Information for the 2021 Annual Convention, Held Hybrid: Online or in Nice, France
Registration has now closed for delegates, officers, clergy, and guests. We invite anyone who is now late or changing registration status to advise the Digital Ministry Coordinator as soon as possible via email (click here). All sessions which are open to the general public will be viewable through the Convocation's YouTube channel, either livestreamed or posted soon after each event.
All delegates, officers, clergy, and registered guests—both remote and in-person—must create a free account on the Whova event platform to access the Convention event sessions.
Whova has been approved by the Council of Advice as our digital tool for
The email account each delegate used for registration was already imported into the event. You will automatically see the Convention event in your Whova web or device app, as long as you register with the email address we have on file for you. If you do not see "2021 Convention of The Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe" in your events list after signing in to Whova, please get in touch with Maleah Rios, Digital Ministry Coordinator, right away!
If you do not have a compatible portable device (phone or tablet), you may also access the Convention event via the Whova web app: click here to enter the 2021 Convention Whova via the web app.
For the current Convention agenda, please click here.
For profiles of our speakers, presenters, and officers, please click here.
For logistics specific to those attending in-person in Nice, please click here.
A Call to Worship
For anyone interested in attending, from across the Convocation and the globe, Digital Ministries and the Convention Planning Committee cordially invite you to access and participate virtually in every open session next week:
- Opening Eucharist, Thursday October 21st at 5pm
Preacher: The Most Rev. Ian Ernest, Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome
- Morning Prayer with the Bishop's Address, Friday October 22nd at 9am
Presider: The Rt. Rev. Mark D.W. Edington, Bishop of the Convocation
- Keynote Address, Friday October 22nd at 12 noon
Speaker: The Most Rev. Ian Ernest, Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome
- Evensong with Presentation of Awards, Friday October 22nd at 6pm
Preacher: The Very Rev. Lucinda Laird, Dean of the Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity, Paris
- Morning Prayer with Homily and Celebration of Mission Congregations and Transfer of the Canterbury Cross,
Saturday October 23rd at 9am
Preacher: The Rev. Christopher Easthill, Rector of St. Augustine of Canterbury, Wiesbaden
All public sessions can be found in the Convention 2021 Playlist on our YouTube Channel. Click the link below to view every available sessions and recording, and subscribe for notifications when we begin to live-stream!
For the Liturgies of Convention booklet, please click here
What is the Convocation Convention?
The Convention is an annual meeting to bring together representatives of all the parishes, missions, and affiliated communities of the Convocation. These representatives—both clergy and lay—make decisions and policy for all Episcopalians in the Convocation and, with the Bishop, help us to maintain our connection to the wider Episcopal Church, the Anglican Communion, and beyond.
Each parish and each organized mission sends two elected delegates designated by their vestry or Bishop’s council. These delegates along with the four lay members of the Council of Advice and the canonically-resident clergy of the Convocation all have the right to vote. A representative from each of the Convocation's mission congregations is also seated and accorded full voice in the business of the Convention. Guests and other participants, along with anyone interested in attending, are generally accorded voice.
When is it?
The Convocation Convention normally meets in the middle of October, from Thursday afternoon through Sunday morning Eucharist. The location of Convention rotates around the nine parishes, and occasionally other locations. The Call to Convention is usually sent out sometime in June.
What does it do?
The principal business of the Annual Convention is to address legislation and resolutions. The Convention receives reports from the Bishop and various committees and commissions, hears the financial report and votes on the budget.
Most Conventions include a program on a theme, with presentations and discussions. These often are designed to engage the participants in looking ahead, or in deepening and learning more about our mission and ministry, and may result in guidelines for the future.
Near the end of the Convocation Convention, the Assemblée générale of the Association 1901 of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe, the French legal entity of the Convocation, convenes briefly to approve of newly elected Bureau (Council of Advice ) and the financial report.
Above all, the Convention is a gathering of our community. It is a weekend of listening, learning, worship and prayer. Everyone in the Convocation, as well as friends from beyond the Episcopal Church, are welcome to attend any Annual Convention.
How does it work?
The Bishop is the President of Convention.
The Convention elects the Secretary of Convention who is responsible for keeping records of all actions of the Convention, and for assembling the annual Journal of the Annual Convention of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe. The Secretary records the resolutions considered by the Convocation Convention, including any votes and actions taken on those resolutions.
The Secretary is responsible for informing the Convention of resolutions adopted by the General Convention of The Episcopal Church which call for action on the part of the Convocation or of its leadership. The Secretary also transmits any resolutions directed to General Convention and the names of the people elected as Deputies and Alternates to GC.
Each Convention elects two clerical and two lay members of the Council of Advice, each for two-year terms. The Council is composed of four clerical and four lay members with half elected each year. A member may serve no more than two consecutive terms.
Once every three years, the Convention elects the four lay and four clergy deputies, plus four lay and four clergy alternates to represent the Convocation at the next General Convention, two calendar years before the next GC (see Episcopal Church Canon I.15).
Every three years, the Convention also elects one lay and one clergy observer to the Synod of the Diocese in Europe of the Church of England for three-year terms. The Synod may also send two observers to the Convocation Convention. As guests, they are given seat and voice, but no vote.