PB and PHoD address final Executive Council Meeting


The Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and President of the House of Deputies Gay Jennings gave their opening remarks to the final Executive Council meeting of this Triennium. Twitter  hashtag for meeting is #excoun

The Presiding Bishop gave thanks for one of the most effective councils that she has experienced in her 9 year term. She cited “more than anything else, your attitude toward this work as a ministry, and your understanding that we are here to serve the wider church in its partnership for God’s mission, is responsible for the health that I think we enjoy.” The new committee structure and the work on the budget were 2 areas that flowed more efficiently and to good ends. Read it all here.

President Gay Jennings announced that she has completed appointments to Legislative Committees.  Check the appointments here.  Jennings also related her experience of signing an Amicus Brief for the Supreme Court in support of marriage equality.

Recently I had the chance to experience just how our governance can make our mission possible. Thanks to Christopher Hayes, chancellor of the Diocese of California, I had the opportunity to put decades of General Convention resolutions into action by being a lead signer on an amicus brief submitted to the Supreme Court of the United States in support of reversing the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling against civil marriage equality. The brief was also signed by 21 of our bishops and more than 200 Episcopal clergy and lay leaders, and it cites five General Convention resolutions:  Resolution D007 from 1994, Resolution D039 from 2000, Resolution A095 from 2006, Resolution A167 from 2006 and Resolution A049 from 2012.

The day after we submitted the brief, media outlets including USA Today, the Christian Science Monitor, the Detroit Free Press, The Living Church and Episcopal Café all covered the news. Thanks to the people who have served faithfully at General Convention for nearly 40 years, we Episcopalians are able to make a witness to the Supreme Court and to the people of this country that we stand against legal discrimination in any form, and that every citizen is entitled to equal protection under the law. So on April 28, when the Supreme Court hears arguments in this case, and in June—perhaps even when we’re at General Convention—when they issue a ruling, remember that your ministry of governance in the Episcopal Church has made it possible for us to take our place as Christians in the public square.

Read all of President Jennings remarks here.


posted by Ann Fontaine

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