The Diocese of Oregon includes 70 churches spread throughout Western Oregon. Each year, delegates from each church gather at Convention. There they hear about what is happening in the diocese; discuss and approve the diocesan budget; elect people to represent the diocese on various committees and commissions; debate and vote on resolutions of policy; and gather to worship as a larger community.
Each church is represented at Convention by both their clergy and lay delegates. Lay delegates are either elected at the congregation’s Annual Meeting or appointed by the Vestry. All clergy serving at a church are considered delegates of the church.
To help prepare for Convention, all delegates attend Convocation meetings, scheduled three times a year. Convocations are a way of organizing the larger diocese into smaller groups of churches, generally about 10-12. The 70 churches in the Diocese of Oregon are organized into seven Convocations. St. Bart’s is part of the Sunset Convocation.
The Convocation meetings help orient new delegates to their duties; share information between the churches; give delegates an opportunity to review the proposed diocesan budget; and allow delegates to become familiar with any resolutions that may come up at Convention.
Convocation Meeting – October 13 2018, 10 a.m. – noon, at St. Bart’s
Diocesan Convention – November 1 – 3 in Seaside
Convocation Meeting – March 9 2019, 10 a.m. – noon, at St. Bart’s
In addition to the Convocation meetings, the clergy of the Convocation also meet monthly for Clericus. This meeting allows clergy to share resources; discuss combined ministries; announce upcoming church events; and support one another so that they can better lead their congregations.