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.
Visit the links found below for additional resources
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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Two More Nominees in Newark

Episcopalians name 2 more nominees for bishop

"The Episcopal Diocese of Newark, which gained national attention last week by including a gay man among its four candidates for bishop, announced yesterday that two more candidates -- both heterosexual -- will be added to the ballot through a petition process.

"The new candidates are Newark's Assistant Bishop Carol Gallagher and the Rev. William Potter, rector of St. Luke's Church in Hope, Warren County, whose great-grandfather was bishop of New York.

"Gallagher and Potter made it to the ballot via petition of five clergy and five lay people, after not making the cut in recent deliberations of the diocese's nominating committee. Yesterday was the deadline for petitions.

"Last week, that same committee nominated the Rev. Michael Barlowe, 51, of San Francisco, who lives with his male partner of 24 years..."

Read the rest in the Newark Star-Ledger.

Considering having your marriage or life covenant blessed at St. Luke's Church in Newark? Fr. Potter gives you several choices, including a traditional BCP service, Covenant Blessing I, or Covenant Blessing II. Pay particular attention to the prayers in CBII.


Anonymous Uncle Dino said...

Such a self-seeking perversion of God's word!

7:47 AM  
Anonymous Colin said...

Yikes. I find "Covenant Blessing I" to be the more overtly pagan in tone and emphasis (and tackier). Especially this gem:

May the blessing of God go before you.
May Her grace and peace abound.
May Her Spirit live within you.
May Her love wrap you ‘round
May Her blessing remain with you always.
May you walk on holy ground.
And may the blessing of God,
Giver of life,
Bearer of pain,
and Maker of love,
be upon you this day and always.

People: Amen.

...and this:

The Dismissal

Bishop’s Chaplain: The Love of God burns in our hearts.

People: The wind of change blows through our lives.

Bishop’s Chaplain: Let us go forth.

People: Thanks be to God.

10:22 AM  
Anonymous Darel said...

I couldn't make it to the prayers -- I ran into this in the vows first:

"Each woman, facing each other and taking the other's right hand in hers, says:"

But since it's not an "official" TEC rite, I'm sure it's just fine.

5:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rewriting the Prayer Book as well as Scripture:

Our Father and Mother in heaven,
hallowed be your name

Ouch - my heart breaks for the misguided (in the literal sense) men and women who truly believe that theirs is a covenant blessed by God. I weep for them, and want to rail at the men and women who lead them to this sin.


9:01 PM  

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