DIOCESAN CONVENTION

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.

2022 Diocesan Convention
The 127th Convention will be held at Washington National Cathedral on Saturday, January 29, 2022. 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.

More information about the 2022 Diocesan Convention will be posted as details are confirmed.

We are grateful to be building Beloved Community with you.

Thurgood Marshall who won the landmark school desegregation case, Brown v Board of Education, became the first African-American to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. A member of St. Augustine's in the District, he is included in the Episcopal Church's calendar of commemorations. His feast is May 17.
Bishop Jane Holmes Dixon became just the second female bishop in the Episcopal Church when she was elected suffragan bishop of Washington.
Bishop John Bryson Chane (in red) led the groundbreaking ceremony at St. Nicholas' Church in Darnestown, Maryland

Convention Registration and Voting

Whether you are a clergy person, a delegate, an alternate delegate or visitor, you must purchase a ticket online to participate in the diocesan convention. Everyone attending Convention must also register onsite the morning of Convention. Clergy and delegates vote on a variety of resolutions and other diocesan matters; below is more information on ensuring your parish records are up to date ahead of convention.

Voting Certification for Clergy

All canonically resident clergy, convention delegates, and ex officio members will receive a notice of the availability of Convention documents at the beginning of January.

All non-parochial clergy who are secularly employed must send in their petition to vote by 30 days before the convention. If you do so, you will be able to vote. If you do not, you will not be able to vote, but you are welcome to attend in a non-voting capacity.

Voting Certification for Lay Delegates and Alternates

Parishes should have a current certification of a Lay Delegate form on file with the diocesan office.

See a current list of delegates and alternates (updated 01/12/2021) 

Learn more about serving as a convention delegate.

Report your parish’s election of new delegates.

Have an Alternate Replace a Delegate?

If the lay delegate cannot attend for all or part of convention, they must coordinate with the alternate and the rector/vicar/priest-in-charge.

Both delegates and alternates must be certified by 30 days prior to convention. In order for an alternate to replace their respective delegate for all or part of the convention, the rector/vicar/priest-in-charge needs to submit the Seating of an Alternate Form. The alternate will need to register for convention using the link we send after they have been seated.

Resolutions to convention

Clergy and convention delegates may submit resolutions for consideration at Diocesan Convention. Under our Rules of Order, proposed resolutions must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 30, 2021. Download information about the submission process, including how to format and where to submit a resolution.

Diocesan Convention Archives

Here you’ll find the archives of materials from recent Diocesan Conventions. Official records for each year’s convention can be found in the Journal.