Annual Diocesan Convention

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

Registration on Friday, October 18 will be held in the lobby of the Zembo Shrine, and a Ministry Fair will be on display in the Tile Room. Upon registration check-in, attendees will have time to socialize, visit exhibits in the Tile Room until 6 p.m., and participate in various creative activities in the lobby. Hors d’oeuvres will be served during that time. Our keynote speaker will be American Architect, Duo Dickinson, Jr. Following the keynote speaker, a service of Evensong will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Harrisburg.

On Saturday, October 19, Convention will begin at the Zembo at 9 a.m., and the study of scripture, liturgy and Eucharist will be 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 are collecting 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

A list of current needs is found below. Please bring all donations to the Zembo Shrine on Friday, Oct. 18th.

Anti-bacterial wipes Hand sanitizer
Copy Paper Toilet Paper
Paper Towels – commercial folded and rolls Tissues
Kitchen size trash bags White out tape
Scotch tape for dispensers Medium size binder clips
Post it notes Black ball point pens
Cases of spring water Toner cartridges: TN-730 or TN-760 (Brother)
Toner cartridges: HP 950XL & 951 (HP) Toner cartridges: CMY 952 or 952XL & K 952 or 952 XL
Mechanical Pencils Mop with ringer & bucket

Our keynote speaker will be 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.


Altar Guild Swap Meet @the Ministry Fair
Zembo Shrine, Harrisburg

Clean out the Sacristy – Do you have 2 or 3 sets of Brass Candleholders? Possibly more fair linen than you know what to do with?

Bring your unused, but in good to great shape items that your Parish is not using to the Diocesan Convention Altar Guild Swap.  Another parish will be grateful for your generosity and willingness to share the extra resources, and while you are there, pick up an item you may be missing for your own parish.  You do not have to bring an item to take an item.

Items can be brought directly to Convention.

Candle stick holders, chalices, pattens, lavado bowls, altar flower holders, etc. Any items you are holding onto as extra or do not use, bring them all. For questions regarding the diocesan Altar Guild Swap Meet, contact Amy Swiernik,

Please, no used wax candles, worn out Books of Common Prayer, stained or discolored choir robes, frayed altar linens and vestments. If you have these types of items, Please, contact Ms. Kimberly Walters, St. Mary Mission, 2505 Nolt Road, Lancaster, PA 17601 (717)381-5816, to come and collect these items directly from your parish.

We sincerely thank you for participating in the Altar Guild Swap.

For questions regarding Convention, please contact Brenda Scott, Major Diocesan Events Coordinator at (717) 236-5959 ext.1110 or

We look forward to seeing you at Convention!

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