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80th General Convention

July 8 - July 11

The 80th General Convention of the Episcopal Church will be held from Friday, July 8 – Monday, July 11, at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD

Originally scheduled for July of 2021, the 80th General Convention was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for more information about the General Convention.

 

News from the General Convention – click here for reports and photos from the convention floor!

GC80 COVID Tests and Masks

Photo by Katy Dickinson

“This will be a very different General Convention – but looking forward to it!”
— Katy Dickinson, Deputy to the Convention

 

General Convention 80 Logo

Below are the daily reports from the El Camino Real attendees of the 80th General Convention in Baltimore.

Jeff Diehl and Rev. Barbara Miller

Photos by Jeff Diehl

8:00 am PST – Deputies Rev. Barbara Miller and Jeff Diehl waited for Rev. Ruth Casipit Paguio to sprint across Denver airport to catch their flight to Baltimore. She made it!

Many of our deputies had to endure delayed/canceled flights on their way to the General Convention. Many arrived in the wee hours of the morning after traveling all day.

 

 

 

 

Tim Gee and Welcome Sign

Photo by Tim Gee

Deputy Tim Gee shows off his shiny new badge for GC80.
Tim was recently elected as the Province VIII representative to the Executive Council.

The Executive Council is the national body that administers the program and policies adopted by the General Convention. It was called the National Council from 1919-1964. It is currently composed of twenty members elected by General Convention, eighteen members elected by the Provincial Synods, and the following ex officio members: the presiding bishop, the president of the House of Deputies, and the vice president, secretary, and treasurer of the Executive Council. Members are elected to six-year terms with half the membership elected each triennium. The body must have specified numbers of bishops, presbyters, and lay persons. The council meets at least three times each year.

 

Face Masks Required Sign

Photo by Tim Gee

Convention attendees must wear masks for COVID safety

All attendees had to send proof of vaccination before attending the convention. In addition to that requirement attendees must always wear masks in the convention hall and shared areas of the hotel. Finally, they must administer rapid COVID tests upon checking into the hotel and every morning of the convention. They’re not taking any chances!

 

 

 

 

 

Deputies check inPart of the El Camino Real Deputation checks in to the Convention

After showing proof of a negative rapid test, Rev. Rob Keim, Jeff Diehl, Rev. Barbara Miller, and Rev. Ruth Casipit Paguio are allowed to get their convention materials. From what we’ve been told, the SWAG isn’t too bad this year!

Convention SWAG Table

Photos by Katy Dickinson

 

 

 

 

Jeff Diehl and Rev. Rob Keim

Photo by Rev. Ruth Casipit Paguio

Rev. Rob Keim and Jeff Diehl stand by the El Camino Real Deputation Table.

It is a tradition to decorate the standard sign every convention, so there will be more detailed photos of that pole to come! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

House of Bishops at Convention

Photo by Bishop Lucinda Ashby

Bishop Lucinda’s view at the House of Bishops meeting at Convention.

Not quite the small space Bishop Lucinda was expecting, but they got right down to business.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tim Gee Reads Necrology

Photo by Katy Dickinson

Deputy Tim Gee reads the necrology at the Opening Eucharist.
Opening Eucharist GC80

Photo by Rev. Rob Keim

Opening Eucharist as seen from the Deputies section of the House of Deputies.

 

 

 

 

 

BishopsAgainstGunViolence GC80

Photo by Katy Dickinson

Bishops United Against Gun Violence lead a procession outside the convention center in Baltimore near where a man was shot and killed Thursday.

Bishop Lucinda attended the gathering. Bishop Deon Johnson lead a litany in the wake of the killing, and Presiding Bishop Michael Curry also gave a very inspiring address.

Click here to read about the procession.

Convention Deputation and Bishop Lucinda

Photo by Katy Dickinson

The Deputation met up at for dinner together after a very eventful first day.

From left to right:
Rev. Rob Keim, Jeff Diehl, Rev. Barbara Miller, Bishop Lucinda Ashby, Davison Hogan, Rev. Ruth Casipit Paguio, Rev. Maly Hughes, Tim Gee, Nancy Cohen, Katy Dickinson

 

 

Deputy Katy Dickinson has a blog also detailing the 80th General Convention and has an entry for today. Click here to go to her blog page.

 

Deputations in absentia

Photo by Jeff Diehl

Some deputations were unable to attend because of COVID travel restrictions. We pray that we will all be together for the 81st convention.

 

House of Deputies President Ballots

Photo by Rob Keim

Today was full of elections in the House of Deputies.

The most important of which was the election of Julia Ayala Harris as the President of the House of Deputies. Click here to read about the new president.

 

House of Deputies President Ballots

Photo by Rob Keim

John McCray-Goldsmith was elected as a Trustee to the Church Pension Fund.

 

Jeff Diehl speaks in House of Deputies

Photo by Katy Dickinson

Deputy Jeff Diehl spoke to the House of Deputies about the math on the Lay Executive Council Vote.

Lots of voting today!

House of Deputies

Photo from GC80 Media Pool

House of Deputies
In addition to the elections listed above, the House of Deputies elected:

 

Treasurer of General Convention:

Kurt Barnes

 

Church Pension Fund Trustees:

Cynthia Kittredge
Sandye Wilson
Sandra McPhee
David Alvarez
Ian Douglas
Brian Prior
Anne Vickers
Gawain de Leeuw
John McCray-Goldsmith
Amy Haynie
Gregory Rickel
Brendan Barnicle

 

Lay Court of Review:

Laura Russell
Delbert Glover
Grecia Reynoso
Julie Larsen
Brunilda Rodriguez-Velez
L. Zoe Cole
Julian Bivins, Jr.

 

Executive Council (Lay members)

Diane Audrick Smith
Sandra Montes
Joe McDaniel, Jr.
Annette Buchanan
Scott Haight
Tivuan Cooper

Executive Council (Clergy members)

Rev. Charles Graves
Rev. Deborah Jackson

 

Trustees of General Seminary (Lay trustees)

Michael Braxton
Noreen Duncan

 

Trustees of General Seminary (Clergy trustees)

Rev. T. James Kodera
Rev. Richard Norman, Jr.

 

House of Deputies Committee on the State of the Church

Photo by Jeff Diehl

The Rev. Chris Rankin-Williams of California (via Zoom) along with Deputy Louisa McKellaston of Chicago, presented the report of the House of Deputies Committee on the State of the Church (HODCSC–pronounced hot sauce).

 

Rev. Chris Rankin praised Deputy News and their new TikTok videos. That and their live blog of the floor sessions have not only been helpful for communicating events as they happen, but are also very entertaining. Click here to go to DeputyNews.org. The live blog is very informative! Click here to see their TikTok video about the HODCSC.

The committee urged collection of better data to measure church membership and attendance.

The House of Deputies applauded the presentation.

 

Resolutions voted on in the afternoon session
Click on the number for more information on the resolution.

 

A097 – Passed
A098 – Passed
A099 – Referred for further study
Amendment FA010 – Adopted
A132 – Passed
Amendment F0123 – Adopted
A155 – Passed
A156 – Passed
Amendment FA009 – Adopted
D054 – Failed
Amendment FA023 – Failed
Amendment 032 – Adopted
A001 – Passed
Amendment 013 – Failed
Amendment 022 –  Adopted

Resolutions voted on in the evening session
Click on the number for more information on the resolution.

 

D050 – Passed Unanimously to great applause
A063 – Passed
A154 – Passed

 

Vice president to be voted on tomorrow. Candidates are Deputies Rachel Taber-Hamilton of Olympia and Edwin Johnson of Massachusetts.

The House of Deputies will reconvene at 10 am following the Eucharist.

 

 

Deputy Katy Dickinson has a blog also detailing the 80th General Convention and has an entry for today. Click here to go to her blog page.

There were 7 more positive COVID cases reported this morning making a total of 15 positive cases since the beginning of convention. People who have tested positive are quarantining in their hotels and there are support systems in place to make sure they are cared for.

 

Voting Screen

Photo by Jeff Diehl

The House of Deputies voted to commemorate Barbara Harris’ Consecration.

Resolution C023 directs the inclusion of the observance of the consecration of Bishop Barbara Clementine Harris, first woman bishop in the Anglican Communion in the Lesser Feasts & Fasts … and authorize[s] trial use … for the triennial 2023-2024 to be observed on February 11. The Diocese of El Camino Real was involved in this getting resolution to the floor.

 

Front Screen

Photo by Rob Keim

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and President Rev. Gay Clarke Jennings lead the joint session of the House of Bishops and the House of Deputies today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Projection Screens

Photo by Katy Dickinson

Afternoon connectivity issues wreaked havoc on voting. Several resolutions have been put off until tomorrow because the votes could not be tabulated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rachel Taber-Hamilton is the first ordained woman to be elected VP of the House of Deputies.

 

 

 

The afternoon session was interrupted to celebrate retiring president Gay Clarke Jennings with humor and love.

 

From the Deputy News live blog:

“Deputy Sally Johnson, chancellor to the president, is taking a point of personal privilege whether the president likes it or not. She’s up to something humorous, if her tone of voice is any indication.

Deputy Johnson’s speech, humorous and over the top leads to the House rising to give the president a standing ovation to commemorate her 10 years as president and 31 years in the House.

Bryan Krislock, the parliamentarian is extolling Gay for her mentorship. “The poise and demeanor and manner in which she conducts herself in this house is exemplary.”

The House is watching a video from John Bercow, former Speaker of the House of Commons. He is “ordering” Gay to celebrate her tenure in extravagant fashion. He says his order must be heeded at once. And the celebration must be “financed elsewhere.”

He works in the word “chuntering” and then “condign.” And then Trollope novels about church politics! “Above which I am sure you have stood.”

“Onwards and upwards, I say.”

Deputy Debra Bennett of the Diocese of Ohio is at the mic. “I have arrived with a word of gratitude.” She praises Gay’s generosity, ready wit and wise counsel in “raising up leaders.”

“We are grateful for your ministry and your leadership these ten years. We are who we are because of who you are. And so we say thank you.”

Deputy Sam Candler: Gay Jennings, thank you, thank you, thank you. “You answered the call with faithfulness and strength and endurance.”

He says she has spoken on matters of equity and justice “with the progressive spirit of Jesus.”

“May God continue to bless your art history. May God bless your ministry. Amen.”

We fear the liveblog has swallowed our transcription of President-elect Julia Ayala Harris’s moving tribute to Gay. She spoke of Gay calling her to tell her she was on the Task Force to Re-Imagine the Episcopal Church, and how amazed she was that Gay knew so much about her.

Sally Johnson regales the House with all the positions that Gay was the first ordained woman to hold.

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Bishop Bonnie Perry and Bishop Sean Rowe are in the House via video telling us their favorite Gay Jennings story.

Perry talks about recognizing at the General Convention in 2006 that you needed Gay on any team you fielded if you wanted to get things done.

Rowe talks about a time he called her with a difficult problem and she told him she had one thing to say to him: Man up.

Jennings thanks the House from the bottom of her heart, and there is another standing ovation.”

 

Photo by Rob Keim

 

 

 

 

 

Resolutions voted on in the morning session
Click on the number for more information on the resolution.

 

Amendment FA006 – Adopted
A048 – Passed
Amendment FA036 – Adopted
C023 – Passed
A138 – Passed
FA002 – Failed
FA030 – Adopted
A146 – Passed
A148 – Passed
A149 – Passed
A150 – Passed
A151 – Passed
A152 – Passed
A147 – Passed
A153 – Passed

 

Elections

 

Court of Review

Province I – III: Carrie Schofield-Broadbent, Chris Wendell
Provinces IV through VI: Lisa Kirby, d’Rue Hazel
Provinces VII through IX: Lisa Burns, Rodney Davis

 

Resolutions voted on in the evening session
Click on the number for more information on the resolution.

 

A228 – Passed
Amendment FA037 – Failed
A059 – Passed
A145 – Passed
A008 – Passed
A007 – Passed

 

 

The end of the evening session was spent thanking people who have been instrumental in this and prior General Conventions:

Bryan Krislock, parliamentarian of the House.
Deputy Thomas Little of Vermont, the vice parliamentarian
The Rev. Nina R. Pooley, Voting Secretary

 

 

Deputy Katy Dickinson has a blog also detailing the 80th General Convention and has an entry for today. Click here to go to her blog page.

There were 12 more positive COVID cases reported this morning making a total of 26 positive cases since the beginning of convention.  Doctor Coldren said that without precautions they were expecting 76 cases. The masks and other safeguards have made a difference.

The Executive Council was critical in ensuring there was funding to hire a public health advisor for the convention and that has shown itself to be worth the expense.

 

Even the GC80 Pigeon is wearing a mask! Photo by Katy Dickinson

 

 

 

 

 

Elections

Court of Review

Clergy Alternate – Gregory Jacobs

Lay Members

Provinces I-III
Laura Russell
Delbert Glover

Provinces IV-VI
L. Zoe Cole
Sharon Henes

Provinces VII – IX
Grecia Reynoso
Brunilda Rodriguez-Velez

Lay Alternate – Julie Larsen

 

Disciplinary Board for Bishops

Lay members – William Fleener, Jr., Julie Larsen

Clergy members – Gregory Jacobs, Christopher Wendell

 

 

Resolutions considered today

 

A138 – Passed
Amendment FA042 – Adopted
Amendment FA050 – Adopted
X017 – Passed
A236 – Passed
A182 – Passed

 

 

Photo by Katy Dickinson

The deputation from Puerto Rico thanked President Gay Clark Jennings for her efforts to include them in the leadership of our one church. There was not a dry eye in the house.

 

 

 

 

At the conclusion of the legislative session President Gay Clark Jennings checked in with the Presiding Bishop letting them know they could adjourn.

Afterwards there were several proposals, including adding Dr. Rodney Coldren to the Lesser Fasts and Feasts calendar. He sent one last reminder that attendees could test positive for up to 5 days after the Convention, so they should keep testing and take precautions.

 

 

Photo by Katy Dickinson

President Gay Clark Jennings handed the gavel over to President-Elect Ayala Harris and the convention was adjourned to thunderous applause.

 

 

 

 

 

The contest for the best decorated Deputation Standard did not take place this year. We blame COVID.

We think ours would have won though!

 

Deputy Katy Dickinson has a blog also detailing the 80th General Convention and has an entry for today. Click here to go to her blog page.
Today was a travel day for the El Camino Real Deputation. We pray for traveling mercies for them all!

Photo by Rev. Rob Keim

Photo by Katy Dickinson

Photo by Katy Dickinson
Photo by Jeff Diehl
The El Camino Real Deputation had many wonderful greetings and gatherings at General Convention 80 in Baltimore!

Photo by Katy Dickinson


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Photo by Jeff Diehl


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Start:
July 8
End:
July 11
80th General Convention