Know Your Story; Live it Boldy236th Diocesan Convention

March 7, 2020


The 236th Annual Diocesan Convention will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2020, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill.  Once again, this will be a one-day convention.

Convention communications from Diocesan Office will be via electronic means: emails, Good News in the Garden State, and website, unless deemed necessary to print and mail.  Please continue to visit the website for continuing updates as they become available. Be sure to watch for pertinent information regarding registration, hotel accommodations, exhibit information as well as other related matters.

Pre-Convention Hearings

Delegates and other interested diocesan members are asked to attend one of the upcoming pre-convention hearings. This is your opportunity to learn about the issues that will be voted upon at the convention.

January 29
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Grace, Pemberton

January 29
7-9 p.m.
Holy Spirit, Tuckerton

January 30
7-9 p.m.
St. Peter’s, Clarksboro

February 4
7-9 p.m.
Holy Spirit, Lebanon

February 6
7-9 p.m.
St. Peter’s Spotswood

February 6
1:30-3:30 p.m.
St. Luke’s, Metuchen


Deputies Certification Form can be found here and is due within three days after your Annual Meeting.

Constitution and Canons: If you have work for the Standing Committee on Constitution and Canons please let us know. The deadline is December 1 but for a thorough and informed effort the sooner the better.  Please send your requests to The Rev. Dr. John P. Mitchell, Chair at  Thank you.

Call for Submission of Resolutions:

The Diocese of New Jersey Committee on Resolutions invites submission of proposed resolutions for consideration at next March’s Diocesan Convention.

The Committee asks that proposals be submitted by email or on white 8-1/2 x 11 paper, typed and double-spaced, and contain at least two sections:  the RESOLVED paragraph naming the desired action, and a FURTHER RESOLVED paragraph, as appropriate, providing for the implementation of the resolution if adopted.  No “whereas” or other prefatory language can be used, so the proposals should begin with “Be it RESOLVED, That . . . .”  Each resolution should be accompanied by a short explanatory statement by the proponent(s). 

Resolutions may be proposed by any communicant of any congregation in the diocese, whether or not a Convention delegate, or by any member of the clergy serving or residing in the diocese, whether or not eligible to vote at Convention. 

Proposals should be forwarded to the Chair of the Committee, The Rev. Susanna Paige Cates, All Saints’ Church, 559 Park Ave, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076-1777 (facsimile 908-322-8006) or by email ( so as to be received before the deadline of January 15, 2020.  Formal hearings will be held on resolution proposals at Diocesan House, 808 West State Street, Trenton, on February 22, 2020, at 10:00 a.m., and further hearings may be scheduled during the Convention itself.  Additional informal discussions may take place at preconvention meetings, subject to availability of members of the Committee on Resolutions.

Nomination Information

Convention Documents and Information

Information from Prior Conventions