•General Convention convenes June 25 through July 3, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Bishop Wayne's overview of convention

http://www.diocesemo.org/news/2015/07/16/bishop-wayne-smith-overview-general-convention

July 16, 2015
As I write this brief wrap-up of the events of the 78th General Convention of the Episcopal Church, I am aware that this meeting has been the most congenial and most productive of the five that I have attended as Bishop of Missouri. More important, the most evident affect during Convention was that of joy. I never thought that I would write such words about this triennial gathering...

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Wrap up

July 10, 2015

A week ago today was our last day at convention!  On Saturday,  July 4th, as I flew home I reviewed the week's work trying to organize it for a presentation at both my churches on Sunday.  When I had completed my 'paper' I realized just why it had taken us 10 days.  The list was really long - some items, obviously, more important than others.

I hope all the people of our Diocese are able to hear Bishop Curry at some time.  He is a wonderful preacher.  He holds your attention for what ever amount of time he speaks.  (He has a reputation of going 'a bit long'.)  He is able to combine the gospel in new ways that speak to your soul and make one think about our world in, maybe, new ways.  His election was not only interesting but the election itself held the deputies and visitors in awe. 

We  have changed  some of the structure of the church. Small  steps that  we can evaluate, expand or contract over time. 

The liturgy and music is going to be reevaluated  we may see a new hymnal and BCP sometime in our future.

Legislation is completed much like in our government  presented in one house (House of Deputies or House of Bishops) passes there and then must pass in the other house.  amendments send it back to house of origin for approval.  Resolutions may and do come from committees for approval.  It is a familiar process but at the same time convoluted.

I sat in on legislative committee hearings.  I listened as  individuals representing themselves, their Diocese, or groups presented information about why some resolution should be approved or not, depending on the side you took.



We marched - the  local paper had our numbers at 1500  - against gun violence.  Not  against owning guns but improved and consistent background checks.  Life is valuable - black or white or green or blue.
We experienced seeing the Mormon Tabernacle and had a wonderful musical venue there.  It was a full, exciting, exhausting, wonderful week.  I am grateful for the experience and look forward to visiting with members of our Diocese as we set up visiting sessions.




Friday, July 3, 2015

Day 9 - Deputy Booker

Time for the last day of General Convention 2015.

The Eucharist today was presided over by the current Presiding Bishop, and the Presiding Bishop - elect honored us with an amazing sermon.

Since it was the last day of legislation, and because most of our resolutions had already been

AGENDA for Friday, July 3, 2015

Last Day of Convention. Have any questions for our deputation?
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  • 9:30 - 11:00 am CDT:  Community Eucharist, Live on the Media Hub (worship)

    • Presider: Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori
    • Preacher: Presiding Bishop-elect Michael Bruce Curry
    • Download the service leaflet, with texts, translations, hymns and service music

Day 8 - Deputy Booker

Tomorrow's the last day of General Convention, so that's meant a day of intense legislating.  The main item of the day came early on, when we voted on the three-year budget of the Church.  The totals on each year's budgets vary from 111 to 122 million dollars each year.  That's a lot of zeros. There were two successful amendments to the budget, and then it passed by 97% of the vote.

Proposals to change the length of General Convention were discussed, suggesting that we consider moving from nine days to ten (which it was previously).  There's a substantial trade-off here.  On one hand, General Convention does a lot of work.  On the other hand, it's hard for people, especially the lay deputies, to take off so many days from their jobs so that they can be at GC.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

AGENDA for Thursday, July 2

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  • 8:30 - 10 am CDT: Legislative committees

  • 10:30 - 11:45 am CDT:  Community Eucharist, Live on the Media Hub (worship)

Day 7 - Deputy Booker

Bishop Smith and the Missouri Deputation (Not to be confused with the 60's folk band of the same name)

Remember how I described yesterday as a day of building dramatic tension?  Well, today, July 1st, 2015, the House of Deputies made history. 

In the morning we had our final discussions and then voted for an overhaul of the structure of The Episcopal Church.  I won't try to summarize all of the changes, but there were a lot of them, from

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

AGENDA Wednesday, July 1

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  • 8:30 - 10 am CDT: Legislative committees, watch for updates on Twitter

    • Committees with open hearings include Social Justice and United States Policy on  A182, A183

  • 10:30 - 11:45 am CDT:  Community Eucharist, Live on the Media Hub (worship)

Jeanne King on ECW and GC

Presiding Bishop Katharine talking with
the young adults of Kindling before worship

Day 6 - Deputy Booker

We didn't vote on much during Day 6 of General Convention.  It rather feels like we're just trying to build up some dramatic tension.

We met in Joint Session (i.e., with the Bishops) in the morning to discuss the Five Marks of Mission.  This then transitioned to some lovely "thank yous" for the outgoing Presiding Bishop.  We had at one

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