GENERAL CONVENTION 2018

Applications are now accepted for high school students who want to participate in the General Convention Official Youth Presence (GCOYP) at the Episcopal Church 79th General Convention to be held Thursday, July 5 to Friday, July 13, 2018 at The Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas (Diocese of Texas).

Applications and information are available here

The Nomination form is here  

“Each General Convention, we look forward to welcoming the members of the Official Youth Presence to the House of Deputies,” said the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, House of Deputies President. “The perspectives and experiences of high school students are critical to our legislative deliberations and make our debates more lively.”

“General Convention resolutions dating back to 1982 provide for an Official Youth Presence,” noted Bronwyn Clark Skov, Episcopal Church Director for Formation, Youth, and Young Adult Ministries, whose office, together with the General Convention Office and President Jennings, coordinates the application and discernment process for teens who want to become members of the OYP. “Under the current Rules of Order of the House of Deputies, members of the OYP are granted seat and voice in that house.”

Skov explained that no more than two high school youth from each of the Episcopal Church’s nine provinces will be selected.

Criteria

To be eligible to apply, candidates must meet the following criteria:
 

  • Be an active member and communicant in good standing of an Episcopal Church congregation
  • Be at least 16 years old and no older than 19 during General Convention 2018.
  • Be a current high school student enrolled in 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade during the 2017/18 school year
  • Be capable of traveling alone by plane or train to and from the meetings in the United States with no escort
  • Be available to travel to the mandatory orientation and training from April 5 - April 8, 2018 in Austin. This weekend will include community building, worship and training on the legislative process.
  • Be available to be present at General Convention in Austin from July 2 – 13, 2018.

The Episcopal Church budget covers travel, lodging and meals for OYP participants attending the orientation weekend and General Convention.

Deadline for applications and nominations is November 1.  All applicants must identify a non-family member nominator who can complete an on-line essay nomination form by November 1.

Applications will be reviewed by a committee that includes House of Deputies Vice-President Byron Rushing of Massachusetts, Deputy Ariana Gonzalez Bonillas of Arizona, members of the Youth Ministry Network Leadership Council and the Formation Department staff.

Nominators may be contacted in early January and applicants will be notified of their status in February. The Official Youth Presence team will be announced in March.

Questions should be directed to Skov at  bskov@episcopalchurch.org or 646-242-1421.   

General Convention

The Episcopal Church’s General Convention is held every three years to consider the legislative business of the church.  General Convention is the bicameral governing body of the Church, comprised of the House of Bishops, with upwards of 200 active and retired bishops, and the House of Deputies, with clergy and lay deputies elected from the 109 dioceses and three regional areas of the Church, at more than 800 members. Between Conventions, the General Convention continues to work through its committees and commissions.  The Executive Council of the Episcopal Church carries out the programs and policies adopted by General Convention.

Applications are now accepted for high school students who want to participate in the General Convention Official Youth Presence (GCOYP) at the Episcopal Church 79th General Convention to be held Thursday, July 5 to Friday, July 13, 2018 at The

The Task Force to Study Dual Call Couples has issued the following update on its progress including a video titled “Dual Call Couples: Gifts & Challenges for the Church.”

The Task Force to Study Dual Call Couples

The Task Force to Study Dual Call Couples, created by Resolution B022 at the 78th General Convention in 2015 has released a video titled, “Dual Call Couples: Gifts & Challenges for the Church,” available here. The members hope that this will be a useful tool for vestries, search committees and congregations.

The Task Force was appointed by Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry and House of Deputies President the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings. They appointed Bishop Douglas Fisher to chair the group.

“This is an important time for clergy couples in the life of the church,” reported the Rev. Dr. Diane Vie of the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia, vice-chair of the Task Force. “The resolution raises the issue to a systemwide level of awareness and legitimizes the issue at a systematic level and promises some action moving forward.”

The Church Pension Group estimated in 2013 that the Episcopal Church is home to approximately 428 dual call couples. Approximately 14 percent of active priests are married to other Episcopal clergy.

As part of its work, the Task Force initiated a listening process. “A big part of what we do is getting the wider church talking about dual call—the challenges and the opportunities,” Fisher said. “We have not made definitive statements—we have invited dialog.”

The Task Force reached out to couples in the dioceses of its members and crafted questions for each couple to answer. In the video, couples discuss real-life challenges priests who are married to other priests face: a couple from the Diocese of East Tennessee talks about their joint discernment process and about sharing life together at Sewanee; another from the Diocese of San Diego address sharing a call as co-vicars.

The Task Force hopes these honest reflections from dual call couples will open conversation on the congregational level. The Task Force will make its full report to the 79th General Convention in 2018.

The members of the Task Force to Study Dual Call Couples and their dioceses are: Bishop Douglas Fisher, Western Massachusetts; the Rev. Canon Joseph Chambers, Missouri; Canon Catherine Massey, North Carolina; Canon Karen Olsen, Minnesota; Bishop Brian Seage, Mississippi; the Rev. Dr. Diane Vie, Southwestern Virginia; the Rev. Kammy Young, Florida; Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, ex officio; President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, ex officio.

The Task Force to Study Dual Call Couples has issued the following update on its progress including a video titled “Dual Call Couples: Gifts & Challenges for the Church.” The Task Force to Study Dual Call Couples The Task Force to Study Dual

The House of Deputies Committee on the State of the Church is asking church leaders to complete two online surveys:  one about the Church Pension Fund and the other about the Episcopal Church’s social justice work. The data that the committee collects from the surveys will be used to prepare its report on the state of the church for the 79th General Convention in 2018.

“The State of the Church committee is canonically mandated to prepare a report on the state of the Episcopal Church for the House of Deputies, which we send to the House of Bishops after we have approved it,” says the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, President of the House of Deputies. “Based on the concerns I’ve heard raised in my conversations with deputies and other leaders at General Convention and as I travel around the church, in 2015 I asked the group to focus on the state of the church in three specific areas:  multicultural ministries, justice and advocacy ministries, and the Church Pension Fund.”

Deputy Winnie Varghese of the Diocese of New York chairs the committee, which includes 16 deputies from across each of the Episcopal Church’s nine provinces see here. https://extranet.generalconvention.org/governing_and_interim_bodies/interim_bodies/652/roster More information about the committee’s work during the 2015-2018 triennium is available at Deputy News here.  http://www.deputynews.org/529-2/

The survey about the Church Pension Fund, available in English and Spanish, is designed to collect responses from lay and ordained people who work in the church regardless of whether they participate in the Church Pension Fund or the Church Medical Trust.

The survey about social justice work, also available in English and Spanish, aims to gather information about the ways that dioceses and congregations are involved in advocating for a fairer and more just society.

“We want to know more about how the church is advocating for economic justice, fair wages, and other justice issues,” says Deputy Laura Russell of Newark, who is part of the committee’s working group assessing social justice work. “Likewise, we want to know about where the church is not just feeding and assisting people in need, but also working against the structures that perpetuate racism, poverty, and hunger in our societies.”

The surveys, which will be available online until August 18, are available using the links below:

Church Pension Fund Survey

The survey is located in English here. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SotC-Pension

The survey is located in Spanish here. https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/FondodePensiones

For more information, email Evan Garner at evan@stjohnsdecatur.org.

Social Justice Survey

 The survey for diocesan representatives to complete in English is here. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SocialJustice-dioceses

The survey for diocesan representatives to complete in Spanish is here. https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/justiciaEncuesta

The survey for congregational representatives to complete in English is here.https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/socialjustice-congregations

The survey for congregational representatives to complete in Spanish is here.https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/congregaciones

For more information, email Laura Russell at LARussell@legal-aid.org; Evan Garner at evan@stjohnsdecatur.org.

The House of Deputies Committee on the State of the Church is asking church leaders to complete two online surveys:  one about the Church Pension Fund and the other about the Episcopal Church’s social justice work. The data that the committee

The deadline to submit a nominee application for Executive Council, Trustee of the Church Pension Fund, and other Episcopal Church board positions that will be elected during the next General Convention is Wednesday, May 10.

Check the links below for full information and links to the application form.

Application deadline is May 10.

Elections will take place at the 79th General Convention, to be held in Austin, TX, Thursday, July 5 to Friday, July 13, 2018.

For more information contact gcoffice@episcopalchurch.org.

 

The deadline to submit a nominee application for Executive Council, Trustee of the Church Pension Fund, and other Episcopal Church board positions that will be elected during the next General Convention is Wednesday, May 10. Check the links below