‘Open communion’ discussion becomes reaffirmation of baptism

In one of its last acts, General Convention reaffirmed baptism as the “ancient and normative entry point to receiving Holy Communion,” but did not address the question of “open communion,” the communing of unbaptized people. When C029 was approved by Deputies on Wednesday, it included the sentence,  “We also acknowledge that in various local contexts … Continue reading

Deputies hold spirited debate over requirements for lay leaders

Spirited debate took place in the House Deputies Thursday morning over whether to require “any person accepting any office in this Church … to have completed instruction in the history, structure and governance of this Church and in the duties and responsibilities of their office.”             Despite the Education Committee’s recommendation to reject this canonical … Continue reading

Structure’s First Shot at Restructuring Fails

The Structure Committee’s first attempt at restructuring the Church failed in the House of Deputies Thursday. Structure put forward B027 on “re-envisioning committee structure,” which would have ended all Standing Commissions except for Constitution and Canons and Structure. All other Standing Commissions would have been turned into task forces that would do only the work … Continue reading

The ABCCCS of General Convention

In case you need to catch up on your sleep when you get home, but you need to summarize General Convention for your parish or friends, here’s my “ABCCCS Plain Language Guide to What Happened at General Convention.” A – Anglican Covenant: There were several proposals to reject the Anglican Covenant entirely and some efforts … Continue reading

Issue 8: A Look Back at Eight Days in Indy

Issue 8: A Look Back at Eight Days in Indy

In Issue 8 of Center Aisle, Bishop Johnston reflects: “Convention’s Liturgies Have Offered Energy, Spirit.” Plus, check out the ABC(CCS) of Convention – and see when the PB visited Center Aisle! You can access today’s issue in several convenient ways. Read the user-friendly Web mag Download a PDF (preferred for iPad users) Check back for … Continue reading