Today is technically the opening of General Convention, but lots has been happening the last few days, and your ECMN Deputation has been BUSY! Here are just a few updates.
By: Father James N. Wilson II
Above you’ll see a photo taken July 4th with Bishop Griselda of Cuba after Rena and I testified at the Cuba Committee hearing. We testified that the request of the Episcopal Church of Cuba (ECC) to reunite with The Episcopal Church (TEC) be honored and accepted. In testifying, I encouraged TEC to welcome back home its own child, ECC, with open arms considering the intentional missional relations which began in 1901. Though TEC was forced to discontinue the Cuban mission in 1966 due to the Cuban revolution and though the reunion request has pension liabilities totaling approximately $800,000.00 for clergy who were unable to pay into the church pension fund for four years and though the reunion process would require canonical transformation and revision so the canons of ECC will accede to the Canons of TEC, these conditions are not impossible to handle because “where there is a will there is a way.” All this is in the name of God’s mission.
Click here to read the full article published by the Episcopal News Service, quoting your ECMN Deputy, Rena Turnham.
See above some Minnesotans at last night’s gala to celebrate 50 years of the Union of Black Episcopalians.
And, there has been SO MUCH MORE.
Including the welcome and opening from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and President of the House of Deputies, the Rev. Gay Jennings. You can get full coverage of that by clicking here.
You can click here to watch the full Liturgy of Listening, a lament and confession in response to the #Metoo movement. For more background on this service and the work that’s being moved forward in addition to this service, click here.
Plus, so much more. And it’s only day one. Buckle your seatbelts, folks, it’s going to be quite a ride!