Registration for Courage and Collaboration in Christian Community: Diocesan Convention 2017 is now open.
Convention will be held November 10-11 at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie and is being hosted by St. Mark’s, Erie. A full schedule and other convention information can be found on our website.
As part of our ongoing conversation about collaboration and innovation in the church, we will be welcoming the Rt. Rev. William Franklin and a large contingent from the Diocese of Western New York. This convention will be very mission-focused and the schedule reflects that. The Rev. Canon Scott Slater, of the Diocese of Maryland, will help us continue exploration of our future through a program relating to shared ministry, both on the diocesan and congregational levels, using the work of Brené Brown. To learn more about our program, you can revisit this blog post.
On the schedule you can see that we will have an open house on Thursday, November 9, from 7:00 PM-9:00 PM at St. Mark’s in place of the usual hospitality suite. As many of you know, St. Mark’s recently underwent major renovations, due in part to a grant from the diocese, so they could continue growing their mission and ministry. They are holding the open house as a thank you to the diocese for assisting in their work. All are invited to attend.
Please also note the two pre-convention meetings. The first will be held on October 10th at 7:00 PM at Christ Church, Meadville. The second will be held on October 12th at 6:00 PM at St. John’s, Kane. All are welcome to attend the pre-conventions. We will be talking more about the process of exploring a shared future with the Diocese of Western New York so that all are fully informed prior to convention.
We urge our clergy and delegates to come ready to engage in our conversations. Please do not use the condensed business time as an excuse to not attend the entire convention. The work that we will be doing at the convention, though not the conventional business, will be setting the table for the future of our diocese. We would also encourage those laypeople who are not delegates but who are interested in being a part of this conversation, to please join us as well. We will have plenty of space for those who would like to join us and we would love to have you there.