The 2019 convention will be held November 15-16 at the Monroe Convention Center in Bloomington, IN. Everyone in the diocese is invited to participate in convention. This year’s highlights include:
- Our theme, “Half a shade braver to love and serve our neighbors,” with thanks to poet David Whyte
- A keynote address by the Very Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, dean of Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary and canon theologian at Washington National Cathedral
- A wide selection of workshops to be announced soon
- Friday’s night celebration, and more.
- Registration for children and youth is separate and at no charge.
- Registration will be $50 for adults through October 4.
- From October 5-October 31, registration will be $75 for adults.
- Online registration will close on October 31, and only on-site registration for $25, which will not include meals, will be available after that date.
Registration includes full access to all programing, workshops and convention materials. Food is provided on Friday, November 15, including a boxed lunch, the banquet and the dance party.
Questions? Please contact the diocesan office at 317-926-5454.
Book a room in the Hilton Garden Inn Bloomington. The discounted convention rate is no longer available. Rooms at the Courtyard Bloomington are now sold out.
Fall Neighborhood Gatherings
The following pre-convention neighborhood gatherings have been scheduled:
- September 15: St. David’s, Bean Blossom at 3 p.m. (Waycross/South Central)
- September 24: St. John’s, Mt. Vernon at 6 p.m. (Confluence/South West)
- October 6: Trinity, Indianapolis at 2 p.m. (Crossroads/Indianapolis)
- October 13: St. John’s, Crawfordsville at 2 p.m. (Wabash/North West)
- October 27: Christ Church, Madison at 2:30 p.m. (River Bend/South East)
- October 29: Trinity, Anderson at 6:30 p.m. (The Edge/North Central)
Children and Youth at Convention
A convention program for children and youth will be available in the Monroe Convention Center on Friday and Saturday during convention sessions. The program will be led by children’s and youth ministry leaders from across the diocese. The cost is free for all children and youth, but registration is required.
Children in preschool through 5th grade will participate in storytelling, games, arts and crafts, music and other activities. Youth in grades 6-12 will have opportunities for fellowship, Christian formation, and participation in convention activities.
Pre-Convention Social and Family Fun Night: Families are invited to a pre-convention pool party on Thursday, November 14 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Courtyard Bloomington. Bring a swimsuit and a snack to share with others. Games and activities for those who would rather not swim will be available.
Constitution and Canons Changes
The proposed Constitution and Canons changes to be considered at convention will be posted soon.
Convention Delegate Guide
For many visitors and delegates, diocesan convention is a new experience. Other delegates have been to diocesan convention several times and are familiar with the basics of diocesan governance. Whatever your experience, the Convention Delegate Guide is designed to provide a foundation for and common understanding of diocesan convention.
Draft 2020 Budget, Apportionments by Parish
View a draft 2020 budget (revised September 2019) and draft 2020 apportionments by parish to be reviewed at convention. The documents remain drafts until they are approved by diocesan convention, but are provided here for parish finance committees as they work on 2020 budgeting.
At convention, delegates will elect lay and clergy people to a number of diocesan leadership positions. Submit nominations online by October 31.
Photos of Ministry and Mission
This year’s diocesan convention will include displays of photos from congregations involved in ministry that brings to life each of the five parts of the diocesan mission:
- Serve as beacons of Christ in central and southern Indiana and beyond
- Offer a generous invitation and welcome
- Stand with the vulnerable and marginalized and transform systems of injustice
- Connect with other Episcopalians, ecumenical and interfaith partners, and advocacy groups
- Develop clergy and laity to lead the church of today and tomorrow.
If your congregation has images to contribute, email full-sized (not compressed) photos to Erinna VanDever. Include your name, your congregation’s name and the names of the people in the photos–please only send pictures you have permission to use. Please also share a brief description of each photo and which aspect of our diocesan mission you believe it reflects.
In order to be shared at convention, photos must be received by September 15. If you have questions, please contact Canon Kristin White.
Reports to Convention
Reports to convention by committees and commissions of the diocese will be posted on the website and will be printed in the annual journal of the diocese for historical record. Submit a report online by October 31.
Questions about reserving a space in the exhibit area may be directed to Erinna VanDever, 317-926-5454.
Download a preliminary convention schedule. (updated 9.25.19)
- September 15: Constitution & Canons Changes and Resolutions due; Forms (Convention Delegates, Certificate of Parish Leadership, Committee Member Updates); Mission and Ministry photos due
- October 4: Last day for early bird $50 registration rate
- October 5-31: Online registration available for $75
- October 14, 18: Hotel reservations due
- October 31: Last day for online registration
- October 31: Nominations, Reports to Convention due
- November 1: Exhibitor Request Forms due
- November 1: Delegation changes due
- November 1: Online registration closed. Please plan to register onsite for convention ($25)
Volunteers Register for Free
Diocesan convention is our diocese’s largest event of the year, and volunteers make it happen! If you can volunteer at convention, please call the diocesan office at 317-926-5454 or email Erinna VanDever to receive free convention registration.