183rd Annual Convention

The 183rd Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago will be held on Saturday, November 21, 2020 as a virtual gathering between 9 am and 3 pm. Convention is the annual business meeting of the diocese, during which we elect leaders, consider resolutions and hear reports from across the diocese and the wider church.

Voting participants at convention include the clergy of the diocese and lay delegates elected from each congregation. All voting will be conducted electronically. Ex-officio members, who are entitled to seat and voice, are invited to participate online. General attendees and visitors are welcome to join online or by phone (listen-only).

Watch this page for convention updates, including a preliminary schedule and orientation sessions for online voting.

Convention Registration and Certification of Delegates

All convention participants are required to register individually for diocesan convention, including canonically resident clergy, lay delegates, licensed clergy, youth delegates and general attendees. Please register online in English or in Spanish.

All delegates must be certified by their congregations, campus ministries, or the youth ministry office in order to have voice and vote at convention. Registering for convention does not constitute certification.

Certification forms are available for campus ministries, congregations and youth representatives. The forms may be submitted by email or fax (312.787.5872). Certifications are due to the Secretary of Convention by September 30. Please contact Karin Gutierrez with certification questions.

Call for Nominations and Resolutions

At convention, members of the Standing Committee, the Bishop and Trustees, and the Cathedral Chapter will be elected. Nomination forms are available in English and Spanish and are due by September 30.

Resolutions to be considered at convention must be received by September 30 and must follow a prescribed format. Download the guidelines for submitting resolutions in English and Spanish.

Online Participation and Voting: Virtual training sessions to be offered this fall

All 2020 convention business and voting will be conducted electronically, requiring a smart phone, tablet or computer with an internet connection. To participate via Zoom your device must meet these system requirements. General attendees and visitors have the option to listen to convention by phone. Please note: phone participation does not allow for voice or vote.

All clergy and lay delegates are required to participate in a virtual training in advance of convention. Training dates will be announced in the diocesan newsletter. Contact Karin Gutierrez with questions about online participation and technology requirements.