The 215th Annual Convention will be held on 

Saturday, November 4, 2017

at St. Paul's Church in Concord, NH

Registration will begin at 7:45 am and close promptly at 8:45 am

Convention will begin at 9:00 am with Holy Eucharist, and then will proceed with the business meeting, wrapping up in time for lunch


Click here for Convention Schedule


Registration is now closed

please contact Lynn Eaton with any registration questions


Please click here for the Bishop's Committee and Commission Appointments


The Pre-Convention Journal for the 215th Annual Convention is now available.

Click Here for Full Version

or click below for the following sections of the report:


Nominations for Election

Resolutions (including budget narrative)

Bishop's Official Acts Report

Convocation Reports

Commission and Committee Reports

Parish Report Summary 2016

Seasonal Chapel Report 2016

Trustees Report 2016



Parking Information

Parking at Convention will be mainly be on street and in public garages. We encourage car pooling! Parking at St. Paul's Church will be mostly reserved for staff and those with limited mobility. Parking is available in the State Library lot on the west side of the church on Saturday mornings but DO NOT park in the pharmacy parking lot on the east side of the church (there are clear "no parking or you will be towed" signs).

Click here for information about parking in Concord

Click here for a parking map of Concord


What does it mean to be a Lay Delegate? 

Click here for the Delegate Handbook


Elections 2017

Please click below to see the personal statements for the following nominees for election at Convention: 

Chris Porter for Treasurer

The Rev. Guy Collins for Standing Committee (clergy order) and Margaret Porter and Joan Alayne Stevens for Standing Committee (lay order)

Jack Lewis for Council Finance Committee



Click here for Convention Rules of Order

Click here for Guidelines for Submitting Amendments

Information from Last Year's Convention: 

The 214th Annual Convention was held on Saturday, November 5, 2016

at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, NH


You can read Bishop Hirschfeld's morning address to the 214th Diocesan Convention HERE, and his afternoon address HERE.


Click below for some of the business conducted at Convention: 

Announcement of the Bishop's 2017 Appointments to Committees and Commissions

Three Resolutions to amend the constitution from the 78th General Convention of the Episcopal Church were read at Convention.  

Four Diocesan Resolutions were moved, seconded and passed. 

Elections for Standing Committee, Finance Committee, Provincial Synod, and General Convention Deputies and Alternates were conducted. See results here. 

Click here for the Pre-Convention Journal - full text

Or click below for the following:

Convention Schedule



Diocesan Budget and Narrative

Convocation Reports

Committee Reports

Bishop's Official Acts Report

Summary of 2015 Parochial Reports

2015 Summer Chapel Report

Trustees Annual Report to Convention

Click here for Resolutions from the 78th General Convention of the Episcopal Church

These include three resolutions regarding proposed amendments to the Constitution as well as resolutions referred to dioceses for action or consideration - please review by clicking here

Information from the:

213th Convention of the Episcopal Church of New Hampshire

Held November 5, 2015 at Grappone Conference Center, Concord NH


Bishop Rob Hirschfeld's Address to the 213th Annual Diocesan Convention 

NH Charitable Foundation VP Katie Merrow's presentation slides

The Rev. Ben Campbell's presentation

All Our Children's Top 10 School-Church Partnership Ideas


Youth Videos and Presentations from Worship

St. Andrew's, New London

All Saints', Peterborough 

St. James, Laconia


Courtesy Resolutions

Courtesy Resolutions were made--read them here


2016 Bishop's Committee Appointments

 View the Full list of Committee Appointments - Click here.


Conversation Covenant

During our forum about Open Table at Convention, we used this

Conversation Covenant to guide our communications with each other. 


Announcing the 2015 Pre-Convention Journal! 

Please click HERE for the full Pre-Convention Journal

or click below for the following sections of the Pre-Convention Journal: 

2015 Elections and Nominations 

The following elections were made at our Diocesan Convention:

  • Treasurer of Convention (1 yr term) - Elected at convention by ballot

Nominated: Chris Porter. To view the statement, click here.

Currently serving: Chris Porter (since 2012)


  • Chancellor of Convention (2 yr term) - Nominated at Convention, card vote

Currently serving: Bob Wells (since 1996)


  • Registrar (no term)  - Elected at Convention by ballot

Currently serving as Interim Registrar/Archivist: Elizabeth Rotch (appointed by the Bishop 2014)


  • Standing Committee-Clerical Order (3 yr term) - Elect One at Convention by ballot

Nominated: The Rev. Teresa Gocha for second term.  To view the statement, click here.

Currently serving:  The Rev. Teresa Gocha, first term ends in 2015; The Rev. Celeste Hemingson, second term ends in 2016; The Rev. Guy Collins, first term ends in 2017


  • Standing Committee-Lay Order (3 yr term) - Elect One at Convention by ballot

Nominated: Judith Esmay for second term. To view the statement, click here.

Currently serving: Judith Esmay, first term ends in 2015; Terry Knowles, second term ends in 2016; Margaret Porter, first term ends in 2017


  • Council Finance Committee (3 year term) - Elect One at Convention by ballot

Nominated: The Rev. Curtis Metzger. To view the statement, click here.

Currently serving: The Rev. Mark Jenkins, first term ends in 2015; Kim Bock, first term ends in 2016; Jack Lewis, first term ends in 2017; Gloria Gallant, appointed by Council; The Rev. Curtis Metzger, appointed by Council; Bill Sloan, elected by Trustees


There is very limited space for display tables this year. Please contact Tina Pickering at if you would like to reserve display space. Thank you. 

4th Annual Youth@Convention Retreat

Who: 6th-12th graders

Where: St. Paul's, Concord, 21 Centre St. Concord, NH 03301

When: Friday, Nov. 3 beginning at 6:00 pm through Saturday, Nov. 4 ending by 1:00 pm.

What: "Becoming Beloved Community" with dinner, worship, program, and games on Friday night. Worship with Convention and Scavenger Hunt on Main St., ending with lunch on Saturday. 

Why: To encourage and support the youth of the Episcopal Church in New Hampshire and to have some fun! 

Click here for FLIER

Registration materials available soon!

Contact Drew Courtright at for more information. 

ChIPS 2017

Please click HERE for a letter from Margaret Mackie-Ciancio with an appeal for your help collecting Christmas gifts for incarcerated parents to give their children. Gift guidelines and instructions are included here. The ChIPS truck will be parked prominently in the St. Paul's Church parking lot on the morning of Convention to accept your contributions.