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GC80 Morning Update: Monday, July 11

July 11, 2022
Office of Public Affairs

Greetings on the final day of The Episcopal Church’s 80th General Convention in Baltimore. These daily roundups from the Office of Public Affairs provide news, events, and resources related to GC80.

Join us live: All worship services and legislative sessions of the House of Deputies and House of Bishops, as well as media briefings and postings of #GC80 Daily Shows, are livestreamed on The Episcopal Church GC80 Media Hub, with recordings available on demand.  

What’s happening today?

Note: Worship services are held in each house, with a prerecorded sermon streamed in both. 
Legislative sessions take place in both houses concurrently (in English and Spanish).


Which resolutions are on today’s calendar?

  • Check the General Convention Office’s virtual binder to find the legislative and consent calendars for the House of Deputies and House of Bishops
  • The House of Deputies has 28 resolutions on its calendars today.
  • The House of Bishops has 13 resolutions on its calendars, including the proposed 2023-2024 budget and the reunion of The Episcopal Church in North Texas with the Episcopal Diocese of Texas.
  • Total number of resolutions: 430. Completed by end of Day 3: 371
  • Looking for a specific resolution? View all resolutions or search by number or keyword.
  • Wonder how a resolution moves through General Convention? View this helpful infographic from the Episcopal Church in Connecticut.

#GC80 Daily Show 

The #GC80 Daily Show, produced by the Office of Communication, showcases the good work of Episcopal leaders and initiatives from around the church. All episodes can be found on the Media Hub. Today’s final episode features the Rt. Rev. Mark Lattime, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Alaska and co-chair of the Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop.

News 

House of Deputies elects Rachel Taber-Hamilton vice president
Episcopal News Service
The House of Deputies on July 10 elected the Rev. Rachel Taber-Hamilton as its vice president. She is the first ordained woman, and only the third woman, to serve in this capacity since the role of deputies’ vice president was created in 1964.

Deputies advance $100.5 million budget proposal for 2023-24 and process reforms
Episcopal News Service
The House of Deputies, in an evening session on July 10, adopted a $100.5 million churchwide budget, sending the spending plan to the House of Bishops for final approval, likely on July 11.

Bishops and deputies pass measure broadening definition of Book of Common Prayer
Episcopal News Service
The House of Bishops moved forward with a plan to expand and clarify what exactly the Book of Common Prayer is, ending hours of discussion with a unanimously adopted resolution on July 9. The House of Deputies concurred the following evening with a minor amendment, sending it back to the bishops for a final vote.

Bishops: ‘Political, From a Faithful Point of View’
The Living Church
The House of Bishops rejected a resolution that “denounced many crisis pregnancy centers” on General Convention’s third day, responding partly to discussions on the floor about the danger of poorly nuanced statements about hot-button issues in a deeply divided nation. Several bishops also protested the decision to place more than 400 resolutions on the agenda of the four-day meeting, which forced so many to be placed on a consent agenda, where they could not be discussed before being voted upon.

Informational resources 

  • Office of Public Affairs’ GC80 page 
  • General Convention Office GC80 resource page 
  • House of Deputies website 
  • Episcopal News Service
  • Be sure to visit—and share the link to—gceighty.org, a special site created by GC80’s host diocese, the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland. The site offers virtual (and in-person) walking tours of Baltimore, a virtual exhibit booth highlighting the diocese’s work in truth and reconciliation and reparations, and much more. 

Contact
Amanda Skofstad

Public Affairs Officer

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