“The Jesus Movement is about being witnesses to a way that is loving, liberating and life-giving. And that, my friends, will change the world.” As we prepare for Homecoming Sunday and a new program year of making God’s love tangible in our beautiful and broken world, these words of our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry challenge us to align our spiritual GPS with the loving, liberating, life-giving teachings of Jesus every time we hear the Gospel.
Every three years the Episcopal Church meets for its General Convention — nine days of liturgy, legislation and shopping all under one big roof. This year we met in Salt Lake City — June 25-July 3 — and actions included electing the first ever African-American Presiding Bishop, a massive march to end gun violence and legislation ranging from approving marriage equality to divesting from fossil fuels to revising the prayer book.
So General Convention is the every-three-year meeting of the Episcopal Church’s national church governance bodies: the House of Deputies (made up of eight deputies — four clergy and four lay — from each of our 110 dioceses) and the House of Bishops (made up — self-explanatorily — of bishops.)
To prepare for Bishop Gene Robinson‘s visit to ASC on Sunday 9/22, you might want to watch the 2011 documentary LOVE FREE OR DIE, which details his history-making work to help LGBT people receive full acceptance in the Episcopal Church.
You can rent or purchase the film from a number of digital services, including iTunes, Amazon and Vudu. More details here.
You can watch an excerpt from the film at Groundswell-Movement.org.