The US Supreme Court decision supporting marriage equality came out just before the morning worship service here in Salt Lake City at the 78th Episcopal General Convention (GC). The Deputation from the Diocese of El Camino Real (ECR) joined a wildly joyous crowd of thousands singing and dancing in thankful celebration. The rest of the day’s legislative meetings were not nearly as exciting!
The four candidates to be 27th Presiding Bishop were formally accepted for election tomorrow. GC started discussions on church restructuring (TREC) and worked through a variety of small votes. The uncontested re-election of the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings for House of Deputies President was a happy moment. (She is the first ordained woman to hold the position – first elected in 2012.) She gave up her seat to the House of Deputies Vice President Byron Rushing and returned to sit with her home Deputation of Ohio during the vote process. She returned to a standing ovation by the House of Deputies. The National Association of Episcopal Schools was congratulated on its success and 50th anniversary. Episcopal Relief & Development was likewise commended for its excellence and 75th anniversary.
The Rev. Lester V. Mackenzie, GC Chaplain from Los Angeles, lead us in song and prayer. Everyone was asked again to “turn off their WiFi, MyFi and Hotspots – we have ways of finding you!” because these interfere with the GC Virtual Binder updates. I am not sure if it was this interference but we all enjoyed the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings making an exception to nominating procedure “because of malfunction of the thingy”.
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