2021 Bishop's Convocation


2021 Bishop’s Convocation 
A Virtual Clergy Self-Care Retreat
February 8 – 10, 2021

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11: 28-30

It’s time to take good care of yourselves. This past year has unlike any other, with the combination of crises and pressures weighing on our health and wellness. With this in mind, all NYAC clergy are invited to take part in the 2021 Bishop’s Convocation on February 8-10 virtually. 

The 2021 Bishop’s Convocation will offer worship experiences, devotional prompts and resources to help you focus on your own self-care. We will also provide helpful information and engagement, including: 

  • Spiritual Disciplines to help you stay in love with God.
  • Panel discussion with self-care experts on best practices and tips for clergy self-care.
  • Resources for clergy in cross-racial/cross-cultural appointments.
  • A scholarship opportunity to attend a Westpath event on clergy financial wellness, and much more. 

The focus will be on clergy self-care and wellness. It is our prayer that your bodies, minds and souls will find the Virtual Bishop’s Convocation a time of much-needed rest from your labors.

A Bishop’s Convocation Unlike Any Other 

We’ve taken “stress” out of participation. With the exception of the live Q@A with Bishop, no registration is needed. You can also choose to attend as many (or as few) sessions as you’d like, so long as you set aside the time to rest, relax and rejuvenate.”

While we cannot solve the combined crises of pandemic, strained economy, anxious congregations and racial injustice, but we can offer you respite and resources to help you find balance in your self-care and overall wellness. 

Bishop Bickerton will request that all SPR Committees recognize February 8-10 as the Bishop’s Convocation and clergy respite time. We will also offer a respite worship service for Sunday, February 14 for all New York Conference churches to use.

Time to Rest, Renew and Restore

For these three days of Virtual Bishop’s Convocation, you are invited to rest. Your need for rest may mean you are looking for connection, and we will offer you opportunities to connect and learn. Your need for rest may mean you need to disconnect from virtual events and care for yourself in other ways. The choice is yours. Just remember to find time for quiet reflection, solitude, prayer and reading. Just breathe... Then, please, breathe again. 

We encourage you to use the time of the Bishop’s Convocation to care for your body and soul.