The General Convention of the Episcopal Church was held in Indianapolis in July, and though the convention passed a trial rite for the blessing of same-sex relationships, extended canonical protections against discrimination to transgender people, created a special task force to begin the process of restructuring the church, voted to take no action on the proposed Anglican Covenant and elected the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings to succeed Dr. Bonnie Anderson as President of the House of Deputies and the Hon. Byron Rushing as her vice president, none of those significant developments generated the most highly read items of the month.
Rather, readers flocked to two post-convention items defending the Episcopal Church against critics in the mainstream media and another reporting on the entirely unsurprising fact that the House of Bishops had voted against softening in any way the canonical prohibition–which many of them ignore–on offering communion to the unbaptized.
In August, Mitt Romney accepted the Republican party’s nomination for President of the United States, and in the process mentioned that Bain Capital had done pretty well for the Episcopal Church’s pension fund. Conversation ensued.
Our most read items in September were Kathy Henderson Staut’s essay asking simply “Why Church?”, which generated 44 comments, and Professor Deirdre Good’s piece about the so-called “Jesus’ wife” fragment.