03 November 2011

General Convention 2012 Invitation

The 77th General Convention of the Episcopal Church will convene for seven days in Indianapolis, Indiana, (Province V, Diocese of Indianapolis) July 5-12, 2012. The Episcopal Church Welcomes You. All of you. Everyone is welcome. Really!

This summer youth, defined as sixth through 12th graders, will be participating at General Convention in three unique ways:
  1. As duly elected deputies attending with their diocesan deputation with voice and vote on the floor in the House of Deputies. Yes, some dioceses have elected teenagers as deputies and alternates, but they must be at least 16 years old to serve.
  2. As one of 18 members of the General Convention Official Youth Presence (GCOYP). Nomination and selection process begins December 1, watch for details.This is also open to 16-18 year-olds only.
  3. As visitors to General Convention attending with their youth group or family. Here's the middle school, too, option :)
It is option number three is the subject of today's blog post. The Province V Youth Ministry Network has been working creatively and quickly, collaborating with the General Convention Office and the Office for Youth Ministries, to help youth visitors understand and access General Convention. They have an excellent plan and have begun building a blog that will serve as a resource to address questions and offer suggestions about how to access General Convention more effectively and affordably for teens.

Currently on the Wordpress site you can read the invitation and a preview of the type of information that will be made available as this network of Youth Ministers continues to plan for welcoming you to their province to visit General Convention. We will continue to link to them through the EpiscoYouth Blog as new information is available. Facebook is where you can read about updates and interact with the host planning group with questions and suggestions.

Thank you Province V, we look forward to greeting you in Indy next July!

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