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Friday, July 3, 2015

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.

There were also resolutions about moving from a bicameral structure to a unicameral structure.  Because it would require a change in the Church's Constitution, it wouldn't happen any sooner than 2021, as a serious proposal would have to be passed by two General Conventions.

Next time around (2018), General Convention will be in Austin, Texas.  For 2021, the sites under consideration are Anaheim, California (Diocese of Los Angeles), Baltimore, Maryland (Diocese of Maryland), Louisville, Kentucky (Diocese of Kentucky), Minneapolis, Minnesota (Diocese of Minnesota), and St. Louis, Missouri (Diocese of Missouri).

There were quite a few motions to show appreciation for (for example) the city of Salt Lake City, the President of the House of Deputies, and Official Youth Delegation.  We also had resolutions about social justice issues like global warming and violence against women.

It was a productive day, though not especially dramatic.  We concluded business late, but we took care of what we needed to cover.  Tomorrow's the last day, and it will start with a Eucharist presided over by the Presiding Bishop Elect.  

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