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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Missouri Deputies hold February meeting

Ten of our 14 Deputies met on February 21 at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Creve Coeur, led by co-chairs Kathy Dyer and the Rev. Doris Westfall .  Our Deputation is a bit more geographically diverse this year than in some years past, and it looked like the ice and snow might intervene.  Deputies from the west and north made it in, though one Deputy was iced in.  But we were able to include her via Skype, for a total of 11 Deputies participating.

We had some "housekeeping" business to do, such as setting the dates for our next meetings and talking about travel arrangements for the General Convention in Salt Lake City (June 24-30). That date seems to moving much closer now, as we consider all the work we have to do together.

The President of the House of Deputies has challenged all Deputations to raise money in celebration of the 75th anniversary of Episcopal Relief and Development, and we talked about how we might promote that initiative in our diocese.  You may be seeing information in future issues of iSeek and in your parish newsletters.

Our major discussion topic was the Final Report of the Task Force for Reimagining the Episcopal Church [TREC], which is proposing several constitutional and canonical changes to the way the Episcopal Church "works."  You can download their full report here. The recommendations of this task force promise to be among the "hot topics" at the 2015 General Convention. We talked a great deal about the proposal for a unicameral body, the revised process for the election of a Presiding Bishop, the reduction in the number of Deputies, the reduction of Bishops allowed to vote, the recommendation to reduce the size of Executive Council by half, the potential centralization of more power in the office of the Presiding Bishop, and the sometimes conflicting goals of "efficiency" and "deliberation." We will continue to discuss the TREC report in the next meeting.

This year, every report to the General Convention is being posted online.  You can view them all at the GC site.

Our next major discussion topic will be the Report of the Task Force on the Study of Marriage.

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