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Diocesan Convention

146th Convention of the Diocese of Bethlehem

September 29-30, 2017

Hosted by the northern region of the Diocese of Bethlehem. Holy Eucharist will be at Trinity Episcopal Church, Carbondale.

The convention will be held at:

The Carbondale Grand Hotel & Conference Center
25 S. Main Street
Carbondale, PA  18407

The Grand Hotel is conveniently located a few blocks from Trinity Carbondale where Eucharist will be held on Friday evening.

The Official Convention Hotels:

The Carbondale Grand Hotel, 25 S. Main Street, Carbondale, PA 18407   570-536-6020

Group Rate: $89 per night. Reservations need to be made prior to August 29th.
Reservations can be made by calling the hotel and mentioning Diocese of Bethlehem.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 1265 Commerce Blvd., Dickson City, PA  18159  570-307-4437

Group Rate: $99.99 per night.  Reservations need to be made prior to August 28th.
Reservations can be made online using Group Code: EDB.

Convention Registration:

Online registration is now open,  click here to register.

  • Please register by September 15.
  • Registration cost will be $90 per person.
  • For those wishing to attend the dinner only, the cost will be $40 per person.

Schedule: Friday, September 29

8:30 a.m.  Check-In / Certification
10:00 a.m.  Session I Business

Call to order
Morning Prayer
Appointment of committees
Report from Chair of Resolutions
Bishop Search Committee Report

11:00 a.m.  Session II Program

Moses, Jesus, and The Diocese of Bethlehem: Walking with Curiosity and Courage
The Rev. Canon Scott Slater, Diocese of Maryland

12:00 p.m.  Noonday Prayer and Lunch
1:00 p.m.  Session II Keynote continued

The Rev. Canon Scott Slater and The Rev. Canon Anne Kitch

3:30 p.m. Break

4:00 p.m.  Reception at Trinity Church, Carbondale
5:30 p.m.  Eucharist at Trinity Church, Carbondale

UTO ingathering and ECW ingathering

7:00 p.m.  Banquet

Saturday, September 30

8:30 a.m.  Session III: Business

Morning Prayer including Necrology
Report from Nominating Committee
Other Reports
Elections of Convention Officers for 2017-2018
Bishop’s Address
Resolutions of Courtesy

11:45 a.m.  Noonday Prayers and adjournment

Nominations Submitted to Convention

 2017 Nominees for Elected Positions: 2017 Nominations.

The Commission on Ministry

  • Two to be elected.
  • One (1) clergy person and one (1) lay person for a three-year term.

The Diocesan Council

  • Four to be elected.
  • Two (2) clergy persons and two (2) lay person for a three year term.

Resolutions submitted to the 146th Diocesan Convention include:

Proposed Constitutional Changes: The second reading and vote to approve the constitution will take place at diocesan convention in 2017.

2018 Salary Schedule

2018 Budget Resolution

Proposed Canonical Changes: The Committee on Constitutions and Canons has proposed changes clarifying language.

Lay Delegates to the 146th Convention

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

Each Parish may elect one Lay Delegate and one additional Lay Delegate for each two hundred lay members or fraction thereof over one hundred as reported in the annual Parochial Report for the year proceeded and may elect Alternates equal to the Delegates. The certificate must be completed four months prior to the convention (May 29, 2017) and sent to the diocesan office through mail, FAX or to

MS DOC 2017 Certificate  or Fillable PDF 2017 Certificate

2016 Convention Journal

The journal of the 145th convention may be downloaded below.

2016 Convention Journal (PDF)
2016 Journal Addendum Canonical and Constitutional Resolutions (PDF)