By D-L Casson
When our bishop, the Rt. Rev. Kevin S. Brown, mentioned the phrase, “Say it aloud: the power of the word” as we discussed convention, I thought, “In the beginning was the Word” (Jhn 1:1). It is a good launching point for inviting you to come to our
next annual convention to be held January 25 – 26, 2019. It will be a time for us to speak up, to share our thoughts, and to ask questions. It will also be a good time for our church leaders to hear the power of your words as delegates, presenters, and volunteers.
Although being at the Princess Royale Hotel in Ocean City, Maryland, will be familiar to those of you who attended Convention
in January, there will be changes. First, our tireless and hardworking secretary of convention for many years, Cynde Bimbi and
assistant secretary, Joseph Davison, will be able to focus on convention from other (less stressful) vantage points. They set a high bar for organizing a wonderful convention! Now it is up to Toni Snow (Assistant Secretary of Convention) and me to work with the bishop, mission support staff, and committee chairs to continue some traditions, try new approaches, and weave your voices into our convention. Another change is that, rather than having a host parish, we will have a featured parish, All Saints Church and St. George’s Chapel in Rehoboth/Harbeson. Please plan on stopping by their table in the exhibit area to learn more about their ministries.
Convention is the time for us to learn about the important work of Constitution and Canons, Diocesan Council, Standing
Committee, and other committees. It is also the time for us to listen closely to the candidates for these offices before we
vote. Convention is when we consider the important issues we face and then formulate and vote on resolutions. Some of these
resolutions (like the one on mental health issues proposed by Deacon Susan Phillips at a previous convention) may go to our
Province and then to General Convention for consideration and passage. Some resolutions will be statements of advocacy, while
others will help us as we live into being the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement. You will be encouraged to share your thoughts (and concerns) as the resolutions are crafted and issues are discussed. This will be when you are able to use the power of your words to support action, advocacy, and policy in our diocese.
Our convention is when we, as a diocesan family, say it aloud. As in the past, we have invited a voice from outside the family at
a time when we are discussing important community and national issues and hearing a great deal about truth-telling. The Rev.
Canon Chuck Robertson, Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Ministry Outside the Episcopal Church, will share his thoughts on
Perhaps the most powerful use of our own words is when we invite others to join us in worship, prayer, and advocacy. These actions are not just for Sunday mornings. Whether or not you become a delegate, you are welcome to come to convention to pray, worship, learn, and add your voice to the discussions. Convention is a great learning experience for all ages, so consider inviting your youth group, confirmation class members, and choristers to come to at least part of convention. We also encourage you to take advantage of being able to elect an additional lay delegate, under the age of 30, to be part of your official voice at convention.
In September the Call to Convention packet will be sent to your clergy, wardens, and administrative staff. It will contain the
preliminary agenda, and we will ask for the names of the delegates and alternates from your parish. We will also share the many
ways in which you can become involved with your convention as volunteers. We do hope you will respond. We look forward to hearing your voice.
D-L Casson is the Secretary of Convention for the Episcopal Church in Delaware. firstname.lastname@example.org