Episcopal Diocese of Rochester
Joy in Christ, as a way of life

Convention 83

Opening Hearts, Opening Doors, Discovering Joy
November 8, 2014
Trinity Episcopal Church, Greece, N.Y.

Our heartfelt thanks to all the saints who helped make the 83rd Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester a joyful, exciting event, including Trinity Episcopal Church in Greece, our host; the many volunteers from Trinity and other parishes who gave of their time so freely; all who helped in worship, including the Rev. Winnie Varghese, our preacher, and Laurie Barrett Phillips of Holy Cloaks, who made special stoles and banners for the event; elected and appointed members of leadership who work tirelessly throughout the year to bring sound, faithful fiscal policy and thought-provoking resolutions to Convention; delegates who make the journey to Convention to speak for their parish; youth who came to speak passionately about Christ and transformation in our churches; officers of the Diocese, including Convention Secretary Susan Woodhouse; and Convention Planning Committee Co-Chairs the Very Rev. Debs Duguid-May (far left) and Hazeldene Hercules (far right), who helped all of the moving parts of Convention come together with grace. God bless all of you!

Bishop Singh's Convention Address

"We are living in a time of a great awakening with a landscape where spiritual practices of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control are helpful. No matter what your age or identity, Jesus invites you to engage in spiritual practice. All are welcomed by God to practice opening hearts, opening new doors, and discovering joy in beloved community in the midst of the chaos in our world."

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Convention Sermon: The Rev. Winnie Varghese

"We know why we started. You've probably got a story - it might be a glamorous one, it might be a boring one. But really, the story of the Church is a site on your way to freedom, to liberation. Your soul, your spirit aligned with this Christ who will transform us to be agents of reconciliation forever. Make us beyond anything we can imagine ourselves to be. That's where we come from - every one of us."

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2015 Budget Passed

The 2015 Diocesan Budget was passed as proposed and without amendment. Many thanks to the newly formed Budget Subcomittee of Diocesan Council for playing a vital role in budget formulation this year.

Convention Video: Progress in Reconciliation & Healing

At this year's Convention, members of the Anti-Racism Committee presented a video progress report on the work of reconcilation and healing in our Diocese, region and culture. The full version of this video, "Seeing the Face of God in Each Other", is available online!

Watch the Full Verison

Convention Election Results

DIOCESAN COUNCIL:  3 LAY-AT-LARGE  
Margy Ashley St. John's Canandaigua
Carolyn Mok St. Thomas Rochester
Deborah VanderBilt Christ Church Rochester
   
TRUSTEES:  3 CLERGY or LAY  
Peter L . Corrigan St. Michael's Geneseo
Bev Smith St. John's Honeoye Falls
Charlie Zettek, Jr. St. Stephen's Rochester
   
STANDING COMMITTEE:  1 CLERGY  and 1 LAY  
Lois Geiss St. Thomas Rochester
Rev. Michael Hartney Episcopal Parishes of Schuyler County
   
COMMISSION ON MINISTRY:  2 CLERGY and 2 LAY   
Marlene Allen Good Shepherd  Webster
Rev. Krista Cameron St. Luke's Brockport
Rev. Barbara Fornalik Good Shepherd Webster
Dave Galleher St. Peter's Geneva
   
DISCIPLINARY BOARD - 2 CLERGY and 1 LAY  
Rev. Peter Bryant ACEM
Donna Copson St. Mark's Penn Yan
Rev. Peter Harter St. Paul's Rochester
   
ALTERNATE DEPUTIES TO GENERAL CONVENTION  
4 CLERGY and 4 LAY  
CLERGY ( in order of election)  
Rev. Chris Streeter Incarnation  Penfield
Rev. Paul Frolick St. George's Hilton
Rev. Kit Tobin Christ Church Corning
Rev. Michael Hartney Episcopal Parishes of Schuyler County
   
LAY (in order of election)  
Carl Johengen St. Thomas Bath
Marlene Allen Good Shepherd  Webster
Sarah Peters St. George's Hilton
Joan Mistretta St. Mark's Penn Yan
   
DIOCESAN COUNCIL (to fill term)  
Rev. Lance Robbins Godd Shepherd Webster
   
STANDING COMMITTEE (to fill term)  
Rev. Lesley Adams HWS

View all budget drafts for this year »