Church Governance


September 15, 2009

Employees of the Episcopal Church Center suggested this week that project- and team-based work with greater collaboration and better communication, all aided by increased use of technology, will help them serve the church with a smaller budget and fewer colleagues.

General Convention's...

September 14, 2009

Bonnie Anderson, president of the House of Deputies, plans to appoint a committee on church governance and polity "to examine and explain the history, theology, political structure and practical realities of the ways in which we believe God calls us to govern the [Episcopal] Church."


July 13, 2009

The House of Deputies July 14 concurred with the House of Bishops in their action on Resolution D025 and passed it as amended.

The resolution affirms that ordination is available to anyone in the church through the discernment process outlined in the Constitution and Canons of the church...

July 8, 2009

Rousing drumming, spirited music, a 50-voice choir of bishops, deputies and visitors and Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori's words "mission, mission, mission" quickened pulses, inspired clapping and a little dancing, energizing the July 8 opening worship and the official start of the...

July 5, 2009

A survey examining the processes by which new bishops were elected and seated over a six-year period shows that people involved had high regard in general for the experience and a number of suggestions for improvement, according to a preliminary summary report issued July 3.

The decadal...

September 30, 2006

I’ve been conducting an informal survey here on the East Coast and among friends and colleagues around the world, asking, “What have you heard about General Convention?” I was there and can tell you quickly what I thought.

We are a different church than we were three years ago (in a...

May 31, 2006

Q: "Do the people in the pews have a vote in any of the major decisions of the church?" 

The Rev. Rosemari Sullivan of Virginia Theological Seminary responds:

A: This questions holds within it the question: What does it mean to the individual to be part of a representational...

October 10, 2005

Key to abbreviations: AF=Administration and Finance Committee; CIM=Congregations in Ministry; INC=International Concerns; NAC=National Concerns

AF-083A: Directs that an estimate of the impact of future revenue be included with all resolutions proposed to the Executive Council that would...

April 17, 2002

Nearly one hundred diocesan executives gathered from all over the United States and Canada to attend the 39th annual Conference of Diocesan Executives (CODE), held in New Orleans, Louisiana April 10-13.

The theme of the conference was 'Renew by the Bayou,' and its central focus was the...