Diocesan Convention

The Diocesan Convention is the primary representative governing body of the diocese.  It convenes annually in November, usually on the first weekend, to conduct diocesan business, including election of officers and members of various leadership bodies; approval of a budget for the upcoming year; setting mission strategy; and establishing diocesan policy and procedure by considering and voting on resolutions and approving changes to the diocesan constitution and canons.  It is also an occasion for communication and teaching from the bishops; learning about and participating in shared mission and ministry; fellowship, community building and common prayer; and celebration of the Holy Eucharist together as a diocesan community.

A smaller representative body, the Diocesan Council, meets regularly throughout the year to oversee and conduct diocesan business in between annual Diocesan Conventions.

The bishops, all clergy who are canonically resident in the diocese and two lay persons elected as delegates from each parish and mission in union with the diocese have seat, voice and vote at Diocesan Convention.  Lay members of Diocesan Council also have seat, voice and vote in our Diocesan Convention, as do Diocesan Youth Council members who are age 16 or older.  Lay members of Standing Committee have seat and voice.

Very occasionally a special session of Diocesan Convention is called in addition to the annual session for a specific purpose, such as the election of a new bishop.

Everyone participates in the worship, ministry, leadership and governance of the Episcopal Church.  Delegates to Diocesan Convention play an important leadership role as they not only represent to the wider church the particular character of God’s mission as it is expressed in their local contexts, but also connect their local congregations with the wider church.  Diocesan Convention is one way of gathering as a church and then being sent out to be that church in the world, answering God’s urgent call, together.

General Convention of the Episcopal Church

General Convention, the Episcopal Church’s bicameral governing body, meets once every three years to set the direction of the church’s mission and ministry, worship and liturgy, policies and budget.  Each diocese elects and sends up to four clergy and four lay persons to the House of Deputies--comprising more than 800 members total.  The House of Bishops comprises the church’s approximately 300 bishops.

The 79th General Convention takes place July 5-13, 2018, in Austin, Tex.

General Convention 2015
General Convention 2012