Saturday, July 7, 2018

Day three of #GC79: Prayer Book revision

House of Deputies votes to begin BCP revision

On July 7, the House of Deputies approved a resolution (A068) that would initiate a revision of the Book of Common Prayer. The resolution now goes to the House of Bishops for consideration.

The resolution adopts a process of revision set forth by the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music which would from 2018 to 2021 gather data via focus groups in every diocese on how the current prayer book is being used. The resolution provides guidance for the resolution with regards to inclusive language and take into account the church’s “liturgical, cultural, racial, generational, linguistic, gender, physical ability, and ethnic diversity.”

The proposed revision process would create a new Book of Common Prayer by 2024, with three years of trial use after that. Final adoption of that revision by two successive General Conventions would result in a new prayer book by 2030.

Schentrup family address General Convention

Schentrup family - courtesy of Episcopal News Service.
Philip Schentrup, accompanied by his wife April and their family, was welcomed by both the House of Bishops and the House of Deputies on July 7 to, in his words, “witness for my daughter Carmen, who was murdered on Ash Wednesday” and ask the House to continue to work to end gun violence. Carmen Schentrup was one of 17 students and teachers killed by a gunman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Mr. Schentrup spoke movingly of his daughter, Carmen. He applauded the bishop’s statement against gun violence issued earlier this year.

Bishops United Against Gun Violence will hold a public witness event here in Austin on Sunday, July 8 at 9:30 a.m. Central (10:30 a.m. Eastern). The Schentrups will be one of the speakers at this event. Bishops United Against Gun Violence is a group of more than 70 Episcopal bishops, including our own Bishop Hollerith, working to end gun violence.

TEConversations continue

Bishop Hollerith and deputies following TEConversation.
The second of three TEConversations was held on July 7 during another joint session of the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops. This second conversation focused on evangelism and speakers were Bishop Alan Scarfe, Diocese of Iowa; the Rev. Dr. Lauren Winner; and the Rev. Daniel Velez-Rivera.  

The final TEConversation will be on Tuesday, July 10, 10:30 a.m. to noon Central (11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern) Video of speakers and resources will be available for use after General Convention.

Demographics of the House of Deputies

The House of Deputies at the 79th General Convention is made up of 852 deputies. Fifty-three percent identify as women, forty-six percent identify as men, and one percent identify as gender queer.

Forty-four percent of deputies are here at General Convention for the first time and 68 percent are returning deputies. There are even 54 deputies who are attending for the seventh or more time.

Ninety deputies, or 21 percent, are between the ages of 18 and 38. Thirty-five percent of the House is between the ages of 39 and 58. Thirty-three percent of the House is between the ages of 59 and 68. Twenty-two percent are 69 or older.

More than three-quarters of the House of Deputies is white, 10 percent is black, African-American or Afro Caribbean, and six percent is Latino. Indigenous and Native Americans make up two percent of the House and Asian deputies account for two percent.