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GC80 Afternoon Update: Monday, July 11

July 11, 2022
Office of Public Affairs

GC80 Daily Updates from the Office of Public Affairs are morning and evening roundups of news, events, and resources related to the 80th General Convention, July 8-11 in Baltimore.

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Monday summary

The final day of the 80th General Convention of The Episcopal Church began with Morning Prayer in the House of Bishops and House of Deputies that included a pre-recorded sermon by Julia Ayla Harris, president-elect of the House of Deputies. Both houses concluded business by early afternoon.

News

Pictured left to right: The Rt. Rev. Diana Akiyama, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon; The Rt. Rev. Poulson Reed, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma; The Rt. Rev. Craig Loya, bishop of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota; The Rt. Rev. Glenda Curry, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama; the Rt. Rev. Michael Curry, presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church; The Rt. Rev. Paul-Gordon Chandler, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Wyoming. Not pictured: The Rt. Rev. Deon Johnson, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri; The Rt. Rev. Frank Logue, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia  (Photo credit: Sharon Jones)

Five of the seven so-called “Aberdeen Bishops,” a group of bishops who received their croziers during the initial surges of the COVID pandemic, gathered today at the 80th General Convention of The Episcopal Church. They are so named because their consecration liturgies–with the minimum number of people present to get the job done–modeled the very early days of The Episcopal Church when bishops like Samuel Seabury, first in the American succession, had to travel Scotland (and others later to England) for consecrations. Those liturgies required a minimum of three bishops to consecrate a new one, and until The Episcopal Church had three bishops in place, consecrations involved transatlantic voyages. 

Episcopal Church General Convention approves reunion of Texas dioceses
On its final day in Baltimore, the 80th General Convention of The Episcopal Church approved the reunification of the Episcopal Church in North Texas with the Episcopal Diocese of Texas.

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