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The Episcopal Church House of Deputies Committee on the State of the Church has issued a statement following the conclusion of its work for the triennium:

The House of Deputies State of the Church Committee (SOTC) has concluded its work for the triennium. The report, submitted as part of the Blue Book, is available here

The charge of the House of Deputies Committee on the State of the Church, the oldest committee of the Church, is to prepare a report for the House of Deputies that shows an accurate picture of The Episcopal Church and to approve the form of the Annual Parochial Report. Its mandate states: “CANON I.6.5(b) A Committee of the House of Deputies shall be appointed following the close of each General Convention, to serve ad interim, and to prepare and present to the next meeting of the House of Deputies a report on the State of the Church; which report, when agreed to by the said House, shall be sent to the House of Bishops”

The Committee on the State of the Church has partnered with Forward Movement, working together to offer an overview, or “snapshot,” of the 38- page report.  This summary report is available as a PDF document in two formats — as an 8 1/2 x 11 full sheet here  or as a half-sheet suitable for use as a bulletin insert, available at no fee here 

 Congregations are encouraged to print and distribute this information so that Episcopalians across the church will gain an awareness of the state of our Church.

 

 

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The Episcopal Church House of Deputies Committee on the State of the Church has issued a statement following the conclusion of its work for the triennium: The House of Deputies State of the Church Committee (SOTC) has concluded its work for the...

The Episcopal Church Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop (JNCPB) has released the following statement:

On April 27, 2015, the Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop (JNCPB) announced its process for nominating bishops from the floor to the office of the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church at General Convention in June 2015.

The JNCPB is canonically charged with “establishing a timely process for any bishop or deputy to express the intent to nominate any other member of the House of Bishops from the floor at the time the Joint Nominating Committee presents its nominees to the joint session of the two Houses, and for each Bishop so nominated to be included in the information distributed about the nominees”.

The JNCPB outlined this procedure in a message to the Church on April 27, 2015.

The deadline for bishops and deputies to nominate a bishop under this procedure was May 12, 2015. JNCPB announces that no additional bishops were nominated.

Therefore, the list of bishops presented by the JNCPB will be formally placed in nomination before a joint session of the two Houses of the General Convention on June 26, 2015. They are:

 

Bishop Thomas E. Breidenthal of Southern Ohio

Bishop Michael B. Curry of North Carolina

Bishop Ian T. Douglas of Connecticut

Bishop Dabney T. Smith of Southwest Florida

 

The JNCPB will shortly release additional information from each of the nominees.  Each nominee has responded to questions about his vision for the church, which will be posted to the General Convention website soon.  Additionally, each nominee made himself available for a video interview.  These will also be made available soon.  

The JNCPB thanks everyone for your prayers for the nominees and for this election process of our Church.

The JNCPB is composed of a lay member, a priest or deacon, and a bishop elected from each of the nine provinces of The Episcopal Church, plus two youth representatives who were appointed by the President of the House of Deputies, the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings. The General Convention deputies and bishops serve a three-year term to conclude at the close of General Convention 2015 in Salt Lake City, UT (Diocese of Utah).

For more info: pbnominatingcommittee@gmail.com.

 

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The Episcopal Church Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop (JNCPB) has released the following statement: On April 27, 2015, the Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop (JNCPB) announced its...

Samuel McDonald, Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Director of Mission for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, has announced the recipients of the United Thank Offering special $1250 grant for young adults (ages 21-30).

The United Thank Offering is a ministry to promote thankfulness and mission in the whole Church. Known worldwide as UTO, the United Thank Offering grants are awarded for projects that address human needs and help alleviate poverty, both domestically and internationally in The Episcopal Church. Established by United Thank Offering in honor of its 125th anniversary, the Young Adult Grants will provide start-up funds for a new project that focuses on any of the Five Marks of Mission.  

Awarding a total of $11,250, one $1250 grant was awarded in each of the nine provinces of The Episcopal Church. A total of 20 applications were received and reviewed by the United Thank Offering Grants Committee.  The grants were approved by the Executive Committee of the Episcopal Church Executive Council.

The recipients are:

Province I: Diocese of Maine - Portland Emergent Missional Community Create; a new congregation to work with a community of un-churched young adults to address their spiritual lives.  This is a joint effort between the ELCA Synod and the Diocese of Maine.  Small intentional communities will meet in coffee shops or informal spaces with one to one relational gatherings. Funds will be used for website costs, rent spaces, food and material costs for hospitality. 

Province II: Diocese of Newark -Young Adults’ Visions (YAV); to provide a discernment retreat to build community for young adults to develop leadership skills, wrestle with theological questions, organize projects to serve communities and help diocese discern ways to minister to people aged 18-30. Funds will be used to subsidize YA participation in a weekend retreat.

Province III: Diocese of Virginia - Charis Community; to create an intentional community on an unused Episcopal Church property (small church building, four bedroom vicarage, and eight acres of land).  Four 20-something residents will lead weekly worship, creative relational programming and farming initiatives. Funds will be used for the salary for the young adult leader who is working on setting up the community as well as a tool shed, chicken coop and run, garden fencing, water catchment system, garden tilled and seeded and house repainted and furnished. 

Province IV:  Diocese of North Carolina - A Movable Feast; to provide chapel outfitting for A Movable Feast. Part food truck and part chapel on wheels, A Movable Feast provides food and a place for spiritual practices and discussions on college campuses not supported by diocesan campus ministries.  The truck will go to different sites on the campus of Durham Technical Community College and soon to North Carolina Central University. Funds will be used to outfit a chapel space—rug, votive candle, pillar candles, chairs, and cross, anything left over for food.

Province V: Diocese of Milwaukee - An EPIC Mission; to provide a house church style worship service once a week—twice a month with clergy and other times with non-clergy led services for young adults working in a large healthcare IT Company (EPIC) in Madison.  Many of the employees work very long hours each week and rarely leave the campus so the goal is to take church and community to them. Funds will be used for seven weeks of fees for a supply priest along with marketing and publicity.

Province VI: Diocese of Minnesota - Planting Young Adult Small Groups: Generation Hmong; to create small, self-sustaining groups that can cater to the busy schedules of young adults in the Hmong community.  Leaders will first engage young adults already a part of The Episcopal Church and then reach out to those who are not Episcopalians. Core components of the group meeting are gathering, the Word, the table, and sending out into the world. The small groups will gather in coffee shops or homes and engage in spiritual discernment conversations.  Funds will be used for supplies for gatherings, study books and writing equipment and supplement food and beverages.

Province VII: Diocese of Kansas - Summer Youth Ministry Internship for College Students; to provide stipends for two summer interns in who will plan and then take youth from the diocese to General Convention 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah (in coordination with the  Diocese of Western Missouri that did a similar program in the past).  Interns will learn about the process of electing a presiding bishop and the structure of General Convention to lead the group through the process. The interns will share their passion for the church with high school students. Funds will be used for the stipend to plan and lead this trip.

Province VIII: Diocese of El Camino Real – Reimagine; to create workshops to help six congregations in the diocese think creatively about the use of outdoor spaces, encouraging them to use some of their property to make small food gardens using conservation practices.  Funds to be used for supplies, honorarium (professional time for designed planning and vision meetings), fuel for travel to congregations, and garden supplies:  construction materials, plants and so forth.

Province IX: Diocese of Colombia - Breaking the Silence: Working to Address Sexual Violence Against Children and Decrease Teenage Pregnancy in Columbia; to provide workshops and create protection groups for potential victims of sexual violence from 10-18 years old.  The workshops will teach about bodies and sexual rights in addition to addressing teenage pregnancy issues. Funds to be used to hire professional staff to train volunteers and lead workshops (educational psychologists, sexologist, and teachers; transportation of staff and volunteers to vulnerable areas in Columbia to hold workshops; and create a database to monitor work of project.

“The United Thank Offering Board is very pleased with the results of this new endeavor and plans to continue reaching out to young adults in the next triennium,” commented Peg Cooper of the Diocese of Missouri, United Thank Offering Convener. “The members of the Board were amazed by the work these young adults are doing in the church, grateful for the opportunity to hear their stories, and to continue to journey with them in their ministry.”

A video of the start-ups will be showcased at the 78th General Convention in Salt Lake City, UT.

For more information contact the Rev. Heather Melton, United Thank Offering missioner.

 

 

The Five Marks of Mission are:

To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom

To teach, baptize and nurture new believers

To respond to human need by loving service

To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation

To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth

 

 

 

 

 

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Samuel McDonald, Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Director of Mission for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, has announced the recipients of the United Thank Offering special $1250 grant for young adults (ages 21-30). The United Thank...

Samuel McDonald, Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Director of Mission for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, has announced that registration is now open for the Episcopal Asiamerican Ministries Consultation 2015, slated for Seoul, Korea September 30 – October 5.

“Celebrating our Partnerships, Uniting our Mission” is the theme of the event which will be held at the Anglican Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Nicholas, Seoul, Korea.

“The Consultation will provide new opportunities for renewal and celebration of the partnership in mission between The Episcopal Church and the churches in Asia,” commented the Rev. Dr. Winfred B. Vergara, Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society missioner for Asiamerican Ministries.

With an invitation from the Most Rev. Paul Kim, Archbishop and Primate of the Church in Korea, the consultation also will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Anglican Church in Korea.

Keynote speakers include:

  • The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church
  • The Most Rev. Nathaniel Uematsu, Archbishop of Hokkaido and Primate of Japan Nippon Sei Ko Kai
  • The Rt. Rev. Allen Shin, Suffragan Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of New York
  • The Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Yang, Former President of Songdonghoe University, Seoul, Korea

Workshops will explore various aspects including Congregational Development, Evangelism and Church Planting, Multi-ethnic and intercultural churches, Ministry of Reconciliation, Life Long Formation, Anglican Global Relations, Youth and Young Adult Ministries, and Issues Arising from the General Convention.

Registration is encouraged for clergy and lay from the Episcopal Asiamerican Ministries Convocations (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, South Asian and Southeast Asian parishes and missions), the churches in the Anglican Communion; and those in communion with The Episcopal Church including the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the Moravian Church and Iglesia Filipina Independiente.

Registration is available hereTravel is not included in the registration.

For more information contact Angeline Cabanban.

 

 

 

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Samuel McDonald, Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Director of Mission for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, has announced that registration is now open for the Episcopal Asiamerican Ministries Consultation 2015, slated for Seoul, Korea...

Applications are now accepted for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society 2015 Jubilee Ministry grants, announced Samuel McDonald, Director of Mission and Deputy Chief Operating Officer.

Two categories of grants are available: Program Development Grant and Program Impact Grants.

“For decades, Jubilee Ministry grants have helped transform lives,” noted the Rev. Canon E. Mark Stevenson, Domestic Poverty Missioner for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society. “They highlight the best of what we can be about – confronting the cycle of poverty on a local level with local understanding and local resources, all the while being supported by and providing inspiration to the wider Episcopal Church.”

Application forms are available here

One Program Development Grant, up to $35,000, will be awarded to a new or existing ministry that can demonstrate a new or re-visioned strategy and methodology to make an impact both locally and beyond itself.

Ten to 20 Program Impact Grants, ranging from $750 to $1,500, will be awarded to initiatives of Jubilee Centers that make a positive and measurable impact in the lives of those in need.

Stevenson explained: “Jubilee Centers with a wide variety of missions and programs dealing with poverty alleviation are encouraged to apply. However, priority in grant awards will be given to those ministries with an educational and/or early childhood development component to their work. For example, a feeding ministry that teaches nutrition skills to care-givers of children would have priority over a program that only provides meals.”

All currently designated Jubilee Centers are eligible to apply for this year’s grants.

Deadline is Friday, May 29. Grant recipients will be announced in June.

Information for ministries seeking to become designated as a Jubilee ministry and benefit from the network of support and be eligible for future Jubilee grants, applications and explanation of the process is here

For more information contact Stevenson

 

 

 

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Applications are now accepted for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society 2015 Jubilee Ministry grants, announced Samuel McDonald, Director of Mission and Deputy Chief Operating Officer. Two categories of grants are available: Program...

The office of Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has released information concerning Heather Cook of the Diocese of Maryland.  

Pursuant to Title IV of the Canons of The Episcopal Church, the Presiding Bishop and Bishop Cook have reached an Accord.  Under the terms of the Accord, Bishop Cook will receive a Sentence of Deposition, pursuant to which she shall be “deprived of the right to exercise the gifts and spiritual authority of God’s word and sacraments conferred at ordination.” 

As such, Cook will no longer function as an ordained person in The Episcopal Church.

The Accord resolves all ecclesiastical disciplinary matters involving Cook. 

This Accord is separate from any resolution of employment matters involving Cook and the Diocese of Maryland as well as from criminal matters pending in the secular courts.

 

 

 

 

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The office of Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has released information concerning Heather Cook of the Diocese of Maryland.   Pursuant to Title IV of the Canons of The Episcopal Church, the Presiding Bishop and Bishop...

The nominees for the 27th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church have been announced in a report posted by the Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop (JNCPB). The report, filed for the Blue Book, is available here 

The 27th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church will be elected on Saturday, June 27 during The Episcopal Church’s 78th General Convention which will be held June 25 – July 3 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, UT (Diocese of Utah).

Nominees

Nominated for Presiding Bishop are:

The Rt. Rev. Thomas E. Breidenthal, Bishop of the Diocese of Southern Ohio 

The Rt. Rev. Michael B. Curry, Bishop of the Diocese of North Carolina

The Rt. Rev. Ian T. Douglas, Bishop of the Diocese of Connecticut 

The Rt. Rev. Dabney T. Smith, Bishop of the Diocese of Southwest Florida

Process

On Saturday, June 27, members of the House of Bishops with seat, voice, and vote will convene in St. Mark’s Cathedral in Salt Lake City, where the election will occur in the context of prayer and reflection.  Once an election has taken place, current Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori will send a deputation to the House of Deputies for confirmation of the election. 

The Rev. Gay Jennings, President of the House of Deputies, will refer the name to the House of Deputies legislative committee on the Confirmation of the Presiding Bishop without announcing the name to the full House. The legislative committee will make a recommendation to the House of Deputies whether to confirm the election or not confirm, and the House of Deputies will immediately vote on the recommendation. President Jennings will then appoint a delegation from the House of Deputies to notify the House of Bishops of the action taken.

The Presiding Bishop serves for a nine-year term.  The Presiding Bishop is Primate, Chief Pastor of the Church, Chair of the Executive Council, and President of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society.

General Convention

The 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church is June 25 – July 3, in Salt Lake City, UT (Diocese of Utah). The Episcopal Church’s General Convention is held every three years, and is the bicameral governing body of the Church. It comprises the House of Bishops, with upwards of 200 active and retired bishops, and the House of Deputies, with clergy and lay deputies elected from the 108 dioceses and three regional areas of the Church, at more than 800 members.

 

The Rt. Rev. Thomas E. Breidenthal

 

The Rt. Rev. Michael B. Curry

 

The Rt. Rev. Ian Douglas

 

The Rt. Rev. Dabney T. Smith

The nominees for the 27th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church have been announced in a report posted by the Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop (JNCPB). The report, filed for the Blue Book, is available here ...

In the next four months – May 1 to August 31 - The Episcopal Church will witness the consecrations of two bishops, the elections of two bishops, and the consent processes underway for three.

Consecrations

Two consecrations of two bishops are slated for May – August.

May 9: Diocese of Southeast Florida - the Very Rev. Peter Eaton elected bishop coadjutor on January 31

July 25: Diocese of Central Gulf Coast - the Rev. James "Russell" Kendrick, elected bishop on February 21 (pending successful completion of the consent process).

Elections

During May - August, two elections for bishops are scheduled:

May 16: Diocese of Dallas

July 25: Diocese of Dominican Republic

Canonical Consent Process

Currently there are three canonical consent processes underway for May - August.

June 17 deadline: The Very Rev. Peter Eaton, elected January 31 as bishop coadjutor of Southeast Florida (although there has been a successful completion of the consent process, consents continue to be received up to the deadline date).

August 7 deadline: The Rev. James "Russell" Kendrick, elected February 21 as bishop of Central Gulf Coast.

August 6 deadline:  The Rev. Canon Audrey Scanlan, elected March 14 as bishop of Central Pennsylvania

 

 

 

 

In the next four months – May 1 to August 31 - The Episcopal Church will witness the consecrations of two bishops, the elections of two bishops, and the consent processes underway for three. Consecrations Two consecrations of two bishops are slated...

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has written to the House of Bishops and President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings has written to the House of Deputies outlining details of elections and confirmations that will occur during General Convention.

The 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church is June 25 – July 3, in Salt Lake City, UT (Diocese of Utah). The Episcopal Church’s General Convention is held every three years, and is the bicameral governing body of the Church. It comprises the House of Bishops, with upwards of 200 active and retired bishops, and the House of Deputies, with more than 800 clergy and lay deputies elected from the 108 dioceses and three regional areas of the Church.

In her letter, President Jennings provides deputies with a checklist of elections and confirmations to be held in the House of Deputies and the schedule on which the work will be done. “General Convention meets just once every three years, so we deputies have a great responsibility to elect and confirm many of the people who do the work of the church in between conventions,” wrote President Jennings. “At this convention, we’ll elect 50 people to nine different positions, confirm House of Bishops elections of 17 people, including a new Presiding Bishop, and confirm 13 people appointed by the presiding officers.”

The Presiding Bishop’s letter was written to inform the bishops and to address any confusion. “There is a good deal of rumor and misinformation floating around, which I would like to lay to rest – in peace, and not to rise again!,” Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori wrote.

Election of the Presiding Bishop

The nominees for Presiding Bishop will be presented to a joint meeting of the Bishops and Deputies on Wednesday, June 24.  The formal nominations for Presiding Bishop will be made at a joint session of the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops on Friday, June 26, with the election scheduled for Saturday, June 27.
 

Bishops will gather at the Convention Eucharist at 9:30 am in the Salt Palace. Following that, the bishops with seat, voice, and vote will board buses to travel to St. Mark’s Cathedral, where the election will take place in the context of prayer and reflection.

Once an election has taken place, the Presiding Bishop will send a delegation to the President of the House of Deputies to inform her of the name of the bishop who has been elected. President Jennings will refer the name to the House of Deputies legislative committee on the Confirmation of the Presiding Bishop without announcing the name to the full House. The legislative committee will make a recommendation to the House of Deputies whether to confirm the election or not confirm, and the House of Deputies will immediately vote on the recommendation. President Jennings will then appoint a delegation from the House of Deputies to notify the House of Deputies of the action taken.

Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori added, “No communication is permitted from the House of Bishops during the election and until confirmation is received. I know this will be a challenge, but ask your cooperation and faithfulness to our mutual life and accountability.”

Elections

The House of Bishops and House of Deputies will elect and confirm General Convention officers and members of many other church leadership bodies including Executive Council; Disciplinary Board for Bishops; Trustees of General Theological Seminary; Trustees of the Church Pension Fund; Board of Transition Ministry; and Archives of The Episcopal Church.

A list and schedule of elections in the House of Deputies is available here.

 

 

 

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Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has written to the House of Bishops and President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings has written to the House of Deputies outlining details of elections and confirmations...

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has restored the Rt. Rev. David Bane to ordained ministry in The Episcopal Church.

As such, he returns to The Episcopal Church as a bishop and is a member of the House of Bishops. The Presiding Bishop took this action following a request from Bane and in consultation with her Council of Advice and with Bishop Robert Skirving of the Diocese of East Carolina.

The restoration took effect April 8 and was celebrated at an April 27 service of reconciliation with Bishop Skirving in the Diocese of East Carolina.

The notice signed by the Presiding Bishop, called Restoration to Ordained Ministry, reads as such:

Upon retraction of his Renunciation of Ordained Ministry in this Church made to me in writing on March 21, 2015, and his execution of the Declaration of Conformity prescribed by Article VIII of the Constitution of The Episcopal Church, and with the advice and consent of the Advisory Council to the Presiding Bishop, I have rescinded the Declaration of Removal and Release from the Ordained Ministry of this Church, executed by me on May 22, 2009, of The Right Rev. David C. Bane, Bishop of Southern Virginia, Resigned, who is, therefore, restored to the Ordained Ministry of this Church, with the attendant obligations of Ministerial office, and endowed with the right to exercise the gifts and spiritual authority as a Minister of God’s Word and Sacraments in this Church conferred on him in Ordinations.

 

 

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Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has restored the Rt. Rev. David Bane to ordained ministry in The Episcopal Church. As such, he returns to The Episcopal Church as a bishop and is a member of the House of Bishops. The...