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.

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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Task Force on Liturgical and Prayer Book Revision Update

The Task Force on Liturgical and Prayer Book Revision has released the following summary statement: The Task Force on Liturgical and Prayer Book Revision was established by Resolution 2018-A068 and met for its second meeting Oct. 22-25, 2019, at the Emory Conference Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The Task Force is seeking, receiving, and reviewing liturgical…
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Plans Underway for Families with Children at #GC80

In February, the Diocese of Western Louisiana became the first diocese to elect deputies for General Convention 2021 in Baltimore. As deadlines to stand for election approach in other dioceses around the church, families with children can explore options for children who will attend General Convention, which will take place June 30 to July 13, 2021. Thanks…
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Statute of Limitations Suspension Begins January 1: A Letter from the Presiding Bishop and President Jennings, in English y español

Statute of Limitations Suspension for Clergy Sexual Misconduct Begins January 1, 2019 Advent 2018 Dear People of God in the Episcopal Church: Nearly a year ago, we issued a call for the church to examine its history and come to a fuller understanding of how we have handled or mishandled cases of sexual harassment, exploitation…
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