July 11 dispatches from 79th General Convention in Austin

July 11, 2018

[Episcopal News Service – Austin, Texas] Much happens each day during General Convention. To complement Episcopal News Service’s primary coverage, we have collected some additional news items from July 11.

Episcopal News Service Managing Editor Lynette Wilson interviews Cuba Bishop Griselda Delgado del Carpio via Spanish-language interpreter Dinorah Padro during a special edition of Inside General Convention. Photo: Melodie Woerman/Episcopal News Service

Special edition of Inside General Convention focuses on Cuba

Lynette Wilson, reporter and managing editor for Episcopal News Service, interviewed Cuba Bishop Griselda Delgado del Carpio and Western North Carolina Bishop Jose McGlouglin about the House of Bishops’ and House of Deputies’ historic vote to admit the Episcopal Church in Cuba as a diocese.


What once was lost can now be found

With as many as 10,000 busy people scurrying around the Austin Convention Center and surrounding hotels for committee meetings, legislative sessions, Exhibit Hall shopping and chance encounters with friends, it’s inevitable that some of them will misplace some of their belongings. Some of that paraphernalia winds up lining the counter of the Information Center.

The size of the lost water bottles collection waxes and wanes as people come to the Information Center to claim their hydration device. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service

With participants being warned to keep hydrated under the blazing Texas sun, water bottles and sunglasses are the most common stragglers, according to volunteer Louise Horner of Marysville, Missouri. Two folding hand fans were in the lost and found the morning of July 11.

Horner said the Information Center volunteers also have a small collection of single earrings.

Some larger items go astray at times. Volunteer Beth Deleery of Austin said one participant jokingly stopped by to see if the volunteers could look for her spouse.=

And, ever the theologians, some convention participants, invoking the information services of the booth, have asked if any of the volunteers know the meaning of life.

— Mary Frances Schjonberg

Mothers, babies reunited on House of Deputies floor

The Rev. Jenny Replogle, Chicago, speaks in favor of Resolution D087 while holding her son Rowan. Photo: Canticle Communications

A July 5 misunderstanding of the Rules of Order that allowed for the President of the House of Deputies’ discretion to permit babies to accompany deputies onto the floor has been clarified by the passing of Resolution D087 on July 11 of the 79thGeneral Convention. The resolution spells out who is permitted on the floor, and now includes “infants under 1 year of age with a parent or guardian who is a deputy; children over 1 year old who require nursing or bottle-feeding only while feeding; and caregivers of children to bring a child to a feeding parent when the child needs to be fed, escorted in and out as directed by the President.” A “designated feeding area” will be present on the house floor that provides for voting access, but a parent will not be required to use it.

– Sharon Tillman

Bishops approve task force on theology of social justice

The House of Bishops, meeting during the 79thGeneral Convention, on July 11 adopted a resolution that attempts to answer the question of how social justice fits into the mission and ministry of the Episcopal Church. Resolution A056 directs the  presiding bishop and president of the House of Deputies to appoint a Task Force on the Theology of Social Justice Advocacy as Christian Justice. The bishops approved the resolution without debate.

If the $15,000 that is requested for the work is allocated, the committee would be tasked over the next three years to consider scripture, approved liturgical resources, other theological texts and previous actions of General Conventions to summarize ways in which the Episcopal Church understands the work of social justice as an essential mission and ministry of the Christian church.The resolution also directs that the task force study how the Episcopal Church currently fosters theological understanding and leadership for social justice as well as recommend ways to foster theological and practical conversation on social justice.

– Mike Patterson