The 38th Annual Diocesan Convention

A Convention in extraordinary times
September 8 memo from the Bishop

To the clergy and elected lay delegates of the Diocese,

 

As we come to the time of preparing for our annual Convention, it is clear we cannot meet and conduct business “as usual.” Our polity will not allow us to “cancel” the Convention; doing so would harm our life together and make it more difficult to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic ready to proclaim the Gospel and be good stewards of our many blessings. After prayer and consultation, I have decided to enact a number of changes to our Convention traditions which will enable us to conduct our necessary business while placing a priority on the health of everyone concerned.

 

The 38th Annual Diocesan Convention will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14, linked via Zoom from a number of locations around the Diocese. Our theme this year is “The Lord is my strength.” Delegates and clergy will gather in Deanery groupings small enough to practice social distancing. These will then be connected by streaming video for a virtual Convention. The meeting locations, in our church naves and parish halls, will be announced later this month. Note that these same locations will be the sites of your pre-Convention Deanery meetings in October.

 

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 14, with Morning Prayer to be said at 9:30 a.m. before the virtual meeting begins. A continental breakfast will be provided. Seating will be arranged for social distancing, hand sanitizer will be provided, and masks are required except when speaking for Morning Prayer or to address the Convention. There will be no Convention Eucharist or Friday evening dinner this year.

 

Through this virtual linkage, we will conduct the essential business of electing members to positions of diocesan leadership, adopting a 2021 budget and assessment package, and considering a number of amendments to the diocesan Constitution and Canons. I look forward to giving my first Address to the Diocese as Bishop Diocesan, and I am especially pleased to announce that we will have a video message from Archbishop Ben Kwashi of Jos, Nigeria.

 

Elections will be conducted on paper ballots, which will be distributed and tallied at the Deanery locations. Provisional results will be announced during the meeting, to be confirmed the following week as those ballots are submitted for verification at the Diocesan Center.

 

 

All reports of ministry leaders will be available in text and/or video formats on the diocesan Web site before the Convention begins. You will be able to review them either before or after the business meeting. There will be no ministry reports given during the Zoom meeting.

 

Following this plan, we expect to conclude the Convention in less than three hours. There will be no need for additional meals or for hotel reservations this year.

 

At this time nominations are open for the following elective positions:

 

•  Standing Committee (clerical order) – elect one
    Standing Committee (lay order) – elect one

 

•  Ecclesiastical Trial Court (lay order) – elect one
•  Ecclesiastical Trial Court (clerical order) – elect one

 

See the box below for information about Executive Council openings, which will be filled at the October pre-Convention Deanery meetings.

 

Nomination forms can be found at the link at the top of this page. There is also a form for submitting a proposed Resolution to the Convention, and another for clergy to use when making the annual Necrology Report. Each form includes additional  information. It may also be helpful to consult the Standing Rules of Procedure for Conventions. The deadline for submission of nominations and resolutions is Tuesday, Sept. 22; necrology reports are due Friday, Oct. 30.

 

The slate of nominees for Standing Committee and Trial Court will be published on Tuesday, Sept. 29, along with the proposed 2021 budget and assessment materials and the Report of the Committee on Constitution and Canons.

 

Deanery meeting locations will be announced Tuesday, Sept. 22.

 

Together with the diocesan staff, I look forward to your participation in this virtual Convention, and I ask God's blessing on all our preparations.

 

 

 

As a representative of your parish, it is important that you attend your pre-Convention Deanery Meeting in October. This will be your opportunity to review the proposed 2021 budget and assessments,  discuss proposed changes to the Constitution and Canons, and elect representatives to the Executive Council.

 

Elected delegates have seat, voice, and vote in Deanery Meetings. Those elected as alternates should make every effort to attend as well, since they may be called upon to serve in place of an elected delegate. Visitors do not have voice or vote. A calendar of Deanery Meeting dates will be published on Sept. 22. As you prepare, it may be helpful to review Canon 35.

 

Beginning immediately, you are encouraged to participate in the process of nominating qualified persons to represent your Deanery on the Executive Council. The Council meets approximately four times each year, on weekday afternoons. Terms of office are three years; two consecutive terms may be served. You may nominate any qualified person, including yourself.

 

A list of openings by Deanery is below. To nominate someone to fill a position in your Deanery, use the Executive Council Nomination Form and submit it to your Dean at least one week prior to your Deanery's October meeting date.

Deanery Meetings and Executive Council elections

FORT WORTH EAST DEANERY

Elect one (1) lay person for a three (3) year term.

Judy Mayo, the incumbent, is not eligible for re-election

Representatives still in office:

      The Rev. Jacob Worley (2021)

      Tom Ward (2022)

 

FORT WORTH WEST DEANERY

Elect one (1) clergy person for a three (3) year term.

Fr. Joel Hampton, the incumbent, is not eligible for re-election.

Representatives still in office:

     Christine Martin (2021)

     Dave Wilson (2022)

 

EASTERN DEANERY

Elect one (1) lay person for a three (3) year term.

Harvey Craig, the incumbent, is not eligible for re-election.

Representatives still in office:

     Robert Boyer (2021)

     Fr. Alan Horton (2022)

 

NORTHERN DEANERY

Elect one (1) lay person for a three (3) year term.

Gayla Slaughenhop, the incumbent, is eligible for re-election.

Representatives still in office:

     Alan Jackson (2021)

     Fr. Keith Roberson (2022)

 

SOUTHERN DEANERY

Elect one (1) clergy person for a three (3) year term.

The Rev. Michael Mobley, the incumbent, is eligible for re-election.

Representatives still in office:

     Jimmy Henry (2021)

     Kyle Riley (2022)

 

WESTERN DEANERY

Elect one (1) lay person for a three (3) year term.

Tom Sikes, the incumbent, is not eligible for re-election.

Elect one (1) clergy person to fulfill an unexpired term ending in 2021.

Representative still in office:

     Larry Mills (2022)

Executive Council openings by Deanery

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