The 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church convenes in Austin Texas, July 5th - 13th, 2018

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Listening Sessions Report

Below are some of the items we heard about during our current listening sessions. This is not all inclusive, but will give you an idea of what we heard:

Many are weary regarding the issues of sexuality and want the church to get about the business of mission.

There is concern regarding the cost of running the Episcopal Church and people want more resources available at the local level.

Support for a national health care insurance plan -- get it going and tell us the details when it is in place. This is a good thing.

BO33 -- the resolution from 2006 that asked for 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." It has not worked and our Constitution and Canons are sufficient guides for choosing people for ordination.

The question arose a number of times as to how important is it to remain in the Anglican Communion.

We should be unified in mission -- we ought to be mission minded rather than issue oriented.

How is the Church going to serve small churches -- the clergy who serve them and the people who continue to minister there?

We need to be about reconciliation.

14 days to the start of General Convention

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