Due to the ongoing pandemic, the joint convention will take place in a secure and private online format. This presents a handful of opportunities and challenges compared to our experiences of in-person gatherings.
We recommend the following to the parishes:
As available, identify a point person who might serve as local tech support for your delegation.
As requirements allow, consider gathering in-person as a parish delegation during the online convention for mutual support and discussion. Each person will still need access to an internet-connected device and their email for voting.
If unable to gather together, consider how you might remove barriers to entry to participate in an online gathering. This may include access to space with an internet connection and access to a computer, tablet, or smartphone.
If an elected delegate is unable or unwilling to participate in an online gathering, consider inviting an alternative delegate to serve this year.
We acknowledge that online gathering is not optimal for the relationship building and collaboration that takes place at convention and that would have been especially possible in our first joint convention between our two partnering dioceses. Please join us in praying for an end to this pandemic, for wise and careful lawmaking, for smart and dedicated medical research, that we may move through this time with safety and compassion in mind, and that next year, should circumstances allow, we might greet one another in person once more.
A small team of tech support volunteers are in place to answer questions during the convention. Their contact information is located in the convention booklet for our delegates and clergy.