Get Caught Up – General Convention Day 4

Prayer Book Revisions

The House of Deputies passed a resolution to begin the process of revising the Book of Common Prayer, after much thoughtful conversation and several amendments.

The resolution has been passed in this form.

You can learn more about this by reading this article from the Episcopal News Service.

The resolution now moves on to the House of Bishops. More to come as this unfolds.

Translation and Interpretation

Translation and interpretation is also being discussed at General Convention. The Episcopal Church is not just comprised of Diocese in the United States, there are Diocese in Honduras, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Columbia and other countries.

On the floor of the House of Bishops on Friday, there was testimony and discussion on the topic of how translation and interpretation are organized and offered at General Convention. As the work of General Convention is heavily conversation based, and requires many documents to be drafted and discussed, translation to ensure that those who do not speak English – which most discussions and documents are written in – is essential for participation.

More work and discussions are moving forward to determine how best to offer translation and interpretation to ensure the full participation and engagement of all, embracing the process of learning and growth, recognizing the admonishment of our brothers and sisters and learning to do better by leaning in, listening deeply and holding fast to relationships.

This begs the question, for us, how do we become the Beloved Community? What are the structures that allow us to be in communion with one another. And, maybe more importantly, how do we listen to one another, admit when we have not done enough, and learn to do better and be better with one another.

Click here to learn more.

Hearing from ECMN

We caught up with a few ECMN-ers to get their reflections on General Convention – check them out here!

Luisa Van Oss – General Convention Reflection from Episcopal Church in Minnesota on Vimeo.

Welcome to General Convention – Bishop Prior from Episcopal Church in Minnesota on Vimeo.

Minnie Steele – General Convention from Episcopal Church in Minnesota on Vimeo.

Other things to note:

C064 Support of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in Opposing Enbridge Line #3 is awaiting committee action after some moving testimony from Minnesotans and others.

Resolutions regarding the Episcopal Church in Cuba are moving forward, and, in the words of ECMN Deputy Alternate Rick Swenson, ‘the spirit is moving.’

The morning of Sunday, July 8th featured the Bishop’s Against Gun Violence rally – click here to learn more and view pictures of the event here, and click here for a beautiful video re-cap of the event.

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