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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. Registration deadline is Monday, October 2nd.

Program: Featured Speaker

The Rev. Dwight Zscheile, Ph.D.


Dwight Zscheile 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 Participating in God’s Mission: A Theological Missiology for the Church in America (with Craig Van Gelder, forthcoming, Eerdmans), The Agile Church: Spirit-Led Innovation in an Uncertain Age (Morehouse Publishing, 2014), People of the Way: Renewing Episcopal Identity (Morehouse Publishing, 2012) and The Missional Church in Perspective: Mapping Trends and Shaping the Conversation (with Craig Van Gelder, Baker Academic 2011) and editor of Cultivating Sent Communities: Missional Spiritual Formation (Eerdmans, 2012). A graduate of Stanford University (BA), Yale University (MDiv) and Luther Seminary (PhD, Congregational Mission and Leadership), he previously served congregations in Virginia and Connecticut. 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.

People of the Way

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

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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