Updated at bold-facing with the Presiding Bishop's sermon at the opening Eucharist. Updated again at bold-facing with President of House of deputies opening remarks at 1:20 pm, and a report on the award made to the Rev. Canon Dr. Gregory S. Straub, who will retire as executive secretary of the General Convention of the Episcopal Church on January 1 at 1:35. Updated at 5:35 with the Presiding Bishop's opening remarks.
The Executive Council of the Episcopal Church begins a four-day meeting today in New Brunswick,N.J. It is the first meeting since the last General Convention, which ended in July. Half the members of the council are new. This is the first meeting at which the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings will serve as vice president of the council. She was elected President of the House of Deputies in July.
if there is news from the council today, we will be adding it to this item. For instance, here is Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori's sermon for the opening Eucharist. Here are the opening remarks of the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, president of the House of Deputies.
The Rev. Canon Dr. Gregory S. Straub, who will retire as executive secretary of the General Convention of the Episcopal Church on January 1 after nearly eight years and three General Conventions, was awarded the inaugural House of Deputies Medal today. (Read the release.)
Tomorrow, the council will spend the day at the Episcopal Church Center in New York City.
Several members of the council are active on social media. The hashtag for the meeting is #ExCoun and there is already some activity from @HouseDeps and a number of other accounts.