Annual Conference

Heading to Seattle Washington in September 2021

On Friday, March 27, 2020, the planning team of the 2020 annual Vergers Conference made the difficult decision to postpone the conference that was planned for September because of the Covid-19 pandemic. We would like to officially invite you to the VGEC 2021 Annual Conference on Thursday, September 23, 2021 through Sunday, September 26, 2021 in Seattle.

We will be hosting the VGEC 2020 Virtual Annual Conference on Saturday, September 26, 2020. More information on the Virtual Annual Business Meeting, which will be on Saturday, September 26,2020, beginning at 2:00pm EDT, will be coming soon. Election of Board of Directors will begin Friday, September 18, 2020, and continue for one week until Friday, September 25, 2020.

The people of the Diocese of Olympia, the Episcopal Church in Western Washington, welcome you to Seattle for the 2021 Vergers Conference, September 23-26th! We will continue to try new things to make the conferences more cost effective, more beneficial, and more rewarding for everyone.

The Seattle conference will be the first conference that will not include required lodging for participants. Those who attend the conference will be able to book their own lodging, at any hotel or bed and breakfast they choose. All conference activities will take place at one of two Seattle parishes: Saint Mark’s Cathedral and Epiphany Parish. 


Both Saint Mark’s and Epiphany are located along main transportation thoroughfares, and are within reasonable distance of numerous hotels and other lodging options. 


Additionally, the Vergers Guild has decided to engage all members of the guild in shaping the content of the conference. Your feedback is helping us decide what the content will be! Please respond to the emailed survey as soon as possible!

About the VGEC Annual Conference

One of the most anticipated and popular activities of the Vergers Guild of the Episcopal Church is our annual conference which takes place at a member parish each year.

These exciting events are normally held Thursday through Sunday in late September to mid-October. Each conference has a series of sessions that cover several topics of interest to the verger and several events that foster fellowship, learning, and worship during the weekend.

Each conference culminates with a festival Holy Eucharist with a procession of all vergers in attendance. Each conference has an official conference photo to commemorate the weekend. Photos for all past conferences are located HERE.

Future Conferences

If you are interested in hosting a VGEC Annual Conference, please contact John Whitaker, chair of the VGEC Conference Committee [email protected]. You will be asked to submit this VGEC Annual Conference proposal document as part of the process.

Conferences

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2015 St. Louis, Missouri
2014 Burlington, Ontario Canada
2013 Nashville, Tennessee
2012 Lakeland, Florida
2011 Cleveland, Ohio 
2010 Washington, DC
2009 San Diego, California
2008 Burlington, Vermont
2007 Albuquerque, New Mexico
2006 Boca Raton, Florida
2005 Sewanee, Tennessee
2004 Dallas, Texas
2003 Lexington, Kentucky
2002 Denver, Colorado
2001 Overland Park, Kansas
2000 Vancouver, BC Canada
1999 Jackson, Mississippi
1998 Houston, Texas
1997 New York City, New York
1996 Atlanta, Georgia
1995 Spokane, Washington
1994 Indianapolis, Indiana
1993 Miami, Florida
1992 St Louis, Missouri
1991 Phoenix, Arizona
1990 San Francisco, California
1989 Nashville, Tennessee, Inaugural Conference