Presiding Bishop-elect Sean Rowe is flanked by his two immediate predecessors, Katharine Jefferts Schori and Michael Curry. Photo: Diane Jardine Bruce

From The Episcopal News

Reporting from the 81st General Convention of The Episcopal Church
Louisville, Kentucky, June 21 – 28, 2024

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June 21

Episcopalians gather in Louisville | from the Bishop’s Blog: “Juneteenth and the work yet to be done” | presiding bishop candidates’ forum to be moderated by Thomas Diaz, deputy from Los Angeles


June 22
Presiding bishop candidates’ forum | House of Deputies president candidates’ forum




June 23
Revival meeting with Presiding Bishop Curry |  Bishops and deputies begin legislative work on first official day of General Convention | Bishops pass 3 resolutions on peace in Gaza, Palestinian state, reject 4 other Middle East resolutions


June 24 
Diocese of Los Angeles storms General Convention – photos of LA. bishop deputies, volunteers, exhibitors, and staff in Louisville | Demonstrators call out bishops for inaction on Holy Land resolutions; bishops later change course on one | Deputies reject proposal calling for Episcopal Church to sharply reduce diocesan assessment by 2033 | L.A. voices are heard in budget debate |  Deputies’ vice president accuses president of leadership failures; president calls it ‘misrepresentation’ | LGBTQ+ bishops, deputies and others celebrate progress toward inclusion with photo op

June 25 
House of Deputies President Julia Ayala Harris reelected on first ballot | Deputies celebrate advance of Navajoland resolution creating missionary diocese | Bishops pass ceasefire resolution, debate use of ‘genocide’ | Steve Nishibayashi, Thomas Diaz join fellow nominating committee members to introduce candidates for presiding bishop | Deputies, bishops from companion dioceses of Taiwan, Los Angeles meet

June 26
Sean Rowe elected 28th presiding bishop, will begin nine-year term Nov. 1 | Los Angeles bishop, deputies applaud election of Sean Rowe as next presiding bishop | From Bishop John Harvey Taylor’s blog – “Going off the grid for election of a new presiding bishop”


June 27 
Kentucky priest elected vice president of House of Deputies | Bishops, youth working to end gun violence unite in Louisville rally | House of Deputies repudiates pro-slavery views of 19th century house president in somber vote | Bishops defeat prison reform measure


June 28 
81st General Convention wraps up in Louisville | Presiding bishop-elect calls the church to ‘think differently’ about how it should work for the sake of sharing the Gospel | Bishops, deputies unanimously vote to adopt prayer to remember Indigenous children forced to attend boarding schools | Pride of the diocese(s) – Award for the best stanchion decor.

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