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Diocesan Convention

The Convention of the Diocese of Bethlehem

Diocesan Convention 2019
Lay Delegates
Convention Journals


The 148th Convention of the Diocese of Bethlehem (2019)

The convention will be held October 4-5  at:

Crowne Plaza
1741 Papermill Road
Reading, PA 19610

Convention Eucharist will take place at:

St. Alban’s Episcopal Church
2848 St. Alban’s Drive
Sinking Spring, PA 19608


Lay Delegates to Diocesan Convention

Based on Title I Canon 1 Section 2 of the Canons of the Diocese of Bethlehem

Each Parish and each Mission shall elect one or more Lay Delegates based on the number of lay members as reported in the annual Parochial Report for the year ending December 31 preceding to to represent said Parish and Mission in Convention; and may also elect Alternates, equal in number to the Delegates to which the Parish or Mission is entitled, to take the place of the regular Delegates in case of absence:

Number of Lay Members Reported in Parochial Report

      • Less than 100                             1 (one) Lay Delegate
      • 100 – 299                                     2 (two) Lay Delegates
      • 300 – 499                                    3 (three) Lay Delegates
      • 500 – 699                                    4 (four) Lay Delegates

Parishes or Missions reporting 700 or more lay members in the Parochial Report shall have an additional delegate for each additional 199 lay members reported above 700.

Download the Certificate of Election of Lay Delegates as a Word document or PDF format


Resolutions Accepted by the 147th Diocesan Convention

2019 Salary Schedule (PDF)
2019 Budget Resolution (PDF)

Resolution on Amendment of the Canons (PDF)
Each diocese is tasked with reading and considering resolutions which have been proposed by General Convention. The following document contains nine resolutions that propose changes to the Constitution, as well as well as several others which request action or consideration, or which offer information. Please read the resolutions and be prepared to offer feedback by the 148th Diocesan Convention in 2019.

79th General Convention Resolutions


Diocesan Positions Elected by the 147th Diocesan Convention

The Commission on Ministry

  • Lay: Patti Alleger
  • Clergy: the Rev. Melinda Artman

The Diocesan Council

  • Lay: James Harding and Sara McNelis
  • Clergy: the Rev. Michelle Moyer and the Rev. Margaret Pendergast

The Standing Committee

  • Lay: Raymond Arcario
  • Clergy: the Rev. Van Bankston


Convention Journals

2017 Convention Journal (PDF)
2016 Convention Journal (PDF) and 2016 Journal Addendum Canonical and Constitutional Resolutions (PDF)
2015 Convention Journal (PDF)
2014 Convention Journal (PDF)