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July 16, 2009

The House of Bishops on July 17 rejected a resolution that called for dismantling the wall between Israel and Palestine and for creation of a "sovereign Palestinian state." Several bishops who opposed the measure said they favored a more...

July 15, 2009

The House of Bishops ended an emotional discussion July 17 by again delaying a long-sought decision about whether retired bishops should be able to vote. Bishops voted 72-39 to refer Resolution A052 to the Standing Commission on...

July 14, 2009

The House of Bishops July 15 adopted an amended version of Resolution C061, which would change the canons to say that "all baptized persons" have full access to any ministry, lay or ordained. The amended measure, which proposes a change...

July 14, 2009

The House of Bishops voted by a margin of 3 to 1 on July 15 "to acknowledge changing circumstances" that call forth a renewed pastoral response from the church for considering same-gender blessings. That response, at least for the time...

July 14, 2009

One day after adopting Resolution D025 by a 2-1 margin, Episcopal Church bishops on July 14 offered various interpretations when asked about the measure's purpose, its impact and why they voted for or against it. All those interviewed...

July 13, 2009

Despite concern that the money might not materialize, the House of Bishops on July 13 called for a $3.5 million commitment to evangelizing the nation's burgeoning Latino/Hispanic population that includes the creation of 46 new...

July 12, 2009

After more than two hours of discussion and with a standing-room-only crowd watching, the House of Bishops on July 13 adopted an amended version of Resolution D025, which affirms the openness of "any ordained ministry" to gay and lesbian...

July 11, 2009

Streamers sliced through the air like brooding spirits. Dancers twirled past the altar like winged seraphs. Several thousand tongues lifted up alleluias like a heavenly chorus. On July 12, Episcopalians at General Convention went to a...

July 10, 2009

The House of Bishops at General Convention adopted July 11 the idea of establishing a mandatory pension system for lay employees of the Episcopal Church, with supporters calling the move not just a financial decision but a "matter of...

July 8, 2009

With more than 2,000 other Episcopalians, Becky Hunter took a seat in the cavernous worship hall of General Convention on July 9 and rediscovered the ancient and biblical art of heart-felt conversation. "I sat at our diocesan table, and...

July 8, 2009

The 0.7 figure that has adorned Episcopal Church buttons and bumper stickers for the past three years would change to a single digit of 1 according to a resolution passed by the House of Bishops on July 9. If also approved by the House...

July 7, 2009

The House of Bishops passed two resolutions July 8 that would bring Episcopalians into closer relationship with the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the Church of Sweden. Both resolutions, A075 and A076 respectively, were sent to the House...

July 7, 2009

Bringing its support for full inclusion of gay and lesbian Christians to General Convention, the group called the Chicago Consultation released on July 7 a study guide designed to help people in the pew face tough questions about...