Thursday, July 5, 2012

The 77th General Convention of the Episcopal Church

The Episcopal Church began meeting in General Convention in 1872. This year—the 77th General Convention—will gather more than 6,000 deputies, bishops, visitors, staff, and media together in Indianapolis. Convention officially begins with a Community Eucharist at 9:30 a.m. on July 5.

Running through July 12, this Convention will present a fiscal challenge that may permeate the whole eight days. The triennial budget for 2013 through 2015 was developed by a committee of Executive Council, instead of originating at the Church Center, and was based in part on a survey of church leaders. The committee used the results to propose a budget suggesting how and where ministries will continue.

The Diocese of Ohio is well represented at this convention. In addition to our deputies, Julia Robinson of Christ Church, Oberlin, was chosen as one of the two Official Youth Presence from Province V at General Convention. The Rev. Gay Jennings (St. Timothy’s, Macedonia), a member of Executive Council, is running for President of the House of Deputies. The Rev. Alan James, Canon to the Ordinary, is a candidate for Executive Council.

Concurrently, the National Episcopal Church Women will hold its 47th Triennial Meeting. A highlight of the Triennial Meeting is the United Thank Offering Ingathering and Eucharist, which will be held on Sunday, July 8.

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