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General Convention draws to a close: ‘There’s no stopping us’

General Convention draws to a close: ‘There’s no stopping us’

Matthew Davies of Episcopal News Service offers this wrap-up of the 77th General Convention:

General Convention has called on the Episcopal Church to re-imagine its structure, taken historic steps towards full inclusion, endorsed positive investment in the Palestinian Territories, and reaffirmed its commitment to building Anglican Communion relationships while saying it is unable to adopt the Anglican Covenant.

Based on the Anglican Communion’s Five Marks of Mission, the budget for the Episcopal Church in the 2013-2015 triennium was adopted unanimously by the 77th General Convention July 11.

The budget, available here, is balanced at $111,516,032, compared to $111,808,350 for the current triennium, and comes with a small surplus of $30,000.

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and outgoing President of the House of Deputies Bonnie Anderson addressed the media at a closing news conference July 12.

At this convention, “you have seen the Episcopal Church not only of the future, but of today, in the presence of young adults, a more significant number than we’ve seen in a long time, people of many nations and tribes and language traditions,” said Jefferts Schori. “The Episcopal Church is healthy, it’s becoming healthier, and it’s poised for an even more significant impact on the world around us. There’s no stopping us. Watch out world. We’re coming.”

Anderson, who now steps down as House of Deputies president, said it has been a great convention and that the deputies, 44 percent of whom were new, were extremely well prepared.

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Nicole Porter

If we had a choice on where the money we pledge would go, then I’d gladly give,Mr. Fisher. It’s something we’ve been wrestling with and praying about for a while, and regardless of you understanding it or not, this is how me and quite a few others, probably more (because they wouldn’t publicly admit it) believe this is how it should be.


So you’ll deny financial support to the parish you love, because of the *tiny percentage* that would ever go beyond your parish (to diocese and national church)? I honestly don’t understand this. Sorry.

JC Fisher

* Not to mention I don’t understand what any Episcopalian should find so morally reprehensible about the national church (about which we have a representative say)—but that goes w/o saying! At any rate, *so little* of any pledge goes to them anyway, relatively speaking.

Nicole Porter

Mr.Fisher, I DO love my parish and the people that are there. And no, I don’t want my money going to 815. Sorry.


I’ve never known the Body and Blood of Christ to make one…delusional

Funny, that’s exactly what the Caesars thought!

I love my parish and I am a full participant (save pledging

You DO realize that’s an oxymoron, Nicole? Even if only a “widow’s mite” (which pretty much describes Yours Truly’s).

JC Fishers

Nicole Porter

Actually Cynthia, I love my parish and I am a full participant (save pledging,especially now). I’m not a fan of some of my priest’s views, but for a parish in the diocese of Los Angeles, it isn’t half bad.

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