The 39th Annual Convention of The Episcopal Church in North Texas will be Saturday, November 13, 2021. Delegates will attend via Zoom, visitors via YouTube.
The theme of the convention is There is a New Creation, from 2 Corinthians 5:17:
So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! 2 Corinthians 5:17
The opening worship will be at 10 am Saturday, November 13, and will be live streamed at the Diocesan YouTube Channel.
Bishop Scott Mayer will preside. His sermon also will be his convention address. The text of his sermon will be available for download that morning, as will the worship booklet.
An offering will be taken for Episcopal Migration Ministries. Make an offering.
Convention worship will include celebration of the Eucharist. The clergy in each congregation will consecrate and distribute wafers to those of their congregations who wish to take part in advance of the Convention. They will communicate with parishioners about when and where to pick up wafers.
After a lunch break, the first business session will open at 1 pm.
Registration is now open. There is no registration fee. Registration will close November 1.
The Convention will meet via Zoom for delegates and alternates. Guests will view the Convention via password-protected live stream. The link to the Zoom meeting will be sent to delegates/alternates via the email address they provide at registration. The password to the live stream will be provided to guests at the email address they provide at registration.
Because of the limitations of meeting via Zoom, Convention business will be kept to the absolute minimum necessary to fulfill the canons. [See schedule below] If a delegate is unable or unwilling to participate via Zoom, an alternate must take that delegate’s place.
We will use the same voting system as last year, which means that delegates must register with the email they will use to vote.
Delegates will vote on the assessments table, the budget, resolutions, and to fill open positions on diocesan bodies. Delegates also will vote on the closing of St. Elisabeth/Christ the King and St. Andrew’s, as well as the closing of missions now under the control of ACNA.
The information delegates will need to conduct the business of the 2021 Diocesan Convention will be available for download as those documents are posted.
Delegates will vote for:
- Standing Committee — 1 lay, 1 clergy
- Disciplinary Board – 1 lay, 2 clergy
- Trustee, University of the South – 1 lay
- Executive Council – 2 lay, 1 clergy
There will be several resolutions coming from the Constitution and Canons Committee. They will be posted, along with any other resolutions, as they are sent forward by the relevant committees.
- Nominations – Chair: Robert Pace, Trinity
- Resolutions – Chair: Lynne Waltman, All Saints’
- Credentials – Chair: Amy Haynie, Trinity
- Elections – Chair, Brent Walker, Episcopal Church of Wichita Falls
Resolutions [except for changes to Constitution/Canons] must be submitted to the Resolutions Committee by September 17, 2021.
Nominations must be submitted to the Nominations Committee by September 17, 2021.
reports to convention
Canon I.2.4.1 requires that “each Parish, Mission and Mission Station, diocesan-wide ministry, permanent diocesan officer, and diocesan committee, board, entity, and institution shall submit to the annual meeting of the Convention a written report briefly summarizing its work since the last annual meeting of Convention and its plans and goals for the following year.”
All reports will be given only in writing, so it is important to read the packet thoroughly. All reports must use this template.
The deadline for reports to be sent to the convention secretary is September 28, 2021. They should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each deanery is required to convene for the Pre-Convention meeting in October. Visit the Deaneries page to find meeting dates, current officers, and deanery information. If you find no meeting scheduled on the calendar, contact your dean.
This schedule is a draft. Some details may change.
10:00 am – Opening Worship live stream
11:30 am – Break
1:00 pm – Business Session I via Zoom
2:00 pm – Break
2:15 pm – Business Session II via Zoom
3:30 pm – Convention Recesses
*all times approximate
Previous Conventions materials
- 2020 Diocesan Convention – Zoom
- 2019 Diocesan Convention- Decatur
- 2018 Diocesan Convention – Decatur
- 2017 Diocesan Convention – Cleburne
- 2016 Diocesan Convention – Fort Worth (All Saints’ school)
- 2015 Diocesan Convention – Fort Worth (Botanic Garden)
- 2014 Diocesan Convention – Arlington
- 2013 Diocesan Convention – Wichita Falls
- 2012 Diocesan Convention – Stephenville