229th Rhode Island Diocesan Convention

Registration is now open for the 229th Rhode Island Diocesan Convention held Friday and Saturday, November 8 and 9 2019 at St. Luke’s Church in East Greenwich, RI. The Presiding Bishop’s Reconciliation with Creation Care is a core value of the Episcopal Church. We want to do our part in the Diocese of Rhode Island by keeping the practices we adopted last year for convention by: 

  • Keeping paper to a minimum once again. There will be only one paper ballot for the election of General Convention deputies. There will not be folders with papers for you at registration.
  • Lunch will contain a minimum of paper waste and a maximum of locally sourced and produced food.
  • A separate email will be sent with convention materials for you to save to your electronic device or to print.

If you want to have paper copies of convention-related materials, we ask that you print your own copies. Please be mindful of the fact that internet access is very limited in this area of East Greenwich.

Here are materials for you to download:

2020 Proposed Budget
2020 Proposed Agenda
2020 Sample Ballot
2020 Candidate Biographies
Commission on Ministry 2019 Report
Standing Committee 2019 Report
Diocesan Council 2019 Report
Creation Care Task Force Report
House of Bishops-A message of Love and Solidarity from the Bishops and Spouses (Background information for a report to be given by Karen Knisely to Convention
General Convention Resolutions


If this is your first time to serve as a Delegate, we encourage you to discuss your responsibilities with your clergy person and other delegates. Please do not hesitate to contact the Bishop’s Staff at any time if we may be of assistance to you.

Register for Convention by clicking here

On Friday afternoon (3 to 4:30 p.m., also at St. Luke’s) a Convention Workshop: “Part of the Larger Whole … and Why It Matters: Reflections on Anglicanism,” addresses this question and others, through presentation, conversation and interactive exercises. The workshop is led by the Rev. Canon Dr. Charles K. (Chuck) Robertson, guest preacher at the 2019 Diocesan Convention Eucharist later that day. To register for this event Click here.
The event is free, but please sign up so that we know how many people to expect. After the workshop and before the Eucharist, which begins at 7 p.m., enjoy one of East Greenwich’s many restaurants.

For Convention Registration:

  • Please coordinate your registration with your congregation’s leadership to avoid duplicate registrations.
  • Pay careful attention to which ticket type you select when registering.
  • The ticket price will rise by $5 the week before convention, so register early! 

 Convention begins on Friday with Eucharist at 7 p.m. followed by a dessert reception. Convention’s business session will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Doors will open Saturday at 7:30 a.m. for a continental breakfast provided by the Rhode Island Episcopal Church Women. All are welcome to attend; only canonically-resident clergy, and elected and certified lay congregation delegates, may vote.