by the Very Rev. Brian Baker, Dean of Trinity Cathedral in Sacramento
Welcome to the Diocese of Northern California's General Convention blog. We are hoping this will be a way to have some two-way conversation prior to convention as well as offer news and reflections from deputies as convention takes place. Officially, General Convention runs from July 5-12, there will be committee meetings and deputy orientation on July 4. The Convention takes place in Indianapolis.
We have a great group of Deputies. Click here to meet the deputation. They will be working very hard these next two months. Please keep them in your prayers.
This is shaping up to be a very eventful convention. Some issues we will be considering are:
The Anglican Covenant: Even though the Church of England will not be adopting the Covenant anytime soon, we still need to consider our response. There are a range of options we will be considering, from outright rejection to affirming the first three sections with further study of the fourth.
Same-Sex blessings/marriages: At the last General Convention, the Standing Committee on Liturgy and Music was asked to gather resources for considering blessing same-sex relationships. They have done a remarkable job which includes drafting rites. We will consider approving these rites for use in the church. I expect there may be resolutions that encourage the church to study same-sex marriage (as opposed to "blessings.")
The structure/budget of the Episcopal Church: This may be the hottest topic. Everybody knows we need to change. It will be a challenge to find consensus around a way forward.
Elect a new president of the House of Deputies: We recently learned that Bonnie Anderson, the current president of the House of Deputies, will not seek to renew her term. This is an important position that we will need to fill.
What other topics or issues are important to you?
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Sun, June 3, 2012
by Thea Mangels filed under
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