Category: TEC

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Tangled Up in Blue: Memorials

We haven’t used memorials in a while, which explains why plenty of bishops and deputies had forgotten that such a thing exists. Gay Jennings has been among those urging the revival of this venerable instrument. Memorials provide a way to shape conversation without resorting to resolutions. At their best, memorials can guide our whole church into new places.

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Tangled Up in Blue: Evangelism and church growth

We are considering resolutions which might bring about transformational change in our church, in many lives, and indeed in the whole world. When we preach the Good News and share it, when we take seriously our work as disciples of Jesus Christ, all sorts of good things happen. Yes, parliamentary procedure can lead to all this. We’ll be looking at three great evangelism resolutions from deputies in this post.

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Tangled Up in Blue: Holy Communion and liturgical miscellany

Several dioceses have submitted resolutions on liturgical matters, including resolutions on encouraging the communion of unbaptized people. There are also resolutions for a constitutional amendment and edits to the baptismal covenant. The topic of communion without regard to baptism is an important one, so I hope everyone will pray, study, and listen before voting.

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10 things to love about General Convention

Even and especially in the middle of mind-numbing parliamentary maneuvers, Jesus is there. Even and especially when we disagree, Jesus is there. When we gather for daily Eucharist, Jesus is there. When we meet friends for a meal, Jesus is there. When we are challenged with new ideas or we challenge others with our ideas, Jesus is there.

Tangled Up in Blue: Budget resolutions

The budget is where the rubber hits the road. If you want to see the values of any organization, look at its budget. At General Convention, the budgeting process usually takes center stage (or close to it) and rightly so. If you’re new to General Convention, you’ll be learning a whole host of acronyms and abbreviations. Make sure you learn PB&F.

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Tangled Up in Blue: Provinces

While our nine provinces certainly do some good, they also add a layer of polity that we should be able to trim way to free up resources of time and money for other work. It’s important that no one think that I or anyone else would say provinces do no good. Rather, the opportunity cost of keeping them is higher than what they accomplish.

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Tangled Up in Blue: Rules of Order

Our current President of the House of Deputies, the Rev’d Gay Jennings, has expressed her desire to reform the way the House of Deputies does business — and also to work for General Convention as a whole to legislate more efficiently. Some of this work can be done simply in the way the PHoD carries out her work. Much of the reform effort relies on streamlined and revised Rules of Order for the House of Deputies.