Diocesan Convention theme announced; registration now open

Diocesan Convention theme announced; registration now open

Dear Friends in Christ,

I would like to invite you attend our Annual Diocesan Convention with me this November. This year, there will be an intentional theme to our gathering, a theme that echoes where we are in the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California. I’ve chosen the theme because we have a unique opportunity, at the beginning of this episcopate, to look at where we are and where we’d like to go and chart a course toward that goal.

Our theme is New Beginnings.

When there is a change of leadership in the church, we often feel a hopeful excitement about what God might bring forth in our midst. This is true whether there are new leaders organizing the annual outreach fundraiser, a freshly appointed postulant serving an internship in a parish, or even a bishop beginning her episcopate.

I have already had a chance to observe the broad range of outreach in which our churches engage, unique to each setting. We have clearly developed a heart for hands-on, in-person and personalized service to folks in need. I believe that this coming year is a perfect time to connect the dots and become inviters as well as servers.

Garrison Keillor, the author and host of Prairie Home Companion, used to say that the members at Lake Wobegon Lutheran Church were ‘naturally shy people’. I don’t know if this is actually true for real life Lutherans, but it seems to be true for most Episcopalians. We strongly feel that we are called to serve others, but often have a hard time sharing the story of how we met the God who has personally led us to lives of service and worship. We often struggle with the invitation.

I am a new witness to the good news of Jesus Christ that our members live out daily in Northern California - but I am not the only one. Many of us have seen God bring about New Beginnings in the lives of our neighbors, our families, and even in our own hearts. Whether it is the next stage of fire recovery in our various fire zones, feeding the hungry in our cities and towns, or the Pathways experience for our youth and young adults, God’s Holy Spirit renews his people.

In this Convention let us be un-shy, possibly even bold, about living as a visible part of the Jesus Movement. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry is fearless about evangelism – about inviting others to explore life with our God. And we should not stockpile the Good News we have to share. Let us be witnesses, encouraging each other to reach out as we hear about ministry experiments that share love, welcome diversity, dig into serving our neighborhoods and grow leaders for mission.

God is renewing our hearts and lives for his service. And because we are a people who pray deeply, love hospitality, and serve others we have a lot of good news to share! Sharing a faith story is not about fixing someone’s life for them, but walking with a brother, sister or sibling toward the One we already know. We follow the God who is the source of new life and hope, who lived in Nazareth, died and was raised from the dead in Jerusalem, and walks in the Diocese of Northern California today, Jesus Christ, our Savior.

As a fellow servant I invite you to:

- Register for Convention
- Join us on November 7-9, 2019 in Sacramento
- Participate in the story of our New Beginnings

In Christ,

We are pleased to share that registration for the 2019 Diocesan Convention is now open! This year's convention is Nov. 7-9, 2019 at the McClellan Conference Center in Sacramento, located at 5411 Luce Ave., McClellan Park, CA 95652.

This year, registration is a bit different than we've done in years past. All attendees will have separate links to register based on based on your role in diocesan convention (e.g. Lay Delegate, Alternate, Visitor, etc). Please also note that the only form of payment that will be accepted this year is a credit card. There will not be an option for invoices.

Our registration fees remain the same as the prior year:

  • $75.00 for those who have seat, voice, and vote (delegates, clergy, seat and voice)
  • $20.00 for alternates, postulants and candidates, and visitors
  • FREE for those who volunteer (a minimum of four hours)

On Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m., there will be a banquet that all in the diocese are welcome to attend. The cost for the dinner is $30.00. If you are attending convention and would like to attend the banquet, it will be added onto your convention registration fees.

Important Dates:

Aug. 2 - Certificate of Lay Delegates due
Aug. 30 - Resolutions due
Sept. 13 - Nominations due
Sept. 27 - Early registration closes
Sept. 28 - Late registration opens (a fee of $25 will apply)
Oct. 19 - Deanery Convocations
Oct. 23 - Second filing for Nominations (if needed) due
Oct. 25 - Late registration closes
Nov. 7-9 - Diocesan Convention

More information on convention is available at norcalepiscopal.org/convention, including nomination forms, resolution forms, hotel information and more.

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