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Toward GC80: Episcopal Church Executive Council, planning committee to meet June 7; sessions livestreamed

Both the Joint Standing Committee on Planning and Arrangements and the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church will convene online June 7 to formalize new plans for the 80th General Convention.

The meetings—at 11 a.m. ET for the planning committee and 1 p.m. ET for the council—will be livestreamed on the General Convention YouTube channel.

During a special May 11 meeting of the Executive Council, a Presiding Officers’ General Convention Design Group was appointed to make recommendations on how to hold a shorter, smaller, safer General Convention in Baltimore in July.

The design group met May 17, 24, and 31, and made recommendations regarding convention dates and attendance; and COVID-19 safety protocols, which will be on the agenda June 7.

In addition, the design group has made recommendations regarding the legislative process, including a deadline of TODAY, June 6, for submission of legislative resolutions. These emergency changes to the legislative process to accommodate the unprecedented changes wrought by the COVID-19 virus will be on the agenda for ratification by the House of Deputies and House of Bishops when General Convention convenes in July.

Updated legislative committee schedule

The schedule for General Convention online legislative meetings has been extended through June. New meetings are being added regularly, so anyone wishing to observe or testify should check the calendar. Registration must be submitted at least two business days prior to a hearing.

Meetings scheduled for this week include:

  • Governance & Structure: June 8, 2 p.m. ET – open hearing. View resolutions.
  • Social Justice & United States Policy: June 8, 7:30 p.m. ET – open hearing. View resolutions.
  • Ministry: June 8, 8 p.m. ET – open hearing. View resolutions.
  • Racial Justice & Reconciliation: June 9, 7:30 p.m. ET – committee deliberation only, no testimony.
  • Environmental Stewardship & Care of Creation: June 11, 4 p.m. ET – open hearing. View resolutions.

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