2024 CONVENTION WRAP-UP
The 129th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington took place on Saturday, January 27, 2024 in person at Washington National Cathedral. Diocesan Convention is the yearly legislative meeting presided over by the bishop and consisting of the clergy of and elected representatives of its congregations. It considers the diocesan budget and other matters regarding the mission and ministry of the diocese. You may watch a recording of the proceedings here.
We kicked off Convention with a Zoom Event “Courageous Discipleship: Deepening Our Lives of Faith,” with special guest James Fawcett, the head of Being With, a 10-week course exploring Christian faith and life at St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London’s Trafalgar Square.
Convention Sermon, Greetings from Archbishop Naoum and Bishop Mariann’s Address
Greetings from Archbishop Naoum: Watch the video
Download the PDF with links to resources Bishop Mariann mentioned in her address
Report from the Committee on Diocesan Reparations: Watch the video
The Rev. Jessica Hitchcock on convening a Committee on Congregational Stewardship and Diocesan Support: Watch the video
The Rev. Canon Andrew Walter on Parish Stewardship Facilities and Finances: Watch the video
Report on the 2024 Diocesan Budget: Watch the video
GOOD NEWS MINISTRY VIDEOS
At Convention, we shared stories of the Holy Spirit at work in our parishes.
Two Clergy and two Lay members were elected to Standing Committee on January 27, 2024.
Clerical Members of Standing Committee (Elected for a Two-Year Term)
- The Rev. Meredith Heffner
- The Rev. Marilyn Jenkins
Lay Members of Standing Committee (Elected for a Two-Year Term)
- Ms. Iona Harrison
- Mr. Greg Lebel
CONSTITUTION AND CANONS REPORT
The Committee on the Constitution and Canons had five items with proposed amendments to the Constitution and five items with proposed amendments to the Canons. All ten amendments were approved. Read the Constitution and Canons Committee report here.
Five resolutions were considered at Diocesan Convention on January 27, 2024. The outcome of the discussions, amendments and subsequent voting is as follows.
- Resolution 1 (Passed): Ordained Deacon Compensation
- Resolución 1 (Aprobado) : Remuneración por ordenación diaconal
- Resolution 2 (Passed): Sacred Ground as Anti-Racism Training
- Resolución 2 (Aprobado):Sacred Ground Cumple Los Requisitos De La Formación Contra El Racismo
- Resolution 3 (Passed): Migration with Dignity
- Resolución 3 (Aprobado): Migración Con Dignidad
- Resolution 4 (Passed): Conditioning US Military Aid to Israel
- Resolución 4 (Aprobado): Condicionar la Ayuda Militar de EE.UU a Israel
- Resolution 5 (Passed as Amended): In Solidarity with the International Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement (BDS) – Amended
- Resolución 5 (Aprobado Según Enmendado): En Solidaridad Con El Movimiento Internacional Palestino De Boicot, Desinversión Y Sanciones (BDS) – Modificado
CONVENTION ATTENDANCE INFORMATION
- Parking in the Cathedral garage will be free to Convention attendees.
- Check-in for Convention begins at 8:00 a.m. in the front nave of Washington National Cathedral.
- Convention will begin at 9:00 a.m. with worship.
- We encourage attendees to bring a refillable water bottle. The Cathedral has water stations available for when it’s time to top up.
- Hospitality, including coffee and light snacks will be available throughout the proceedings.
- Boxed lunches will be provided.
- We anticipate the proceedings will end mid-afternoon.
The cost to attend Diocesan Convention is $85.00. This includes convention materials, parking, snacks, and lunch. Don’t forget to being a refillable water bottle.
If you are no longer a member of convention, or if there have been changes to your delegation, please inform Emily Blecksmith, Convention and Data Manager, as soon as possible. Links to forms so that your parish can update their records are listed below.
If you are a lay member of convention and unable to attend, now is the time to secure an alternate delegate for your parish. Alternates should be certified as soon as possible so that they can be sent RSVP materials.
Guests at Convention
Guest registration is now closed.
Among other things, the booklet contains FAQs, maps, Rules of Order, agenda, election and voting data, budget, reports, and resolutions.
All clergy and lay delegates should bring a fully charged electronic device (cell phone, tablet or laptop) to Convention, as voting for elected positions will take place electronically.
Child care will not be provided. To help offset the cost of childcare on January 27th, we will reimburse up to $80 per child. Please contact Allen Fitzpatrick for additional information. The Diocese of Washington appreciates the efforts of those caring for young children to attend Diocesan Convention.
Delegates, Alternates, and Updates
If you are no longer a member of convention, or know that there have been changes to your delegation, please let us know as soon as possible.
If you are a lay member of Convention and unable to attend, now is the time to secure an Alternate Delegate for your parish. Alternates should be certified as soon as possible so that they can be sent RSVP materials. Seating of an Alternate form