Chelsea Smith
Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts

617-482-4826 X406 


Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM EDT

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Back Bay Events Center, Boston 
180 Berkeley Street
Boston, MA 02116

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Early Registration Fee (Sept 27-Oct 14): $25.00

Regular Registration Fee (Oct 15-Oct 27): $35.00

Late Registration Fee (Oct 28-Nov 2): $40.00



Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts
Convention 2019

Welcome to the registration site for the 234th Annual Diocesan Convention, which will take place at the Back Bay Events Center, 180 Berkeley St, Boston, on November 2, 2019.  We are pleased you will be joining us. 

REGISTRATION:  In order to make adequate preparations for meals and seating at Convention, we need all attendees to pre-register. This year we are offering an early registration fee of $25 if you register between September 27 and October 14. The regular registration fee of $35 will apply if you register between October 15 and October 27. A late registration fee of $40 will apply to all those who register between October 28 and November 2.  If you are paying by check, please mail in your check to the Convention Office. 

Churches may register multiple names, however, only the initial registrant will receive email confirmations and notifications. 

CHECK-IN to pick up credentials will be open Saturday, November 2, from 7:00 AM - 10:30 AM. All attendees will need a badge for security purposes in order to access the convention area. This includes diocesan staff, volunteers, vendors and visitors.   
ELECTRONIC VOTING & MOBILE APP: Voting for positions to be filled by election will be done electronically again this year. We will also be offering an app for mobile devices, which will allow you to vote and access all convention documents. Information is forthcoming about how to download the app and vote on your smartphone or tablet. Voting stations will also be set up just outside of the auditorium and volunteers will be on site to help you through the process. Voting will be open from 7:00 AM until 1:00 PM. Clergy and lay delegates are welcome to vote any time during this period.

SATURDAY MEALS:  Fair trade coffee (including decaf), assorted hot tea and ice water will be available all day. Breakfast is not provided. Attendees are encouraged to have lunch at nearby restaurants. A list of suggestions will be provided in the October 3 convention mailing. A boxed lunch option is available as part of registration.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONSAlthough it is a one-day convention, attendees may prefer staying in Boston overnight. A limited number of discounted rooms are available at the Courtyard by Marriot at 275 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116. Make reservations directly with the hotel here or call 800-321-2211 and mention that you are booking with the Episcopal Diocese annual convention room block. After October 11, rooms will be available as space allows.

CLERGY CERTIFICATION DEADLINE: In accordance with Diocesan Canon 1, Sec. 3, all clergy desiring to vote at Diocesan Convention must be canonically resident two weeks prior to the start of Convention. The deadline to become canonically resident is October 18. Clergy in the process of becoming canonically resident please contact Laura Simons at to complete this process.

CHANGES IN LAY DELEGATES:  Delegate changes should be reported by mailing or emailing the substitute delegate form to the Convention Office. 

CONVENTION HANDBOOK AND BUDGET:  Paper copies of convention materials, including the handbook and the budget book, will be available at each pre-convention forum. In an effort to reduce paper use, please indicate on the registration form if you would like printed copies of the materials on the day of Convention to ensure enough copies are supplied.

All materials can also be accessed online at at the time of the Convention mailing (October 3) and will be available on our mobile app mentioned above.

QUESTIONS may be directed to Chelsea Smith in the Convention Office, 138 Tremont Street, Boston, MA  02111; Tel: 617-482-4826 x406;