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July 09 2018 By dvirtue AUSTIN, TX: Orange is not a liturgical color

First on the agenda was a midmorning public witness event, a gathering of the Bishops United Against Gun Violence at Brush Square Park in Austin. The park, considered a shady downtown oasis, is across the street from the Austin Convention Center, which overlooks the Colorado River as it snakes through Austin.

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July 09 2018 By dvirtue AUSTIN, TX: Integrity Renamed "The Episcopal Rainbow"

The announcement was made during the group's Integrity Eucharist on July 8. The service of Holy Communion is held concurrently with General Convention every three years and attended by several hundred LGBT persons and supporters at the JW Marriott near the Austin Convention Center.

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July 09 2018 By dvirtue RIP: 1979 Book of Common Prayer about to fade into history

"Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, That the 79th General Convention authorize the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music, plus two members or representatives from Province IX of The Episcopal Church, one being a bishop of said province and one being a clergy or lay representative of said province, to undertake comprehensive revision of The Book of Common Prayer 1979 ..."

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July 08 2018 By dvirtue AUSTIN, TX: Episcopal Church forgot about company manners

The Episcopal Church has congregations in Europe: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland; in the Caribbean: the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Haiti; in the Pacific: Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands in Micronesia and Taiwan; in South America: Columbia, Ecuador and Venezuela; and Honduras in Central America.

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July 08 2018 By dvirtue AUSTIN, TX: Episcopalians Take Step Towards Revising Book of Common Prayer

In vote by orders, the convention's House of Deputies adopted an amended version of Resolution A068, Plan for the Revision of the Book of Common Prayer, 63 for, 30 against and 17 divided in the clergy order and 69 for, 26 against and 15 divided amongst the lay order. Most of the 110 diocesan delegations have eight deputies, half of which are clergy and half are laity.

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July 07 2018 By dvirtue Race, Immigration Take Center Stage at Episcopal General Convention

On Sunday, a group from General Convention will bus to the T. Don Hutto Residential Center in nearby Taylor, Texas to conduct a worship service in front of the facility. The center, first opened in 2006, is used to detain non-U.S. citizens awaiting the outcome of their immigration status.

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July 07 2018 By dvirtue Deans Oppose Seminary Investigation

"There is a desperate need for independent institutions and independent initiatives to work interdependently and accountably," said Lisa Kimball, associate dean of lifelong learning at Virginia Theological Seminary. "In my opinion, however, a mandated resolution that begins with the word investigationand establishes an external body is far more likely to foster skepticism, resentment, suspicion, and ultimately resistance."

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July 06 2018 By dvirtue MADURAI, India: High Court sentences Tamilnadu CSI bishop to 15 days' imprisonment

Allowing a contempt petition filed by four members of the diocese, the judge also set aside the first phase of elections held 17 June, three days after the court had stayed the process.

He held the bishop guilty on two counts of conducting the elections to diocese despite a stay order issued by the court and for not including the names of the four petitioners in the voters' list, as directed.

The judge, however, said the sentences would run concurrently.

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July 06 2018 By dvirtue #MeToo movement hits Episcopal General Convention

"We know these stories," said Bishop Dede Duncan-Probe (XI Central New York). "But we have never heard these stories in a liturgy."

The Central New York bishop is the chair of the House of Bishops' Pastoral Response to #MeToo Planning Team. She planned and orchestrated the service.

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry led the assemblage in a litany recognizing corporate wrong doing.

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July 06 2018 By dvirtue Conservative bishops have impossible job at General Convention

These men are faced with an impossible task: to "earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the Saints" in the face of overwhelming odds. The dilemma is how to maintain the ideal in the face of reality. Or rather, the question is can they maintain the ideal -- the biblical understanding of marriage -- in the face of current reality?

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