Announcements from 2021
- 2022 Stewardship Campaign Update
- STEWARDSHIP NOTES FOR NOVEMBER 2021:
- Christmas Flowers 2021
- Monthly Zoom Calls With the Bishop
- A Thanksgiving Prayer
- Three Things....
- CHRISTMAS PROJECT!
- 147th Convention of the Diocese of Southern Ohio
- 2022 Stewardship Campaign
- Hygiene Kits for the Homeless
- A Concert for Halloween
- Birthday Blessings in October
- Learn to Zoom Sunday
- Blessing of the Animals
- 2021 Diocesan Convocation
- Afghanistan and Haiti
- GUIDELINES FOR IN-PERSON WORSHIP UPDATE
- Lift Every Voice and Sing!
- CRAYONS TO CLASSROOMS
- NEW GUIDELINES FOR IN-PERSON WORSHIP
- LAY READER PRACTICE
- Birtdays and Anniversaries in July 2021
- Stuff the Bus
- FOR THIS SUNDAY
- Flag Day June 14, 2021
- Juneteenth 2021
- Birthday and Anniversary Blessings - June 2021
- Ice Cream Social Today!
- Flags for Heroes
- Canterbury Court Ministry Opportunities
- WANT TO SING AGAIN?
- Bishop Price to hold two final Zoom gatherings
- COVID 19 UPDATE
- A Message from Bishop Curry
- St. Mark's Softball
- Flower Sunday
- Diocesan Listening Sessions Scheduled
- Hope Floats:
- ONLINE GIVING
- A message from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
- Spring 2021 Parish Directory
- April is Child Abuse Prevention Month.
- EASTER SERVICE and MORE!
- Gem City Ballet
- Meet with Bishop Price Online
- FROM THE NATIONAL CATHEDRAL
- The Easter Season!
- Holy Week Schedule at Christ Church Cathedral
- FORWARD MOVEMENT
- Sparkle Day 2021
- DAY OF CHANGE March 14!
- The Life and Leadership of John Lewis
- PALM SUNDAY and HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE
- Ready for some upbeat music?
- Forward Today
- Forward Day by Day Lenten Reflections Booklet
- Walking with Christ to the Cross
- Lent Madness 2021
- Keeping In Touch
- Birthdays and Anniversaries in February 2021
147th Convention of the Diocese of Southern Ohio
November 13, 2021
By Elizabeth Wagner, delegate
Last Saturday was the Annual Diocesan Convention, and for the second consecutive year it was a one-day event held via zoom. The final count of voting participants this year was 108 clergy and 199 laity, for a total of 307 members. St. Mark’s delegation this year consisted of Rowena as our priest, Carol Nancarrow and Jim Rudd as the Wardens, and Katherine and Elizabeth Wagner as the elected delegates.
There were six resolutions on the ballot this year; the first was completed as the first order of business, as it changed the status of St. Paul’s, Logan from Mission to Parish. The vote was unanimous, and with the change they gained two more voting members. Congratulations, St. Paul’s, Logan!
Resolution 02 focused on Mission Share Funding. Our own Dwight Cass and Jim Rudd helped create it several years ago, and Jim helped revise it this year as well. The revision was actually two years ahead of schedule, as so many churches’ finances have been negatively impacted by the pandemic, and the Diocese stepped in to determine how they could help. The resolution passed, and currently, St. Mark’s mission share will decrease, which is great news for us!
Resolution 04, Continued Funding for Becoming Beloved Community, and Resolution 05, adding Bishop Barbara Clementine Harris to the Lesser Feasts and Fasts Calendar, both passed. Those resolutions do not involve direct changes in the Diocese just yet, we were actually voting to send the requests to the next General Convention which will be held in 2022. Resolution 06, Continued Work of the Reparations Task Force, also passed.
Resolution 03, Creation of a Capitol Improvement Fund, was the only resolution to fail. It also generated the most discussion at both the pre-convention meeting held a week prior and the Convention itself. The Trustees of the Church Foundation submitted this resolution, with the goal “…to help ease the burden for parishes currently in dire need and build a fund to better cover necessary maintenance and upgrades of all our beautiful, but aging physical resources…” (Connections, Issue 2 Volume 8, pg. 21). This would have had a direct impact on parish budgets. Most of the debate regarding this resolution was a cycle, in that the churches that would benefit the most from such a fund need the help because they have no money to cover their building expenses, and so have no money to put towards the fund. Interestingly, this resolution generated so much feedback at the pre-convention meeting that it was submitted before the Diocese at Convention with amendments already added. Those amendments were to lower the initial rates at which funds were pulled from churches, and then to either keep them that low or barely raise them over the following few years.
The Convention also included periodic stories and accounts from the Becoming Beloved Community campaign, and in fact the Convention’s Invocation was such an account. It was delivered by a young woman named Nia McKenney, who I actually grew up with at Procter Camp. We roomed together a few times and even served as junior counselors together one summer, so it was a joy to see what she is now doing in the Diocese!
The 148th Diocesan Convention has been scheduled for December 9-10, 2022, at the Roberts Center in Wilmington, Ohio. God willing, it will be a two-day, in-person event. The sense of community through socialization with our Diocesan brothers and sisters is honestly the best part of Convention, so we are very much looking forward to it! Plus, I’m sure the Diocesan Staff will be thrilled that they won’t have to continuously explain that on Zoom, you have to unmute yourself BEFORE you can speak.
If you wish to attend Convention as a voting delegate, please see Kendall Rubino or Gary Welch, as they are the Nominating Committee for next year’s events. You may also be able to attend as a guest, so you would have seat and voice but no vote, but Covid protocols may not allow for that again just yet. As the Diocese releases information about the 148th Convention, we will let you know. New faces and voices are always welcomed and many times needed.
And the BEST part of the Convention this year was that with a single ballot cast, Katherine Wagner has now been elected to the Diocesan Council! She follows in the footsteps of our dearly beloved John Webster, whose spirit will no doubt guide her during this time.