The 161st Convention of the Diocese of California: October 15 and 16

Posted on October 5, 2010
On Wednesday, July 24, 1850, the first convention of Episcopalians in California was held at Holy Trinity Chapel (later known as Trinity, San Francisco) and their first official act was to form a diocese. It was agreed at the convention that subsequent meetings would be triennial, so the next official meeting of convention was held in 1853. However, it was so important to continue the work of forming the young diocese that “adjourned sessions” of convention were held annually. At the third triennial convention in 1856, the canons of the diocese were amended to call for annual conventions, and because there had been so many meetings in adjournment, the number of the convention was changed to be the seventh convention. The number has continued in annual succession to this day, and that is why, on October 15 and 16, 2010, the Diocese of California will meet in its 161st convention.

This 161st convention will be spiritually anchored in the Baptismal Covenant and will begin on Friday evening with early registration opening at 5 p.m.  If you are an Episcopalian in the Diocese of California, you are invited to a lasagna dinner on the Cathedral Plaza at 5:30, and a diocesan-wide community Eucharist at 7 p.m. in Grace Cathedral. The newly elected eighth dean of Grace Cathedral, the Rev. Canon Jane Alison Shaw, Ph.D., will preach. Schola Adventus, the resident choir at Church of the Advent of Christ the King, San Francisco, will sing the communion anthem O sacrum convivium by Thomas Tallis, and will join with the Cathedral Camerata for O how amiable are thy dwellings by Vaughan Williams and Sicut cervus by Palestrina.

On Saturday, the business meeting of convention will be called to order at 9 a.m. and will begin with Morning Prayer and the Bishop’s Address. At lunch, roasted turkey or roasted vegetable sandwiches, fresh fruit, and dessert will be available. Lunch tickets can be purchased for $10 during registration.

Lunch will be extended to 90 minutes this year so that small group conversations on the context of our local ministries, our resources, and resource challenges can begin during that time. More information on that conversation will be available in next week’s DioBytes.

The convention booklet will be available as a PDF download on Friday, October 8. We are asking that as many clergy and delegates as are able to please download the convention book and bring what you need to convention. If you would rather bring the booklet to convention electronically, laptops, iPads, and other electronic devices will be encouraged, although electrical outlets will be few. The guide to convention, amendments to the canons, nominees, and resolutions are online now at

The convention book will be more than 100 pages this year. If you are able to print your own or bring an electronic copy, please send an email to with the words “no book” in the subject line and your name in the body of the email. We will print one less book for each email received.