Jul 12, 202280th General Convention wrap-up: shortened, masked, tested, legislated

80th General Convention wrap-up: shortened, masked, tested, legislated

West Missouri Lay Deputy, Curtis Hamilton giving WEMO Jesus a ride home. Image: The Rev. Anne Meredith Kyle

The 80th General Convention of The Episcopal Church is one for the history books, and not just for the decisions made but also for how the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way the church conducted its business.

The July 8-11 gathering – postponed a year because of COVID-19 and shortened from eight days – conducted what Presiding Bishop Michael Curry had referred to during the planning process as “matters essential for the governance and good order of the church.” Still, 412 resolutions were filed for consideration.

Legislative committees acted online most of the resolutions before gathering in Baltimore. That cleared the way for the House of Bishops and House of Deputies to devote the in-person gathering only to legislative floor sessions. They passed most of the resolutions in batches through consent calendars. Bishops and deputies had floor debates only on more controversial measures or on actions that they wanted to raise to greater prominence.

The streamlined convention had been scheduled to run until 5 p.m. EDT but both houses finished their work before 1 p.m. on July 11.

Read the full article on the ENS Website.

For links to live video feeds from the convention, news, other information, and links to information sources, visit the diocesan General Convention webpage.

The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg retired in July 2019 as senior editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service.

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