Update Regarding Diocesan Convention
The 138th convention of the Diocese of East Carolina is just five and a half weeks away! We will gather as a Diocese on the morning of Saturday, February 13. The gathering will be quite different this year than in years past, and that is not an altogether bad thing. As much as we would rather gather in person, to renew and make new friendships, we can see this as the opportunity and impetus to examine “the way we have always done things” and consider possible modernization and/or changes.
For the safety of all, very few of us will be physically together in the same room. This fact alone necessitates a special set of Rules of Order – always the first order of business. These are being refined now and will be published as soon as possible. Another change is that there is a “hard deadline” for both resolutions and nominations – they must be received by no later than January 29. There will be no nominations or resolutions from the floor. Further, although all East Carolina Episcopalians and guests are invited and welcome to “attend” convention via live-stream, voting lay delegates and clergy will “attend” slightly differently in order to facilitate quorum counting and voting.
We know it is all a bit confusing and complicated, which is why we will work to keep you informed as preparations develop. Proposed resolutions and persons nominated will be published on the website as they are received and authenticated. In addition, there will be a series of Zoom meetings in the first week of February at which the 2021 proposed budget will be presented along with the opportunity to ask questions. Every voting delegate is strongly encouraged to attend one of these meetings, and everyone else is very welcome as well.
Together we will get through this different time, we will take care of the required business, we will worship, and we will continue to be the church and children of God.
Please check the Convention website often to see the latest information available: