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A great sense of hope

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Today is the last day of the 79th General Convention in Austin, TX.  I will begin this day in the House of Deputies serving as an Alternate Deputy.  There will be nine hours in the legislative session, so I am writing this early because I may need to relieve a lay delegate currently serving on […]

Color blocks, breakfast tacos and making a difference

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A word about our schedule.  It consists of colored-coded blocks so you know what’s going on in the course of the day.  Legislative meetings are represented by blue blocks, worship is green, joint sessions are a different shade of green, deputy certification is orange, and legislative sessions are pink.  At the beginning of General Convention, […]

Keeping a sense of humor while doing serious work

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Wow, What a Day! The longest day yet of this General Convention.  If we were tired before, we better buckle up and push through the 20-mile ‘wall’ of this marathon convention.  As I sat down to write this at 11:40 pm, when finished with all my work, forgive me if I ramble or make little […]

Held Together in Prayer

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Since my committee (Congregational and Diocesan Vitality) didn’t meet this morning, I admit that I started my day by hitting the snooze button a couple of times!  But then it was time to jump in and get to work, and it seems that in all we do, we are held together by prayer.  We began […]

We can learn to love each other

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  Being a first-year deputy at General Convention has its advantages and its disadvantages and the entire process can be pretty overwhelming. So, to get your “sea legs”, first-year deputies are usually not assigned to committees. The advantage is that your schedule is open and you can attend meetings that other delegates do not. At […]

Music, a Suitcase, Bats and General Convention

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This being my first General Convention, I was not quite certain what to expect. I arrived late afternoon, Monday, July 2 and from 30,000 feet in the air, I was given tickets for Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real at Austin City Limits. Seeing a live show at Austin City Limits has been […]

Learning and Listening

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Today was my first full day in Austin, so I spent some time in the morning exploring before the Exhibit Hall opened at 11 a.m. I am helping host an exhibit table for The Episcopal Network for Economic Justice (ENEJ), which is part of a larger network in The Episcopal Church called “The Consultation”. As […]

Struck by Sincerity

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Today, I sat in on the Structure & Governance committee during a discussion of legislation proposed by the task force I participated in for 3 years, about whether to continue the province structure within the Episcopal Church.  The discussion echoed many of the issues we struggled with in the task force. This is not an easy […]

A small slice of General Convention

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General Convention is giant. There are about 5,000 Episcopalians gathered in the city of Austin for these next 10 days to study, pray, sing, debate, break bread, and, if one is lucky, to hear some good ‘ole country music. Each one of us in the deputation from Central Pennsylvania gets to experience a small slice […]

Committee Work at General Convention

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In addition to Bishop Scanlan, five deputies were appointed to the following committees: The Rev. Canon Daniel (Dan) Morrow, Evangelism and Church Planting Committee “I am thrilled to be a part of the Evangelism and Church Planting Committee at General Convention 79 in Austin, Texas. At our last General Convention three years ago, the Church […]

Bishop Scanlan’s Ministry Committee work at General Convention

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The Rt. Rev. Audrey C. Scanlan, Chair Committee #15- Ministry As Chair of Committee 15 on Ministry, Bishop Scanlan will oversee the consideration of several resolutions related to increasing formation for ordination to include knowledge of  gender-based issues in the church (equitable compensation and opportunity); increased  training in the stewardship of creation; greater oversight of developing resources for training […]

General Convention News for the Episcopal Church in Central PA

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Dear members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, What is General Convention? General Convention is the highest governing body of The Episcopal Church, meeting every three years and made up of the Church’s bishops and elected lay and ordained deputies from each diocese. The 79th General Convention will be held at Austin Convention Center in Downtown […]

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