathewson
  • #16 Churchwide Leadership – Polly Getz
  • #23 Certification of Minutes – Judy Brown

How can I follow what happens at this General Convention?
The Virtual Binder is available online for anyone to see, with legislation updated in real time as it moves through legislative committees and through the floors of House of Deputies and House of Bishops. Here are 10 hot topics coming before General Convention:
·      A028 - Salary for the President of the House of Deputies
·      A041 - Episcopal Church-United Methodist Dialogue
·      A052 - Matters Pertaining to The Episcopal Church in Cuba
·      A053 - Design a New Parochial Report
·      A060 - Create a Task Force to Study Church's Pension System
·      A068 - Plan for the Revision of the Book of Common Prayer
·      A080 - A Season of Provincial Discernment
·      A085 - Trial Use of Marriage Liturgies
·      A086 - Authorize Rites to Bless Relationships
·      A087 - Develop Relationship Pastoral Resources

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