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It is difficult to describe the emotions of this morning, on top of all that has transpired in this joyous week. I, along with the entire deputation from Newark, participated in the Claiming Common Ground Against Gun Violence procession. Our bishop, the Rt. Rev. Mark Beckwith, was one of the key leaders of this event, working as part of Bishops United Against Gun Violence, and it was one of the most meaningful moments of this General Convention (and that is saying something, to be sure).

General Convention 2015 in the News

[Deseret News] A prayerful procession led by some 60 Episcopalian bishops traveled through downtown Salt Lake City on Sunday morning calling for an end to the "unholy trinity" of poverty, racism and gun violence.

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[Deseret News] The Episcopal Church has elected its first black presiding bishop and primate.

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Newark Lay Deputy Bert Jones is quoted in this article.

[Associated Press] The Episcopal Church elected its first African-American presiding bishop, choosing Bishop Michael Curry of North Carolina during the denomination's national assembly Saturday.

Bishop Beckwith's Blog

Michael Curry, Bishop of North Carolina, was overwhelmingly elected as the next Presiding Bishop on the first ballot by the House of Bishops today. It was a great moment, filled with hope and solidarity, which was immediately affirmed by the House of Deputies.

GC2015 Blog

Today is the day our next presiding bishop is elected. At our morning media briefing, Episcopal Church Public Affairs Officer Neva Rae Fox told us, “This is not a day you want to go to the beach. This is a day you want to stay close.”

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Today, amid the morning rush between meetings, worship, and the rest, phones started buzzing with texts and calls about the decision of the Supreme Court to recognize marriage equality as the law of the land. And as the day went on, news of a rally by Utah Pride in one of the local parks started filtering through the crowd. Integrity, the LGBT advocacy group of The Episcopal Church, were passing around buttons and making signs. The rally was to start at 6pm, during the afternoon legislative session.

From the Bishop

Marriage is now the law of the land. Not just in some sections of the country, but everywhere across the United States. Full equality has now been extended to every couple that seeks to make a lifelong commitment of fidelity and faith to one another.

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Perhaps it was because a dear friend and parishioner died yesterday. Or maybe it was because this is my tenth General Convention. But when we began our legislative session this morning with a reading of the necrology I found myself weeping.

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[The Salt Lake Tribune] The Episcopal Church's top legislative body is reviewing its policies on alcohol and addiction as part of a churchwide soul-searching over a Maryland assistant bishop charged with drunken driving while texting and killing a bicyclist.

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I have attended several legislative sessions at the last General Convention in Indianapolis, but this was the first time I ever stood to speak. The hearing was before the Committee on Social Justice and International policy, which was hearing testimony on resolutions A052 and C012. It was standing room only.

Bishop Beckwith's Blog

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, in the first of her several valedictories at this General Convention, was passionate and compelling. As a church, she said, we are finding our edgy DNA. We are discovering God working in places we failed to look at before. And that we need a "next generation operations manual."

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While the Bishop and Deputies were attending their respective orientations this morning, I took my camera to Temple Square, the 10-acre complex owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, just one block from the convention center.

GC2015 Blog

Today at the 78th General Convention of The Episcopal church a joint session of Deputies and Bishops got a firsthand introduction to the four candidates who are standing for election for Presiding Bishop. The man (and all four candidates are men) who is elected will serve for nine years or until they reach age 72.

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Today was the day of orientation as an alternate deputy. To me today was the beginning of the diligence that goes into the governance of the Episcopal Church. I am attentive and ready to work with the other deputies as we embark on the journey that God has called us to while at the 78th General Convention.

GC2015 Blog

This morning was a joint session of the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops, and it was the first time our entire deputation was together. We heard first from the Presding Bishop, the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, who along with the House of Deputies President the Rev. Gay Clark Jennnings, received a standing ovation before and after the speech.

General Convention 2015 in the News

[The Salt Lake Tribune] In 2006, Nevada's Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori was the first woman ever elected to preside over the Episcopal Church. This is her third and last Triennial General Convention, the one that will end her nine-year tenure as head of the 2.5 million-member church.

General Convention 2015 in the News

[Deseret News] As the Episcopal Church embarks on its 78th General Convention this week, church leaders are intently focused on healing the world, the nation and the church itself.

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The Diocese of Newark contingent has been arriving in Salt Lake City yesterday and today for the 78th General Convention. Today we've been getting registered, finding our way around the convention complex as well as downtown Salt Lake CIty, and generally preparing for the 10 days ahead.

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Over the past few days, members of the Diocese of Newark contingent to the 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church have been arriving in Salt Lake City, Utah (look out Salt Lake!!!). This initial day has deputies registering for credentials, and to receive the iPad containing the Virtual Binder (see the image).

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[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] As bishops and deputies prepare to gather for the 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church, the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society has launched an online Media Hub to make the Convention’s business accessible remotely at no fee. The Media Hub is available here.

General Convention 2015 in the News

[Deseret News] The effort started with four Episcopal bishops who wanted to focus the attention of their church and the broader public on the issue of gun violence.

From the Bishop

Dear members of the Diocese of Newark,

Like many of us, my spirit is shaken and my heart is leaden in the aftermath of the slaughter of nine lives at historic Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. When mental illness (which seems to be the case here), fueled by racism (which most certainly is the case), joins together with the possession of guns, the result is a toxic combination that inevitably produces tragedy.