Bread and Yeast: 140th annual convention

140 logo_webGet all convention information and resources on the convention page.

Important deadlines


15       Deadline for Constitution or Canonical changes
30       Deadline for nominations, resolutions, annual committee reports


14       Deadline for hotel reservations
14       Necrology due


1          Registration deadline


Pre-convention Hearings

Dialogue and discourse on the budget and resolutions occur during pre-convention hearings held in multiple locations around the diocese. Convention delegates are strongly encouraged to attend a hearing in order to make informed decisions when voting at convention. This year an online opportunity also will be available for those who cannot attend a hearing in their area. Mark your calendar now for the following dates and times: (Note: some previously announced times and dates have changed)

Help and support conceptDayton area: Saturday, Oct. 18, 12 p.m. at St. Margaret’s, Trotwood

Cincinnati area: Sunday, Oct. 19, 3 p.m. at St. Barnabas, Montgomery

Columbus area: Wednesday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m. at St. Philip’s, Columbus

East area: Saturday, Oct. 25, 4 p.m. at St. Luke’s, Marietta

Online meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 4 p.m.

Wooden gavel and law bookConstitution and Canonical changes

The Constitution and Canons guide the governance of the diocese. A committee reviews the Constitution and Canons each year and considers whether to propose changes. Proposed amendments may come from any member of the diocese, although the committee requests an opportunity to review the proposal to make sure it abides by wider-church rules. Proposed amendments must be submitted in writing by Sept. 15 to

Contact diocesan chancellor Joseph J. Dehner at 513.651.6949 or with any questions.



Proposing resolutions is a key way for the people of the diocese to discuss and reflect upon issues in the church and beyond. There are a variety of types of resolutions, ranging from those that ask the diocese to take a stand on a particular issue to special observances to calls for commitment to certain min­istries. All of the resolutions from the past 25 years adopted by convention can be found at

All proposed resolutions must be sent to and received by Sept. 30. Those submitting resolu­tions are expected to attend or have a representative present at all pre-convention hearings.

Contact Jim Heathcote at 937.446.2108 or with questions.


Become a leader in the Church

Prayerfully consider if God is calling you to elected leadership in our diocese! Listed below are the elected positions for which we seek nominees at this year’s convention.

bigstockphoto_Red_Checkmark_66973692015 Positions for Nominations

Budget Committee / three year term
Elect 1 lay, Class of ‘17

Diocesan Council / three year term
Elect 2 clergy + 3 lay, Class of ‘17

Disciplinary Board / two year term
Elect 1 lay, Class of ‘16

Episcopal Community Services Foundation (ECSF) / three year term
Elect 3 clergy or lay, Class of ‘17

Standing Committee / three year terms
Elect 1 clergy + 1 lay, Class of ‘17

Trustee of the Diocese / five year term
Elect 1 clergy or lay, Class of ‘19

Trustee of Church Foundation / five year term
Elect 1 clergy or lay, Class of ‘19

You can find a description of each position in the June/July issue of Connections, or online at Look in the convention section.

In Southern Ohio, we self-nominate for positions. The nomination form can be found on the diocesan website in the convention section. Contact Nominating Committee Chair Nadya Richardson at if you have any questions.


Necrology lists due Oct. 14

The necrology is the list of people from your congregation that have died since the last convention. Submit these names to Geri McDaniel at by October 14. If you have questions, contact Geri at 800.582.1712 ext. 105.


iStock_000023589753MediumNew this year: Online voting

Do you have a laptop, tablet or smartphone? Be prepared to bring it and use it at convention! In addition to tweeting our way through convention, we are introducing online voting. If you don’t currently own any of these items, don’t worry – the voting procedure will be short and simple, so it will be easy to share with someone around you that does. Demonstrations will be given at each pre-convention hearing.


Certify your Lay Delegates

Congregations are canonically required (see Canon III, Section 5) to submit a Certificate of Election of Lay Delegates as soon as possible after they have been chosen at your annual meeting. This is simply to let the convention know who was elected to the position of convention delegate from your congregation for planning purposes. If your congregation has not yet reported your election, you can download the certification form from the diocesan website in the convention section.

Change of Delegates

If your delegates have changed since you sent in your certification form, you must complete a Change of Delegate form. The form can be found on the diocesan website in the convention section. Completed forms can be mailed or faxed (513.371.5147) to Heather Windle by Oct. 1. After Oct. 1, you must fax the form and also bring the original with you to convention check-in.



Everyone who wishes to attend convention must register. Online registration for delegates and all other attendees is now open.

Register here

Deadline for registration is Nov. 1. Late registrations received after Nov. 1 will be subject to a $10 late fee.

Contact: Registrar Heather Windle at or 800.582.1712 ext. 113.


Exhibitor information

Registration for exhibitors is now open. Registration will remain open until Nov. 1 or until all spaces have been reserved. Each exhibit table is $25. There is no charge for electricity, but exhibitors will need to bring their own extension cords and power strips. Exhibitors can order extra tables for $25 each, but due to very limited exhibit space, there is a limit of 3 tables per vendor. Since the exhibit area is on a balcony overlooking the convention space, no sound will be allowed in any exhibit video.

Exhibitors register here

Contact: Kay Sturm at



Hotel Information for Chillicothe

Quality Inn
20 N. Plaza Blvd.
$82.95 single/double

Best Western Adena Inn
1250 N. Bridge St.
$75.00 single/double/triple/quad

Hampton Inn and Suites
100 N. Plaza Blvd.
$99 double/$109 king/$135 suite

Christopher Inn & Suites
30 N. Plaza Blvd.
$85.95 double

Holiday Inn Express
1003 E Main St.
$102 king or queen

The deadline for reservations for accommodations is October 14. Since all rooms at each hotel are blocked for our event, make sure to mention that you are reserving for the Episcopal convention when you call.