Our deputies have returned from the 79th General Convention. Here are the highlights from the two-week-long trip.
Welcoming Cuba Home: Presiding Bishop Michael Curry welcomes and seats Cuba Bishop Griselda Delgado del Carpio on July 10 when the House of Bishops voted unanimously to re-admit the Episcopal Church of Cuba as a diocese of The Episcopal Church. The Cuban diocese will become a part of Province II.
The full article is here. Photo / David Paulsen
The Way of Love: During the opening Eucharist, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry celebrated and preached a powerful sermon in which he called all Episcopalians to a rule of life called “the Way of Love: Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, Rest.” An ENS story on the service, including a video of the sermon, is here; Bishop Curry’s sermon text is here; resources for The Way of Love are here.
Photo / Mike Patterson-ENS
Deputies from San Diego: The deputies from the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego to the 79th General Convention. Front Row L-R: Colin Mathewson, Polly Getz, Hanh Tran, Judy Brown, Brenda Sol. Back Row L-R: Craig Noble, Gwynn Lynch, Andrew Green, Butch Glosson, Katharine Jefferts Schori, and Penny Bridges. Each diocese sends four clergy members, four lay members, two alternates and one bishop.
From Our Deputies
- Deputy Butch Glosson, parishioner of Good Shepherd, Hemet, shared this video update about the pre-convention happenings.
- Bishop Katharine wrote this blog post at the beginning of the convention: Bidding Prayers for General Convention
- The Rev. Kirby Smith, the chief financial officer for our diocese, wrote this reflection: Our Dynamic and Ever-Changing Church
- The Rev. Cn. Allisyn Thomas, canon for spiritual formation, shared this live video from the opening Eucharist
- Deputy Judy Brown, parishioner of St. Alban’s, El Cajon, talks about her experience as a first-time deputy in this video.
- Deputy Hanh Tran, parishioner of St. Peter’s, Del Mar, shared the highlights from her experience mid-way through the convention: Voting Our Conscience at General Convention and this video reflection on being a first-time deputy.
- Deputy Andrew Green, rector of St. Paul, Palm Springs, shares from the floor of the House of Deputies in this video update
- Deputy Polly Getz, diocesan chancellor and member of St. Bartholomew’s, Poway, provides this video update on her experiences
- Deputy Gwynn Lynch, vicar of Grace, San Marcos, tells a story of lunchtime evangelism on this video update.
- Deputy Colin Mathewson, co-vicar of St. Luke’s, North Park reflects on his trip to Hutto Detention Center: A Hand Pressed Up Against the Glass
- Deputy Penny Bridges, dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral, San Diego shares this live video and this live video from the Hutto Detention Center
- Deputy Craig Noble, parishioner of Good Shepherd, Bonita, reflects on his experience as an alternate deputy in this video update.
- Bishop Katharine shares these concluding observations: General Convention: A Bit Like Brigadoon
Episcopal Revival: The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry preached at a revival meeting attended by over 2,500 people on Saturday, July 7. Interpreter Dinorah Padro assisted the presiding bishop. “The only reason to be born is to live,” Curry said. “God wants us to have life.” The ENS article contains video and text of Bishop Curry’s 43-minute sermon.
Photo / Hannah Wilder
Public Witness Against Gun Violence: The Rev. Gwynn Lynch, deputy and vicar of Grace, San Marcos participates in the public witness against gun violence on Sunday, July 8. Bishops United Against Gun Violence organized the event which drew hundreds. Read the ENS article about the Schentrups, who spoke about losing their daughter in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on February 14.
Photo / Allisyn Thomas
Hutto Protest: Over a thousand Episcopalians gathered in front of the Hutto Detention Center in Taylor, Texas on Sunday, July 8. They protested immigration policies that separate families and criminalize migrants. Bishop Curry gave a rousing address about loving our neighbor; view it on Facebook or on YouTube.
Camp Day: Monday, July 9 highlighted the work of Episcopal camps and conference centers; our deputies wore the Camp Stevens T-shirt. L-R: Richard Schori, Gwynn Lynch, Katharine Jefferts Schori, Belinda Long, Brenda Sol, Polly Getz, Hanh Tran, Colin Mathewson, Louis “Butch” Glosson, Judy Brown, Andrew Green, Craig Noble, Alex Nagy, Jim Stiven, and Carlos Garcia. Thanks to these fine deputies and visitors, our diocesan camp was well represented. Visit Camp Stevens online.
Decorated Deputy: Polly Getz, deputation chair and parishioner of St. Bartholomew’s, Poway, presented the new Title IV website on Friday, July 13 to the House of Deputies. The site organizes all of the roles and responsibilities for the different aspects of the clergy disciplinary canon. Polly also received an award of appreciation from the House of Deputies on Thursday, July 12, for her many years of service to the General Convention as parliamentarian, chancellor, and as a member of the church’s executive council. Congratulations, Polly!
Voices of Women: President of the House of Deputies Gay Jennings formed a working group of 47 women into the special committee on sexual harassment and exploitation. From a listening liturgy in which people’s stories of abuse were read aloud, to resolutions that call for more female leadership, and everything in between, the voice and witness of women impacted every aspect of the Episcopal Church. At the end of convention, the group presented a sculpture of Mary to Gay Jennings in gratitude for this work. The ENS article has more details.
Diocesan Deacon: The Rev. Seth Longacre, deacon at Holy Cross, Carlsbad, supported the Association of Episcopal Deacons by staffing their exhibit during General Convention. Deacon Longacre is a new deacon in our diocese.
From the Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs:
- United Thank Offering triennial ingathering collects more than three million dollars
- July 7 Revival sermon by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
- July 6 sermon by the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, president of the House of Deputies
- United Thank Offering grants: More than $1 million for Episcopal Church, Anglican communion mission and ministry
- TEConversations offer unique way to participate at #GC79
- Opening remarks by Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry
- Opening remarks by President of the House of Deputies, the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings
- Two live webcast shows from General Convention: Inside General Convention
- General Convention wrap-up: Following the Way of Jesus
- Convention backs evangelism spending as leaders develop tools for the Jesus Movement
- Convention lets its ‘yes’ be ‘yes,’ agreeing to give church full access to trial-use marriage rites
- General Convention unites behind immigrants, in prayer, action, legislation
- Convention approves use of expansive-language version of Rite II Eucharistic prayers
- Convention accepts $134 million three-year spending plan
- Both houses of the 79th General Convention vote unanimously to admit Cuba as a diocese
- Deputies agree with bishops on new plan for liturgical and prayer book revision
- House of Bishops proposes expanded path for Prayer Book revision
- Bishops vote unanimously to admit Cuba as a diocese
- Committee forwards three forceful immigration resolutions for votes by bishops, deputies
- Bishops adopt covenant pledging to work for equity and justice
- Episcopalians gather in public witness outside immigrant detention center
- Schentrups deliver emotional plea to end gun violence
- Presiding Bishop preaches ‘God is love and gives life’ message during Austin revival
- House of Deputies votes to begin process to revise Book of Common Prayer
- TEConversations opens with racial reconciliation
- General Convention approves compensation for deputies’ president
- Changes to parochial report draw concerns
- Committee will propose comprehensive revision of the Book of Common Prayer
- Presiding Bishop urges Episcopalians to embrace ‘Way of Love’ for spiritual growth
- Bishops lament and confess the church’s role in sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse
- Committee hears call for inclusive-language Book of Common Prayer
- Church leaders set tone for General Convention in rousing welcome to bishops, deputies (opening remarks from Presiding Bishop Curry and the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, president of the House of Deputies
- A summary guide to the major issues facing the 79th meeting of General Convention in Austin
- General Convention prepares for expansive conversations on racism and racial healing
The Episcopal Church Media Hub
The Media Hub of The Episcopal Church is located here:
On the Media Hub you will find:
- Livestreaming from both the House of Bishops and the House of Deputies
- Livestreaming of daily Eucharist services and PDFs of worship bulletins – see worship schedule here.
- Presiding Bishop Curry’s sermon on July 5 (under “Worship”; starts at minute 31:56); text of the sermon here; and the invitation to the Way of Love
- Read more about the Media Hub and what it offers
Triennial Today: News from the Women’s Triennial Meeting
- Issue 9 – July 11
- Issue 8 – July 10
- Issue 7 – July 9
- Issue 6 – July 8
- Issue 5 – July 7
- Issue 4 – July 6
- Issue 3 – July 5
- Issue 2 – July 4
- Issue 1 – July 3
What is the General Convention?
- General Convention is the governing body of The Episcopal Church, which operates as a democracy, modeled after the US congress.
- It is a bicameral legislature that includes the House of Deputies with more than 800 members (up to four clergy and four lay persons from each diocese), and the House of Bishops, with over 300 active and resigned bishops.
- General Convention gathers every three years.
- The work of General Convention includes adopting legislation of concern to the Church, amending the Book of Common Prayer, the constitution and canons of the church, adopting a budget, and electing candidates.
- The 79th General Convention took place in Austin, Texas July 5-13, 2018.
Our Deputies to General Convention
The Rev. Colin Mathewson, St. Luke’s, San Diego
This will be my third General Convention, the second as a deputy. General Convention is a chance to be reminded of how big and how small the Episcopal Church is! It feels like a family reunion and it’s fun to play at the politics of it — it is very similar in structure to Congress. We’ll also have the chance to debate some important issues, including a possible prayer book revision.
Role at GC: Secretary of #10 Congregational and Diocesan Vitality
Favorite Hymn: “For the Beauty of the Earth“
Favorite Bible Verse: Romans 12
Favorite Church Season: Advent
Pets: We have four chickens — Snowball, Butterscotch, Chiquita and Lollipop, and a fish named Rainbow.
The Very Rev. Penny Bridges, St. Paul’s Cathedral, San Diego
This will be my second General Convention. I look forward to being involved in the work of the wider church, to inspiring worship, and to reunions with friends from across the entire Episcopal Church, as well as some great barbeque in Austin.
Favorite Hymn: I don’t have a single favorite, but I love “Deck Thyself, My Soul with Gladness” and “Shine, Jesus, Shine” among others.
Favorite Bible Verse: I Corinthians 1:18 “For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”
Favorite Church Season: I love all the seasons of the church year.
Pets: I am owned by one cat called Mitzvah.
The Rev. Andrew Green, St. Paul in-the-Desert, Palm Springs
This will be my twelfth General Convention, seventh as a deputy. I have served on the legislative committee four times and will serve on the governance and structure committee this summer. I chaired the house of deputies committee on the state of the church between 2012 and 2015. I look forward to helping the Episcopal Church move forward with structural reforms that will help us serve God’s mission in the future.
Role at GC: Deputy appointed to serve on #4 Governance & Structure
Favorite Hymn: 458 “My Song is Love Unknown“
Favorite Bible Verse: John 10:10b “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”
Favorite Church Season: Depends on the year, Lent or Easter.
Pets: None. But I do have five granddaughters.
The Rev. Gwynn Lynch, Grace Church, San Marcos
This will be my third General Convention. I attended in 2009 as a visitor and in 2015 as a deputy. I look forward to being a part of the democratic process of the church. It’s a gift to us.
Favorite Hymn: “Earth and All Stars“
Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 141:3 “Set guard over my mouth, O Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.”
Favorite Church Season: Advent
Pets: Two cats, Belle and Maizey
I’ve attended General Convention only once before, just for a day. I look forward to learning more about how I can contribute to the Episcopal Church at the international level.
Favorite Hymn: “Wade in the Water“
Favorite Bible Verse: My serious answer is Micah 6:8 “He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” and my silly answer is John 21:12a, “Jesus said to them, ‘Come and have breakfast.’”
Favorite Church Season: Holy Week
Pets: Daisy and Clementine, my two feline companions, add much joy to my life!
Second Alternate: The Rev. Mark McKone-Sweet, St. Bartholomew’s, Poway
This will be my first General Convention if I go. As the third alternate I do not think I will end up making the trip to Austin, but you never know. I look forward to being of service to our diocese.
Favorite Hymns: “Down in the River and Pray” and “Morning Has Broken“
Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 89:1a “I will sing of your steadfast love, O Lord, for ever.”
Favorite Church Season: My new favorite is Lent.
Pets: One Soft-Coated Wheaton Terrier named Finnegan
Ms. Pauline Getz, St. Bartholomew’s, Poway
This will be my eighth General Convention. I look forward to meeting up with my dear friends across the church, and doing some really important business for the church.
Favorite Hymn: “The Church’s One Foundation” and “Here I Am“
Favorite Bible Verse: John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.”
Favorite Church Season: Easter
Pets: Our four-legged fur person is our Tonkanese cat named Monica
Mr. Louis W. Glosson, Good Shepherd, Hemet
This is my fourth General Convention. I look forward to worship, committee time, seeing old friends and meeting new ones.
Role at GC: member of the Structure Committee
Favorite Hymn: “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and “In Christ There Is No East or West“
Favorite Bible Passage: John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.”
Favorite Church Season: Easter
Pets: We have a West Highland Terrier who wears his white coat because he is hiding from the Wicked Witch of the North.
Ms. Hanh Tran, St. Peter’s, Del Mar
I attended General Convention as a visitor in 2006 when Katharine Jefferts Schori was elected presiding bishop. I look forward to meeting and working with other deputies in the legislative process.
Favorite Hymn: “I Am the Vine”
Favorite Bible Verse: Jeremiah 29:11 “For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.”
Favorite Church Season: Advent
Pets: I have a Japanese Chin dog named Puzzle
Ms. Judy Brown, St. Alban’s, El Cajon
This is my first time attending General Convention. I look forward to learning the process and seeing how the Episcopal Church works.
Favorite Hymn: “Here I Am“
Favorite Bible Verse: John 14:1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.”
Favorite Church Season: Advent
Pets: I have a majority custody of my daughter’s yellow lab, Marley.
First Alternate: Mr. Charles “Craig” Noble, Good Shepherd, Bonita
This will be my first General Convention. I look forward to the experience.
Favorite Hymn: “The strife is o’er, the battle done“
Favorite Bible Verse: John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.”
Favorite Church Season: Advent