80TH GENERAL CONVENTION

of The Episcopal Church

July 7 – 14, 2022
Baltimore, Maryland

The General Convention is the governing body of the Episcopal Church. It meets every three years. It is a bicameral legislature (a legislature that has two houses) that includes the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops, composed of deputies and bishops from each diocese. During its triennial meeting deputies and bishops consider a wide range of important matters facing the Church.

The General Convention sets policy for our denomination, including in worship, discipline, mission, finance, and vision. In preparation for this summer’s General Convention, over 20 legislative committees have received legislation that spans the gamut. Every item proposes to tweak our polity, perspective or policy to strengthen our Christian witness, and every item must be given a open hearing in which any Episcopalian can have their voice heard before they are put forward for a vote.

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Volunteers recruited from the Diocese of Maryland and its neighboring dioceses, who welcome guests and support the logistical work of the General Convention, have an opportunity to learn about the structure and governance of The Episcopal Church.

In addition to experiencing the gathering of The Episcopal Church, volunteers who contribute their time have the chance to meet people from around The Episcopal Church and connect with others in other dioceses whom they would not have otherwise met.

There are two steps to become a General Convention Volunteer:

Step One — Complete this online form to share your contact information (name, congregation, email address, and phone number) with the Diocese of Maryland. If you do not have an email address, you may contact Caroline Bomgardner at 410-467-1399 ext. 1379 to indicate your desire to volunteer.

Step Two — Those who complete the online form will receive an email in February 2022 providing information about signing up to volunteer for specific days, times, and areas of interest. A link and log-in information to a scheduling application will be included. Once complete, you will receive a confirmation email from the system with your selections.

Please note that the Joint Standing Committee on Planning and Arrangements passed a resolution on December 9, 2021, that ALL attendees of the 80th General Convention, including volunteers, must provide proof of vaccination and wear masks.

On behalf of the Diocese of Maryland and the Office of General Convention, thank you for your interest in volunteering at this summer’s General Convention, to be held at the Baltimore Convention Center July 7th – 14th. Although it has taken longer than usual to get this site up and running, we greatly appreciate your patience and understanding. 

Please go to: https://80thgenconvepiscopalchurch2022volunteer.my-trs.com/ to sign up for volunteer shifts in the various support areas of convention.  You will need to establish an account by clicking on the purple Register Now button using your own email address.  We will need this email for the health check for vaccine verification in mid-May.  As you look at the various areas and you need more information, click on the small blue dot with a “?”.  You may sign up for as many shifts as you would like, or one or two…we just appreciate you, and your willingness to share your time and talents with The Episcopal Church.

We are hopeful that you will enjoy your time learning about the governance of The Episcopal Church and seeing your leaders in action.  Let us know if you have any questions.

May you be finding peaceful moments in the midst of this Lenten season as we look ahead to the joy of new life and new possibilities together in Easter season and beyond.

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Open Hearings for General Convention are now being held.
REVIEW LEGISLATION

You can review legislation proposed for General Convention through the link below. For each item, note the Legislative Committee to which it has been assigned. https://www.vbinder.net/resolutions?house=HD&lang=en

REGISTER TO SPEAK

You can register to speak at an Open Hearing through the link below. It is very common for persuasive testimony to move the members of a committee to action. You might speak in favor, against, or with a recommendation for how the legislation should be amended to be more perfect. https://www.generalconvention.org/legislative-committee-meeting-registration

REGISTER TO OBSERVE

You can register to observe Open Hearings through the link below. Observing is a great way to take in the breadth of one aspect of the church’s work, whether it be Churchwide Leadership – Committee 16; Prayer Book, Liturgy, and Music – Committee 12; Christian Formation & Discipleship – Committee 14, or others. https://www.generalconvention.org/legislative-committee-meeting-registration

OPEN HEARING SCHEDULE

A schedule of all Open Hearings can be found through the link below. The information is presented in a grid. The first column is the date and time of the meeting. The second column notes the legislation that will be considered in that meeting. The third column lists the Committee assigned to consider that legislation. The fourth column notes the meeting type. To find the Open Hearings, scan this fourth column for the words “Video – Open Hearing.” Then note the date and time of those open hearings, found in the first column. https://www.vbinder.net/legislative_meetings?house=HD&lang=en

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The below booklet is from the 79th General Convention.

Every three years the National Episcopal Church Women gather to elect their new executive board. At this time the new board develops their plan for the coming years. Read more about the 2022 Triennial for the ECW here.

After the start of General Convention, check here to see updates from our diocese.

Representatives from the Episcopal Church in Delaware

Clerical

Deputies

The Rev.
Brad Hinton

St. David's Church,
Wilmington

The Rev.
Patty Downing

Trinity Parish
Wilmington

The Rev.
Ruth Beresford

Christ Church
Christiana Hundred,
Wilmington

The Rev.
David Andrews

Retired

Alternates

The Rev.
Donna Jean Kiessling

St. Peter's Church,
Smyrna

The Rev. Deacon
Cecily Sawyer Harmon

St. Thomas's Parish

Bishop
The Rt. Rev.
Kevin S. Brown

XI Bishop of Delaware

Lay

Deputies

Teri Quinn Gray

St. Thomas's Parish,
Newark

Jon Rania

All Saints' & St. George's
Rehoboth/Harbeson

D-L Casson, chair

Sts. Andrew & Matthew,
Wilmington

John Crossan

Christ Church
Christiana Hundred,
Wilmington

Alternates

John Michael Sophos

St. Peter's Church,
Lewes

Michael Wood

St. David's Church,
Wilmington

Helen Spence

St. Thomas's Parish
Newark

More deputy information

View all deputations here

House of Deputies website

Clerical

Deputies

The Rev. Brad Hinton
St. David’s Church, Wilmington

The Rev. Ruth Beresford
Christ Church Christiana Hundred, Wilmington
 
The Rev. Patty Downing
Trinity Parish, Wilmington
 
The Rev. David Andrews,
retired
 
Alternates
 
The Rev. Donna Jean Kiessling
St. Peter’s Church, Smyrna
 
The Rev. Deacon Cecily Sawyer Harmon
St. Thomas’s Parish
 
Bishop
 
The Rt. Rev. Kevin S. Brown
XI Bishop of Delaware

Lay

Deputies

Teri Quinn Gray
St. Thomas’s Parish, Newark

D-L Casson, chair
Sts. Andrew & Matthew, Wilmington
 
Jon Rania
All Saints’ & St. George’s, Rehoboth/Harbeson
 
John Crossan
Christ Church Christiana Hundred, Wilmington
 
Alternates
 
John Michael Sophos
St. Peter’s, Lewes
 
Helen Spence
St. Thomas’s Parish
 
Michael Wood
St. David’s Church, Wilmington
More deputy information

View all deputations here

House of Deputies website

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