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Diocesan Convention 2019

To view the Constitution & Canons document from 2019, click here

The 149th Annual Diocesan Convention, October 18 through October 19 was held at the Zembo Shrine in Harrisburg, PA. This year, the theme was “Shaped by Faith.” Shaped by Faith focuses on the invitation to discern the future of our diocese together, in the next two years.

Registration began Friday, October 18 and was held in the lobby of the Zembo Shrine, and the Ministry Fair was on display in the Tile Room. Our keynote speaker was American Architect, Duo Dickinson, Jr. Following the keynote speaker, a service of Evensong was held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Harrisburg.

On Saturday, October 19, Convention began at the Zembo at 9 a.m., and the study of scripture, liturgy and Eucharist was woven into the schedule of the day.

Friday, October 18, 2019

2:00 p.m.                                         Convention Registration Open – Main Entrance, Lobby
2:00-6:00 p.m.                               Diocesan Ministry Displays – Tile Room First Floor
3:00-5:00 p.m.                               Shaped by Faith – Activities
2:00-4:00 p.m.                               Children’s Activities
5:00-6:00 p.m.                               Reception- Heavy Hors D’ouvres
6:00-7:00 p.m.                               Keynote Speaker: Duo Dickinson
7:15 p.m.                                          Shuttle bus available to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Harrisburg
7:30-8:30 p.m.                               Evensong – St. Paul’s
8:30 p.m.                                         Desert Reception – St. Paul’s (Downstairs and outside in tent)
9:30 p.m.                                         Shuttle bus back to Zembo, if needed.

Saturday, October 19, 2019
HOTEL CHECK OUT- Attendees will need to check out of their hotels BEFORE coming to the Zembo Shrine building.

7:00-8:00 a.m.  Breakfast at your hotel/on own. Breakfast served at the Crown Plaza and the Quality Inn, No breakfast served at the Radisson.
9:00                 Entrance Rite
9:15                  Bishop Declares Convention Open & Calls Business Session to Order

                        Election of Officers of Convention

                        Claims of Those Entitled to Voice and Vote

                        Announcement of Tellers & Voting Instructions

9:20                  Liturgy of the Word

9:45                  Response to Liturgy of the Word

10:10                Report of the Nominating Committee

                          Opening of the 1st Ballot

10:25                Break

10:40                Introductions & Acknowledgements

                           Report of the Resolutions Committee – Overview

                           Notice of Courtesy Resolutions

11:00                Motion to Accept Annual Reports

                           Cathedral Taskforce Report

                          Aging and Seniors Committee Report

                          Creation Care Committee Report

11:35                Renewal of Baptismal Vows

                        Prayers of the People

                        The Peace

 Afternoon Session

12:00 p.m.        LUNCH – a buffet lunch will be served

12:45               Reconvene Business Section Report of Elections Results
                          Explanation of Rules of Order

Resolution #1 –Episcopal Home
Resolution #2 – Amendments to Constitution and Canons

1:35                  Finance Committee Report and Budget Presentation

2:15                  Special Order – Bishop Scanlan’s Address to Convention

2:35                  Response to the Bishop’s Address

2:55                  The Offertory

The Great Thanksgiving


Commissioning of Shaped by Faith Teams

3:45                  Appointment of date of next Annual Convention: October 16-17, 2020

Unfinished Business

Motion to Destroy Ballots

Motion to Adjourn

The Pontifical Blessing

Retiring Hymn


4:00 p.m.                                          Convention ends

This year at diocesan convention, we collected donations for The Beacon Clinic for Health and Hope in Harrisburg. The Beacon Clinic is a faith-based, FREE primary healthcare clinic serving the uninsured and underserved in the Greater Harrisburg communities. They provide health education and the promotion of health and health care to adults 18 years and older.  For more information, visit

Keynote Speaker American Architect, Duo Dickinson, Jr.

Both prolific and protean, George A. “Duo” Dickinson identifies as a building architect who writes. His varied accomplishments include awards, books, articles, radio programs, teaching, lectures, exhibitions, and community work.

Dickinson graduated with a bachelor of architecture in the fall of 1977. He opened his solo architecture practice 30 years ago in southern Connecticut. More than one-third of his work starts as pro bono for nonprofit organizations and often finishes for whatever funding is available, including approximately 80 homes for Habitat For Humanity in New Haven, Connecticut.

Dickinson has received more than 40 honors and awards, including Architectural Record’s Record House, Met Home, and numerous American Institute of Architects (AIA) chapter design awards. In 2017, he was named an AIA Fellow after being a member for the minimum requisite decade. He is a cofounder of the Congress of Residential Architecture (CORA) and coauthor of its flagship Position Paper presented at the 2009 AIA National Convention.

Dickinson has given more than 100 talks and sat on more than 20 design juries. He has had teaching positions at Yale University and Roger Williams University. As well as being a visiting critic at Yale, and he is on the faculty of Building Beauty, the one-year international first-level master of architecture degree offered at Sant’Anna Institute, Sorrento Italy.

To read more about Duo Dickinson, click here.

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