The Episcopal Church of the Eastern Shore of Maryland gathers once a year to govern the parishes that make up the Diocese of Easton. We worship, we celebrate, we listen, we speak, we debate, and we vote. It is an important event with much work that needs to be done. It is also where the Bishop makes his annual address. Diocesan Convention is a balance between being the church and dreaming the church, and there is a time and place for both.
Each church in the Diocese selects delegates and alternates to represent them, along with clergy, on behalf of their parish. Delegates and canonically resident clergy are authorized to vote. All these individuals participated in the 2023 Convention at St. Peter’s in Salisbury on March 4th. Others were invited to watch the livestream on the Episcopal Diocese of Easton Facebook page or on the broadcast website as non-voting guests.
Support our Diocesan Food Pantries through our Convention Giving Link (Open Until April 1st):
Read Article: Meeting Food Needs on the Shore
Watch the Full Convention:
The Pre-Convention Eucharist was recorded and is viewable on St. Peter’s YouTube Channel. Follow along with the Service Order.
The Convention was recorded and is available to watch on the Episcopal Diocese of Easton Facebook page or on the broadcast website.
Bishop’s Convention Address and Sermon:
Video Reports from our Ministry Partners:
For More Info Email Julia Connolly Zahn
Latino / Hispanic Ministries
For More Info Email Mark Hansen
The Retreat House
For More Info Email Francie Thayer
The Board of Managers
For More Info Email Nancy Robson
INVESTMENT PERFORMANCE IN 2022
[excerpt] Last year, 2022 was the most difficult year in the history of the Easton Episcopal Fund. Our return of -15.85% was absolutely and relatively speaking below our aspirations, and no better than mediocre, as we ranked in the middle third of the comparable universe of balanced mutual funds.
The year started on a sour note as the fund and the market experienced weakness. The weakness accelerated in the second quarter as we fell another 13%. Both the 1st and 2nd quarters experienced a significant decline in technology securities, which spilled over to the total fund.
The Easton Episcopal Fund is an actively managed index fund. Your Board of Managers (BOM) makes measured moves around our various indices, but we limit our deviation from the index weighting as a matter of policy. During the year, we lowered our stock exposure, but with technology stocks still representing more than 20% of the index, we were facing a fearsome headwind… Continue Reading…
Children’s Home Foundation
For More Info Email Toni Mitchell
For More Info Email Lynn Wiljanen
Diversity Awareness Commission
For More Info Email Jim Kamihachi
Church Initiatives Grants
For More Info Email Your Representative:
Middle Convocation: Email Charlotte Meyer
Northern Convocation: Email Nicholas Sichangi
Southern Convocation: Email Anne Collins
Clergy At Large:
Rev’d Nicholas Sichangi
Lay At Large:
Clergy, Northern Convocation
Rev. Deacon Jim Kamihachi
Lay, Middle Convocation
Lay, Southern Convocation
Rev. Steve Mosher
Provincial Synod Deputies
Clergy (Convention voted that two clergy would represent them to the Province, one voting)
Rev. Mary Friel (voting)
Very Rev. Mark S. Delcuze
Two Lay to elect
Board of Managers
General Convention Deputies
(Next GC – 2024 in Louisville, Kentucky)
1. The Rev. Mary Friel
2. The Ven. Laura Harbaugh
3. The Rev. Susan Leight
4. The Very Rev. Mark Delcuze
5. The Rev. Steven Mosher
6. The Rev. Nathaniel Pierce
7. The Rev. Stephan Klingelhofer
8. The Rev. Patrick Collins
1. Sandra Bjork
2. Tom Shuster
3. Eddie Vance
4. John Dragone
5. Susan Moore
6. Noelle Fillion-Powell
7. Colleen Minahan
8. Nancy Linck
Additional Convention Links:
- DOE Convention 2023 Rules of Order
- Final Budget as Approved by Council
- Parochial Clergy List
- Non-Parochial Clergy List
- Delegate List
Constitution & Canons / Resolutions / Resolutions with Debate
- Resolutions to Change Constitution & Canons
- Resolutions with Debate
- Copy of November C&C Memorandum to Vestries
- Canons (As Approved 3.5.22; Effective 3.5.23)
- Constitution (Approved 1st Reading 3.5.22)
- Current Constitution of the Diocese of Easton
- Current Canons of the Diocese of Easton
- Gordon Fronk (Chair)
- Mike Lokey
- John Rue
- Debra Dragone
Additional Information pertaining to the Constitution & Canons:
At the Diocesan annual convention on March 5, 2022, the delegates approved on first reading a revised and restated Constitution for the Diocese. If approved on second reading at the March 4, 2023 convention, it will take effect on March 5, 2023. You can read a copy here:
The delegates also approved revised and restated Canons for the Diocese, which are scheduled to take effect on March 5, 2023, if the new Constitution is approved on second reading at the 2023 convention. You can read a copy here:
How to Register
All attendees to Convention must register using this link. This includes clergy, lay delegates, listed volunteers, and invited guests. We will be collecting important information to better prepare for convention. You will be asked to vote Yes/No to approve the Rules of Order during registration so please review them prior to registration.
Volunteer (Southern Convocation Members)
Members of the Parishes of the Southern Convocation: Your help is needed to fill volunteer positions to support the work of the 155th Convention of the Diocese of Easton. This page provides information for volunteers and a link to sign up. Volunteer Orientation and Training: Feb. 18 at 10am, St. Peter’s, Salisbury
The Convention Registration Fee is $80 and includes boxed lunch, refreshments, program and materials. St. Peter’s is offering an optional breakfast at a fee of $10 (add-on at registration). Registrations must be submitted to Bray House no later than February 27th, 2023. No refunds can be given unless 72 hours notice is given. If the parish is paying fees, the registrant can choose to defer payment and submit their confirmation to the parish.
Breakfast will be served from 8:00am – 8:45am in the Parish Hall at St. Peter’s. Breakfast choices include avocado toast with choice of fixin’s (eggs, meat, etc), homemade baked items, fresh fruit & yogurt bar, and beverages (coffee, tea, juices). This is a fundraiser for our hosting parish and is a $10 optional add-on during registration.
Boxed lunch is included in the Convention registration fee with choice of the following (homemade cookies and beverages also provided):
- Roast Beef Sandwich
- Apricot Turkey Sandwich
- Cranberry Apple Pecan Salad (gluten free & vegetarian). Pecans will be enclosed in a cup on the side.
There is a limited number of rooms reserved for us at a special convention rate of $109 plus taxes at the Hampton Inn, Salisbury MD. This room rate is available until February 17, 2023. Please contact the hotel directly should you choose to stay overnight. Available dates are March 3-5, 2023. Reserve your room at the Hampton Inn Here.
Opens at 8:45 am (0-12 years-old). Please register in advance via the registration form.
We will hold Convocation Meetings via Zoom in both December and January. Dates of pre-Convention convocation meetings are listed below. The meetings will begin at 7:00 p.m.
At the convocation meetings we are charged to nominate people from each convocation, to serve on the Diocesan Council for a three-year term. The representatives for this three-year term are chosen by the convocation, and confirmed by the Diocesan Convention, according to Article X, Sec. 2, of the Diocesan Constitution.
We ask that you give serious consideration to people who would be able and willing to serve as a member of Diocesan Council. Their names will be presented to Convention for ratification. The vacancies to be filled are:
- The North will select a CLERGY person
- The Middle will select a LAY person
- The South will select a LAY person
A copy of the preliminary 2023 budget will be sent out by November 29, which will be explained and discussed at the December and February convocation meetings.
Canonically resident clergy, lay delegates, and alternates should be present at convocation meetings. It is also suggested that every parish delegation to the convocation meeting should include: the wardens, treasurers, representatives of the Finance Committee, as well as clergy and elected delegates and alternates to the 155th annual Diocesan Convention. All other members of the diocese who wish to attend are also welcome.