Convention Details

Find information to help you get prepared for and navigate to the electing convention at St. Mark’s Cathedral on January 25th.

Lodging

The hotel block available at the DoubleTree in Downtown Minneapolis has been released, however, rooms may still be available. Be sure to book your room in advance if you need it!

DoubleTree Downtown Minneapolis
1101 Lasalle Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Phone: 612-332-6800

Parking

There is plenty of parking nearby the Cathedral.

It’s Winter

Prepare for cold and icy conditions, because, Minnesota. There is plenty of parking available near St. Mark’s Cathedral, but you will likely need to walk a bit, so don’t forget warm clothes and boots!

Agenda

The election will take place within the context of Eucharist. We will start the service promptly at 10am and move through to the prayers of the people, during which we will elect our new bishop.  

There will be as many ballots as are necessary to elect a new bishop. (Note: in order to have a successful election, a candidate must have a majority of votes in both the clergy and lay order in the same ballot). 

Lunch will be provided, and all voting delegates to be asked to remain on the premises for lunch. If needed, there will be a recess in the convention for lunch. If we have not elected a bishop by lunchtime, convention will re-convene in the afternoon.

Once we have successfully elected a new bishop, we will celebrate in the way we know best: by celebrating the Eucharist together. In the context of the Eucharist, you will be asked to return your voting devices and to sign the Testimonial (which is used to validate the election). 

Candidates

The Standing Committee is pleased to announce a final slate of 5 candidates for the 10th Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota: 

  • The Rev. Canon Abbott Bailey, Canon to the Ordinary, Diocese of California
  • The Very Rev. Craig Loya, Dean, Trinity Cathedral, Omaha, Nebraska
  • The Rev. Kara Wagner Sherer, Rector, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Chicago, Illinois
  • The Rev. Canon Robert Two Bulls, Vicar, All Saints Indian Mission; Missioner for the Department of Indian Work and Multicultural Ministries
  • The Rev. Erika von Haaren, Vicar/COO, Saint Barnabas on the Desert, Scottsdale, Arizona

Convention Booklet

The Convention Booklet is filled with useful information to help prepare you for January 25th. It includes an agenda, a flow for the day, frequently asked questions, information about voting and about the standing rules that will govern our time together.

How We Elect Our Bishop

Click the button below to better understand the rules and regulations that govern the election of a new bishop.

Bring Your Coffee Cup and Water bottle!

There will be coffee and water stations throughout the Cathedral, so you can stay hydrated and energized throughout the electing convention. We ask that you bring reusable coffee cups and water bottles so we can reduce waste at this convention.

Snacks, Anyone?

The electing convention does not have an estimated end time. We simply can’t predict how long it will take. With that in mind, bring snacks, and plan to spend the whole day at the Cathedral.

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