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.

GC80 Legislative Committees Survey Now Available

Dear Deputies: In preparation for the 80th General Convention in July 2022, 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 February 23; you can read that letter on the House of Deputies website. The survey to indicate…
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80th General Convention Legislative Committees

Note: the following list is presented in English and Spanish Aviso: la siguiente lista se presenta en inglés y en español Download a pdf of the 80th General Convention Legislative Committees. Legislative Committees Legislative Committees are required to hold hearings before taking any action. 1. Rules of Order Reviews and proposes Resolutions to revise the…
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Alternate Deputy Tim Dyer Appointed Sergeant-at-Arms

President Jennings has appointed alternate deputy Tim Dyer of the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania as Sergeant-at-Arms of the House of Deputies. Dyer, vicar of Grace Church in Ridgeway, Pennsylvania, is a former Marine and a 2019 graduate of Church Divinity School of the Pacific. Read about his remarkable story. The House of Deputies Rules of…
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80th General Convention Set for July 7-14, 2022 in Baltimore/La 80ª Convención General tendrá lugar el 7-14 de julio de 2022, en Baltimore

Dear Bishops and Deputies: When we last wrote to you about the 80th General Convention, in late July, we committed to reevaluating the public health situation, consulting with epidemiologists, and making a final decision about how the convention would proceed. We have taken these steps, and earlier today, Executive Council consented unanimously to our decision….
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A Conversation with Professor Scott MacDougall

When we do church governance, we are doing theology, says Dr. Scott MacDougall, associate professor of theology at Church Divinity School of the Pacific and newly appointed theologian of the House of Deputies. What does our Anglican way of dispersing authority express about our theological imagination? How do our ecclesiological structures reflect our ideas about God’s…
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A Conversation With Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows and Bishop Deon Johnson

Since the beginning of the Episcopal Church, we have governed ourselves democratically with the full participation of laypeople, clergy and bishops. What advantages do our democratic structures give us in responding to COVID-19 and systemic racism as we seek “to become a Church of and for all races and a Church without racism committed to…
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Scott MacDougall Appointed HoD Theologian

President Gay Clark Jennings is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Scott MacDougall, associate professor of theology at Church Divinity School of the Pacific, as theologian of the House of Deputies. In his new role MacDougall will reflect with deputies on the theological nature of governance, participate in training House of Deputies legislative committee…
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Summer Update on the 80th General Convention: A Letter from Presiding Bishop Curry and President Jennings

Dear Bishops and Deputies: When we wrote to you in early June about the need to consider alternative plans for the 80th General Convention, we hoped that the summer months would bring us more clarity about the course of the pandemic and how we might reasonably plan for 2021 and beyond. But as summer stretches…
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A Conversation with Mayor Pete Buttigieg

On July 15, President Gay Clark Jennings hosted Mayor Pete Buttigieg, an active Episcopalian and member of the Cathedral of St. James in South Bend, Indiana, in a conversation about the intersection of faith and politics. The webinar is the first in a series for deputies and alternate deputies to the 80th General Convention.

An Update on the 80th General Convention From Presiding Bishop Curry and President Jennings

Dear Bishops and Deputies: As this pandemic season stretches on, our profound grief for those who have died is compounded by daily reminders of the economic hardship the plague has brought to many of our communities. Even those who have not suffered great losses are enduring smaller ones, such as the cancelation of graduations, summer…
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