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On Thursday, July 5, the legislative session of the 77th General Convention of the Episcopal Church will commence. Every three years Episcopalians from around the world meet, as the General Convention website explains, “to seek God’s will for the Church in a planned, informed, and prayerful way."
The General Convention, which is the governing body of the Episcopal Church, has been meeting since 1785, and is a bicameral legislature. It includes the House of Deputies, which has more than 800 members (up to four clergy and four lay persons from each diocese), and the House of Bishops, which is comprised of more than 300 active and retired bishops.
This triennium’s General Convention will be held at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, hosted by the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis, and will convene from July 5 to July 12. During that time, various resolutions will be discussed and voted on by the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops.