Diocesan Convention

November 5, 2021 - November 6, 2021 Sanford Center, Bemidji

Convention 2021

November 5-6, Bemidji
 

After a long and difficult year apart from one another, we are eager to gather again in the flesh in November for our Episcopal Church in Minnesota "family reunion." During our time together, we'll take care of canonical business, including electing members to our governing bodies, considering resolutions, and reviewing the financial statement of mission. We'll hear stories from across the diocese and, most importantly, we'll reacquaint ourselves with who we are as the people of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota.

The Logistics:

Registration is forthcoming. As usual, canonically-resident clergy must register, and lay delegates from faith communities must be registered and certified.

Resolutions
Resolutions may be proposed for discussion, consideration and adoption at ECMN Convention. Resolutions are meant to express the will and intent of convention, and can range in scope from justice issues to governance issues. If you have an issue you're considering conforming into a resolution, please communicate with the Secretary of Convention, Karen Olson, at karen.o@episcopalmn.org. All resolutions must be submitted to the Constitutions, Canons and Resolutions Committee by August 6th. 

Elected Bodies Nominations and Applications
There are four canonically-mandated committees within the Episcopal Church in Minnesota that make up the Elected Bodies: Council, Standing Committee, the Trustees, and the Commission on Ministry. Each body is made up of lay and clergy leaders, most of whom are elected at Convention each year. The Elected Bodies speak and make decisions on behalf of the people of the diocese, and influence everything from the financial statement of mission to the ordination of new clergy to the work of diocesan formation.

Between now and early August, you are invited to spend some time learning about the Elected Bodies and to prayerfully consider whether you or a member of your congregation may be called to serve on an Elected Body. ECMN’s diversity is a gift from God, and our Elected Bodies will be more effective discerners and leaders when they include a representative variety of perspectives.

To nominate someone for an Elected Body, click here. That person will be contacted by Karen Olson, Secretary for Convention, for follow-up. Nominations are due August 23rd.

To apply to be a candidate for an Elected Body yourself, please find the application here. Applications are due September 6th.

The Business Booklet will be published October 6th.