The 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church is June 25 – July 3, in Salt Lake City, UT (Diocese of Utah). The Episcopal Church’s General Convention is held every three years, and is the bicameral governing body of the Church. It comprises the House of Bishops, with upwards of 200 active and retired bishops, and the House of Deputies, with more than 800 clergy and lay deputies elected from the 108 dioceses and three regional areas of the Church.
At General Convention this year, the church will elect the 27th Presiding Bishop. The candidates are:
• The Rt. Rev. Thomas Breidenthal, 64, Diocese of Southern Ohio • The Rt. Rev. Michael Curry, 62, Diocese of North Carolina
• The Rt. Rev. Ian Douglas, 56, Diocese of Connecticut
• The Rt. Rev. Dabney Smith, 61, Diocese of Southwest Florida
The election will take place on Saturday, June 27 at the Cathedral Church of St. Mark. All bishops with seat, voice, and vote will vote in the election. Once the election has taken place, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori will refer the name to the House of Deputies for confirmation.
You can learn more about the nominees from the Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop booklet here: http://www.generalconvention.org/pbelect
Other major items of consideration at General Convention are:
• Discussing and discerning the understanding of marriage
• The future structure of The Episcopal Church
• Discussing and approving the budget for the next three years for The Episcopal Church will be discussed and approved
Follow along with the election and other happenings at General Convention through The Missionary Society’s Media Hub! You can also follow along on social media using the hashtag #GC78.
Find the Media Hub at episcopalchurch.org (on The 78th General Convention tab).
Prayer For a Church Convention:
Almighty and everliving God, source of all wisdom and understanding, be present with those who take counsel in the General Convention for the renewal and mission of your Church. Teach us in all things to seek first your honor and glory. Guide us to perceive what is right, and grant us both the courage to pursue it and the grace to accomplish it; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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