DIOCESAN CONVENTION HUB
The 51st Annual Diocesan Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast will be held February 17-19, 2022, to be held at the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Convention Center (1250 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach) and hosted by St. Simon's on the Sound Episcopal Church.
Registrants are receiving incorrect convention details in the registration confirmation sent by Eventbrite. The incorrect information is from last year’s convention. There was an unfortunate glitch in Eventbrite’s system which duplicated that information when the form was copied from last year’s event. We are working with Eventbrite’s developers to resolve this issue. REGISTRANTS ARE ASKED TO DISREGARD INFORMATION FROM EVENTBRITE THAT SITES INCORRECT CONVENTION DATES AND ASSOCIATED DETAILS. We assure you that our diocesan convention is February 17-19!
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Initial Convention Information Packet
Churches are responsible for making hotel accommodations for their delegations as needed. All other attendees are responsible for making their own accommodations as needed.
Convention Schedule (preliminary, subject to change)
Thursday, February 17 - Zoom
First Business Session and Bishop's Address. This meeting will be held on Zoom for clergy, lay and youth delegates. Bishop Russell's Address will be recorded and posted later for viewing.
Friday, February 18 - In Person at Destin-Fort Walton Beach Convention Center
Attendees for Friday are required to register.
Second Business Session, keynote speaker Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, lunch, exhibits, workshops and evening social time.
Saturday, February 19 - In Person at Destin-Fort Walton Beach Convention Center
Attendees for Saturday are not required to register.
Remaining business, open space/round-table talks with Dr. Bertice Berry and closing worship service with Presiding Bishop Curry as preacher. Followed by the Clergy and Spouse Luncheon at the home of Bishop Russell and Robin Kendrick.
Sunday, January 30, from 4-6pm CT | Zoom
All voting delegates are asked to attend this meeting in order to sufficiently prepare for Convention. We will be using the same voting platform, VPoll, as last year.
The week prior, lay and clergy delegates will be emailed the link to join the Pre-Convention Meeting.
Jenn Johnson will remain available on Zoom after the Pre-Convention Meeting to address any lingering questions concerning Zoom and VPoll.
Registration - Now open through Feb. 1
Everyone is welcome to attend the convention and is asked to register.
Clergy and Lay Delegates: $150 per person
Alternates (attending the convention): $50
Youth Delegates and Alternates: Free
All other non-delegate attendees: $30
Registration includes convention fee, name badge, lunch and social hour, goodie bag, and other convention-related materials.
Certification of Lay Delegates Form
The Certification of Lay Delegates Form has been combined with the online Delegate Certification and Registration Form. There is no paper form this year! Churches should fill out the online registration form to submit their delegates and register them for the convention.
Lay delegates should be ELECTED AND CERTIFIED ON OR BEFORE December 19, 2021.
In accordance with Canon 3, Sections 4 and 5, of this diocese:
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.
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.
Lay delegates should be elected and certified no later than sixty days prior to the date of the Convention.
All delegates (clergy and lay) to Convention will begin receiving emails in January. Please be on the lookout as the emails will contain important details and links for joining Zoom meetings, logging into the online voting platform, and participating in all other convention activities.
Churches are asked to complete registration and make hotel accommodations for their delegation.
Delegates are able to make nominations for Standing Committee members. Use the form provided above.
Resolutions to Amend Canons
Due by November 19, 2021 - CLOSED
Due by January 3, 2022 - CLOSED
Our Rules of Order require that all resolutions be presented in writing 45 days prior to the Convention.
Standing Committee Nominations - submit nomination here
Nominations close January 10, 2022
General Convention Deputy Nominations
Note: We will not be electing deputies for the 2024 General Convention as previously announced. We have opted to hold those elections at the 2023 Diocesan Convention. Thank you.
Episcopal-related organizations and church missions and ministries are invited to be exhibitors at the convention. Space must be reserved in advance and coordinated through Rev. Lydia Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Exhibitors will also need to be registered using the registration link above. Exhibit space is subject to diocesan approval.
Available exhibit space offered: (1) 5-ft table (single) or (1/2) 8-ft table (shared); electrical is limited.
*If you are a registered delegate and wish to have exhibit space for your ministry, you do not have to register as an exhibitor as well. However, you must coordinate exhibit space through Rev. Lydia Johnson at email@example.com.