Convocation and Synod 2021


& Synod

Convocation & Synod 2021

Join the clergy and lay delegates of the Diocese of Christ Our Hope for our annual meeting at Church of the Redeemer in Greensboro, NC. Enjoy deep fellowship and timely teaching while voting on important canonical issues.


At each point in history there are cultural assumptions and philosophical perspectives about the nature of humanity that call the gospel into question, as well as our embodied existence as God’s creation. In this year’s Convocation, we are going to be asking fundamental questions like:

What does it mean to be human? What does it mean to be made in God’s image? What do we mean when we say that Jesus reveals what it means to be truly human? And why does it matter that we have bodies?

How does a Christian theology of human nature—a Christian anthropology—inform the way we respond to challenging issues Christians face each day: race, gender, mental health and disability, mortality, and work and faith?

And how are we formed as followers of Jesus by the ordinary practices of parish life, like the sacraments and the ways we mark time.



Dr. Marc Cortez

In a broad lecture, Dr. Marc Cortez will focus on the meaning of the image of God, why it matters, and how it relates to the body, as well as using the image to introduce the importance of Christology for thinking about what it means to be human.

Dr. Marc Cortez

In this talk, Dr. Cortez will build off the body emphasis of the first lecture. It will do some basic biblical work explaining the importance of the body, what to do with body/soul/spirit language, and how to think about the body in a culture that both valorizes the body (e.g. the beauty and fitness industries) and simultaneously disparages the body (e.g. the body as a problem that needs to be fixed).

Dr. Julie Canlis

In the third plenary, Dr. Julie Canlis will guide us to the places where our theology of the human person and the church’s practices meet. With a grounding in our baptism, she will unpack how the early church discipled and formed its people through following the Church Year—where the humanity of Christ and our humanity intersect. These ordinary practices will keep us rooted in Jesus.


Thursday 3:30pm Check-In
Thursday 4:30pm Opening Address
Thursday 5:00pm Plenary 1
Friday 8:30am Morning Prayer
Friday 9:30am Plenary 2
Friday 10:45am Plenary 3
Friday 12:00pm Lunch
Friday 1:00pm Panel Discussion
Friday 2:30pm Break
Friday 5:00pm Dinner
Friday 7:00pm Consecration of Alan Hawkins
Saturday 8:00am Morning Prayer
Saturday 9:00am Synod


Convocation and Synod will be held at Church of the Redeemer: 5572 Garden Village Way, Greensboro, NC 27410

Everyone planning to attend any portion of Convocation and Synod must register. Several registration options are available. Please note that sanctuary seating for the Consecration Friday evening is limited, but overflow seating is available.

The deadline to register is Monday, October 25

Register Here

If you can't make it or are uncomfortable attending in person, the entire event

will be live-streamed on our Youtube channel.


We have an agreement with the Hilton Garden Inn - Greensboro Airport for a discounted rate of $99/night. 

The deadline to make hotel reservations is Tuesday, October 12.

Book your hotel here

You can also call 336-881-1111 if you prefer to book by phone.

Church delegation to Synod

All clergy of our Diocese are required to attend Synod, as are the lay delegates elected by each congregation or mission.  Our Synod meeting on Saturday, November 6 will be held as both an in-person meeting as well as via Zoom for delegates who are unable to attend in person.
In accordance with our Canons, we require a report from each congregation or mission, listing their delegation.  Whether they will be attending in person of via Zoom, the deadline to turn in your Church Delegation is September 1, 2021.

Canonical Committees

Diocesan Council

Positions Needed:

  • 1 Clergy position for 3 years
  • 1 Lay position for 3 years
  • 1 Lay position for 3 years

For further details on the nomination and election process for Diocesan Council, please see Title I, Canon 3, Section 2 of our Canons.

Submit a Diocesan Council Nomination

Nomination are due by email to Canon Ben Bowman no later than August 13, 2021.

​Constitution and Canons Committee (CCC)

Positions Needed:

  • 1 Clergy position for 3 years
  • 2 Lay positions for 3 years

Submit a CCC Nomination

Nomination are due by email to Canon Ben Bowman no later than August 13, 2021.

Clergy Excused Absences

Clergy, if you will not be able to attend synod, please email Ben Bowman ( ) to request to be excused from synod. Please bear in mind that Synod will be held in person and online this year.