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Brief @ GC

We are now on Day 7 of the 77th General Convention. This GC is two days shorter than previous conventions. I recall those previous longer General Conventions. On one hand I am concerned that we will not get to all of the important pieces of work that needs to be done. Possibly, it may be that we will not give to some of our important pieces of work the time that they will need to be adequately discussed and perfected and we may have a rush of resolutions that will simply be passed or rejected without good review. On the other hand, it is hard to imagine keeping up the energy for an additional two days! 

Trusting in God and the work of the Holy Spirit is therefore paramount to our work. Indeed, trusting in God and the work of the Holy Spirit is the way that we ought to be living each day. The words of Jesus about God taking care of the birds of the air has been coming to me often.

Regarding Legislation, please go to generalconvention.org to track the resolutions. There is a wealth of information for you to peruse. 

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It is 10:40 P.M. Monday, June 9. It has been another very long day. I get up at 6:30 A.M., take a shower, drink a cup of coffee then head out the door to get to the Evangelism Committee. Following that, I have a 30 minute break before the Morning Eucharist Service. Directly following that is the Legislative Session with my fellow bishops. The Deputies, at the same time, ar meeting in House of Deputies. This meeting will last until 1:00 P.M. followed by a lunch break then back to the Legislative session at 2:15. This session will last until 6:30. At 7:30 there are additional hearings or other events. At 9:30 the Utah Deputation gathers together to decompress. The next day we start all over again.

Today, the House of Bishops passed Resolution A049 to authorize provisional use of a service for the blessing of same sex unions. This is not a marriage service. The vote was 111 for and 41 against. The debate in the House of Bishops was forthright, heartfelt, respectful and dignified. There was no shouting and gratitude for the work of the committee was expressed by many who spoke against as well as in favor of the resolution. The resolution now goes to the House of Deputies for consideration.

The Resolution gives the Diocesan Bishop authority to grant permission for use in the his or her diocese. It is important to note that this is not a service for trial use. It is a service for provisional use. The difference is that a service for trial use would mean that after the period of trial the service could then be sent forward for inclusion into the Prayer Book. It is important to note once again that this is not a marriage liturgy. 

I did vote in favor of the resolution.

I am very proud of our Deputies, ECW Representatives and other people from Utah who have been volunteering at General Convention. We are all excited about the General Convention in 2015 in Salt Lake City.

Many, many people have spoken to me about how much they are looking forward to coming to Utah for the 78th General Convention.

It is now after 11:00 and I need to be up at 6:30 and back to my committee at 7:30.

+Scott

 

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