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General Convention

Environmental stewardship takes center stage at General Convention

by Sarah Braik Eco-justice/Creation Care Team Cathedral of St. Luke, Portland In a 2012 TED talk, climate Scientist James Hansen stated that humanity’s current use of fossil fuel is equivalent “to exploding 400,000 Hiroshima bombs per day, 365 days per year” in terms of the energy the Earth is absorbing each day. I hope you…

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Deputy of the Day – John Hennessy

As a first-time deputy to General Convention with the privilege of serving on the Standing Committee for Program, Budget & Finance (PB&F), I really had no idea what to expect from the two-week experience. It appeared to be serendipitous given my work history with the Appropriations Committee in the Maine legislature. My focus at convention,…

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Deputy of the Day – the Rev. Mary Lee Wile

“Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belong the Kingdom of God.” Two nursing babies attend General Convention with their deputy mothers, and a handful of children gather in the “soft space” provided for them during worship, but the long-term wellbeing of all children is woven throughout…

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Deputy of the Day – the Very Rev. Ben Shambaugh

Our opening prayer today was a reflection on the Zulu greeting, Sawubona, which means, “I see you.” It was the message we shouted in English and Spanish to women held in the Hutto Detention Center on Sunday and is a theme that has been repeated again and again. A corollary to “I see you” is…

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Deputy of the Day – Mark Spahr

  Sawubona. Yebo. This is my third General Convention as a deputy.  The days and nights are packed with committee meetings, legislative sessions, worship services, and many more activities.  We are at the halfway point for legislative sessions, yet we have only dealt with about one-third of the more than 400 resolutions that were submitted….

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From General Convention – July 9

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 –…

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Deputy of the Day – the Rev. Nina Ranadive Pooley

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 –…

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Deputy of the Day – the Rev. Calvin Sanborn

Most days are very busy at General Convention. Today was no exception. It began with a morning legislative session in which we continued debate that started the day prior to discuss Resolution A068 (Plan for the Revision of the Book of Common Prayer). This was of particular interested to me, since I have been following…

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Deputy of the Day – Elizabeth Ring

Day two: hearings, a joint session, more hearings, a legislative session, worship, and a delicious dinner. We had wonderful conversation in my Legislative Committee (Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations) about our Dialogue with the United Methodist Church. Bishop Palmer (UMC) and Bishop Brookhart (TEC), co-chairs of the Dialogue, provided helpful insights into the questions we each…

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From General Convention – July 6

It’s been another busy day at General Convention with early morning committee hearings and a TED talk conversation on racism and racial reconciliation. (Click on TEConversations) Check out Liz Hall’s Deputy of the Day post. She writes, ” Good heavens – where to begin? We started at 8 a.m. with a legislative session, shortly followed by the…

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