July 5, 2018 Today was the first “official” day of Convention, despite the fact that we’ve been here three days now. I’m still learning my way around how Convention works — namely, how to pace my activities so I don’t find myself exhausted at... Read More →
July 5, 2018 This is my 3rd General Convention. I feel like I’m almost an old pro. But this convention feels different than others. Perhaps its the fact that it is held in a town I know very well. But perhaps there is also something different in the air. This year, we are... Read More →
I learned the difference between the EWC (Episcopal Women’s Caucus) and the ECW (Episcopal Church Women). I think my church had a chapter of ECW going when I was a kid. It was a group of women that sat around and did stuff. Since I’ve been coming to General... Read More →
In 2003 I volunteered with Equality California to knock on doors in my Los Angeles neighborhood to talk about marriage equality. Even though I was then (and still am) single and expect to marry a person of the opposite gender it seemed like an obvious decision. Why should we deny... Read More →
It might seem like being proud and being nervous might not go together – but today those two emotions were the main emotions that I felt. I am proud of so many people! I am proud to be a member of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship. I am very proud of each of the Young Adult... Read More →
We have arrived. Our little group of delegates in a sea of Episcopalians. I forget sometimes that there are so many Episcopalians in this world. Yet coming to an event like this makes it easy to think that we ARE the world. It is a balance between knowing who we are, loving our... Read More →
Maryann is excited to be a shepherd for EPF’s Young Adult Delegation to General Convention in 2015. She joined EPF three years ago when she participated in this same program. Since then she has become even more involved with EPF through the young adult retreat and the... Read More →
On this day in 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issues a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, which sets a date for the freedom of more than 3 million black slaves in the United States and recasts the Civil War as a fight against slavery.
The proclamation was a presidential order and not a law passed by Congress, so Lincoln then pushed for an antislavery amendment to the U.S. Constitution to ensure its permanence. With the passage of the 13th Amendment in 1865, slavery was eliminated throughout America (although blacks would face another century of struggle before they truly began to gain equal rights).
Lincoln’s handwritten draft of the final Emancipation Proclamation was destroyed in the Chicago Fire of 1871. Today, the original official version of the document is housed in the National Archives in Washington, D.C. ... See MoreSee Less