House of Deputies

of The Episcopal Church
General Convention

Every three years, the General Convention of the Episcopal Church meets to consider the legislative business of the church. The General Convention, which includes the House of Bishops and the House of Deputies, is the primary governing and legislative body of the church. Between conventions, the General Convention continues to work through its committees, commissions, agencies and boards. The Executive Council of the Episcopal Church carries out the programs and policies adopted by General Convention.

Preliminary Budget Draft and Survey Now Available: A Letter from President Jennings

Dear Deputies, The preliminary draft of the 2019-2021 triennium budget, prepared by Executive Council’s Finance for Mission Committee (FFM), is now available online. An overview of the budget prepared by the committee is also available. After you have reviewed the overview and draft budget, I hope that you will take the online survey about the budget. This survey will provide both FFM…
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Letting Our Light Shine in Texas: A Letter from the Presiding Bishop and President of the House of Deputies

August 16, 2017 Dear People of God in the Episcopal Church: Yesterday, the Texas legislature adjourned its special session without passing a so-called “bathroom bill,” which threatened to write discrimination against transgender people into state law. We give thanks for all of the Texan Episcopalians, elected officials, business leaders, and advocates who raised their voices…
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Legislative Committee Survey Now Online

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[En ingles y español] July 14, 2017 Dear Deputies, In preparation for the 79th General Convention in July 2018, I am beginning the process of appointing deputies to legislative committees. The Presiding Bishop and I wrote to bishops and deputies about our plans for legislative committees on July 6; you can read that letter on…
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Legislative Committees Announced: Letter from Presiding Bishop Curry and President Jennings

[En ingles y español] July 6, 2017 Dear Deputies and Bishops, We’re just over a year away from the 79th General Convention, and already, planning is in high gear. Part of our role in those preparations, as set forth by the Rules of Order of the House of Deputies and House of Bishops, is to…
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Now That You’re Home: 2015 Edition

I am a big fan of David Letterman’s Top Ten Lists. Here is my Top Ten List for deputies after returning home from General Convention, updated for 2015: 10. Remember you were elected by your diocese and you remain a deputy if and until your successor is elected. Your service as a deputy encompasses more…
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Demographics of the House of Deputies

The House of Deputies at the 78th General Convention in Salt Lake City comprised 868 deputies, 52 percent of whom were men and 48 percent of whom were women. According to the Pew Research Center, the Episcopal Church’s membership in 2014 was 55 percent women and 45 percent men. Length of service Forty-six percent of…
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House of Deputies Prayers – 78th General Convention (2015)

The Rev. Lester Mackenzie, deputy from the Diocese of Los Angeles, served the House of Deputies as Chaplain during the 2015 General Convention in Salt Lake City. Lester opened each session with prayer – some traditional, some unfamiliar. Often, he would have the House on its feet enabling the Spirit to flow freely amongst the…
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Parliamentary Resource Deputies Appointed

President Jennings has appointed 13 deputies who will be available to answer questions about parliamentary procedure, help deputies make motions, and more. The deputies who have agreed to serve are: Larry Hitt of the Diocese of Colorado Joan Geiszler-Ludlum of the Diocese of East Carolina Sally Johnson of the Diocese of Minnesota Paul Ambos of…
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Parliamentary Procedure Charts

House of Deputies Parliamentarian Bryan Krislock has prepared reference charts of how to make common parliamentary motions. The first chart can be used as long as the current Rules of Order are in place; the second chart can be used if the House of Deputies adopts the new proposed rules. These charts will not be…
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A Romp Through the Virtual Binder

Deputy Liz Brauza of the Diocese of Western New York has created “A Romp Through the Virtual Binder” to help deputies practice for our first paperless General Convention. Download the document and visit the virtual binder “sandbox” site through Thursday, June 18 to practice. “You cannot break it,” Brauza writes. “I promise.” After June 18, the…
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