INFORMATION ABOUT CONVOCATION
Thank you in advance for registering here by October 15.
We look forward to seeing you in-person at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke on October 21, 2023, at 9 a.m. or having you join us online at youtube.com/@stlukesportland/streams.
A few notes for our time together in Portland…
Please bring a name tag, if you have one, and tell your guests to do the same. If you forget, we will have some stickers so that you can make your own when you arrive.
Bring a reusable water bottle and/or coffee cup to help us better care for God’s Creation.
Car-pooling is recommended! Parking in Portland is limited.
The circle in front of the Cathedral (143 State Street, Portland) and the Cathedral lot (134 Park Street, Portland) will not be available. Please consider carpooling and be sure to allow yourself enough time to park. We recommend using a garage as meters are limited to two hours.
If you park in one of lots listed below, you may choose to walk or use Uber, Lyft, or cab to continue on to the Cathedral.
- The Park & Ride Lot, Marginal Way at I-295 Exit 7, Franklin Street is free. Walking from the Marginal Way Park & Ride lot is a feasable alternative if the weather cooperates and walking is easy for you! It’s 1.4 miles. Walking directions here. (Alternately, it’s about a $7 Uber ride.)
- There is a parking garage at 45 Spring Street (next to the Civic Center with entrances on Spring St and Free St) is $3/hr or $28/day. It is .04 miles (an 8-minute walk) from the Cathedral.
- The Holiday Inn by the Bay parking garage at 60 Spring Street is slightly closer and cheaper ($2/hr or $17/day) but may have limited parking due to their hotel guests.
- The Gateway Garage at 181 High Street (next to the Westin) is a few blocks from the Cathedral but may be full. It’s $38/day.
Find more downtown parking information at: https://www.visitportland.com/blog/2022/01/10/greater-portland-parking-guide/
ARRIVING AT THE CATHEDRAL
Doors open at 9 a.m.! (or 8 a.m. for invited presenters from Diocesan groups!) The morning will be spent in the Upper (where the coffee will be!) and Lower Parish Halls of the Cathedral. When you arrive, you may enter at the back of the Cathedral at 134 Park Street to visit either level. There are stairs or an elevator for those with mobility challenges. If you enter at 143 State Street (the big double doors on the circle in front of the cathedral), walk across the sanctuary and follow the hallway to the Upper Hall. We will have signs to point the way!
No need to eat breakfast! Coffee, tea, and an assortment of morning refreshments will be served in the Upper Parish Hall. If you are limited in choice due to dietary restrictions, you are welcome to bring your own morning meal. Eucharist will conclude before lunch. Portland would be a wonderful place to grab lunch before you get back on the road!
Diocesan ministries will be showcased at tables throughout the Upper & Lower Parish Halls. This is your chance to learn more and ask questions! Be sure to visit them all.
If you have signed up for childcare in your registration, upon arrival, please report to the Cathedral nursery space located off of the Upper Hall. A full Godly Play session will be offered! There will be a sign-in document for parents/guardians. Please email Emily Keniston if you have questions.
- Eucharist will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary. Printed bulletins will be available.The offertory will be for the Hawaii Support Fund of Episcopal Relief & Development. Please no cash! Cash will not be accepted; we ask only for online gifts to the fund here.
- Bishop Brown will deliver his 2023 Convention Sermon/Address during the service. The transcript of this address will be available on orgwhen convocation concludes.
- Eucharist will be livestreamed at https://www.youtube.com/@stlukesportland. If you know of people who cannot attend, please let them know that they can join us online!
Worship will conclude by 12:30 p.m. You may wish to plan some time to walk the Cathedral’s Labyrinth after Eucharist. The Climate Justice Council has put together this Labyrinth Prayer for Convocation 2023 for our use that day. You may want to plan to have lunch with others in downtown Portland. The Visit Portland website provides this list of places to lunch.
Eucharist will be livestreamed here.