The General Convention is the governing body of the Episcopal Church. It meets every three years. It is a bicameral legislature that includes the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops, composed of deputies and bishops from each diocese. During its triennial meeting deputies and bishops consider a wide range of important matters facing the Church.
The General Convention sets policy for our denomination, including in Worship, Discipline, Mission, Finance, and Vision. In preparation for this summer’s General Convention, over 20 legislative committees have received legislation that spans the gamut. Every item proposes to tweak our polity, perspective or policy to strengthen our Christian witness, and every item must be given a open hearing in which any Episcopalian can have their voice heard before they are put forward for a vote.
The General Convention will meet July 7-14, 2022 in Baltimore Maryland.
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Open Hearings for General Convention are now being held.
You can review legislation proposed for General Convention through the link below. For each item, note the Legislative Committee to which it has been assigned. https://www.vbinder.net/resolutions?house=HD&lang=en
REGISTER TO SPEAK
You can register to speak at an Open Hearing through the link below. It is very common for persuasive testimony to move the members of a committee to action. You might speak in favor, against, or with a recommendation for how the legislation should be amended to be more perfect. https://www.generalconvention.org/legislative-committee-meeting-registration
REGISTER TO OBSERVE
You can register to observe Open Hearings through the link below. Observing is a great way to take in the breadth of one aspect of the church’s work, whether it be Churchwide Leadership – Committee 16; Prayer Book, Liturgy, and Music – Committee 12; Christian Formation & Discipleship – Committee 14, or others. https://www.generalconvention.org/legislative-committee-meeting-registration
OPEN HEARING SCHEDULE
A schedule of all Open Hearings can be found through the link below. The information is presented in a grid. The first column is the date and time of the meeting. The second column notes the legislation that will be considered in that meeting. The third column lists the Committee assigned to consider that legislation. The fourth column notes the meeting type. To find the Open Hearings, scan this fourth column for the words “Video – Open Hearing.” Then note the date and time of those open hearings, found in the first column. https://www.vbinder.net/legislative_meetings?house=HD&lang=en
Questions? Contact The Rev. Phil Dinwiddie, firstname.lastname@example.org
Your General Convention Deputies are listed below. Please contact any one of them to discuss matters that are of interest to you!
Felicity Thompson (co-chair of the Deputation), Cedric Flounory, Jerry Hardy, and Steve Ott, with Carol Latimer as an in-person alternate.
Phil Dinwiddie (co-chair of the Deputation), Anthony Estes, Judith Schellhammer, and Susan Anslow Williams, with Maryjane Peck as an in-person alternate.