Saturday, November 14
Held via ZOOM due to the covid-19 pandemic
The theme of the 2020 Diocesan Convention is “You are the light of the world.”
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
The Worship Booklet will be available to be downloaded here on Saturday, November 14.
Bishop Scott Mayer will preside. His sermon will also be his convention address. The text of his sermon will be available for download here that morning.
Convention worship will include celebration of the Eucharist. The clergy in each congregation will consecrate and distribute wafers to those of their congregations who wish to take part in advance of the Convention. They will communicate with parishioners about when and where to pick up wafers.
Registration opened September 4 and will close November 1. There is no registration charge this year.
The Convention will meet via Zoom for delegates and alternates. Guests will view the Convention via password-protected live stream. The link to the Zoom meeting will be sent to delegates/alternates via the email address they provide at registration. The password to the live stream will be provided to guests at the email address they provide at registration.
Because meeting by Zoom is known to be very tiring, Convention business will be kept to the absolute minimum necessary to fulfill the canons. [See schedule below]
If a delegate is unable or unwilling to participate via Zoom, an alternate must take that delegate’s place.
Voting will be done using the Zoom polling feature or, with votes by order, a voting application. Delegates will practice voting at the Pre-Convention Deanery meetings, so it is important that all delegates and alternates attend those meetings. [See schedule of meetings below]
Elections will be held to fill these positions:
- Standing Committee – Lay and Clergy Order
- Sewanee Trustees – Clergy Order
- Disciplinary Committee — Lay and Clergy Order
- Executive Council – Two Lay, One Clergy
Resolutions [except for changes to Constitution/Canons] must be submitted to the Resolutions Committee by September 11th, 2020.
Nominations must be submitted to the Nominations Committee by September 11, 2020.
Canon I.2.4.1 requires that “each Parish, Mission and Mission Station, diocesan-wide ministry, permanent diocesan officer, and diocesan committee, board, entity, and institution shall submit to the annual meeting of the Convention a written report briefly summarizing its work since the last annual meeting of Convention and its plans and goals for the following year.”
All reports will be given only in writing, so it is important to read the packet thoroughly. The deadline for reports to be sent to the convention secretary is September 29, 2020. They should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org using this template.
All reports, bios and photos of those nominated for offices, and copies of proposed resolutions will be posted here. Delegates and other interested people can download and print the packet or view documents on their devices.
Each deanery has the option to meet in the summer (usually late July or August) and is required to convene for the Pre-Convention meeting in October. Visit the Deaneries page to find meeting dates, current officers, and deanery information. If you find no meeting scheduled on the calendar, contact your dean.
This schedule is a draft. Some details may change.
10:00 am – Opening Worship live stream
11:30 am – Break
1:00 pm – Business Session I via Zoom
2:00 pm – Break
2:15 pm – Business Session II via Zoom
3:30 pm – Convention Recesses
*all times approximate
Previous Conventions materials
- 2019 Diocesan Convention- Decatur
- 2018 Diocesan Convention – Decatur
- 2017 Diocesan Convention – Cleburne
- 2016 Diocesan Convention – Fort Worth (All Saints’ school)
- 2015 Diocesan Convention – Fort Worth (Botanic Garden)
- 2014 Diocesan Convention – Arlington
- 2013 Diocesan Convention – Wichita Falls
- 2012 Diocesan Convention – Stephenville