Going to General Convention 2018: Charis Hill

Going to General Convention 2018: Charis Hill

(Third Lay Deputy)

This will be my first General Convention as a Deputy, but I have attended General Convention three other times in a couple different capacities. I attended via the Young Adult Festival (YAF) in 2009 and 2012, and I attended as a visitor and volunteer in 2015. My trip to the Young Adult Festival in 2009 was actually my college graduation present. In 2015, the most recent General Convention, it was important for me to go because of the chance Bishop Michael Curry would be elected to be Presiding Bishop; he was my bishop in North Carolina before I moved to Sacramento in 2011.

I am eager to do work on the Convention floor and during committee meetings, but I am also looking forward to seeing friends from across the Church. Growing up, I attended dozens of youth events including the Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) and provincial gatherings where I met youth from across the entire Episcopal Church. Many of these same friends are now my peer group of active lay and ordained members of the church and I look forward to seeing them every three years. I also look forward to seeing friends from dioceses where I have previously lived and served, including the Dioceses of North Carolina and Eastern North Carolina. I'm also looking forward to the daily worship services and Eucharists. In past years I recall services including Taiko Drummers; I also recall a U2Charist; and there is usually an effort to include music in English, French, and Spanish.

This upcoming General Convention is Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's first presiding over the House of Bishops and I look forward to seeing how his leadership style is different from Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori's (hopefully I'll have a chance to visit the HOB at some point); I also expect the House of Bishops will be feeling the transition as many bishops are retiring in the coming years.

I'm mostly focusing on resolutions in two committees: 1) Social Justice and United States Policy & 2) Evangelism and Church Planting. I am looking at issues of diversity in the wording of resolutions, especially as it relates to disability, gender identity, poverty, and health. I am also taking an interest in resolutions that deal with supporting small ministries and nontraditional clergy. Some resolutions I'm taking a specific interest in:

A143 Study Career Development of Female and Minority Clergy

C022 Supporting Transgender Access

C037 Call to Respond to Opioid Epidemic

A082 Training for [Digital] Evangelists

A005 Continue a Church-wide Network for Planting Churches

A030 Small Evangelism Grants

- Charis Hill, member at Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento; Communications Liaison on the 2018 Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California

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