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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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  Cans     Cash    ASA    Index    Cans
from
Cash
@ $.66
  Total
Cans
    Revised
Soup
Index
Holy Spirit    131     20      6.6
St Barnabas’    436     22    19.8
Spirit of the Desert     92     16      5.7
St Paul’s Vernal    601     21    28.6
All Saints’    664    $642   134      5.0     973   1,637        12.2
Resurrection    460     $70     60      7.7     106      566          9.4
St James’    200    $296   179      1.1     448      648          3.6
St Francis’    345     55      6.3
Ascension/St Matthew’s    $202     306      306          6.7
Total  2,929   $1,210   1,833    4,762
Servings    10,476

 

As you can see, we had a combination of cans and cash donated. Cash was converted to cans using $.66 per can which is the price at Costco.

In total, nearly 3,000 cans of soup and more than $1,200 were donated which, when converted, yields a total of 4,762 cans of soup or 10,476 servings; more than double what was collected last year. And I am please to announce that St Paul’s in Vernal retains the Tuttle Tureen for another year with a stellar Soup Index of 28.6.

Well done, everybody.

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On April 21, the Episcopal Church will sponsor a forum on a critical topic: The Intersection of Poverty and the Environment. Originating from St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Salt Lake City, UT, the two-hour ecumenical forum will be live webcast beginning at 10 am Mountain (9 am Pacific, 11 Central, noon Eastern).

“Through The Intersection of Poverty and the Environment, we will explore the differential effects of environmental degradation and changing climate patterns on the poor – in this country and around the world,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori said.

The Intersection of Poverty and Environment aligns with the Anglican Five Marks of Mission, specifically “To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.”

“April 21 is the day before Earth Day, when the world stops to contemplate the relationships between humanity and God’s creation,” commented Bonnie Anderson, president of the House of Deputies.

Participants
Moderated by Kim Lawton of PBS’s Religion and Ethics NewsWeekly, featured speaker at the forum will be Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori, who was an oceanographer prior to ordination and is well-versed in environmental matters.

Anderson, author of Spirituality and the Earth: Exploring Connections and Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources, will be a key panel member along with experts in the fields of the environment and poverty, as well as ecumenical representatives.

The forum will feature speakers, videos, and thought-provoking discussion.  Viewers will be able to submit questions to the participants during the live webcast.

Resources
Resources such as bibliography, materials for community and individual review, websites, discussion questions, Sunday school lessons, environmental resources will be available.

The forum is ideal for group watching and discussion, or on demand viewing for Earth Day observations as well as Sunday School, discussions groups, community gatherings, and other get-togethers.

The event leads the way in implementing the recommendations of the Environment and Climate Change Committee of the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships to hold regional conferences on engaging faith and community groups in environmental stewardship.

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Bricks For Haiti

The Brick for Haiti project, undertaken by the Deacon of our diocese, will be coming to an end on December 18th. For this Christmas consider giving y0ur family members and friends the gift of helping our brothers and sisters in Haiti. Cards are available for a donation of 10 dollars. Inquire with your deacon or priest to get cards to give as gifts. Below is an article from the Episcopal Church that tells about the project:

(http://www.episcopalchurch.org/HaitiAppeal/?page_id=2)

When the earthquake hit Haiti in January 2010, it effectively leveled the most populous diocese of The Episcopal Church. Seventy percent of church buildings were considered a total loss. Diocesan-run schools, clinics and hospitals that served over 100,000 Episcopalians, as well as countless community members, were wiped out in thirty-five seconds.

Many of the services we expect from the government—healthcare, education, culture—are provided in Haiti by The Episcopal Church. And many governmental agencies and NGOs have rushed to fill these needs in the aftermath. Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with the Church in Haiti to provide short-term employment, provisional homes, and sanitation systems in addition to other community-focused recovery programs. The Clinton- Bush Haiti Fund sponsored mobile health clinics, and a United Nations fund has underwritten the clean-up of six neighborhoods in Port-au-Prince.

But there is one thing no one else can rebuild for The Episcopal Church: Holy Trinity Cathedral. Home of the famous murals that depicted the Biblical narrative, the Cathedral was a beacon in a land where strength of faith is inversely proportional to economic development. Holy Trinity Professional School and the primary and secondary schools also located on the Cathedral grounds, raised up future leaders in an environment of cultural and spiritual grace. In 35 seconds, it was all reduced to rubble.

Bishop Jean Zaché Duracin and the people of Haiti have asked for our help. The Episcopal Church, acting through the Executive Council, asks every Episcopal diocese and congregation to join in this initial phase of rebuilding the Diocese of Haiti. As the walls of a new Cathedral rise, so too will the hearts and fortunes of those who have depended on Holy Trinity for spiritual succor, for education, and for income. We have the chance to resurrect the spirit of a nation.

As they say in Haiti, Men anpil chay pa lou, or many hands make the load lighter. Working together, we can complete this project brick by brick, and $10 buys a brick.

Roll Away the Stones

Before the walls of a new cathedral can rise, the rubble must be cleared and the land secured against transient inhabitants. With help from UNESCO and the Smithsonian, workers have sorted through the ruins for surviving fragments of the church’s famous murals. Where rubble once choked the compound, tin roofs shade open-air classrooms, and the former cathedral’s checkered floor tiles lie cleared and open to the sky.

Rebuild the Soul of a Nation

Out of the destruction of the entire Cathedral Complex, new life has begun to rise, full of possibilities. The Haitian government has granted The Episcopal Church a plot of land that will nearly double our presence in downtown Port-au-Prince. Responsible rebuilding requires a thorough site inspection and the development of a master site plan before construction of individual buildings can begin. The process will begin with formal requests for proposals from architects and builders.

Brick by brick, you can help create a new spiritual home for thousands of Episcopalians.

New Life for Haiti

The new Cathedral will serve as an anchor to the expanded Episcopal presence in downtown Port-au- Prince, offering worship space for 1,000, housing dioc- esan offices and a rectory, and incorporating the for- mer cathedral ruins as an historic memorial garden.

Brick by brick, you can raise up the walls of a new cathedral over the ruins of the past.

The Diocese of Haiti has conducted initial strategic planning, and engineers are already at work in Haiti instructing masons in earthquake-safe methods that are no more costly than the masonry that failed.

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The Rev. Leonard Evans has been called to Japan to take a position as an interim priest in the Diocese of Yokohama. Vicki Evans will be retiring from her position at the ECCU to join Len in Japan in late December. The position will be for 6-12 months. Len has left for Japan already. I will miss them both. They will return to Utah when his position in Yokohama is completed.

 

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This weekend

This weekend I will be at St. Mary’s in Provo for my first official visit. I have ben at St. Mary’s on three other occasions before this. This Sunday is the actual official visit. Later in the day (Sunday – November 7th) I will be at St. Paul’s in Salt Lake City to attend the musical offering of Gabriel Faure’s Requiem at 4:00 p.m.

 

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