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Letter on TEC’s Middle East policy stirs controversy

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings have said that a draft letter pressing the Executive Council to intervene in the implementation of the Episcopal Church’s policies on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is extremely unhelpful and disregards due legislative processes.

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Gay Jennings’ Executive Council Top Ten list

9. Be kind. If you wouldn’t say it face-to-face, don’t post it on social media.

8. No whining. We are each enormously privileged to be able to serve in this way.

7. No triangles. Bishop Katharine and I have already promised this to each other. If you’re unhappy with me, come to me about it. I promise I’ll do the same for you.

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Executive Council, the PB, the COO and the budget: one member’s story

Several recent events have raised quite public questions about the Council’s competency. As a member of that body, I confess to being shocked by these developments – not because of the criticism (that comes with the territory), but because of concerns these developments raise about the direction of The Episcopal Church.

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A brief commentary on the budget commentary

I don’t have firm opinion about the substance of the budget, and I suspect that under the very able leadership of Bishop Steve Lane and Deputy Diane Pollard of the Program, Budget and Finance Committee, we may well arrive at a solution with which most of us are comfortable. My concern is about the damage we will inflict upon one another in getting there.

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Let go of the peanuts!

No more false choices between mission and governance. No more false wars between individuals or groups. No more jockeying for turf or control. Rather, we have to find ways to move forward together, and envision and incarnate the future God calls us to embrace – and I pray that we will throw ourselves into it with wholehearted abandon.

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One more take on that letter from Executive Council

The Rev. Megan Castellan, (on Twitter @revlucymeg) a college chaplain from the Diocese of Arizona, took a long look at the Executive Council’s recent letter, and decided to write the council a letter in reply. Here is some of what she had to say on her blog, Red Shoes, Funny Shirt.

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@theologybird: What I wish Executive Council had said

We are invested in and working towards (and more detail here would be nice) passing an accurate, balanced budget at General Convetion. We apologize for the anxiety and hurt that the proposed budget caused. The Executive Council is committed to the mission and ministry of The Episcopal Church.

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Executive Council disappointed

Have we had enough strength and courage for this work, or have we at times shrunk from the need to stand up and say things that are not only hard to say, but hard to hear? Have we cherished collegiality more than accountability? Have we used our structure to empower one part of the church while disempowering another?

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