Bishop Smith has announced that this year’s diocesan convention will take place in a hybrid format—both in person at Christ Church Cathedral and via Zoom—on Saturday, November 19.
The new date and format is the result of a request from the bishop and the Committee for the Dispatch of Business, approved earlier this month by the Standing Committee, that was based on COVID-19 concerns. The convention had previously been scheduled for December 9 and 10.
“Ultimately, we were just not comfortable planning a two-day, in-person event in December with the COVID numbers in our communities looking as they do now,” said Canon Julie Murray, who helps chair the Dispatch of Business committee. “The reality is that people are still getting sick from COVID, and we don’t know what things will look like in December. With convention being scheduled so close to the holidays, it seemed prudent to reduce the chance of exposure for the people who will attend.”
No exhibits or workshops will be offered at the convention, and only lay delegates and voting clergy will be able to attend. When registering, attendees will be given the option to attend in person, fully masked, or to participate fully in the Zoom meeting from home. If COVID numbers become problematic before convention, organizers are prepared to shift the entire gathering online, Murray said.
Check the convention website, dsoconvention.org, for the latest convention information, and watch upcoming issues of the newsletter for details and deadlines. All congregations are urged to register their delegates