Our annual Diocesan Convention will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2017, at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral. While Bishop GutiĆ©rrez's Call to Convention will be issued at a later date, the Convention Arrangements Committee would like you to be aware of the following information at this time:

Resolutions that propose changes to Diocesan canons or the Diocesan Constitution are due 90 days prior to Convention and should be submitted by August 6th to the Chair of the Committee on Canons, Stephen P. Chawaga, Esq. ( schawage@mdmc-law.com).

Other resolutions are due 60 days prior to Convention and should be sent by September 5th to J.D. Lafrance at jdlafrance@diopa.org, using the format which can be found at http://www.diopa.org/wp-content/uploads/convention2017/ResolutionFormat2017.pdf .

Questions about resolutions should be referred to the Chair of the Resolutions Committee, Karen Lash, at klash.klash@verizon.net.

Pre-convention meetings begin in September. The schedule will be available in August.

Convention Registration is now open. Visit http://www.diopa.org/convention-2017-registration/ to register.

The Nominating Committee is seeking lay and clergy candidates to stand for election at Diocesan Convention 2017. You may propose yourself or someone else as a nominee by contacting the chair, Cordelia Biddle ( cordeliafrancesbiddle@comcast.net) or you may go directly to http://www.diopa.org/convention-2017-nominations/ and complete the form by September 16. Open positions for election are listed below.
 
Christmas Fund
Positions to Fill:         2 Lay Trustees         3-Year Term

Church Foundation Board
Positions to Fill:         1 Clergy         3-Year Term
                            4 Lay Person  3-Year Term

Commission on Clergy Compensation and Employee Benefits
Positions to Fill:         1 Clergy         3-Year Term
                            1 Lay Person  3-Year Term

Diocesan Disciplinary Board
Positions to Fill:         3 Clergy         3-Year Term
                            2 Lay Person  3-Year Term

Finance Committee
Positions to Fill:         1 Clergy         3-Year Term
                            1 Lay Person  3-Year Term

Standing Committee
Positions to Fill:         2 Clergy         5-Year Term
                            1 Lay Person  5-Year Term

Nominations Committee
Positions to Fill:         2 Clergy         3-Year Term
                            2 Lay              3-Year Term

General Convention Alternates
Positions to Fill:         4 Clergy         3-Year Term
                            4 Lay Person  3-Year Term
 
Church Attorney      3-Year Term
 
A reminder: The initial mailing with the Call to Convention will be disseminated both by email and by "US mail" to those for whom we have no email address. All information after the initial mailing will be shared online only, so those without Internet access are asked to designate a contact who does have email and is willing to print out information.

We look forward to our annual gathering and hope you will visit the Diocesan Convention website at  http://www.diopa.org/diocesan-convention-2017/ often.

Convention Arrangements Committee
The Rev. Paul Adler
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