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Booth 301

Date: June 25, 2024

Louisville, Kentucky’s 624,000 population has grown by 10,000 plus this week thanks to the 81st General Convention. The General Convention is the governing body of The Episcopal Church and usually meets every three years as a bicameral legislature that includes the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops, composed of deputies and bishops from each diocese.

The 80th convention fell victim to COVID-19 in 2021, and a significantly reduced General Convention gathered in Baltimore in July 2022. This year, it’s General Convention business as usual with about 1,300 registered attendees (bishops, bishops-elect, deputies, and alternate deputies) and 9,000 others comprised of staff, exhibitors, church-affiliated groups, and other visitors.

The 81st General Convention will mark Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s last convention. He has already opened the convention with remarks offering hope for the future of The Church, showing us once again that he is our chief pastor!

Virginia Theological Seminary is “in the house” of General Convention at Booth 301 located inside the Kentucky Convention Center. We stand there alongside our affiliate seminary, The General Theological Seminary. While Bishop Curry and others will manage the business of The Church at the 81st convention, VTS and GTS will facilitate conversations and promote the business of being seminaries in today’s world.

Kudos go to Shelagh Casey Brown, Jennifer Greiner, Meredith Wied, and Jeffri Harre who have managed the “behind-the-scenes” work of getting VTS to convention. Kudos go also to Nicky Burridge and her comms team, Natt Foithong and Kimberly Richardson, for helping promote our presence and send messages of why we matter.

Linda L. Dienno, MSc
Vice President for Institutional Advancement

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