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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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July 05 2018 By dvirtue General Convention Leaders Praise Media in Opening Salvo

For the most part, the three Episcopal Church officers were very complimentary to the press.

"Thank you for being here and for what you do," the Presiding Bishop said starting off the press conference after "losing" the coin toss. "Part of the work of communicators is not just general communication but communicating good news and most importantly the Good News of Jesus Christ."

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July 05 2018 By dvirtue Is God male? The Episcopal Church debates whether to change its Book of Common Prayer.

And in the Episcopal Church, the language of prayer matters. The Book of Common Prayer, the text used in every Episcopal congregation, is cherished as a core element of Episcopal identity.

This week, the church is debating whether to overhaul that prayer book -- in large part to make clear that God doesn't have a gender.

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July 02 2018 By dvirtue Seven TEC Bishops bow to DEPO to accommodate same-sex marriage

"In the circumstance of disagreement regarding the actions of the (2003) 74th General Convention on issues of human sexuality, we commit ourselves to providing and to making provision for pastoral care for dissenting congregations, and we recognize that there may be a need for a bishop to delegate some pastoral oversight," the Episcopal bishops said in their 2004 document entitled 'Caring for all the Churches.' "Oversight means the episcopal acts performed as part of a diocesan bishop's min

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