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From General Convention – July 9

The Rev. Calvin Sanborn of St. George’s, York Harbor, testifies on B012.

Greetings from Austin!

It’s Monday and all business all the time at the 79th General Convention.
Maine’s members of the Program, Budget, and Finance Committee, Bishop Steve Lane and Deputy John Hennessy, started early this morning to the work of pounding out a three-year budget and – after a full day of legislative work – will return for another work session at 8 p.m. this evening. Bishop Lane, as Vice-Chair, will present the budget at a joint session on Wednesday afternoon.
Yesterday marked the passage of B012, “Marriage Rites for the Whole Church,” in the House of Deputies. It moves onto the House of Bishops now. Deputy Calvin Sanborn offered compelling testimony on behalf of this compromise resolution. We’ll post the ENS story that explains the whole thing in tomorrow’s news update.
This afternoon there was spirited testimony on a resolution, D019, “Ending church complicity in the occupation,” that calls for a human rights screen for investment of Episcopal Church-controlled funds in companies that profit from or contribute to human rights violations in Palestine. The deputies passed it by a wide margin, and it now goes to the House of Bishops.
This evening Mainers will gather with fellow New Englanders at the Province 1 caucus.
And, in the words of the 17th Century diarist Samuel Pepys, “then to bed.”
Click here for a GC photo album and a Public Witness photo album on our Diocese of Maine Flickr page –
Bishop Lane’s daily video
Each day, Bishop Steve Lane takes a few moments to recap the day.


July 8


Watch all of Bishop Steve’s daily videos and, as GC cranks up, other conversations with Maine deputies on the Diocese of Maine’s YouTube channel at
Deputy of the Day – the Rev. Nina Ranadive Pooley
St. Bartholomew’s, Yarmouth

I was in the elevator on my way back to my room to write this when another deputy said, “Today feels like several days!” So it’s not just me!

Today is Sunday at General Convention, which was an odd, hybrid kind of day. Our morning was one of witness and action; prayer and song – a strange combination of power and helplessness, as we attended two different events in quick succession.
“Day One”
First we gathered at the park for the Bishops United Against Gun Violence Witness, where we wept with the family of Carmen Schentrup, even as we were awed by their strength. Then we were inspired by Abigail Zimmerman, a rising ninth grader from Waco, Texas, who talked about organizing a school walkout in remembrance of the victims of the Parkland shooting, victims like Carmen. At the walk out, she and her friends challenged their classmates to do 17 random acts of kindness in honor of the 17 students killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Abigail described how it felt to see people doing kind things all over the school. And then she challenged us to make change happen, to vote, to make a difference. So that children and young people don’t have to be afraid to go to school anymore.

Read more to find out what happened on yesterday’s Day Two and Day Three.

United Thanks Offering ingathering collects more than $3 Million

      a young person from the Diocese of Arizona

Episcopalians gather in public witness outside immigrant detention center

Schentrups deliver emotional plea to end gun violence


Debating Israel and Palestine: How should the Episcopal Church Invest its Money

a wonderful 6-minute snapshot of yesterday’s gun violence public witness from House of Deputies News

From mainstream media outlets

Austin American-Statesman

Bishop Michael Curry Speaks at Hutto Detention Facility

NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Live-Streams at GC

Each day at 4:30 p.m. (Central Time) a short news program called “Inside General Convention” will be broadcast at
Schedule for daily worship (Times listed are Central Time)
All worship (as well as sessions of the House of Bishops and the House of Deputies) will be live-streams and available for on-demand viewing on the GC Media Hub
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