Expectations: You & Yourself
The following guidelines are given for these reasons:
We want you to be seen and heard in the General Convention environment. You will not be well received if you don’t look and act the role that adults expect of you. You are trailblazing for those who come after you. If the deputies and Bishops see how well prepared and mannered you are, they will be more apt to include young people in future Conventions.
We want you to look better than people will expect. By wearing a tie or dress, you will look better than many deputies and even some Bishops. This alone will send an important message to the church. If you are taking care of yourself as well, we can all leave a lasting
and positive impression on this community.
Expectations: You & Yourself Guidelines
- Use “I” statements, not “we” or “they”
- Enter into other persons’ situation and point of view.
- Be sensitive to differences in communication styles
- Think about what you hear and feel before you speak
- Tolerate ambiguity because we’re not here to debate who is right or wrong.
- Be on-time or early for everything in by curfew (your coordinator will check)
- You need to sleep in order to be alert enough to make a good impression
- Take care in getting dressed, you should be neat at all times.
- be active/involved in entire Convention
- be responsible your for own needs
- keep a journal to carry with you. It will help you keep track of what you’re doing and how you feel about it.
- Diocesan Coordinators have meal money
- Use room service only with permission of your Diocesan Coordinator
- use a calling card for phone calls, not direct bill to room
- only roommates in hotel room
- inform your coordinator if you feel ill
What to wear
- Business or Dress Casual
- Standards are for the “adult” business meeting, and not for a youth event – remember, image is everything!
- No jeans
- No midriffs, no middle body skin showing
- No tank-tops
- 3” rule for Skirts and Shorts
- Underwear is not to be seen
- You can wear same outfit more than once
- Sensible, comfortable shoes
hard floors + no carpets + lots of walking= SORE FEET
- Clergy participating as adults should bring more than one set of clerical clothes
- No “body altering,” please – others will see the “body alterations” before they see you
- No “body altering” during convention (markers on arms, blue and purple hair, etc.)
General Convention Decorum
- The President is in charge of the House of Deputies (Stand when enters or leaves)
- Be quiet – no clicking or anything that will distract the deputies from their work.
- No applause, there is a rule in the House against demonstrations of any kind – even deputies cannot applaud unless the rule has been suspended.
- WEAR YOUR BADGE (or else you don’t really exist)