House of Deputies

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 than the actual days of General Convention.

9. Read and carefully review A Summary of Actions of the 78th General Convention.

8. Determine, in concert with your bishop(s), the best way to report to your diocese about the 78th General Convention. This can be done in a variety of ways; regional meetings; articles in the diocesan newspaper, magazine or newsletter; webinars; or a report to your diocesan convention.

7. Ensure that the secretary of convention in your diocese makes known to your diocesan convention the first reading of constitutional amendments as required by Article XII of The Constitution & Canons of The Episcopal Church.

6. Consider strategies with your deputation and bishop(s) to implement resolutions with diocesan implications or mandates (the Summary of Actions has a section on resolutions referred to dioceses). Check back with diocesan bodies that are charged with a given piece of work. The General Convention Office annually sends diocesan secretaries a checklist of General Convention actions that relate to dioceses with a request for an update of actions taken by the diocese.

5. Visit the House of Deputies website for information, resources and news for deputies and sign up for the monthly House of Deputies email newsletter.

4. Support and advocate for the budget adopted by General Convention. Speak to your diocesan finance committee, diocesan council, and diocesan convention, and urge your diocese to pay its full asking.

3. Discern whether you wish to offer yourself next year for election as deputy. It's probably just right that most dioceses elect deputies more than a full year after General Convention adjourns. It gives deputies time to inform the diocese of what happened at General Convention and how it impacts the diocese. It also gives deputies time to forget the worst parts of Convention and want to do it again (kind of like childbirth).

2. Save your name badges and buttons. You never know what they might sell for on eBay someday.

1. Teach the song "We Are One Together – Yo Yo Yo" to your diocesan convention. If you have forgotten the words, here it is:

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 deputies were serving for the first time, and two-thirds of deputies were serving for either their first or second convention. 

conventions as deputy

 

Age

Fifty-four deputies, or just over 6 percent of the House, were born in the 1980s or 1990s and are between the ages of 16 and 35. Two hundred and fifty two deputies, or 29 percent of the House, were born in the 1960s and 1970s and are between the ages of 36 and 55. One-third of the House was born in the 1950s and is between the ages of 56 and 65, while 28 percent were born in the 1920s, 1930s, or 1940s and are 66 or older. Find the 2014 age demographics of the Episcopal Church on the Pew Research Center website.

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Race and Ethnicity

More than three-quarters of the House of Deputies is white, while 9% is black, African American, or Afro Caribbean and 7% is Latino. Indigenous and Native American deputies make up 3% of the House, and Asian deputies account for 2%. According to the Pew Research Center's most recent Religious Landscape Survey, the Episcopal Church's members in 2014 were 90% white, 4% black, 2% Latino, and 1% Asian.

race and ethnicity

Rev. Lester MackenzieThe 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 deputies.  On several occasions, Lester would add visual elements to the prayers, and some of them are collected below.

 

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 the Diocese of New Jersey

Dick Graybill of the Diocese of Northern Michigan

Bill Cathcart of the Diocese of Oklahoma

Polly Getz of the Diocese of San Diego

Tom Tisdale of the Episcopal Church in South Carolina

Steve Hutchinson of the Diocese of Utah             

Rosalie Ballentine of the Diocese of the Virgin Islands               

Andy Cobb and Brad Foster of the Diocese of West Tennessee

Bill Fleener of the Diocese of Western Michigan

Find these deputies by looking for the brightly colored ribbons (probably red) on the stanchions of their deputations and use this seating chart to find the resource deputy nearest you.

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 in the Virtual Binder, so please print them, laminate them, or store them for reference in the way that is easiest for you to use on the floor of the House of Deputies.

Download the parliamentary procedure reference charts.

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 virtual binder sandbox site will still exist, but it will be in a different format so that General Convention secretariat volunteers can be trained. So be sure to take your romp before the end of the day on Thursday!

Download "A Romp Through the Virtual Binder."

Visit the virtual binder testing site.

Questions about the virtual binder? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in the General Convention office.

28 de abril del 2015

Estimados Diputados y Diputados Alternos:

La Convención General se reúne una vez cada tres años, por lo que los diputados tienen la gran responsabilidad de elegir y confirmar a muchas de las personas que hacen el trabajo de la Iglesia entre las convenciones. En esta convención, vamos a elegir a 50 personas para nueve posiciones diferentes, confirmar a 17 personas para la Cámara de los Obispos, entre ellas un nuevo obispo presidente, y confirmar a 13 personas designadas por los oficiales presidentes.

He aquí una lista, que también se puede encontrar en la página web de la Cámara de los Diputados: on the House of Deputies website:

Elecciones por la Cámara de los Diputados
En esta convención, la Cámara de los Diputados elegirá a personas para estas posiciones:

• El presidente de la Cámara de los Diputados:  1 deputado clérigo o laico por un período de 3 años

• Vicepresidente de la Cámara de los Diputados:  1 deputado clérigo o laico del orden opuesto al del presidente por un período de 3 años

• Secretario de la Cámara de los Diputados:  Por un período de tres años, elegido por la Cámara de los Diputados; al ser confirmado por la Cámara de los Obispos, se convierte en el Secretario de la Convención General

• Tesorero de la Convención General:  Por un período de tres años elegido por acción concurrente de ambas Cámaras
• Consejo Ejecutivo:  2 sacerdotes o diáconos y 6 laicos por un período de 6 años
• Junta de Disciplina para los Obispos:  2 sacerdotes o diáconos y 2 laicos por un período de 6 años
• Síndicos para el Fondo de Pensiones de la Iglesia:   12 fideicomisarios por un período de 6 años
• Junta de Síndicos para el Seminario Teológico General:  2 sacerdotes o diáconos y 2 laicos por un período de 6 años
• Comité Conjunto de Nominaciones para la Elección de Obispo Presidente:  1 diputado clérigo y 1 diputado laico de cada Provincia por un período de 3 años

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 Bishops elections of 17 people, including a new presiding bishop, and confirm 13 people appointed by the presiding officers.

Here’s a checklist, which you can also find on the House of Deputies website:

Elections by the House of Deputies

At this 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 House of Deputies:  3-year term elected by the House of Deputies; upon confirmation by the House of Bishops, becomes the Secretary of General Convention
  • Treasurer of the General Convention:  3-year term elected by concurrent action of both Houses
  • Executive Council:  2 priests or deacons and 6 lay persons for 6-year terms
  • Disciplinary Board for Bishops:  2 priests or deacons and 2 lay persons for 6-year terms
  • Trustees of the Church Pension Fund:  12 trustees for 6-year terms
  • Board of Trustees of the General Theological Seminary:  2 priests or deacons and 2 lay persons for 6-year terms
  • Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of a Presiding Bishop:  1 clerical deputy and 1 lay deputy from each Province for 3-year terms

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 House of Deputies: 3-year term elected by the House of Deputies; upon confirmation by the House of Bishops, becomes the Secretary of General Convention
  • Treasurer of the General Convention:  3-year term elected by concurrent action of both Houses
  • Executive Council:  2 priests or deacons and 6 lay persons for 6-year terms
  • Disciplinary Board for Bishops: 2 priests or deacons and 2 lay persons for 6-year terms
  • Trustees of the Church Pension Fund:  12 trustees for 6-year terms
  • Board of Trustees of the General Theological Seminary:  2 priests or deacons and 2 lay persons for 6-year terms
  • Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of a Presiding Bishop:  1 clerical deputy and 1 lay deputy from each Province for 3-year terms

The House of Deputies will confirm these elections held by the House of Bishops:

  • Presiding Bishop: 1 bishop for a nine-year term
  • Executive Council: 2 bishops elected for 6-year terms
  • General Board of Examining Chaplains: 2 bishops, 3 priests, 3 seminary faculty and 3 laypeople for 6-year terms
  • Custodian of the Book of Common Prayer:  1 person for a 6-year term
  • Historiographer:  1 person for a 3-year term (traditionally the Registrar of General Convention)
  •  Recorder of Ordinations:  1 person or institution for a 3-year term

Both the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops will confirm appointments that the Presiding Bishop makes and that I make to:

  • Board of the Archives of the Episcopal Church:  2 bishops appointed by the Presiding Bishop; 2 priests or deacons and 3 lay persons appointed by the President of the House of Deputies
  • Board for Transition Ministry:  2 bishops appointed by the Presiding Bishop; 2 priests or deacons and 2 lay persons appointed by the President of the House of Deputies

You can learn more about each of these positions in Appendix 3 (page 23) of “An Introduction to the 78th General Convention for Bishops and Deputies.”  (hereafter “the Introduction”). You can also learn about nominations for positions elected by the House of Deputies and how to make 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 term elected by the House of Deputies; upon confirmation by the House of Bishops, becomes the Secretary of General Convention
  • Treasurer of the General Convention*:  3-year term elected by concurrent action of both Houses
  • Executive Council*:  2 priests or deacons and 6 lay persons for 6-year terms
  • Disciplinary Board for Bishops*:  2 priests or deacons and 2 lay persons for 6-year terms
  • Trustees of the Church Pension Fund*:  12 trustees for 6-year terms
  • Board of Trustees of the General Theological Seminary*:  2 priests or deacons and 2 lay persons for 6-year terms
  • Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of a Presiding Bishop:  1 clerical deputy and 1 lay deputy from each Province for 3-year terms

*candidates presented by the Joint Committee on Nominations; view the list

two candidates in each order elected by provincial caucuses on Sunday, June 28; House of Deputies elects one from each order.

At this convention, it will be possible to nominate candidates from the floor for any position elected by the House of Deputies execpt the Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of a Presiding Bishop, for which provincial caucuses nominate two people in each order and the House of Deputies elects one in each order.

In order to expedite the nominations process and to ensure that nominee information is included in the virtual binder, the Secretary of the House of Deputies, the Rev. Canon Michael L. Barlowe, will receive advance notice of nominations from the floor from now until the time of nominations during the legislative session on June 26.

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  • In 150 words or less, share your competencies and skills that are relevant to serving in this position, and indicate how you hope to use these gifts if elected to this body.  Please use first person narrative language.
  • A photograph, preferably a head shot (passport style), ideally 2.5x3 inches, at a resolution of 300 ppi (or approximately 500K).

This is the same information requested by the Joint Standing Committee on Nominations for the candidates they nominated. This information will be uploaded to the virtual binder upon receipt and will be available to view on the General Convention website.