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General Convention 2012: what are the issues?

General Convention 2012: what are the issues?

The Rev. Stephen E. Moore also known as “The (Humble) Vicar of (All) Bellevue” and Clergy Deputy from the Diocese of Olympia (Western Washington state) asks:

Were you to present a five-part adult-ed series entitled something remarkably clever like “Five Really Big, Interesting and Probably Controversial Issues Likely to Come Before General Convention 2012,” on which five such issues would you concentrate?

What is on your list? What would you attend a class to discuss? What is really big, interesting and maybe controversial?

Stephen E. Moore

The (Humble) Vicar of (All) Bellevue

C-4 Olympia


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Susan Snook

The following will definitely come up, be interesting and controversial:

> Same-sex blessings

> Anglican Covenant

The following will definitely come up, be controversial but not very interesting:

> Sauls Proposal

> Employee benefits – revisiting 2009 resolution

The following will definitely come up but will be ignored, denied, or swept under the carpet, though it is the most important issue:

> Reduction in number of Episcopalians and ways to reach new persons and new populations with the gospel.

Susan Snook+

Michael Russell

Great job y’all on hitting the key issues. I’d vote to dispose of the AC, restructuring/special GC and rites in about 30 mins of the first work day and get on to discussing how to create a voice in the public square.

Three simple votes:

No on AC

No on Special GC

Yes on Rites for SSBs.

My guess is that except for the special GC the votes are already cast in people’s minds about the other two. I would also zero our contribution to the Anglican Communion’s operational budget.

Lionel Deimel

Clearly, the Sauls plan and the Anglican Covenant will be big issues.

I like the problem of the Christian right being the only “Christian” voice in the public square. The best thing we could do to grow the church would be to be a voice for a liberal Christianity that most folks don’t know exists.

We should also figure out how to deal with rogue bishops and rogue dioceses. (I won’t name names.)


From David Fletcher (Anglican Parish of Lantz), Nova Scotia, Canada.

In no particular order:

2) Diversity — there should be a national standard.

1) The Anglican Covenant — why the heck are Nigeria, the Southern Cone, and Uganda determining the agenda of the Anglican/Episcopal church in North America.

5) The relationship of church and state, especially in an election year. Why are the voices of fundamentalist conservative Christians seemingly the only ones that matter?

4) Liturgy — we are quickly coming to an illiterate and lowest-common-denominator style of worship, strongly influenced by by three chord songs and irrelevant preaching.

3) The nature of ministry still seems to be focused on the ordained rather than the community.

J Michael Povey

Adult Education announcement from St. Latitudinal Parish,

“The Kingdom of God is at hand.”

Join us to discover five ways by which we can avoid it: Sundays at 10:30 a.m.

OR attend the alternative adult class “Bishops: and why they are almost always wrong”

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