By Mary Klein, diocesan archivist Meeting from May 17-26, 1808, twenty-seven clerical and lay deputies, representing seven states, convened at St. Paul’s Church in Baltimore for the seventh General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church. Only two bishops attended: William White of Pennsylvania, who was the Presiding Bishop, and Thomas Claggett of Maryland. Bishop Benjamin […]
General Convention Blog
General Convention is the highest governing body of The Episcopal Church, meeting every three years and made up of the Church’s bishops and elected lay and ordained deputies from each diocese.
For a informative dive into the polity and legislative process of General Convention, take a look at this 20-page booklet.
The 79th General Convention will meet this summer in Austin, Texas, from July 5 – 13. The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) Triennial meeting convenes in the same location July 5 to 11. See calendars for General Convention, ECW, and draft GC Schedule.
For a summary wrap-up of General Convention, please read the article on Episcopal News Service highlighting the big headlines. We will continue to follow the legislation of General Convention with stories on the Diocese of Maryland’s response to actions taken at General Convention and how we, as a Community of Love, are following the mission […]
AUSTIN: Now comes the eighth legislative day, the penultimate day of the 79th General Convention. Resolutions are moving fast and furious between the two houses. Some make it through relatively unscathed. That was the case yesterday when the House of Deputies unanimously concurred with the decision by the House of Bishops to readmit Cuba into […]
Tuesday, July 10, 2018, was a busy day for the Diocese of Maryland at General Convention, yet its description offers a taste of a typical day at the General Convention of The Episcopal Church. The morning kicked off at 7:30 AM with legislative committees and hearings. Both bishops, and most of the Maryland deputation, are […]
by The Rev. Dina van Klaveren, head of Maryland deputation to #GC79 Cuba, Sí. Harry Groce, a young person in the Episcopal Church interning presently in the Diocese of Cuba, sent these thoughts for his mother, Julie Groce of Atlanta, (that’s her with me in the first pic, and I’m with Obispa Griselda in the […]
We’re on day three of nine of official business at General Convention. Hear from your bishop, the Rt. Rev. Eugene Sutton, the Rev. Stewart Lucas of Nativity and Holy Comforter, Baltimore, and Ms. Alma Bell about how it’s going so far. The Rev. Jason Poling of St. Hilda’s, Catonsville, came out to Austin for a […]
On July 6, the first joint session TEConversation, that on racial reconciliation, took place on in the House of Deputies space at the Austin Convention Center. Truth and reconciliation is a priority in the Diocese of Maryland. The goal of these conversations is to further the work of the Church, deepen relationships and provide resources […]
by Lisa Marie Ryder Co-Executive Director of the Claggett Center The Claggett Center will have a presence at the 79th General Convention of The Episcopal Church in Austin! General Convention is a unique opportunity to promote the Claggett Center and market our facilities to national church groups. Claggett’s location and facilities are ideal for the many events, […]
This morning marked the official start of the 79th General Convention of The Episcopal Church in Austin, TX. In a rousing opening sermon, Presiding Bishop Michael Bruce Curry talked about how The Episcopal Church can intentionally move forward in the Way of Love. After lengthy conversations with his staff and other evangelists within The Episcopal […]
The 79th General Convention of The Episcopal Church officially begins tomorrow, July 5. To understand the issues before the Church this triennial, see this summary guide to #GC79 prepared by The Episcopal Church. #edom #austin #episcoalchurch Episcopal Diocese of Maryland deputies began arriving in Austin yesterday to participate in legislative committee work. Our bishops, Bishop Eugene Taylor Sutton and Bishop Chilton Knudsen, are heading up legislative committees […]
Posted by the House of Deputies of The Episcopal Church Responding to calls from Episcopalians across the church to act on behalf of families seeking asylum at the southern U. S. border, a team of concerned leaders heading to General Convention has planned a prayer service outside the T. Don Hutto Residential Detention Center in […]
The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, President of the House of Deputies, has announced legislative committee officers for the 79th General Convention. We are pleased to announce that a large portion of our deputation will be serving on committees. As mentioned in a previous post, both of our bishops are co-chairing committees. In addition, our deputies […]
We are pleased to announce that both of our bishops are co-chairing legislative committees at the 79th General Convention. The Right Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton chairs committee 19 – on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations, whose mandate is as follows: Receives and proposes Resolutions on relations between this Church and other Churches, this Church and […]
by The Rev. Dina van Klaveren There are many different ways in which the deputies elected to General Convention have been preparing for this particular ministry: -we have made travel arrangements and covered responsibilities at home/work to be away for ten days in Austin, Texas; -we have gathered as a diocesan deputation, along with bishops, […]
Our deputation to General Convention, along with ECW reps, volunteers and more, met a few nights ago to prepare for the 79th General Convention of The Episcopal Church beginning in Austin, TX July 5. This group of hard-working Maryland folks, in addition to committing themselves to making the best decisions possible on upcoming legislation, will be […]