Pastor Sonia will be working with the Office of the Presiding Bishop as a “shepherd” for our Anglican visitors to General Convention. It will be a wonderful opportunity to learn so much more about our broader Church and our friends abroad, and bring those stories and witnesses back to our community.
She will also be spreading the word about All God’s Children and our church, hoping to encourage other dioceses and churches to offer ministries for special needs kids.
If you are unfamiliar with how the Episcopal Church governs, here’s some background from the national church:
GENERAL CONVENTION: The dioceses and missionary districts in the United States meet triennially in General Convention. All bishops are members of the House of Bishops, and the House of Deputies is made up of equal numbers of clergy and laity. The Executive Council, the administrative agency of the General Convention, is headed by the Presiding Bishop (elected by the House of Bishops and confirmed by the House of Deputies). The Presiding Bishop also presides over the House of Bishops. Decisions at General Convention are made by joint-concurrence of the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops.