Diocesan Convention 2021

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The 236th annual Diocesan Convention is scheduled to take place on
Friday and Saturday, Nov. 12 and 13, 2021.

Watch the welcome and orientation video here.

Preliminary information, summarized below and detailed in the documents attached as PDFs at the bottom of this page, was e-mailed June 24 to clergy and delegates. Convention materials, including the schedule, will be available in early October.

Questions may be directed to the Rev. Rachel Wildman, Secretary of the Diocese (secretary@diomass.org) or Chelsea Smith, Assistant for Governance and Administration (csmith@diomass.org or 617-482-4826, ext. 406).

Program highlights

Convention Friday will offer virtual accessibility for all, with the option of regional in-person engagement. The Saturday business portion of Convention will be virtual only.  (See June Secretary's Memo, also attached as a PDF below, for more information.)  

Friday, Nov. 12 afternoon and evening programs will be virtual and open to all, with the option of regional in-person gatherings at several church locations (to be announced), and will include:

  • A plenary session exploring the theme of interdependence as a force for renewal in the church, offered by the Rev. Lydia Kelsey Bucklin, Canon to the Ordinary for Discipleship and Vitality, Diocese of Northern Michigan, with small group break-out sessions to explore plenary topics further
     
  • Convention Eucharist, with the Rt. Rev. Douglas J. Fisher, Bishop of the Diocese of Western Massachusetts, guest preacher
     
  • Keynote address by Dr. Catherine Meeks, Executive Director of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing, with local in-person "eat, pray, reflect" watch parties

Saturday, Nov. 13 business session for voting members of Convention will be virtual only, with schedule to include:

  • Bishop's annual address
  • Budget and resolution discussions and voting
  • Elections
     

Registration

Online registration will open in August.
 

Certification of delegates

Convention information is e-mailed to clergy and certified delegates currently registered in the Convention Office. Please notify the Convention Office as soon as possible with any delegation changes, including changes of e-mail address for any lay delegates or clergy. Questions may be directed to Chelsea Smith at csmith@diomass.org or 617-482-4826, ext. 406.
 

Deadlines

Friday, Sept. 10 at 5 p.m. is the deadline for submission of all Convention materials, including nomination papers, proposed resolutions, applications for admission as a parish or mission, and reports from diocesan committees and networks.
 

Elections

Positions to be filled by election at the convention are described here, and the nomination form is available here (also attached as PDF documents at the bottom of this page).
 

Resolutions

The online resolutions submission form will open in July.  

There will be an open comment period Sept. 20-27, with online resolutions discussions on Zoom, to be held on Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m.  (See June Secretary's Memo, also attached as a PDF below, for more details.) 
 

Pre-Convention Forums

These virtual meetings in October offer an important opportunity for learning and discussion about the issues and business to come before the convention. Clergy and delegates are encouraged to join the meeting for their region, but are welcome to participate in a different one if it is more convenient. Zoom information will be sent out in the fall.  Pre-Convention Forums are scheduled to take place on:

  • Monday, Oct. 18, 7:00-8:30 p.m.: Central Region
  • Tuesday, Oct. 19, 7:00-8:30 p.m.: Northern and Western Region
  • Thursday, Oct. 28, 7:00-8:30 p.m.: Southern Region
  • Friday, Oct. 29, 2:00-3:30 p.m.: All Regions  

Convention contacts

Questions may be directed to the Rev. Rachel Wildman, Secretary of the Diocese (secretary@diomass.org ) or Chelsea Smith, Assistant for Governance and Administration (csmith@diomass.org or 617-482-4826, ext. 406).