Three public sessions to preview this year's diocesan convention, plus one devoted specifically to proposed constitutional and canonical changes, will be offered next month in advance of the October gathering.

Last week the diocesan office sent advance convention packets to all clergy, senior wardens and convention deputies. A more detailed, Pre-Convention Journal will follow.

The 145th Annual Convention will be held Friday and Saturday, October 15 and 16, 2010, at Trinity Cathedral in downtown Pittsburgh. This year, the first business session and balloting will take place on Friday, beginning at 5:15 p.m. The Convention will run through the following afternoon.

The Committee on Canons has scheduled a Preconvention Hearing for Wednesday, September 1, 7:00 p.m., at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1066 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. The committee's proposals are detailed on the diocesan website at http://www.episcopalpgh.org/coc-2010-summary/

General information sessions and discussions are set for:

* Monday, September 27, 7:00 p.m., St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Mt. Lebanon
* Wednesday, September 29, 7:00 p.m., St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 335 Locust Street, Johnstown
* Thursday, September 30, 7:00 p.m., St. Thomas Memorial Episcopal Church, 378 Delaware Avenue, Oakmont

Resolutions to be considered at convention can be submitted through September 8. See http://www.episcopalpgh.org/call-for-resolutions-2010/ for complete details, including examples and submission instructions.

All pre-convention and convention sessions are open to the public, especially Saturday morning's Eucharist and newly re-introduced workshops, which are designed to be practical sessions focusing on prayer, music, religious education, and diocesan and parish life.

Call for Choirs, Banners and Displays

All parish choirs and other singers are invited to participate in a Diocesan Choir at the Convention Eucharist. Details will be forthcoming. Additionally, every parish in encouraged to bring a banner to process at the service. Requests for display space are being coordinated by Mary Lou Procacina

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