50th Annual Diocesan Convention
Life Together - Go Forward
February 26-27, 2021
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Convention Contact:

Jenn Johnson, jenn@diocgc.org


Important Details for Convention


We will be using Zoom Meeting for Convention Proceedings, and VPoll for voting. Convention participants will have the best experience by using a computer with webcam, speaker, and microphone for the Zoom Meeting, and a separate smart device (tablet or mobile phone) for the VPoll Voting. Please ensure you have adequate internet connection. 


We are making every effort to ensure that Convention attendees are sufficiently trained to fully participate in Convention. This type of convention is new for all of us, including Bishop Russell and the Duvall Center Staff!

Convention attendees concerned with joining a Zoom Meeting for the first time may set up a one-on-one over the phone training with Jenn Johnson. Call 850-434-7337 to make an appointment, Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm CST. Here is a helpful video for Zoom first-timers.

All voting attendees are asked to attend the Pre-Convention Meeting via Zoom on January 31. Details here. 

Additionally, we will post upcoming virtual office hours for folks who have questions regarding Convention participation. Plus, we will share cheat sheets for everyone to refer back to any "how-tos." Stand by!

Convention Schedule


Friday, February 26  |  6pm-7:30pm CST

Opening Service and Bishop's Address

​Everyone: Watch on website, YouTube, or Facebook

​Saturday, February 27  |  9am-1:30pm CST

​Convention Proceedings

​Convention Attendees: Join via Zoom (link will be emailed)

All others: Watch on website, YouTube, or Facebook

Initial Convention Information Packet

Convention Welcome Memo

Important Due Dates

Number of Lay Delegates Per Congregation

Pre-Convention Meeting

Sunday, January 31, from 4-5:30pm CST

There will be one Pre-Convention Meeting to be held on Sunday, January 31, from 4 -5:30pm CST. All voting delegates are asked to attend this meeting in order to sufficiently prepare for Convention and the technology being used, such as Zoom and the voting app VPoll. 

The week prior, lay and clergy delegates will be emailed the link to join the Pre-Convention Meeting. 

Jenn Johnson will remain available from 5:30-6:30pm on Zoom after the Pre-Convention Meeting to address any lingering questions concerning Zoom and VPoll. 

Convention Study Materials

Available on February 12, 2021

All voting delegates attending Convention are asked to review the study materials prior to the start of Convention in order to be prepared for business, and other Convention related activities. Thank you.

Bishop's Memo

Convention Schedule

Lay Delegate List

Clergy Delegate List

Standing Committee Nominations

Budget Information

Reports to Convention

Rules of Order


Registration will be open January 4, 2021 through January 29, 2021

We have combined the Registration Form with the Certification of Lay Delegates Form. Payments may also be made. Fees $0-$25.

Seat, Voice, and Vote

Voting Clergy, Lay, and Alternate Delegates should be registered by their respective churches. REGISTER HERE.

Seat and Voice

Clergy with Seat and Voice (but not Vote) only need to register if they expect to speak at Convention. Contact Mary Poss at mary@diocgc.org if you have a question about Seat and Voice eligibility. REGISTER HERE.

All other Clergy and Visitors may watch all Convention activities online. 

Certification of Lay Delegates Form

The Certification of Lay Delegates Form has been combined with the online Registration Form. There is no paper form this year!


Lay delegates should be ELECTED AND CERTIFIED ON OR BEFORE December 28, 2020.


In accordance with Canon 3, Sections 4 and 5, of this diocese:

  1. The number of lay delegates per congregation is based on parish or mission status and upon the number of communicants in good standing, as listed on the 2019 Parochial Report, page 2, line 3. Please refer to this document for number of delegates. 

  2. Lay delegates are elected for one year, or until their successors are elected, and shall also be the delegates for any special and called meetings of the Convention during their term of service. Each congregation shall also be entitled to elect one (1) alternate delegate for each delegate.

  3. Lay delegates should be elected and certified no later than sixty days prior to the date of the Convention.



Standing Committee Nominations

Nominations close January 15, 2021

Learn more about the Standing Committee

General Resolutions

Due by January 12, 2021

General Resolution Submission Form

Our Rules of Order require that all resolutions be presented in writing 45 days prior to the Convention.

Virtual Exhibit Hall

Episcopal related ministries may reserve a spot in our Virtual Exhibit Hall. 

Details are available HERE

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PHONE: 850-434-7337   FAX: 850-434-8577