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July 12, 2018 | by Katharine Jefferts Schori

Some people think General Convention is a bit like Brigadoon, a small city that appears for a day and then fades away into the mist for the next hundred years.  General Convention has a shorter shelf life, but there’s something apt about the comparison.  The residents gather, reconnect, love and celebrate, avoid changing anything, and […]

July 11, 2018 | by Colin Mathewson

On Sunday a thousand General Convention-goers drove to the small town of Taylor, Texas to protest the administration’s policy of separating migrant families arrested at the border. Stepping out of the air-conditioned bus we confronted a heavy, humid heat as we made our way to a grassy assembly area five hundred yards away from the […]

July 8, 2018 | by Hanh Tran

Greetings from the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas. It has been extraordinary experience for me to be one of the lay deputy serving this particular General Convention for many reasons.  First of all I got to see many  old friends from around the country, overseas and meet new friends. I […]

July 8, 2018 | by Kirby Smith

One of the great pleasures of attending General Convention is getting to see old friends and make new ones.  When I entered the visitors’ section of the House of Deputies today, I saw an old friend from another diocese.  There was a lull in the action on the floor, so we started chatting, catching up […]

July 3, 2018 | by Katharine Jefferts Schori

General Convention opens tomorrow at the Austin (TX) Convention Center.  This is the 79th gathering of The Episcopal Church (TEC).  The first one was held in 1785 in Philadelphia, with two more held the next year.  After 1786 they have usually been held every three years.  It’s not only a massive family gathering, with stellar […]