Utah Diocesan Deputies and Alternates to General Convention have been preparing for the upcoming General
Convention in Austin, Texas, starting July 5. The deputation has been meeting regularly since March to review
and discuss legislation that guides the church in the once every three-year event.
Resolutions for this convention include the following areas: Theology of Episcopal Evangelism, Face to Face and in Cyber Space; recommendations from the Task Force on Marriage created by the 2015 General Convention; recommendations from the Task Force on the Episcopate (our bishops); proposed changes to the
Constitution and Canons; recommendations on improving the safeguarding of all persons; recommended updates of Church liturgies and music; a special dialogue on sexual violence and harassment; and international issues such as the Israel-Palestine conflict and immigration policies. Another area of increasing focus addresses small congregations and bi-vocational clergy models. The deputation has one more meeting to complete its preparations before leaving for Austin.
Also, Bishop Scott B. Hayashi will be representing the diocese at the House of Bishops at General Convention. Please pray for the deputation and for the whole of the Convention.
Deputies and Alternates going to Austin to the House of Deputies include:
The Rev. Trace Browning
The Rev. Isabel Gonzalez
Canon Steve Hutchinson
The Rev. Mary Janda
Ms. Nancy Tanner
The Rev. Cn. Pablo Ramos
Mr. David Reed
Ms. Rhonda Uber
The Rev. Vanessa Cato (Clergy Alternate)
Ms. Sandy Motes (Lay Alternate)