DIOCESAN CONVENTION

The Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan gathers each year for our convention – a time set aside for community building and governance.

Our next convention is a Special Joint Convention of the Dioceses of Eastern and Western Michigan, gathering at St. Christopher’s, Grand Blanc on Saturday, March 16, 2024. 

Every diocese in The Episcopal Church gathers every year in convention, the primary governing and legislative body of the diocese. Each faith community participates by sending a delegation of laity and clergy, when present. 

At diocesan convention, we pass resolutions and elect leaders to various governing bodies, we consider any proposed changes to the constitution and canons, and take part in the financial stewardship of the diocese. It’s also an opportunity to gather in fellowship, learning, and worship as a diocesan body. 

In 2024, we will gather twice. On Saturday, March 16th, the Dioceses of Eastern and Western Michigan will gather for a Special Joint Convention to consider action on our proposed diocesan juncture (the canonical term for merger of dioceses). Then, it’s anticipated we will gather for our next annual convention, which may be the First Convention of the new diocese, on October 18-19 in Mount Pleasant.

SPECIAL CONVENTION

Saturday, March 16, 2024
St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, Grand Blanc

Registration opens in January.

REGULAR CONVENTION

Friday-Saturday, October 18-19, 2024
Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort, Mount Pleasant

Registration opens in June.

OUR LAST DIOCESAN CONVENTION

Photo Albums: 

  • Diocesan Photos with help from Ryan Prins (St. Andrew’s, Grand Rapids) and Mary K Freel (Trinity, Bay City)
  • Delegate Photos (Did we miss yours? Tag the diocese in the comments!)

Speeches and Messages:
Unfortunately, we were unable to livestream from the convention center as expected. We regret not being able to offer video content for these offerings, but are grateful to have the text available for sharing. 

Friday morning’s workshop presenters may have materials available for dissemination. If materials are provided, they will be listed here. 

Our convention attendees received an extended presentation from the Building Bridges Steering Committee, briefing the delegates on their work thus far of listening, researching, considering, and reflecting back what they’ve heard. They also detailed the next few crucial months of our bi-diocesan discernment in preparation for our special convention in March, including the need for delegates and clergy to take the information back to their congregations to help inform and encourage participation. 

The following materials are available to assist in your sharing the report with the local congregation:

Additional materials and links to historical communications and resources are available on the Building Bridges pages of the diocesan websites, eastmich.org/building-bridges and edwm.org/building-bridges.

  • Received a Financial Report from diocesan treasurer, the Rev. Brian Chace (Retired; Frederic)
  • Elected to the Diocesan Council: Ryan Talaski (St. Alban’s, Bay City) and the Rev. Shadrack Owuor (Grace, Port Huron)
  • Elected to the Standing Committee: Barbara Ilkka (St. John’s, Saginaw) and the Ven. Linda Crane (Grace, Port Huron)
  • Elected to the Provincial Synod: Carol Moggo (St. Francis, Grayling), the Rev. Beckett Leclaire (St. John’s, Dryden), and the Rev. Pam Lenartowicz (St. Mark’s, Atlanta and St. Andrew’s, Gaylord)

Click here to access the 2023 Convention Booklet, which includes:

  • Our worship materials
  • List of In Memoriam
  • List of Nominees
  • Annual Ministry Reports