Category Archives: Saints

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.


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

Legislative update: Still just bills

It’s Legislative Day Four at General Convention, and resolutions are starting to move through the two houses.  (The whole thing works pretty much like this, just add women serving in both houses and subtract the need for the President’s signature).

Here’s where Massachusetts resolutions stand at this moment: Continue reading

Holy everybody

07/10/09:  Massachusetts alternate deputy Chris Ashley observes:

“As I mentioned at the end of my Bernard Mizeki post, Convention has been considering a major revision of our calendar of saints.  The new one is to be published under the title Holy Women, Holy Men, in place of the Lesser Feasts and Fasts volume many of us may have seen at midweek services.  This revision passed the House of Bishops this morning and will proceed to the deputies soon.

“I mention the title because people keep getting it wrong, always in the same way.  The bishops in particular have almost always reversed the title’s order.  At first, the chair would correct them, but shortly gave up.

“One of the revision’s goals was to raise the profile and number of holy women in the calendar.  The Episcopal Women’s Caucus has calculated that it raises the proportion of women only 1 percent.  And if the debate among the bishops is any guide, profile is so far no more raised than number.  Changing the book’s title seems so far an ineffective measure, as even our leaders cannot say it right.”

What’s in a name?

Massachusetts alternate deputy Chris Ashley is tracking diocesan resolution C040, to amend the church calendar so that the descriptive title for the commemoration of Bernard Mizeki reads “Zimbabwe” instead of “Rhodesia.”

Chris shares his take on the complicated history behind this name change and gives an update on the resolution’s progress:   Continue reading

Andronicus and Junia glimpsed in the Exhibit Hall

The Rev. Kathryn Piccard advocates a May 17 trial feast day for saints Andronicus and Junia.