House of Deputies

of The Episcopal Church

The 79th General Convention of The Episcopal Church will be held in Austin, Texas (Diocese of Texas) from July 5 – July 13, 2018.

House of Deputies Special Committee on Sexual Harassment and Exploitation Appointed

Forty-seven member panel to draft legislation for General Convention 2018 House of Deputies President Gay Clark Jennings has appointed a House of Deputies special committee that will draft legislation on sexual harassment and exploitation for this summer’s General Convention. “In January, Presiding Bishop Curry and I called the church to examine its history and end…
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Standing With Tamar: A Letter from the Presiding Bishop and President Jennings, in English y español

January 22, 2018 Dear People of God in the Episcopal Church: In recent weeks, compelling testimony from women who have been sexually harassed and assaulted by powerful men has turned our minds to a particularly difficult passage of holy scripture:  the story of the rape of King David’s daughter Tamar by her half-brother Amnon (2…
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Hard and Holy Conversations: Executive Council Opening Remarks

President Jennings delivered these remarks to the opening session of the Episcopal Church’s Executive Council, meeting in Linthicum Heights, Maryland, from January 22-24. Good morning. Welcome back to the Maritime Center, and welcome back to Executive Council. I’m glad to be here with you all in this home stretch of the triennium. As one deputy…
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Legislative Committee Rosters Released/Se Publican las Listas de los Comités Legislativos

Dear Deputies and Alternate Deputies: Earlier today, I posted the final rosters of legislative committees for General Convention 2018 on the House of Deputies website. Thank you to all of you who filled out last summer’s online survey about your committee preferences, and thank you to all of you who have accepted an appointment to…
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Committee Rosters: General Convention 2018

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 2018, President Jennings has appointed the deputy committees listed below. Read her letter about committee appointments, and review the list of legislative committee officers. 01…
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General Convention Overview Calendar Online in 2018

For General Convention 2018, the General Convention Office will keep an “overview calendar” that includes official events of both the General Convention and the Episcopal Church Women Triennial Conference as well as events being held during convention by Episcopal Church organizations. See the calendar online, and find information about listing your organization’s or deputation’s event on…
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Legislative Aide Applications Due March 16

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. In 2018, as in 2015, legislative aides will be appointed through an open application process. Both alternate deputies and volunteers who will attend General Convention at…
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Announcement of Legislative Committee Officers/Un Anuncio de los Oficiales de los Comités Legislativos

November 29, 2017 Dear Deputies: With a side of turkey over the holiday weekend, I finished one of my favorite tasks of the triennium: appointing deputies to serve as legislative committee officers for General Convention. Today I’m sending that list to all of you so you can begin to prepare for convention by learning who…
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Preliminary Budget Draft and Survey Now Available: A Letter from President Jennings

Dear Deputies, The preliminary draft of the 2019-2021 triennium budget, prepared by Executive Council’s Finance for Mission Committee (FFM), is now available online. An overview of the budget prepared by the committee is also available. After you have reviewed the overview and draft budget, I hope that you will take the online survey about the budget. This survey will provide both FFM…
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Letting Our Light Shine in Texas: A Letter from the Presiding Bishop and President of the House of Deputies

August 16, 2017 Dear People of God in the Episcopal Church: Yesterday, the Texas legislature adjourned its special session without passing a so-called “bathroom bill,” which threatened to write discrimination against transgender people into state law. We give thanks for all of the Texan Episcopalians, elected officials, business leaders, and advocates who raised their voices…
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