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Friday, June 29, 2012

And they're off..

The carpools have just left the Offices of the Bishop on this second day of 108 degree heat in St. Louis.
Traveling mercies for the bishop, deputies, canon, Episcopal Church Women delegates, companion diocese committee members, visitors and guests headed east.

For those who travel on land, on water, or in the air, let us pray to the Lord.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Presiding Bishop releases budget proposal for General Convention review

The Episcopal Church, Office of Public Affairs , June 21, 2012
full text/ release

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has released a Budget Proposal for consideration at the upcoming General Convention of the Episcopal Church.

“The heart of this body is mission – both domestic and foreign mission – in partnership with anyone who shares that passion,” Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori states in her Budget Proposal Message. “This Budget

Resolutions collected

Scott Gunn is collecting into one place all the resolutions for General Convention not printed in the Blue Book but coming "out of the pipeline" at his blog.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Deputation listens to the diocese

This Saturday members of the Missouri deputation to General Convention held listening sessions in Creve Coeur and Columbia to give a brief overview of the upcoming triennial meeting of the church, and to hear concerns of diocesan folks. You have one more opportunity to talk with the deputation this coming Saturday, June 23, 10-11:30 AM at All Saints' Church in Farmington

Monday, June 18, 2012

Introducing the deputies

The President of the House of Deputies has asked each Deputation to provide a photograph of its Deputies.  Those Deputies present at our June 7 meeting “stood and smiled” for the camera.  They are: [left to right] Mr. Mike Clark (Christ Church Cathedral/St. Louis), the Rev. Jason Samuel (Church of the Transfiguration/Lake St. Louis), the Rev. Doris Westfall (St. Matthew’s/Warson Woods), Mr. Jay Kloecker (St. Peter’s/Ladue), Ms. Kathy Dyer (St. Timothy’s/Creve Coeur), the Rev. Dan Appleyard (Emmanuel/Webster Groves), Ms. Lynette Ballard (St. Matthew’s/Warson Woods), Ms. Lisa Fox (Grace/Jefferson City), and the Rev. Tamsen Whistler (Trinity/St. Charles).

[Click on photo to enlarge.]  

God only knows why your faithful scribe was looking upwards.  Anticipation of falling ceiling tiles? looking for guidance from the Holy Spirit? or merely distracted?   

Not present were Alternate Deputies Ms. Jeanette Huey (St. Michael & St. George) and Mr. Don Fisher (Christ Church Cathedral).

Friday, June 15, 2012

Invitation to Missourians Visiting GC

On most days during General Convention, the legislative sessions will end at about 6:30 p.m.  The Diocese of Missouri has a suite at the Marriott Downtown (registered in the name of Dan Smith, Canon to the Ordinary), and all Missourians are encouraged to assemble there at about 6:30. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

The Deputies and Bishop Smith will debrief on the day's business.  Members of the ECW Assembly will also be there.  Anyone else from the Diocese of Missouri is also encouraged to join in those discussion sessions--whether you're there as a volunteer or visitor.  We want to welcome all Missourians each evening.  Please come!

If you plan to be at the General Convention, please comment below and let us know when you plan to attend.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Volunteering/Visiting General Convention

The General Convention of the Episcopal Church meets only every three years. Seldom does it meet near St. Louis.  The 2012 General Convention will meet in Indianapolis July 3-12 in Indianapolis – just 4 hours from St. Louis and 6 hours from Jefferson City.  You can participate and experience this “Big Fat Episcopalian Get-Together.” You can observe the legislative sessions of the House of Bishops and House of Deputies, witness the megapalooza that is the Exhibit Hall, testify before legislative committees, and connect with Episcopalians from far and near.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

President of House of Deputies: updates on election schedule

ENS is reporting Episcopal Church House of Deputies President Bonnie Anderson has announced changes in the timetable for electing her successor.

Observations of a New Deputy

Having closely followed the ins and outs of General Convention since 2003, and having closely followed the ruminations of many Deputies on their blogs, I thought I knew just about everything to expect of a new Deputy.  A few things have surprised me.

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