WHAT IS GENERAL CONVENTION?
The Episcopal Church meets every three years and gathers all of the churches in all the provinces not just in the United States but in many other countries from Europe to Asia as well as Central and South America. We meet in two houses, the House of Bishops and the House of Deputies. Just as with our two house system both in Virginia and in Washington for any resolution to pass it must be approved by both houses. Resolutions can be made by either house, by a diocese or an individual. These resolutions are then referred to one of the many committees that will meet extensively during the first few days.
LINKS TO INFORMATION ABOUT GENERAL CONVENTION
Understanding General Convention: This article on Anglicans Online is a good description of how we govern ourselves. It is written by Bishop Whalen who is retiring as the Bishop of Europe this summer. It is a little long, but contains excellent information.
ABOUT GENERAL CONVENTION This link goes to the official information page of the national church
Episcopal News Service This is the official website for information about news in the Episcopal Church. At this site you can find a video statement from our Presiding Bishop, a letter from the President of the House of Deputies, the full text of the press release from teh meeting, as well as statements by the Archbishop of Canterbury and many Episcopal Bishops. This is probably the best source of information.
This website run by of the Diocese of Washington DC is also an excellent source of information.
Both of these websites have facebook pages which have frequent updates.
WHY IS OUR RECTOR ATTENDING
In February 2017 I was elected, by Diocesan Council, to serve as the 3rd Clergy Alternate from our diocese. I will post information and my reflections as the meetings progress. I will be serving as the legislative aide for the Committee on Ethical Investing.
WHERE CAN I GET ACCURATE INFORMATION
Accurate information is always a challenge. As convention approaches more links will be added as they become available.
HOUSE OF DEPUTIES NEWSLETTER This is the official newsletter for deputies and has great information