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July 10, 2022

We’re Grateful, Gay

By Jim Naughton

I first met Gay Clark Jennings at the 2006 General Convention in Columbus, Ohio. Church leaders who were appalled by the passage of Resolution B033, the infamous “manner of life” resolution, met for dinner. My boss at the time, Bishop John Bryson Chane of Washington, brought me along.

The resolution in question called upon “Standing Committees and bishops with jurisdiction to exercise restraint by not consenting to the consecration of any candidate to the episcopate whose manner of life presents a challenge to the wider church and will lead to further strains on communion.” (Italics mine.)  

The resolution was intended to make sure our bishops got invited to the 2008 Lambeth Conference, and that our place in the Anglican Communion remained secure.

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Meet the VP-elect of the House of Deputies Rachel Taber-Hamilton 

House of Deputies Approves Consolidating Budget Making it One Committee

By Anne Swardson and Will Harp 

The House of Deputies passed a far-reaching reform of its budget process that puts all the work in the hands of Executive Council, the governing body of the Church between General Conventions, and essentially gets rid of the other committee that’s involved now.

The measure, which had to be passed in three portions because of its canonical and procedural implications, would replace what the resolution’s proponents described as a clunky and broken process. It must also be approved by the House of Bishops.

“They say ‘If something’s not broke don’t fix it.’ But the current process is broken,” said Deputy Nancy Koonce of Idaho, who has been closely involved in budget making at various levels. She urged support for the resolution.

The reform is important because how the church wields its roughly $50 million annual budget reflects its priorities in such areas as evangelism, racial reconciliation, creation care and mission. “We recognize budgets to be a means by which we ‘do the work God has given us to do,’” the Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget and Finance (PB&F) said in its introduction to the proposed 2023-2024 budget, which General Convention received the budget on Sunday afternoon.

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Legislative Session Live Blogs

Deputy News continues to live blog during legislative sessions. When there is Wi-Fi. 

Read the July 10 morning session live blog

Read the July 10 afternoon session live blog

Read the July 10 evening session live blog.

Greetings to Deputies Not Physically Present at Convention: Cuba, Ecuador Litoral, Honduras, Venezuela (English and Spanish)

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