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General Convention Ten Facts

June 26, 2018 10:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Ten Facts about General Convention

  1. This is the 79th General Convention; the first was in 1785.
  2. This is the first time the General Convention has met in Austin, Texas. 
  3. There are 110 dioceses in our church, including 99 within the United States, plus eleven others: Colombia, Dominican Republic, two in Ecuador, Haiti, Honduras, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, Venezuela, the Virgin Islands (both British and U.S.), and 16 parishes in Europe (the American Convocation). Each diocese sends 8 deputies (4 clergy persons and 4 lay persons), and its bishop(s). 
  4. The House of Deputies and the House of Bishops meet separately, and legislation must be approved in both houses. 
  5. Historically the House of Bishops was the more conservative. Now, the House of Deputies tends more slowly to change, especially when it comes to authorizing new forms for worship.
  6. The “official youth presence” comprises 18 teens and young adults who join in the deliberations and festivities, and are the ones responsible for making it fun.
  7. Bishop Barbara Harris, our retired Suffragan Bishop, has been to 19 General Conventions; her first was in Seattle in 1967!
  8. The vice-president of the House of Deputies, a layman from Boston, is the Honorable Byron Rushing, who is a legislator in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.
  9. At the General Convention, the United Thank Offering is presented. It represents charitable gifts from every diocese in our church, all of which is given away in the form of grants. 
  10. Solomon Owayda, a member of the Parish of the Epiphany, is seeking re-election as a trustee of the Church Pension Fund. The House of Deputies will vote on this and many other church-wide elections.


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