The 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church

General Convention is the highest governing body of The Episcopal Church, meeting every three years and made up of the Church’s bishops and elected lay and ordained deputies from each diocese. For an informative dive into the polity and legislative process of General Convention, take a look at this 20-page booklet. The 79th General Convention will be held at the Austin Convention Center in Downtown Austin, Texas, from July 3 to 13. The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) Triennial meeting convenes in the same location July 5 to 11. Here are the calendars for General Convention, ECW, and draft GC Schedule.
The Rev. Patty Downing
Trinity Parish
Program, Budget, and FinanceThe Rev. Donna Jean Kiessling
St. Peter's Church
Legislative Aide to the Committee on Committee on the Church Pension Fund
The Rev. Brad Hinton
St. David's Church
Committee on Prayer Book, Liturgy, and MusicThe Rev. Kenneth Athey
All Saints' Church
The Rev. Russ Bohner
St. Anne's Church
The Rev. Deacon Cecily Sawyer Harmon
St. Thomas's Parish
The Rev. Ruth Beresford
Christ Church
Committee on Prayer Book, Liturgy, and MusicThe Rev. Deacon Susan Phillips
All Saints' Church
Rehoboth Beach
Ms. Lee Ann Walling
Christ Church
Evangelism and Church PlantingMr. John Michael Sophos
St. Peter's Church
Mr. Jon Rania
Christ Church
CredentialsMs. Sylvia Banks
Sts. Andrew & Matthew
Ms. D-L Casson
Sts. Andrew & Matthew
Dispatch of BusinessMs. Nancy Benson
Christ Church
Mr. John Crossan
Christ Church
Mr. Eric Valentine
St. Paul's Church
View bishop’s videos here, to include General Convention.

         The Rt. Rev. Kevin S. Brown

All dioceses from across the world, will gather in Austin, Texas, starting on July 3rd for the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church. For those of us who are called to serve at General Convention — bishops, deputies, and volunteers — we will meet for 11 days to discern the future of the Episcopal Church.

To prepare, we are tasked with over 1200 pages to read (the blue book) on resolutions and other business of the church. We go to General Convention with a sense of joy and expectation to do the work of the Holy Spirit. We ask for your prayers. Pray for as we prepare, as we meet and deliberate, and for our safe return home.

You can follow the events of general convention through our website — On our General Convention webpage you will find links to social media platforms, blogs, pictures, and videos, as well as a live feed. There are many different ways to stay abreast the news from Austin.  So please join us, virtually, for the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church.  Bishop Brown


  1. A028 – Salary for the President of the House of Deputies
  2. A041 – Episcopal Church-United Methodist Dialogue
  3. A052 – Matters Pertaining to The Episcopal Church in Cuba
  4. A053 – Design a New Parochial Report
  5. A060 – Create a Task Force to Study Church’s Pension System
  6. A068 – Plan for the Revision of the Book of Common Prayer
  7. A080 – A Season of Provincial Discernment
  8. A085 – Trial Use of Marriage Liturgies
  9. A086 – Authorize Rites to Bless Relationships
  10. A087 – Develop Relationship Pastoral Resources

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The event app, powered by Eventmobi, is compatible with cell phones, tablets, and other data devices, offering everyone pertinent General Convention information including schedules, maps, worship bulletins, restaurant guide, a link to the Virtual Binder for legislative progress and resources, as well as other general convention information. Information related to the Episcopal Church Women’s Triennial Meeting 2018 is also provided. The Office of General Convention developed this tool to enhance attendee experience and provide a personal schedule and means for note taking at events. The app is accessed two ways: Go to This opens it as a website on any device. Or, download the Eventmobi app from the appstore and input the event code: 79gc.

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