Planning team recommends changes for “shorter, smaller, safer” General Convention

The Presiding Officers’ General Convention Design Group has recommended changes to make the 80th General Convention of The Episcopal Church a “shorter, smaller, safer” event, according to a May 17th letter sent by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and House of Deputies President the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings.

Recommendations include:

  • General Convention shortened to four days: July 8-11;
  • Participation limited to bishops, deputies, essential staff and volunteers, and limited media presence; no exhibit hall or visitors;
  • Dioceses are requested to reduce the size of their deputations by sending just one clergy alternate deputy and one lay alternate deputy; inactive bishops requested to stay home;
  • Church organizations are requested to avoid holding events and receptions.

The recommended changes are not yet official, and new plans will be formalized following meetings of the Executive Council and the Joint Standing Committee on Planning and Arrangements  held in the first week of June.

Learn more: 

Presiding officers endorse plan to shorten General Convention to 4 days, July 8-11, and limit attendance (Episcopal News Service)

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