The 147th Annual Convention will be held online via Zoom on Saturday, November 13, 2021, beginning at 9 a.m.
The Convention is the annual business meeting of the diocese, during which we conduct elections, hear reports, and vote on the budget, resolutions and any other actions presented. It includes the clergy of the diocese and elected lay representatives from each of the congregations in the diocese, as well as ex-officio members of convention (who are entitled to seat and voice, but not vote) and many visitors (who may observe only).
Everyone is welcome to observe the convention via the Zoom meeting. Registration to the Zoom meeting will be sent automatically to individuals who have seat and voice. If you do not have seat and voice but wish to observe the convention, contact Julie Murray at firstname.lastname@example.org after November 1 to register. The bishop’s address will be posted online for viewing on the convention website immediately following its presentation.
Pre-convention meeting and Nominee Forum
The nominee forum gives convention an opportunity to hear from each of the nominees for the elective positions. The nominee forum will take place in conjunction with the pre-convention meeting on Wednesday, November 3 at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. All clergy and delegates are expected to participate in the pre-convention meeting and nominee forum. Registration will be automatically sent to all individuals who have seat and voice at convention.
The bishop presides over the business sessions. They are organized by the bishop and subject to the Rules of Order as well as the Constitution and Canons of the diocese. The Agenda, Rules of Order, Supplemental Rules of Order for virtual gatherings and the current Constitution and Canons can be found in the Documents tab above.
A central component of convention is the opportunity to worship together as the body of Christ, and meeting online will be no different. Our virtual convention will open at 9 a.m. with Morning Prayer.
Typically, the offering taken at the convention Eucharist benefits an organization of the bishop’s choosing. While there will be no celebration of the Eucharist, links to opportunities to give online to the convention offering will be shared throughout the day.
This is the bishop’s opportunity to talk to both clergy and lay representatives from every congregation. The address typically includes reflection on the accomplishments of the past year as well as energy about the vision and mission for the coming year. A recording of the bishop’s address will be posted on the convention website for viewing shortly after it is presented.
Delegates elect leaders for several positions. The list of available positions with a brief summary of each can be found here. Information about this year’s nominees for several positions can be found here. Voting will take place online at dso.electionrunner.com.
Delegates and commissions may submit a resolution to diocesan convention asking for a particular stand on a public policy issue or adoption of a practice by congregations. Resolutions are canonically required be filed no later than 45 days before the start of convention for review by a resolutions committee. These resolutions are screened by the committee and then distributed to the diocese for consideration.
The resolutions are listed here.
Resolutions also may be presented from the floor but must receive a two-thirds vote of convention to be considered by delegates.
Hearings for the resolutions are held during the pre-convention meeting. This is the time when delegates can ask resolution sponsors questions about the proposal. There also is opportunity for debate on the floor of convention, but this time is more rigid, guided by Roberts Rules and the convention’s Rules of Order.
Voting on resolutions will also take place online at dso.electionrunner.com.
The diocesan budget is prepared by the Budget Committee and recommended to convention by Diocesan Council. Hearings and debate on the budget are held during the pre-convention meeting. The vote to adopt the budget is completed at convention. The draft 2022 budget approved by Diocesan Council can be found here.
All diocesan committees and organizations are asked to present written reports that are available online on the convention website. A few reports may be presented orally at convention. These reports contain important information about the mission and activities of the various commissions. The reports will also be included in the official journal of convention.