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Diocesan Convention 2022

The 2022 Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont will be held in two parts:

In-Person Programming on October 8

The in-person portion of diocesan convention will take place Saturday, October 8 at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Burlington from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration and time for fellowship will begin at 9 a.m.

Bishop Shannon will preach during convention worship. The program will feature keynote speakers the Rev. Lorenzo Lebrija, founding director of TryTank, and the Rev. Whitney Rice, canon for evangelism & discipleship development in the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri. Lunch will be provided. A livestream will be available on the diocesan YouTube channel.

Online Business Session on October 13

The business portion of diocesan convention, including Bishop Shannon’s address, will be held online on Thursday, October 13 beginning at 6 p.m. Clergy and delegates will participate via Zoom; a link will be sent prior to convention to all registered clergy and delegates.

Those not serving as delegates are invited to watch via YouTube, and a recording will be available for on-demand viewing.

Online Pre-Convention Hearing on October 5

There will be an online Pre-Convention Hearing on Wednesday, October 5 at 6 p.m. This online event is required for all convention delegates and clergy, who will participate via Zoom. Please email communications@diovermont.org for the link.

Those not serving as delegates are invited to watch via YouTube, and a recording will be available for on-demand viewing.

Registration

The deadline for diocesan convention registration was September 24. Please email Karen Robinson with questions.

Call for Nominations

The deadline for nominations for the following diocesan leadership positions to be elected during the 2022 diocesan convention has been extended to Sunday, October 9. Nominations should be submitted using the online form. Leaders are needed to serve on the following bodies:

  • Brookhaven School Trustees 
  • Committee on Congregational Development and Formation
  • Commission on Finance
  • Trustees of the Diocese, Class of 2025.

See descriptions of each role.

Nominations for all other positions are closed. Download the nominations booklet (as of 9/27/2022).

Please email Jenny Ogelby, chair of the Nominations Committee, at jenloring52@yahoo.com with questions.

Convention Resolution Preview

The full text of the following resolutions to be considered at convention will be posted on the diocesan website by September 30, in advance of the October 5 Pre-Convention Zoom meeting:

Canonical changes to implement the recommendations of THRIVE

On Saturday, September 24 at 10 a.m., Diocesan Chancellor Thomas Little and members of the Canons Committee will discuss the canonical changes that are proposed to enact THRIVE’s recommendations for a three-year trial period. Join the Town Hall meeting on Zoom.

Replacement of the existing Canon 29C: Rock Point Commons Board

A substitute for the existing Canon 29C will bring the canon regarding governance of the Rock Point properties into better alignment with the 10-year vision for Rock Point initiated in 2021. The vision calls for Rock Point to be “an inclusive community hub for education, spirituality, environmental stewardship and sustainable micro-agriculture.” The Canons Committee will also address this proposal on during the September 24 Town Hall Zoom meeting.

Clergy Compensation

Diocesan canons require an annual resolution to establish minimum clergy compensation for the approaching calendar year. Diocesan Council will adopt at its meeting today, September 21, a resolution for consideration by Diocesan Convention.

Distancing of The Episcopal Church from the Anglican Communion

A group of 14 lay and clergy members of the diocese are asking Diocesan Convention to forward to the 2024 General Convention a resolution responding to the recent Lambeth Conference of Bishops of the Anglican Communion. It urges bishops to refuse to participate in Lambeth and related governance and consulting bodies until specific concerns about the treatment of LGBTQIA+ persons are adequately addressed, and it asks The Episcopal Church to direct monetary contributions normally made to the Anglican Communion Office to the Human Dignity Trust.

Email Anne Brown, Chair of the Resolutions Committee, at abrown@vermontel.net with questions, or call her at 802-353-1182 (cell).

Rules of Order

Download the Rules of Order for the 2022 Diocesan Convention.

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