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General Convention 2015: Planning for the future of the Episcopal Church
On June 19, 2015
The 78th General Convention of the Episcopal Church convenes in Salt Lake City, June 25 – July 3.
Convention meets every three years in a different city around the country. The governing body of our church is made up of bishops, priests and lay delegates. Much like our country’s government, our legislative body contains two houses: the House of Bishops and the House of Deputies. Each house hears reports, debates issues and casts votes. The Diocese of Missouri has 13 clergy and lay delegates attending the convention to participate and vote on our behalf.
Perhaps the biggest news coming out of this summer’s convention will be the election of a new presiding bishop. The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori will end her term as Presiding Bishop in November. One of four nominees will be elected to take her place:
- The Rt. Rev. Thomas E. Breidenthal,
Bishop of the Diocese of Southern Ohio
- The Rt. Rev. Michael B. Curry,
Bishop of the Diocese of North Carolina
- The Rt. Rev. Ian T. Douglas,
Bishop of the Diocese of Connecticut
- The Rt. Rev. Dabney T. Smith
Bishop of the Diocese of Southwest Florida
*Click on the links with each name to watch a video interview with each nominee. They were asked to respond to the following questions:
- What changes would you encourage in the Church to enable us to be the Church God is calling us to be?
- In the Good News of Jesus, what do you feel most called to share with the Church in this moment?
The election will take place Saturday, July 29. The Presiding Bishop serves for a nine-year term. The Presiding Bishop is Primate, Chief Pastor of the Church, Chair of the Executive Council, and President of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society.
Along with electing a new leader for our church, the work of the General Convention includes adopting legislation of concern to the Church; amending the Book of Common Prayer, the Constitution, and the Canons of the Church; adopting a triennial budget for the Episcopal Church; and electing candidates to offices, boards and other committees. This work is undertaken in support of the mission and ministry of the Church, and with prayerful gratitude and spiritual discernment.
Some newsworthy topics at this year’s convention include a report from TREC (Task Force for Reimagining the Episcopal Church) and resolutions from the Marriage Task Force. The triennial meeting of the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) also takes place during the convention. And watch for a prayerful procession titled “Claiming Common Ground Against Gun Violence” on the streets of Salt Lake City on June 28.
You can learn more about General Convention, the delegates and all reports at:
Watch a live stream of the daily worship services, legislative sessions and press round-ups at:
Keep up with news from the Missouri Deputation at: