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General Convention draft schedule announced

General Convention draft schedule announced

From the Public Affairs Office of the Episcopal Church:

The Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe, Executive Officer of General Convention, announced the draft schedule for the 79th General Convention, available here in both English and Spanish.

The 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church will be held Thursday, July 5 to Friday, July 13, 2018 at The Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas (Diocese of Texas).   #GC79

Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry and President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings will make their presentations to General Convention on Wednesday, July 4.

The first legislative day is Thursday, July 5. On that day, the opening Eucharist will be held at 9:15 am. After that, daily worship is slated for the conclusion of each day’s session.

The major Eucharist with the Diocese of Texas will be held on Saturday, July 7 at Palmer Events Center.  In addition to the traditional United Thank Offering Ingathering, this Eucharist will feature elements of a Revival with innovative worship and music.  A Diocese of Texas event will follow worship on Saturday.

On Sunday, July 8, deputies and bishops are invited either to worship in local parishes or to attend a Eucharist in the Convention Center at 10:30 am.

“The Diocese of Texas is excited to host the 79th General Convention,” noted the Rt. Rev. Jeff Fisher, Bishop Suffragan of Texas. “We envision the Convention as a welcome mat, not only to the Episcopal Church, but also to the world. With the enhancements to the schedule, we will invite people from around Texas and beyond to join in the Jesus Movement, especially through the Saturday evening worship and revival event, all with a touch of Texas hospitality.”

He explained that the lively worship planned for Saturday evening in the spirit of the revivals being held throughout the Episcopal Church over the next few years. It will be held at Palmer Events Center, a larger venue, to allow more people to attend from neighboring dioceses “and be inspired by the Presiding Bishop’s preaching. Food and entertainment to follow in the spirit of true Texas hospitality,” Bishop Fisher added.

The theme for the Convention will be “The Jesus Movement: Loving, Liberating and Life-giving.”

“The theme of The Jesus Movement: Loving, Liberating and Life-giving mirrors the dedicated work of our deputies and bishops, and connects the important work of governance with the other mission and ministry of the church,” Barlowe explained. “The Joint Standing Committee on Planning and Arrangements approved this theme with enthusiasm.”

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Joshua Castano

“innovative worship and music” Why not beautiful, profound, and spiritual worship supplied in the BCP? Why ‘innovative?’

Marshall Scott

The worship at General Convention is dependably beautiful, profound, and spiritual. It is not “innovative” for the sake of novelty per se, but in part to reflect both Book of Common Prayer and the additional resources approved since 1979. It reflects the variability across the Episcopal Church of language, music, and culture. It also offers opportunities to experience new music, carefully selected. I agree that much of the contemporary religious music around us is… unhelpful. However, folks are writing even now hymns that will, I think, stand the test of time. I think, too, that I grow from hearing, and even trying (as best I faithfully can) to sing in other languages. So, both “innovative,” and “beautiful, profound, and spiritual.”

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