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|Church strongly supports immigrants in prayer, legislation, direct action
By David Paulsen, Episcopal News Service
Arriving in Austin, Texas during a national uproar over the federal administration’s “zero tolerance” policy toward immigration, General Convention signaled strong support for families who had been separated, those facing deportation and immigrants in general.
On July 8, more than 1,000 Episcopalians gathered for a midday prayer vigil held outside the T. Don Hutto Residential Center, an immigrant detention facility outside Austin. Standing beneath the hot Texas sun, they prayed and sang.
|Some bishops take reluctant first steps toward allowing same-sex rites
General Convention first approved trial rites for same-sex marriage ceremonies in 2015, but the bishops of eight domestic dioceses refused to allow them in their congregations.
Following compromise legislation at the 2018 General Convention to grant access to the liturgies for all Episcopalians in places where such ceremonies are legal, it remains to be seen how the dioceses of Albany (N.Y.), Central Florida, Dallas, Florida, North Dakota, Springfield (Ill.), Tennessee and the Virgin Islands will implement the process outlined by Resolution B012.