Covid Concerns Prompt Changes to Baltimore General Convention

Recording of May 11, 2022, meeting of the Executive Committee of the Episcopal Church.

In remarks addressed to the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church on May 11, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry outlined changes to this summer’s General Convention schedule and protocols in recognition of the ongoing risks of Covid.

“We are committed to holding the 80th General Convention in Baltimore this summer,” Curry said. “But obviously, with the ongoing variations of the COVID pandemic, we are likewise committed to gathering in the safest and healthiest way possible.”

The full scope of the changes for the meeting—scheduled for July 7–14—are still under consideration, but will include more stringent Covid protocols and a smaller, shorter, meeting to conduct the most essential business that cannot wait until the next scheduled meeting in 2024.

The Convention, which is usually held every three years but was postponed from 2021, conducts the business of the church, electing officers to national positions, approving the church’s budget, and deciding matters of both liturgical and public advocacy.

Baltimore is only a short drive away, so if you’d like to volunteer to help out at Convention, and also get a chance to watch some of the proceedings, there is a web site for signing up.

Pre-Convention hearings continue online this weekend and next week on important issues being considered to be voted on in July. Upcoming hearing topics include “Sexual Harassment, Sexual Exploitation, & Safeguarding,” “Social Justice & International Policy,” and “World Mission.” Many hearings offer the opportunity for public comment, so your voice can be heard. To see a complete list, follow this link.