Mood Of Convention Reflects Ubuntu
Episcopal News Service, July 17
The 76th General Convention closed with many participants saying the gathering lived its theme.

Presiding Bishop Tells Convention To Spread The ‘Good News’ At Home
Episcopal News Service, July 17
In the final hours on the final day the Presiding Bishop reminded all of the power of words.

Convention Calls For Collection Of ‘Resources’ For Same-Gender Blessing
Episcopal News Service, July 17
Resolution authorizes a process that invites church-wide participation in collecting and developing theological resources and liturgies.

Diocese on Record As Opposing Same-Gender Blessing Resolution

All four Pittsburgh clergy deputes opposed the measure; lay deputies were split 2-2.

Presiding Officers Explain Convention Actions in Letter To Canterbury
Episcopal News Service, July 17
"We understand Resolution D025 to be more descriptive than prescriptive“ wrote the Presiding Bishop and the House of Deputies President.

Deputies Consider Youth, Mission Activity, Defense Of Marriage Act

Episcopal News Service, July 17
Pittsburgh’s Joan Gundersen says committee saw matter as a civil right, not a theological issue.

Convention Adopts Severely Reduced Triennial Budget
Episcopal News Service, July 16
The $141 million budget asks for less money from dioceses and drastically reduces church-wide spending by $23 million.

Bishops Delay Decision On Retired Bishops’ Voice And Vote
Episcopal News Service, July 16
The issue will not resurface until another "first reading" at the next General Convention, where, if passed, it will require approval again in 2015.

Continuing Dioceses: The Church Is Alive And Well

Episcopal News Service, July 16
Attendees from four dioceses, including Pittsburgh, reflect on their Convention experience and what they hope to take back home.

Episcopalian Gay Bishops Decision Confounds Activists
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 16
Leaders in the Pittsburgh Diocese say the vote acknowledges that the Episcopal Church already has gay priests and a partnered gay bishop.

Deputation On Both Sides Of Ordination Issue
Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh, July 16
Three of the four lay deputies voted in favor of Resolution D025. The four clergy deputies were evenly split.

Bishops Call For ‘Resources’ For Same-Gender Blessing
Episcopal News Service, July 15
The House of Bishops voted "to acknowledge changing circumstances" that call forth a renewed pastoral response particularly those in dioceses within civil jurisdictions where same-gender unions are legal.

Committee Proposes $23 Million Budget Cut, Reduction In Diocesan Asking

Episcopal News Service, July 15, 2009
Shorter General Convention, staff layoffs could be part of the impact.

Deputies Approve Lay Pension Plan, Covenant Study
Episcopal News Service, July 15, 2009
A wide range of resolutions is addressed before the deadline on action requiring concurrence of the House of Bishops.

Convention Accepts Revised Ministry Discipline Canons

Episcopal News Service, July 15, 2009
The revision of Title IV applies only to clergy and not laity.

Deputies Reject Litigation Resolution, Approve Ecumenical Agreement And Communications Study
Episcopal News Service, July 14, 2009
Deputies defeated a resolution to disclose the costs of property litigation.

Convention Approves Resolution Affirming Openness Of Ordination Process
Episcopal News Service, July 14, 2009
The House of Deputies concurred with a House of Bishops version of Resolution D025, with 72% of both lay and clergy in favor.

Bishops affirm openness of ordination process
Episcopal News Service, July 13, 2009
After more than two hours of discussion, the House of Bishops voted 99-45 to approve an amended Resolution D-25, which opens "any ordained ministry" to gay and lesbian people.

Consent Given For Ecuador Central Bishop Consecration
Episcopal News Service, July 13, 2009
The House of Deputies gave its consent to the consecration of the Rev. Luis Fernando Ruiz after a morning of passionate debate.

Bishops Adopt $3.5 Million Plan To Evangelize Latinos/Hispanics
Episcopal News Service, July 13, 2009
Despite concern that the money might not materialize, the House of Bishops called for a commitment that includes creating 46 new congregations over the next three years.

It’s Not Your Grandmother’s Altar Guild
Episcopal News Service, July 13, 2009

The faces behind the ministry are more diverse than some might expect.

Bishops Approve Denominational Health Plan
Episcopal News Service, July 12, 2009
If adopted by House of Deputies, every diocese and parish would offer health insurance to full-time clergy and lay employees by 2012.

Deputies Support Fully-inclusive Ordination Process, Commitment To Communion
Episcopal News Service, July 12, 2009

By more than a 2-1 margin, Deputies approved a response to the 2006 General Convention’s call for restraint concerning the election of bishops whose "manner of life" would cause offense to the wider Anglican Communion. The measure now goes to the House of Bishops.

Eucharist Highlights Episcopal Pageantry, UTO Mission
Episcopal News Service, July 12, 2009
The General Convention’s Sunday service was somewhat different from the thousands that occurred around the church that day.

B033-related Legislation To Move To House Of Deputies
Episcopal News Service, July 11, 2009
An amended resolution is expected to advance despite a split committee vote, where deputies voted 24-2 in favor and bishops rejected it 3-2.

House Of Deputies Leadership Re-elected
Episcopal News Service, July 11, 2009
Bonnie Anderson and the Rev. Brian Prior have been re-elected to serve as president and vice president for another three-year term.

Budget Committee Asks For Ideas To Meet Funding Gap
Episcopal News Service, July 11, 2009
The committee invited Episcopalians to come up with "imaginative and realistic" ideas about how to pay for the ministry in the next three years, given that its income may be down $15 million.

Resolution B033 Continues To Spark Passionate Debate
Episcopal News Service, July 10, 2009
A second meeting of the Deputies’ Committee of the Whole saw passion and commitment about the impact of a resolution calling for restraint in electing bishops that would cause concern for the Anglican Communion.

Pittsburgh Diocese Gives Unexpected Gift
Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh, July 10, 2009
A bishop had thought this diocese was on the losing side of a sports bet.

Young Adults’ Message: ‘We ARE Here!’
Episcopal News Service, July 10, 2009
The Young Adult Festival has a single message to General Convention: "We are here and we are committed to the Episcopal Church."

Mandatory Lay Pensions Get Committee Endorsement
Episcopal News Service, July 10, 2009
The Church Pension Fund committee unanimously recommended establishing a mandatory pension system for lay employees.

Committee Hears Opinions On Future Of Church Communications
Episcopal News Service, July 09, 2009
Testimony includes transforming Episcopal Life into a quarterly.

Testimony Is Overwhelmingly In Favor Of Moving Beyond B033
Episcopal News Service, July 09, 2009
A majority of bishops, deputies, visitors and others who testified before a World Mission Committee public hearing indicated they hope the Episcopal Church will move beyond resolution B033, which called for restraint on the consecration of gay bishops.

Budget Committee Hears Episcopalians Ask For Hope, Symbols, Money
Episcopal News Service, July 09, 2009
Warning that the Episcopal Church ought to expect "severely reduced income for the next triennium," the committee listened to a cross section of the church explain why their ministries and causes should be funded.

Archbishop Thanks Church Women For ‘Sharing Prayers, Care And Experience’
Episcopal News Service, July 9, 2009
Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams addressed the ECW and commended them for "sharing their prayers, care and experience" to strengthen the bonds that tie the Anglican Communion together.

Opening Day For Episcopal Church Women Marked By Firsts
Episcopal News Service, July 9, 2009
The 46th Episcopal Women’s Triennial Meeting opened July 8 with its traditional greeting from the church’s presiding bishop. This just happened to be the first time they were greeted by another woman.

‘Holy Women, Holy Men’ Is Approved By Liturgy And Music Committees
Episcopal News Service, July 9, 2009
The Prayer Book, Liturgy and Music committees recommended adoption of additions to the church calendar and accompanying prayers and Scripture readings for trial use during the next triennium.

Global Economics A ‘Crisis Of Truthfulness,’ Archbishop Of Canterbury Tells Convention
Episcopal News Service, July 8, 2009
During the last six to nine months, Williams said, "we have suddenly discovered we have been lying to ourselves.

Anderson Calls Convention To Deeper Sense Of Mission
Episcopal News Service, July 7, 2009
House of Deputies President called deputies and bishops to a deeper sense of mission to the poor in her opening presentation to General Convention.

Presiding Bishop To Church: ‘We Will Fail If We Choose Business As Usual’
Episcopal News Service, July 7, 2009
The 76th General Convention can regard challenges as opportunities for togetherness, or choose "business as usual" and fail, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori told a joint session of bishops and deputies.

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