Constitution and Canons

The Episcopal Church

Each province is led by a “Primate,” an office usually known as Archbishop. In the United States, however, the office is known as “Presiding Bishop,” our current Presiding Bishop, the Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry, was elected by the General Convention in 2015.

The General Convention
The General Convention is the governing body of The Episcopal Church (TEC) that meets every three years. The Convention is a bicameral legislature that includes the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops. The work at Convention is carried out by deputies and bishops representing each diocese. During its triennial meeting deputies and bishops consider a wide range of important matters facing the Church.

The Anglican Communion
We are also part of the worldwide Anglican Communion- the family of churches that trace their descent and Apostolic Succession from the Church of England. The Anglican Communion consists of 38 independent “provinces,” of which the Episcopal Church in the United States is but one.

In addition to his responsibilities as diocesan bishop for the See of Canterbury and Primate of All England, the Archbishop of Canterbury is appointed by King or Queen of England and is considered the honorary head of the Anglican Communion, or primus inter pares (first amongst equals).

The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby is the 105th archbishop of Canterbury. He was enthroned at Canterbury Cathedral on March 21, 2013.