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    Once a year, representatives from each parish in the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan meet in Convention to discuss important issues of governance, cooperation and faith. This is a long and treasured tradition in the Episcopal Church family going back more than 230 years to the infancy of our nation. Details about the 141st Convention are available below.

    To learn more, please call the Diocesan office at (269) 381-2710.

Convention Journals
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Preconvention Meetings Around the Diocese

Blue Arrow LeftTraverse Deanery Pre-Convention, Saturday, September 16, 2017, 10 a.m. to 12 noon, Grace Episcopal Church, Traverse City (click here for map)
Blue Arrow Left Grand Valley & Lakeshore Pre-Convention Meeting, Saturday, September 30, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon, St. John's Episcopal Church, Grand Haven (click here for map)
Blue Arrow LeftEastern & St. Joseph Pre-Convention, Saturday, October 7, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Battle Creek  (click here for map)


Blue Arrow LeftDeputation to the 79th General Convention (2018), Austin, TX


143rd EDWM Convention Location

The Convention will be held at the Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites, Kalamazoo, Michigan (click here for map).

 It will be the responsibility of each parish/delegate/clergy to make accommodation arrangements. A block of rooms is available at a discounted rate at the Radisson Plaza Hotel. To reserve a room, call (269) 343-3333 and indicate you are part of the EDWM Convention Nov. 3-4, 2017.


Forms for the 143rd Convention
Note: some of our forms have switched to an electronic-only submission. This simplifies the collection of data for diocesan staff and convention volunteers. Please call the diocesan office if you have questions about any of our forms.

Registration Forms
Registration for delegates, alternates, priests (Episcopal and canonically-resident) and deacons is $100/person. Registration for guests is $50, and postulants/seminarians may register free of charge.
Delegation Form. Parishes are expected to register their entire delegations, which includes delegates, alternates, their priests and deacons on this form.
Individual Form for guests, non-parochial clergy and seminarians/postulants.

Other Forms
Nominations Form (due October 12th). See below for more information about what offices are being filled at the 143rd convention.
Resolutions Form (first deadline: September 1st). You can upload supporting documentation with this form.
Change of Delegate
Necrology (form not yet available)
Vendor Application Form
Canon 3 – for Selection of Delegates to Convention


Please review these materials in preparation for the 143rd diocesan convention.

Documents, including the 2018 proposed budget coming soon.


Elections at Convention

The 143rd EDWM Convention will vote on the membership of the Standing Committee, as well as Province V Synod representatives. Standing Committee has two lay and one clergy opening. Province V Synod board needs two lay and one clergy representative. Submit nominations by October 12, 2017 in order for the nominee's information to be included in the Convention Booklet and for ballots to be printed with his/her name.


Keynote Speaker: Bishop Jeff Lee

The keynote speaker for the 143rd Convention is the Rt. Rev. Jeffrey D. Lee, a Sturgis native, and the twelfth bishop of the Diocese of Chicago. He is a charismatic preacher, liturgist and spiritual leader who authored "Opening the Prayer Book," an introduction to the history and liturgies of The Book of Common Prayer, helping a reader to ascertain why the prayer book is such an important aspect of Anglican self-understanding.

    Suggested Summer Reading

Highly recommended by Bishop Hougland for those experiencing changes within their congregations and the diocese is the book "The Practice of Adaptive Leadership," a hands-on, practical guide with stories, tools, diagrams, cases, and worksheets. The book is designed to help leaders develop their skills so that they are able to take people outside their comfort zones and address the toughest challenges.

The Eucharist of the 143rd EDWM convention will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Kalamazoo with confirmation, reception and reaffirmation.

Click here for our confirmation page.


Looking Back: The 142nd Convention Highlights

The 142nd EDWM Convention opened on Friday, November 4, 2016 at McCamly Plaza in downtown Battle Creek, Michigan.

Read the minutes from the Convention Secretary. (coming soon)
See the approved budget for 2017.
 See the Convention Booklet that was distributed to delegates.