79th General Convention, 2018
The 79th General Convention was held July 5-13, 2018 in Austin. TX. The General Convention's official website has links to information and news, including a report of what happened at GC79, and an updated Constitution and Canons document:
Episcopal Church of NH Deputies to General Convention
At the annual session of Convention prior to the year preceding the year in which the General Convention is to meet, Convention elects clergy persons and lay persons to serve as deputies and alternate deputies to General Convention. The clerical deputies shall be priests or deacons canonically resident in this diocese, and the lay deputies shall be adult confirmed communicants of a congregation in this diocese. No fewer than eight clergy persons and eight lay persons shall be nominated. Elected nominees shall be seated in order of the number of votes received, with the four highest named as deputies, and the next four as alternates. Deputies and alternate deputies shall be elected to three-year terms and may be elected to successive terms.
For the 2018 General Convention, the clerical deputies are led by the Rev. Kate Atkinson and the lay deputies are led by Sarah Ambrogi. For more information you may contact them or Lynn Eaton in the Bishop's Office.
Blog post from General Convention:
Margaret Porter and the Rev. Kelly Sundberg Seaman published our Convention blog this year. To view this year’s blog, click here.
Click here for the General Convention schedules:
To find out more General Convention, how it works and what will be covered over the next two weeks, click here
Two daily shows were released from General Convention:
Inside General Convention and Adentro de la convención general
Two daily shows originating from the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church offered an insider’s view to Episcopalians across the church.
“For a lot of people, General Convention can be overwhelming,” said the Rev. Lorenzo Lebrija, host of both Inside General Convention and Adentro de la convención general. “But this year we’re aiming to change that. We’re going to take you all over the convention hall. We’re going to meet different people from throughout the church and give you an insider’s look.”
Each show premiered July 4, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. in English and at 6:30 p.m. in Spanish (both times were CT). Joining Lebrija were correspondents Hannah Wilder for Inside General Convention and Hugo Olaiz for Adentro de la convención general.
Produced by the Office of Communication, Inside General Convention and Adentro de la convención general were daily 30-minute magazine-format shows. Each show offered news and highlights as well as its own lineup of interviews and guests. Beginning July 4, viewers could find Inside General Convention and Adentro de la convención general here. https://www.episcopalchurch.org/inside-general-convention. The shows were also available on the Media Hub https://www.episcopalchurch.org/general-convention-2018-media-hub, live and on-demand.
Producer Jeremy Tackett, Digital Evangelist, said, “The format of Inside General Convention was initiated at the March Evangelism Matters Conference, and we knew right away that this was an ideal approach for our General Convention coverage.”
The 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church was held Thursday, July 5 to Friday, July 13 at The Austin Convention Center, http://www.austinconventioncenter.com/ Austin, Texas (Diocese of Texas). http://www.epicenter.org/
Meet the anchor and correspondents
The Rev. Lorenzo Lebrija is the Chief Development Officer for the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. He took on this role after serving in multiple congregations in Southern California.
Hugo Olaiz is associate editor for Latino/Hispanic resources at Forward Movement, an agency of the Episcopal Church charged with inspiring disciples and empowering evangelists. He serves on the vestry of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church and on the Council of Advice to the Missioner for Latino/Hispanic Ministries in the Episcopal Church.
For the past 11 years, Hannah Wilder has served as the communications director for the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego. She is passionate about communicating the message of progressive, socially-active Christianity and is an Episcopal priest-in-training.
The Episcopal Church’s General Convention is held every three years to consider the legislative business of the church. General Convention is the bicameral governing body of the church, comprised of the House of Bishops, with upwards of 200 active and retired bishops, and the House of Deputies, with clergy and lay deputies elected from the 109 dioceses and three regional areas of the church, at more than 800 members. Between conventions, the General Convention continues to work through its committees and commissions. The Executive Council of the Episcopal Church carries out the programs and policies adopted by General Convention.