Dear Friends:
 
Greetings from the 79th General Convention of The Episcopal Church!  This is my 4th general convention and my busiest yet.  I am serving as the Secretary to the Legislative Committee 16 on Churchwide Leadership.  We received proposed resolutions from the Task Force on Church Leadership and Compensation, the Task Force on the Episcopacy, the Task Force on Episcopal transitions, and the Commission on Impairment.  We had over 30 resolutions to work through, so most of my time in Austin has spent in our Committee meeting room (a total of 25 hours since July 3rd), and then in my hotel room preparing minutes of our meetings, which become an important historical record for the Church.  It is very gratifying to see clergy, lay people and Bishops all working together with a passion for the future of our Church.
 
Worship is always a highlight of General Convention.  This Convention, Presiding Bishop Curry preached, in his inspirational style, at the opening Eucharist and also at a Revival offered in connection with the Texas Night celebration.  I was also honored to participate in the Integrity Eucharist, which celebrates the ministry of LGBTQ+ persons in our church. The Rev. Carlye J. Hughes , Bishop-Elect of the Diocese of Newark, was the inspiring preacher at that service.  Bruce Garner, President of Integrity, announced the change of Integrity’s name to The Episcopal Rainbow, in recognition of the broader base of individuals for whom it now advocates, in its mission to make our Church truly welcoming to all.  I was also able to attend a worship service honoring the Episcopal Women’s Caucus, which has long advocated for greater participation of Women in the ordained orders of the Church. The Right Rev. Barbara Harris, a living Icon, was present at this service, as well as the newly elected Bishop of Indiana, The Right Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows.  Bishop Baskerville-Burrows was also our dynamic preacher at the Closing Eucharist of the Convention on Thursday evening.  We have all done holy and important work for our Church.  It has been inspiring, but also tiring! It is an honor and a privilege to serve as one of your Deputies to General Convention, and I look forward to bringing back much good news to share with you.
 
Best regards,
Scott K. Haight
 






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