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 (e-mailed to clergy and delegates) is summarized below and detailed in the documents attached as PDFs at the bottom of this page. Convention materials, including the full schedule, will be available by mid-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).

Registration

Online registration is now open!  Click here for registration.
 

Program highlights

Friday, Nov. 12 afternoon and evening programs will be virtual and open to everyone:

Diocesan Convention 2021 Friday Program Flier
  • 1 p.m. Plenary session: "Remembering Our Mutuality: Renewing Our Church with Hopeful Imagination and Reaffirmation" offered by the Rev. Lydia Kelsey Bucklin, Canon to the Ordinary for Discipleship and Vitality, Diocese of Northern Michigan
     
  • 2 p.m. Break-out sessions:​​
    • "Tell Me a Story of Where I Belong"
    • "Worship: God’s Invitation to Heal from Loneliness and Disconnection"
    • "Interdependence in Action: Sharing Ministry and Mission through Collaboration"   
       
  • 3 p.m. Break-out sessions:​​
    • "Repair/Renew: Mending as Spiritual and Institutional Reform"
    • "In Those Days There Was No King in Israel: Exploring Non-Hierarchical Community Leadership"
    • "Building a Beloved Community of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion"
       
  • 5 p.m. Convention Eucharist, with special guest preacher, the Rt. Rev. Douglas J. Fisher, Bishop of the Diocese of Western Massachusetts
     
  • 7 p.m. Keynote address:  "Dancing on Paradox's Floor While Searching For Beloved Community" offered by Dr. Catherine Meeks, Executive Director of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing, Diocese of Atlanta

Opportunities to access the Friday evening programming may be offered in-person at deanery gatherings pending COVID-19 metrics. More details will be available as the date approaches.


Saturday, Nov. 13, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.:  Virtual morning and afternoon business sessions, with virtual participation for voting members of Convention and livestream available for all to view.  The schedule will include:

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

Resolutions

There will be an open comment period on proposed resolutions Sept. 20-27. 

Find proposed resolutions and more details here.  The online comment form is available here.
 

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 e-mailed to clergy and delegates.  The 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  
     

Additional pre-Convention opportunities

Mission Strategy Conversation, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 7-8 p.m.:  The current diocesan mission strategy was adopted in 2016; a revised mission strategy will come before this year's Diocesan Convention for approval, as per diocesan canons which require the mission strategy to be reviewed no less frequently than once every five years.  The Mission Strategy Committee invites members of the diocesan community to this online discussion of the revised mission strategy document.  Register here .  

"A Reckoning in Boston" film screening & conversation, Friday, Nov. 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m.:  Join online for a screening of "A Reckoning in Boston," a new documentary by James Rutenbeck (a member of St. Stephen’s Church in Boston) on Friday, Nov. 5 at 6:30 p.m. A conversation with the filmmakers will follow.

"A Reckoning in Boston" is “an absolute must see – especially for white audiences,” wrote Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr about the film, which powerfully explores systemic racism, economic inequality, street violence, trauma and lack of affordable housing in Boston by looking at the lives of Kafi Dixon, Carl Chandler and others in Dorchester. This film lends itself well to personal reflection and discussion, particularly for faith groups. It will be aired on PBS Independent Lens in January. 

Register through the Diocesan Convention registration site, here .
 

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.

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).