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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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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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Deputy of the Day – Liz Hall

Good heavens – where to begin? We started at 8 a.m. with a legislative session, shortly followed by the opening Eucharist. I now have on my bucket list: selfie with the Presiding Bishop. Wow. My system has not yet adjusted to the hour difference, so I was starving (and wilting) by 11:30. I ran back to my room,…

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From General Convention – July 5

Good morning from a hazy Austin. Today marks the first official day of General Convention. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will preach at this opening worship at 9:30 a.m. It’s live-streamed and will be available for on-demand viewing at the Media Hub. (Click on the worship tab for a selection of videos) Today lots of committee hearings on…

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Deputy of the Day – the Rev. Maria Hoecker

Greetings from the 79th General Convention of The Episcopal Church! As I’m typing out a few thoughts to share with all y’all, the fireworks are popping just over the skyline of downtown Austin. From my big picture window I can see the tops of the neon-colored flashes of light and hear the big bangs. Happily,…

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