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GC80 Morning Update: Saturday, July 9

July 9, 2022
Office of Public Affairs

Greetings on the second day of The Episcopal Church’s 80th General Convention in Baltimore. These daily updates from the Office of Public Affairs are morning and evening roundups of news, events, and resources related to GC80, which runs through July 11.

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.  

What’s happening today?

Today’s legislative session in the House of Deputies will include the election of the next president of the house. View candidate profiles and forums.

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 legislative calendar?


  • ‘They are our neighbors’: Religious leaders hold prayer circle for Inner Harbor shooting
    WMAR (MD)
    “They are our neighbors,” said The Right Reverend Eugene Taylor Sutton. “We’re praying for Timothy, we love him, he’s our neighbor. He should not have died the way he did but also the violence of the gun and the easy access of guns for people who have little other access in way to settle the dis-ease that’s in their lives.” Sutton called for justice as did those who gathered with Bishops United Against Gun Violence.
  • Dozens gather for prayer, peace after shooting of driver in downtown Baltimore
    WBAL (MD)
    “This death and darkness we witness here yesterday on this corner is not the last word. That the last word is light and hope and resurrection, and that’s what we stand for,” said Susan Haynes, bishop of the Diocese of Southern Virginia, one of dozens of people who gathered at the corner of Light and Conway streets to pray for the people involved in Thursday’s shooting at that location.
  • Episcopal Bishops Gather At Site Of Deadly Confrontation To Pray For Gunshot Victim, Squeegee Worker
    WJZ (MD)
    Over 100 Episcopalians walked from the Convention Center to the intersection of Conway and Light Streets and held a prayer vigil for peace on Friday. The prayer vigil was made up of Episcopal Bishops, pastors, and lay people, all belonging to an anti-violence group called Bishops United Against Gun Violence. “We’re trying to help make a difference in the way violence is impacting not just those who died but those who lived,” said Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, from the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis.

#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. Episodes are released each day on the Media Hub and included in these updates. This morning’s episode features the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, who is wrapping up her tenure as president of the House of Deputies.

Livestream schedule

  • Sunday, July 10
  • 8:30-10 a.m.: Sunday Eucharist; sermon by the Rt. Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton, bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Maryland
  • 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Legislative Session
  • 2:30-5:30 p.m.: Legislative Session (includes Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget and Finance budget presentation to a joint session of the House of Bishops and House of Deputies)
  • 7:30-9:30 p.m.: Legislative Session (as needed)
  • Monday, July 11
  • 8:30-9:30 a.m.: Morning Prayer, sermon by newly elected House of Deputies president
  • 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Legislative Session
  • 2:30-5 p.m.: Legislative Session

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—, 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.