General Convention. Memorials and Petitions

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General Convention. Memorials and Petitions


  • 1853-1949 (Creation)


2 cu.ft. (5 boxes, 2 rolled items)

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The General Convention is the bicameral legislature and chief policy making body of The Episcopal Church. Established in 1789 by Article I of the Constitution of The Episcopal Church, it consists of a House of Bishops and a House of Deputies. It is the highest council of the Church that governs the American province of the Anglican Communion, including the United States and several overseas dioceses in Central and South America. The General Convention meets once every three years to consider legislation proposed by bishops, deputies, official interim bodies of General Convention, and dioceses and provinces. This polity and process bears much similarity to and draws inspiration from the bicameral legislation of the United States.

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These records contain memorials and petitions that were submitted to the General Convention, via either the House of Bishops or the House of Deputies, between 1853 and 1949. Memorials and petitions urge the Church to commend or commemorate a person, event, or other matter, or to take a stance on an issue that could result in official legislative action.


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