The General Convention of the Episcopal Church is…
- A legislative assembly who create and/or change the constitution, canons, worship, and social policies of the Episcopal Church.
- A series of daily worship services when about 10,000 people gather to hear God’s word and to celebrate the Holy Eucharist.
- A bazaar where vendors and exhibitors sell wares, increase awareness for various causes, and invite participation/engagement.
- A family reunion where friendships are created and renewed.
- A marathon in which for an entire fortnight deputies and bishops, vendors and visitors, volunteers and restauranteurs work from dawn until very late in the evening.
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What are the questions and concerns?
To date, proposals cover a range of topics, including:
- -Book of Common Prayer revisions
- -Evangelism and leadership in underrepresented communities
- -Safeguarding training on social media
- -Racial justice and reconciliation
- -Stewardship of creation
Why does it matter?
General Convention holds a space for Episcopalians to have a real and substantive conversation. It encourages engagement and relationship, across any and every kind of difference one can imagine. Whether testifying in open hearings before committees, speaking for or against resolutions in legislative sessions, or in chance encounters in the exhibit hall, General Convention keeps us talking — a profound witness to a polarized world. Our conversations here matter.
The draft budget for 2019–2021 is balanced at nearly $134 million dollars; most of the income side will be given from dioceses. In the same way that we make sacrificial financial gifts to the Parish of the Epiphany, so too does each diocese who supports the ministry of the Episcopal Church. The expense categories for the triennium include:
- racial reconciliation and justice
- creation care
- ministry of the Presiding Bishop
- mission within and beyond the Episcopal Church
- finance, legal, and operations
I’m thrilled to see evangelism as the first priority and am particularly thrilled to learn recently that in the past 3 years the Episcopal Church has established nearly 80 congregations/ church start-ups.
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