Episcopal Diocese of Washington

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Diocesan Convention


2019 Diocesan Convention

January 26, 2019

Washington National Cathedral

Diocesan Convention is the yearly legislative meeting presided over by the bishop and consisting of the clergy of and elected representatives of its congregations. It considers the diocesan budget and other matters regarding the mission and ministry of the diocese.

The 124th Convention will be held on January 26, 2019 at Washington National Cathedral (map).  Information on registration and attending Convention will be available on this page as it becomes available. Media, materials, and resources from the 2018 Convention may be found here

Keynote Speaker

Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde has invited national conference speaker and church leader, Nancy Beach of Chicago, Illinois to be our preacher for Convention. Nancy will be preaching: Signs of a Healthy Culture. We look forward to welcoming Nancy to our Diocesan Convention

Nancy BeachNancy has always been a passionate champion for artists and leaders in the local church. For over 20 years she served as the Programming Director for Willow Creek Community Church in suburban Chicago, building a community of artists who sought to create transformational moments in Sunday morning church services. Nancy also served as a Teaching Pastor, periodically bringing the weekend message. Currently, Nancy serves as a leadership coach with the SlingShot Group, helping church leaders and teams to flourish in life and ministry. Nancy also uses her teaching gifts to cast vision at conferences and workshops, for both artists and women in leadership. In her book, An Hour on Sunday, Nancy expresses the core vision and values which she believes are foundational to any effective arts ministry. Nancy's second book is titled: Gifted to Lead: the Art of Leading as a Woman in the Church.

Nancy and her husband Warren live in the village of Barrington, Illinois with their dog, Beanie. They serve at Soul City Church in downtown Chicago where Nancy is on the Teaching Team. Their two daughters, Samantha and Johanna, are both theatrical artists.


Registration is now open for clergy, convention delegates, alternates, ex-officio members of convention, and visitors. Please follow this link to register for convention. Childcare is available - please select this option when you register.

Please print out the registration tickets attached to your email receipt and bring those with you to the registration desk at Convention.

If you would also like to attend the Pre-Convention Unstuck Church event with Tony Morgan at the National Cathedral on the evening of January 25, please register here.


If you would like to attend the Unstuck Church event and stay in nearby hotel accommodations in order to attend the Diocesan Convention on Saturday, a block of rooms have been reserved at the Kimpton Hotel on Wisconsin Avenue near the Cathedral. Please click here to register or call the Kimpton Hotel at (202) 337-9700 and indicate you are making a reservation in connection with Diocesan Convention to receive the group rate of $99.

Location and Directions

The Diocesan Convention is held at Washington National Cathedral at 3101 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016. Parking is available at no cost for Convention attendees in the Cathedral's underground garage, which is accessible from Wisconsin Avenue directly in front of the Cathedral. Click here for directions to the Cathedral.



Please contact Kimberly Vaughn with questions on Convention, delegates, or registering; contact Keely Thrall with questions about exhibits or volunteering.