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[Episcopal News Service] The 78th General Convention, in a series of historic moments, elected the first African-American presiding bishop; approved marriage equality for all Episcopalians; adopted a budget that emphasizes racial reconciliation and evangelism; endorsed the study of fossil fuel divestment; opposed divestment in Israel, Palestine; and made some significant changes to the church’s governance.

Senior Ministries

Have you ever noticed that similar themes seem to emerge in conversations among older adults? Yes, it could be retirement. It could be grandchildren. It could be health insurance, and it could be medications. Medications, those wonderful chemical compounds of varying price ranges that have extended our life expectancies, improved the quality of our lives (hopefully), and given us new topics of conversation. But while we might want to boast about the number of grandchildren we have or the generous retirement package we received, we most likely do not want to boast about the number of pills we are taking.

Anti-Racism Dialogues

The tragic and unspeakable horror in the shooting of innocents at Mother Emanuel AME in Charleston, SC speaks an undeniable truth – God’s work of healing and reconciliation of African America and White America is far from being accomplished. We have lived in denial far too long.

"Geeks for God" Blog

In Randy Johnson’s blog post, Why your church needs a Google account (February 18, 2015) he discusses three tools of the Google enterprise: Gmail, Google Analytics and YouTube. Randy describes how these products can prove useful for a church looking to step into the world of the Internet and social media. There are other products that are offered free through a Google account and this post will focus on the collaborative, yet safe options available to collect, update and share information important to your congregation.

GC2015 Blog

Sine Die – the agenda notes this as the final moment of the 78th General Convention, and it is a bit of a misnomer. Translated from the Latin it means essentially that we are adjourned with no future meeting scheduled. Yet we all know that the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church is already set, and will be in Austin, Texas. But for now, let us rest in the work that we have accomplished, keeping in mind these words from the Night Prayer in the New Zealand Prayer Book, "What has been done has been done. What has not been done has not been done. Let it be."

GC2015 Blog

It has been amazing to be at General Convention while so much has happened in our society and within our church that so very many of us have been working toward and praying for.

GC2015 Blog

It is customary for the President of the House of Deputies to ask for two things whenever a momentous vote is about to occur in the House: prayer and restraint. President Gay Jennings was not the first to ask for these two things today as we took the final steps on the road to marriage equality in the Episcopal Church. I have watched each of President Jenning’s predecessors – Bonnie Anderson, George Werner, Pam Chinnis, David Collins and Charles Lawrence do it, too. They call on the chaplain for prayer, and they urge the deputies to show restraint in expressing delight or dismay at the outcome when the vote is announced.

In the News

[Associated Press] The Episcopal Church has completed its embrace of gay rights, changing church law to allow same-sex religious marriages throughout the denomination, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide.

Bishop Beckwith's Blog

Early Sunday morning in Salt Lake City, the Episcopal Church joined God in the neighborhood. We claimed common ground against gun violence. We also identified the unholy trinity of poverty, racism and gun violence. And then 1200 of us marched to a nearby park.

General Convention 2015 in the News

Early in the morning of Sunday, June 28, 2015, more than 60 Episcopal bishops led a prayerful procession of approximately 1200 General Convention attendees and local Utahns through downtown Salt Lake City in a witness against gun violence.

General Convention 2015 in the News

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.

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.