Diocesan Convention nominations, resolutions due Sept. 8

The 232nd annual convention of the Diocese of Massachusetts will take place on Saturday, Nov. 4 at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul (138 Tremont Street) in Boston. 

All resolutions, nominations for diocesan elections, proposed constitutional and canonical amendments and committee reports are due in the Office of Convention and Council by Friday, Sept. 8 at 5 p.m. 

Positions to be filled by election at this year’s convention include:  secretary and treasurer of the diocese; alternate deputies to the 2018 General Convention; alternate deputies to Provincial Synod; members of Standing Committee, the Diocesan Disciplinary Board, the Cathedral Chapter and the Board of Directors of the Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center, and a member of the Trustees of Donations.  (Find the position descriptions here and the nomination form here.)

Pre-convention forums in October will offer an important opportunity for learning and discussion about the issues and business to come before the convention, including resolutions and the proposed budget.  All are welcome; clergy and convention delegates are especially encouraged to participate.  Forums are scheduled to take place from 7 to 9 p.m. on:

• Wednesday, Oct. 18 at the Church of the Good Shepherd (74 High Street) in Wareham;
• Thursday, Oct. 19 at Emmanuel Church (5 Bryant Street) in Wakefield;
• Tuesday, Oct. 24 at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul (138 Tremont Street) in Boston; and
• Wednesday, Oct. 25 at St. Elizabeth’s Church (1 Morse Road) in Sudbury.

Find updates and materials at www.diomass.org/diocesan-convention-2017.

The Diocesan Convention is the primary representative governing body of the diocese.  It convenes annually in November to conduct diocesan business, including election of officers and members of various leadership bodies; approval of a budget for the upcoming year; setting mission strategy; and establishing diocesan policy and procedure by considering and voting on resolutions and approving changes to the diocesan constitution and canons. 

It is also an occasion for communication and teaching from the bishops; learning about and participating in shared mission and ministry; fellowship, community building and common prayer; and celebration of the Holy Eucharist together as a diocesan community.