General Convention of The Episcopal Church
The General Convention is the primary governing and legislative body of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America. With the exception of the Bible, the Book of Common Prayer, and the Constitution and Canons, it is the ultimate authority in the Episcopal Church. General Convention comprises two houses: the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops. It meets regularly once every three years; however, the House of Bishops meets regularly in between sessions of General Convention. The Bishops have the right to call special meetings of General Convention.
All diocesan, coadjutor, suffragan, and assistant bishops of the Episcopal Church, whether active or retired, have seat and vote in the House of Bishops. Each diocese of the Episcopal Church, as well as the Navajoland Area Mission and the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe, are entitled to representation in the House of Deputies by four clergy deputies, either presbyters or deacons, canonically resident in the diocese and four lay deputies who are confirmed communicants in good standing. Resolutions must pass both houses in order to take effect.
The convention is divided into committees which consider resolutions. Resolutions arise from four different sources: 1) “A” resolutions from interim bodies whose work is collected in what is referred to as the “Blue Book” 2) “B” resolutions which come from Bishops 3) “C” resolutions which come from diocesan conventions and 4) “D” resolutions which originate from Deputies. Each properly submitted resolution is referred to a convention committee which makes its recommendation to the House. When one house has acted on the resolution it is sent to the other house for consideration.
The last session of the General Convention was in Austin Texas in July of 2018. The next session of the General Convention, which was originally scheduled for 2021, has been postponed due to the pandemic. The 80th General Convention will meet in Baltimore, July 8-11, 2022.
The 80th General Convention: July 8-11, 2022 in Baltimore, Maryland
House of Deputies Virtual Binder for the 80th General Convention
Click here to access the virtual binder which contains agendas, committee reports, and proposed resolutions.
Media Coverage of the 80th General Convention
Watch live or on demand sessions and briefings here on the GC80 Media Hub.
Maine’s 2021-2022 General Convention Deputation
The Rev. Lisa Fry, St. Thomas, Camden