Episcopal Diocese of Washington

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an enduring faith in Jesus Christ


The Episcopal Diocese of Washington is led by Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde and governed by the Diocesan Convention. When the convention is not in session, the Diocesan Council acts in its stead, aided by numerous committees and task forces.

The diocese is divided into eight geographic regions, and these regions meet each fall in advance of convention to hear from the bishop, preview the diocesan budget and undertake other business. 

Diocesan Convention

Convention is the yearly legislative meeting presided over by the bishop and consisting of the clergy of the diocese and elected representatives of its congregations. The convention usually gathers on the last weekend of January to consider the diocesan budget and other matters regarding the mission and ministry of the diocese.

Regional Assemblies 

A Regional Assembly is an annual meeting of each of the eight geographic regions of the diocese. The meeting is a time for governance, learning and fellowship. Each meeting is attended by the bishop and members of diocesan staff and also by the clergy, wardens and delegates from all congregations within the region.

Diocesan Council

Diocesan Council is the governing board for the diocese and is empowered to act on behalf of the Diocesan Convention while the convention is not in session (the other 364 days of the year).

The council collaborates with the bishop in developing and executing the diocese's mission strategy and is ultimately responsible for presenting a budget to the convention.


Diocesan business depends on the contributions of volunteers who are elected or appointed to numerous committees that help to share and carry out the mission of the diocese. 

Diocesan Journal

The journal is the annual publication of the diocese and is available online for all who wish to download and view it. The journal contains directories, recordings of proceedings, committee reports, and election results. It also includes statistics and financial data on the diocese and lays out its governing policies, constitution, and canons.

Diocesan Budget

The diocesan budget is presented each year at the diocesan convention. The budget includes all areas of mission and ministry and is funded primarily by congregational giving. In addition, diocesan ministries get additional support from the annual Bishop's Appeal campaign and other investment income. 

Constitution and Canons

The constitution and canons of the diocese shape the life of our community.  The constitution establishes foundational principles, and the canons define how those principles are implemented.