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A General Convention Primer

What is the General Convention?

The General Convention is the governing body of The Episcopal Church. Every three years it meets as a bicameral legislature that includes the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops, composed of deputies and bishops from each diocese.

Why is this coming General Convention, the 81st, important? This General Convention marks the conclusion of Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry’s primacy and the election of his successor, the 28th presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church.

Who is going to be there?
The short answer is lots of people, just like you, lay and clergy, including deputies from each of our 110 dioceses in the United States and abroad, lay leadership and diocesan bishops, as well as members of the Episcopal Church Women, and other visitors.

Where is it going to be?
LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY! The 81st General Convention will take place June 23 – 28, 2024, in Louisville, Kentucky, at the Kentucky International Convention Center.

When is it going to be?
June 23 – 28, 2024

What else don’t I know?

• There is a special children’s program for children and young people.
• There is an opportunity for YOU to volunteer.
• There is an Official Youth Presence with delegates from each province.

Doing this work:

• The Staff of The General Convention Office
• The Diocese of Kentucky
• The hospitality and convention industry in Louisville
• And hundreds of volunteers from around The Episcopal Church – Thank You!

Go Deeper

 The 81st General Convention
• The Blue Book Reports –
Reports by each standing committee, the Executive Council, the House of Deputies, and the House of Bishops.
• Calendar of the Convention –
What happens each day, including the election of the next presiding bishop?