The 215th Annual Convention will be held on 

Saturday, November 4, 2017

at St. Paul's Church in Concord, NH

 

Delegates to Convention:

Please attend your Convocation Meetings! 

Click here to go to the Diocesan Events Calendar

and find out when your Convocation is meeting. 

What does it mean to be a Lay Delegate? 

Click here for the Delegate Handbook

 

Important Deadlines:

June 30: Preliminary Draft of Resolutions are due to the Resolutions Committee

Draft resolutions are submitted to The Rev. Celeste Hemingson, Chair of the Resolutions Committee and to Tina Pickering at the Bishop's Office. Resolutions that require constitutional or canonical changes must be reviewed by the Committee on Constitutions and Canons as well, so it is important to observe this deadline. Please read this document for more information on drafting resolutions.

July 21: Nomination Forms and Personal Statements are due to the Nominating Committee

Nominations required this year will be for the Treasurer, Standing Committee, one each from clerical and lay orders, and for Finance Committee. Nomination forms and personal statements should be sent to The Rev. Celeste Hemingson, Chair of the Nominating Committee, and to Tina Pickering at the Bishop's Office. See more information about elections below. 

July 28: Final resolutions are submitted to the Resolutions Committee. 

Any resolution submitted after this date until the date of Convention must be done in accordance with "Rules for Late Resolutions" under the Convention Rules of Order

August 4: Annual Reports for the 2017 Pre-Convention Journal are due

Annual Reports must be submitted from Standing Committee, Diocesan Council, the Registrar, Convocation Conveners, the Trustees, and all Committees and Commissions. Resolutions Committee must also submit final resolutions for inclusion in the 2017 Pre-Convention Journal. 

Mid-August: Registration will open

Registration is to be completed online. Information and a registration link will be sent to all delegates and alternates via email. Instructions for how to register online will also be sent by mail. 

October 6: Deadline for display tables

October 20: Deadline for Registration and for Delegation Change Forms

October 27: NH Canon 1.1.3(c): list of delegates entitled to seats at Convention presented to the Bishop

November 4:  214th Annual Diocesan Convention at St. Paul’s Church, Concord, NH

Elections 2017

Nominations, along with Personal Statement and Consents from each nominee and a digital photo, must be submitted to The Rev. Celeste Hemingson, Chair of the Nominations Committee, with a copy to Tina Pickering in the Bishop's Office, no later than July 14, 2017 for Treasurer, Standing Committee (one clergy, one lay), and Council Finance Committee. 

Click here for Nomination form

Click here for Personal Statement and Consent Form

The following elections will take place at Convention: 

Treasurer of Convention - Elected annually at convention by ballot

Currently serving: Chris Porter (since 2012)

Chancellor of Convention (2 yr term) - Nominated at Convention, vote by cards at Convention

Currently serving: Bob Wells (since 1996)

Secretary of Convention – Nominated annually at Convention, vote by cards at Convention

Currently serving: Elizabeth Rotch

Standing Committee - One in the Clerical Order (3 yr term) - Elected at Convention by ballot

Currently serving:  The Rev. Guy Collins, first term ends in 2017; The Rev. Teresa Gocha, second term ends in 2018, The Rev. Rob Stevens, first term ends in 2019.

Standing Committee - One in the Lay Order (3 yr term) - Elected at Convention by Ballot

Currently serving: Margaret Porter, first term ends in 2017; Judith Esmay, second term ends in 2018, and Bob Cotton, first term ends in 2019.

Council Finance Committee (3 year term) - Elected at Convention by ballot

Currently serving: Jack Lewis, first term ends in 2017; The Rev. Curtis Metzger, first term ends in 2018; Kim Bock, second term ends in 2019; Gloria Gallant, appointed by Council; Vacancy, appointed by Council; Bill Sloane, elected by Trustees

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

Nominations

Resolutions

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

Presentations

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