Attendee Information

for the 79th General Convention

 

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Get the Eventmobi App for the 79th General Convention, code: 79gc

For the 79th General Convention we offer an Event app done through Eventmobi. The app contains a large amount of information helpful for attendees at the General Convention.  There are two ways to get the app:

Go to https://eventmobi.com/79gc to open the app as a website on any device.

Or search for "Eventmobi" in the appstore or on Google Play, install it, then open the Eventmobi app and enter our event code: 79gc.

 
 

Communications Central / Information

 

Communications Central (our information desk) will be located in the Solar Atrium of the Austin Convention Center. During the General Convention volunteers in this area can be reached at 512-404-4752

 
 
 

Housing

Our housing process is now closed. If you are still looking for individual rooms we recommend you go to www.austintexas.org and follow the links for “Pack your bags”.

If you are already holding a reservation and wish to make any modifications or changes, please contact your hotel directly.

 

 
 

       Hotel Staff Hospitality and Diversity Training

Leadership from the Office of General Convention met with each General Manager from all Hotel properties contracted for our event.  The importance of offering a welcoming and accommodating environment for the amazingly diverse community gathered for the 79th General Convention was the foundation of these discussions.  As a result, we received staff training information from either the hotel or owning company to share with our members.

Fairmont Code of Ethics

Fairmont Discrimination and Harassment Prevention Policy

Hilton Diversity Overview

Hilton Diversity & Inclusion

Interstate Hotels Overview (Hampton Inn and Suites)

White Lodging Overview (JW Marriott, Hyatt Place, Courtyard by Marriott, and Residence Inn hotels)

 
 
 
 

Registration Information

 

Pre-Registration for the 79th General Convention in Austin, Texas is currently closed.

 

Registration will re-open starting at 9am on Tuesday July 3rd, 2018 in Exhibit Hall 1 in the Austin Convention Center. We look forward to welcoming you there.

 
 

Registration options that will be available for purchase on-site only for the 79th General Convention:

Visitors who register at the Convention Center: $140 (for entire convention)
Youth Visitors 12-18: $30 (for entire convention)
Visitors registering for only one day: $50 (per day)
Access to visit the Exhibit Area only: $15 (per day)

 
 

Visitor Registration fees (with the exception of Exhibit Area only) allow access to all areas of the General Convention, including the Visitor galleries in the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops, Legislative Committee rooms and hearings, the Exhibit Area and Worship.                                   

 
 

Please note:

  • All registrants are required to show a photo ID at the time of registration.
 
 

If you plan to bring a group of 10 or more individuals to the General Convention at the same time, please contact Patrick Haizel at phaizel@episcopalchurch.org to discuss pre-registration options. 

 
 
 

Volunteering

 
 

We invite you to join us in the Jesus Movement by welcoming the gathering of the Episcopal Church to Austin, Texas.  

The meetings of The General Convention and The Episcopal Church Women need the support and dedication of volunteers to operate efficiently.  Volunteers experience an understanding of the governance of The Episcopal Church and will meet others from the Diocese of Texas as well as people from all over The Episcopal Church. You may volunteer for as little as a half a day or for multiple shifts over many days.  There are a variety of volunteer opportunities available for many skills and talents.

To register to volunteer and select shifts that suit your interest and availability, please go to https://79genconvepiscopalchurch2018volreg.my-trs.com/

The 79th General Convention is scheduled for July 5th – 13th, 2018 at the Austin Convention Center. 

We appreciate your interest in contributing your valuable time to support The General Convention and the Triennial Meeting of the Episcopal Church Women.

 
 

Children's Program for General Convention 2018

 

Schedule:

Tuesday, July 3  – Open House

July 4 – 13 – Open 7:15 a.m. through close of business sessions.

Ages: Birth through completed fifth grade (volunteer options available for 6th grade and up – see below)

Cost: $50 per day (lunch and snacks included)

 

Why Children at General Convention?

The General Convention Children’s Program is so much more than just a place for children to be while their parents do church work. Children are a part of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion and it is essential they are present. Providing meaningful programming can impact the lives of our youngest Episcopalians. It is an opportunity that not only transforms the child, but can lower the average age of deputations by allowing parents/guardians of school-age children to serve as deputies. Having children on-site means the entire church community is present. It has been reported that the presence of the children impacts how bishops and deputies go about their work and gives meaning and context to the decisions being made.

This year sunshine will be pouring out of the General Convention Children’s Program.  Our curriculum will be grounded in the Episcopal Relief and Development’s Abundant Life Garden Project with stories from Godly Play. We will celebrate God’s creation.  The essential need for water, restoration of our soil, diversifying our crops, protecting our bees and assuring a bountiful harvest.

 Join us for stories, crafts, community art projects and explore some of the magnificent sights of our host city Austin.

 The deadline for registrations is June 29th. Register at:   

https://DFMS.formstack.com/forms/gccp18

 

At the 75th General Convention in 2006 in Columbus, Ohio, Resolution 2006-D058 passed and directed:

 “That the Joint Standing Committee on Planning and Arrangement be directed to make age-appropriate care and educational programs available for children birth to age 12 available for the duration of the 76th General Convention and all future General Conventions; and be it further resolved that all dioceses and provinces be encouraged to provide similar services for conventions and synod meetings.”

For more information, please contact Caren Miles at carenm@diocal.org.

 

Information about Counselors and Jr. Counselors

For more information, please contact Caren Miles at carenm@diocal.org.

 
 
 

Hotel Meeting Rooms & Affiliated Events

Meeting space at several General Convention hotels has been contracted by The Executive Office of the General Convention.  Assignment of meeting space to support the work of the General Convention and the meeting of the Episcopal Church Women is our priority.  Once these assignments are established, meeting space is available to other Episcopal groups for use.

The following hotels will have meeting space available:

  • JW Marriott Austin
  • Hilton Austin
  • Hyatt  Place Austin Downtown
  • Courtyard Austin Downtown

If your group would like to request the use of space for a meal event or meeting function, please complete a meeting room request form by going to:  https://www.generalconvention.org/meetingroomrequest

Meeting space assignments will be confirmed by March 2018.  Requests may continue to be submitted after this time.

Once your meeting space is confirmed, it is the responsibility of the group to work directly with the hotel on details of your event or function and to establish credit for charges that might be incurred.

To better assist attendees, we are publishing an Overview Calendar that will include affiliated events. Your event will have been published on this calendar only if it was received by Monday, June 25th. 

(Please note that General Convention Calendar submissions are now no longer being accepted.)

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If you have any questions, please contact Brian Murray at (212) 716-6329 or by email at bmurray@episcopalchurch.org.

 
 

Accessibility Guide and Medical Assistance Information

 

For information on Accessibility and Medical Assistance, go to the following link:

Accessibility Guide and Medical Assistance Information.

 
 

Transportation Discounts and Other Information

 

For information about using A&I travel for discounts, and about local ground transportation, click the following link:  Transportation

 
 
 

Shuttle bus transportation to the Palmer Center for the Revival and Texas Night on Saturday July 7th will be available starting at 4:30pm.  See the below document for details.

Shuttle Bus Transportation to the Palmer Center

 
 

Visitor Guide from the Seminary of the Southwest

 

Looking for the best chili in Austin? Where to swim at daybreak? A renewing walk in a park filled with living art? Your first stop should be the Doing Austin Right visitor guide, an online resource made by the faculty, staff, students, and alums of Seminary of Southwest. This gift to the attendees of General Convention is meant to share with you the parts of Austin that are the most meaningful to our community of Episcopalians.

http://sswvisitorguide.com/

 

 

Also download this one page .pdf Austin Convention Center Area Accessible Restaurant Guide with map.

 

Exhibitors

 

Our exhibit area is designated as a market place and educational center for Deputies, Bishops, clergy and lay people from around our church and the world.  Exhibiting at this convention provides a unique opportunity to reach this diverse audience.  For the first time, we are offering an option for vendors to be present during our event for nine or four days.

Fern Exposition Company is handling the oversight of our Exhibit area.  The ONLY official information with regards to Exhibiting at the 79th General Convention will either come from The Executive Office of General Convention or Fern Exposition.

To see an interactive map of the exhibit hall with profiles for each exhibitor, go to the page provided by Fern Exposition at the following link:  http://s23.a2zinc.net/clients/Episcopal/2018GC/Public/EventMap.aspx?shmode=E

 
 

Media Credentials

 

Application for credentials for media representatives planning to cover the General Convention 2018 of the Episcopal Church are available online https://www.episcopalchurch.org/form/general-convention-2018-media-application.  The media kit is available at https://www.episcopalchurch.org/general-convention-media-kit.

Three types of media credentials are available:

  • Onsite, for those who will be attending;
  • Offsite, designed to provide virtual access to media representatives unable to attend General Convention 2018;
  • A combination of Onsite and Offsite for those who are able to attend for a defined time.

A webinar for all media will be held in May; date and details will be announced later.

Media policies and procedures for General Convention 2018 can be found at https://www.episcopalchurch.org/media-policies-and-guidelines-general-convention-2018.

Deputies/alternates and vendors/exhibitors to General Convention 2018 are not eligible for media credentials.

Credentials will be available beginning at noon on Tuesday, July 3 in the Austin Convention Center.

For more information contact Episcopal Church Public Affairs  publicaffairs@episcopalchurch.org, 212-716-6080.

 
 

Reporting Incidents of Misconduct

 

“The Episcopal Church is a place where every child of God is safe, is respected as a child of God made in God’s image and where we can be as sure of that as we can.” --- Presiding Bishop & Primate, the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry 

“Our work in enhancing the understanding and administration of Title IV is a project of the heart, mind and soul.” --- House of Deputies President, the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings

 If you experience or witness misconduct of any kind during General Convention, please report it to:

For alleged offenses by bishops:

The Rt. Rev. Todd Ousley
Bishop for Pastoral Development,
Office of the Presiding Bishop
call or text
646-983-9445
tousley@episcopalchurch.org

Ms. Mary Kostel
Special Counsel to the Presiding Bishop
call or text
703-915-9502 
mkostel@goodwinlaw.com

For alleged offenses by priests or deacons:

Ms. Sally Johnson, Esq.
Chancellor to the President of the House of Deputies
call or text
612-875-3890 
sallyjohnson53@gmail.com

The Rev. Canon Carol Petty
Canon for Wellness and Care,
Diocese of Texas
call or text
713-516-5747 
cpetty@epicenter.org