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November 12, 2019 | by Susan Brown Snook

The Rt. Rev. Susan Brown Snook, fifth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, preached this sermon during the convention eucharist at the 46th Annual Diocesan Convention that took place at St. Margaret’s, Palm Desert. You will be my witnesses, says Jesus. You are witnesses. A witness is someone who saw or experienced something […]

February 5, 2019 | by Hannah Wilder

These are a few reflections from people who participated in the electing convention for our fifth bishop. The Rev. Mark McKone-Sweet, rector of St. Bartholomew’s, Poway, the site of the electing convention, writes: “I just arrived home and the rains began to pour down on San Diego. I feel the like I was showered by […]

November 14, 2018 | by Katharine Jefferts Schori

Our calendar of saints remembers Leo the Great today, even though I don’t think there’s a single Episcopal church named for him. He lived from about 400 to 461, at a time when the Roman Empire was falling apart. He was well-educated and was ordained a deacon to serve as a financial administrator and ensure […]

November 14, 2018 | by Katharine Jefferts Schori

Good afternoon, fearless love diocese! This diocese may be headquartered in San Diego, yet we include communities from as far north as Lake Elsinore, Menifee, and Hemet, east to Indio, Brawley, and Yuma, and south to the border. In earlier days, this might have been called the southmost diocese in upper California. How we name […]

July 19, 2018 | by Hannah Wilder

The Way of Love In a sermon to the 79th annual General Convention of The Episcopal Church, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry invited the Church into a new three-year initiative called The Way of Love, which centers on seven practices for cultivating a Jesus-centered life. Watch Bishop Curry’s invitation here. We at Building Faith are excited […]

July 12, 2018 | by Katharine Jefferts Schori

Some people think General Convention is a bit like Brigadoon, a small city that appears for a day and then fades away into the mist for the next hundred years.  General Convention has a shorter shelf life, but there’s something apt about the comparison.  The residents gather, reconnect, love and celebrate, avoid changing anything, and […]

July 11, 2018 | by Colin Mathewson

On Sunday a thousand General Convention-goers drove to the small town of Taylor, Texas to protest the administration’s policy of separating migrant families arrested at the border. Stepping out of the air-conditioned bus we confronted a heavy, humid heat as we made our way to a grassy assembly area five hundred yards away from the […]

July 8, 2018 | by Hanh Tran

Greetings from the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas. It has been extraordinary experience for me to be one of the lay deputy serving this particular General Convention for many reasons.  First of all I got to see many  old friends from around the country, overseas and meet new friends. I […]

July 8, 2018 | by Kirby Smith

One of the great pleasures of attending General Convention is getting to see old friends and make new ones.  When I entered the visitors’ section of the House of Deputies today, I saw an old friend from another diocese.  There was a lull in the action on the floor, so we started chatting, catching up […]

July 3, 2018 | by Katharine Jefferts Schori

General Convention opens tomorrow at the Austin (TX) Convention Center.  This is the 79th gathering of The Episcopal Church (TEC).  The first one was held in 1785 in Philadelphia, with two more held the next year.  After 1786 they have usually been held every three years.  It’s not only a massive family gathering, with stellar […]