The 129th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Oregon
October 27 – 28, 2017
Salem Convention Center

(Photo credit NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

Our keynote speaker will be the Right Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori, former Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church. She will speak Friday afternoon, and registered visitors are welcome to attend.

A Brief Proposed Agenda (subject to change) is available.

Registration Information

Registration is now open for all delegates, clergy, and visitors, and will be processed by Eventbrite. Click here to register.

Regular registration is $30 for delegates and canonically-resident clergy, and $10 for alternates, visitors, and non-canonically resident clergy. September 30 is the deadline for registration. Late registration will be $50 for delegates and canonically-resident clergy. All registrations, including for the Thursday Hospitality Event, Convention Banquet, ECW Luncheon, and the Spouses and Partners of Clergy Breakfast, must be made by October 20.

Delegate changes: if your congregation needs to make a change to your delegation prior to the beginning of Convention, please use this form: Convention delegate change form

Hotel Information

There is a block of rooms set aside for October 26 & 27 at The Grand Hotel in Salem. The rates are $124 for single occupancy and $134 for double occupancy, and these prices are available until October 1 or until all the available rooms are reserved, whichever happens first.

To make a reservation please call the Reservation Office of The Grand Hotel in Salem at 877-540-7800 and request a room as part of the group: “Episcopal Diocese Conference.”

Exhibitor Table Reservations

The 6-foot tables will be the standard 30” deep. Price for non-profit groups associated with the Diocese of Oregon is $35 per table and includes a table cloth, linen skirt and two chairs. Outside groups may reserve tables at the full price of $70. Electricity is available at no extra charge if requested in advance. Spaces are limited and will be granted as reservations are received. More information and registration are available here.

Thursday Hospitality Event

St. Paul’s, Salem, will host the evening gathering. Beginning at 6 p.m., the activity includes a light supper, the opportunity to walk the indoor labyrinth, and a short presentation on how congregations can provide a welcoming environment for refugees by Doug and Anya Holcomb of Salem for Refugees. Tickets must be purchased ahead of time for the meal provided, with 100 tickets available.

Evensong will begin at 7:30 p.m. and everyone is invited to join the service, which will include St. Paul’s choral program.

Child Care

We are pleased to announce that the Diocese of Oregon will be offering child care for this year’s Diocesan Convention free of charge.

Child Care will be available at the following times and locations:

  • Thursday, October 26, 6pm to 8:30 pm at St. Paul’s, Salem
  • Friday, October 27, 8am to 12:30pm and 2pm to 5:30pm at the Salem Convention Center
  • Saturday, October 28, 8am to 12:00pm at the Salem Convention Center

In order to ensure we have enough caregivers available, we need to hear back from you.  Please notify Tracy Esguerra (tracye@diocese-oregon.org  or 503-636-5613) at your earliest convenience if you wish to use the childcare service provided.

The registration deadline for child care is Thursday, October 12.  To register your child, please download the registration form here: Child Care Registration Form

Resolutions of Policy

Resolutions of Policy were due July 29. Click here for the guidelines for proposing resolutions.

There are two resolutions for consideration at Convention. They are:
Resolution of Policy: Urging Support for Universal Single Payer Health Care in Oregon
Resolution of Policy: Confronting Hate, Racism and Poverty in the Diocese of Oregon

Plans for the Holy Eucharist

Ordination: All clergy are invited to vest & process at our service of Holy Eucharist at 11:15 a.m. on Friday, October 27. The color is red since the service will include the ordination of Allan Miles to the Sacred Order of Deacon. The vesting location will be announced at Convention.
For those who like to sing: Join us in a pick-up choir that will sing the anthem during the Eucharist service. This choir is open to anyone attending convention. The pick-up choir will have one rehearsal on Thursday night, October 26, at 8:15pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Salem. This choir will be directed by musicians Scot Crandal (of St. John the Baptist, Portland) and Ben Landsverk (of St. David of Wales, Portland).
Please bring your church banner to decorate the worship space. All congregations are invited to bring their banners to Diocesan Convention and place them in the upstairs ballroom for the Holy Eucharist on Friday morning. Make sure your congregation is represented!

2017 Annual Reports

A number of ministries will present verbal reports to the Convention. However, all diocesan-sponsored ministries are required to submit an annual written report. This year, those will not be included in the Convention booklet but may be read online.

Read reports