The work of the 78th General Convention begins tomorrow (Tuesday), as registration takes place, deputies are certified, and convention legislative committees begin their work. The convention hits full-stride on Wednesday with the Presiding Bishop and President of the House Deputies making presentations to a combined meeting of the two houses – the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops. Orientation follows their addresses to convention.
On Wednesday afternoon, the four nominees for Presiding Bishop will be officially presented to a joint session. Those nominees include Thomas Breidenthal, Bishop of Southern Ohio; Michael Curry, Bishop of North Carolina; Ian Douglas, Bishop of Connecticut; and Dabney Smith, Bishop of Southwest Florida. The election of the next Presiding Bishop will be on Saturday, June 27. Many observers expect Michael Curry to be elected.
Each day’s schedule typically begins with legislative committees meeting early in the morning, followed by a Convention Eucharist. Once the convention gets to its regular schedule, the Eucharist is followed by legislative sessions in the morning and afternoon, with evenings reserved largely for additional committee meetings.
The Mississippi deputation meets each day over lunch to discuss developments in committees and the two houses.
The Diocese of Mississippi is represented by the following deputies and alternates:
The Reverend Canon David Johnson, Diocesan StaffThe Reverend Paul Stephens, All Saints’, Tupelo
The Reverend Elizabeth Wheatley-Jones, All Saints’, Grenada
The Reverend Betsy Baumgarten, St. Patrick’s, Long Beach
Canon Kathryn Weathersby McCormick, Diocesan Staff and St. Andrew’s, JacksonDr. Anita P. George, Resurrection, Starkville
Dr. Ed Sisson, St. Peter’s, Oxford
Margaret McLarty, St. Andrew’s, Jackson
The Reverend Margaret Ayers, St. James’, Port GibsonThe Reverend Ann Benton Fraser, St. Paul’s, Corinth
The Reverend Beth Palmer, Holy Trinity, Vicksburg
The Reverend David Knight, St. Paul’s, Delray Beach, Florida (canonically resident in Mississippi)
Lee Davis Thames, Esq., Holy Trinity, VicksburgBobbie Marascalco, Holy Trinity, Vicksburg
Alice Perry, St. James’, Jackson
Danny Ray Meadors, St. Patrick’s, Long Beach
Bishop Seage, of course, is a member of the House of Bishops.
Several deputies serve on convention legislative committees. The appointments include the following:
Kathryn McCormick, Pension FundDavid Johnson, Governance and Structure
Anita George, Social Justice & United States Policy
Ed Sisson, World Mission
Bishop Seage serves on the Dispatch of Business Committee.
Lee Davis Thames is serving as an advisor to the Social Justice & International Policy Committee.
David Knight served on the interim Task Force on the Study of Marriage – a group which is making significant recommendations to General Convention.
Bishop Duncan Gray, III, now serving in the Diocese of Louisiana, served on the Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop.
Anita George is a member of the church’s Executive Council, the “vestry” of the Episcopal Church.
Kathryn McCormick serves as a Trustee of the Church Pension Fund.
Several members of the deputation are posting blogs or to their Twitter feeds. They include the following:
Bishop Seage Twitter @rtrevdeadheadBlog http://rtrevdeadhead.com/
David Johnson Blog http://canondioms.blogspot.com/
Betsy Baumgarten Blog http://everydayconsecration.blogspot.com/David Knight Twitter @itinerantpriest
Ann is a lay person from St. Andrew’s Cathedral who will be attending General Convention, but is not a deputy or alternate.
I hope to post to this blog each evening. Please keep the convention in your prayers.