Convention announcement from Bishop Love
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The upcoming Annual Convention of the Diocese of Albany, scheduled for June 8th – June 10th, is our 150th Diocesan Convention. We are planning many special events at Convention to celebrate this milestone in the life of our Diocese. This year's theme is Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 8:13). This theme reflects our Diocesan milestone, but also God's faithfulness throughout our history as a Diocese and even more His faithfulness throughout the history of the world and beyond.
We are honored to have with us for this special year's Convention the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, the Most Rev. Michael Curry. We will again have with us many other Bishops from various parts of the Anglican Communion throughout the world. There will also be a special Convention choir.
In order to more fully celebrate the 150th Convention of the Diocese and recognize all the parishes that make up the Diocese of Albany, we would like to have each parish represented by a banner in a grand procession at the Eucharist on Saturday afternoon. In the next few days, each parish will receive a letter from the Banner Committee, with details on this magnificent part of the weekend and how your parish can participate. If you don't currently have a banner, or your banner is not in good condition, don't worry – the Banner Committee has found an affordable way for parishes to get a banner and all that's needed to carry it and display it for less than $100. This letter will be sent via email for those parishes that have email, and via regular mail for those who don't.
We'll still have the usual highlights of Convention including a multitude of workshops, Spirit-filled worship, beautiful music (traditional and contemporary), excellent preaching and teaching, and a time for prayer and healing ministry. The Diocesan Youth Rally will be available for middle school- and high school-aged kids and Vacation Bible School will be conducted for the elementary school-aged kids, as usual, and day care will be provided for children who are not old enough to attend school yet. And as always, there will be many opportunities for Christian fellowship with family and friends from around the Diocese and the wider Anglican Communion, as well as enjoyable entertainment and recreation, all in a beautiful Adirondack setting at Camp of the Woods in Speculator, NY.
You don't need to be a deputy to participate in this celebration of our life together. If you have never been to the Diocesan Convention, this would be a great year to come and celebrate! If you have been before, please join us again and help make this a grand celebration!
Faithfully Yours in Christ,
The Rt. Rev. William H. Love
Ninth Bishop of The Episcopal Diocese of Albany