Episcopal Diocese of Washington

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2021 Special Convention

At January's Diocesan Convention, Bishop Mariann called for a Special Convention on Saturday, April 17 to debate and vote on the proposed Canon for Diocesan Stewardship and Parish Vitality.

On this page, you will find important information about the Special Convention and proposed canon, including a copy of the canon itself, the report from the Advisory Committee on Diocesan Stewardship and Parish Vitality, a video about the proposed canon from the Rev. Dr. Sheila McJilton, chair of committee, and dates for listening sessions by region leading up to the Special Convention. 

The convention booklet is now available online.

 To use the bookmarks in the booklet, please download it to your computer and view in Acrobat (as opposed to your web browser). Voting information will be sent out on April 16, 2021.  The booklet contains the following items:

  • Welcome and FAQs
  • Special Rules of Order
  • Agenda
  • Proposed Canon 54 on Diocesan Stewardship and Parish Viability (Eng/Spa)

Proposed Canon, Summary of Proposed Canon, & Report of Committee

 Submission of Amendments

Any amendment must be submitted to the Secretary at the Convention. These changes will be typed up and shown on the screen. You may submit amendments ahead of time through noon on Wednesday, April 14, 2012. If you choose to submit a Word document or PDF, please email it to Kim Vaughn.  Anything after noon on Wednesday should be held until the convention proceedings on Saturday.

Online Form Submission        Word Document          Fillable PDF Form


If the lay delegate cannot attend for all or part of convention, they must coordinate with the alternate and the rector/vicar/priest-in-charge.

Both delegates and alternates must be certified by 30 days prior to convention. In order for an alternate to replace their respective delegate for all or part of the convention, the rector/vicar/priest-in-charge needs to submit the Seating of an Alternate Form. The alternate will need to register for convention using the link we send after they have been seated. 

Help Lines for Convention

  • Phone Support Number (April 17 ONLY): (202) 804-6609

    • Registration, Delegate Certification, or Seating
      of an Alternate: press 1
    • Technical Support (Zoom, VPoll): press 2
    • Asistencia General en Español: presione 3


Webinar links and voting credentials will be emailed to all lay delegates, clergy, and other eligible participants the Friday, April 16. Due to the constraints of holding an online Convention, only those with voice or voice and vote will be allowed to register for the webinar. All others may follow the proceedings via the live-stream.

Special Convention Timeline

As the series of listening sessions for the Proposed Canon wrap up, we begin the final pivot to the Special Convention. Below is a timeline of what will take place between now and April 17. 

  • Thursday, March 25: The final listening session on the Proposed Canon will be live streamed on our YourTube channel beginning at 6:30 p.m. (If you are in the Central DC Region and have not received an invitation to attend this session, please email Kimberly Vaughn.)
  • Wednesday, March 31: Deadline to email Canon Andrew any final questions or comments about the Proposed Canon.  
  • Tuesday, April 6: The Advisory Committee meets to discern possible edits to the Proposed Canon based upon feedback from the listening sessions.
  • Wedensday, April 7: The practice session for the Special Convention starts at 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 8: The Constitution and Canons Committee meets to review and properly format any changes proposed by the Advisory Committee. 
  • Monday, April 12: Diocesan staff publishes the final draft of the proposed canon on the Special Convention page of the diocesan website. 
  • Monday, April 12 to Thursday, April 15: The window for eligible Special Convention attendees to submit written amendments is live. Attendees will be emailed a link to the submission form.. 
  • Saturday, April 17: The Special Convention begins at 9:00 a.m.


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