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DIOSOVA at General Convention 2018
What is General Convention?
The 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church will take place July 5-13, 2018 in Austin, Texas. The General Convention is the governing body of The Episcopal Church. The Convention is a bicameral legislature that includes the House of Deputies, which has more than 800 members (up to four clergy and four lay people from each diocese), and the House of Bishops, which is comprised of more than 300 active and retired bishops. The Convention meets every three years.
How does General Convention work?
    The General Convention is the primary governing and legislative body of the Episcopal Church. With the exception of the Bible, the Book of Common Prayer, and the Constitution and Canons, it is the ultimate authority in the Episcopal Church.
    General Convention comprises two houses: the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops. It meets regularly once every three years; however, the House of Bishops meets regularly in between sessions of General Convention.
    All bishops, whether active or retired, have seat and vote in the House of Bishops. Each diocese of the Episcopal Church, as well as the Navajoland Area Mission and the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe, are entitled to representation in the House of Deputies by four clergy deputies, and four lay deputies. Resolutions must pass both houses in order to take effect.
Our Deputation
Our deputation from the Diocese of Southern Virginia consists of:
  • Head of Deputation: Mr. Samuel Webster
  • Lay Deputies: Sam Webster, Ascension, Norfolk; Alice Webley, All Saints, Virginia Beach; Toni Hogg, St. John’s, Hampton; and our own Isabel Burch from Bruton Parish, Williamsburg.  
  • Lay Alternates: Matthew White, St. David’s, Chesterfield; Cara Kinsey, Emmanuel, Chatham; Clare Harbin, St. John’s, Portsmouth - Young Adult Deputy
  • Clergy Deputies: Julia Messer, Eastern Shore Chapel, Virginia Beach; Willis Foster, St. Stephen’s, Petersburg; Samantha Vincent-Alexander, St. John’s, Hampton; Cameron Randle, Eastern Shore Chapel, Virginia Beach
  • Clergy Alternates: Dale Custer, St. John’s, Chester; Ronald Ramsey, St. Cyprians’, Hampton; Jennifer Andrews-Weckerly, Hickory Neck, Toano; Mark Wilkinson, St. Aidan’s, Virginia Beach
There are many resources available on the diocesan blogspot: 
  •  The General Convention Website
  •  A Calendar of Events can be found at www.generalconvention.org/schedules2018/
  •  An Introduction to General Convention for Deputies & Bishops can be found at https://extranet.generalconvention.org/staff/files/download/20313
  •  The Blue Book, a report to the 79th General Convention, which contains reports of the committees, commissions, agencies and boards of the General Convention (http://www.generalconvention.org/bluebook2018)
  •  The Journal of the 78th General Convention (https://extranet.generalconvention.org/staff/files/download/15664)
  •  An Easy Guide to the legislative process at General Convention explaining how a resolution moves through convention, courtesy of the Public Affairs Office of the Episcopal Church (www.episcopalchurch.org/sites/default/files/how_resolutions_move_through_general_convention.pdf).
  •  The Constitution & Canons of the Episcopal Church 2015 (https://extranet.generalconvention.org/staff/files/download/15057)
  •  A Glossary of Episcopal Terms (https://www.episcopalchurch.org/files/revised_3-9-15_glossary.pdf)
  •  and Episcopal Church Acronyms (https://www.episcopalchurch.org/files/episcopal_church_acronyms_revised_3-9-15.pdf)
You can follow the work of General Convention and the deputation from Southern Virginia on our diocese’s dedicated blogspot at http://diosovagc2018.blogspot.com/blog, and also on the Diocese of Southern Virginia’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/diosova/ and the General Convention website at www.generalconvention.org.
Last Published: May 23, 2018 2:35 PM