Praying for General Convention and Staying Up to Date!


This week we pray for the 78th General Convention of the Episcopal Church, which is being held in Salt Lake City, Utah from June 25 to July 3. We also pray for the election of the 27th Presiding Bishop, which will be held during the convention.

Prayer For a Church Convention (BCP pg. 255)

Almighty and everlasting Father, you have given the Holy Spirit to abide with us for ever: Bless, we pray, with his grace and presence, the bishops and the other clergy and the laity assembled in your Name, that your Church, being preserved in true faith and godly discipline, may fulfill all the mind of him who loved it and gave himself for it, your Son Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

To stay tuned for all of the details of the events of General Convention here are a few links.

Episcopal News Service – Official news service of The Episcopal Church.

Episcopal News Service (ENS) offers in-depth reporting and analysis of local, regional, national and international news for Episcopalians and others interested in the church’s mission and ministry. Providing written and multimedia coverage, Episcopal News Service is the officially sponsored online news source of the Episcopal Church.

Episcopal Cafe – An independent news blog that provides a wide variety of views.

The Episcopal Café seeks to be an independent voice, reporting and reflecting on the Episcopal Church and the Anglican tradition.  The Café is not a platform of advocacy, but it does aim to tell the story of the church from the perspective of Progressive Christianity.  Our collective sympathy, as the Café, lies with the project of widening the circle of inclusion within the church and empowering all the baptized for the role to which they have been called as followers of Christ.

Issues – Another blog that is focused specifically on General Convention and follows a historic tradition of providing daily commentary.

ISSUES first appeared as a daily commentary on events at the 1967 General Convention. Conceived in the living room of the late theologian William Stringfellow, ISSUES began as a voice for three organizations concerned for the mission and renewal of the Church; the Church Society for College Work, the Overseas Mission Society, and the National Industrial Mission. At succeeding General Conventions, a shifting group of organizations and movements in the Church have banded together to create ISSUES and to collaborate on a common commitment to call the Church to its witness in the name of Christ.
Under the banner of The Consultation, leaders of the organizations listed above have met to think together about this 77th General Convention. They agree on a range of concerns urgent for the mission and witness of the Church, and have presented them as a platform to put before the Convention. Needless to say the organizations – and those affiliated with them – do not coincide on all matters, but they strongly agree that the concerns raised herein must be an important part of our deliberations here.
Matt Stewart, ISSUES Staff [written in 2012]
The Living Church – The Living Church is a historic foundation that has long provided coverage of The Episcopal Church and Anglicans.  They provide input that could be considered traditional or conservative.
The Living Church Foundation, Inc., is an independent, not-for-profit  foundation of communion-minded and -committed Anglicans from several nations, devoted to seeking and serving the full visible unity of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. The Living Church Foundation publishes The Living Church, a biweekly magazine of news, cultural analysis, and teaching; The Episcopal Musician’s Handbook, offering guidance on hymn selection in coordination with appointed lectionary texts and seasonal customs; Illuminations, a lector’s aid for Sunday worship to encourage congregational comprehension; and Covenant, a weblog community of evangelical and catholic Christians.
There are plenty of other outlets available, those listed above are simply a sampling of some resources.

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