Let your voices be heard!
Bishop Brown talks about the 237th Annual Convention
Hello, beloved of God in Delaware
In just a few months, on November 20, our annual convention will be here. The theme this year is from Paul’s letter to the Romans — in chapter eight, the two verses that are beloved to so many Christians across the world, Paul writes, ‘nothing will separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. It’s good to be reminded that after a year and a half of pandemic and a time of turmoil and upheaval that we, as a church, are still united in Christ. Nothing will separate us from God — the love of God and the love of God in Christ Jesus. This year’s convention is being planned right now to be a hybrid convention though, as the state of the pandemic is still in flux. We know enough to realize that we can’t all get together in the same place. So, we are planning now for a hybrid convention, meaning that just a few folks will meet in person at St. Andrew’s school in Middletown, and those who will be there in person are basically the people who are certified to vote — clergy and delegates, as well as convention staff and presenters. Everyone else will be able to watch the convention online. That’s the hybrid nature of it. So put Saturday, November 20th, Saturday on your calendars.
Now, remember, too, that each delegation needs to be certified. This is in accordance with our diocesan canons. We want to make sure every parish has its delegates ready and able to vote. So don’t miss the important deadlines around certification. All information can be found on our diocesan website, at the convention webpage, www.delaware.church/convention-237/.
I also want to challenge every parish to take advantage of the ability to send a young adult delegate to convention. Look at the deadline, talk to your vestry and to your rector or priest in charge and find out who your young adult delegate is and make sure that you use every possible opportunity to have your voices heard at our annual convention.
The convention is a time of mission and a time of renewal of the church and I’m looking forward to it again this year. Please continue to pray for me and for the convention planning team as we come together and discern God’s will in this wonderful corner of the church and of the kingdom of God.
May the peace of Christ be with you always.