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Advancing to General Convention 2018: “Introduction to General Convention” available online

November 30, 2017

The Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe, Executive Officer and Secretary of the General Convention, has announced that “An Introduction to the 79th General Convention for Deputies and Bishops” is now available on the General Convention website here and here.

This publication is an important reference for deputies and bishops and a good source of information for anyone interested in General Convention and the legislative process.

The Episcopal Church 79th General Convention will be held Thursday, July 5 to Friday, July 13, 2018 at The Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas (Diocese of Texas).

The Jesus Movement: Loving, Liberating and Life-giving will be theme for the 79h General Convention.

The 32 –page document is filled with important and key information including:

  • How to prepare
  • How to register
  • What can I expect in Austin, Texas?
  • What is the schedule for General Convention?
  • What happens at General Convention?
  • How does General Convention conduct its legislative work?
  • What are Resolutions and Memorials?
  • What are the Rules of Order?
  • What are Legislative Committees?
  • What is the Virtual Binder?
  • Information on Elections
  • Draft Agenda
  • Legislative Committees


For information contact  

The Episcopal Church’s General Convention is held every three years to consider the legislative business of the church.  General Convention is the bicameral governing body of the Church, comprised of the House of Bishops, with upwards of 200 active and retired bishops, and the House of Deputies, with clergy and lay deputies elected from the 109 dioceses and three regional areas of the Church, at more than 800 members. Between Conventions, the General Convention continues to work through its committees and commissions.  The Executive Council of the Episcopal Church carries out the programs and policies adopted by General Convention.

Nancy Cox Davidge
Public Affairs Officer