Weekend Roundup for June 11

Diocesan offices for sale, hurt feelings about Lambeth, and lots of prep work for the General Convention; it’s our weekend roundup of news and stories from around the church.


Episcopal Church

Texas and North Texas (nee Fort Worth) dioceses step closer to merger. https://episcopaljournal.org/former-forth-worth-diocese-close-to-reunion-with-diocese-of-texas/

Bexley Seabury Seminar expands its scholarship opportunities. https://www.episcopalnewsservice.org/pressreleases/bexley-seabury-seminary-offers-full-scholarships/

Diocese of Chicago again tries to sell its headquarters building. https://chicago.suntimes.com/2022/6/6/23153577/episcopal-diocese-streeterville-property-sale-fiscal-salvation

Diocese of Maryland awards first grants from Reparations Fund. https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/maryland-episcopal-church-awards-reparation-grants/3070817/


General Convention

Presiding Bishop Nominating Committee cancels planned events at GC80 in Baltimore this summer. https://www.episcopalchurch.org/publicaffairs/presiding-bishop-nominating-committee-cancels-plan-to-be-at-general-convention-will-offer-range-of-engagement-opportunities/?fbclid=IwAR2Jw1lvNpW7FMnflEE3viSTvDo2V7zyfg7rc6gNWeKD0GzV6pm1zaT4cjQ

The Rev Albert Cutie hosted a forum with candidates for President and Vice President of the House of Deputies (you can watch it on YouTube) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bb87ovWNMAo

Turns out, a shorter General Convention will actually cost MORE; over a million dollars more. https://www.episcopalnewsservice.org/2022/06/07/shift-to-shorter-smaller-general-convention-could-cost-episcopal-church-estimated-1-1-million/

 More than quarter of Delegates to GC80 have resigned, including entire delegations from Venezuala, Cuba, and Honduras. https://deputynews.org/deputy-churn-more-than-one-fourth-of-deputies-have-resigned-amid-pandemic-concerns/

Bishop’s Corner

Virginia elects new bishop. https://www.thediocese.net/who-we-are/governance/annual-convention/special-convention-to-elect-the-14th-bishop-diocesan/

Southwest Florida notified of successful consents for the their bishop-elect. https://www.episcopalswfl.org/dfc/newsdetail_2/3210278


Parishes in the News

New Jersey parish holds a Gathering for Remembrance and Action in response to gun violence. https://montclairlocal.news/at-st-james-church-after-national-mass-shootings-adults-we-are-counting-on-you/

Connecticut parish celebrates 175 years of ministry. https://www.theday.com/local-news/20220605/calvary-church-in-stonington-celebrates-175-years-as-parish


Anglican Communion

English Archbishops affirm Lambeth invitations in response to false statements by Archbishops of Nigeria, Rwanda, and Uganda. https://www.anglicannews.org/news/2022/06/nigerian-rwandan-and-ugandan-bishops-invitation-to-lambeth-conference-remains-open.aspx

Archbishop Welby promises no resolutions forthcoming from Lambeth Conference in a bid to lessen rancorous division within the Anglican Communion. https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2022/17-june/news/uk/lambeth-conference-will-issue-no-resolutions-says-welby-instead-there-will-be-calls


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