What in the World is the 144th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan?
Every year, the elected delegates from each parish in our diocese gather to worship, sing, celebrate, and conduct the business of our part of the national church’s presence in the world. We are what our Presiding Bishop, The Most Rev. Michael Curry, calls the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement. This annual gathering of about 300 people from all of the churches in our diocese is a joyful, thoughtful, and important part of the work we are called to do in Western Michigan.
The convention is always held the first weekend in November, and this year we will gather at the Radisson Hotel and Convention Center in Lansing, Michigan on November 2nd and 3rd. Our theme is “Going Deeper,” which is an inspiring notion of living into our diocesan re-structure so that we can continue to bring to life God’s dream for us and for our world. Our keynote speaker is The Right Rev. Robert C. Wright, the Bishop of Atlanta. He is a dynamic preacher, teacher, and evangelist, and we look forward to his message and presence!
At this year’s convention, we will hear news from the General Convention of the Episcopal Church, discuss and decide on various resolutions, policies, and procedures, and engage in the annual business meeting of our diocese. We will also have an inspiring and meaningful worship service at St. Paul’s Church with a real celebration of our lives in Christ in this time and place, including Holy Baptism, Confirmation, Reception, Holy Eucharist, and an incredible choir! Watch the diocesan website for videos, photos, and summaries of all that occurs at this year’s convention. You can also talk to Rev. Jen Adams, Rev. Jim Steen, Robbie Schorle, Karen Bylsma, Renee Kruger, or Joanie Smith, as they will all be representing Grace Church at this event!
Submitted By: Joanie Smith