View the DWTX photos from General Convention 2012 on Flickr.

Right: Deputy Don Lee with his bow tie in honor of Gregory Straube Day (Executive Officer and Secretary of the General Convention, who wears an interesting and colorful coat and bow tie everyday).

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Lillibridge Appointed to Board of Archives

The Presiding Bishop announced on Monday, July 9, that Bishop Gary Lillibridge had accepted appointment to the Board of Trustees of the Episcopal Church’s Archives. The Archives are currently located on the campus of the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, and a new permanent home is being sought for them in Austin (perhaps elsewhere as well).

The Archives is commissioned by the General Convention to support and renew The Episcopal Church’s historical mission and institutional memory. It brings knowledge of the past and archival resources into Church and public forums to inform institutional conversation and give meaning to Episcopal and Anglican identity.

By supporting reflection, the Archives strengthens governance and the underlying foundations for mission and ministry. The Archives seeks to honor the community’s diversity, educate all members for ministry, and communicate the faith within the mission priorities as established by the Church’s General Convention.

Visit the Archives of The Episcopal Church.

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HOD Concur Same-Gender Blessing

HOD Concur Same-Gender Blessing
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The House of Deputies concurred with the House of Bishops on Resolution A049, Authorize Liturgical Resources for Blessing Same-Gender Relationships, on Tuesday, July 10. In a vote by orders, the resolution carried by 78 percent in the lay order and 76 percent in the clergy order. Each diocese now has the opportunity to consider allowing same-sex blessings following the guidelines that are offered in the extensive resolution prepared by the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music.

Following the concurrence, Bishop Gary Lillibridge said, “We have a lot of work ahead of us as a church; each diocese will have to consider the ramifications before moving forward.”

Lillibridge formed a focus group in the Diocese of West Texas of 50 clergy and lay leaders from across the diocese to focus specifically on this resolution and how the DWTX will prayerfully move forward with its passing. The group first met on June 8 and will come together again on August 24 to thoughtfully form a process for educating the people of the diocese. Lillibridge said he wants the focus group “to be prepared for a prayerful, reflective, and theologically meaningful discussion of the actions of General Convention.” Read more…

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Bishop’s Audio Report

Bishop Lillibridge’s report for Tuesday, July 10, is now up. Click on the tab Bishops’ audio reports to listen.

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Convention ‘declines to take a position’ on Anglican Covenant

The House of Bishops concurred with the deputies July 10 to affirm their commitment to building relationships across the Anglican Communion, especially through the Continuing Indaba program, and to decline to take a position on the Anglican Covenant.

After considering eight resolutions, the General Convention’s committee on world mission recommended adoption of two resolutions on Anglican Communion relationships and the Anglican Covenant, a document that initially had been intended as a way to bind Anglicans globally across cultural and theological differences.

Connecticut Bishop Ian Douglas, chair of the World Mission Committee, told ENS following the vote that the resolutions are “a genuine pastoral response because we are not of one mind, and to push a decision at this time would cause hurt and alienation in our church on both sides and instead we chose to stay in the conversation.” Read more…

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Proposed budget sent to both houses of Convention

The Episcopal Church’s Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget and Finance on July 10 proposed a balanced budget for the mission and ministry of the church in the 2013-2015 triennium to a joint session of the General Convention’s House of Bishops and House of Deputies. The budget now requires the concurrence of both houses.  The Revenue is based on a 19% asking, and for the first time the budget is structured around the Five Marks of Mission of the Anglican Communion as directed by the 76th General Convention.  Those marks are:

  • To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom.
  • To teach, baptize and nurture new believers.
  • To respond to human need by loving service.
  • To seek to transform unjust structures of society.
  • To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.

In addition, the Proposed Budget encompasses the administration and governance of the church.  And so the non-Governmental Expenses are also identified as Canonical, Corporate or Program.

The budget, including any amendments to which the two houses must agree, goes into effect Jan. 1.  The proposed budget is now available online.  Click here.

Posted by Nancy Stinson.

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Triennial Recognizes DWTX

The Diocese of West Texas is recognized multiple times in Issue No. 4 of Triennial Today, the magazine of the National Episcopal Church Women (ECW). The 2012 Triennial meeting is being held in Indianapolis at the same time as the 77th General Convention. Click here to view the magazine.

The issue features a spread on the 5K walk that was organized by Catherine Lillibridge to honor the memory of her friend Mary Ellen Smith, wife of Bishop Dabney Smith of the Diocese of Southwest Florida. A picture of the DWTX team is in the magazine, as well as the text of Catherine’s pre-race welcome speech.

Ahuerro’s award from the National ECW.

Also featured in the issue are communication awards for newsletter and website editors in the nine provinces of The Episcopal Church, who are members of the National ECW and submitted their work to the production team of Triennial Today. Jane Ahuerro, who is a member of St. George, San Antonio, is the editor of the newsletter for the diocesan Commission for Women’s Ministries. Ahuerro received the Excellence in ECW Community Outreach award for her newsletter, which is mailed to all women who attend an ECW event and it is also featured on the diocesan website. Congratulations, Jane!

Deborah Gardiner, who serves as president of the diocesan Commission for Women’s Ministries, was elected at the Triennial Meeting to serve as Member at Large, Social Justice of the National ECW. This position makes recommendations for social justice opportunities and concerns and includes oversight of the Women to Women program. This is quite an honor and we congratulate Deborah.

Catherine Lillibridge said, “We are blessed with the women we have in our diocese; I am very proud of us.”

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