June 13, 2024

The 81st General Convention and why it matters

The Episcopal Church’s General Convention will meet for the 81st time June 23- 28 in Louisville, Kentucky, at the Kentucky International Convention Center. If you’re asking, “So, what is this exactly, and what does it have to do with me?”, you’re not alone. General Convention can feel as far removed from people in local churches as Congress does from everyday life. But the role it plays impacts a lot of what Episcopalians see and do in their local churches. (source)

We have compiled a list of resources that help explain what General Convention is and why it matters to us. There is also a link to the Diocese of Florida’s website listing all of our clergy deputies and laity deputies who will be attending General Convention.

Why does the General Convention matter?

The Episcopal Diocese of Washington has a fantastic breakdown of the General Convention’s structure and it’s impact on churches. Click here for more information.

What are the legislative issues being discussed?

Well, quite a few resolutions have been submitted. The General Convention has created a “virtual binder” detailing everything. Click here to view the binder.

What is the most exciting action happening at General Convention?

This year there will be an election for a new presiding bishop. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry comes to the end of his term this year and the General Convention will elect our next presiding bishop. Click here to see the nominees.

Who from the Diocese of Florida is attending?

The Right Reverend Scott Benhase will be attending, along with clergy and laity deputies. Click here to see the full list.

How can I keep up to date with the General Convention?

The General Convention has newsletters you can sign up to receive and the convention will also be livestreamed.

To livestream the House of Bishops – click here.
To livestream the House of Deputies – click here.

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