Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi, after consultation with Conference Sessions Chair Alan Morrison and other leaders, has announced that the 2021 Annual Conference will be held in hybrid form on June 18-19. Clergy session will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 3 via Zoom Webinar.
“Due to the limitations on the size of gatherings and concerns for the safety of all participants, we’ve made the decision to care for the celebrations of ministry with as many people as we can accommodate in person,” said the Bishop. “We’ll use indoor and outdoor space at the Bayfront Convention Center and do all we can to maintain proper distance and abide by protocols to keep everyone safe.”
The Bishop notified all clergy and lay members of the annual conference in a letter emailed on Saturday, March 6, 2021. She also recorded a video of the message to share in churches.
The hybrid 2021 Annual Conference session will be live-streamed from the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie. In addition to the Bishop, Coordinating Cabinet and Board of Ministry, some members of the Conference staff, Connectional Leadership Table, Board of Laity and the Sessions Team will be on-site during the event.
The Annual Conference will officially begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 18 with the Ordination and Commissioning Service. Based on occupancy limits, each of those being ordained or commissioned may invite guests. The number of guests will be determined later.
On Saturday, June 19, the day will begin with Bible Study, followed by the State of the Church Address. Families of members who have passed away in the past two years will be invited to attend the 11:30 a.m. Memorial Service with Bishop Moore-Koikoi preaching. The number of family members also will be determined at a later date.
Members of the Annual Conference will be asked to vote by paper ballot on these pieces of the legislation: