From the Bishop: General Convention Prepration 2015
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ –
The General Convention of our Episcopal Church meets in Salt Lake City from June 23 – July 3. This once every three years gathering is a beautiful and unique aspect of our church polity (and even our sacramental theology) as we seek to convene as the body of Christ in a council that is almost as wonderfully diverse as our whole Episcopal Church. The convention will include daily worship offerings, hearings and debate on a wide variety of legislative issues, and caucuses of every imaginable stripe as members of the body seek to support and nurture one another in the variety of ministries to which we’re called as a Church and as individual disciples of Christ.
This year there are a number of particularly important issues before General Convention. We will consider the work of the Task Force to Re-imagine the Episcopal Church, and ultimately vote on a variety of proposals that could substantially change our denominational governance and administrative structures. We will continue our work around celebrating the lives and ministries of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender people in the Church, including conversation and legislative action around same-sex marriage. The members of the House of Bishops will elect a new Presiding Bishop who will take office for a nine year term beginning later this year. I expect conversations around discipleship, environmental stewardship, and the prevention of gun violence will also be important to the work of this convention.
General Convention is always worth paying attention to and it will inevitably garner the attention (if briefly) of the national media. For those of you who wish to stay daily up-to-date and to keep track of what’s happening beneath the headlines, you can follow much of the work of convention at several on-line outlets. Here are some links to help:
– The official Website of the General Convention will include streaming videocast of some events – http://www.generalconvention.org
– Center Aisle is an opinion journal published daily during General Convention by the Diocese of Virginia – http://centeraisle.net/about/
– The Living Church will provide daily news and commentary at – http://www.livingchurch.org
– We will additionally post photos to our Diocese of Nebraska Facebook page every day, so that you can see what we’re up to on the ground in SLC.
Please pray for all the deputies of General Convention – and especially your Nebraska deputation – as we seek after the guidance of the Holy Spirit in the days to come!
Faithfully Yours in Christ –
+ Bishop Barker