General Convention 2015: The Blue Book will be available online

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The Report to the 78th General Convention, commonly referred to as The Blue Book, will be available online at the Episcopal Church General Convention website here.

Reports will be added to the General Convention website as they are received, the Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe, General Convention Executive Officer, said. Currently posted are reports from The Taskforce for Reimagining The Episcopal Church (TREC), the Task Force on the Study of Marriage, and the Standing Commission on Communications and Information Technology. Additional reports will be posted weekly, as they are translated and edited for publication.

The Episcopal Church’s 78th General Convention, June 25July 3, will be held at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, UT (Diocese of Utah).

For the first time, all reports for the Blue Book will be offered only online rather than in print.  “The 78th General Convention will be a convention of screens,” Barlowe explained.  “The Blue Book will not be printed as it has been in years past.”

He added that the documents can be downloaded as desired, and that Church Publishing may make a print copy available for purchase.

The Blue Book contains reports of the committees, commissions, agencies and boards of the General Convention. The information is available in English and in Spanish.

For questions about The Blue Book, contact Twila Rios, staff assistant for content management and digital publishing in the General Convention Office,

The Episcopal Church’s General Convention is held every three years, and is the bicameral governing body of the Church. It comprises the House of Bishops, with upwards of 200 active and retired bishops, and the House of Deputies, with clergy and lay deputies elected from the 109 dioceses and three regional areas of the Church, at more than 800 members.


  1. So we Deputies have two choices, since GCO has declined to negotiate a good price for those who might want a printed copy. We will all use our printers, paper, and ink cartridges to print the whole dang thing at considerable, wasteful cost. Or we will bring laptops/tablets to SLC. I regret this.
    The one positive aspect of this is that we Deputies will be able to read the reports as they are available, instead of waiting for the entire Blue Book to be printed. Assuming all 850+ of us remember to check the site each week for the new releases. That’s a pretty big assumption.
    I guess it’s a tradeoff.

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