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.

A Letter from President Jennings: Elections and Confirmations at General Convention

April 28, 2015 Dear Deputies and Alternate Deputies: General Convention meets just once every three years, so we deputies have a great responsibility to elect and confirm many of the people who do the work of the church in between conventions. At this convention, we’ll elect 50 people to nine different positions, confirm House of…
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Elections and Confirmations by the House of Deputies

At the 78th General Convention, the House of Deputies will elect people to these positions: President of the House of Deputies: 1 clerical or lay deputy for a 3-year term Vice-President of the House of Deputies: 1 clerical or lay deputy of the opposite order of the president for a 3-year term Secretary of the…
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Making Nominations from the Floor

At the 78th General Convention, the House of Deputies will elect: President of the House of Deputies: 1 clerical or lay deputy for a 3-year term Vice-President of the House of Deputies: 1 clerical or lay deputy of the opposite order of the president for a 3-year term Secretary of the House of Deputies*: 3-year…
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Legislative Committee Rosters Released

Legislative committees of deputies, along with parallel legislative committees of bishops, work before and during General Convention to review and propose legislation for the convention to consider. For General Convention 2015, President Jennings has appointed the deputy committees listed below. To learn more about how this convention’s committees were established jointly by the Presiding Bishop…
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Legislative Aide Applications Open Through March 31

At each General Convention, legislative aides serve the House of Deputies by working closely with the officers of legislative committees to help legislation move through convention efficiently and smoothly. For General Convention 2015, legislative aides will be appointed through a new open application process. Both alternate deputies and volunteers who will attend General Convention at…
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Resources for Legislative Committee Officers

The documents on this page are samples from past General Conventions that may help legislative committee officers organize and communicate with their committees: Sample Welcome Email to Legislative Committee (Word) Sample Welcome Email to Legislative Committee (PDF) Sample Covenant for Legislative Committee (Word) Sample Covenant for Legislative Committee (PDF) Sample Legislative Committee Mtg Schedule (Word)…
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House of Deputies Legislative and House Committee Officers

01 Dispatch of Business Chair: The Rev. Dr. James B. Simons (Pittsburgh, III) Vice Chair: The Very Rev. Anthony R. Pompa (Bethlehem, III) Secretary: Mr. Kenneth C. Beck (Spokane, VIII) Assistant Secretary: The Rev. Martha B. Berger (Milwaukee, V) 02 Certification of Minutes Chair: Ms. Sally Russell (Western Kansas, VII) Vice Chair: Mrs. Kaycee Reib…
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Report of the House of Deputies Study Committee on the Rules of Order

La versión en español del proyecto de Reglas de Orden es aquí: Las Reglas de Orden en español December 10, 2014 Dear Deputies and Alternate Deputies: The House of Deputies Study Committee on the Rules of Order was appointed by President Jennings following the 77th General Convention. Her goal in appointing the committee was to…
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Informe de la Cámara de Diputados Comité de Estudio sobre las Reglas de Orden

Estimados diputados y suplentes: La presidente Jennings nombró el Comité de estudio sobre las Reglas de Orden de la Cámara de Diputados después de la 77ª. Convención General. Su objetivo al designar el comité era emprender una revisión y actualización completa de las Reglas de orden que rigen las actividades legislativas en la Cámara de…
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Restructuring for General Convention: A Letter from President Jennings

October 22, 2014 Dear Deputies and Alternate Deputies: In just eight months, we’ll begin gathering for the 78th General Convention. I’m eager to see all of you in Salt Lake City, and as our time together approaches, I plan to write to you periodically to update you about what to expect in the House of…
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