General Convention News Corner


General Convention News Corner


Stay up to date on The 81st General Convention of The Episcopal Church, June 23-28 by visiting our Diocesan news corner! We will share reflections from Bishop Poulson and our Oklahoma Deputies. Follow the Episcopal News Service (ENS) for regular updates, click below to access their website. Find the General Convention website below as well. 

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What is General Convention?

Episcopalians worldwide will gather in Louisville, KY, from June 23 to 28, 2024, for the 81st General Convention of The Episcopal Church.

The General Convention is the governing body of The Episcopal Church. It is a bicameral legislature that meets every three years, including the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops. These houses are composed of deputies (lay and clergy) and bishops elected from each diocese. Between conventions, the Executive Council serves as the governing body of The Episcopal Church. The General Convention also includes committees, commissions, and task forces, which have been given responsibilities to accomplish between the triennial sessions.

One of the highlights of this convention will be the election of a new presiding bishop. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, elected in 2015 for a nine-year term, will be succeeded by one of five nominated bishops. The House of Bishops will elect the new Presiding Bishop. Learn more about the nominees
 HERE.

 

Clergy Deputies 

  • The Rev. Dr. Everett Lees (Head of the Deputation), Christ Church, Tulsa
  • The Rev. Tim Baer, Grace Church Yukon
  • The Rev. Janie Koch, All Saints', McAlester
  • The Rev. Dion Crider, Resurrection, OKC
  • The Rev. Kay Boman Harvey (Clergy Alternate), All Saints', Miami

 

Lay Deputies

  • Kate Carney Bond, Director of Faith Formation and Discipleship for the Diocese
  • Julia Ayala Harris, Nominee for the President of The House of Deputies
  • Olivia Chapa Dennard, Santa Maria Virgen, OKC
  • Andy Richardson, member at Christ Church Tulsa
  • Bruce Niemi (Lay Alternate), Trinity, Tulsa

 

Bishop Poulson's Reflections

 

Saturday, June 22nd
Although Sunday is the first legislative day, activity has been building for several days. Our Oklahoma deputation is here and working hard. Today featured various committee hearings. I’m on the Evangelism and the Future Church committee. Because much of our committee work was done in advance over zoom, most of our time today was spent in energetic conversation sharing learnings from our various dioceses about evangelism, church planting and revitalization. I had much to share from Oklahoma. There were also various orientations today to prepare for the legislative work ahead.

But the most prominent theme of the day was soaking in the words and presence of Presiding Bishop Curry at his last convention in this role. He and President of the House of Deputies Julia Ayala Harris gave excellent talks in the afternoon, and then the Presiding Bishop gave a stirring sermon at an evening revival. It is difficult to overestimate the impact he has had on our church over the last 9 years.

Being in Louisville, I could not miss a brief pilgrimage to the corner where Thomas Merton had his revelation. As we head into the legislative process, I hope we will keep with us the insight that all of God’s children are “walking around shining like the sun.”

 

Sunday, June 23rd and Monday, June 24th
The past two days have been busy, with three areas of focus. After committee meetings, morning begins with worship (Eucharist or Morning Prayer) which is remarkable: several thousand people from all over the Episcopal Church united in our prayers and praise to God. Second, the challenge of working through a complex legislative process (since a resolution must pass both the houses of bishops and deputies separately there is much still to be determined). And third, the social part. Like a college reunion, around every corner there are Episcopalians you know. Most of our Oklahoma deputation were able to share dinner together on Monday. I’m so proud of our deputies for taking leadership by generating crucial conversations about the mission of our Church.

 

Tuesday June 25th and Wednesday June 26th
While the legislative work has continued in both houses, there were two major elections. On Tuesday, Oklahoma’s own Julia Ayala Harris was reelected President of the House of Deputies on the first ballot. Heartfelt congratulations to her. On Wednesday, the bishops elected our new Presiding Bishop for a nine year term. The process felt quite holy. We left our cellphones behind and walked together to the cathedral, where we were sequestered in prayer and song, calling for the Holy Spirit to guide us. On an old fashioned paper ballot we voted, then waited for the results. It was a clear mandate on the first ballot: the Rt. Reverend Sean Rowe. He will be a faithful pastor and also a reformer, looking strategically at how our institutional structures can better serve God’s mission. I think he is exactly what our Church needs at this time of change. After the House of Deputies confirmed the election, we all walked back to the convention center for inspiring words from our Presiding Bishop elect.

Deputies Reflections

 

 

 

News

 

  • Oklahoma's Own, Julia Ayala Harris reelected as president of the House of Deputies.  At the 80th General Convention in 2022, Julia Ayala Harris was elected president of the House of Deputies, the presiding officer who works alongside the presiding bishop.
    President Ayala Harris is the first Latina and woman of color to hold the position. She is passionate about a multitude of issues, such as immigration, race and ethnicity, LGBTQ+ inclusion, and truth-telling, as well as justice initiatives. As a lay leader, President Ayala Harris served the church in multiple roles, including leadership roles on the Executive Council; the Presiding Officers’ Working Group on Truth-Telling, Reckoning, and Healing; and the Task Force for Women, Truth, and Reconciliation, among various other legislative committees and interim bodies. Read more about her reelection HERE.
  • We have a new Presiding Bishop Elect: The Rt. Rev. Sean Rowe! Bishop Rowe is from the Dioceses of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania. His nine-year term will commence on Nov. 1, the day after the conclusion of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's term. Please keep Bishop Rowe and his family in your prayers. Read the release HERE.

 

 

 

 



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