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September 2023 Newsletter

Data and Learning

2022 Parochial Report Data Now Available

A message from Canon Michael Barlowe, Secretary of the General Convention and Executive Officer:

Information from the 2022 Parochial Reports are now available. I encourage you to explore the data, and the trends and insights available. New this year is information on churches founded since 2000, providing a barometer of The Episcopal Church's church-planting efforts of nearly a quarter of a century. Further analysis of the narrative questions and other data will be found on our website. I am grateful to the Rev. Dr. Molly James, Ms. Iris DiLeonardo, and the analysts who helped prepare this information for the church, and we hope it will be use widely in planning mission and ministry for the future.

You can view the data from the most recent Parochial Report on the General Convention website.

81st General Convention

June 23 - 28, 2024

Louisville, Kentucky

GC 81 Schedule

As is the case with every General Convention, the published schedule is considered a draft

until formally adopted by the Convention.

Watch the Proposed Rules of Order Online Listening Session

Recently the Special Committee on the Rules of Order on the House of Deputies held a listening session to discuss proposed changes in the Rules of Order. The listening session was recorded and can be viewed here.

Information on the proposed rules and the Special Committee can be found on the House of Deputies website, as well as a feedback form: Read more here

Exhibitor Registration

Registration for exhibit space at the 81st General Convention is open to all organizations and vendors. This will be the church’s first exhibit show since 2018. The exhibit area is designated as a marketplace and educational center for deputies, bishops, clergy, and lay people from around the world, with thousands expected to pass through.

The exhibit area will open at 12 PM ET Friday, June 21, and run daily through 2 p.m. ET Thursday, June 27.

Find more information, including a registration link, online. Discounted rates may be available to groups affiliated with The Episcopal Church and for other nonprofit organizations.

Volunteer Interest Form for GC81

The Diocese of Kentucky is collecting names and contact information for anyone interested in volunteering at the 81st General Convention. Opportunities to volunteer offer an understanding of the governance of The Episcopal Church and is a wonderful way to meet people from the Diocese of Kentucky and others from all over The Episcopal Church. You may volunteer for as little as a half a day or for multiple shifts over many days.

Many volunteer skills and talents are needed. To include your name to the growing list please go this link or open the QR code below:

Useful Links

News for Bishops and Deputies

Episcopal News Service

House of Deputies News

Public Affairs of The Episcopal Church

Canonical Publications

All current canonical publications, as well as some other publications, can be found on the publications page of the General Convention Website. Here are some shortcuts:

Blue Book Reports - Constitution and Canons - Journal of Convention - Summary of Actions - 2022 Parochial Report Data

For historical canonical publications, please visit the Archives of the Episcopal Church 

The Executive Office of the General Convention

The Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe, D.D., Secretary of the General Convention and Executive Officer

Ms. Betsey Bell, Executive Assistant to the Executive Officer

The Rev. Carrie Combs, Legislative Data Specialist

Ms. Iris DiLeonardo, Data Specialist and Meetings Assistant

Mr. Patrick Haizel, Deputy for Administration and Operations

The Rev. Molly F. James, Ph.D., Deputy Executive Officer of General Convention

Ms. Brittney Laws, Meeting Coordinator

Ms. Jennifer Mendez, Administrative Assistant

Mr. Brian Murray, Governance Technology Specialist

Ms. Fiona Nieman, CMP, Deputy for Convention and Meeting Planning

Ms. Twila Rios, Manager of Digital Information Systems

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