May 11-12, 2018
Turf Valley Resort and Conference Center, Ellicott City, MD
Each year, representatives from around our diocese gather to review and discuss issues, policies and structures. While voting representatives and alternates must pre-register and pay to attend Convention, anyone is welcome to attend as an observer for free. Registered attendees receive packets of information and meals during the two-day meeting.
- Who will Speak for you? Advanced Directives Planning
Your voice matters in your healthcare decision making. However, there are times when we are not able to speak for ourselves. Learn how designating a healthcare agent can help your voice be heard even when you cannot speak for yourself. This training will provide resources for parishes to lead discussion about advanced care planning in their communities. It is made possible by a grant from the Maryland Department of Health. The Rev. Joshua Rodriguez-Hobbs is a healthcare chaplain and a Certified Educator Candidate in the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. Josh serves as the Episcopal Chaplain to the Johns Hopkins Hospital, a ministry of the Diocese of Maryland.
- Latino Ministry Possibilities
Join the panel discussion for descriptions and discussion of different ways to minister with and to Latinos in local communities. Hear first-hand from some Latinos about their interests and needs. This panel is led by the Rev. Margarita Santana, canon for Latino ministry and vicar of the Church of the Resurrection, Baltimore.
- Rebuilding Puerto Rico: Ready for Action
The Episcopal Diocese of Puerto Rico, our companion diocese, is ready for you to help. Learn how in this informative workshop with Diocesan Disaster Coordinator, Sharon Tillman. Find out about current conditions, the skills most needed, and what to expect on the island.
- Racism Hurts Everyone
This workshop has been developed to help all people understand how continuing systemic racism negatively impacts everyone, not just people of color. Designed by the diocesan Reparations Task Force, this workshop will be a shorter beta test of a more extensive workshop planned for the fall to explore the history of racism in this country, its continuing impact, and will include stories from our diocesan family. Judy Wright and Waymon Wright, Reparations Task Force members.
- This is your Church, This is your Steeple: Reaching the Wider World Using Digital Resources
Church ministry today is entrepreneurial and innovative, offering the Gospel outside the walls of the church. Mission is about encountering the love of Christ in each other and engaging the world with that love through missional work in the community. The gospel stories need to be told through media that meets people where they are, in their communities and on their spiritual journeys. Much of today’s engagement occurs online. In this workshop you will learn how to craft a cohesive digital ministry, taking away the tools and resources you need to introduce your mission to the world and build a welcoming Community of Love.
Five Steps to Attending Convention
- Delegate Certification: each parish and mission must submit a Certification Form, signed by the rector or vicar, or the registrar or the secretary of the vestry with the names of their Lay Delegates and Alternates. Youth delegates, elected by each Region, must also be certified.
- Convention Registration: attendees must register individually with a distinct, separate email address. Online registration opens after the Certification deadline has passed. Certified delegates and alternates receive registration information via email. Note: paper registration is also available. Full certified registration includes materials and meals. Guests and observers may attend, but neither materials nor meals are provided.
- Pay Convention Fees, $140.00 per person (on or before April 28, $170.00 after)
- Make Hotel Reservations, deadline for hotel registration is April 10. Learn more here.
- Register for Friday, May 11, banquet (optional). Use this link to register online ($50), all are welcome.
Certification and Registration
- Certified Lay Delegates and Clergy will receive an email with registration instructions
- Use this link to register online as a non-voting Guest
This link is for non-voting guests only. Delegates and canonically resident clergy should NOT use this link to register for convention, a personalized link will be emailed to you upon receipt of a completed certification form. If you’re a delegate for your congregation or a clergy person who is canonically resident in the Diocese of Maryland and did not receive a personalized email with a registration link please email email@example.com.
- Lay Delegate Certification Form [PDF]
- Certification for Youth Delegates and Alternates [PDF]