General Convention forums and information

Posted on May 5, 2009

General Convention 2009 (GC09) will be held July 8 through 17 at the Anaheim Convention Center in California. The Episcopal Church’s General Convention, held every three years, is the bicameral governing body of the church. General Convention, the second largest legislative body in the world, is comprised of the House of Bishops, with upwards of 200 members, and the House of Deputies, with clergy and lay representatives from the 110 dioceses, at over 700 members.

What will be the BIG issues at General Convention in July? What decisions will shape the future of The Episcopal Church? Three forums are planned to give everyonein the Diocese of California a chance to hear from and speak with our bishops, clergy, and lay deputies to Convention. What matters most to us? What are our hopes and concerns? Everyone encouraged to come and participate.

When: Wednesday, May 20, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: St. Matthew's, San Mateo

When: Thursday, May 28, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: St. John the Evangelist, 1661 Fifteenth Street, San Francisco

When: Wednesday, June 10, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: St. Paul’s, Walnut Creek

In addition to the DioCal forums, a live webcast with Presiding Bishop, the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori; President of the House of Deputies Bonnie Anderson; Executive Officer and Secretary of the General Convention, the Rev. Gregory Straub; and Bishop J. Jon Bruno of the Diocese of Los Angeles (the host diocese) will be held on Wednesday, May 13, at 8 a.m. Pacific time. To access the live webcast, go to the Episcopal Church website: www.episcopalchurch.org.

The Report to the 76th General Convention, commonly referred to as the Blue Book, has been mailed to all bishops, deputies, registered alternate deputies, and registrants who have paid to receive all legislative materials to the General Convention of The Episcopal Church, and is available online at www.episcopalchurch.org/gc2009_106480_ENG_HTM.htm. A Spanish version will be available in June.

For more information about General Convention, go to www.episcopalchurch.org/gc2009.htm