Everliving God, whose will it is that all should come to you through your Son Jesus Christ: Inspire our witness to him, that all may know the power of his forgiveness and the hope of his resurrection; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. - Book of Common Prayer
This July the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church will convene in Austin Texas. This is a gathering of Episcopalians from across the country that occurs every three years. It is an opportunity for discussion and stating positions on various issues. There are two main rooms for business to be conducted, one for the House of Bishops, another for the House of Deputies (elected lay and clergy from every Diocese). The full schedule also includes fantastic worship offerings, an exhibitors' hall and spaces for various committees and hearings.
There will be numerous tasks and resolutions before the convention. A few highlights will include a discussion on possible Prayer Book revision and a continuation of what marriage equality looks like in the Episcopal Church. Volunteers are always needed and visitors are welcome (but must register). I plan to attend for a day once I know more about the schedule of some of the hearings. I have heard others from Ascension plan to go as well! If you'd like to know more about General Convention, visit their website: http://www.generalconvention.org/