ADMINISTRATION
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DIRECTORY

WEDNESDAY, June 21-

As the final item of business, Presiding Bishop Frank Griswald asked a joint session (both houses meeting together) to consider resolution B033 which requests dioceses of the Church not to consecrate any bishops "whose manner of life presents a challenge to the wider Church." He then adjourned the joint session. Both houses then voted separately in favor of B033, and the 75 General Convention has now adjourned.

TUESDAY, June 20-a

The Rev. Canon Barry L. Beisner to become bishop coadjutor of the Diocese of Northern California

A161 - AP has reported that House of Deputies voted DOWN the resolution:

A161- ...That the 75th General Convention of the Episcopal Church regrets the extent to which we have, by action and inaction, contributed to strains on communion and caused deep offense to many faithful Anglican Christians as we consented to the consecration of a bishop living openly in a same-gender union. Accordingly, we urge nominating committees, electing conventions, Standing Committees, and bishops with jurisdiction to exercise very considerable caution in the nomination, election, consent to, and consecration of bishops whose manner of life presents a challenge to the wider church and will lead to further strains on communion

YESTERDAY HOUSE PASSED THE FOLLOWING - Now in House of Bishops Bishops

Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, that the 75th General Convention of The Episcopal Church, mindful of “the repentance, forgiveness, and reconciliation enjoined on us by Christ” (Windsor Report, paragraph 134), express its regret for straining the bonds of affection in the events surrounding the General Convention of 2003 and the consequences which followed; offer its sincerest apology to those within our Anglican Communion who are offended by our failure to accord sufficient importance to the impact of our actions on our church and other parts of the Communion; and ask forgiveness as we seek to live into deeper levels of communion one with another.

House of Deputies debated MORITORIUM ON ELECTING BISHOPS last night

FRIDAY, June 16- After working for several days to attempt to rewrite resolution A159, committee vice chair Stephen Hutchinson of the Diocese of Utah said they have run out of time. "There's not a capacity to put it together and have it credible and workable," he said. The committee will consider a referral resolution at a hearing June 17 at 7:30 a.m. The clarity and conciseness of language was given particular attention and the committee discussed ways to incorporate some direct language from the Windsor Report and other official documents.

A hearing on the remaining resolutions is set for 7:30 a.m. June 17. They include:
A168
: "Human Rights for "Homosexual Persons,"
A169
: "Amend Canon III.1: Quadrilateral and Exercise of Ministry," and
D017: "Marriage Rite in Book of Common Prayer for Same-Sex Couples."

WEDNESDAY, June 14 -

Legislative Committee on Canons decided to attempt a substantial rewrite of resolution A153 before the end of General Convention, replacing the present adversarial system of discipline with a multi-layered approach stressing mediation and reconciliation.

Holding laity accountable under Title IV has caused a great deal of concern among critics of the resolution, some of whom expressed their views at a June 13 public hearing.

This evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Regency Ballroom in the Hyatt Hotel, the committee focused on resolutions A160, A161, A162 and A163, which deal with the expression of regret, election of bishops, public rites for blessing same-gender unions, pastoral care and Delegated Episcopal Pastoral Oversight (DEPO).

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TUESDAY, June 13 -

WINDSOR REPORT RESOLUTIONS BEGIN TO MOVE THROUGH COMMITTEES
A0159: and 9 related C resolutions (004, 009, 014, 025, 027, 037, 038, 039 and 042)

Special Committee on the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion plans two open hearings today. From 2:00-4:00 p.m., an open hearing will address resolution A159: "Commitment to Interdependence in the Anglican Communion" and nine related C resolutions (004, 009, 014, 025, 027, 037, 038, 039 and 042), that respond to the Windsor Report and relate to the Episcopal Church’s relationship with and membership in the Anglican Communion.

The full text of A159 can be found online at: http://gc2006.org/legislation/view_leg_detail.aspx?id=200&type=ORIGINAL

In order to accommodate an anticipated large number of speakers, the committee will hereafter convene in the Hayes Room in the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

From 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., an open hearing will focus on resolutions A165, "Commitment to Windsor and Listening Processes," A166, "Anglican Covenant Development Process," and C007, "Anglican Consultative Council Appropriation."

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Canons Committee

The task force proposing an ambitious revision of disciplinary canons known as Title IV (resolution A153: "Proposed Title IV Revisions") faced tough questioning from the Canons Committee. The present adversarial system would be replaced by a multi-layered approach that stresses mediation and reconciliation. Much of the concern from the committee deals with the fact that laity could also be disciplined under the new system. A public hearing is scheduled from 2:00-4:00 p.m. June 14 in the Union D meeting room at the Hyatt Regency.

EPISCOPAL NEWS SERVICE ISSUED A RELEASE SUMMARIZING THE DAY'S DEBATE ON A153

Title IV Revisions - By Ann Fontaine
Monday, June 12, 2006

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