The Episcopal Diocese of Maine gathers together annually to conduct the business of our diocese. The clergy of the diocese along with elected lay delegates from each congregation in Maine makes up the voting body. This year’s convention will be online, taking place on Saturday, October 22. Clergy and delegates who are voting will meet via Zoom. The meeting will be livestreamed on YouTube for everyone to watch.

Keep up with convention communications here on our blog or click here to explore a list of newsletters containing convention announcements. Are you an alternate delegate or other person who wishes to get convention info emailed to you directly? Sign up here.

 

Registration

Registration for the 203rd annual Diocesan Convention is now open! Deadline is Wednesday, October 12th at noon.

REGISTER  HERE

Who should register?

  • All voting lay convention delegates (not alternate delegates) whose names have been submitted by their congregation
  • All voting canonically resident and licensed priests in charge who plan on attending convention
  • All diocesan officers who are canonically granted seat, voice, and vote
  • All non-voting staff and volunteers who are will be managing the online convention

What if I’m not clergy or a delegate? What if I’m an alternate delegate? How do I watch convention? 

We’ve got you! Everyone not participating in convention is invited to watch a livestream of convention over on our diocesan YouTube channel!

What if I have a question? 

Please email the Convention staff and the Committee on Credentials at [email protected]org

Important Dates

Watch for information, news, and pre-convention Town Hall invitations via email!

  • September 23 Nominations Due by 5pm
  • September 23 Virtual Choir Videos Due
  • September 27 Intro to Convention / Area Caucus (Town Hall 7pm)
  • September 29 Online Public Hearing and Resolution Forum (Join Here 7pm)
  • October 4 Budget, Rules of Order, Resolutions (Town Hall 7pm)
  • October 11 Resolutions, Consent Calendar (Town Hall 7pm)
  • October 12 Changes to Certificate of Elected Delegates Due
  • October 18 Diocesan Convention (Town Hall 7pm)
  • October 19  Registration Deadline
  • October 22 Day of Convention (Convenes at 9am) 
  • October 25 Convention Debrief and Thanksgivings for the Town Hall program (7pm)

Resolutions Public Hearing and Forum

Resolutions to be presented to diocesan convention have been submitted. Come one and all to discuss and debate and refine these resolutions on Thursday, September 29th at 7pm. Did you submit a resolution? Be at this meeting! Are you interested in learning more about a resolution? Be at this meeting. Do you want to be part of refining a resolution? This is the meeting for you!

JOIN HERE ON SEPT. 29 @ 7PM

Meeting ID: 892 5961 1438

Open Diocesan Leadership Positions 2022

Diocesan Council Lay Area Representatives
Need to elect one for each of the six areas; two year term

Diocesan Council

Meet the 2022 Nominees

Secretary of the Diocese
Need to elect one; one year term

Diocesan Officers

Treasurer of the Diocese
Need to elect one; one year term

Diocesan Officers

Disciplinary Board – Lay Representative
Need to elect one; two year term

Disciplinary Board

Standing Committee

  • Clergy Need to elect one; three year term
  • Lay Need to elect one; three year term

Standing Committee

General Convention Deputation

  • Clergy Need to elect four to serve at GC 2024
  • Lay  Need to elect four to serve at GC 2024

General Convention

Provincial Conference Clerical Deputy
Need to elect one; two year term

Province of New England

Certificate of Delegates

Lay delegates elected to serve at convention were to be certified by July 31, 2022. The certificate was prepared and signed by the Rector, Vicar or Priest in Charge or a Warden or Clerk of the Vestry or Bishop’s Committee when there is no Rector, Vicar or Priest in Charge.

If you have delegation has changed, please email to request a Certificate of Change form. Changes are due October 12, 2022.

Please note that your congregation’s lay delegation to the 2022 convention continues to be calculated based upon your Average Sunday Attendance (ASA) from your 2019 Parochial Report as the pandemic has continued to disrupt how this number is calculated. Look up your church’s 2019 ASA here

 

Pray for Convention

Please pray for the entire convention, your Bishop and staff, for all delegates and the decisions being made, and those who have offered themselves for leadership roles. Prayerfully consider how your vote furthers the mission and ministry of the Diocese of Maine and the wider Church.

Prayer for a Church Convention