ECMN Convention 2023
Revive|Restore: Love is Repairing the Breach
The 166th Convention of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota
November 10-11, 2023
St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Eden Prairie
Special Guest: Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
We are in a season of acrimony and division in this country, and each of us has felt the pain of separation from other human beings and the earth, whether that false division is caused by racial, socioeconomic, political, generational, or geographic difference.
How do we as Christians respond when our communities are fractured and our hearts are broken? How do we learn to see the face of Jesus in those who are very different from us, and even in those we disagree with?
While the broken world divides us, we follow the way of Jesus, who lives and loves in the very midst of those divisions, and who calls us to join the Holy Spirit’s work of healing the whole world with love.
Thursday, November 9
All Convention attendees are invited to attend Evensong and a social gathering on Thursday evening at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Minneapolis, beginning at 5:30pm.
Friday, November 10
Our Friday gathering will include the Bishop's Address and our business meeting, as well as stories from faith communities across the diocese who have begun the work of repairing the breach. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will preach at our Convention Eucharist. In the evening we'll have our celebration and awards dinner, as well as more time with the Presiding Bishop.
Saturday, November 11
In partnership with our Lutheran siblings at Church Anew, a ministry of St. Andrew, we will gather together to tend the garden of our shared Christian calling, planting the seeds of hope and watering the sprouts of the new life that the Spirit is bringing forth even now.
We will raise our voices in prayer, praise, and song, to revive our commitment to the Way of Jesus and to one another, and to restore our hope and commitment to repairing the breaches in our lives and communities. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will be the keynote speaker, with music from Theodicy Jazz Collective.
Due: August 10
See guidelines for writing and submitting resolutions here.
NOMINATIONS FOR ELECTED BODIES
Due: September 10
Each year Convention elects delegates to serve on elected bodies. Learn more about the work and functioning of each elected body at the bottom of this page. This year, we'll also be nominating representatives to the Province VI Council.
Nominate someone for an elected body here.
Apply to run for an elected body here.
Standing Committee Elections:
Elect two lay and two clergy to 3-year terms
Commission on Ministry Elections:
Elect one lay and one clergy to 3-year terms
Elect three people, lay or ordained, to 3-year terms.
LAY DELEGATE CERTIFICATION
Due: September 10
Follow instructions to certify your faith community's lay delegates here.
Due: September 10
REVIVE | RESTORE PARTNERS
Church Anew is a Spirit-led movement that nourishes Christian leaders and ignites communities of faith by setting an inclusive table of belonging and developing resources for a fresh, bold, and faithful witness in the world. Church Anew provides learning gatherings, ready-made resources, and ongoing content to equip congregations and Christian leaders to make fresh proclamation of good news to a world that longs for healing.
The Theodicy Jazz Collective was formed at Oberlin Conservatory in 2006 and grew during residency at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music from 2008 to 2012. The band creates and leads services for a multitude of churches and cathedrals from Los Angeles to London, Minnesota to Mississippi, and offers lectures and workshops at high schools and colleges including Oxford, Cambridge, and Yale Universities. Incorporating sounds from the traditions of jazz and gospel music and rhythms from Latin America and Africa, the music is a constant prayer, sometimes a shout of joy, sometimes a call to action, sometimes a cry for hope. Theodicy has provided music for conferences and in communities such as the National Council of Churches, the Washington National Cathedral, The House of Bishops and General Convention of the Episcopal Church, and Canterbury Cathedral.
The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry is presiding bishop and primate of The Episcopal Church. At the church’s 78th General Convention in June 2015, he was elected to a nine-year term in this role and installed in November of that year; he serves as The Episcopal Church’s chief pastor, spokesperson, and president and chief executive officer.
Throughout his ministry, Bishop Curry has been a prophetic leader, particularly in the areas of racial reconciliation, climate change, evangelism, immigration policy, and marriage equality. The animating vision and message of his ministry is Jesus of Nazareth and his way of radical, sacrificial love, and he regularly reminds Episcopalians they are “the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement.”
Bishop Curry was ordained a priest in 1978 and served parishes in North Carolina, Ohio, and Maryland until his 2000 election as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina. He graduated with high honors from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and earned his Master of Divinity degree from Yale University. Bishop Curry is the author of five books and a regular guest on national and international media outlets.