General Convention: What is it?
Every three years elected representatives from each of the more than 100 domestic and overseas dioceses – bishops, priests/deacons, and lay members – gather together.
This summer in Austin, Texas, from July 5 to 13, members of the House of Bishops and the House of Deputies will meet at the 79th General Convention to do the work of the wider church: determine the policies, priorities, and budget for the next three years. They will also worship, pray, make public witness, and learn from each other as well.
Episcopal Church Women will also meet from July 5 to 11 for their Triennial gathering.
Click here for GC schedules.
Download a slightly abbreviated two-page flyer/bulletin insert of the information included in this email to share with your congregation.
Who will represent the Diocese of Maine?
Other Mainer Episcopalians who will attend include Sherri Dietrich, incoming president of the United Thank Offering Board of Directors; the Rev. Steve Muncie, of Christ Church, Gardiner, who serves as the Legislative Secretary of the House of Bishops; the Rev. Bob and Maurine Tobin of St. Francis, Blue Hill, who will receive an award from Episcopal Peace Fellowship for their work among and on behalf of Palestinians.
Liz Hall, Christ Church, Gardiner, Chair of the deputation
Elizabeth Ring, St. Bartholomew’s, Yarmouth
serving on Ecumenical and Interreligous Relations Committee
Richard Rozene, St. Ann’s, Windham
serving on Congregational and Diocesan Vitality Committee
John Hennessy, St. Luke’s, Portland
serving on Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget, and Finance
First Lay Alternate
Mark Spahr, St. Patrick’s, Brewer
Nina Pooley, St. Bartholomew’s, Yarmouth
serving on Churchwide Leadership Committee
Mary Lee Wile, St. Paul’s, Brunswick
serving on Privilege and Courtesy Committee
Calvin Sanborn, St. George’s, York Harbor
Ben Shambaugh, St. Luke’s, Portland
serving on Prayerbook, Liturgy, and Music Committee
First Clerical Alternate
Maria Hoecker, St. Columba’s, Boothbay Harbor
and, of course, Bishop Steve Lane, a member of the House of Bishops who serves (for the third time!) as the Vice-chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget, and Finance.
What are the big issues? What will the Maine deputation track?
Social Justice –
Care of Creation –
All the resolutions – resolutions may be submitted until July 6 – are presented by topic on the General Convention webpage here.
For real-time legislative updates during GC, visit the Virtual Binder at www.vbinder.net.
Here’s a helpful graphic, presented in several formats, created by the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, showing how a resolution moves through GC. Thanks, ECCT!
For a big picture (with fun illustrations) download this 20-page booklet explaining GC from the Diocese of Texas. Thanks, DioTex!
Ways to participate and stay up-to-date
Sign up for a daily GC update delivered to your email inbox beginning July 4 and ending July 14.
(Please note: Subscribers to The Dio Log will NOT automatically receive the GC update.)
or the direct link to sign up form: www.tinyurl.com/Maineupdate
Each morning you’ll receive a news summary and links to the Maine Deputy of the Day post, Bishop Steve’s daily video update, photo albums, additional news coverage, and more.
Visit our diocesan news blog, The New Northeast,directly at www.newnortheast.me. All the information published in the daily update may be found on the blog.
More social media: Follow the hasthag #gc79 on any social media platform for posts from people across the church.
Twitter: Follow the Diocese of Maine’s @episcopalmaine and Bishop Steve Lane’s @bishop_maine Twitter accounts for updates.
Instagram: Photos and commentary from your Maine deputation on the new diocesan Instagram. Check it out @episcopal_maine
Live-streams: Legislative sessions of the House of Bishops and the House of Deputies, various Ted-Talks, and all worship services will be live-streamed on the GC Media Hub.