143rd annual convention preview

 Nov. 10-11, 2017 | Hyatt Regency Hotel, Cincinnati


Congregations are canonically required (see Canon III, Section 5) to submit a Certificate of Election of Lay Delegates as soon as possible after they have been chosen at your annual meeting. This certificate does not register the delegates for convention; it is simply to let the convention planners know who was elected to the position of convention delegate from your congregation for communication purposes. If your congregation has not yet reported your election, you can download the certification form from our convention website dsoConvention.org.


All delegates to convention are expected to attend an area pre-convention hearing. The bishop presides at each one of these meetings, and this is the only opportunity to have casual conversation or ask questions about resolutions and the budget.

Sunday, October 15 – St. Peter’s, Gallipolis, 2 p.m.

Wednesday, October 18 – St. Patrick’s, Dublin, 7 p.m.

Sunday, October 22 – Christ Church, Dayton, 2 p.m.

Wednesday, October 25 – St. Barnabas, Montgomery, 7 p.m.


Online registration for convention will open in early September. Watch eConnections for updates.


September 11
• Proposed Canonical Changes due

September 28
• Nominations for offices
• Proposed resolutions

October 9
• Cutoff date for hotel reservations

October 31
• Online registration closes
• Absolute deadlines for late nominations. No nominations will be accepted from the floor.
• Commission/Committee/Task Force annual reports due
• Necrology due


The Constitution and Canons guide the governance of the diocese. A committee reviews the Constitution and Canons each year and considers whether to propose changes. Proposed amendments may come from any member of the diocese, although the committee requests an opportunity to review the proposal to make sure it abides by wider-church rules. Proposed amendments must be submitted in writing by Monday, September 11 to convention@diosohio.org. Contact diocesan chancellor Joseph J. Dehner at 513.651.6949 or jdehner@fbtlaw.com with any questions.

2017 offices for nomination

Check our convention website dsoConvention.org for a description of each office and a link to the online nomination form. Deadline for nominations that will be posted online prior to the preconvention meetings is September 28. Please note that nominations will NOT be accepted from the floor of convention. The absolute deadline to nominate is Oct. 31. Direct any questions to nominations chair Jon B. Boss at jbboss@fuse.net.

Budget Committee / three-year term
Elect 1 lay, Class of ‘20

Diocesan Council / three-year term
Elect 2 clergy and 3 lay, Class of ‘20

Episcopal Community Services Foundation board / three-year term
Elect 3 clergy or lay, Class of ‘20 (*)

Standing Committee / three-year term
Elect 1 clergy and 1 lay, Class of ‘20

Trustees of the Church Foundation / five-year term
Elect 1 clergy or lay, Class of ’22 and 1 clergy or lay, Class of ‘20

Trustees of the Diocese / five-year term
Elect 1 clergy or lay, Class of ‘22

Procter Center Board of Directors / three-year term
Elect 1 clergy or lay, Class of ‘20

(*) If interested in serving on ECSF board, please contact the Rev. Theresa Thornton at revtjthornton@gmail.com.


Proposing resolutions is a key way for the people of the diocese to discuss and reflect upon issues in the church and beyond. There are a variety of types of resolutions, ranging from those that ask the diocese to take a stand on a particular issue to special observances to calls for commitment to certain ministries. A sample resolution can be found on our convention website dsoConvention.org.

Resolutions can be submitted at dsoConvention.org. All proposed resolutions must be submitted by Sept. 28. The Resolutions Committee will meet that week to review the resolutions.

Those submitting resolutions are expected to attend (or have a representative present) at all pre-convention hearings. Contact resolutions chair Jim Heathcote at 937.446.2108 or jheathcote@earthlink.net with questions.