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Saturday, July 28, 2012

What I did this summer: General Convention 2012 by Rebecca Dinovo, assoc rector Grace Kirkwood

by Mo. Rebecca Dinovo

I was privileged to be able to attend the 77th General Convention that met in Indianapolis July 5-12. This was my third Convention in a row: my first Convention experience was in Columbus, Ohio in 2006 when we elected the first female Primate (Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori) and my second Convention was in Anaheim, California in 2009.

I have served as an “Exhibitor” in all three of the last Conventions for a group I co-founded called the Episcopal Network for Animal Welfare (ENAW).  In 2009 I was elected to serve as an alternate Deputy for the Diocese of San Diego as well. This year I was an Exhibitor and also participated in the “Gathering of Leaders” group that I am a part of with the goal of equipping younger clergy for Christ-centered leadership under the oversight of retired Bishop Claude Payne of the Diocese of Texas.

Read the full article at Grace Kirkwood's website.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

"Political" resolutions at convention

Late in General Convention -- I think it was the penultimate day -- there was one morning when we took up many "political" resolutions.  Folks like Bill Murchison (whom I know from my years in Dallas) came to the microphone again and again, urging TEC not to take action to approve those resolutions. I wanted to come to the microphone to speak of the "conversion" I had experienced, so I prepared some remarks as I took solitude over the lunch hour, but actions on the floor after lunch made all the subsequent resolutions moot.  Here are the major points of testimony I drafted during that lunch hour: 

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Telling our story II: Douthat article

In my earlier piece, I mentioned the Ross Douthat piece in the NYTimes. Now that it is available in the print edition, in today's Week in Review section, more and more people are responding to it. It does seem to have been triggered by our General Convention and depict the Episcopal Church as the poster child for liberal decline.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Telling our story

Lots of Episcopalians in our diocese and beyond get the Wall Street Journal delivered straight to their door. Most of them probably have not been following General Convention very closely. But their eyes may have fallen on the article published Friday. So I thought it might be helpful to gather into one place some of the refutations and comments on General Convention, for those who have not seen them. You may want to share them with your WSJ subscriber friends. I am putting the WSJ article link at the end of this entry. Also a similar post from BeliefNet, once also a NewsCorp (Murdoch) outlet, like the WSJ.

What I wonder is how we can get out in front of the story. It looks as if the offices of our bishop have done this pretty well in the Post Dispatch, helping Tim Townsend to be clear about our bishop's position on Blessings and the position of the Bishop of Springfield.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

HOD President & VP Elect

Newly elected Officers for the House of Deputies President Gay Jennings and Vice President Byron Rushing will serve now through the General Convention in Utah summer of 2015.

Flags for the Countries in The Episcopal Church

Here are the flags of the countries represented in The Episcopal Church.  These are displayed behind the podium in the House of Deputies.  I'll need to look up all the countries represented here and update this post. 

Thursday schedule; chat room, post here; update

Live webcast on the Media Hub 

(times in central daylight savings time)

7 am-10 am House of Deputies legislative session 
7 am-10 am  House of Bishops legislative session  
10:30 am Closing Eucharist. Celebrant and preacher will be Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

A Long Day Ahead

Many of us were expecting to hold an evening legislative session Wednesday night due the the large amount of legislative material still before us in the House of Deputies.  However, the President of our House ruled no session tonight -- so we will be trying to prayerfully consider a large number of resolutions in our limited time tomorrow morning. We have decided to first address those matters that are assigned to our House as the House of Initial Action (HIA).  Once we have voted on those matters, they will need to be forwarded to the Bishops for their consideration.  We hope to consider all of these in our 8 AM to 11 AM session, before 11:30 AM worship.

Deputation Picture 2

Kathryn Dyer, Dan Appleyard, Tamsen Whistler, Lyn Ballard, Lisa Fox, Doris Westfall, Jeanette Huey, Mike Clark, Bishop Wayne Smith          

ECW Delegates

Pat Heeter, Karen Birr , Rosemary Bagin

Deputation Picture 1

Dan Appleyard, Mike Clark, Tamsen Whistler, Bishop Wayne Smith, Jason Samuel, Lisa Fox, Doris Westfall, Lyn Ballard, Kathryn Dyer

Convention Levity

So far, in our deputation, only Deputy Appleyard has any points (22 points at last count) 

Privilege of the Floor

I am Martha K. Baker, Trinity/Central West End, and I attended General Convention for the first time this year. Beth Felice invited me to comment on my week there (July 2 - July 8). I had no official duties -- I am neither delegate nor deputy nor clergy -- and, thus, could exercise what a priest friend in New York state calls "the privilege of the floor," that is, I could come and go as I pleased.

Wednesday chat room, post here: updates through the day, links, etc.

Good morning! Wednesday's chat room is open, a little later than usual! You are welcome to add your questions and observations in the comments below this post.

The morning began with one hearing. This morning's worship included a sermon by Stephanie Sellers, the chaplain of the House of Bishops.

Our deputation has a long legislative day ahead today, with a likely extended or evening session.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Reflection on the Hearing and Debate in HOB on Same-Sex Blessings

by Michael Booker, who is visiting convention this week and attended both sessions, and has been talking with members of both houses of convention.

It’s no secret that one of the most controversial issues of the 77th General Conventions was going to be the issue of same-sex blessings. In the last General Convention, the Committee on Prayer Book, Liturgy and Church Music was given the task of creating a draft liturgy for provisional use. The approval of the draft ceremony was entered into consideration as resolution A049. The resolution is available at, and the text of the provisional liturgy is contained in the Blue Book at

I have to say that I have been impressed in the way that the General Convention has handled this extremely contentious issue. Given the binary nature of the proposal,

Celebrating South Sudan Independence Day at GC

report from Ev Smith and Debra Smith of the diocesan Companion Diocese Committee

AFRECS (American Friends of the Episcopal Church of Sudan) has a booth in the exhibit hall, which both diocesan committee members have been staffing. Monday was Lui day at the AFRECS exhibit, the poster featuring photos and information about the Missouri-Lui partnership was displayed, along with the baskets from Lui and note cards from the children's art project, brought along to use as a fundraiser.

Tuesday chat room, post here: updates through the day, links, etc.

Good morning! Tuesday's chat room is now open, guests--please post questions and observations in the comments below this post.

Most, but not all of the hearings are finished. Much legislation has gone through one of the houses and is on the upcoming calendar for the other house. This morning's worship is about to begin. Tonight is the Lament for the Doctrine of Discovery.

Today we'll be adding some  posts from visitors and guests, and thank the deputation for their continued care and feeding of this blog.

Monday, July 9, 2012


There are many folks at General Convention from our diocese or formerly affiliated with our diocese. In additional to our bishop, deputies, alternates, and ECW delegates, we have seen: Martha Baker (Trinity/CWE), Emily Bloemker, Michael Booker (St. Frances), Bob Brown (Trinity/StCh), Joe Chambers (ECM/WashU), Heidi Clark and son Becket (Cathedral), Ron Clingenpeel and children Sarah & Zachary, Rebecca Dinovo and her daughter Charlotte (Grace/Kirkwood), Rick Dyer and youth Rebecca & Nathan (St. Timothy’s), Jon Hall (St. Martins), Todd McDowell (Grace/Kirkwood), Emily Mellot, Al Jewson, Debbie Smith, Evelyn Smith (arriving soon), and David Westfall (St. Matthews), Reynolds Whalen and Jeff Wunrow (Trinity/CWE).       We know there are others. Who have we missed?

If you are here at GC visiting from Missouri, contact Dan Smith (Downtown Marriott) or send a note to the Missouri table in the House of Deputies with your contact information.  We'd love to see you!

UTO Grant for Missouri Diocese

Good news for our diocese.  Our Diocese was awarded a $10,000 UTO grant at the ECW triennial meeting today.  The award will go to All Saints Music & Art Village.  The program provides a music and art experience to the underserved youth of North Saint Louis by providing art and music instruction at no cost to the students.

Tuesday Schedule, legislative day 6, July 10th

Live webcast on the Media Hub 

(times in central daylight savings time) 

 8:30 am Eucharist. Celebrant will be Bishop Lloyd Allen of Honduras. Preacher will be the Rev. Alberto Cutie of the Diocese of Southeast Florida. The Rev. Kay Boman-Harvey (Oklahoma) will serve as deacon. Commemorated on that day will be Bartolome de las Casas, Spanish priest and missionary to the Indies.

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Monday chat room, links from the day, press overview

Good morning! Monday's chat room is now open and ready for your observations, questions for the deputation, and anything else you'd like to add.

Today has already begun with hearings. Worship at 8:30 am (CDT) will include a hymn by Bishop Wayne. The service is streamed on the media hub. Often, the preacher's sermon text is released shortly thereafter, and so far, a video of the sermon has been added to that text later in the day or in early evening. The music is not usually included in the archived video, and I would assume that is because of the raft of permissions needed/cost.

A huge thank-you to deputation members who posted a lot late last night!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Saturday & Sunday

It’s Sunday night, and as you can read from other posts here, our days are long and full.  Yesterday, the day was too full and I was too tired to write for the blog.  Thank you Beth for posting about activities and schedules and for providing links to our friends at home. 

Yesterday (Saturday), the legislative sessions seemed bogged down with legislative process.  The highlight of my day was Bishop Curry’s sermon on Harriet Beecher Stowe, Saints and Crazy Christians.  Please take a moment to read it  or, better, watch it at  Learn more about Harriet Beecher Stowe at

After the 2nd legislative session (ending at 6:30 PM),

A Little Chant Availeth Much

I hope some of you watched the Eucharistic Service this morning from Indianapolis.  If you didn’t, I hope Beth Felice will add the link to it.

The music was awesome.  There was a huge choir, along with organ and brass. The music was amazing. 

I will admit I was filled with joy when I saw our Bishop Smith process in with all the bishops.  I am so very grateful for his ministry!

Let me also express my gratitude that this was a straightforward service out of our Book of Common Prayer. No innovations, no diversions. This was a straight “Prayer C” from our BCP.  And the Eucharist was admirable in its simplicity.

Of The Weariness of Deputies

Of The Weariness of Deputies

Let me confess that I have not had much time or energy to get to my laptop and blog.  I regret that.  Our days are very, very long – generally starting with committee hearings at 7:30 a.m. and going through hearings ending about 9:30 p.m.  I had heard about the schedule, and I thought I was prepared.  But day after day of 14 hour days is grueling.  I had hoped to blog more, and I regret that I have not been able to do so. 

Monday Schedule, legislative day 5, July 9th

Live webcast on the Media Hub

(times in central daylight savings time)

8:30 am Eucharist. The celebrant will be Bishop David Bailey of Navajoland. Preacher will be the Rev. Dr. Mary Crist. The Rev. Terry Star (North Dakota) will serve as deacon. Commemorated on that day will be Samson Occum, the first ordained Native American minister. One of Bishop Wayne's hymns will be sung.

Sunday chat room, links from the day, press overview

Post your observations, questions, remarks, etc. here.

I'll confess I was a bit tardy for Advent this morning, watchng the opening of the GC Eucharist and UTO ingathering. Wow.

Reading over the presiding bishop's sermon, there are so many take-away quotes, do check this out-- text at:

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Sunday Schedule, legislative day 4, July 8th

Live webcast on the Media Hub

(times in central daylight savings time)

8:30 am Eucharist. The celebrant and preacher will be Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori. Concelebrating will be the Diocese of Haiti Bishop Zache Duracin and Bishop Suffragan Ogé Beauvoir. The Rev. Drew Klatte (Indianapolis) and The Rev. Pamela
Nesbit (Pennsylvania) will be the deacons. This will be the UTO Ingathering, a highlight of General Convention. Among those in procession for the Eucharist will be Primates, Provincial Secretaries, and other leaders from throughout the Anglican Communion.

Saturday chat room now open

For participants and your chats here.

Bishop Michael Curry of North Carolina gave such a rousing sermon, crazy Christians. I haven't seen any archived videos but I'll look for this one.

Legislative sessions just beginning is a full day. Bishops have members involved with ECW so ballotting will be this afternoon.

Friday, July 6, 2012

HOD Day 2, Legislative Session 2

Day 2, Legislative Session 2

These resolutions were passed by House of Deputies today (and will become acts of convention if also passed by the House of Bishops):

We passed all 3 items on the Consent Calendar:

Saturday Schedule, Day 3, July 7th

Live on the Media Hub (all times Central Daylight Savings time)

8:30 am Worship and Eucharist. The celebrant will be Bishop Catherine Waynick of the Diocese of Indianapolis, the host diocese of GC12. Preacher will be Bishop Michael Curry

Day 2, Legislative Session 1 HOD

Day 2, Legislative Session 1

Legislation Updates -- These resolutions were passed by House of Deputies today (and will become acts of convention if also passed by the House of Bishops):

July 6 - AM

Morning -- July 6th 

I started this morning at 7:30 AM attending the Evangelism Committee legislative hearing on Open Table (communion without baptism).  There were some 30 speakers – about evenly divided, speaking in support of or opposed to the proposed legislation (Resolution C040) to change our canons, eliminating the requirement of baptism before communion.  Hearings on this issue will continue at 2PM.  Mike Clark serves on this committee.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

July 5th

Although most of us have been here and working in one capacity or another since Tuesday or Wednesday, today was our first official legislative day of General Convention 2012.  Our opening legislative session started at 8 AM and was primarily housekeeping.  We approved our daily schedule for the rest of convention, including the specific scheduling of certain elections.  The President appointed or the House elected Cornelia Eaton (Navajoland) as Chaplain, Polly Getz (San Diego) as parliamentarian, and Gregory Straub (Easton) as Secretary.  Recording secretaries, legislative secretaries, messaging secretaries (along with their assistants) were appointed, as well as all legislative committee chairs, co-chairs, secretaries and members.   The President appointed the agenda secretary, timekeepers, and song leader.  

After opening Eucharist, and two rounds of legislative committee meetings and hearings, we reconvened at 4:30 PM for our second legislative session of the day.  We addressed all the matters on the Day 1 calendar and supplemental calendar, including

Some other abbreviaitons

Thanks Lydia for your bystander post.  We miss you at GC!

Here are some additional abbreviations you may find helpful.

A Missouri deputation sighting

from our friends in Fond Du Lac, across the aisle! (Click for a larger size.)

Notes from a bystander

Beth invited me to write on this blog, as an alumna of many GC's and because I know that a person has way more time for blogging about GC if  s/he is not actually AT GC.  Since I am having mild GC withdrawal, I have revived my twitter account @interimspeller and read countless tweets on the topic #GC77.

Schedule for Friday the 6th and recap of the 5th

On the Media Hub (all times Central):
8:30 am – Eucharist 
3:30-5:30 pm - House of Deputies Legislative session
3:30-5:30 pm - House of Bishops Legislative session
5:45 pm  (after close of afternoon session) – Media Conference and day's wrap-up

Real-time updating of Resolutions, schedule, etc is on the main convention site:
Note: you can track resolution calendar by topic here.

Tomorrow's hearings:

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