The 143rd annual convention of the Diocese of Southern Ohio will be held November 10-11, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati.

This convention will be like no other! In addition to a greatly condensed business meeting, programming will include time for learning, time for talking, and fun opportunities for fellowship. To help frame our conversations, we will welcome the Rev. Paul Fromberg, rector of St. Gregory of Nyssa in San Francisco and author of The Art of Transformation: Three Things That Churches Do That Change Everything, as keynote speaker. Several workshops on making transformations that will help us connect with our neighborhoods will be offered. All are welcome – you do not need to be a delegate to attend!

Making dining an opportunity for fellowship is another big change. Lunches on Friday and Saturday will be plated, sit-down meals. And in place of a banquet Friday night, there will a fun opportunity to go into and learn about the neighborhoods of Cincinnati, all while enjoying great meals and meeting new friends. More information on this is coming soon.

While the business meeting will be condensed, you can see that our days will be filled! In order to make time for all of these activities, convention will be called to order at 9 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 10. For those travelling into Cincinnati on Thursday evening, Christ Church Cathedral is offering a bicentennial walk-about reception celebration from 5 to 7 p.m. and early convention check-in will be open from 6 to 8 p.m.

Stay tuned to e-Connections or check our convention website for information as it becomes available. Online early-bird registration will open September 25. (Please note that the date printed in the September Connections magazine is incorrect.)



11 Deadline for Constitution or Canonical changes
18 Online early-bird registration opens
28 Deadline for nominations, resolutions, annual committee reports


9 Deadline for hotel reservations at guaranteed rate
13 Early-bird registration ends. $25 late registration fee enacted on Oct. 14
15 Pre-convention hearing at St. Peter’s, Gallipolis, 2 p.m.
18 Pre-convention hearing at St. Patrick’s, Dublin, 7 p.m.
22 Pre-convention hearing at Christ Church, Dayton, 2 p.m.
25 Pre-convention hearing at St. Barnabas, Montgomery, 7 p.m.
31 Absolute deadline for all nominations
31 Online late registration closes


1 Necrology due
9 Cathedral Bicentennial celebration reception, 5-7 p.m.; early check-in, 6 to 8 p.m.
10 Onsite check-in and late onsite registration opens at 7:30 a.m.



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. If your congregation has not yet reported your election, you can submit the certification form on our convention website, If your lay delegates have changed since a certification form was submitted, you must complete a Change of Delegate form, which can also be found on



Proposed amendments to the Constitution or Canons of the Diocese of Southern Ohio must be submitted in writing by September 11. Send proposed changes by email to Contact diocesan chancellor Joseph Dehner at 513.651.6949 or with any questions.



Proposed resolutions can be submitted at and must be received by Sept. 28. Those submitting resolutions are expected to attend (or have a representative present) at all pre-convention hearings. Contact resolutions committee chair Jim Heathcote at 937.446.2108 or with questions.



Please consider submitting your name for one or more of the positions to be elected at the forthcoming 143rd Convention. A list and description of those positions is available at our convention website A reminder: The deadline for nominations that will be posted online prior to the preconvention meetings is September 28. Nominations received thereafter will be posted online weekly, but not after October 31. Direct any questions to Jon B. Boss at or 513.761.2630.



Convention delegates are strongly encouraged to attend a hearing in order to make informed decisions when voting at convention. Mark your calendar now for the date of the meeting in your area.



The convention will be held at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati. The address is 151 W. 5th Street. The guaranteed rate (single or double) is $122 plus applicable taxes. Please remember to bring your church’s tax-exempt form with you when you check in to avoid state sales tax.

You can book rooms either online at, or by calling 888.421.1442. You will just need to reference the group’s name (Diocese of Southern Ohio) when booking and then your room will be booked inside the group’s block. Either reservation method is acceptable. Make sure you receive a confirmation number. The cut-off date for the guaranteed rate is 10/9/17. After this date rooms and/or rates are not guaranteed.



The necrology is a list of people from each congregation that have died since the last convention. Submit these names to Sherri Martin at by Nov. 1. If you have questions, contact Sherri at 800.582.1712 ext. 105.



Part marketplace, part ministry fair, the exhibits are one of the best parts of convention! Consider sharing your ministry in an exhibit at the convention. The cost for an exhibit is $25 per table, with an additional $25 if you require electricity. (Plan to bring your own power strips and extension cords.) Registration opens September 18.