175TH ANNUAL CONVENTION, NOVEMBER 16-17, 2012
The 175th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Chicago will take place on Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17 at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center in Lombard.
The theme of this year's convention is "Fierce Conversations for the Future Church." Building on a 2011 workshop led by a Fierce, Inc. staff member that generated great excitement, this year's convention will begin with a three-hour introductory Fierce workshop on Friday morning. It will also include a keynote address and small-group conversations on topics that are vital to our flourishing as a diocesan community. Stay tuned for more information.
What's New for Convention in 2012
Online registration is now closed. Please register onsite ($80/person).
To reserve rooms at the Westin, Lombard at the diocesan convention rate ($119 per night, plus tax through October 31) either book online or contact Reservations at 1.888.627.9031 and mention that you are attending the 175th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Chicago.
Reservations must be guaranteed by one night's deposit (room and tax) on a major credit card and may be modified or cancelled online.
Certification of Delegates
Contact Crystal Plummer with any certification questions.
Download the list of convention exhibitors and a map of the exhibit space.
Information regarding set up times and regulations will be distributed closer to Convention time. There will be a set up time on Thursday evening (November 15) and Friday morning (November 16). All exhibits must be cleared from the exhibit hall by 3:30pm on Saturday, November 17. If your booth is for retail, the Diocese requires that 10% of revenue generated by sales at Convention be remitted back to the Diocese.
If you have any questions, please contact Louisa Hallas, Exhibits Manager for Diocesan Convention, via email or at 312.751.4200 ext. 214.
Fierce Conversations for Purchase
Fierce Conversations and Fierce Leadership are available for purchese from the And All the Angels Gift Shop at St. Michael's in Barrington. Send an email or call 847.382.6435 to place an order. Leave your name and telephone number, and they will call you for your credit card number and shipping address.
Book prices, including tax and shipping, are: Fierce Conversations - $17.00, Fierce Leadership - $16.00
Questions? Please call or email Courtney Reid at 312.751.4200, ext. 675.
Download the Convention Reports to be reviewed by Diocesan Convention 2012.
UPDATE: Download the resolutions (pending final approval) passed by Diocesan Convention 2012.
Questions? Please email Chancellor Todd Young.
Sign Language Translation
Students of American Sign Language from Columbia College will be signing at convention.
Register online for volunteer opportunities for onsite support, serving at the convention Eucharist and singing in the convention choir. Look for more information about volunteering at Diocesan Convention in upcoming editions of the e-newsletter.
The Fierce Conversations workshop on Friday morning of convention is full. All are welcome to attend the following Fierce breakout conversations on a variety of topics impacting our diocese on Saturday morning:
"Why not talk about the elephant in the room?"
With the Rev. Jim Steen
"Who is killing our children? And what do we do?"
Jack Clark, CROSSwalk Director
"Everybody's Invited, No Exclusions Allowed"
With Victoria L. Garvey and panel
Discerning God's Call for Ministry with Youth
With Chad Senuta and panel
A Conversation about Power
"The truth may set you free, but first it may thoroughly irritate you!" (Fierce Conversations, 75). We will discuss how those with and without power interact in a congregation, on a team, and on a committee. How do we listen, really listen to what the other has to contribute, and how do we appreciate what they can offer?
Join us for a fierce conversation about how we listen to each other and how we value each other's abilities. If we can't be honest with one another in the Body of Christ, we need some coaching and engaging in Fierce conversation is one of the ways we can become not only more effective in our corporate life. "There is a profound difference between having a title...and being a person to whom people commit at the deepest level" (Fierce Conversations, 91).
With Rory D. Smith
Legacy of Slavery, Segregation and Discrimination in the Diocese of Chicago and its predecessor, the Diocese of Illinois
The Legacy of Slavery, Segregation and Discrimination in the Diocese of Chicago and its predecessor, the Diocese of Illinois: Four members of the Task Force will conduct a conversation on 1) race and invisibility; 2) race, religion and class; and 3) changing racial profile of some congregations--in short how race through slavery, segregation and discrimination has been manifested in the structures of our diocese. Panelists will draw upon the initial findings of the research of the Task Force which will include references to several congregations. We hope to model a conversation that we hope eventually will occur in the congregations of our diocese.
Register online to sing in the convention choir or serve at the convention Eucharist. Stay tuned for additional information to be posted as it becomes available.