Episcopal Church Constitution and Canons 2018 now available for download or purchase

Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs
Posted Jan 25, 2019

The Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe, the Executive Officer of the General Convention, announces that the 2018 edition of the Constitution and Canons together with the Rules of Order, containing all updates from the 79th General Convention, is now available in English and Spanish. The Constitution and Canons outline the ecclesiastical law that governs The Episcopal Church.

The complete and authorized version of the Constitution and Canons, together with the Rules of Order, of The Episcopal Church as adopted and revised by the General Convention of 2018 is available online for free here as a downloadable PDF file or as an HTML file that can be viewed in a browser. This page also includes links to purchase print English and Spanish copies for $35.00 each.

The Episcopal Church’s 79th General Convention was held July 5-13, 2018 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, TX (Diocese of Texas).  The General Convention is the governing body of The Episcopal Church. Every three years it meets as a bicameral legislature that includes the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops, composed of deputies and bishops from each diocese. The General Convention also includes Interim Bodies which meet between the triennial sessions to accomplish ongoing work and tasks set in the triennial sessions.

The Constitution, Canons, and Rules of Order pertain to the governance of The Episcopal Church. They have been adopted in the General Conventions from 1785 – 2018.

Questions for the Office of the General Convention can be directed to gcoffice@episcopalchurch.org