#GC79 news from the Dioceses of Eastern and Western Michigan.
June 28, 2018´╗┐

Welcome to the pre-convention edition of our special newsletter for the 79th General Convention.

Over the next couple of weeks, July 2-14, you will receive regular updates from the deputations of Eastern and Western Michigan as they are gathered with others from across the Church in Austin, Texas.

The General Convention is the highest governing body of The Episcopal Church. It meets every three years, or triennially, and is composed of the House of Bishops and the House of Deputies (lay people and clergy).

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Beyond receiving these email updates, there are a number of ways to stay in touch with our deputations and the Convention.

Updates on the Convention
The Big Issues for the 79th General Convention
The topics we're watching out for in Austin
We expect the following major issues to come up at the General Convention:

Liturgy and Music: Should we begin a process of Prayer Book revision? How do we move forward with the services and rites around marriage and the blessings of relationships?

Evangelism: How can we support and fund our "Jesus Movement" over the next triennium?

Social Justice: How do we continue to advocate for individuals and families through the immigration and refugee process? How might we stand up for those speaking out in the #metoo movement and how might we begin to recognize the hurt the church may have caused?

Governance: Should the President of the House of Deputies be a paid position? What should the Parochial Report look like and what should it track? Should we welcome the Diocese of Cuba back into the Episcopal Church?

Ecumenical Relationships: Should the Episcopal Church be in full communion with the United Methodist Church?

For the full list of resolutions coming to the Convention, check out the virtual Blue Book.
Official Youth Presence - Claire Parish
Western Michigan high schooler selected for the GCOYP
Claire Parish is one of sixteen high schoolers named to serve as part of the Official Youth Presence to this summer's General Convention in Austin, Texas.

The General Convention Official Youth Presence (GCOYP) was established in 1982. Members are permitted seat and voice by the rules of the House of Deputies and will participate in committee hearings and floor debates. To be selected for the GCOYP, one must first apply and then undergo review by a committee composed of General Convention deputies, members of the Youth Ministry Network Leadership Council, and the Formation Department Staff.
How a Bill Becomes a Law... Act of General Convention
The resolutions process at General Convention
When our bishops and deputies gather at General Convention, they pray, worship, and take counsel together through a legislative process.

The process begins when resolutions are proposed by authorized committees, commissions, and task forces that meet between sessions of General Convention, and by Deputies, Bishops, Provinces, or Dioceses of the Episcopal Church.

To follow how resolutions move through the convention, check out this excellent graphic, created by our friends in the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut.
Recommended Reading
Care with the Cure of Souls - Care with the Blue Series
Western Michigan Alternate Deputy, the Rev. Dr. Jared Cramer is blogging his way through the "Blue Book" - the compilation of reports, resolutions, and more that each deputy must engage with coming to the General Convention.
Western Michigan Deputy, the Rev. Nurya Love Parish tackles the Episcopal Church triennium budget in this post from last January.
Deputy and Forward Movement Executive Director, the Rev. Scott Gunn blogs every resolution heading to the Convention.
Your Deputations & Bishops

Lay Order
Dr. Elizabeth Jordan (Flint)
Ellen McVey (Midland),
´╗┐ Safeguarding & Title IV
Linda Rathburn (Grand Blanc)
*Canon Michael Spencer , Ministry
** Claire Jess - (Flint)

Clergy Order 
The Rev. Brian Chace (West Branch), Social Justice & US Policy
*The Rev. Tracie Little (Fenton),
Dispatch of Business
The Rev. Pamela Lynch (Gaylord), Ecumenical & Interreligious Relations
The Rev. Sue Rich (Bay City)
**The Rev. Barb Cavin - (Flushing)

Bishop Provisional
The Rt. Rev. Cate Waynick,
Ecumenical & Interreligious Relations

*Denotes Deputation Co-Chair.
** Denotes Alternate Deputy.

Lay Order
Anne Davidson (Coldwater),
Chair, Certification of Minutes
* William Fleener , Jr. (Lansing),
Program, Budget, and Finance
Tom Perrin (Kalamazoo)
Mary Simpson (Grand Rapids)
**Pam Chapman - (Grand Rapids)

Clergy Order 
*The Rev. Brian Coleman (Battle Creek)
The Rev. Nurya Love Parish (Belmont), Environmental Stewardship & Creation
The Rev. Anne Schnaare (Marshall)
The Rev. Canon William Spaid , Constitution & Canons
**The Rev. Dr. Jared Cramer - (Gd. Haven)

Bishop Diocesan
The Rt. Rev. Whayne M. Hougland , Jr.,
Chair, Church Pension Fund

Bolded link to the person's Twitter account.
Italics indicate the person's committee.
Prayer for the General Convention
Almighty and everlasting Father, you have given the Holy Spirit to abide with us for ever: Bless, we pray, with his grace and presence, the bishops and other clergy and the laity assembled in your Name, that your Church, being preserved in true faith and godly discipline, may fulfill all the mind of him who loved it and gave himself for it, your Son Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

This special newsletter is edited by Katie Forsyth, Canon for Evangelism & Networking. Email Katie.