This was the sixth legislative session day of the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church “GC79” (in Austin, Texas). I am with the Deputation of the Diocese of El Camino Real (Central California).
Today very early, I switched badges back with Celeste Ventura (so I became an Alternate again and she has her Delegate badge) and then in the afternoon switched badges with Tim Gee (so he became an Alternate and I became a Delegate). Tim and I will switch back early tomorrow. There are only two short windows of time each day when such switches can be made.
The morning joint session between the House of Deputies and House of Bishops was a TEConversation on the care of creation, with interesting speakers and music and discussion. The El Camino Real Deputation met again on the Alternates side of the curtain so that all could participate. Particularly notable among the presenters was Bernadette Demientieff of the Gwich’in Nation, Fort Yukon, Alaska, who said: “Our children deserve to see creation as it was in the beginning, not just when we are done with it.”
After several failed attempts to make progress, a whole set of elections had to be postponed to tomorrow so that the Virtual Binder could be updated. This was apparently not because of iPad software or hardware problems (of which there have been few) but because the candidate biographies were not submitted in time. The Virtual Binder system has drastically reduced the amount of paper used by GC79 – a very welcome change!
While the House of Deputies was passing important resolutions on inclusive language and support for transgender/non-binary church members, the House of Bishops made history by approving reunification with the Church of Cuba and seating Bishop Griselda Delgado Del Carpio of Cuba. She was welcomed by our Bishop Mary (and became the 8th diocesan female Bishop).
For dinner, I attended the University of the South barbecue and had a very interesting discussion with the most senior Education for Ministry online mentor. She and I plan to keep in touch about our work with EfM!
These blog posts and other GC79 news are posted on the Diocese of El Camino Real website.
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