House of Deputies of The Episcopal Church

Daily archives: Monday, September 17, 2012

Scope and Authority of General Convention

“There shall be a General Convention of this Church … .” Thus opens the Constitution of the Episcopal Church. Art. I.1. Dr. Pamela Chinnis, President of the House of Deputies from 1991-2000, once summarized General Convention’s authority in this way: General Convention has the authority to change the documents that define us as Episcopalians: the…
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Summary of Actions

On August 10, 2012, the General Convention Office released the Summary of Actions of the 77th General Convention. In his introductory letter, Executive Officer and Secretary of General Convention Gregory Straub wrote: The 77th General Convention considered 411 pieces of legislation:  167 came from our Committees, Commissions, Agencies and Boards (A Resolutions); 29 Resolutions came…
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Resolution D059 In Action

Deputy Sarah Lawton and her colleagues in the Diocese of California have begun putting Resolution D059 to work by advocating for immigration reform. Read the coverage in Episcopal News Service.

New Council of Advice Includes Bishop

For the first time in memory, a bishop has been named as one of the closest advisors to the president of the House of Deputies. “Bishop Sean Rowe of the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania has generously agreed to sit on my council and foster closer collaboration between the two houses of General Convention,” said House of…
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President’s First Message to the House

Dear Friends and Colleagues: Becoming president of the House of Deputies has been a little bit like full immersion baptism. It’s great to be enveloped by the Holy Spirit, but you still have to come up for air. For most of the last two months, I’ve been swimming in the process of making appointments to…
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