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Video blog: Last moments and thoughts from 2015 youth observers

In their last video dispatch from the 2015 General Convention, youth observers Megan Lightcap and Michelle St. Francis offered glimpses of their final days in Salt Lake City as well as an interview with one of our lay delegates, who discussed the church’s tension between being excited to see young people engaged in and committed to the affairs of the church, and not being excited to have the status quo challenged. Watch the video here.

Thanks to Megan and Michelle for their lively documentation of the 78th General Convention!

Digital Evangelism at General Convention

One of the hot topics at the General Convention is the use of social media in communication and evangelism. Discussion around a resolution to support digital evangelism (B009) resulted in a significant number of tweets on Twitter (#YesB009 and #B009).

Thanks to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and blogs, people not present at the General Convention were able to follow resolutions and to express opinions using #gc78. Whether they were following the results of the election of our Presiding Bishop, offering their opinions on the marriage resolution, or asking questions about the structure resolutions, the participation in the General Convention was broadened and deepened by the use of social media.

This leads me to wonder how participation in our church can be broadened and deepened by the use of social media. If #gc78 can trend on Twitter (meaning that it is being tweeted about frequently), why can’t we make the Episcopal Church or our dioceses trend? Over the next three years, the Episcopal Church will be further exploring how to effectively evangelize using digital media.

— Julie Shea

Julie Shea of St. John’s,  Winthrop is an alternate to the General Convention. Her trip to the General Convention was sponsored by Episcopal Church Women. 

Video Blog: Young voices from General Convention

In their latest video, the Diocese of Massachusetts youth observers interview other young people from the diocese in Salt Lake City for General Convention and related events. In advocating for the full inclusion of young people in the governance of the church, lay deputy Sarah Neumann notes, “It is important for the church to remember that young adults are in fact adults.” Watch the video here. 

Video Blog: Celebration of the same-sex marriage ruling

Youth Observers Megan Lightcap and Michelle St. Francis captured a joyful moment at General Convention, when the delegates broke into song (and dance!) upon learning of the Supreme Court’s July 26 decision that makes same-sex marriage legal in all 50 United States.  Also featured in their video blog are some resolution updates, and an Episcopal Church Women and Church Periodical Club event. Watch the video here.

Youth Observers arrive in Salt Lake City

Accompanying the Diocese of Massachusetts’  delegation and bishops at General Convention this year are Michelle St. Francis (Trinity Church, Concord ) and Megan Lightcap (St. Paul’s, Natick), two young women there as observers, whose trip is sponsored by a generous grant from the MA chapter of Episcopal Church Women (ECW).  In appreciation for this opportunity, the two have agreed to contribute to the diocesan blog while in Salt Lake City, and their first contribution is this vlog, a montage of sights from their first 48 hours in Salt Lake City.  Watch on Youtube here. 

MA youth in SLC

Allegra Robinson, St. John’s, Franklin, and member of TEC Official Youth Presence, catches up with Lightcap and St. Francis during a rare break at General Convention.

Voices from General Convention

Before traveling to Salt Lake City for General Convention, some of our diocese’s deputies and other convention participants sat down to share their insights on their roles, including some of the most talked-about items on the convention agenda. Use the “read more” links to explore the full Q&A’s with  the Rev. Canon Mally Lloyd, the Rev. Dr. Cameron Partridge and youth delegate Allegra Robinson. Mally

The Rev. Canon Mally Lloyd is a Diocese of Massachusetts deputy to General Convention and chairs the Committee on Program, Budget and Finance (PB&F), charged with finalizing the Episcopal Church’s three-year budget for General Convention’s approval. She also serves on the Joint Nominating Committee to Elect the Presiding Bishop.  In a recent interview, she offered her sense of what the church needs in its next presiding bishop, to be elected at the General Convention on June 27 in Salt Lake City.  She also talked about some things that it’s important to know about the budget and why she likes doing that work. “I think things like infrastructure, governance, staffing make it possible to do the kinds of mission that we’re called to do,” Lloyd said. “I really value both, our mission and outreach and how we relate to each other in governance and structure, how we staff ourselves to accomplish ministry and how we encourage and enable and empower people who never imagined they could do this work to do it on the ground.”   Read more.

Partridge Cameron.w250The Rev. Dr. Cameron Partridge of the Diocese of Massachusetts is a member of the Task Force on the Study of Marriage, which is proposing to the General Convention changes to the Episcopal Church’s marriage canon. Partridge served on the task force’s subcommittee focused on the biblical and theological dimensions of marriage. “I think that our questions about marriage are related to and an outgrowth of our previous questions about the human person,” Partridge said in an interview. “Questions have birthed other questions, and this is the most recent such birthing. So it’s about what it is to be human, and how we live into our vocations as human beings in relationship with one another. ” Read more. Allegra Robinson OYP.w250

Allegra Robinson is a member of St. John’s Church in Franklin, and will be serving as an Official Youth Presence delegate at the General Convention. Two youth represent each of the Episcopal Church’s provinces on the Official Youth Presence, established in 1982. Members of the Official Youth Presence have seat and voice in the House of Deputies and participate in committee hearings and floor debates. Allegra will be representing Province I (the seven New England dioceses) with Anna Foster, Diocese of Maine. “I am thrilled to take the opportunity to prove to people that youth members are not the future of the church–we are the church now,” Robinson said. “When I try to figure out what God wants from me and how He wants me to best serve Him and act on my faith, somehow I always get back to youth ministry. Although your faith changes as you grow, everyone develops faith at a very young age and I think it is extremely important to give everyone the opportunity and environment to deepen their faith at their own pace.”  Read more. 

Joining Robinson in representing the youth of the Diocese of Massachusetts will be Michelle St. Francis and Megan Lightcap, who are serving as youth observers (without seat and voice) thanks to the support of Episcopal Church Women.  Read more. 

Continue checking the blog and the General Convention page on the diocesan site for news and updates as the convention gets underway in Salt Lake City.

Meet the Deputation to the 2015 General Convention

In less than two weeks, the  Diocese of Massachusetts’ deputation will be off to Salt Lake City for the 78th General Convention of the Episcopal Church.

The Rev. Thomas Brown, co-chair of the deputation, writes: “Let’s pray that the Episcopal Church will leave Salt Lake City with a compelling engagement of God’s mission for our church!”

Read on to meet our deputation to General Convention.

Our Bishops

From left: Bishop Alan M. Gates, Bishop Gayle Harris, Bishop Barbara Harris

From left: Bishop Alan M. Gates, Bishop Gayle Harris, Bishop Barbara Harris

The Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates, Bishop
• Serves on the Social Justice and United States Policy Committee

The Rt. Rev. Gayle E. Harris, Bishop Suffragan
• Serves on the Constitution and Canons Committee

The Rt. Rev. Barbara C. Harris, Bishop Suffragan (retired)

Deputies to Convention 

Top (from left): Byron Rushing, Fredrica Harris Thompsett, Samuel Gould, Sarah Neumann; Bottom (from left): The Rev. Canon Mally Lloyd, The Rev. Thomas Brown, The Rev. Jane Gould, The Rev. Edwin Johnson

Top (from left): Byron Rushing, Fredrica Harris Thompsett, Samuel Gould, Sarah Neumann; Bottom (from left): The Rev. Canon Mally Lloyd, The Rev. Thomas Brown, The Rev. Jane Gould, The Rev. Edwin Johnson

Byron Rushing, St. John St. James Church, Roxbury
• First lay deputy
• Has been a deputy to General Convention since 1973. Serves as the vice president of the House of Deputies, chairs the Rules of Order Committee and is a member of the Governance and Structure Committee

Fredrica Harris Thompsett, St. Barnabas’s Church, Falmouth
• Second lay deputy and co-chair of the Massachusetts deputation
• Serves on the Governance and Structure Committee

Samuel J. Gould, St. Stephen’s Church, Lynn
• Third lay deputy
• Serves on the Program, Budget and Finance Committee

Sarah Neumann, Church of the Redeemer, Lexington
• Fourth lay deputy
• Serves as the assistant secretary of the Social Justice and United States Policy Committee

The Rev. Canon Mally Ewing Lloyd, Canon to the Ordinary, Diocese of Massachusetts
• First clerical deputy
• Chairs the Program, Budget and Finance Committee, is a member of the Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop and is a consultant to the House of Deputies Resolution Review Committee

The Rev. Thomas J. Brown, Parish of the Epiphany, Winchester
• Second clerical deputy and co-chair of the Massachusetts deputation
• Serves on the Dispatch of Business Committee

The Rev. Jane S. Gould, St. Stephen’s Church, Lynn
• Third clerical deputy
• Serves as the vice chair of the Social Justice and United States Policy Committee

The Rev. Edwin D. Johnson, St. Mary’s Church, Dorchester
• Fourth clerical deputy
• Serves as the assistant secretary of the World Mission Committee

Alternate Deputies 

Top (from left): Billy Boyce, Julie Shea, Betsy Ridge Madsen, Michele Griffin-MacGregor; Bottom (from left): The Rev. Holly Antolini, The Rev. Karen Montagno, The Rev. Julie Carson, The Rev. Connie Ng Lam

Top (from left): Billy Boyce, Julie Shea, Betsy Ridge Madsen, Michele Griffin-MacGregor; Bottom (from left): The Rev. Holly Antolini, The Rev. Karen Montagno, The Rev. Julie Carson, The Rev. Connie Ng Lam

William Boyce, Grace Church, New Bedford
• First lay alternate

Julie Shea, St. John’s Church, Winthrop
• Second lay alternate

Betsy Ridge Madsen, Church of the Advent, Boston
• Third lay alternate
• Serves as a legislative aide to the Social Justice and International Policy Committee

Michele Griffin-MacGregor, St. Andrew’s Church, Framingham
• Fourth lay alternate

The Rev. Holly Antolini, St. James’s Church, Cambridge
• First clerical alternate

The Rev. Karen B. Montagno, Director of Congregational Resources and Training, Diocese of Massachusetts
• Second clerical alternate

The Rev. Julie Carson, St. Andrew’s Church, Framingham
• Third clerical alternate

The Rev. Canon Connie Ng Lam, Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Boston
• Fourth clerical alternate

Official Youth Presence

Two young people represent each of the Episcopal Church’s provinces on the Official Youth Presence, established in 1982. Members of the Official Youth Presence have seat and voice in the House of Deputies and participate in committee hearings and floor debates.

Allegra Robinson, St. John’s Church, Franklin
• Representing Province I (the seven New England dioceses) with Anna Foster, Diocese of Maine

The General Convention begins on June 25 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, and concludes on July 3.

The Rev. Jane Gould, our third clerical deputy, said of preparing for the convention:  “As I anticipate the gathering of the church in Salt Lake, the 12th chapter of Paul’s letter to the Romans speaks to me: ‘…we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us.’ Please pray for the deputies and bishops, that we might use our various gifts for the good of God’s kingdom.”