Diocesan Convention 2020

Diocesan Convention 2020 graphic

The 235th annual Diocesan Convention takes place Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020,
and will be a completely virtual, online event.

Preliminary information was e-mailed to clergy and delegates on July 17 and is also available in the PDF documents attached at the bottom of this page.  

Additional materials, schedule and agenda will be distributed in early October.

Questions may be directed to Chelsea Smith, Assistant for Governance and Administration, at csmith@diomass.org or 617-482-4826, ext. 406.

A message from Bishop Gates

In a July letter to convention participants, Bishop Gates writes:  "When 'Embracing Brave Change' was adopted as the encapsulating theme of our diocesan mission strategy several years ago, none of us envisioned the extraordinary sorts of 'brave change' which would be required of us in 2020.

"Swift innovation has been demanded in our ways of worshiping God, supporting one another and engaging our world. This adaptation has been challenging, often painful. At the same time, some necessary changes have cracked open new insights into how God’s grace can be mediated, what priorities are emerging with new clarity and how things that had grown old might be made new. Among the places that we cannot do 'business as usual' in our life together will be the annual convention of the diocese."  Read the full letter here.


Online registration is now open. Register online by Oct. 30 here

Technology assistance

Information about technology requirements and assistance is available here


At its July 30, 2020, meeting, the Diocesan Council voted to move a special rule of order for Diocesan Convention this year that will seek to eliminate "from-the-floor" resolution amendments and debate during convention proceedings on Nov. 7.  

Instead, prior to the convention, there will be an open comment period, Sept. 24-29.

To comment on proposed resolutions via the online comment form, click here.

The form will be live through Tuesday, Sept. 29 at midnight. Use the links below to review the three proposed resolutions.  They are also attached as PDFs at the bottom of this page.

Resolution 1: A Call for Repentance and Reparations

Resolution 2: Response to Presiding Bishop Curry's Declaration of a Climate Emergency

Resolution 3: A Call to Address the Benign Neglect of the Black Churches of the Diocese and to Strengthen Their Interrelationships

Open comment period Zoom meetings for voting members, Sept. 28 & 29:  There also will be two online Zoom meetings for voting members to discuss the proposed resolutions: 

These two special Zoom meetings for the purpose of discussing proposed resolutions are in addition to the regular pre-convention forums scheduled in October (see below).

Following the open comment period, resolutions will be refined and resubmitted in final form by Oct. 2, to be voted up or down at the convention on Nov. 7.

Pre-convention forums

These meetings in the fall offer an important opportunity for learning and discussion about the issues and business to come before the convention.  All are welcome; clergy and delegates are especially encouraged to participate.

All forums will be held online via Zoom this year, and will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. (unless otherwise noted) on the following dates: 

  • Tuesday, Oct. 6: Cape & Islands and Mt. Hope-Buzzards Bay deaneries
  • Wednesday, Oct. 7: Taunton River and South Shore deaneries
  • Thursday, Oct. 8: Charles River and Alewife deaneries
  • Tuesday, Oct. 13: Neponset River and Boston Harbor deaneries
  • Wednesday, Oct. 14: Mystic Valley and North Shore deaneries
  • Thursday, Oct. 15: Merrimack Valley and Concord River deaneries
  • A daytime forum will also be held on Friday, Oct. 9, 2-3:30 p.m. 

Participation by deanery is recommended, but anyone may join another forum if it is more convenient.  Zoom links will be sent out in the fall.


Questions about Diocesan Convention may be directed to Chelsea Smith, Assistant for Governance and Administration, at csmith@diomass.org or 617-482-4826, ext. 406.