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189th Diocesan Convention 2023 Update

The 189th Convention of the Diocese of Michigan

will take place October 20/21, 2023

at The Suburban Collection Diamond Center, Novi (In-person)

Located at: 46100 Grand River Ave, Novi, MI 48374



Dear Clergy, Lay Delegates and Alternates,

Below is information regarding our upcoming convention, which takes place on Friday, October 20 and Saturday, October 21 at the Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi. Please share with everyone in your congregation who may be interested in coming to any portion of convention. All are welcome!

If your congregation has not done so, please submit your Certification of Lay Delegates form as soon as possible so that we can make direct connection with your delegates.

On behalf of our bishop, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Bonnie A. Perry, and our convention committees and planners, we look forward to seeing you in Novi.


The Rev. Dr. W. Richard Hamlin,

Secretary of Convention

Reports to Diocesan Convention – Action Items:

·   Committee on Reference Report

·   Committee on Constitution and Canons Report

·   2024 Proposed Budget

·   Candidates for Diocesan Office

·   Tentative Convention Schedule

Meal Reservations

Reservation Needed by Thursday, October 12th

Below you will find an outline of meals/snack times for convention. The meals in red require a reservation and will have an additional charge. See below for prices and options.

Friday, October 20:

  • 6:00 p.m.: Pre-banquet Reception
  • 6:45 p.m.: Banquet Dinner with cash bar (Reservation Required)
  • 7:45 p.m.: “The Philadelphia Eleven” Movie Screening with complimentary snacks (directly following the banquet)

Saturday, October 21:

  • 8:00 a.m.: Continental breakfast
  • 12:30 p.m.: Boxed lunch (Reservation Required) *Attendees for Investment Committee Lunch can take a boxed lunch to the Emerald Room

If you have any questions regarding the menu options, please contact Crystal Ramirez,
Make Meal Reservations
Reserve Your Spot For the Investment Committee Lunch

Convention Childcare Reservation

Reservation Needed by Thursday, October 12th

We will do our best to accommodate, but cannot guarantee childcare day of convention. Please be sure to make a meal reservation, for your child if they will be attending the banquet.

Childcare will be offered from Saturday, October 21 beginning at 10 a.m. until the close of convention. We will have activities for children. You may reserve a boxed lunch for your child, or send a bagged lunch from home. Water and lemonade will be available all day.

Children are welcome to bring their own snacks, activities, games, or toys to share. Please put your child’s name on anything they are bringing from home.

Please register by October 12th to ensure that your child receives a meal and dietary needs can be accommodated. If your child is registered after the registration deadline or does drop-in the day of, please bring them with their own snacks and lunch.

Childcare charge:

One child: $20

Two or more children: $30

If you have any questions about convention childcare, please contact Carmen Piggins,

*Parent or Guardian must remain in the Suburban Collection Showcase building at all times while child is in care.

Make Childcare Reservations

Convention Workshops

All workshops are open to ALL – lay delegates/alternates, clergy and visitors. Pre-registration is not necessary, but is helpful as we gauge the amount of workshop handouts that we will bring.

How to Support our Youngest Members (11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.) – This workshop will be led by Carmen Piggins, Missioner for Ministry with Young People

A Taste of the College for Congregational Development: “Back to the Formation Questions” (1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.) – This workshop will be led by The Rev. Canon Ellen Ekevag, Canon for Congregational Development and Transitions

Civil Rights Pilgrimage 2024 (2:30 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.) – This workshop will be led by The Rev. Sr. Veronica Dunbar, “Sister Vee”, Missioner for Spirituality and Racial Repair
Workshop Descriptions and Registration

Special Screening of “The Philadelphia Eleven”

Following the banquet on Friday night, we’ll have a special screening of the documentary, “The Philadelphia Eleven”.

Your Help Is Needed For A Successful Diocesan Convention

Hospitality/Greeters are needed Friday and Saturday to greet delegates and serve as guides within the convention center. Chairs will be provided at most hospitality stations.

Tellers work directly on the convention floor on Saturday to assist the Secretary of Convention in quickly counting the “show of hand” votes. Will also distribute materials on the floor of convention as required.

Volunteers for the Convention Worship Service (Saturday Morning) – Eucharist Ministers, Ushers and Convention Choir

Click Here For Hospitality, Teller and Worship Service Opportunities
Click Here For Choir Opportunities

How May We Assist You?

The Diocese of Michigan is committed to the welcome and comfort of all who attend our diocesan convention. If you will need assistance in attending convention, please submit your request here.

Click Here To Submit Your Assistance Request

Hotel Reservations


Located at: 46080 Grand River Ave, Novi, MI 48374

Online: Reservations may be made by logging on to: Hyatt Place Novi

By Phone: Individual attendees can make reservations for the event directly with the Hyatt Place at the Suburban Collection Showplace reservations at 1-800-233-1234.
Use the Group Code: G-EPIS to receive your discounted group rate of $145.00.

Once the arrival and departure date have been entered, direct your guests to click on special rates and then enter the Group Code in the Group Code Box (make sure to include the G when entering the code).

All reservations must be accompanied by a first night room deposit, or guaranteed with a major credit card. Hotel will not hold any reservations unless secured by one of the above methods. Per your group contract, Cancellations must be received a minimum of (72) hours prior to arrival for a full refund. Cancellations received less than (72) hours prior to arrival will forfeit one (1) night room and tax.

Reservations by attendees must be received on or before October 9, 2023.

Would You Like A Paper Copy Of All Of The Convention Documents?

Click Here To Request A Paper Copy

Questions regarding diocesan convention can be addressed to:
The Rev. Dr. W. Richard Hamlin, Secretary of Convention:
or Canon Jo Ann Hardy, Canon to the Ordinary: or 313-833-4422