2021 Diocesan Convention

A Virtual One-Day Diocesan Gathering

2020 has brought many changes to how we gather. To continue the best practice of protecting our neighbors, the 2021 Diocesan Convention will be held completely online. Wondering what a virtual diocesan convention will be like? In many ways, it will be very familiar. 

We will: 

  • worship together;
  • listen to the bishop’s address;
  • learn about diocesan ministries;
  • hear what’s going on at Camp Hardtner;
  • get updates on our budget;
  • look back on the ups and downs of diocesan life in 2020;
  • AND MUCH MORE!

Some things you can expect to be different:

  • Convention will take place on Zoom.
  • Each delegate must have a valid, unique email address.
  • Voting will take place online.
As in years past, many of our convention materials will be uploaded to this convention hub prior to the meeting--check back often for updates! Several training sessions will be scheduled in early 2021 to equip participants with all of the skills they need to navigate the virtual convention. In addition, diocesan staff members will be available by email or phone to offer further assistance and answer questions along the way.
Many other dioceses across the country have already successfully completed their first online convention. We look forward to also experiencing a new way to gather as the Episcopal Church in Western Louisiana!

Time Until Event

Forms
Below are the online forms for: Nominations, Annual Reports, and Necrology 
Nomination Form (Submission deadline Feb. 1) 

Click here to view the 2021 Diocesan Elections 

2021 Diocesan Convention Nomination Form (deadline for submissions is Feb. 1 )
This nomination is for: *

Order*

Mailing Address*

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Annual Reports to Convention (Submission deadline Feb. 8)
2021 Annual Convention Reports Submission Form

Those who chair or coordinate a diocesan committee, department, or ministry are required to submit a report of the year's activity before each annual Convention. Reports are due by February 8, 2021. Early submissions are encouraged.

Please select your association to your committee, department or ministry.*

If you wish to include charts, graphs, photos, or other materials with your report, simply upload those items below:

Necrology Report Form (Submission deadline Feb. 8)
Necrology Reporting for Diocesan Convention 2021

Prepare a listing of all persons who have departed this life in the year since last convention and have held offices at the Diocesan level or served as a Delegate or Alternate to Convention.

Tech RESOURCES and Training

We understand that comfortability with technology and the Zoom platform vary for each person. Provided below are Zoom tips and tricks for those participating in the Virtual Diocesan Convention. Please take a moment to review these videos. Need additional support? Join members of the Bishop's Staff for a live training session in early February. The dates and times are listed below. 

Zoom Tips and Tricks

For the best meeting experience, the following is recommended: 

  • sit in a well lit area with a neutral background
  • dress how you would at a in-person meeting 
  • use a laptop or desktop instead of a tablet or phone if possible
  • Test your audio, visual, and internet stability before the meeting 

Step by Step Zoom for Beginners 
How to rename yourself
How to use mute 
How to turn video on/off
How to turn on speaker view

Live Training Sessions with diocesan Staff

It is a requirement of delegates to participate in at least one of the following sessions: 

1. Wednesday, February 3, 2021 @ 10:00 a.m. 
2. Saturday, February 6, 2021 @ 10:00 a.m. 
3. Thursday, February 11, 2021 @ 5:30 p.m. 

We are the Episcopal Church in Western Louisiana. We are culturally diverse. We are welcoming. We believe in a loving, liberating, and life-giving God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, whose life, death, and resurrection saved the world. And we know that God loves you – no exceptions.

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