By: Vince Currie
Greeting from General Convention. Your delegation appreciates the continued prayer and support as we deal with the issues facing our church. The fifth day of Convention began with a Eucharist and sermon from the Rev. Dr. Mary Crist. I encourage you to take the time to read or watch the sermon by accessing the following link: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/notice/media-hub-metrics-prove-interest-general-convention
Legislative Committees continue to meet early in the morning and late into the evening. Tomorrow the convention will address the resolution regarding the structure of the Church’s governing bodies and conduct a Joint Session on Program, Budget, and Finance. Deputy Quittmeyer (Secretary-Program, Budget & Finance) the Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget and Finance completed its work on the proposed 2013-15 budget on Monday morning, July 9, at 9 a.m. PB&F reviewed the final copy of the budget spreadsheet and adopted it for presentation to the 77th General Convention. The budget is being translated into Spanish and will be forwarded to the printer on Monday afternoon.
The schedule of the General Convention precluded receiving more than a few concurred resolutions from the two Houses. However, PB&F believes that it has listened hard to the church, both before General Convention and here in Indianapolis, and is pleased that the budget includes many of the requests for continuing support and for new work.
The proposed budget is structured according to the Five Marks of Mission and based on a 19% asking for each year of the 2013-15 Triennia. The proposed budget will be presented to a Joint Session of the General Convention at 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10.
There were two legislative sessions, the highlights are below:
On the first anniversary of the formation of the Republic of South Sudan, the Episcopal Church, meeting here in its 77th General Convention, re-affirmed advocacy support for peace in Sudan through the passage of Resolution A019.
Three people were nominated for election to President of the House of Deputies: Rev. Canon. Frank Lugue, Diocese of Georgia; Mrs. Martha Alexander, Diocese of North Carolina; and the Rev. Gay Jennings, Diocese of Ohio. Elections for this position will occur on Tuesday, July 10.
The House of Deputies approved two resolutions aimed at supporting Christians being persecuted in Palestine.
The House of Deputies approved a resolution appointing a Task Force to Study and develop theological resources relating to Marriage over the next three years.
The House of Deputies approved a resolution amending the Canons of the Chhurch to extend protection from discrimination in Church participation or ordination to the ministry to include transgendered indivuals. The House of Bishops approved a provisional use of a Liturgy for the Blessing of Same Gender Relationships. this resolution will come before the House of Deputies on July 10.
For a complete list of the actions taken during the legislative sessions may be accessed on the general Convention website at the following link: http://www.generalconvention.org/
You can follow the evolution of resolutions in Committees through the General Convention website: http://www.generalconvention.org/gc/resolutions? by=cat
Please pray for your deputation as it considers these and other issues. We appreciate your confidence and trust in sending us to represent the Diocese.
Thanks for taking time to read this summary and we shall continue to appreciate your thoughts and prayers.