The 81st General Convention: What’s Coming Next Week

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The 81st General Convention begins on Monday!

From June 23-28, thousands of Episcopalians will come together in Louisville, KY, to celebrate the work of our church and make decisions about the initiatives our church must take on to shape its future.

The General Convention meets every three years and is made up of the Church’s bishops and elected lay and ordained deputies from each diocese.

Continue reading to learn more about next week’s highlights. You can also visit our website to learn about ECCT’s delegation, the finer workings of The General Convention, and follow along as the delegates and the staff of The Commons keep you up to date!

Election of a New Presiding Bishop

On Wednesday June 26 delegates will vote for a new Presiding Bishop. The candidates are:

  • Episcopal Diocese of Nebraska, Bishop J. Scott Barker
  • Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania, Bishop Daniel G.P. Gutiérrez
  • Episcopal Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania, Bishop Sean Rowe (who also serves as bishop provisional of the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York)
  • Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, Bishop Robert Wright.
  • Episcopal Diocese of Central New York, Bishop DeDe Duncan-Probe, who joined the slate on April 16 as a nominee by petition.

You can learn more about the candidates here.

A livestream of the presiding bishop-elect addressing the House of Deputies will be available here on June 26 once confirmed.

House of Deputies Election

The House of Deputies will also be electing a President and, potentially, a Vice President. Current House of Deputies President Julia Ayala Harris is running for re-election against the Reverend Rachel Taber-Hamilton, the house’s Vice President, and Zena Link, a former member of Executive Council. Depending on who wins, the House of Deputies may have to elect a new Vice President to either fill the position from the Rev. Taber-Hamilton or keep the balance between lay and clergy: If the President is lay, the Vice President must be clergy (and vice-versa).

You can learn more about the candidates for President here.

You can learn more about the candidates for Vice President here.

Worship with Us on Livestream!

Saturday Revival

On Saturday, June 22, from 7-9 PM, there will be a revival, entitled “Love. Always.” This will be the final revival in Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s term. Give thanks with those in Louisville for Bishop Curry’s leadership online!

Daily Worship

Attendees of the 81st General Convention are invited to daily worship services. Three Eucharist services—including one entirely in Spanish—and three Morning Prayer services will be offered June 23-28 and livestreamed. The Eucharist services will be from 8:30-10:30 AM on Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday. Morning Prayer will be offered Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 9 AM. Bulletins for each service can be found here.

Exciting ECCT Note: On Wednesday, June 26, the Reverend Yejide Peters Pietersen, associate dean and director of formation, Berkeley Divinity School, will preach!

Bishops United Against Gun Violence Public Witness

Bishops United Against Gun Violence will hold its General Convention Witness Against Gun Violence on Thursday, June 27, in Louisville.

The gathering is planned to include remarks from the church’s next presiding bishop, who will have been elected the previous day.

Bishop Ian T. Douglas, Bonnie Perry, and Daniel G. P. Gutiérrez, co-conveners of Bishops United, have submitted Resolution B004 on Commending Safe Gun Storage to this convention.