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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

8:00 a.m.  Sign-in
10:00 a.m.  Session I Business

Call to order
Morning Prayer
Appointment of committees
Bishop’s address

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 continued

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

3:00 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m.  Session III: Business

Report from Nominating Committee
1st Ballot
Report from Chair of Resolutions

4:00 p.m.  Recess and 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 IV: Business

Morning Prayer
Balloting as needed
Other Reports
Elections of Convention Officers for 2017-2018
Resolutions of Courtesy

11:45 a.m.  Noonday Prayers and adjournment

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

Call for Nominations

 The Nominating Committee calls for nominations for the following slates:

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.

Deadline for submission is July 15, 2017.

For duties and meeting information download the Nominating Petition.

Fillable PDF 2017 Nominating Petition

Call for Resolutions

Resolutions for the 146th Diocese of Bethlehem Convention are being accepted through July 15, 2017.  Resolutions should be submitted in the following format:

  • Title of Resolution
  • The full resolution beginning with “be it resolved”.
  • The explanation of the resolution.
  • The names of those submitting the resolution (three (3) delegates or by a Committee or Commission.)

The resolution can be emailed, faxed to 610-691-1682, or mailed to the diocesan office.

Proposed Constitutional Changes

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

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)