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 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

Nominations are now being accepted for various Episcopal Church positions, committees or boards that will be elected during the next General Convention.

The Episcopal Church Joint Standing Committee for Nominations for General Convention has issued a call for nominations for five positions. Elections will take place at the 79th General Convention, to be held in Austin, TX, Thursday, July 5 to Friday, July 13, 2018.

Nominations are accepted for the following committees/boards:

Information is available at these links:

Application deadline is May 10.

For more information contact gcoffice@episcopalchurch.org.

 

Nominations are now being accepted for various Episcopal Church positions, committees or boards that will be elected during the next General Convention. The Episcopal Church Joint Standing Committee for Nominations for General Convention has issued
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The 80th General Convention of the Episcopal Church will be held in July 2021 at The Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD (Diocese of Maryland).

The decision was presented by the Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe, Executive Officer of General Convention and Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Planning and Arrangements, to the Executive Council currently meeting at the Conference Center at the Maritime Institute in Linthicum Heights, MD (Diocese of Maryland).

“There were three outstanding finalist cities, each with compelling histories of mission, work toward racial reconciliation, and a strong desire to welcome the General Convention.  It was a most difficult decision,” Barlowe said. “An important factor in the decision was that the city of Baltimore’s incentives for our 2021 gathering offered the church the most economical plan. The Baltimore Convention Center offers superb facilities and services, is located on the Inner Harbor, and is well served by regular train and air connections."

Barlowe explained that the approval of Executive Council are among the steps of the process of approval for the location of meetings of the General Convention. As required by canon, the decision needs to be approved by the majority of the Presidents and Vice Presidents of the House of Bishops and House of Deputies, the Presidents of the Provinces, and the Executive Council.  Barlowe announced that the majority of those required consents have now been received.

The General Convention is the governing body of the Episcopal Church that meets every three years. It is a bicameral legislature that includes the House of Bishops and the House of Deputies, composed of bishops and deputies from each diocese. During its triennial meeting bishops and deputies consider a wide range of important matters facing the Church. In the interim between triennial meetings, various committees, commissions, agencies, boards and task forces created by the General Convention meet to implement the decisions and carry on the work of the General Convention.

The 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church will be held July 5 - 13, 2018 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin TX (Diocese of Texas). 

  

The 80th General Convention of the Episcopal Church will be held in July 2021 at The Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD (Diocese of Maryland). The decision was presented by the Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe, Executive Officer of General
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The Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe, Executive Officer of General Convention, announced the draft schedule for the 79th General Convention, available here in both English and Spanish.  

The 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church will be held Thursday, July 5 to Friday, July 13, 2018 at The Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas (Diocese of Texas).   #GC79

Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry and President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings will make their presentations to General Convention on Wednesday, July 4.

The first legislative day is Thursday, July 5. On that day, the opening Eucharist will be held at 9:15 am. After that, daily worship is slated for the conclusion of each day’s session.

The major Eucharist with the Diocese of Texas will be held on Saturday, July 7 at Palmer Events Center.  In addition to the traditional United Thank Offering Ingathering, this Eucharist will feature elements of a Revival with innovative worship and music.  A Diocese of Texas event will follow worship on Saturday. 

On Sunday, July 8, deputies and bishops are invited either to worship in local parishes or to attend a Eucharist in the Convention Center at 10:30 am.

“The Diocese of Texas is excited to host the 79th General Convention,” noted the Rt. Rev. Jeff Fisher, Bishop Suffragan of Texas. “We envision the Convention as a welcome mat, not only to the Episcopal Church, but also to the world. With the enhancements to the schedule, we will invite people from around Texas and beyond to join in the Jesus Movement, especially through the Saturday evening worship and revival event, all with a touch of Texas hospitality.”

He explained that the lively worship planned for Saturday evening in the spirit of the revivals being held throughout the Episcopal Church over the next few years. It will be held at Palmer Events Center, a larger venue, to allow more people to attend from neighboring dioceses “and be inspired by the Presiding Bishop’s preaching. Food and entertainment to follow in the spirit of true Texas hospitality,” Bishop Fisher added.

The Palmer Events Center, located within walking distance of the Austin Convention Center, is able to seat all the General Convention deputies and bishops as well as visitors from the surrounding dioceses.

Theme

Barlowe announced that The Jesus Movement: Loving, Liberating and Life-giving will be the theme for the 79h General Convention.

“The theme of The Jesus Movement: Loving, Liberating and Life-giving mirrors the dedicated work of our deputies and bishops, and connects the important work of governance with the other mission and ministry of the church,” Barlowe explained. “The Joint Standing Committee on Planning and Arrangements approved this theme with enthusiasm.” 

General Convention

The General Convention is the governing body of the Episcopal Church that meets every three years. It is a bicameral legislature that includes the House of Bishops and the House of Deputies, composed of bishops and deputies from each diocese. During its triennial meeting bishops and deputies consider a wide range of important matters facing the Church. In the interim between triennial meetings, various committees, commissions, agencies, boards and task forces created by the General Convention meet to implement the decisions and carry on the work of the General Convention.

Over the next seventeen months, the General Convention Office will provide information, materials, educational items and other features about the General Convention, the Diocese of Texas, and Austin, TX.

For more information contact the General Convention office at GCoffice@episcopalchurch.org

 

The Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe, Executive Officer of General Convention, announced the draft schedule for the 79th General Convention, available here in both English and Spanish.   The 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church will be held
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Following a decision by the Joint Standing Committee on Planning and Arrangements, the General Convention Office has announced the nine legislative dates for the 79h General Convention of The Episcopal Church: Thursday, July 5 to Friday, July 13, 2018.

General Convention 2018 will be held at The Austin Convention Center,  Austin, Texas (Diocese of Texas). 

Over the next years, the General Convention Office will provide information, materials, educational items and other features about the General Convention, the Diocese of Texas, and Austin, TX.

“The Joint Standing Committee on Planning and Arrangements and the General Convention Office are already hard at work to plan and enhance our meeting In Austin for the 79th General Convention,” noted the Rev. Canon Dr. Michael Barlowe, Executive Officer and chair of the committee. “Building upon the successful innovations in Salt Lake City, and guided by the evaluations we received, the Committee is excited about our meeting in 2018.”

The Episcopal Church’s General Convention is held every three years, and is the bicameral governing body of the Church. It is 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.

For more information contact the General Convention office at GCoffice@episcopalchurch.org

Members of the Joint Standing Committee on Planning and Arrangements are here.

  

Following a decision by the Joint Standing Committee on Planning and Arrangements, the General Convention Office has announced the nine legislative dates for the 79h General Convention of The Episcopal Church: Thursday, July 5 to Friday, July 13,