Annual Diocesan Convention

SAVE THE DATE: CONVENTION 2023
FEBRUARY 24 & 25 

Mark your calendars now and plan to attend the 44th Annual Diocesan Convention. Our time together will begin with opening Eucharist and catered reception at St. James Episcopal Church in Alexandria on February 24. The business meeting will follow on February 25 at the Pineville Convention Center. We look forward to seeing you there! 


Resolutions

When we gather together for Diocesan Convention, we are going to be voting on some resolutions from 80th General Convention.

These include:

Resolution A031 (Amend the Constitution and Canons Relating to Mergers of Dioceses)

Resolution A059 (Amend Article X of The Constitution of The Episcopal Church: First Reading)

Resolution A157 (Amend Article I Sec. 7)

CONVENTION ELECTIONS

Before we meet up for convention, there are a few spots for Diocesan Council we need to fill. Please report to Holly Windham with the new information. This is due no later than January 31, 2023.

CONVENTION ELECTIONS


2023 DIOCESAN ELECTIONS

At the 2023 Annual Diocesan Convention, we will be voting to fill the following positions (3 year terms):

Disciplinary Board:
 3 lay people from any convocation - to replace Fred King, Jenny Milligan, and
Bess Maxwell
Standing Committee: Monroe — a lay person to replace The Very Rev. Dawnell Stodghill
Shreveport — a cleric to replace Sarah Hamm
 
University of the South: A lay woman to replace Lucy Shackleford


Nomination Requirements:

  • Confirmed communicant in good standing at a parish/mission of this diocese. (Confirmed Communicants in Good Standing are members of a parish/mission who have received the sacrament of confirmation as indicated in the parish records and who for the previous year have received Holy Communion in The Episcopal Church at least three times, have been faithful in working, praying, and giving for the spread of the Kingdom of God, and are financial contributors to the parish/mission).
  • Clergy attestation. (a priest signature is required on each nomination attesting that you are a confirmed communicant in good standing. In the case of an open cure, a Senior/Bishop's Warden may attest). Clergy nominations will be reviewed by the bishop to confirm all canonical requirements are met. 
The deadline for submissions is February 10.


Forms
Below are the online forms for: Annual Reports and Necrology 

Annual Reports to Convention (Submission deadline Feb. 10)
2023 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 Diocesan Convention. Reports are due by February 10, 2023. 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. 10)
Necrology Reporting for Diocesan Convention 2023

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.

Lodging Options

Room blocks have been secured at two hotels in Pineville for those wishing to stay overnight on February 24. Please make your reservations quickly as space is limited. Lodging is optional and at your own expense.

If there are any complications getting a hotel room, please contact Kathy Richey.

1. Country inn & Suites 

Next door to the Pineville Convention Center 


Address: 2727 Monroe Hwy 165, Pineville, LA 71360
Phone: (318) 641-8332 

Room Rate $109.00 + tax
Ask for Episcopal Diocese Block
View hotel website

2. Holiday Inn express

Across the street from the Pineville Convention Center 


Address: 2820 Monroe Hwy 165, Pineville, LA 71360
Phone: (318) 704-6700 

Room Rate $119.99 + tax
Ask for Episcopal Diocese Block
View hotel website

Registration is open now through February 17

Registration is now available and will remain open through February 17.  Please review the following notes before you begin.

  • There is NO COST to attend Convention. A meal will be included for each registrant. 
  • ANYONE WHO ONLY WANTS TO ATTEND FRIDAY NIGHT EUCHARIST AND RECEPTION should register as a guest and indicate their preference for Friday night only. 
  • CLERGY/GUESTS/VENDORS must individually register for Convention.
  • DELEGATES/ALTERNATES must individually register for Convention after they have been elected at their church's annual meeting.
  • DELEGATE/ALTERNATE CERTIFICATION: This form serves as the delegate/alternate certification and is for certification only. It is to be completed by one appointed person per congregation. Only one registration should be submitted for each church.

  • QUESTIONS? Please Contact Joy Owensby.

Register Now

God's Church for God's World

44th Annual Diocesan Convention

Our in-person gathering will begin with 5:00 p.m. Eucharist and catered reception afterwards on Friday, February 24, at St. James in Alexandria. The regular business meeting to follow on Saturday, February 25, at the Pineville Convention Center. 

February 24

St. James, Alexandria

5:00 p.m.- Opening Eucharist with Catered Reception to Follow

Saturday, February 25

Pineville Convention Center

8:30-9:30 a.m.- Registration

10:00 a.m.- Convention Convenes

Childcare will be available both days.

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.

PO Box 4330, Pineville, LA US 71361

(318) 442-1304

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