Results from the 2017 Diocesan Convention
The Very Rev. Deirdre Whitfield
The Rev. Daniel Moore
Dear Friends in Christ,
I write to confirm with you that the opening date of the 234th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Pennsylvania has been set for the evening of Friday, November 3rd and continues on Saturday, November 4, 2017. The Convention will be held at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, 38th Street between Market and Chestnut. Eucharist will begin on Friday, November 3rd at 6:30 p.m., followed by a reception serving heavy Hors D’ Oeuvres. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, November 4th, gathering music at 8:15 a.m. with Morning Prayer beginning at 8:30 a.m.
The theme of this year’s Convention is:
Lay and Clerical delegates are asked to register online beforehand through the DIOPA Convention website any time. The registration fee is $75.00 per delegate. The fee may be mailed to J.D. Lafrance (Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania, 3717 Chestnut Street, Suite 300, Philadelphia, PA 19104) or brought with you on the day of Convention. If you have any questions or need help with registration, please contact J.D. at email@example.com or 215-627-6434 x151.
I also write to remind you that according to our canons, the following items are due from each parish Vestry no later than the opening of convention if they have not already been submitted:
As we prepare to gather at convention on November 3rd and 4th, I call us to daily prayer for our Diocese and its Convention. In our prayers for our world and one another, let us give thanks that God continues to sustain the Church out of the abundance of divine love and forgiveness. Let us pray to be energized by the Holy Spirit to look forward with eager expectation to the mission God lays before us. Let us celebrate the promise of hope and redemption God has made to the Church and the world.
God bless our Diocesan family. God bless you in your ministries. Godspeed in your labors on behalf of God’s mission in our world.
Faithfully, your Bishop,
3:00 p.m. – Clergy meet with the Bishop at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral. Attendance is not mandatory, it will be an informal discussion for any clergy who would like to meet and ask questions.
5:00 p.m. – Budget Discussion: In the Chapter Room, located in the Cathedral Offices in the Liem Azar Cathedral Center. This forum is intended to be an opportunity for people to ask questions or seek clarity on the budget.
6:00 p.m. – Vesting for Clergy for the Service of Holy Eucharist on Friday evening, November 3: White alb and stole. It will take place in the Early Learning Center of the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral.
6:30 p.m. – Opening Eucharist
Schedule for November 4 – Convention
View this year’s Diocesan Convention Live on Streaming Video
Real-time live streaming video will be accessible for Friday’s Eucharist Homily with Bishop Gutiérrez at 7 p.m. at: https://livestream.com/accounts/17907063/events/7895046
Streaming video of the 234th Convention of the Diocese of PA on Saturday will be accessible at 8:15 a.m. at: https://livestream.com/accounts/17907063/events/7894957
Ushers will need to arrive at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral at 7:45 a.m. and remain until the end of the day. In addition, we will have a walk through and orientation meeting at the Cathedral on Friday evening for an hour. Ushers need to be able bodied persons with access to email and with a cell phone. If you have questions about ushering at Convention, please contact Geoff Middleton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online Convention Registration is now closed. You can register the day of Convention.
LAZ Parking will be available on Saturday, November 4th from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. @39th and Market Streets.
The Nominating Committee is seeking lay and clergy candidates to stand for election at Diocesan Convention 2017. You may propose yourself or someone else as a nominee by contacting Cordelia Biddle (email@example.com), or you may go directly to: https://diopa.wufoo.com/forms/2017-nominee-biography/ and complete the form.
All committees, commissions, boards and groups of the Diocese are invited to submit a report of their groups’ activities since the last Convention, which will be posted on the Convention website. Reports should be submitted by October 20, to ensure their being posted on the diocesan website prior to Convention. Reports submitted after this date but before December 1st will be included in the Convention Journal.
The Christmas Fund
Positions to Fill: 2 Lay
Positions to Fill: 1 Clergy, 3 Lay
Commission on Clergy Compensation and Employee Benefits
Positions to Fill: 1 Clergy, 1 Lay
Diocesan Disciplinary Board
Positions to Fill: 3 Clergy, 1 Lay
Positions to Fill: 1 Clergy, 1 Lay
General Convention Alternate Deputies
Positions to Fill: 4 Clergy, 4 Lay
Positions to Fill: 3 Clergy, 2 Lay
Positions to Fill: 2 Clergy, 1 Lay