2013 Diocesan Convention

176TH ANNUAL CONVENTION, NOVEMBER 22-23, 2013

The 176th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Chicago took place on Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23 at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center in Lombard.

Budget

Elections

Bishop and Trustees

Clergy
Andrea Mysen

Lay
Mark Kelly
Michael Ruehle
Todd Williams

Standing Committee

Clergy
R. Matthew Humm

Lay
Sandra F. McPhee

Deputies to General Convention

Clergy
Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows
David Hedges
Kevin Caruso
Bonnie Anne Perry

Alternates
Emily A. Mellott
M.E. Eccles
Elaine Bellis
Shawn Schreiner

Lay
Patricia Abrams
Victoria L. Garvey
Louisa Hallas
Newland Smith

Alternates
Tobyn Leigh
Christian M. Clough
Sandra F. McPhee

Download the nominations (English or Spanish) that were considered by Diocesan Convention 2013.

Reports

Download the Convention Reports that were reviewed by Diocesan Convention 2013.

Resolutions

Download the resolutions (English or Spanish) that were considered by Diocesan Convention 2013. All resolutions passed without amendment.

Download the proposed revisions to the Standard Book of Common Prayer (Resolution A059) that were reviewed by convention.

Questions? Please email Chancellor Todd Young.

Schedule

Download a convention schedule.

Task Force on the Legacy of Slavery Report

The Task Force on the Legacy of Slavery offered its final report of its research at this Diocesan Convention. The executive summary of the report is available in English and Spanish on the Anti-Racism Task Force page of the website.  

For background information, please download the enabling resolution passed at the 172 Annual Convention of the Diocese of Chicago.

Workshops

These workshops were offered at the 2013 Convention:

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22 (9 - 10:15 am)

Thrive: An Experience of Leading from the Emerging Future

Hear from congregational leaders currently involved in Thrive and participate in a Thrive exercise that will help you think creatively about future possibilities for the your congregation’s ministries.

With Members of the Diocesan Ministries Team

CROSSwalk to Work: A Step on the Path toward Thriving Communities

Public witness can be life-changing—especially when we stare down the violence that cripples our children. But is it enough? Aren't we called to do more...to not just watch, walk and speak, but to act boldly? Join CROSSwalk for a conversation on how our two-year vigil against violence is expanding its vision with an innovative new jobs program for at-risk youth and more. We began this journey together; join us to help chart the future.

With Carol Reese, Bonnie Perry, Joey Sylvester and Sarah Jordan

The Places of Grace and Gladness Campaign: It’s About YOU!

The diocesan capital campaign can make your congregation stronger! Come hear about the free training available to do a successful campaign in your parish and learn how the diocesan capital campaign is helping congregations be more vital.

With Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22 (10:30 am - 12:00 noon)

Las Campañas Anuales de Mayordomía

Más que la recaudación de fondos para satisfacer las necesidades del presupuesto operacional de la parroquia, las campañas anuales de mayordomía son una oportunidad para nutrir y hacer crecer nuestra fe. En esta presentación se discutirán las formas más efectivas para prepararse, contar su historia, motivar la membresía, y desarrollar campañas exitosas.

With Miguel Escobar of Episcopal Church Foundation

Restructuring: New Wine in New Wineskins

The Diocese of Chicago has been working on restructuring for the past several years. Join a conversation about where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re going as we restructure our common life.

With Courtney Reid

Leading Well: Introducing the Nicholas Center at St. James Commons, Diocese of Chicago

The Nicholas Center, a 14-room retreat and training center at St. James Commons, will open in April. The Center will offer programs to strengthen clergy and lay leaders for service in the church and the world. Come meet some of the faculty of the Nicholas Center and learn what the Nicholas Center will be able to offer you and your faith community.

With Scott Stoner and Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23 (9 - 10:15 am)

2014 Diocesan Budget: Spending to Match our Priorities

Join members of the Diocesan Budget Committee for a review the Diocese of Chicago 2014 budget. Learn more about the sources of revenue that support the diocese and how the expenses are allocated toward our strategic priorities.

With Members of the Diocesan Budget Committee

The Role of Cultural Awareness and Context in the process of welcoming new members.
El papel de la cultura y el contexto de la comunidad particular en el proceso de dar la bienvenida a nuevos miembros.
Join us for explanations and a discussion about the role of special celebrations and services that can effectively attract and welcome Latinos and other cultural groups in our local parish communities.

Explicaciones detalladas y discusión abierta sobre el papel de las celebraciones y los servicios que atraen con eficacia y sirven como instrumentos de bienvenida a los Latinos y otros grupos culturales de nuestras comunidades locales de acuerdo a sus circunstancias especiales.

With Albert Cutié

A Call to Faithfulness: An Invitation to a Committed Journey

The Task Force on the Legacy of Slavery invites the people of this diocese to commit to a period of truth telling based on the results of its research. Come to this workshop to talk with Task Force members about the themes of silence and invisibility, White privilege, Black responses to the legacy of slavery, the economics of the legacy of slavery, diocesan structures and programs, and changes in congregational profiles.

With Members of the Task Force on the Legacy of Slavery

Leading Well: An Introduction to the Nicholas Center and Living Compass
The Nicholas Center, a 14-room retreat and training center at St. James Commons, will open in April. The Center will offer programs to strengthen clergy and lay leaders for service in the church and the world. Come meet some of the faculty of the Nicholas Center and learn what the Nicholas Center will be able to offer you and your faith community.

With Scott Stoner and Jim Steen

CROSSwalk to Work: A Step on the Path toward Thriving Communities

Public witness can be life-changing—especially when we stare down the violence that cripples our children. But is it enough? Aren't we called to do more...to not just watch, walk and speak, but to act boldly? Join CROSSwalk for a conversation on how our two-year vigil against violence is expanding its vision with an innovative new jobs program for at-risk youth and more. We began this journey together; join us to help chart the future.

With Carol Reese, Bonnie Perry, Joey Sylvester and Sarah Jordan

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