House of Bishops


August 6, 2003

Still reeling from the momentous decision to confirm the election of the Rev. Canon Gene Robinson, the House of Bishops spent most of Wednesday morning in conversation.

More than two dozen bishops asked to speak on the floor about the house’s decision Tuesday night to confirm Robinson,...

August 6, 2003

A day after confirming the election of an openly gay man as bishop, the House of Bishops on Wednesday agreed to a compromise and decided not to move forward with the development of same-sex blessing liturgies.

An amendment offered by Bishop Peter Lee of Virginia and approved by the house...

August 5, 2003

The House of Bishops took the first step Tuesday to remove the voting rights of resigned bishops.

Resolution B005 proposes a constitutional change that gives seat and voice to all bishops – but vote only to bishops with jurisdiction, coadjutors, suffragans, assistants and every bishop...

August 5, 2003

Report to the House of Bishops Rt. Rev. Gordon P. Scruton, Diocese of Western Massachusetts

August 5, 2003

A. Introduction

On Monday, August 4, 2003 the Bishop, the President of the Standing Committee and the Bishop-elect of the Diocese of New Hampshire asked the Presiding...

August 4, 2003

Expressing concern about the proposed dates of the 75th General Convention, the House of Bishops moved to table a resolution until Friday that would set the site in Columbus, Ohio. Several bishops said the proposed dates of June 12-19, 2006, would make it difficult for young people who are...

August 1, 2003

The issue of direct ordination to the priesthood died Friday on the floor of the House of Bishops.

The Ministry Committee presented the house with resolution C019 to gauge support of direct ordination. The resolution would have amended the canons to allow candidates for holy orders to be...

July 31, 2003

The House of Bishops added two new members to its ranks Thursday afternoon and upped the ante of the church’s commitment to ministry to diverse populations.

The house confirmed the elections of the Rev. George Councell as bishop-elect of the Diocese of New Jersey and the Rev. Joe Burnett...

July 31, 2003

With little dissent, the House of Bishops approved Wednesday afternoon more than a dozen pieces of primarily housekeeping legislation. They also applauded reports from Episcopal Relief and Development and a youth representative.

Flanked by other members of the official youth presence,...

June 13, 2003

June 12, 2003 For all bishops Dear brothers and sisters:

General Convention is almost here and its theme, Engage God's Mission, draws upon energies and commitment evident around our church. We will be building on work in which we as a House of Bishops have been engaged for some time,...

March 20, 2003

In a voice vote at their annual spring retreat, the bishops of the Episcopal Church received a report of the theology committee of the House of Bishops on the 'Gift of Sexuality,' offering it to the church as grounds for discussion on a range of controversial issues.

'It was moved,...