80th General Convention
The General Convention is the governing body of The Episcopal Church. It meets as a bicameral legislature every three years, including the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops, composed of deputies and bishops from each diocese. The next session, the 80th General Convention, will meet July 7 – 14, 2022, in Baltimore, Maryland.
The Convention is the Episcopal Church’s governing body, making decisions about:
- Worship, authorizing new liturgical materials, and deciding about the revision of the Book of Common Prayer
- Programs and policies in areas such as racial justice, congregational and diocesan vitality, and Christian formation
- The Church’s stance on issues including the economy, poverty, war, health care, violence, climate change, racism, and human rights
- The budget of the Episcopal Church
The Convention works by adopting resolutions. Legislative committees have begun meeting to review resolutions assigned to them.
All Episcopalians, and all public members, are invited to attend or testify at online hearings on resolutions being considered for the 80th General Convention of The Episcopal Church!
The time for action is now. Want to share your thoughts? First, go to the “General Convention Virtual Binder” and look up your topic by keyword or resolution number. Then go to the “Legislative Calendar” on the Hearings page and register to speak.
Note that you must register two days in advance.
Some important notes to help you plan your participation
- Online hearings are being scheduled for April 30-May 21.
- Committees will meet throughout the winter and spring.
- Resolutions can be found on the General Convention Virtual Binder.
- More than 100 resolutions have been submitted so far, and one way to narrow your focus is to browse the list of Committees. First, select a committee whose topic is of particular interest to you, then view the resolutions assigned to that committee.
- Anyone can observe a legislative committee and/or testify at an online hearing. Registration is required. The Legislative Committee Calendar lists upcoming meetings; additional meetings will be posted. Links for “more info” on the Calendar will take you to the sign-up page.
- There are two types of Legislative Committee meetings: deliberation and hearing. Only those listed as “Video – Open Hearing” are available for public members to testify. If the meeting is listed as “Video – Ctte Deliberation Only – No Testimony,” public members are invited to observe the meeting.
- To testify, you must indicate a specific resolution. The time allocated to each witness may be limited to as little as one or two minutes, so prepare your remarks carefully.
Below you will find ways to receive updates from the convention.
- Read updates from our Maine deputation and Bishop Brown on the Episcopal Maine blog.
- Follow the hashtag #GC80 across all social media channels including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.
- Watch the live stream of legislative sessions and worship, which will be available on the GC80 Media Hub. The sessions of the House of Deputies and House of Bishops, as well as media briefings from the Office of Public Affairs and #GC80 Daily Show videos, will also be available on-demand on the Media Hub for those not able to watch the live stream.