Diocesan Convention

The annual Convention is where members of the diocesan community gather to conduct the business of the diocese, strengthen fellowship, equip and expand their capacity for ministry, and renew their faith through prayer and worship.

The annual Convention and special conventions are convened by the ecclesiastical authority of the diocese, usually the bishop, or in the absence of a bishop, by the Standing Committee. Each parish of the diocese is entitled to appoint up to four lay deputies to serve as members of the Convention. All clergy canonically resident in the diocese, and in good standing, are considered members of Convention.

Occasionally Special Conventions are convened to address a matter of critical consequence to the life, work and health of the diocese; or to elect a bishop.

The principal business of the Convention is to address legislation and resolutions, elect officers of Convention, and members and representatives of canonical bodies, establish the assessment for funding the diocesan budget, and adopting a budget for the coming year. The bishop, who serves as president of Convention, gives his report on the state of the diocese in his pastoral address.

Formation and education are an integral part of Convention through workshops, presentations, exhibits, and networking. A program, speaker, or new initiative is often highlighted during the business sessions, and ministry celebrated through the presentation of the Bishop’s Shield award to persons who given exemplary service to their churches and communities.

Prayer and worship undergird all aspects of Convention, most notably through the Convention Eucharist. 

2021 Conventions

There are two Diocesan Conventions set for 2021. On June 26, a special convention will be held to elect our provisional bishop.  The Right Rev. Jeff Lee is our presiding bishop designee; he will begin working with the diocese on April 1, 2021. The convention will be held remotely via Zoom and will begin at 10 am. Our Annual Diocese Convention will be held on Saturday, October 9, 2021. The details about this meeting are still being developed.

Special Convention | June 26

The Standing Committee as the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese is convening a Special Convention on June 26, 2021, at 10:00 am (Central Time). The Special Convention will be held in a virtual format (over Zoom) for the sole purpose of considering a resolution placing the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee under the provisional charge and authority of the Rt. Rev. Jeffrey D. Lee for a period of two years.

All clergy and lay deputies attending the Special Convention must register online. You may find that registration form here. Registration goes through June 11, 2021. No late registration will be permitted. Registration is now closed. Clergy are reminded that only those canonically resident in the Diocese of Milwaukee are eligible to vote at the Special Convention.

Each deputy is required to have their own desktop or laptop computer; it may be possible to manage with a smartphone but it is not recommended. The Special Convention will be available for live-stream viewing on the Diocese of Milwaukee’s YouTube channel. Please note that Clergy and Lay Deputies who view the Special Convention on the live-stream format will not have voice or vote.

Those who register by the deadline will receive emails with the links to attend the virtual Special Convention, as well as a link to register for an optional orientation/practice session prior to Special Convention. The practice session has been set for June 22 at 7 pm.

2020 Diocesan Convention

The 173rd Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee was held remotely on Saturday, October 3, beginning at 10 a.m. The convention was livestreamed and it is available to view on our YouTube channel

We shared a number of video presentations with the Convention. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry shared a special pastoral address with us, Bishop Steven A. Miller shared his last pastoral address to the Convention, we shared a tribute video with Bishop Miller to celebrate his 17 years of ministry with the diocese, and we remembered those who have died in the diocese in the past year with a video necrology.

Election Results
Brief Agenda
Rules of Order for Diocesan Convention 2020
Nominations for Positions
2021 Budget Packet
Reports to the 2020 Diocesan Convention
Bishop's Appointments 

Special Convention: July 16, 2020

Bishop Miller called a special convention on Thursday, July 16, 2020, at 4 p.m. for the sole item for consideration: amending the canons to allow us to hold our fall diocesan convention by virtual or electronic means. 

2019 Diocesan Convention

The 172nd Diocesan Convention was held on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at the Madison Marriott West Hotel.  

Questions?  Contact Barbara Klauber, administrative assistant, at or (414) 272-3028 / ext. 111. 

172nd Convention Minutes (draft)
172nd Convention Election Results
172nd Convention Appointments
Canon 34
2020 Diocesan Budget with Transition
Standing Committee Report to 2019 Diocesan Convention
Information for Clergy and Lay Deputies Attending Convention
Nominations with Bios
Descriptions of Positions to be Elected

2018 Diocesan Convention

Minutes of the  2018 Convention
Bishop's Sermon to the 171st Diocesan Convention
Photo Gallery
Election Results 

2017 Diocesan Convention 

Minutes of 2017 Convention (draft)
Election Results 
Photos from 2017 Diocesan Convention
Report of Task Force on Canon 28

Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee (Revised October 2020)