[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 9 and late July 8.
House of Deputies vice president called home for other legislative work
House of Deputies President the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings told the house as it convened July 9 that Vice President Byron Rushing had returned to Massachusetts for what she said is a special session of that state’s legislature. Rushing is that house’s assistant majority leader.
Full ENS coverage of the 79th meeting of General Convention is available here.
The legislature is facing a time-crunch over the state’s budget. It is the only state in the United States that does not have a budget plan for fiscal year 2019, which began on July 2.
Jennings said that she is invoking a portion of the house’s rules that allow her to appoint a deputy to chair the house in the event that she needs to relinquish it for any reason. She has done so during this meeting of convention when deputies debated the issue of compensating the president on July 5 and again July 8 during the voting which resulted in her being re-elected.
Jennings appointed the Rev. John Kitagawa, an Arizona deputy, to stand in Rushing’s stead.
— Mary Frances Schjonberg
Monday theme days deck some out in both camp shirts and purple scarves
People are wearing purple scarves July 9 to support electing women to the episcopacy. Meanwhile, Bill Slocumb, director or Episcopal Camps and Conference Centers, who is promoting Wear Your Camp T-shirt day, said, “it is exciting to see everyone wearing camp and conference center T-shirts today. So far I’ve seen more than 50 [locations] represented.” House of Deputies President the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings said in opening announcements that Episcopal camps and conference centers “enrich our ministries deeply in this church.” According to ECCC, there are more than 100 Episcopal retreat centers, camps and programs in the Episcopal Church.
– Episcopal News Service staff
Leaders of both Houses honored at Integrity Eucharist
There were two recipients of Integrity’s Louie Crew Clay Award on the evening of July 8: the Rev. Gay Jennings, president of the House of Deputies, and Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. Both were honored at the Integrity Eucharist at the 79th General Convention, Austin, Texas.
“The award is offered by Integrity on occasion when we feel there is someone who has earned it,” said Mel Soriano, a member of the organization. E. Bruce Garner, current Integrity president, made the presentations. The Rev. Carlye J. Hughes, bishop-elect of Newark, was the preacher.
– Sharon Tillman