The Episcopal Diocese of Spokane, meeting at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Spokane, Washington, October 20-22 for its 42nd annual Convention, adopted the MDGs as a mission priority and underscored its commitment to youth and young adult ministries.
In his address Bishop James E. Waggoner Jr. "emphasized that the light of Christ and the warmth of community are what open our hearts to receive the blessings of God and to be a blessing to others," according to a diocesan news release.
Praising the commitment in the diocese to a "greater and growing vision," Waggoner announced plans to establish a new Diocesan Council Commission on Outreach and Social Ministry, a renewed focus on establishing Jubilee Centers, and revitalization of the diocese's companion relationship with the Diocese of Belize, the release said.
Waggoner also announced plans to create a new Commission for Youth and Young Adult Ministry, and appointed two young adults, recent college graduates, to serve one-year terms on Diocesan Council.
In related action, Convention seated Branin Orcutt, 16, of All Saints' Episcopal Church in Richland, Washington, after finalizing the constitutional change required to define "adult communicants in good standing" in accordance with the General Canons of The Episcopal Church.
Convention resoundingly elected Nic Mather, a sophomore at Gonzaga University and native of Moses Lake, Washington, to the Standing Committee. Representatives of the official Youth Presence addressed the Convention, stressing the importance of their experiences as campers and staff of Camp Cross, the diocesan camp and conference center on Lake Coeur d'Alene in northern Idaho.
In further legislative action, delegates: