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* Kentucky Night

This Diocese of Kentucky has a night of great events planned for Monday June 24th from 6:00pm to 11:00pm.  Follow this link to their full page of information:

KENTUCKY NIGHT

RSVP for Kentucky Night events at this link: Kentucky Night RSVP form

*LOUISVILLE - Things to Do and Where to Eat

Things to Do

Did you know there are many affiliated organizations which host events in conjunction with the General Convention? To view all events and more information, please visit our calendar of events.

Experience Louisville by taking part in events, arts & culture, shopping, sports & outdoor activities, tours and much more. With more than 120 attractions Louisville has something for everyone. To learn more about the city’s attractions, visit
https://www.gotolouisville.com/things-to-do/.

Louisville would not be the creative, innovative, passionate city that it is without its Black community. For so many things that make Louisville unique- from food traditions and even the Greatest himself, Muhammad Ali- countless people of color have contributed their gifts to build the city’s vibrant culture. The past can be complex and sometimes hard to imagine through a modern lens. We all benefit from learning a destination’s complete history. We welcome you to discover Bourbon City’s Black Heritage.

The Thomas Merton Center is located in the library on the campus of Bellarmine University. Close to the convention center downtown is a historical marker detailing a famous revelatory experience of which Merton wrote at what was the corner of 4th and Walnut (currently 4th and Muhamad Ali, now known as Merton Square).

Places to Eat

We will have concessions available in the exhibit hall, so grab a bite, visit with exhibitors and friends, or take a moment to catch your breath in between sessions. If you prefer to step outdoors, there is an abundance of restaurants within a walkable distance of the Kentucky International Convention Center. You can see these suggestions here: https://www.gotolouisville.com/restaurants-near-kicc/

Children's Program

Registration is now open for the children’s program; applications now accepted for adult volunteers

Registration is open for a dynamic children’s day camp at the 81st General Convention that will include hands-on projects, music, field trips, and other activities. Applications are also being accepted for volunteers for the program, which runs June 22-28 at the Hyatt Regency in Louisville, Kentucky.

Registration will run through May 24th. It costs $60 daily for the first child and $40 daily for each additional sibling.  There is a discounted rate for the whole week.

Led by Sarah Petersen, director of Children’s Ministries at Saint Barnabas Episcopal Church in Scottsdale, Arizona, the day camp is open to children of clergy, convention deputies, staff, Episcopal Church Women convention deputies, and program volunteers. Children from birth through sixth grade are eligible.

“The General Convention Children’s Program is being re-imagined as the Waves of Gratitude Day Camp, offering children an engaging and formative experience through a full day of meaningful activities,” said Petersen, who is in her ninth year as children’s program director. “We’ll be practicing gratitude while creating art, exploring the science of water, and interacting on field trips and with visitors to the program.”

The program will partner with other Episcopal Church organizations, including the United Thank Offering, Good News Gardens, Episcopal Relief and Development, Godly Play, and more.

“This is a wonder-filled opportunity for kids to experience General Convention in a safe, fun, and formational environment,” Petersen said.

Adults who have completed Safe Church, Safe Communities training within the last three years and are interested in volunteering for a minimum of three shifts can apply online here.

The Episcopal Church’s General Convention will be held at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville on June 23-28.

Click here to register. For additional information, email Petersen at gcchildren@episcopalchurch.org.

Exhibits

The exhibit area will run from June 21st to June 27th and will be designated as a marketplace and educational center for Deputies, Bishops, clergy and lay people from around our church and the world. Exhibiting at our convention provides a unique opportunity for your company or organization to reach out and be seen by this diverse community. Click here for more information including the rates, the floor plan, the registration form, and the rules and regulations.

Fern Exposition is our designated exhibit show management company with oversight of our Exhibit area.

  • The ONLY official information with regards to Exhibiting at the 81st General Convention will come from either Fern Exposition or The Executive Office of the General Convention
  • This Exhibit Contract is for the booth rental space allotted in the exhibition hall only. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Fern at 502.403.6526  or by email at episcopalexhibits@fernexpo.com.

Handbook for the 81st General Convention

Housing

The Housing process for the 81st General Convention in Louisville, Kentucky is now closed.  We currently do not have any more rooms for sale.

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

Liability Waiver and Photo Release

All registrants are required to show a photo ID and sign agreement with the liability waiver and photo release at the time they pick up their badge at the registration area.

LIABILITY WAIVER:

In consideration for being allowed to attend the 81st General Convention of The Episcopal Church, I hereby waive and release any and all claims, now known or hereafter known, against the General Convention, The Episcopal Church, the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society and their officers, directors, manager(s), employees, agents, affiliates, successors, and assigns (collectively, “Releasees”), arising out of or attributable to my attendance at the 81st General Convention including bodily injury, personal injury, psychological injury, illness, pain, suffering, disability, death, property damage, property loss, and/or financial loss that may result from the activities, whether arising out of the actions, omissions, or ordinary negligence of any Releasees or otherwise. I covenant not to make or bring any such claim against any Releasee, and forever release and discharge all Releasees from liability under such claims.

PHOTO RELEASE:

I hereby give Releasees the right and permission to publish, without charge, photographs, videos and recordings of me taken during this event. These images may be used in publications, including electronic publications, or in audio-visual presentations, promotional literature, advertising, or in other similar ways. I hereby release the Releasees from any and all claims for damages, libel, slander, invasion of the right of privacy, or any other claim based on the use of these images.

Registration

Pre-registration for the 81st General Convention in Louisville, Kentucky is now closed.

The On-site Registration area will open June 21, 2024 at 9:00am at the Kentucky Convention Center.

  • Visitors who register at the Convention Center: $180 (for entire convention)
  • Youth Visitors: 12-18 $50 (for entire convention)
  • Day Visitors: $50 (per day)
  • Access to visit the Exhibit Area only: $20 (per day)

Visitor Registration fees 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 and sign agreement with the liability waiver and photo release at the time they pick up their badge at the registration area.
    The language of these “terms of service” can be found here: Terms of Service

 

Volunteers

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

The meetings of The General Convention and The Episcopal Church Women need 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 Kentucky 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 81st General Convention is scheduled for June 22nd – 28th, 2024 at the Kentucky International Convention Center, Louisville, KY.

Volunteer Registration is now open! Please click here:

https://81stgenconvepiscopalchurch2024volunteers.my-trs.com

We appreciate your willingness to volunteer your valuable time to support The General Convention and the Triennial Meeting of the Episcopal Church Women.

Worship

All are welcome to join us in the Ballroom at the Kentucky International Convention Center to worship each day of Convention. Anyone with a convention credential will have access. If you aren’t registered to attend Convention and would like to participate in worship services, you can pre-register for worship only by completing this form  (https://gco.formstack.com/forms/worship_registration). Upon arrival at the Convention Center, please show your confirmation email with a government issued photo ID to be admitted. Seating is limited and subject to availability on the day of the service, so please share with your friends and sign up!

To download the worship bulletins as pdf files, please go to our Worship page here:  Worship at the 81st General Convention.

 

You can find additional information relating to the 81st General Convention such as calendars, legislative information, blue book reports, information about the Houses, or information about the Presiding Bishop nominees at our 81st General Convention menu in our site menu, or click here for a landing page about the 81st General Convention.

Note that if you wish to request that an affiliated event be published on the affiliated events calendar click here to open an online form for submitting your request. The calendars web page is here: https://generalconvention.org/calendars-gc81/