Arms Wide Open

The 149th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York

The 149th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York will be held on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 10-11, 2017 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Liverpool, New York.


Download the Convention Registration Form or register and pay online. Late registration deadline is Wednesday, November 1st.


Download the Draft Agenda for 2017 Convention.

The theme of this year’s Convention is “Arms Wide Open,” a phrase familiar from Scripture, evoking a posture of prayer, offering and willingness. Beginning with Convention this November, our diocese will enter a time of faithful discernment that will continue into 2018 and beyond. We will be practicing new ways of partnering with God and walking with one another; we will discover the unique and still-unwritten story God wants to tell through our people and our congregations. As we begin this journey, Convention is a time to open our arms to one another and to our neighbors, and open our hearts to the Spirit of God that is at work in and among us.

Program: Featured Speaker

The Rev. Dwight Zscheile, Ph.D.


The Rev. Dwight Zscheile, Ph.D. is associate professor of congregational mission and leadership at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota and a consultant with churches and other non-profit organizations. He also serves part-time as associate priest at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in St. Paul. He is author of The Agile Church: Spirit-Led Innovation in an Uncertain Age (Morehouse Publishing, 2014) and People of the Way: Renewing Episcopal Identity (Morehouse Publishing, 2012).

Dwight’s experience growing up in a secular home in California has shaped his commitment to helping the church cultivate Christian community with new populations and generations in today’s changing world.

Dwight will address Convention following worship on Saturday morning, November 11th.

Watch: Michael Curry (now Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church) interviews Dwight Zscheile

Featured Program Details

Friday Afternoon: Dwelling in the Word

The Rev. Dwight Zscheile, Ph.D. (see previous page) will lead us in a simple practice of listening prayerfully to Scripture and to a partner, helping us open our hearts and minds to God and our neighbors. Our focus scripture will be Luke 10:112.

Saturday Morning Keynote: Faithful Innovation in an Uncertain World

The Rev. Dwight Zscheile, Ph.D. will unpack what difference Jesus makes in today’s insecure world when so much seems to be changing so quickly. How might we claim the hope we have as Christians and join in the Spirit’s work of forming and restoring community amidst our world’s divisions? We will focus on concrete practices that help reorient our lives and churches toward God’s promises as we discover new ways to share the treasures of our stories and traditions and listen to our neighbors.

Saturday Luncheon Option: Learning Communities Initiative

Join the Rev. Dwight Zscheile, Ph.D. and diocesan leaders to learn about the 2018 Learning Communities initiative. The initiative is a nine-month learning experience that will help committed congregations address their most pressing questions about the future through shared prayer, skill-building, action and reflection.

There will be no Global Mission Luncheon this year.


Join John Rohde and Friends after Friday evening’s dinner for a selection of jazz and pop favorites that will move your feet! Cash bar available.

The former Canon Jazz Musician at St. Paul’s Church in Syracuse, John and his band provided worship music for St. Paul’s monthly Jazz-Pop Mass for many years.

John is a featured soloist with the Central New York Jazz Orchestra and the Syracuse Symphony and has performed with touring acts Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Natalie Cole, Frank Sinatra Jr., The Stylistics, Manhattan Transfer, Don Rickles, Clay Aiken and more.

Youth Representatives

Our Youth Ministry Co-Coordinators will host a gathering for all Youth Representatives on Friday evening, November 10th, following dinner. All youth attending Convention are invited and encouraged to join the fun!

During Convention, Youth Representatives will sit at tables designated for youth accompanied by adult chaperones. There will also be tables reserved for youth in the dining room for meals.

Convention Choir

All singers are invited to join the choir at Diocesan Convention. The mandatory rehearsal will take place at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 11th (prior to the 9:00 a.m. celebration of Holy Eucharist). If you are interested in singing, please contact the Choir Director, Mr. Kip Coerper, at The anthem will be the shortened version of Henry Purcell’s “Rejoice in the Lord Always” from the Concord Anthem Book.

What to Wear & What to Bring

We recommend comfortable, casual business attire, and dressing in layers. The Convention color is green, so wear green if you can!

We recommend you bring:

  • Copies of your Convention materials;
  • Snacks to share with your table (Friday dinner and Saturday breakfast and lunch are provided);
  • A chair cushion to increase your comfort.

Forms & Informational Materials

Pre-Convention Regional Meetings

Four pre-Convention Regional Meetings will prepare you for Convention. Everyone in the Diocese is encouraged to attend. The four meetings are identical, with a program including a presentation on the 2018 Proposed Budget, and updates and Q&A with Bishop DeDe.

Monday, October 16th, 6:45–9:00 p.m., Trinity, Watertown
Wednesday, October 18th, 6:45–9:00 p.m., St. Peter’s, Cazenovia
Monday, October 23rd, 6:45–9:00 p.m., Ss. Peter & John, Auburn
Wednesday, October 25th, 6:45–9:00 p.m., St. Paul’s, Owego

Important Dates and Deadlines


If you wish to reserve a room for Friday night, November 10th, please contact the Holiday Inn directly at (315) 457-1122 or 1 (800) 465-4329. When you make your reservation, tell them you are with the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York so that you will receive the Convention rate of $118 per night.

Hotel check-in begins at 4:00 p.m. daily.

Hotel Payment Options: (paid directly to the hotel)

  1. Church check/credit card accompanied by a tax exempt form:* single or double, $118.00.
  2. Personal check/credit card: single or double, $118.00, plus tax.

* NOTE: The Holiday Inn will honor your parish’s tax exempt form. However, by law, they can only accept the tax exempt form if you are paying with a parish check or parish credit card. If your parish has more than one person staying at the hotel, you should all check in at the same time or have separate tax exempt forms and parish checks for each person when you check in. Please coordinate arrangements with your parish as needed.

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