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81st General Convention

The General Convention is the primary governing body of The Episcopal Church. It convenes every three years as a bicameral legislature, consisting of the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops, with representatives from each diocese.

Between these triennial meetings, the Executive Council assumes the governance role. It is responsible for implementing the programs and policies established by the General Convention. Additionally, the Executive Council serves as the board for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society (DFMS) and the Executive Office of the General Convention.

The General Convention also includes various Interim Bodies, such as commissions, committees, task forces, agencies, and boards. These groups meet between the triennial sessions to carry out ongoing work and tasks assigned during the General Convention.
The General Convention is the primary governing body of The Episcopal Church. It convenes every three years as a bicameral legislature, consisting of the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops, with representatives from each diocese.

Between these triennial meetings, the Executive Council assumes the governance role. It is responsible for implementing the programs and policies established by the General Convention. Additionally, the Executive Council serves as the board for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society (DFMS) and the Executive Office of the General Convention.

The General Convention also includes various Interim Bodies, such as commissions, committees, task forces, agencies, and boards. These groups meet between the triennial sessions to carry out ongoing work and tasks assigned during the General Convention.

The 81st General Convention took place June 23 – 28, 2024 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Explore our archive of daily updates from General Convention 81 and the DIOSOVA deputation.
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Presiding Bishop Election Results

THE RT. REV. SEAN ROWE

It’s official! The Rt. Rev. Sean Rowe, bishop of the Episcopal Dioceses of Northwestern Pennsylvania and Western New York, will serve as the 28th presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church for a nine-year term beginning November 1, 2024.

Rowe was chosen from among five nominees on the first ballot. Following his election by the House of Bishops, the House of Deputies confirmed the election.

“In the work that lies ahead, we have what we might call an armor of love that will help us withstand whatever comes our way, because, thanks be to God, the church in our day has been given Michael Bruce Curry. In the words of James Weldon Johnson, he has brought us thus far along the way.

 

Now Michael’s Curry’s legacy of love and the love of God in Jesus Christ — this legacy is ours. And to steward and share it, we must hammer out the dents in the armor; refasten the belt of truth; make our dioceses and congregations stronger; collaborate for the sake of the Gospel; counter division and injustice in our communities, all with the witness to the risen Christ.”

 

The Rt. Rev. Sean Rowe

 

GC81 Daily Update: Friday, June 28

Closing Eucharist

The final day of the 81st General Convention began with a Eucharist service. Presiding Bishop-Elect Sean Rowe preached; Presiding Bishop Michael Curry presided. 

Watch video of the sermon and read a transcript.

Installation plans for presiding bishop-elect

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop-elect Sean Rowe, together with the planning committees for his transition and installation, announced today that they will forego the traditional installation service in Washington National Cathedral in favor of a smaller, simpler ceremony in the chapel at the church’s New York headquarters. Read press release.

Diocesan mergers, updates

On the final legislative day, General Convention approved the mergers of three Wisconsin dioceses (Resolution D051) and two Michigan dioceses (C025), and a much anticipated change in status to missionary diocese for the Episcopal Church in Navajoland (C009).

Earlier it approved the expansion of the Episcopal Diocese of Hawaii to include Guam and Saipan, which formerly comprised the Episcopal Church in Micronesia. Read press release.

Election of vice president of House of Bishops

The Rt. Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis, was elected to serve as the vice president of the House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church. Her tenure will begin Nov. 1, when Presiding Bishop-elect Sean Rowe takes office. Read press release

Legislation

Both houses met throughout the day and concluded their business in the afternoon, expressing gratitude for the outgoing Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and Secretary of the General Convention and Executive Officer Michael Barlowe. 

Prayer card

We invite all to download this prayer card remembering all Indigenous children who were in residential and boarding schools in Canada and the United States. 

Diocesan mergers, updates

On the final legislative day, General Convention approved the mergers of three Wisconsin dioceses (Resolution D051) and two Michigan dioceses (C025), and a much anticipated change in status to missionary diocese for the Episcopal Church in Navajoland (C009).

Earlier it approved the expansion of the Episcopal Diocese of Hawaii to include Guam and Saipan, which formerly comprised the Episcopal Church in Micronesia. Read press release.

GC81 in the News

  • 81st General Convention wraps up in Louisville
    Episcopal News Service

    The triennial Episcopal family reunion, worship extravaganza and legislative session that is General Convention was back in full force during its meeting here after the pandemic had pared down the previous gathering.

  • Presiding bishop-elect calls the church to ‘think different’ about how it should work for the sake of sharing the Gospel
    Episcopal News Service

    In his first sermon as presiding bishop-elect, the Rt. Rev. Sean Rowe said The Episcopal Church needs to be ready to tolerate uncertainty, make sacrifices and think differently about how the church should work so it can better share the Gospel of Jesus with a world that needs to hear it.

  • Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan celebrate approval of merger as Diocese of the Great Lakes
    Episcopal News Service

    A nearly five-year journey of experimentation and collaboration between the dioceses of Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan culminated in jubilant votes June 28, as the 81st General Convention authorized their merger as the new Diocese of the Great Lakes. 

  • 81st General Convention finalizes reunion of the Diocese of Wisconsin
    Episcopal News Service

    As one of its final acts of its June 23-28 meeting, the 81st General Convention approved the reunion of the dioceses of Milwaukee, Fond du Lac and Eau Claire, after a nearly three-year process of discernment that was celebrated on the floor of the House of Deputies and later in the House of Bishops.

  • Bishops, deputies unanimously vote to adopt prayer to remember Indigenous children forced to attend boarding school
    Episcopal News Service

    The House of Deputies unanimously voted on June 27 to adopt Resolution C032, “A Prayer to Remember the Innocents,” which expresses the church’s remorse for its role “in the irreparable harm suffered by Indigenous children who attended Indigenous boarding and residential schools in the 1800s and 1900s, and acknowledges that the effect of that harm carries on in boarding school survivors and their descendants.”

  • ‘Youth are the church now’
    The Living Church

    This week hundreds of young people have descended on Louisville, Kentucky, for the 81st General Convention. Here are a few of those emerging leaders.

  • Convention’s Official Youth Presence delegates represent future of the church
    Episcopal News Service

    The 18 high school students making up the Official Youth Presence of the 81st General Convention have brought energy and fresh insight to the week’s proceedings. Representing every province of The Episcopal Church, they exhibit passionate opinions and say they’re ready for the church to listen to their voices.

  • Bishops, youth working to end gun violence unite in Louisville rally
    Episcopal News Service

    As of June 27, 254 mass shootings have occurred nationwide, according to the Gun Violence Archive, an American nonprofit that catalogs every gun-related death in the United States. A mass shooting is defined as one in which at least four people are shot, either fatally or non-fatally, excluding the shooter. “This has become an increasingly serious issue, as the leading cause of death for people my age is gun violence,” Sophie Gable, a youth delegate, said in front of a crowd of hundreds of people.

  • Deputies elect Steve Pankey as vice president
    The Living Church

    At a Thursday morning candidates’ forum, Pankey said he wants “to follow God’s call in service to the church.” He cited his extensive committee work. “That is what I do. That’s important. But more important is who I am. I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, and I am committed to deep listening, compassionate leadership, and standing with those who have been on the margins for too long.”

GC81 Daily Update: Thursday, June 27

Information for Friday's live stream and schedule are listed after today's highlights.

Worship

The fifth day of the 81st General Convention began with Morning Prayer held in each house. Watch all worship services on demand.

Legislative update

Work continued in both houses throughout the day and included adoption of the proposed 2025-2027 churchwide budget.

The House of Deputies elected the Rev. Steve Pankey of the Episcopal Diocese of Kentucky as its vice president. Read press release about the election.

The Official Youth Presence, whose 18 members have seat and voice in the House of Deputies, made a presentation in the house.

Remembering victims of gun violence

This morning in the House of Deputies, each deputation received placards from Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral in Louisville commemorating mass shootings in their regions. The placards hung in the cathedral during 2023.

In the early afternoon, Bishops United Against Gun Violence walked to nearby Jefferson Square Park for its fourth General Convention Witness Against Gun Violence.

Presiding Bishop-elect Sean Rowe offered remarks, as well as participants in Youth Working to End Gun Violence.

Members of Youth Working to End Gun Violence spoke at Bishops United Against Gun Violence’s General Convention Witness Against Gun Violence rally at Jefferson Square Park in downtown Louisville, Kentucky, during the 81st General Convention. June 27, 2024.
Deputations received placards June 27 from Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral commemorating victims of gun violence in their diocesan regions.

Friday's Livestream Schedule

On the GC81 Media Hub site, click on the links beneath the House of Bishops, House of Deputies, and “Love. Always” boxes to watch worship services and legislative sessions live or on demand.

  • 8:30-10:30 a.m. ET: Closing EucharistPresiding Bishop-elect Sean Rowe will preach; Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will preside (worship bulletin)

  • 11 a.m.-12 p.m. ET: Legislative sessions in both houses

  • 2-6 p.m. ET: Legislative sessions in both houses

Friday's Legislation

Check the General Convention Office’s virtual binder to find the most up-to-date legislative and consent calendars for the House of Deputies and House of Bishops. The vbinder also contains links to electionsmemorialschurch budget information, and more.

Looking for a specific resolution? View all resolutions or search by number or keyword.

  • Watch Friday for final votes related to the mergers of three Wisconsin dioceses (D051) and the Episcopal Dioceses of Eastern and Western Michigan (C025), and on the petition of the Episcopal Church in Navajoland to become a missionary diocese (C009).

  • The House of Deputies has 36 resolutions on its consent calendar for Friday, and 29 on its legislative calendar. The House of Bishops has 18 resolutions on its consent calendar, 11 on its legislative calendar, and five on its auxiliary calendar.

  • Current number of GC81 resolutions: 385

 

GC81 in the News

  • The Episcopal Church elect the Rt. Rev. Sean Rowe as the 28th presiding bishop
    Anglican Communion News Service

    Bishop Anthony Poggo, Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, attended the General Convention in Louisville. Speaking following the announcement of Bishop Rowe’s election, he said: “…I am delighted that the General Convention has elected Bishop Sean Rowe as TEC’s new Presiding Bishop. I will be praying for him as he takes on the enormous privilege and responsibility of the role, and for Bishop Michael Curry in the transition period.”

  • Kentucky priest elected vice president of House of Deputies
    Episcopal News Service

    In remarks after his election was announced, the Rev. Steve Pankey said he was humbled and honored to be elected the House of Deputies’ 16th vice president. He added, “I look forward to serving God, this house and our president in a new way beginning with our adjournment tomorrow afternoon. I want to thank you all for trusting me with this office. I promise I will not let you down.”

  • 81st General Convention adopts constitutional change defining Book of Common Prayer
    Episcopal News Service

    The Book of Common Prayer has a new constitutional definition: “Those liturgical forms and other texts authorized by the General Convention in accordance with this article and the Canons of this Church.”

  • General Convention elects members to Executive Council
    Episcopal News Service

    The House of Bishops and the House of Deputies have elected 10 new members to serve on Executive Council, the church’s governing body between meetings of General Convention. These members all will serve a six-year term. The 10 newly-elected members still need to be confirmed by a vote of the other house.

  • Deputies send apartheid resolution back to bishops, adopt bishops’ version of ceasefire resolution
    Episcopal New Service

    The House of Deputies passed three resolutions concerning violence in Israel and Palestine in their legislative session June 26. Two of them, D007 and D056, went on to become official acts of convention while the third, D013, will be sent back to the House of Bishops. 

  • Ecumenical and interreligious guests welcomed
    The Living Church
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    “Part of our goal in hosting these guests is helping the church act like deacons, looking outward,” said the Rev. Margaret Rose, deputy to the Presiding Bishop for ecumenical and interreligious relations. “We are all facing the same issues in the world, and thus we can accomplish much more looking beyond ourselves, forging partnerships with the faith traditions of others.”

GC81 Daily Update: Wednesday, June 26

Information for Thursday's live stream and schedule are listed after today's highlights.

Presiding bishop election

The Rt. Rev. Sean Rowe elected 28th presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church

The House of Bishops met in executive session Wednesday morning at Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral and elected Bishop Sean Rowe of the Episcopal Dioceses of Northwestern Pennsylvania and Western New York as the church’s next presiding bishop. The election was then confirmed by the House of Deputies during its afternoon session. 

 

Read press release about the election and see “GC81 in the News” below for more articles.

Presiding bishop-elect offers address

Presiding Bishop-Elect Sean Rowe addressed deputies and bishops in the House of Deputies following his election and confirmation. 

Watch video on demand

Presiding bishop-elect press conference

The Office of Public Affairs hosted an afternoon press conference with Presiding Bishop-Elect Sean Rowe and Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. 

Watch the press conference on demand.

Eucharist service

The fourth day of the 81st General Convention began with a Eucharist service conducted fully in Spanish. The Rev. Yejide Peters Pietersen preached; the Rev. Connie Sanchez presided. 

Watch the service on demand.

Legislative update

Work continued in both houses, with an evening session in the House of Deputies. Elections were held in the House of Deputies for members of Executive Council, trustees of the Church Pension Fund, members of the Disciplinary Board for Bishops, Court of Review, and the Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop, as well as the treasurer of General Convention.

View election results.

Thursday's Livestream Schedule

On the GC81 Media Hub site, click on the links beneath the House of Bishops, House of Deputies, and “Love. Always” boxes to watch worship services and legislative sessions live or on demand.

  • 7-8:30 a.m. ET: Forum, candidates for vice president of House of Deputies (livestreamed in House of Deputies)

  • 9 a.m.-12 p.m. ET: Morning Prayer (worship bulletin) and legislative sessions in House of Deputies and House of Bishops

  • 2-6 p.m. ET: Legislative sessions in both houses

  • 7-9 p.m. ET: Legislative sessions as needed

Thursday's Legislation

Check the General Convention Office’s virtual binder to find the most up-to-date legislative and consent calendars for the House of Deputies and House of Bishops. The vbinder also contains links to electionsmemorialschurch budget information, and more.

Looking for a specific resolution?

View all resolutions or search by number or keyword.

 

GC81 in the News

  • The Episcopal Church has elected its youngest leader in centuries
    The New York Times

    Addressing his fellow bishops and delegates to the meeting after his election, Bishop Rowe called for the church to be courageous and resilient heading into what he described as an “existential crisis” caused by a changing world. He suggested he would encourage the denomination to focus on local dioceses and congregations, and streamline its national structure so it doesn’t “collapse under its own weight.”

  • Pennsylvania bishop Sean Rowe elected new leader of Episcopal Church. He’s the youngest since 1789
    Associated Press, The Washington Post

    Rowe was elected over four other nominees in voting during the Episcopalians’ weeklong General Convention in Louisville, Kentucky.

  • Sean Rowe, leader of Episcopalians in Penn., NY, elected next presiding bishop
    Religion News Service

    In a video posted on the General Convention website as nominees were considered, Rowe said the next presiding bishop must be attentive to voices that can “breathe fresh air and new light and life into our beloved church,” helping the church “hear the testimony of the women at the empty tomb” and “recognize Jesus on the road.”

  • Sean Rowe elected 28th presiding bishop, will begin nine-year term Nov. 1
    Episcopal News Service

    The bishops elected the Rt. Rev. Sean Rowe on their first ballot in a closed session at Christ Episcopal Church in downtown Louisville. The result later was announced publicly in the House of Deputies’ afternoon session by House of Deputies President Julia Ayala Harris. The announcement was greeted by cheers from the standing-room-only crowd on the floor of the convention hall at the Kentucky International Convention Center.

  • Sean W. Rowe elected as 28th presiding bishop
    The Living Church

    Rowe, 49, has been bishop of Northwestern Pennsylvania since 2007 and bishop provisional for Western New York since 2019. He was bishop provisional for Bethlehem from 2014 to 2018. He holds degrees from Grove City College and Virginia Theological Seminary. He was ordained a priest in 2000. He is the parliamentarian of the House of Bishops.

  • Bishop Sean Rowe of Episcopal Diocese of Northwestern Pa. elected to lead Episcopal Church
    Erie Times-News

    Rowe was elected bishop of the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania in May 2007 when he was only 32 years old, making him the youngest bishop in the Episcopal Church. He held that distinction for nearly a dozen years. He became bishop provisional of Western New York in 2019 as part of a first-of-its-kind experiment in the Episcopal Church to share a bishop and staff.

  • Deputies give Navajoland a joyous welcome
    The Living Church

    With fanfare, prayers of thanksgiving, and presentation of gifts, the House of Deputies on June 25 raucously approved the bid of the Navajoland Area Mission to become the Missionary Diocese of Navajoland. Resolution C009 now goes to the House of Bishops.

GC81 Daily Update: Tuesday, June 25

Information for Wednesday's live stream and schedule are listed after today's highlights.

The third day of the 81st General Convention began with Morning Prayer in the ballroom. Watch the service online.

Legislative sessions:

Both houses met in joint session in the House of Deputies for a morning presentation by the chairs and members of the Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop. Legislative sessions continued in the afternoon. Read more about what happened today in the Episcopal News Service’s GC81 Daily Digest and its other convention coverage.

Election of House of Deputies president:

The House of Deputies reelected Julia Ayala Harris as president Tuesday afternoon. Ayala Harris’ second term begins on June 28 at the close of convention. Read more. Ayala Harris took questions from media at a press conference Tuesday afternoon hosted by the communications office of the president of the House of Deputies.

Introducing new ‘Way of Love’ discipleship resource for kids

The “BIG Way of Love for Kids”— on display at the Evangelism booth in the Exhibit Hall and available online in English, Spanish, and French—offers a set of playing cards and activities that invite and guide children into spiritual practices, including exploring, listening, praying, learning, and practicing. The cards are supplemented by seven audio recordings featuring paraphrased Bible stories, and a “Grown-ups Guide to the BIG Way of Love.”

Wednesday’s Livestream Schedule

On the GC81 Media Hub site, click on the links beneath the House of Bishops, House of Deputies, and “Love. Always” boxes to watch worship services and legislative sessions live or on demand.

  • 8:30-10:30 a.m. ET:  Eucharist service in Spanish, ballroom of the Kentucky International Convention Center (worship bulletin). The Rev. Yejide Peters Pietersen will preach; the Rev. Connie Sanchez will preside.

  • 11 a.m.-12 p.m. ET: Legislative sessions (House of Bishops will be off-site holding its election for presiding bishop)

  • 2-6 p.m. ET: Legislative sessions. 

    NOTE: Watch the House of Deputies livestream to learn about presiding bishop election results and watch the confirmation vote by deputies

  • 7-9 p.m. ET: Legislative sessions as needed

Wednesday’s Legislation

Check the General Convention Office’s virtual binder to find the most up-to-date legislative and consent calendars for the House of Deputies and House of Bishops. The vbinder also contains links to electionsmemorialschurch budget information, and more.

Looking for a specific resolution? 

View all resolutions or search by number or keyword.

  • The House of Deputies has 10 resolutions on its consent calendar for Wednesday, and 22 on its legislative calendar.

  • Check the House of Bishops calendar each morning for which resolutions are scheduled for the day.

  • Current number of GC81 resolutions: 357  |  Completed after Day 3: 85

GC81 in the News

  • Christians view themselves differently than others view them. It’s time to change that gap.
    Louisville Courier Journal (KY)

    The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, presiding bishop and primate of The Episcopal Church, writes in this opinion piece:
     As I have said before, our commitment to being an inclusive church is not based on a social theory or capitulation to the ways of the culture, but on our belief that the outstretched arms of Jesus on the cross are a sign of the very love of God reaching out to us all. And if it’s not about love—it’s not about God. 

  • House of Deputies President Julia Ayala Harris reelected on first ballot
    Episcopal News Service

    House of Deputies President Julia Ayala Harris was reelected June 25 at the 81st General Convention, winning decisively on the first ballot and fending off challenges from the Rev. Rachel Taber-Hamilton, the deputies’ vice president, and Zena Link, a former Executive Council member.
  • Neuhauser honored for half-century of responsible investing
    The Living Church

    Paul Neuhauser, now 90, remained active on what is now the church’s Committee for Corporate Social Responsibility for more than half a century. On June 24, Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry and others honored him at the 81st General Convention in Louisville, Kentucky, at a luncheon attended by about 100 bishops, deputies, and others.

GC81 Daily Update: Monday, June 24

The second day of the 81st General Convention began with Morning Prayer in the ballroom. Watch the service online.

The Official Youth Presence visited the House of Bishops and shared their hopes for the future of The Episcopal Church.

Legislative sessions:

The Joint Budget Committee of the Executive Council presented to a joint session of both houses the proposed churchwide budget for 2025-2027 and answered questions. The committee will meet again in September to consider how best to reconcile the budget with funding requests passed by General Convention.

Episcopal Diocese of Kentucky Night:

The host diocese for GC81 offered an evening of “God Talk” conversations, a food truck rodeo, silent disco, and Compline at multiple venues in Louisville. Learn more.

‘A Case for Love’ documentary, Q&A with filmmakers:

In celebration of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s ministry and the film’s Episcopal roots, two free screenings of this feature-length documentary were offered Sunday at the Moritz von Bomhard Theater. Filmmakers responded to questions and provided sample discussion guides in advance of the film’s scheduled digital release this fall. Learn more.

GC81 in the News

GC81 Daily Update: Sunday, June 23

Opening Eucharist:

Sunday morning, about 2,500 gathered at the Kentucky International Convention Center for the opening Eucharist of the 81st General Convention. Episcopal Diocese of Kentucky Bishop Terry White presided, and House of Deputies President Julia Ayala Harris preached at the service. Watch the service online.

Legislation update:

Legislative sessions opened in the morning and continued throughout the day in the House of Deputies and House of Bishops. 

Episcopal Church Women 150th anniversary party:

Episcopal Church Women (ECW) celebrated their 150th anniversary! GC81 attendees joined the ECW in a festive evening celebration of its 150 years at the Hyatt Regency.

 

Check out this Episcopal New Service article with the Diocese of Southern Virginia’s Joanne Alston-Hooker and Renee Escoffery-Torres featured.

 

The ECW is holding its 51st Triennial at the Galt House Hotel in conjunction with General Convention.

‘A Case for Love’ documentary, Q&A with filmmakers:

In celebration of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s ministry and the film’s Episcopal roots, two free screenings of this feature-length documentary were offered Sunday at the Moritz von Bomhard Theater. Filmmakers responded to questions and provided sample discussion guides in advance of the film’s scheduled digital release this fall. Learn more.

GC81 in the News

  • GC Daily Digest, June 23: Legislative sessions commence
    Episcopal News Service


    By the afternoon session, the tally of certified deputies had increased to 823 in 108 deputations. House of Deputies President Julia Ayala Harris singled out one of those deputations for recognition. “The Diocese of Cuba is here for the first time with seat, voice and vote,” Ayala Harris said, inviting applause. “It’s a joy to have you voting with us, Cuba.”
  • Curry exudes optimism and good health
    The Living Church

    The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry addressed a plenary session of the General Convention for the last time as Presiding Bishop on June 22 in Louisville, Kentucky. The speech was vintage Curry: Soaring words and soaring hands, a style inherited from the Black Baptist preachers in his family tree. Self-deprecating humor. Scripture passages, cited chapter and verse from memory.
  • Revival rocks the arena
    The Living Church

    The KFC Yum! Center was rocking and rolling with a lively sermon, music, dancing, and a joyous time on June 22 at the Episcopal Church revival promoted as Love. Always. More than 2,000 people, plus an online audience, joined Presiding Bishop Michael Curry in his last revival in that role. Applause, laugher, and cheers punctuated his sermon.

  • Presiding officers’ opening convention speeches offer hope for future of The Episcopal Church
    Episcopal News Service

    Curry’s remarks, along with those of House of Deputies President Julia Ayala Harris, also set the tone for a weeklong General Convention that will spend part of its time looking necessarily inward. In addition to electing and confirming Curry’s successor as presiding bishop and a churchwide budget for the 2025-27 triennium, much of the conversation so far in Louisville has focused on how The Episcopal Church will respond to membership decline and denominational contraction after weathering pandemic disruptions to congregational life.

  • Presiding Bishop Michael Curry headlines his last revival ahead of General Convention’s first official day
    Episcopal News Service

    “This revival is not about what church you go to. It’s not about whether you are liberal or conservative. It’s not about whether you are Republican, independent or Democrat,” Curry said during his sermon. “Love is an equal opportunity employer. Love is bipartisan. Love is interreligious because love comes from God and love knows no bounds.”

GC81 Daily Update: Saturday, June 22

Opening presentation

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and House of Deputies President Julia Ayala Harris delivered opening remarks this afternoon to a joint session of the House of Deputies and House of Bishops. View the presentations online. Those remarks will be transcribed and posted on the Office of Public Affairs’ website.

  • 23 on-site legislative committee meetings were scheduled throughout the day. 

  • Workshops on evangelism, reconciliation, and creation care took place at the Revival Learning Party at Christ Church Cathedral in Louisville.  

Love Always Episcopal Revival

About 2,00 attended Love Always Episcopal Revival – a special night of churchwide worship and revival at the KFC Yum! Center. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry preached in the 27th and final revival of his tenure. Watch on the GC81 Media Hub, The Episcopal Church’s Facebook or YouTube pages. Bishop Curry’s sermon will be transcribed and posted on the Office of Public Affairs’ website.

GC81 in the News

  • GC Daily Digest, June 22: Committees meet in person for first time
    Episcopal News Service

    The 81st General Convention is underway in Louisville, as committees met in person for the first time on June 22, a day before legislative sessions are scheduled to convene in the full House of Bishops and House of Deputies, the official start of the June 23-28 meeting. Nearly all of the more than two dozen committees held meetings.
     
  • Committees back Wisconsin dioceses’ merger and a plan to combine Micronesia with Hawai’i
    Episcopal News Service

    The three Episcopal dioceses in Wisconsin took a step closer toward reuniting as the combined Diocese of Wisconsin, and the area mission that includes Guam is on a path to join the Diocese of Hawai’i after committees voted June 22 to recommend both to the 81st General Convention. 

  • Union of Black Episcopalians honors Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
    Episcopal News Service

    “It really hit me that it’s kind of the end of an era,” the Rev. Christopher Slane, priest-in-charge of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. “The whole tenure of Bishop Curry has been a watershed moment for our church not just because he’s the first Black presiding bishop, but because his message of love and the Jesus movement has been so clear. His vision has been so apparent all throughout The Episcopal Church.” 

  • Church Pension Group issues report in advance of 81st General Convention
    Episcopal News Service

    On June 20 the Church Pension Group issued a report to General Convention in advance of its June 23-28 meeting in Louisville, Kentucky. In it, CPG offered updates on two benefits that were created in 2009 – the Denominational Health Plan for all church employees and a mandatory pension system for lay employees.

GC81 Daily Update: Friday, June 21

Over the weekend, thousands flocked to Louisville and Day 1 began with Registration, Opening Press Conference, PHOD and PB Forums.

Doors opened: 

On-site registration and the Exhibit Hall opened this morning at the Kentucky International Convention Center.

Press conference:

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, House of Deputies President Julia Ayala Harris, and Secretary of the General Convention and Executive Office Michael Barlowe were on hand at the Opening Press Conference to answer questions.  View the press conference online.

Presidential nominees forum:

At the Presidential nominees forum, Mr. Barlowe hosted a forum for official candidates for the position of House of Deputies president: President Julia Ayala Harris, the Rev. Rachel Taber-Hamilton, and Zena Link.  Watch the forum online.

‘Meet the Nominees’ for presiding bishop:

The Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop hosted a forum with the five nominees for presiding bishop. Questions focused on topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion; leadership and administration; reconciliation; spiritual and self-care; and care of creation. Watch the forum online.

GC81 in the News

  • Hundreds of bishops, deputies converge on Louisville as 81st General Convention gets underway
    Episcopal News Service

    “It’s a blessing to be here,” Presiding Bishop Michael Curry said during a morning press conference on June 21 in a lower-level room reserved for media in the convention center. He was joined for the hourlong session by House of Deputies President Julia Ayala Harris and the Rev. Michael Barlowe, General Convention’s executive officer. “Louisville is an extraordinary place. It has an extraordinary history,” Ayala Harris said. “It’s also such a fun town.”

  • Louisville set to host 81st General Convention in return of large, churchwide gathering
    Episcopal News Service

    Now, with pandemic restrictions lifted, (General Convention Executive Officer Michael) Barlowe said he expects a full complement of bishops, deputies, staff, exhibitors, church-affiliated groups and other visitors to travel to Louisville, which could attract a historic high of 10,000 attendees over the next two weeks. One big draw will be the opportunity to thank Presiding Bishop Michael Curry for his nine years of service as the 81st General Convention prepares to elect and confirm his successor.

You can check the General Convention Office’s virtual binder to find the most up-to-date legislative and consent calendars for the House of Deputies and House of Bishops. 

 

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