Attendee Information

for the 79th General Convention

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Housing

The Housing process for the 79th General Convention in Austin, Texas begins with receiving group block requests from all Dioceses.  A mailing to affiliated Episcopal groups requesting a minimum of 5 rooms will be sent, at the end of July.  

If you require at least 5 or more rooms for the duration of the General Convention, please contact Patrick Haizel.

 Our negotiated sleeping room rates are offered from $139 to $145 per night, plus 15% tax. 

 

Information on general Housing for individuals or groups under 5 rooms will be available on-line by the end of January 2018 and will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Exhibitor housing information will be sent from the Fern Exposition Company and will be available, with the ability to book on-line, starting in January 2018.  Please note there is a minimum 5 nights stay for these rooms.

 

For any questions regarding Housing, please contact Patrick Haizel at phaizel@episcopalchurch.org

 
 
 
 

Registration Information

 

Registration for the 79th General Convention in Austin, Texas will commence at the end of January 2018.

 
 

Registration fees have been set as follows:

Bishops/Deputies/Alternates: $600
ECW Delegates: $475
Visitors (Pre-registered): $130
 
 

Official deputations and Bishops to Convention are registered through their Diocesan offices.  Individual attendees are invited to return to this page in January 2018 to register.

 

 
 

Other registration options are available on site for the 79th General Convention: The Registration area will open July 03, 2018 at 9:00am.

Visitors who register at the Convention Center: $140 (for entire convention)
Youth Visitors 12-18: $ 30 (for entire convention)
Visitors can register 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:

  • On-line registration for the General Convention will open at the end of January 2018.
  • 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. 

 
 
 

Volunteers

 
 

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 needs the support and dedication of volunteers to operate efficiently.  Opportunities to volunteer offer an understanding of the governance of The Episcopal Church and is a wonderful way to meet people from the Diocese of Texas and others from all over The Episcopal Church.  You may volunteer for as little as a half a day or for multiple shifts over many days. 

The Diocese of Texas is collecting names and contact information for everyone interested in volunteering at the 79th General Convention scheduled for July 5th – 13th, 2018 at the Austin Convention Center. 

Many volunteer skills and talents are needed.  To include your name to the growing list please go to epicenter.org/edotgc79/.  You will receive further information, in January 2018, about linking to an application where you may sign up for specific dates, times, and areas of interest.  

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

 
 
 

Hotel Meeting Rooms & Affiliated Events

Meeting space at all of the General Convention hotels has been contracted by The Executive Office of 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 a Master Calendar that will include affiliated events. Your event will be published on this calendar. If you wish to not publish your event, please make note in the comment section of your request.

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If you are conducting an affiliated Episcopal event at another venue, but would still like to include it on our Master Calendar, please click here to submit your request.

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

 
 

Exhibits

 

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.

 

If you are interested in being an Exhibitor at the 79th General Convention, please follow the below link:

 

https://episcopalgc.fernexpo.com/default.html

 

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.