Volume VII | Issue 5
Triennial Today
Saturday July 7, 2018
49th Triennial Meeting of the Episcopal Church Women
at the 79th General Convention of The Episcopal Church
Today's Schedule
Saturday, July 7
Be sure to check the schedule for changes

Check out today's and upcoming schedules here:

7:30 am - 7:50 am
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 am
9:00 am - 9:20 am
9:30 am - 10:00 am
10:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
12:00 pm - 12:20 pm
12:30 pm
1:15pm - 2:15 pm
2:30pm - 4:00 pm
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Yoga Body Prayer
Registration in Secretariat
Bring Your Own Breakfast
with Yewande Austin
Meditation/Music (see below)
Exhibit Hall Opens
Share the Word: Communications Tools & Techniques Display
Plenary III - Bylaws and Resolutions
Plenary III - Bylaws and Resolutions, continued (if necessary)
Joint Session on Evangelism W/GC
(see below)
Episcopal Revival Worship W/GC at the Palmer Center
Texas Night W/GC at the Palmer Center

Yesterday's meditations

Joint Session on Evangelism


  • The Rev. Lauren Winner, an Episcopal priest and popular author who bridges faith and culture.

  • Bishop Alan Scarfe of the Diocese of Iowa, who led revivals in every diocesan congregation in 2017.

  • The Rev. Daniel Vélez-Rivera, a church planter from the Diocese of Virginia.
The Rev. La uren Winner
The Rt. Rev. Alan Scafre
Rev. Daniel Velez-Rivera
Yesterday's Highlights
Bring your Own Breakfast with Abagail Nelson
Abagail Nelson, Senior VP for Programs, Episcopal Relief and Development , was the first speaker in Triennial Meeting's BYOB (Bring Your Own Breakfast) series. She shared ERD's three "high-impact" priorities - women, children, and climate, and offered an in-depth look at how the well-being of each affects the health of the world. She also addressed the need for disaster preparedness and the importance of each church having a disaster strategy for its congregation, and emphasized the need to view poverty relief as disaster prevention. The full text of Abagail's remarks will be shared in this space in the next day or two.
UTO Grant Announcements
The United Thank Offering grant awards for 2018 were announced at Triennial Meeting on Friday morning by the UTO Board president, Sandra Squires. The total amount awarded was $1,283,216.21. The UTO Board received 68 grant applications and was able to fund 34 grants. This year's grant recipients represent eight of the nine Anglican Communion provinces and 28 dioceses of The Episcopal Church. Pictured is Sandra Squires with the grant recipients present at the time of the announcements.
Plenary II - Social Justice Speakers
Patricia Bullock, a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Austin and director of the Trinity Center Shower Ministry, housed at St. David's church in downtown Austin, shared with delegates how this ministry was formed, and what its role is in the community. She will be leading a workshop next Tuesday from 2:30 to 4:00 pm: #24 Reaching Out to Our Neighbors - Providing Showers to Homeless Women
Donna Emery, Director of Development at Mobile Loaves and Fishes of Austin, gave us a brief overview of their ministry and what it means to the local community. Donna will be conducting workshop #23 Empowering Relational Service with Mobile Loaves and Fishes' Community! First Village. It will be held on Tuesday from 2:30 to 4:00 pm.
Special Events
Welcome Dinner
We rounded out our first official day of the 49th Triennial of the Episcopal Church Women with a beautifully planned and well organized dinner of good food, good speakers, and good dinner companions. The dinner was so well planned there were no serving distractions, and the speakers flowed evenly from one to another.
Our first speaker was a dynamic young woman from the YWCA-Austin, Laura Torres . She gave us much food for thought during an exploration of intrinsic biases vs. extrinsic biases. Her message was primarily about recognizing and dealing with our own internal biases, which is when our expressed beliefs are in direct conflict with our behavior. There is much work to be done before we are able to actually make a change in our national mores, but recognizing this is the first step.

Thank you, Laura for your thought provoking presentation.
Thank you Irit Umani , for sharing your experiences as Executive Director of Trinity Center , located in downtown Austin. The need of the homeless is great and at times overwhelming, but based on the testimony of one of your clients, in the video you shared with us, the work you are doing is satisfying to both the giver and the receiver. Service is all about one person at a time, and you have clearly modeled what that can and does look like.
The Rev. Kellie Wilson is the Associate Priest for Faith Development at Christ Church Episcopal in Greenville, SC .  She shared her life-altering experience of suffering a grave illness shortly after the birth of her son. This brought her to the point of accepting the fact that she was not going to survive. After asking the Lord to take care of her husband and child she began to recover and slowly realized she had a calling for the priesthood. Her journey created a need for deep self-reflection, which ultimately resulted in what she encourages in others: to be a reflector of Christ's love. She shared the stages from creation to salvation, and concluded with a powerful statement, "This is what happened after I died."
Affiliate Workshop - CPC
Contributed by Stephanie Harris–Ash

I attended the Church Periodical Club (CPC) Affiliates’ Workshop: Using Printed Materials to Achieve the Marks of Mission.
Firstly, what are the marks of Mission? According to a 2012 directive, we recognize the 5 marks of mission to be:
To proclaim the Good News of the kingdom
To teach, baptize and nurture believers
To respond to human need by loving service
To seek to transform unjust structures of society
To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth
In essence, these lay out the groundwork for mission and ministry work in our parishes, in our dioceses, in our provinces and in our national ‘church’ governing bodies.

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Through the Eyes of a Girls Friendly Society Member
General Convention Experience
 By Cat Sopke

General Convention is truly an experience like no other. It is only the second day for the Girls’ Friendly Society, and we have already met many amazing and inspirational people. Not only that, we had the opportunity to take a selfie with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry! Today was quite eventful. Setting up our booth in the convention hall occupied some of our morning, and then the fun began. GFS split into two teams and exchanged shifts - one group would walk around and network, while the other group stayed at the booth and took colorful photos in our #OrangeDay photo booth. We wear orange on the twenty-fifth of every month to raise awareness of the quiet epidemic that is violence against women and girls. Orange is a bright color that represents hope and a brighter future for our fellow women. By wearing our shirts and letting others take photos in our #OrangeDay booth, we hope to educate those who are in the dark about this growing problem. Besides spending time at the photo booth, I was able to walk around the convention center and talk to all of the wonderful people running and assisting with the programs presented here. It is amazing and reassuring to realize that no matter how alone you may feel in this world, you will always be connected to hundreds, even thousands, of others through faith. I am thankful for everyone at General Convention because without them I would not be educated on many world missions and fair-trade organizations. After I had walked around and picked up many free goodies (I have more than ten pins on my backpack now!) I sat down with some of the other GFS girls and listened to the absolutely wonderful worship band. Jesus moves us in many ways, and music is such an extravagant way to feel his power and love run through our bodies. So far, General Convention has been a wonderful learning experience and I cannot wait for the days to come!
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