DioCal Goes to General Convention

Posted on June 30, 2009
On July 8, 2009, the 76th General Convention of The Episcopal Church will convene in Anaheim, California, for its 10 days of legislation, business, budget negotiation, worship, celebration, and fellowship. This gathering has been meeting since 1785, and it continues to be the only way that The Episcopal Church can act as one body, making decisions on governance, administration, theology, and relationship.

The Diocese of California is taking prominent roles in the leadership of this General Convention. Our bishops, the Rt. Rev. Marc Andrus and the Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston will both be in attendance and participating in the House of Bishops and both will participate in important worship experiences at the convention. On July 16, Andrus will be the celebrant at the U2Charist, a special worship service hosted by Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation and featuring the music of Irish rock group U2; and Charleston will be the preacher at the convention’s joint worship service on July 15, celebrating God’s creation and the environment.

 California’s deputation is particularly well placed for leadership on many issues of importance to the Diocese of California. Co-chair of the deputation, the Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe is on the Committee on World Mission which is dealing with issues related to resolution B033 and deliberation on the proposed Anglican Communion Covenant. The Rev. David Ota is the chair of the Evangelism Committee and Dr. Rod Dugliss is secretary of the Ecumenical Committee. The Rev. Vanessa Glass is one of the conveners of the newly elected deputies at General Convention. The Rev. Barbara Bender Breck, who served this past triennium on the task force that proposed historic changes in clergy discipline, will be on the Committee on Social and Urban Concerns. Joining Bender Breck on that committee is Ms. Sarah Lawton, who was also recently appointed to the new strategic planning group for The Episcopal Church. Ms. Holly McAlpen serves on the Program, Budget and Finance Committee, where she chairs one of the sub-committees. Rounding out the deputation, co-chair, Mr. Warren Wong will be serving on the committee for the consecration of new bishops.

Deputy alternates who will be assisting the deputation and tracking legislation include the Rev. Sylvia Vasquez, the Rev. Richard Helmer, the Rev. Katherine Solinaro, and the Rev. Jack Eastwood; Ms. Carolyn Gaines, Ms. Liz Graves, Ms. Kay Bishop, and Ms. Barbara Bisel.

Also attending this General Convention will be members of the Dean Search Committee from Grace Cathedral. They will be present to speak to any parties interested in exploring a call to be the eighth dean of Grace Cathedral.


The Rt. Rev. Albert Chama, Bishop of Northern Zambia, will be a special guest of the Diocese of California in attendance at General Convention. The Most Rev. Katherine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church asked diocesan bishops in The Episcopal Church to host guests from around the Anglican Communion, and Andrus was asked to host Chama. Bishop Chama arrives in San Francisco today and will continue on to Anaheim next week.


There will be a great deal of news of interest and importance to the Diocese of California and your bishops, deputation, and diocesan staff will be doing our best to report back daily. You can follow our reports on Twitter, Facebook, bishopmarc.com, and diocal.org. For links to all of our reports be sure to bookmark diocal.org/gc .