Category Archives: Massachusetts Deputies

Wrapping it up

While we sort out the final whereabouts of several Massachusetts resolutions, we leave you with Heidi Shott’s “Final Wrap” of the convention.

Here’s what we do know:

Deputy Byron Rushing’s resolution, D012, on support of transgender civil rights, passed both houses and is official.

Ian Douglas’s resolutions, D019, on recommitting to the Millennium Development Goals as a mission priority, and Do18, addressing the global economic crisis, passed both houses and are official.

The following were still pending at 3 p.m. Pacific, or had somehow been subsumed into other actions (the online legislation tracking page seems to have temporarily collapsed under its own weight): 

Diocesan resolutions C040, to amend the church calendar so that the descriptive title for the commemoration of Bernard Mizeki (June 18) reads “Zimbabwe” instead of “Rhodesia”; C041 and C042 to make gender-neutral amendments to the canon on Holy Matrimony;  C061, to amend Title III.1.2 of canon on access to the ministry discernment process to include gender identity and expression; and C062, to add to the church calendar a trial May 17 feast day for St. Andronicus and St. Junia.

Filed under Rejection Still Stinks:  Bishop Bud Cederholm’s resolution, B001, to amend the parochial report to include data on annual energy consumption of church properties, was rejected in the House of Deputies (see “Rejection Stinks…” here).

Resolution B012, concerning “pastoral generosity in addressing civil marriage,” submitted by Bishop Stephen Lane of Maine on behalf of bishops from the six states where civil marriage of same-gender couples is legal, including Massachusetts bishops Shaw, Cederholm and Harris, got partially subsumed into C056, which passed both houses and is now official.

Still smiling after all these days

The House of Bishops was invited to the senior house today for a joint session with the deputies to hear the Program, Budget and Finance Committee’s budget report, followed by a photo free-for-all.

Massachusetts deputies and bishops:  (front row, from left) Lallie Lloyd, M. Thomas Shaw, SSJE, Barbara Harris, Ian Douglas; (middle row) Karen Montagno, Helen Gordon, Gale Davis Morris, Becky Alden, Gayle Harris, Jane Gould, Sam Gould; (back row) Mally Lloyd, Rob Hensley, Chris Ashley, Bud Cederholm

Massachusetts deputies and bishops: (front row, from left) Lallie Lloyd, M. Thomas Shaw, SSJE, Barbara Harris, Ian Douglas; (middle row) Karen Montagno, Helen Gordon, Gale Davis Morris, Becky Alden, Gayle Harris, Jane Gould, Sam Gould; (back row) Mally Lloyd, Rob Hensley, Chris Ashley, Bud Cederholm

D025: How we got from there to here

In a video interview with Nancy Davidge, Massachusetts deputy Ian Douglas describes the process leading up to yesterday’s adoption of resolution D025 and what he thinks it means:

“I wouldn’t pretend to speak for the people of the Episcopal Church or the Anglican Communion.  I think, for me, though, what it means is that we are telling the truth.  We are telling the truth about our commitment to be in relationship with sisters and brothers in Christ around the world in the Anglican Communion for the sake of God’s mission, and how passionate we are about that commitment.  

“And we are also clear and transparent as to who we are with respect to gay and lesbian people in our life and how that relates to the decisions we’ve made already in this church with respect to discernment for calling to holy orders.” 

The full interview is available in the on demand section of the General Convention Media Hub.

Day Seven legislative update

Here’s where Massachusetts resolutions stand at the close of Legislative Day Seven:

Ian Douglas’s resolution, D019, on recommitting to the Millennium Development Goals as a mission priority, was amended, has passed both houses and is now an official action of General Convention.   Continue reading

Wherever you go, there we are

Is Massachusetts everywhere you look in Anaheim, or is it just us?

Episcopalians attending General Convention linked arms with hotel workers July 14 to march to the gates of Disneyland to demand economic justice for 2,300 Disney employees protesting a planned hike in the cost of their health insurance.  Thanks to our man on the ground Jim DeLa for this photo.

Episcopalians attending General Convention linked arms with hotel workers July 14 to march to the gates of Disneyland to demand economic justice for 2,300 Disney employees protesting a planned hike in the cost of their health insurance. Thanks to our man on the ground Jim DeLa for this photo.

Bishop Barbara C. Harris joined a Disneyland hotel workers’ protest today, where she spoke from the back of flatbed truck.

 

Massachusetts deputy Ian Douglas was here, briefing the media on resolution D025.

 

The Rev. Valerie Bailey Fisher enjoys the Episcopal Women's Caucus breakfast.

The Rev. Valerie Bailey Fisher enjoys the Episcopal Women's Caucus breakfast.

The Rev. Valerie Bailey Fisher, assistant rector of St. Elizabeth’s Church in Sudbury, is mentioned here, for co-directing the Episcopal Peace Fellowship’s Young Adult Presence, whose members, as we noted a few days ago, are blogging here.

Rushing brings church’s past to the present

When Massachusetts deputies met after Sunday afternoon’s legislative session, alternate deputy Helen Gordon commended deputy Byron Rushing for his presentation at the Chicago Consultation’s “Doing Justice, Building Communion” luncheon earlier in the day.

Quoting Episcopal Life Online’s report (available in full here):

“In an encouraging lesson on Episcopal Church polity offered from an historical perspective, Byron Rushing, (Massachusetts) and a Democratic state representative, reminded luncheon attendees that the church’s polity allows for ‘arguments in extreme fashion,’ while the church stays together.

“The Episcopal Church didn’t break apart over differing views on abolition and slavery, the church split when southern states formed a confederacy, and when the confederacy ended, the church reunited, he said. 

“Two hundred years ago, the Episcopal Church was formed without a right wing, rather it had a center and a left; it came to be democratically, and without bishops, he said.”

“I probably made the bishops mad at me,” Rushing responded with a laugh during the deputation meeting.  “They generally don’t like to hear that.”

House of Deputies takes three big steps

Deputies vote statement on fully inclusive ordination, reinstate funding for MDGs and send House of Bishops a $3.5-million funding request for Hispanic/Latino ministries

The House of Deputies gave decisive approval to three major measures during its Sunday afternoon legislative session, and Massachusetts people have been deeply involved in all three.

The diocese’s deputies, meeting just after the session adjourned, characterized the votes as a mandate and as a realignment of budget priorities toward mission and evangelism.

Having devoted over the course of General Convention’s first week numerous public hearings and three unusual committee-of-the-whole sessions in response to 2006’s B033 resolution on “restraint” in electing gay bishops, the House of Deputies yesterday approved resolution D025 by significant margins (77 deputations voting for and 31 against in the lay order; 74 to 35 in the clergy order).   Continue reading