Diocesan Convention 2023
155th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Easton
Reaching Rising Generations – Mission Imperatives of a Post-Covid Church
(Isaiah 40:30-31; Matthew 13:51-53)
Saturday, March 4th, 2023
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. Only those registered individuals with voice, voice and vote, guests of the Convention, or staff and official volunteers are admitted to the floor of convention. Those who are observing and have no seat at Convention may participate through the livestream broadcast on the Episcopal Diocese of Easton Facebook page.
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.