The House of Deputies completed its work (or as much of it as we could) at 6:00 this evening and we are now making our way back home to our parishes and dioceses.
At today's Eucharist, Presiding Bishop Griswold presided and Presiding Bishop-Elect Jefferts Schori preached. We then convened in an extraordinary joint session of the two houses to hear Bishop Griswold plea for a resolution from both houses to refrain from ordaining to the episcopate any priest "whose manner of life presents a challenge to the wider church." He said that The Episcopal Church needs to give a "clear perception" to our Anglican partners that we have listened to them and are desirous of continuing our conversation with them. Bishop Griswold called on us to show humility and restraint, to step back in order to move forward, to refrain from demanding either our own way or separation. PB25 asked us to give PB26 what she would need to sit with the other Primates. Before the bishops left our hall, Bishop Mathes asked us as the San Diego deputation to support the Griswold resolution when it came from the House of Bishops.
For the rest of the morning, we struggled through some remaining elections and important legislation while we waited for Resolution B-033 to come to us. Shortly after noon, it arrived, unchanged from the Presiding Bishop's original. After about a half hour of heated debate, the Presiding Bishop-elect, Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori requested to come to our House to speak. She, too, pled for passage of B-033 without amendment. A few minutes after one o'clock, a vote by orders was taken, passing in both Lay (72-32) and Clerical (75-34) orders.
After lunch, we rushed to complete the most important of the many pieces of legislation before us, particularly those already passed by the House of Bishops. We passed resolutions dealing with children, international concerns, sexual misconduct, "restorative justice" for slavery, a missionary initiative in Louisiana, and interim Eucharistic sharing with the United Methodist Church, among many others.
This is my final post of General Convention. I return to Palm Desert on Thursday and will be present after each service this weekend to discuss the Convention with the people of St. Margaret's.