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Convention Date

The 153rd Convention of the Diocese of Central New York, including a worship service, will take place online on Saturday, November 13, 2021.

Theme: Emerging in God’s Love

When a butterfly emerges transformed from her cocoon, she is tired and vulnerable, yet called to press forward. She will unfold and beat her wings; though she moves slowly she will build momentum. 

Eighteen months into a world transformed by pandemic, we will come together as a diocesan community to renew our determination to seek a world healed by love. Bishop DeDe Duncan-Probe and our featured speaker, Zen Master David Rynick, will lead us in exploring the gifts that God has given us for ministry, and the gifts God still holds out for us as we begin to emerge and re-gather in a still-changing world.

Contact

Questions? email: [email protected]

Ms. Kathy Dengler, Secretary of Convention
The Rev. Holly Eden, Assisting Secretary
Ms. Jill Morales, Assisting Secretary

How can we maintain hope and even reconnect to joy when so much around us seems to be in crisis?

In his 90-minute interactive program at Convention, “Reconnecting to the Sacred: Rediscovering Joy,” Life Coach and Zen Master Rev. David Dae-An Rynick will offer some simple possibilities for navigating these complex times. Beginning with paying attention to what is already present, we will be led through some brief guided meditations and contemplations to consider how we might better take care of ourselves so that we can more clearly discern and carry out the purposes to which we are called.

Starting with our own interior experiences we will also contemplate how we are called to serve the world around us in ways that may bring us joy even as we serve.

Rev. David Dae-An Rynick is a Life and Leadership Coach who works with religious leaders and others seeking to align their lives with their deepest faith. From 2005 to 2019 he was lead trainer for the Episcopal House of Bishops Peer Coaching program. David is also Abbot and co-founder, with his wife Rev. Melissa Myozen Blacker, of Boundless Way Zen Temple in Worcester, Massachusetts where they currently reside and lead daily virtual meditations sessions. David has been studying and practicing Zen for over thirty years. In 2011 he was formally recognized by his teacher as a Zen Master in the Korean Rinzai tradition. An avid landscape gardener, grandfather and author (This Truth Never Fails: A Zen Memoir in Four Seasons) David’s gentle humor and insight have been appreciated by groups around the country and around the globe.

Convention Business

This is a draft and subject to change. 

Wednesday, Oct. 13th
6:30 p.m.
Technology Training & Voting Practice Session for Convention Delegates (optional)

Register

Tuesday, Oct. 19th and Monday, Oct. 25th
6:30 p.m.
Pre-Convention Meetings (Attend one or both)

Register for Oct. 19th | Register for Oct. 25th 

Wednesday, Nov. 10th and Friday, Nov. 12th
Virtual Exhibit Hall (optional)

Featuring Zoom “Open Houses” with leaders of diocesan and community ministries! Schedule to be announced.

Saturday, November 13th
8:45 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Convention

Stretch breaks will be built in throughout the day.

8:45 a.m. Log in to Zoom
9:00 a.m. Convention called to order:

  • Polls open for elections
  • Bishop Duncan-Probe’s presentation and discussion
  • Interactive presentation: Rev. David Dae-An Rynick

12:15 p.m. Lunch break
12:45 p.m. Convention continues

  • Bishop Duncan-Probe’s address
  • Resolution report and actions
  • Polls open for vote on 2022 Diocesan Budget
  • Memorials

Convention worship (possible in-person component) will take place during Convention on Saturday, November 13th (time TBD).

5:00 p.m. Convention adjourned

The following diocesan leadership positions are up for election:

  • Diocesan Board (one clergy person)
  • Disciplinary Board (one clergy person)
  • Standing Committee (two clergy persons, two lay persons)

Download details on the responsibilities of each position>

Nominations for these positions are accepted via the nomination form until October 1st.

Nominees must be at least 20 years of age and confirmed communicants of The Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Central New York. Other requirements may apply; please see descriptions of open positions above.

The following individuals are eligible to submit a nomination:

  • Any clergyperson entitled to vote in Convention.
  • Any lay delegate certified by the Convention Secretary at least six weeks prior to the Convention who is from a parish in good standing both in their payments to the Church Pension Fund and diocesan mission apportionment for the period prior to January 1st of the Convention year.

Resolutions are the instruments used to request the Convention to take some form of action, whether it’s changing our Canons or requesting the Diocese to support a specific group or cause.

View submitted resolutions:

Resolutions submitted to the Convention by the October 1, 2021 deadline will be posted here.

How do I submit a resolution?

Please use the Resolution Submission Form to submit a resolution. A completed form includes:

  • Subject: A brief description of the action of the resolution.
  • Submitted by: The name of the person or group submitting the resolution.
  • Resolved: The specific action(s) to be taken by Convention.
  • Explanation: The purpose(s), intention(s), and justification(s) for the resolution. The explanation also provides any needed background or clarification.
  • Financial impact on the diocesan budget: To implement this resolution, is funding going to be required from the diocesan budget? How much?
  • Responsibility: Who or what group would be responsible for implementing and carrying out this resolution?

When are resolutions discussed?

Resolutions will be discussed at a hearing (to be scheduled) prior to Convention.

If needed, an additional hearing will take place during the lunch break on Saturday, November 13th for any resolutions submitted from the floor during the 153rd Convention.

Convention-wear now available!

Order your Convention t-shirt, long-sleeve tee, or hoodie today! You’ll receive it in plenty of time for Convention.

Featuring the “Emerging in God’s Love” Convention logo, this fashion statement will spark curiosity about the Episcopal Church in CNY whenever you wear it.

Order online at bonfire.com/sustained-in-gods-love.

Online Format

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the Convention will take place on Zoom, a secure and private online format. This presents a handful of opportunities and challenges compared to our experiences of in-person gatherings.

We recommend the following to the parishes:

  • Ensure that each delegate has access to a reliable internet connection and a device (computer/laptop, tablet, or smartphone) so that they can fully participate in Convention.
  • Ensure that each delegate has a unique email address which they will need for online voting.
  • If an elected delegate is unable or unwilling to participate in an online gathering, consider inviting an alternative delegate to serve this year

This year all voting, including resolutions, will be accomplished online using OpaVote, the system we used successfully for voting online at the 152nd Diocesan Convention in 2020. You can visit opavote.com today to sample a demo election.

Pre-Convention meetings and the Technology Training and Voting Practice Session for Delegates will give you another opportunity to practice online voting in advance of Convention.

Each Convention Delegate will receive a unique voter ID code by email in advance of Convention. During Convention, links to each ballot will be shared with Delegates via Zoom’s chat feature. Delegates will gain access to each ballot using their unique voter ID.

If you have questions or concerns about online voting, please contact Mr. Harmon TenWolde (St. Matthew’s, South New Berlin) at [email protected].

If you’re new to Zoom or had trouble with online voting last year, be sure to attend our online Technology Training and Voting Practice Session on Wednesday, Oct. 13th at 6:30 p.m. We’ll prepare you to participate fully in Convention with a walkthrough of Zoom’s features, a practice vote, and plenty of time for questions and answers.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 13th at 6:30 p.m. (Register)

Pre-Convention Meetings will give you another opportunity to practice participating in an online Convention, practice online voting, and identify and troubleshoot issues related to online Convention accessibility. Two Pre-Convention Meetings (via Zoom) are planned for your convenience:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 19th at 6:30 p.m. (Register)
  • Monday, Oct. 25th at 6:30 p.m. (Register)

Other Details

To be faithful stewards of creation by conserving resources—both natural and financial—all communications about Convention will be delivered two ways: by email and on our website.

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The Convention worship service will take place during Convention on Saturday, November 13th, time and location to be determined. Please note this change from an earlier plan to offer the worship service on Sunday. The service will be live-streamed and everyone in the Diocese is invited to attend via Zoom or Facebook Live. In-person attendance may also be an option; further details will be announced.

At each Diocesan Convention, we remember by name any vestry member or diocesan committee member who has died since our last Convention (November 2021).

Please use the Memorial List Form to add names to the Memorial List by Monday, November 1st.

Pre-Convention Meetings

Register for Tuesday, Oct. 19th at 6:30 p.m.

Register for Monday, Oct. 25th at 6:30 p.m.

Please plan to attend at least one of the scheduled Pre-Convention Meetings in order to: 

  • Practice participating in an online Convention via Zoom
  • Practice online voting
  • Review and discuss the proposed diocesan budget for 2022
  • Preview Convention’s uplifting formation activities

Technology Training and Voting Practice Session for Convention Delegates

Register for Wednesday, Oct. 13th at 6:30 p.m.

New to Zoom? Can’t find the “chat” feature? Had trouble with online voting last year? Join us for a special technology training session for Convention delegates.

We’ll prepare you to participate fully in Convention with a walkthrough of Zoom’s features, a practice vote, and plenty of time for questions and answers.

Registration

Please register for the Convention by Friday, October 1st:

Clergy, delegates and representatives with voice and/or vote, and youth representatives must register to participate in the online Convention via Zoom. Guests are also welcome to register.

A reduced fee of $25 per participant covers costs associated with an online Convention, such as an enhanced Zoom subscription and livestreaming support. Youth representatives may register for free.

Email addresses required!
Because Convention is entirely online this year, each delegate must provide a unique, accurate email address when registering. This will ensure each delegate receives a private, unique voter ID code which they will need in order to vote at Convention.

If you’re registering on behalf of others…
If you’re completing registration on behalf of someone else or if you’re registering your parish’s delegation, you’ll want to gather some information before you start. For each person you register, you’ll need:

  • An email address that is unique to that person, which they can access during the Convention
  • A phone number where that person can be reached during the Convention

What if I need to change or cancel my registration?

To cancel or change a registration, please notify the diocesan office as soon as possible at [email protected]. Full refunds are available up to November 1st.

If a certified Lay Delegate cannot attend, they may be replaced by a certified Alternate Delegate. The clergyperson in charge of the parish, warden, or clerk of the vestry must complete the Delegate Change Form>

If your parish has not yet certified Lay Delegates and Alternate Delegates, or in the event that none of your previously certified Lay Delegates or Alternate Delegates can attend Convention, please complete an updated Lay Delegate Certificate>

If your parish has not yet certified your lay delegates, please complete your Lay Delegate Certificate online>

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