February 11, 2021: More Notes from the Diocesan Convention

By vEnessa Acham

The Diocesan Convention is the yearly legislativemeeting presided over by the bishop and consists ofthe clergy of and elected representatives of itscongregations. The representatives are two laydelegates. Heidi Rasciner and I were delegates thisyear for All Souls. The convention body considers thediocesan budget and other matters regarding themission and ministry of the diocese.
Previous EDOW conventions versus 2021—what was missed

  • Entering the inspiring Washington National Cathedral early Saturday morningand greeting siblings in Christ.
  • Vendors and organizations who lined the cathedral nave as they excitedlyshared their information, wares, and takeaways.
  • Tables filled with tasty foods; selected hot beverages; and joy and hope.

The convention was held online in a webinar format on Saturday, January 30, 2021,9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The evening before, Friday, January 29, 2021 at 7:00 PM agathering was held: Race and Reckoning: An Exploration into Reparations, which was live streamed. This important and timely discussion was led by The Rt. Rev.Eugene Sutton (Bishop of Maryland). Videos of the discussion are available HERE and the 2021 Report from the Diocese of Washington Task Force on Reparations is available HERE
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The agenda for the convention follows.

  • Convention address by The Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde (Bishop ofWashington, DC)
  • Farewell to departing members of the EWOC community
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Budget Report
  • Report of Constitution and Canons
  • Report from the Advisory Committee on Stewardship and Parish Vitality

We have a new parish in the Diocese! The convention body overwhelming acceptedthe merger between Patuxent Parish (Church of the Ascension) in Lexington Park,Maryland; and William and Mary Parish (St. George's Church) in Valley Lee,Maryland to become Resurrection Parish (Ascension and St. George's Churches).May this new parish continue to welcome and bless the community!
Throughout the gathering the voting was conducted electronically and the resultswere announced minutes later. This virtual gathering may be how future conventionswill be facilitated. In the meantime, we can continue to pray that we can be in-personto realize the mission and vision of EDOW.

About EDOW
Territory: District of Columbia, Prince George County, Montgomery County, CharlesCounty, and St. Mary's County
Congregations: 88
Members: 36,299 (2019)
Established: December 4, 1895
Cathedral: Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul

Last Published: February 27, 2021 7:05 PM
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