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The daily Eucharist presiders and preachers for The Episcopal Church 78th General Convention have been named. Additionally, opportunities for prayer both for those attending General Convention as well as those following from afar have been announced.

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

The Rev. Sandy Webb, diocese of West Tennessee and a member of the General Convention Worship team, spoke about worship at the General Convention: “The worship space is designed to celebrate the beauty of God’s creation as reflected in Utah’s grand and mountainous landscape. The lectionary celebrates the saints in ages past who inspire us to live more fully the life of faith. The liturgies, and the people who will lead those liturgies, reflect The Episcopal Church’s diversity, reminding us that we are one Church, gathered in Christ’s name. The Prayers of the People will be the prayers of God’s people, rising up from around the world over the Internet.”

 

Daily Eucharists

Eucharist will be celebrated daily at 9:30 am Mountain, except Sunday, June 28 at 10 am Mountain and Friday, July 3 at 8:30 am Mountain. Eucharist will be live webcast on the Media Hub which will be available here www.episcopalchurch.org

 

Thursday, June 25: Opening Eucharist

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori will preside and preach.

 

Friday, June 26: honoring Isabel Hapgood, women poets and musicians

Presider: Bishop Suffragan Mary Glasspool of Los Angeles http://www.ladiocese.org/

Preacher: the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, President of the House of Deputies www.houseofdeputies.org

 

Saturday, June 27: honoring Native American Cornelius Hill;

Presider: Bishop Michael Smith of North Dakota http://www.ndepiscopal.org/

Preacher: The Rev. Cathlena Plummer of Navajoland http://navajoland.org/

 

Sunday, June 28: United Thank Offering Ingathering

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori will preside and preach.

 

Monday, June 29: honoring St. Peter and St. Paul

Presider: Bishop Mike Klusmeyer of West Virginia http://www.wvdiocese.org/

Preacher: Archbishop Vicken Aykazian of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church in America http://www.armenianchurch-ed.net/

 

Tuesday, June 30: honoring James Weldon Johnson

Presider: Bishop Wendell Gibbs of Michigan http://www.edomi.org/   

Preacher: The Rev. Kimberly Jackson, chaplain and vicar of the Absalom Jones Episcopal Center, Emmaus House Chapel, Atlanta http://absalomjones.org/

 

Wednesday, July 1: honoring Hiram Hisanori Kano

Presider: Bishop Scott Hayashi of Utah http://www.episcopal-ut.org/

Preacher: The Rev. Becca Stevens, founder of Magdalene and Thistle Farms http://www.thistlefarms.org/

 

Thursday, July 2 : honoring  Charles Barnes

Presider: Bishop Julio Holguin of the Dominican Republic http://iglepidom.org/

Preacher: The Rev. Colin Mathewson, St Paul’s Cathedral, http://www.stpaulcathedral.org/ San Diego (Diocese of San Diego http://www.edsd.org/)

 

Friday, July 3: Closing Eucharist

Presider: Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori

Preacher: the Presiding Bishop-Elect

 

Prayer near and far

The Society of St. John the Evangelist (SSJE) has developed a social media campaign for General Convention to connect people near and far in prayer during General Convention. The General Convention’s home base for interactive prayer is www.prayersofthepeople.org.  

Each day’s prayers will follow one of nine themes, seven of which are the forms of prayer identified in the Book of Common Prayer: life, thanksgiving, praise, intercession, adoration, oblation, penitence, petition, and celebration. Prayers can take the form of words or images, and will be received through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Hashtag is #prayersof with individual hashtags to be established for each day’s theme. A selection of the prayers received through social media will be prayed at the Salt Palace, and privately by prayer networks across The Episcopal Church.

SSJE will provide another way to connect to the themes of daily worship through morning and evening meditations. Each eight- to ten-minute podcast will include a prayer, a brief reflection, and a chant.

General Convention

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 109 dioceses and three regional areas of the Church, at more than 800 members.

 

 

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The daily Eucharist presiders and preachers for The Episcopal Church 78th General Convention have been named. Additionally, opportunities for prayer both for those attending General Convention as well as those following from afar have been...

Bishop Stacy Sauls, Chief Operating Officer of The Episcopal Church, has announced that Kayla Massey of the Diocese of Upper South Carolina has been named the first Julia Chester Emery United Thank Offering/Young Adult Service Corps intern.

Massey currently serves as a Young Adult Service Corps (YASC) volunteer in the Diocese of Santiago in the Philippines.

“Kayla was selected for her dedication to mission and ministry in the example of the principles of United Thank Offering,” Bishop Sauls said. 

The United Thank Offering is a ministry to promote thankfulness and mission in the whole Church. Known worldwide as UTO, the United Thank Offering awards grants for projects that address human needs and help alleviate poverty, both domestically and internationally in The Episcopal Church.

This new internship is an innovative collaborative effort among the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society and General Theological Seminary. Massey will be based in New York City and will reside at General Seminary.  Her focus will be two-way: with the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers in the Mission and Reconciliation Program at General  Theological Seminary; and with the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society supporting the work of the Global Partnerships team and United Thank Offering.  Massey will serve as a Young Adult Ambassador for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society supporting the ministry of the United Thank Offering at specific events, including General Convention, during her internship year.

“The fact that this collaboration has resulted in the creation of an internship for a young adult is a fine model for partnership throughout the Church,” Bishop Sauls noted.  

YASC is a ministry for Episcopal young adults, ages 21 - 30, who are interested in exploring their faith in new ways by living and serving in communities around the Anglican Communion. Previously the United Thank Offering awarded grants to support the YASC program.

“In 2014, the Board decided to use this tradition as an opportunity to include young adults in the ministry of the United Thank Offering and give a returning YASC volunteer an opportunity to continue their ministry among us by naming a specific volunteer as the Julia Chester Emery United Thank Offering/Young Adult Service Corps volunteer,” explained the Rev. Heather Melton, the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society’s Missioner for the United Thank Offering.  “Kayla was chosen for this position because she embodies what Julia Chester Emery exemplified: outgoing; prayerful; hardworking; innovative and dedicated to mission.”

Julia Chester Emery, honored on January 9 in The Episcopal Church’s Holy Women Holy Men, is credited with creating the United Thank Offering in 1916.
 

For more information contact Melton.

 

 

 

 

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Bishop Stacy Sauls, Chief Operating Officer of The Episcopal Church, has announced that Kayla Massey of the Diocese of Upper South Carolina has been named the first Julia Chester Emery United Thank Offering/Young Adult Service Corps intern. Massey...

The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society is pleased to announce that the United Thank Offering has experienced a record year of generosity, marking a 2.14% increase for 2014-2015 over the previous year.

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.

“The generosity we are witnessing in the ingathering is a testament to the donors and to the effectiveness of United Thank Offering,” remarked Bishop Stacy Sauls, Chief Operating Officer. “We are thankful, and all those who benefit from the grants are thankful for this support.”

The information is based on a report prepared by the Rev. Heather Melton, the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society’s United Thank Offering Missioner.  In it she tracked the United Thank Offering ingathering donations, grants amounts and contribution patterns over the past two grant cycles as well as tracking each diocese’s ingathering since 2000.  

According to Melton:

  • Noting that requests for grants often outnumber the amount available, the United Thank Offering was able to fund 35% of requests in 2014.
  • 38 dioceses of The Episcopal Church increased their Ingathering amounts in the past year.
  • Six of the nine Provinces increased their overall Ingathering amounts.  Melton added that Anglican Communion donations also increased over last year.
  • For 2014-2015, the total amount available for grants was $1,558,006.85
  • Of the Ingathering, a remarkable 79% was derived from the Blue Boxes.

“Putting coins in the Blue Box gives me a real sense of giving back,” commented Peg Cooper from the Diocese of Missouri and the United Thank Offering board member from Province V. “I put a quarter in my Blue Box for every grant application that was submitted to the United Thank Offering. I thank God for what that Diocese and its grant project wants to do to help those in need. What a blessing to be able to give God thanks in this special way.”

For more information contact Melton.

 

 

 

 

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The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society is pleased to announce that the United Thank Offering has experienced a record year of generosity, marking a 2.14% increase for 2014-2015 over the previous year. The United Thank Offering is a ministry to...

The Episcopal Church Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop (JNCPB) has released a statement following its final discernment meeting.

The Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop (JNCPB) concluded its discernment process at a two-day meeting in Fort Worth, TX, April 19 and 20.  The nominees will be announced on May 1 on the General Convention website and via press release and social media.

JNCPB co-chairs, Bishop Ed Konieczny, Diocese of Oklahoma, and Sally Johnson, Esq., Diocese of Minnesota, commented, “In the process of discernment, we developed a great sense of community. We came together to work prayerfully around the task in the context of worship and fellowship. We are very pleased with the work of the Committee and would look forward to serving with any one of nominees.”

The process for nominations from the floor by bishops and deputies will be forthcoming shortly. The JNCPB will release names of any additional nominees, if any, in early June.

After nearly two years of conducting its work electronically, JNCPB met in person three times in the last four months to discern the list of nominees. More than 165 people representing over 60 dioceses submitted names during the nomination period last fall.  Video conferencing and face-to-face interviews afforded the opportunity for JNCPB to get to know the candidates.

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).

 

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Registration is now open for The Episcopal Church Young Adult Festival, which is scheduled to run concurrently with the 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church, June 25 – July 3, in Salt Lake City, UT (Diocese of Utah). The event is planned and hosted by the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society.

Always a favorite event, the Young Adult Festival at General Convention 2015 will be different this time.  According to the Rev. Shannon Kelly, Acting Missioner for Campus and Young Adult Ministries for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, the Young Adult Festival is slated to operate throughout the length of General Convention, but in two distinct segments.

The first segment, Why Serve, will be held Wednesday, June 24 to Monday, June 29. Why Serve is a gathering of young adults, ages 18 – 35, centered on discernment of vocation. Young adults of color are specifically encouraged to apply. Why Serve is open to young adults only.

The second segment, Kindling, will be held Monday, June 29 to Friday, July 3. Kindling is a gathering of leaders who are in ministry with young adults on and off college campuses. Young adult leaders and older adults who work with young adults are welcome to apply.

Young adults can register for Why Serve, or Kindling, or both. 

Information on the Young Adult Festival, costs, groups, spouses/partners, is available here

Registration is available here.  Registration will be open until Wednesday, May 20, or until space runs out.

For more information contact Kelly.

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 109 dioceses and three regional areas of the Church, at more than 800 members.

Note: Adult leaders wishing to attend with young adults to Why Serve should contact Kelly.

 

 

 

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Registration is now open for The Episcopal Church Young Adult Festival, which is scheduled to run concurrently with the 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church, June 25 – July 3, in Salt Lake City, UT (Diocese of Utah). The event is planned...

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and Registrar of General Convention, the Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe, have notified the Diocese of Southeast Florida that Bishop Coadjutor-Elect Peter Eaton has received the required majority of consents in the canonical consent process.

The Very Rev. Peter Eaton was elected Bishop Coadjutor on January 31.  His ordination and consecration service is slated for May 9; Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori will officiate.

While Bishop Coadjutor-Elect Eaton has received the necessary majority of consents, consents will continue to be accepted up to and including the June 17 deadline date.

As outlined under Canon III.11.4 (a), the Presiding Bishop confirmed the receipt of consents from a majority of bishops with jurisdiction, and has also reviewed the evidence of consents from a majority of standing committees of the Church sent to her by the diocesan standing committee.

In Canon III.11.4 (b), Standing Committees, in consenting to the ordination and consecration, attest they are "fully sensible of how important it is that the Sacred Order and Office of a Bishop should not be unworthily conferred, and firmly persuaded that it is our duty to bear testimony on this solemn occasion without partiality, do, in the presence of Almighty God, testify that we know of no impediment on account of which the Reverend A.B. ought not to be ordained to that Holy Office. We do, moreover, jointly and severally declare that we believe the Reverend A.B. to have been duly and lawfully elected and to be of such sufficiency in learning, of such soundness in the Faith, and of such godly character as to be able to exercise the Office of a Bishop to the honor of God and the edifying of the Church, and to be a wholesome example to the flock of Christ."

 

 

 

 

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Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and Registrar of General Convention, the Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe, have notified the Diocese of Southeast Florida that Bishop Coadjutor-Elect Peter Eaton has received the required...

Plans have been underway for over one-year to ensure the 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church is as paperless as possible. In this “Convention of Screens,” much of the legislative work will be displayed electronically on tablets or on projection screens in the House of Bishops and the House of Deputies.

To that end, each registered deputy and bishop along with the first clergy alternate/first lay alternate will be provided an iPad for their use during General Convention. The iPads will have access to the Virtual Binder, an application that replicates electronically most of what previously had been provided in the physical binders that have been part of General Convention. The iPads will also contain reference materials such as Constitutions and Canons, the Journal, and The Blue Book, as well as other materials supportive of the legislation processes of General Convention.

“The Virtual Binder provides enhanced support for the legislative work of the church, and allows us to reduce greatly the use of paper,” explained the Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe, Executive Officer of the General Convention.

The Joint Standing Committee on Planning and Arrangements and the General Convention Office have been leading the efforts to make GC 2015 as paperless as possible, and to reduce reliance on paper copies to improve legislative efficiencies on all levels and in all places as possible.   

How it will work

The Virtual Binder application will work on a local network when deputies and bishops are on the floor of their respective houses. 

The Virtual Binder will be updated automatically on the floors of both Houses, allowing for faster distribution of calendars, resolutions, committee and other reports. This will be done wirelessly, through a dedicated intranet that can be accessed only by the Virtual Binder on the iPad provided to bishops and deputies.

“This means,” Barlowe continued, “that although you may have other personal electronic devices with you, only the iPads provided by General Convention will be updated during legislative sessions.”

There will be no internet access on the iPads while in the Houses.  However, if one hooks them into a hotel internet or other Wi-Fi internet outside of the Houses, the Virtual Binder application will continue to work across that connection away from the Houses.  For example, Barlowe explained, they can be used at night if someone has internet in the hotel.

Training sessions have been planned both before and during General Convention. Also, trained volunteers will be on hand, and technical staff will be available for support.

Because they are rentals, at the conclusion of General Convention, all iPads must be returned, or a replacement fee will be charged.

Virtual Binder iPads will not be available for visitors, vendors, or volunteers. However, legislative information will be available on large screens on the floors of each house, on the Media Hub and on the General Convention website here during General Convention. 

Coming soon

Currently being prepared are instructions and reference materials on the use of the Virtual Binder. These items will be available on the General Convention website here

In addition to the Virtual Binder, a free app for anyone with an IOS or Android

Smartphone or tablet will be provided. The app will contain schedules, maps, vendor information, and other useful materials.

General Convention

The Episcopal Church’s 78th General Convention, June 25 – July 3, will be held at the Salt Palace Convention Center 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 109 dioceses and three regional areas of the Church, at more than 800 members.

Note: Deputies who relinquish their seats to an alternate deputy will pass their iPad to the alternate as part of the exchange of credentials, if the alternate has not already been issued an iPad.

 

 

 

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Plans have been underway for over one-year to ensure the 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church is as paperless as possible. In this “Convention of Screens,” much of the legislative work will be displayed electronically on tablets or on...

Applications are now being accepted for the 2015-2016 awarding of educational scholarships from The Episcopal Church, according to Samuel A. McDonald, Director of Mission/Deputy Chief Operating Officer and convener of the Scholarship Committee.

“As a result of bequests, The Episcopal Church makes available a modest number of scholarships that assist students primarily enrolled in theological education and training,” explained Margareth Crosnier de Bellaistre, Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society Director of Investment Management and Banking  “Funding for the program is derived from annual income of designated trust funds established by generous donors.”

Scholarships are available for ethnic communities, children of missionaries, bishops and clergy, and other particular wide-ranging eligibility for education and training.

The amounts of the scholarships vary according to the availability of payouts from the funds.  The maximum is $5000.

The lists of trust funds and scholarships as well as key information are here. http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/episcopal-church-scholarships  Applicants are strongly encouraged to read each trust and identify in the application those trust funds that best fit their own profile.

Requirements for applying for the scholarships include: the applicant must be an Episcopalian and must have the endorsement of his/her bishop.

Application form is available here. http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/scholarship-application-2015-2016-academic-year Except in extraordinary circumstances, students should complete the online application available here. http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/scholarship-application-2015-2016-academic-year

Applications are reviewed by a scholarship committee which includes staff of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society: the Director of Mission, the Director of Human Resources Management, representatives of various ministries, and the Treasurer’s office.

Deadline for applications is April 30.  Only complete applications will be considered.

For information, contact Ann Hercules, Associate for Grants and Scholarships for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, ahercules@episcopalchurch.org

Applications are now being accepted for the 2015-2016 awarding of educational scholarships from The Episcopal Church, according to Samuel A. McDonald, Director of Mission/Deputy Chief Operating Officer and convener of the Scholarship Committee. “As...

The 18 members of The Episcopal Church General Convention Official Youth Presence at the 78th General Convention have been announced.

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

“The General Convention Official Youth Presence was established by an initial resolution in 1982,” Bronwyn Clark Skov, Youth Ministries Officer for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society explained.

Members of the Official Youth Presence are permitted seat and voice by the rules of the House of Deputies and will participate in committee hearings and floor debates.

The following youth will be serving as the 2015 Official Youth Presence at General Convention.

 

Province I: Anna Foster, Diocese of Maine; Allegra Robinson, Diocese of Massachusetts

Province II: Uzodinma Kanu, Diocese of Long Island; Joseph Archibald-Bowers, Diocese of Virgin Islands

Province III: Nathan Harpine, Diocese of Virginia; Nancy Brooks, Diocese of Washington

Province IV: Arthur Garst IV, Diocese of Western NC; Levi Thompson, Diocese of Louisiana

Province V: Holden Holsinger, Diocese of East Michigan; Richard Pryor, III, Diocese of  Ohio

Province VI: Summer Murray, Diocese of Nebraska; Sydney Norman, Diocese of Minnesota

Province VII: Amelia Mackey, Diocese of Arkansas; John C. Zuk, Diocese of Oklahoma

Province VIII: Sonja Barba, Diocese of Hawaii; Madelyn Gonzalez, Diocese of Olympia

Province IX: Andrea Pena, Diocese of Honduras; Amanda Zorrilla, Diocese of Puerto Rico

 

Mentoring and shepherding the Official Youth Presence will be: the Rev. Canon Vincent Black, Diocese of Ohio, who will serve as Chaplain to the group; Celia Arevalo, Diocese of Honduras; Mindy Boynton, Diocese of Minnesota; the Rev. Randy Callender, Diocese of Maryland; Cookie Cantwell, Diocese of East Carolina; the Rev. Earl Gibson, Diocese of San Diego; and Christopher Palma, Diocese of Missouri.

Participants will gather in Salt Lake City for orientation and training April 9-12. Two deputies have been appointed by President of the House of Deputies, the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, to lead the parliamentary procedure and legislative process training in April: the Hon. Byron Rushing, Vice President of the House of Deputies, Diocese of Massachusetts; and the Rev. LeeAnne Watkins, Diocese of Minnesota.

Over 100 applications were received from across the church from teenagers hoping to serve as representatives from their provinces. Reviewing the applications were Skov, Youth Ministry Liaisons along with two deputies appointed by President Jennings.

For more information contact Skov

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 109 dioceses and three regional areas of the Church, at more than 800 members.

 

 

 

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The 18 members of The Episcopal Church General Convention Official Youth Presence at the 78th General Convention have been announced. The Episcopal Church’s 78th General Convention, June 25 – July 3, will be held at the Salt Palace Convention...

Report To The Church 2015, an innovative online magazine detailing the mission and ministry, accomplishments and achievements of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society during the current triennium, is now available in Spanish here and in French

Samuel McDonald, Director of Mission and Deputy Chief Operating Officer for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, called Report to the Church 2015 “an exciting, creative and comprehensive mission Report to the Church on some of the impact of our partnerships in churchwide mission and ministry so far this triennium.”

“We’re in the midst of trying to create a change in the culture of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society—toward being a service organization supporting and contributing to mission at the local level and away from being a regulatory agency,” commented Bishop Stacy Sauls, Episcopal Church Chief Operating Officer. “We’re all about leveraging the unique resources that can be made available by the churchwide level—funding to the less-resourced local levels and human resources to supplement efforts on the ground—to make mission happen that might not otherwise happen.  The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society is about all mission all the time at all levels of the Church.  We’re making progress.  We’re committed to continuing to make progress with the help of the people of The Episcopal Church.”

With a focus on the Five Marks of Mission, Report to the Church 2015 is an interactive magazine which includes videos, photos and narratives detailing how the churchwide resources have been put to action on the local level. The 200+ page document includes an extensive appendix arranged by diocese for quick reference.

Since The Episcopal Church budget is based on the Five Marks of Mission, “This allowed us together, staff and Executive Council in collaboration together with people from across our church, to develop some of the most creative and compelling impact ministries this triennium,” McDonald said.

“The purpose of the report is to engage the whole of The Episcopal Church in a conversation about mission in order to equip all Episcopalians to be missionaries engaging the wider world in the transformation we encounter in the Gospel,” said Alexander D. Baumgarten, Director of Public Engagement and Mission Communication for The Episcopal Church.  “Throughout the report, you will see the question ‘How can we partner with you?’  We hope this question is answered widely by Episcopalians in every part of the Church, and the report’s page on our website has a response form for that.”

Report To The Church 2015 focuses on the Five Marks of Mission: 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

McDonald explained that “Report To The Church 2015 is comprehensive, but could not be all inclusive of every mission and ministry effort.” Among the details presented are: new churches and ministries planted this triennium; work toward racial justice; the good news of the Diocesan Partnership program; the Young Adult Service Corps, and other efforts to make missionary service normative; Province IX sustainability; campus ministries; Jubilee ministries; grants and scholarships; missionary zones; Episcopal Youth Event (EYE14).

McDonald concluded, “Report To The Church 2015 has been created to celebrate the incredible work the staff has done in collaboration with many others across the Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion.  It reports back on our specific goals and deliverables named in our current budget.  We hope it expresses the excitement we have for mission as the heartbeat of the church, and the inspiration by God’s Spirit we find in that mission.”

 

 

 

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Report To The Church 2015, an innovative online magazine detailing the mission and ministry, accomplishments and achievements of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society during the current triennium, is now available in Spanish here and in...