General Convention 2006

Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling. Then I will go to the altar of God, and I will praise you . . . Psalm 43:3-4

The General Convention of the Episcopal Church
met in Columbus, Ohio from June 11-21, 2006.
This blog offers a view of the convention and beyond from the perspective of Lydia Evans, a two-time lay deputy from the Diocese of South Carolina.
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as well as pre- and post-convention coverage.
Thank you for remembering the convention deputies and their families in your prayers. For further resources, visit my webpages.
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Beisner Gets Nod, with Reservations

From the Episcopal News Service:

"Deputy members of the Joint Legislative Committee on Consecration of Bishops on June 16 voted to recommend that the House of Deputies consent to the ordination and consecration of the Rev. Barry Beisner as bishop coadjutor of the Diocese of Northern California. The vote was not unanimous and a minority report will be attached to that recommendation. Matthew Chew, deputy chair of the committee, said the recommendation and the minority report may be filed with the House of Deputies Secretariat as early as Saturday."

"Bishop members of the committee did not make a recommendation on Beisner's election, a departure from their earlier approval of the other five bishop nominees considered by the committee at this General Convention. Bishop Chester Talton, suffragan bishop of the Diocese of Los Angeles and bishop chair of the committee, said that only a vote by deputy committee members is required, since the resolution to consent to Beisner's election will go first to the House of Deputies."

"When asked why the bishops had offered consent to the other nominees, Talton said, "We clarified for ourselves this morning how this voting really goes. Deputy votes get counted, so we decided to record it that way. When the resolution comes to the House of Bishops, I may be called upon to make a report. If I am, I will." Questions about Beisner have arisen since his election, focused on the facts surrounding his two divorces and third marriage."

See my earlier post for ECUSA's prediction of how this would go.


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