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SEATED BISHOPS IN THE COLLEGE (IN ORDER OF DATE OF CONSECRATION)

ARCHBISHOP IRIS BEY

BISHOP AARON WILLIAMS

BISHOP SAUNDRA BAYLOR

BISHOP JOHN GEE

BISHOP JEFFEREY HOLLINS

BISHOP HOWARD SMITH

BISHOP (D) DARRELL HEMPHILL



OFFICIAL COMMUNION STATUS OF CHURCHES


The following churches are in FULL COMMUNION and ministers ordained in these churches are considered valid in EC-Global.

  1. African Methodist Episcopal Church Church November 11, 2019
  2. The Spoken Word World Outreach Center, South Bend Indiana Church November 11, 2019
  3. My Fathers Business Fellowship, Kirby Texas Church November 11, 2019
  4. Kings Domionion World Worship Center, Memphis ,TN Church November 11, 2019
  5. Impact Life Worship Center, Charlotte, North Carolina Church November 11, 2019
  6. Global Outreach Chapel, Douala Church November 11, 2019
  7. Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Decatur, GA Church November 11, 2019
  8. Progressive National Baptist Convention, Washington, DC Church November 11, 2019
  9. National Council of Churches, Washington, DC Church November 11, 2019
  10. General Lutheran Church, Indianapolis, IN Church November 11, 2019
  11. North American Lutheran Church Church November 11, 2019
  12. The Lutheran Evangelical Protestant Church, West Columbia, SC Church November 11, 2019
  13. The United Methodist Church (Excluding Great Britain) Church November 11, 2019
  14. Bible Methodist Connection of Churches Church November 11, 2019
  15. Church of the Nazarene, Lenexa, KS Church November 11, 2019
  16. Christian Reformed Church in North America, Grand Rapids, MI Church November 11, 2019
  17. Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians, Goleta, CA Church November 11, 2019
  18. African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, New York, NY Church November 11, 2019
  19. Christian Methodist Episcopal (C.M.E.) Church November 11, 2019
  20. Shield of Faith Fellowship of Churches International- April 14, 2020
  21. The Celtic Rite- January 18, 2020

Churches in Partial Communion


Definition: Churches that align with core beliefs of EC-Global but may have peripheral doctrines not in alignment with EC-Global and ordinations or Incardinations from these churches are allowed to use option 2 (longer process) in the canons (unaligned doctrines in parentheses must be addressed before incardination or ordination)

  1. Southern Baptist Convention (Ordination of Women)
  2. American Baptists in the USA (Teaching on Homosexuality)
  3. The Christian and Missionary Alliance, Colorado Springs, Colorado (women not allowed as Senior Pastors or Elders)
  4. Alliance of Baptists (Teaching on Homosexuality)
  5. United Church of Christ (Teaching on Homosexuality)
  6. Christian Church-Disciples of Christ (Teaching on Homosexuality)
  7. World Council of Churches (Teaching on Homosexuality)
  8. The General Association of Regular Baptist Churches (Teaching on Homosexuality)
  9. Evangelical Church in Germany (No uniform statement on Homosexuality)
  10. Independent Evangelical-Lutheran Church (does not ordain women)
  11. Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (does not believe in Episcopate Authority)
  12. Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (No clear teaching on the ordination of women)
  13. Free Methodist Church (No clear Teaching on Homosexuality)
  14. Assemblies of God, USA (teaches speaking of tongues necessary for salvation)
  15. United Free Church of Scotland (No clear teaching on Homosexuality)
  16. Presbyterian Church of Wales (No clear teaching on Homosexuality)
  17. Presbyterian Church in Ireland
  18. Seventh-day Adventist Church (Ordination of women, Soul Sleep)
  19. Anglican Communion (Teaching on Homosexuality)
  20. Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States (Teaching on Homosexuality)
  21. Church of God in Christ (Teaching on women in ministry)

CONSTITUTION OF THE EPISCOPAL CONCLAVE OF GLOBAL MINISTRY (RATIFIED OCTOBER, 2019)

Preamble

The Episcopal Conclave of Global Ministry in the United States of America, otherwise known as EC Global (which name is hereby recognized as also designating the Church), is a Fellowship within the One, Holy, catholic, and Apostolic Church, of those duly constituted Dioceses, Provinces, and regional Churches in communion with the Presiding Prelate, upholding and propagating the historic Faith and Order as set forth in the Holy Bible. This Constitution, adopted in Holy Convocation in Houston, Texas on October 22, 2019, as amended in subsequent Convocations, sets forth the basic Articles for the government of this Church, and of its overseas missionary jurisdictions.

Article I: Of the General Assembly of The Episcopal Conclave

  1. General Convention.Sec. 1. There shall be a General Assembly of this Church, consisting of the College of Bishops and the College of Apostles, which Houses shall sit and deliberate separately; and in all deliberations freedom of debate shall be allowed. Either House may originate and propose legislation, and all acts of the Convention shall be adopted and be authenticated by both parties for review by the Vicars General and final approval of The Presiding Prelate.
  2. College of Bishops.Sec. 2. Each Bishop of this Church having jurisdiction, every Bishop Coadjutor, every Suffragan Bishop, every Assistant Bishop, and every Bishop who by reason of advanced age or bodily infirmity, or who, under an election to an office created by the Presiding Prelate, or for reasons of mission strategy determined by action of the General Membership or the College of Bishops, has resigned a jurisdiction, shall have a seat and a vote in the College of Bishops. Quorum. A majority of all Bishops entitled to vote i.e. duly consecrated and recognized, exclusive of Bishops who have resigned their jurisdiction or positions, shall be necessary to constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
  3. Elevation of Presiding Prelate.Sec. 3. At the Holy Convocation annually, it shall confirm the Presiding Bishop of the Church. The House of Bishops shall confirm or reaffirm the Prelate of this Church to be the Presiding Bishop of the Church by a vote of a majority of all Bishops, excluding retired Bishops not present, except that whenever two-thirds of the House of Bishops are present a majority vote shall suffice. Term and tenure of Office. The term and tenure of office and duties of the Presiding Prelate are for life until death or a unanimous vote of the College of Bishops due to moral failure or gross negligence of the Church.

Succession. But if the Presiding Bishop of the Church shall resign the office as such, or if by reason of infirmity shall become disabled, or in case of death, the Bishop who, according to the Line of Succession, was its First Assistant Presiding Bishop, shall (unless the date of the next General Convention is within three months) immediately call a special meeting of the Conclave of Bishops, to elect a member thereof to be the Presiding Prelate. The certificate of election on the part of the College of Bishops shall be sent by the First Assistant Presider to the General Membership of the several Dioceses, the Bishop elected shall become the Presiding Prelate of the Church.

  1. General Membership.Sec. 4. The Church in each Diocese which has been admitted to membership with EC-Global, each area Mission established, shall be entitled to representation in the General Membership, all Presbyters or Deacons, all Lay Persons, confirmed adult communicants of this Church, in good standing in the Diocese but not necessarily domiciled in the Diocese.
Quorum.To constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, the Clerical order shall be represented by at least one Deputy in each of a majority of the Dioceses entitled to representation, and the Lay order shall likewise be represented by at least one Deputy in each of a majority of the Dioceses entitled to representation.
  1. Majority vote.Sec. 5. The vote on all questions which come before the General Membership shall be governed by the following provisions, supplemented by such procedural provisions as the General Membership may adopt in its Rules of Order:
  2. Vote by Orders.Unless a greater vote on any question is required by this Constitution or in cases not specifically dealt with by this Constitution or unless a vote by orders on a question is required, the affirmative vote of a majority of all of the Deputies present and voting shall suffice to carry any question. In all cases of a vote by orders, the vote of each order, Clerical and Lay, shall be counted separately, each order in each Diocese shall have one vote, and a vote in the affirmative by an order in a Diocese shall require the affirmative vote of a majority of the Deputies present in that order in that Diocese. To carry in the affirmative any question being voted on by orders requires concurrence in the affirmative by both orders and, unless a greater vote is required by this Constitution or by the Canons in cases not specifically dealt with by this Constitution, concurrence in the affirmative by an order requires the affirmative vote in that order by a majority of the Dioceses present in that order.
  3. Adjournment.Sec. 6. In either House any number less than a quorum may adjourn from day to day. Neither House, without the consent of the other, shall adjourn for more than three days, or to any place other than that in which the Co
  4. Time and place of meeting.Sec. 7. The Holy Convocation shall occur not less than once a year, at a time and place determined in accordance with the Presiding Prelate. Special meetings may be held as provided for by request of the College of Bishops.

Article II: Of Bishops

  1. Election of Bishops.Sec. 1. In every Region, a Bishop or the Bishop Coadjutor shall be chosen by the Presiding Prelate, provided that the Bishop who will become the Vicar General shall not be less than thirty-three years old and after the consecration of the Bishop eligible. Bishops of states or Missionary regions shall be chosen in accordance with the wishes of the Presiding Prelate.
  2. Ordination of Bishops.Sec. 2. No one shall be ordained and consecrated Bishop until the attainment of thirty years of age; nor without the consent of the Presiding Prelate, and the consent of a majority of the Bishops of this Church exercising jurisdiction in the case of an elected Bishop. No one shall be consecrated a Bishop without the written approval of The Presiding Prelate.
  3. Jurisdiction of Bishops.Sec. 3. A Bishop shall confine the exercise of such office to the area in which assigned, unless requested to perform episcopal acts in another area by the Ecclesiastical Authority thereof, or unless authorized by the College of Bishops, or by the Presiding Prelate by its direction, to act temporarily in case of need within any territory not yet organized into areas of this Church.
  4. Bishops Suffragan.Sec. 4. It shall be lawful for a ministry within EC-Global, at the request of the Vicar General of that region, to elect not more than two Suffragan Bishops, without right of succession, and with seat and vote in the Conclave of Bishops. A Suffragan Bishop shall be consecrated and hold office under such conditions and limitations other than those provided in this Article as may be provided by The Presiding Prelate. A Suffragan Bishop shall be eligible for election as Bishop or Bishop Coadjutor of a Diocese, or as a Suffragan in another Diocese.
  5. May become Ecclesiastical Authority.Sec. 5. It shall be lawful for a ministry to prescribe by the Constitution of such Diocese that upon the death of the Bishop, a Suffragan Bishop of that Diocese may be placed in charge of such Diocese and become temporarily the Ecclesiastical Authority thereof until such time as a new Bishop shall be chosen and consecrated; or that during the disability or absence of the Bishop, a Bishop Suffragan of that Diocese may be placed in charge of such diocese and become temporarily the Ecclesiastical Authority thereof.
  6. Resignation.Sec. 6. A Bishop may not resign jurisdiction without the consent of the Presiding Prelate.
  7. Bishop Suffragan for Armed Forces.Sec. 7. It shall be lawful for the House of Bishops to elect a Bishop who, under the direction of the Presiding Prelate, shall be in charge of the work of those chaplains in the Armed Forces of the United States, Veterans’ Administration Medical Centers, and Federal Correctional Institutions who are ordained Ministers of this Church. The Bishop so elected shall be consecrated and hold office under such conditions and limitations other than those provided in this Article as may be provided. The Bishop shall be eligible for election as Bishop or Bishop Coadjutor or Suffragan Bishop of a other ministries.
  8. Election of Bishops to other jurisdictions.Sec. 8. A Bishop who has for at least five years next preceding, exercised jurisdiction as the Ordinary, or as the Bishop Coadjutor, of a Diocese, may be elected as Bishop, Bishop Coadjutor, or Suffragan Bishop of another Diocese. Before acceptance of such election a resignation of jurisdiction in the Diocese in which the Bishop is then serving, conditioned on the required consents of the Bishops and Standing Committees of the Church to such election, shall be submitted to the House of Bishops, and also, if the Bishop be a Bishop Coadjutor, a renunciation of the right of succession. Resignation procedure must be followed.Such resignation, and renunciation of the right of succession in the case of a Bishop Coadjutor, shall require the consent of the Presiding Prelate.
  9. Compulsory retirement age.Sec. 9. Upon attaining the age of eighty-two years a Bishop shall resign from all jurisdiction. But shall still hold a titular episcopy in the Conclave of Bishops with full voting rights

Article III: Of Bishops Consecrated for Foreign Lands

  1. Bishops consecrated for foreign lands.Bishops may be consecrated for foreign lands upon due application therefrom, with the approbation of The Presiding Prelate of this Church entitled to vote in the House of Bishops, certified to the Presiding Prelate; under such conditions as may be prescribed. Bishops so consecrated shall not be eligible to the office of Diocesan or of Bishop Coadjutor of any Diocese in the United States or be entitled to vote in the House of Bishops, nor shall they perform any act of the episcopal office in any Diocese or Missionary Diocese of this Church, unless requested so to do by the Ecclesiastical Authority thereof. If a Bishop so consecrated shall be subsequently duly elected as a Bishop of a Missionary Diocese of this Church, such election shall then confer all the rights and privileges given to such Bishops.

Article IV: Of the Ministry

  1. Standing Committees.In every area a Standing ministry shall be in place, except that provision for filling vacancies between meetings of the Holy Convocation may be prescribed by the Vicar Generals of the respective Regions. When there is a Bishop in charge of the Diocese, the Standing Ministry shall be the Bishop’s Council of Advice. If there be no Bishop or Bishop Coadjutor or Suffragan Bishop canonically authorized to act, the Standing Committee shall be the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese for all purposes declared by the General Convention. The rights and duties of the Standing Committee, except as provided in the Constitution and Canons of the General Convention, may be prescribed by the Canons of the respective Dioceses.

Article V: Of Admission of New Regions

  1. Admission of new Dioceses.Sec. 1. A new Region may be formed, with the consent of the Vicars General and Assistant Presiders and under such conditions as the Presiding Prelate shall prescribe by written communication, (1) by the division of an existing Region; (2) by the junction of two (2) or more Regions or of parts of two (2) or more Regions; or (3) by the erection into a Region of an unorganized area evangelized as provided in Article VI. The proceedings shall originate in a Convocation of the Presiding Prelate, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Assistant Presiders and all current Vicars Generals, with the approval of the Ecclesiastical Authority of the proposed region in question, of the Diocese to be divided; or (when it is proposed to form a new Diocese by the junction of two (2) or more existing Dioceses or of parts of two (2) or more Dioceses) by mutual agreement of the Vicars General of the Regions concerned, with the approval of the Ecclesiastical Authority of each Region. After consent of the Convention, when a certified copy of the approval of the new Diocese, shall have been filed with the 2nd Assistant Presider of the College of Bishops and approved by the Presiding Prelate of this Church, such new Region shall thereupon be in union with the General Convention.
  2. Rights of Bishops when Region divides.Sec. 2. In case one Region shall be divided into two or more Regions, the Vicar General of the Region divided, at least thirty days before such division, shall select the Region in which the Vicar General will continue in jurisdiction. The Bishop Coadjutor, if there be one, subsequently and before the effective date of the division shall select the Region in which the Bishop Coadjutor shall continue in jurisdiction, and if it not be the Region selected by the Vicar General shall become the Vicar General thereof.
  3. Region formed from other Regions.Sec. 3. In case a Region shall be formed out of parts of two or more Dioceses, each of the Vicars General and Bishops Coadjutor of the several Regions out of which the new Region has been formed shall be entitled, in order of seniority of consecration, to the choice between the Vicar General’s Region and the new Region so formed. In the case the new Region shall not be so chosen, it shall have a Vicar General appointed by the Presiding Prelate.
  4. Constitution of new Regions.Sec. 4. Whenever a new Region is formed and erected out of an existing Region, it shall be subject to the Constitution of EC-Global, out of which it was formed, except as local circumstances may prevent.
  5. Number of Presbyters and Parishes.Sec. 5. No new Region shall be formed unless it shall contain at least six working ministries and at least three consecrated Bishops who have been for at least one year canonically resident within the bounds of such new Region, regularly settled in a Congregation and qualified a Bishop by the Presiding Prelate. Nor shall such new Regions be formed if thereby any existing Region shall be so reduced as to contain fewer than three ministries and two Bishops who have been residing therein and settled and qualified as above provided.
  6. Cession of diocesan territory.Sec. 6. By mutual agreement between the Vicars General of two adjoining Regions, consented to by the Ecclesiastical Authority of each area, a portion of the territory of one of said Regions may be ceded to the other Region, such cession to be considered complete upon approval thereof by The Executive Committee

Article VI: Of Missionary Regions

  1. Area Missions.Sec. 1. The College of Bishops, by simple majority may establish a Mission in any area not included within the boundaries of any established Region of this Church, and elect or have a Bishop appointed by The Presiding Prelate therefor. This elected Bishop must be incardinated or consecrated within one year of appointment or election.
  2. Missionary Dioceses.Sec. 3. Missionary Regions shall be organized as may be prescribed by The Presiding Prelate.

Article VII: Of Provinces

  1. Provinces.Regions may be united into Provinces in such manner, under such conditions, and with such powers, as shall be provided by The Presiding Prelate; provided, however, that no Region shall be included in a Province without its own consent. Provinces shall be lead by Assistant Presiders. Provinces are not required but may be appointed as situations or circumstances may dictate

Article VIII: Of Requisites for Ordination

  1. Requisites for ordination.No person shall be ordained Pastor, Prophet, Apostle or Deacon to minister in this Church until the person shall have been examined by the area Bishop and two members shall have exhibited such testimonials and other requisites as the Prelate may direct. All persons seeking Holy Orders must complete Baccalaureate level education or received an appropriate training program from the Episcopal Conclave Theological Institute. No person shall be ordained and consecrated Bishop, or ordered Pastor, Prophet, Apostle or Deacon to minister in this Church, unless at the time, in the presence of the ordaining Bishop or Bishops and The Presiding Prelate, the person shall subscribe and make the following declaration:
  2. Declaration.I do believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Word of God, and to contain all things necessary to salvation; and I do solemnly engage to conform to the Doctrine, Discipline, and Excellence of The Episcopal Conclave of Global Ministry.
  3. Proviso.Provided, however, that any person consecrated a Bishop to minister in any Diocese of an autonomous Church or Province of a Church in communion with this Church may, instead of the foregoing declaration, make the promises of Conformity required by the Church in which the Bishop is to minister.

If any Bishop ordains a Pastor or Deacon to minister elsewhere than in this Church, or confers ordination as Pastor or Deacon upon a Christian minister who has not received Episcopal Conclave ordination, the Bishop shall do so only in accordance with such provisions of the other denomination or independent church.

Admission of foreign clergy.No person ordained by a Bishop not in communion with this Church, shall be permitted to officiate as a Minister of this Church until the person shall have complied with the incardination process in that case provided and also shall have subscribed the aforesaid declaration.

Clergy of Churches in full communion.A Bishop may permit an ordained minister in good standing in a church with which this church is in full communion as specified by a list promulgated by the 1st Assistant Presider who has made the foregoing declaration, or a minister ordained in a Christian denomination who has made the promise of conformity required by that Church in place of the foregoing declaration to officiate on a temporary basis as an ordained minister of this church. No minister of such a Church ordained by other than a Bishop, apart from any such ministers designated as part of the Covenant or Instrument by which full communion was established, shall be eligible to officiate under this Article.

Article IX: Of Courts

  1. Court for trial of Bishops.The College of Bishops may, establish one or more Courts for the Trial of Bishops.

Presbyters and Deacons canonically resident in a Region shall be tried by a Court instituted by the Vicar General thereof.

Courts of Review.The General Membership, in like manner, may request the establishment of Courts of Review of the determination of The Presiding Prelate or other trial Courts. Which will consist of The Vicars General as Judges, to be lead by the 3rd Assistant Presider.

Courts of Review are convened for the purpose of reviewing unbiblical behavior of members of EC-Global

The Court for the review of the determination of the trial Court, on the trial of a Bishop, shall be composed of Assistant Presiders only.

Court of Appeal.The General Convention, in like manner, may establish an ultimate Court of Appeal, solely for the review of the determination of any Court of Review on questions of Doctrine, Faith, or Worship.

Bishop to pronounce sentence.None but The Presiding Prelate, or an Assistant Presider shall pronounce sentence of suspension, or removal, or deposition from the Ministry, on any Bishop, Presbyter, or Deacon; and none but a Bishop shall admonish any Bishop, Presbyter, or Deacon.

Suspension.A sentence of suspension shall specify on what terms or conditions and at what time the suspension shall cease. A sentence of suspension may be remitted in such manner as may be provided by Canon.Court for trial of Bishops.The College of Bishops may, establish one or more Courts for the Trial of Bishops.

Article X: Of Regions and Missionary Regions

  1. Interpretation of “Region.”Whenever the term “Region” is used without qualification in this Constitution, it shall be understood to refer both to Region and to Missionary Regions and also, wherever applicable, to all other jurisdictions entitled to representation in the General Ministry or Membership.

Article XI: Of Amendments to the Constitution

  1. Alterations or amendments to Constitution.No alteration or amendment of this Constitution shall be made unless the same shall be first proposed at Holy Convocation and be sent to the 1st Assistant Presider and every Vicar General, to be made known to the Holy Convocation at its next meeting, and be adopted by the Executive Council at its next succeeding regular meeting by a majority of all Bishops, excluding retired Bishops not present, of the whole number of Bishops entitled to vote in the House of Bishops, and by an affirmative vote by orders in the General Membership in accordance with Article I, Section 5, except that concurrence by the orders shall require the affirmative vote in each order by a majority of the ministries entitled to representation at Holy Convocation.

Notwithstanding the provisions of the foregoing paragraph, the adoption of any alteration or amendment of this Constitution which inserts or repeals an Article, or a Section or Clause of an Article, shall effect the necessary change in numbers or letters of Articles or Sections or Clauses of an Article, that follow, and in references made in this Constitution to any other part, without the necessity of specific provision therefor in the alteration or amendment.

Effective date.Each duly adopted alteration or amendment to this Constitution, unless otherwise expressly stated therein, shall take effect on the first day of January following the adjournment of the General Convention at which it is finally adopted.

THE CANONS OF THE EPISCOPAL CONCLAVE OF GLOBAL MINISTRY

Title I: Organization and Administration

Canon 1: Of the Episcopal Conclave


1. Organizing the General Convention.Sec. 1
  • At the time and place appointed for the meeting of the College of Bishops, the First Assistant Presider of the Episcopal Conclave, or, if absent, the Second Assistant Presider, or if absent, the Third Assistant Presider, or, if there be neither, the senior Vicar General by consecration date, shall call to order the members present. The Second Assistant Presider, or, if absent, a Secretary pro tempore appointed by the Presiding Prelate, shall record the names of those whose testimonials, in due form, shall have been presented, which record shall be prima facie evidence that the persons whose names are therein recorded are entitled to seats. In the event that testimonials are presented by or on behalf of persons from jurisdictions which have not previously been represented in a Holy Convocation, then the Third Assistant Presider of the college, or one appointed instead as provided herein, shall proceed as provided in Clause (c). If there be a quorum present, the Third Assistant Presider shall so certify, and the College shall proceed to organize and conduct business.
  • Second Assistant Presider to keep minutes and records.The Second Assistant Presider shall keep full minutes of the proceedings of the Conclave; record them, with all reports, in a book provided for that purpose; preserve the Journals and Records of the conclave; deliver them to the First Assistant Presider, as hereinafter provided; and perform such other duties as may be directed by the Presiding Prelate. The Second Assistant Presider may, with the approval of the Conclave, appoint Assistant Secretaries, and the Secretary and Assistant Secretaries shall continue in office until the organization of the end of Conclave.
  • Amendments to Constitution and Canons.It shall be the duty of the Second Assistant Presider, whenever any alteration of the Canons or of the Constitution is proposed, to give notice thereof to the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Church in every Province, Region and Ministry as well as to the Vicar Generals, and written evidence that the foregoing requirement has been complied with shall be presented at its next session. All such notices shall be sent by certified or registered mail, or by EC-Global Email. The Second Assistant Presider shall notify all Bishops that it is their duty to make known such proposed alterations of the Canons, and of the Constitution, and such other subjects, to the Conventions of their respective Regions at their next meeting, and to certify to the Second Assistant Presider that such action has been taken.
  • Secretary and Treasurer to have seat and voice.The Treasurer of the General Convention shall be entitled to a seat upon the floor of the College, and, with the consent of the Presiding Prelate, they may speak on the subjects of their respective offices.
  • Rules of the Episcopal Conclave.At the meetings of the House of Deputies the Rules and Orders of the previous meeting shall be in force until they are amended or repealed by the House.
  • In case of the resignation, death, or total disability of the Presiding Prelate and all Assistant Presiders during the recess of the Holy Convocation, the most senior consecrated Vicar General of the College shall perform such ad interim duties as may appertain to the office of Presider until the next meeting of the Holy Convocation or until such disability is removed.
2. Standing Commissions.Sec. 2
  • The Conclave by Canon may establish Standing Commissions to study and draft policy proposals on major subjects considered to be of continuing concern to the mission of the Church. The Canon shall specify the duties of each Standing Commission. Standing Commissions shall be composed of two Bishops, three Deacons of this Church and up to ten Lay Persons, who shall be confirmed adult communicants of this Church in good standing.
  • Terms.The terms of all members of Standing Commissions shall be equal to the interval between the regular meeting of the Convocation preceding their appointment and the adjournment of the second succeeding regular meeting of the Conclave, and such terms shall be rotated so that, as near as may be, the term of one-half of the members shall expire at the conclusion of each regular meeting of the General Convention. The term of a member shall become vacant in the event of two absences from meetings of the Commission occurring in the interval between successive regular meetings of the Conclave unless excused by the Presiding Prelate for good cause.
  • Ex officiis members.The Presiding Prelate and the First Assistant Presider shall be members ex officiis of every Commission, or may appoint personal representatives to attend any meeting in their stead, but without vote.
  • Officers.Every Commission shall elect a chair, vice chair, and secretary.
  • The General Convention may refer a relevant matter to a Commission for its consideration; Referrals.but may not direct the Commission to reach any particular conclusion.
  • Public notice.A Commission shall give timely and appropriate notice to the Church of the time, place, and agendas of meetings; and instructions on how members of the Church may address their views to the Commission.

a. There shall be the following Standing Commissions:

  1. Structure, Governance, Constitution and Canons.A Standing Commission on Structure, Governance, Constitution and Canons. It shall be the duty of the Commission to:
    1. Review such proposed amendments to the Constitution and Canons as may be submitted to the Commission, placing each such proposed amendment in proper Constitutional or Canonical form, including all amendments necessary to effect the proposed change.
    2. Continuing comprehensive review.Conduct a continuing comprehensive review of the Constitution and Canons with respect to their internal consistency and clarity, and on the basis of such a review, propose to the Conclave such technical amendments to the Constitution and Canons as in the opinion of the Commission are necessary or desirable in order to achieve such consistency and clarity without altering the substance of any Constitutional and Canonical provisions.
    3. Discharge such other duties as shall from time to time be assigned by the Presiding Prelate.
    4. Recommendations on structure.Study and make recommendations concerning the structure of the General Convention and of The Episcopal Church. It shall, from time to time, review the operation of the several Committees, Commissions, and Boards to determine the necessity for their continuance and the effectiveness of their functions and to bring about a coordination of their efforts. Whenever a proposal is made for the creation of a new Committee, Commission, Board or Agency, it shall, wherever feasible, be referred to this Standing Commission for its consideration and advice.
  2. Bishops and Apostles.A Standing Commission on Liturgy and Worship and Dogma. The Dean of the Episcopal Conclave Global Institute shall be a member ex officio with voice, but without vote. It shall be the duty of the Commission to:
    1. Discharge such duties as shall be assigned to it by the Presiding Prelate as to policies and strategies concerning the common operation of this Church.
    2. At the direction of the College of Bishops, to serve the Church in matters pertaining to policies and strategies concerning Church life.
  3. A Standing Commission on World Mission. It shall be the duty of the Commission to:
    1. Identify the global mission work carried out by the Domestic and Foreign Regions, congregations and mission organizations throughout the church.
    2. Consult with the above bodies to envision future directions for the church’s global engagement.
    3. Develop policy proposals for world mission for consideration by The College of Bishops.
    4. Discharge such other duties as shall from time to time be assigned by the General Convention.

  1. Special meetings.Sec. 3
    1. The right of calling special meetings of the college of Bishops shall be vested in the Bishops. The Presiding Prelate shall issue the summons for such meetings, designating the time and place thereof, with the consent, or on the requisition, of a majority of the Bishops, expressed to the Presiding Bishop in writing.
    2. Vacancy.Any vacancy in the representation of any Region caused by the death, absence, or inability of any Vicar General, shall be supplied either temporarily or permanently in such manner as shall be prescribed by the Presiding Prelate, or, in the absence of any such provision, by appointment by the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Region. During such periods as shall be stated in the certificate issued to such person by the appointing power, the Provisional Vicar General so appointed shall possess and shall be entitled to exercise the power and authority of the Vicar General in place of whom he or she shall have been designated.
  2. Election of Deputies.Sec. 4
    1. All jurisdictions of this Church entitled by the Constitution or Canons to choose Deputies to the General Membership shall be required to do so not later than twelve months preceding the opening date of the General Membership for which they are chosen. Vicars Generals of jurisdictions failing so to elect may not be seated unless permitted by ruling of the Presiding Prelate.
    2. It shall be the duty of each seated member to communicate to the electing jurisdiction the actions taken and the positions established by the General Membership.
    3. It shall be the responsibility of each Diocese to provide a forum in which the Deputies to the General Convention from that jurisdiction have opportunity to report.
  3. Registrar.Sec. 5
    1. The Second Assistant Presider of the College Bishops shall, ex officio, be the Registrar of the General Convention, whose duty it shall be to receive all Journals, files, papers, reports, and other documents or articles that are, or shall become, the property of either parts of the General Membership, and to transmit the same to the Archives of the Church as prescribed by the Archivist.
    2. To keep and transmit records.It shall also be the duty of the said Registrar to maintain suitable records of the ordinations and consecrations of all the Bishops of this Church, designating accurately the time and place of the same, with the names of the consecrating Bishops, and of others present and assisting; to have the same authenticated in the fullest manner practicable; and to take care for the similar record and authentication of all future ordinations, consecrations and installations of Bishops in this Church; and to transmit the same to the Archives of the Church when and as prescribed by the Archivist. Due notice of the time and place of such ordinations and consecrations shall be given by the Presiding Prelate to the Registrar; and thereupon it shall be the duty of the Registrar to attend such ordinations and consecrations, either in person or by appointing a clergy or lay deputy Registrar.
    3. Letters of Consecration.The Registrar shall prepare, in such form as the House of Bishops shall prescribe, the Letters of Ordination and Consecration in duplicate, shall have the same immediately signed and sealed by the ordaining and consecrating Bishops, and by such other Bishops assisting as may be practicable, shall deliver to the newly consecrated Bishop one of the said Letters, shall carefully file and retain the other, and shall make a minute thereof in the official records.
    4. Registrar as Historiographer.The Registrar shall also be Historiographer, unless in any case the House of Bishops shall make a separate nomination; and in this event the House of Deputies shall confirm the nomination.
    5. The necessary expenses incurred under this Section shall be paid by the Treasurer of the General Convention.
    6. Journals and papers sent to Registrar and Archives.It shall be the duty of the secretaries of both Houses to deliver to the Registrar the minutes of both Houses, together with the Journals, files, papers, reports, electronic records, and all other records of either House in a manner prescribed by the Archivist. The minutes of both Houses shall remain filed until after the adjournment of the first General Convention following that at which such minutes shall have been taken; provided, however, that any part of such minutes, for any reason unpublished in the Journal, shall remain filed in the Archives. The Secretary of the House of Bishops shall also deliver to the Registrar, as prescribed by the Archivist, when not otherwise expressly directed, all the Journals, files, papers, reports, and other published, unpublished or electronic documents specified in Canon I.6. The Secretaries shall require the Registrar to give them receipts for the Journals and other records. The Registrar shall transmit the records of the secretaries of both Houses to the Archivist of the Church.
    7. Vacancy.In the case of a vacancy in the office of Registrar, the Presiding Bishop shall appoint a Registrar, who shall hold office until the next General Convention.
  4. Recorder.Sec. 6
    1. The College of Apostles, upon nomination of the College of Bishops, shall elect a Recorder (who may be a natural person or an incorporated organization of this Church), whose duty is/shall be to continue the List of Ordinations and to keep a list of the Clergy in regular standing.
    2. Information to be sent to Recorder.It shall be the duty of the Bishop, or, if there be no Bishop, of the State Overseer of every jurisdiction to forward to the Recorder on or before the first day of March in each and every year a report certifying the following information as of the thirty-first day of December in the preceding year: (1) the names of the Clergy canonically resident therein with their several charges; (2) the names of the Clergy licensed by the Bishop to officiate, but not yet transferred; (3) the names of all persons connected with the jurisdiction who have been ordered Deacons or Priests during the preceding twelve months, with the date and place of ordination and the name of the Bishop ordaining; (4) the names of the Clergy of the jurisdiction who have died during the preceding twelve months, with the date and place of death; (5) the names of the Clergy who have been received during the preceding twelve months, with the date of their reception and the name of the jurisdiction from which received, and, in the case of Clergy not received from a jurisdiction of this Church, the date and place of ordination and the name of the Bishop ordaining; (6) the names of the Clergy who have been transferred during the preceding twelve months, with the dates of the Letters Dimissory and of their acceptance, and the name of the jurisdiction to which transferred; (7) the names of the Clergy who have been suspended during the preceding twelve months, with the date and ground of suspension; (8) the names of the Clergy who have been removed or deposed during the preceding twelve months, with the date, place, and ground of removal or deposition; (9) the names of the Clergy who have been restored during the preceding twelve months, with the date; (10) the names of Deaconesses canonically resident therein.
    3. Recorder to furnish information.It shall be the duty of the Recorder to furnish, upon proper authority and at the expense of the applicant, such information as may be in the possession of the Recorder, based upon the reports required under Clause (b) hereof.
    4. Report to the General Convention.The Recorder shall prepare and present to each session of the General Convention a list of all Clergy ordained, received, suspended, removed, deposed, or restored, and of all Bishops consecrated, and of all Bishops and other Clergy who have died; such list to cover the period from the last preceding similar report of the Recorder through the thirty-first day of December immediately preceding each session of the General Convention.
    5. Expenses.The necessary expenses incurred under this Section by the Recorder shall be paid by the Treasurer of the General Membership.
    6. Vacancy.In case of a vacancy in the office of Recorder, the Presiding Prelate shall appoint a Recorder, who shall hold office until the next General Convention.
  5. Treasurer of General Convention.Sec. 7
    1. At every regular meeting of the Holy Convocation a Treasurer shall be appointed by action of the Presiding Prelate, and shall remain in office until a successor shall be appointed. It shall be the Treasurer’s duty to receive and disburse all moneys collected under the authority of the Episcopal Conclave, Including the Episcopal Conclave Theological Institute, and of which the collection and disbursement shall not otherwise be prescribed; and, with the advice and approval of the Presiding Prelate and the, to invest, from time to time, such surplus funds as may be on hand. The Treasurer’s account shall be rendered to the Convention at each regular meeting, and shall be audited at the direction of a committee acting under its authority.
    2. Vacancy.In case of a vacancy, by death, resignation, or otherwise, in the office of Treasurer of the General Convention, the Presiding Bishop and the President of the House of Deputies shall appoint a Treasurer, who shall hold office until a successor is elected. In case of temporary inability of the Treasurer to act, from illness or other cause, the same officials shall appoint an Acting Treasurer who shall perform all duties of the Treasurer until the Treasurer is able to resume them.
  6. Holy Convocation Expense Budget.Sec. 8. The Colleges of Bishops and Apostles shall adopt, at each regular meeting, a budget to provide for the contingent expenses of the Conclave, the stipend of the Presiding Prelate together with the necessary expenses of that office, the necessary expenses of the President of the Episcopal Conclave Theological Institute, including the staff and Advisory Council required to assist in the performance of the duties and matters related to the President’s office. To defray the expense of this budget, an assessment shall be levied upon the Bishops of the Church in accordance with a formula which the Presiding Prelate shall adopt as part of this Expense Budget. It shall be the duty of each Bishop to forward to the Treasurer of the General Convention annually, on the first Monday of September, the amount of the assessment levied upon that Diocese.
  7. Treasurer may borrow.Sec. 9. The Treasurer of the General Membership shall have authority to borrow, in behalf and in the name of the EC-Global, such a sum as may be judged by the Treasurer to be necessary to help defray the expenses of the Holy Convocation, with the approval of the Presiding Prelate and the Vicars General.
  8. Shall give bond.Sec. 10. The Treasurer shall give a bond conditioned on the faithful performance of assigned duties. The amount thereof and the terms on which the same shall be given shall be subject to the approval of the Presiding Prelate, the expense of such bond to be paid by the Holy Convocation.
  9. Shall submit budget.Sec. 11. The Treasurer shall submit to The Colleges of Bishops and Apostles at each regular meeting thereof a detailed budget in which the Treasurer proposes to request appropriations for the ensuing budgetary period and shall have power to expend all sums of money covered by this budget, subject to such provisions of the Canons as shall be applicable.
  10. May appoint Assistant Treasurer.Sec. 12. The Treasurer may appoint, subject to the approval of the Presiding Prelate, an Assistant Treasurer, who shall hold office during the pleasure of the Treasurer and shall perform such duties as shall be assigned by the Treasurer. The Assistant Treasurer shall give bond conditioned on the faithful performance of assigned duties. The amount thereof and the terms on which the same shall be given shall be subject to the approval of the Presiding Prelate, the expense of such bond to be paid by the General Convention.
  11. General Convention Executive Office.Sec. 13
    1. There shall be an Executive Office of the General Membership, to be headed by an Assistant Presider to be appointed by the Presiding Prelate. The Executive Officer shall report to and serve at the pleasure of the Executive Congress.
    2. Functions.The Executive Office of the General Membership shall include the functions of the Secretary of the General Convention and the Treasurer of the General Convention and those of the Manager of the General Convention and, if the several positions are filled by different persons, such officers shall serve under the general supervision of the General Convention Executive Officer, who shall also coordinate the work of the Committees, Commissions, Boards and Agencies funded by the General Convention Expense Budget.
  12. Site selection.Sec. 14
    1. At each meeting of the Holy Convocation, the Joint Standing Committee on Planning and Arrangements, i.e The Presiding Prelate, Assistant Presiders and Dean of ECTI shall submit to the General Membership its site for the meeting of the Holy Convocation to be held as the second succeeding Holy Convocation following the Holy Convocation at which the report is made. In making such decisions, the Committee shall certify to the membership the willingness of the Regions within which recommended sites are located to have the Holy Convocation meet within their jurisdictions.
    2. Changes in the date and length of Holy Convocation.Within such guidelines as may have been established by the Presiding Prelate regarding the date and length of future Holy Convocations, and pursuant to the reasonable and necessary arrangements and commitments with the Regions and operators of facilities within the Diocese in which the next Holy Convocation will be held, the Joint Committee shall fix the date and the length of the next succeeding Convention, report the same to the 1st Assistant Presider and include the same in its report to the membership. In the event of a change of circumstances indicating the necessity or advisability of changing the date or length previously fixed, the Joint Committee shall investigate and make recommendations to the Presiding Prelate, who, with the advice and consent of the Executive Council, may fix a different date or length or both.

Canon 2: Of the Presiding Prelate

  1. Sec. 1- The Presiding Prelate shall name their successor and shall serve as Prelate until death or retirement. In the event of the Prelates death with no named successor, The First Assistant Presider shall be named Prelate until such time as the following can occur:
    1. Members of Nominating Committee.At the following Holy Convocation a Joint Nominating Committee for the election of the Presiding Prelate shall be established. The Nominating Committee shall be comprised of 6 Bishops.
The 1st Assistant Presider shall appoint two persons, who are elevated Apostles, as members of the Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Prelate.

    1. Bishops on the Nominating Committee.At the following Holy Convocation the College of Bishops shall elect the six Bishops as members of the Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Prelate, guided by the skill sets needed for effective service on the Nominating Committee.
    2. Vacancies on Nominating Committee.In the event vacancies shall occur in the Joint Nominating Committee after the election of its members due to death, disability, resignation, or other cause, the vacancies shall not be filled and the remaining members shall constitute the Joint Nominating Committee. A Lay member of the Committee who is ordained Presbyter or Deacon, or a Presbyter or Deacon who is consecrated a Bishop before the next General Convention, shall not thereby become ineligible to continue to serve on the Joint Nominating Committee through the next succeeding Holy Convocation.
    3. Nomination process.The Joint Nominating Committee shall develop and manage a process for soliciting and identifying qualified nominees for the office of Presiding Prelate and for providing the nominees to the College of Bishops in which a Presiding Prelate is to be elected. The process must enable the work to be done efficiently and as cost-effectively as practicable. This process shall be designed to encourage diversity that reflects the breadth of The Episcopal Conclave of Global Ministry. The process shall include (1) the Nominating Committee shall inform the wider church of the process and timeline; (2) the Nominating Committee shall prepare a profile for the election of the next Presiding Prelate, and the profile will be distributed widely to the Church; (3) providing the names of not fewer than three members of the College of Bishops for consideration by the General Convention in the choice of a Presiding Prelate; (4) establishing a timely process for any bishop or deputy to nominate any other member of the College of Bishops through a petition process, and for each Bishop so nominated to be vetted through the same process of background and reference checks as all nominees, and for each Bishop so nominated to be included in the information distributed about the nominees; and (5) providing pastoral care for each nominee bishop and his or her family and Region.
    4. Transition committee.A Presiding Prelate Transition Committee shall be appointed by the Presiding Prelate and the senior Vicar General. The members shall have the necessary skills and talents to determine the need for and provide for transition assistance to the Presiding Prelate and the Presiding Prelate-elect.
    5. Installation committee.A small Presiding Prelate Installation Committee shall be appointed by Executive Council with the necessary skills and talents to plan for and carry out a Celebration of New Ministry for the new Presiding Prelate.
  1. Term of office.Sec. 2. The term of office of the Presiding Prelate, when elected according to the provisions of Article I, Section 3 of the Constitution, shall be for life, beginning the first day of the month of November following the close of the Convocation at which the Presiding Bishop is elected, unless attaining the age of eighty-two years before the term shall have been completed; in that case the Presiding Prelate shall resign the office to the Holy Convocation which occurs nearest to the date of attaining such age. At that Convention a successor shall be elected, and shall assume office on the first day of the month of November following the close of that Convocation.
  2. Chief Pastor and Primate.Sec. 4
    1. The Presiding Prelate shall be the Chief Pastor and Primate of the Church, and shall:
      1. Be charged with responsibility for leadership in initiating and developing the Policy and strategy.policy and strategy in the Church and speaking for the Church as to the policies, strategies and programs authorized by the Executive Council;
      2. Representative of Church and episcopate.Speak God’s words to the Church and to the world, as the representative of this Church and its episcopate in its corporate capacity;
      3. Provide for interim in a Region.In the event of an Episcopal vacancy within a Region, consult with the Executive Council to ensure that adequate interim Episcopal Services are provided;
      4. Assemble Bishops.Take order for the consecration of Bishops, when duly elected; and, from time to time, assemble the Bishops of this Church to meet, either as the College of Bishops or as a Council of Bishops, and set the time and place of such meetings;
      5. Presiding Officer.Preside over meetings of the College of Bishops and College of Apostles; and, when the two Houses of the General Convention meet in Joint Session, have the right of presiding over such Session, of calling for such Joint Session, of recommending legislation to either House and, upon due notification, of appearing before and addressing the General Membership; and whenever addressing the General Convention upon the state of the Church, it shall be incumbent upon both Houses thereof to consider and act upon any recommendations contained in such address;
      6. Visitations.Visit every Region of this Church for the purpose of: (i) Holding pastoral consultations with the Bishop or Bishops thereof and, with their advice, with the Lay and Clerical leaders of the jurisdiction; (ii) Preaching the Word; and (iii) Celebrating the Holy Eucharist.
    2. Reports and Pastoral Letters.The Presiding Prelate shall report annually to the Church, and may, from time to time, issue Pastoral Letters.
    3. The Presiding Prelate shall perform such other functions as shall be prescribed in these Canons; and, to be enabled better to perform such duties and responsibilities, the May delegate authority.Presiding Prelate may appoint, to positions established by the Executive Council of General Convention, officers, responsible to the Presiding Prelate, who may delegate such authority as shall seem appropriate.
  3. May appoint Chancellor.Sec. 5. The Presiding Prelate may appoint, as Chancellor to the Presiding Prelate, a confirmed adult communicant of the Church in good standing who is learned in both ecclesiastical and secular law, to serve so long as the Presiding Prelate may desire, as counselor in matters relating to the office and the discharge of the responsibilities of that office.
  4. Stipends.Sec. 6. The stipends of the Presiding Prelate and such personal assistants as may be necessary during the Presiding Prelates’s term of office for the effective performance of the duties, and the necessary expenses of that office, shall be fixed by the Treasurer and shall be provided for in the budget to be submitted by the Treasurer, as provided in the Canon entitled, “Of the Holy Convocation.”

Canon 3: Of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Standing Committee

  1. Name of organization.ARTICLE I This organization shall be called The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society of the Episcopal Conclave of Global Ministry in the United States of America, and shall be considered as comprehending all persons who are members of the Church.
  2. Board of Directors.ARTICLE II The Executive Council, as constituted by Canon, shall be its Board of Directors, and shall adopt By-laws for its government not inconsistent with the Constitution and Canons.
  3. Officers.ARTICLE III The officers of the Society shall be a President, Vice Presidents, a Secretary, a Treasurer, and such other officers as may be appointed in accordance with the Canons or By-laws. The Presiding Prelate of the Church shall be the President of the Society; one Vice President shall be the person who is the President of the House of Deputies; and one Vice President shall be the person who is the Chief Operating Officer; the Treasurer shall be the person who is the Chief Financial Officer of the Executive Council; and the Secretary shall be the person who is the Secretary of the Executive Council, and shall have such powers and perform such duties as may be assigned by the By-laws. The other officers of the Society shall be such as are provided for by the By-laws of the Society. The tenure of office, compensation, powers, and duties of the officers of the Society shall be such as are prescribed by the Canons and by the By-laws of the Society not inconsistent therewith.
  4. Amendment.ARTICLE IV This Constitution of the Society may be altered or amended at any time by the General Convention of the Church.

Canon 4: Of the Executive Congress

  1. Function and responsibility.Sec. 1
    1. There shall be an Executive Council of the College of Bishops (which Council shall generally be called simply the Executive Council, or the Council) whose duty it shall be to oversee the execution of the program and policies adopted by the General Convention. The Executive Council shall have oversight of the work done by the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society in its capacity as its Board of Directors As well as The Episcopal Conclave Theological Institute. The Council shall have oversight responsibility for the disposition of the funds and other property of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society in accordance with the provisions of this Canon and the resolutions, orders, and budgets adopted or approved by the Holy Convocation. The Executive Council shall also have oversight responsibility for the work of the Office of General Convention and the Executive Officer of General Convention who shall report directly to the Executive Council. It shall also have oversight responsibility for the disposition of the moneys of the Office of General Convention. The Council shall adopt procedures it deems appropriate for approval of expenditures by the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society and the Office of General Convention as well as The Episcopal Conclave Theological Institute.
    2. Accountability.The Executive Council shall be accountable to the Presiding Prelate and shall render a full, published report concerning the work of the bodies for which it has oversight responsibility to each meeting of the Holy Convocation. The report shall include information on the implementation of all resolutions adopted calling for action by the Executive Council, the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, and The Episcopal Conclave Theological Institute.
    3. Authority.The Council shall exercise the powers conferred upon it by Canon, and such further powers as may be designated by the Presiding Prelate, and between sessions of the General Convention may initiate and develop such new work as it may deem necessary. Subject to the provisions of these Canons, it may enact By-laws for its own government and enact procedures for its own committees.
    4. How constituted.The Executive Council shall be composed (a) The First, Second and Third Assistant Presiders; (b) The Vicars Generals of EC-Global; (c) of the following ex officiis members: the Presiding Prelate and the Treasurer; and (d) the Dean of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, and the Dean of the Episcopal Conclave Theological Institute, all of whom shall have seat and voice but no vote.
    5. The Executive Council shall appoint a committee from among its members to assist the Council to (i) advise the Joint Standing Committee on Nominations and the Provincial Councils on what skills, gifts and experience are needed on the Executive Council to enable it to function with maximum effectiveness, and whether those skills are at that time represented on the Executive Council, and (ii) create a description of the skills, gifts and experience requisite for service on the Executive Council, including the value of cultural and geographic diversity on the Council and the value of including historically underrepresented voices in the governance of the Church.
    6. Vacancy.Should any vacancy occur in the Council through death, resignation, disability, or other reason, with respect to a member, the Council shall fill such vacancy by the election of a suitable person to serve until a successor is selected by the Presiding Prelate.
  2. Officers.Sec. 2
    1. The Presiding Bishop shall, ex officio, be the Chair and chief executive officer of the Executive Council, and as such, shall have ultimate responsibility for the oversight of the work of the Executive Council in the implementation of the ministry and mission of the Church as may be committed to the Executive Council by the General Convention.
    2. The First Assistant Presider shall, ex officio, be the Vice-Chair of Executive Council.
    3. The Second Assistant Presider shall be ex officio the Secretary of the Executive Council.
    4. The Treasurer shall be ex officio the Treasurer of the Executive Council.
    5. The Chair shall preside at meetings of the Council, shall perform such other duties as are customary for such office, and shall perform such other duties as may be conferred by Canon and the By-laws of the Council. In the absence of or at the request of the Chair, the Vice-Chair shall preside at meetings of the Council and shall perform such other duties as may be conferred by Canon and by the By-laws of the Council.

  1. Meetings.Sec. 3
    1. The Council shall meet at such place, and at such stated times, at least one time each year, as it shall appoint and at such other times as it may be convened. The Council shall be convened at the request of the Chair, or on the written request of any five members of Council.
    2. Quorum.A majority of the members of the Council shall be necessary to constitute a quorum at any meeting of the Council. No action shall be taken in the name of the Council except when a quorum, so defined, is present and voting.
  2. Proposed Budget.Sec. 4
    1. The Executive Council shall submit the proposed Budget for The Episcopal Conclave of Global Ministry for the ensuing budgetary period, which budgetary period shall be equal to the interval between regular meetings of the Holy Convocation. The proposed Budget shall be submitted not less than four months before the ensuing Holy Convocation is convened.
    2. Single assessment.Revenue to support the Budget for The Episcopal Conclave shall be generated primarily by a single assessment of the Bishops of the Church based on a formula which the Presiding Prelate shall adopt as part of the Budget process. Canonical priority.If in any year the total anticipated income for Budget support is less than the amount required to support the Budget approved by the Executive Council, the canonical portion of the Budget for The Episcopal Conclave shall have funding priority over any other budget areas subject to any decreases necessary to maintain a balanced Budget.
    3. Proposal and plan.After the preparation of the Budget, the Treasurer shall, at least four months before the sessions of the Holy Convocation, transmit to the Bishops and to each Region a statement of the existing and the proposed assessment necessary to support the Budget for The Church.
    4. Presentation.There shall be joint sessions of the two Colleges for the presentation of the Budget for The Episcopal Church; and thereafter consideration shall be given and appropriate action taken thereon by the General Convention.
    5. Notice of assessment.Upon the adoption by the General Convention of a Budget for The Church and the planned assessments for the budgetary period, the Council shall formally advise each Bishop of their share of the total assessments to support the Budget for The Church.
    6. Payment.Full payment of the Bishop assessment shall be required of all Bishops, effective January 1, of each calendar year following the October Holy Convocation.
    7. Budget authority.The Council shall have the power to expend all sums of money covered by the Budget and estimated Budgets approved by the General Convention. It shall also have power to undertake such other work provided for in the Budget approved by the General Convention, or other work under the jurisdiction of the Council, the need for which may have arisen after the action of the General Convention, as in the judgment of the Council its income will warrant.
    8. Adjustments.In respect of the Budget for The Church the Executive Council shall have the power to consider and vote to make such adjustments therein, or additions thereto, as it shall deem to be necessary or expedient, and which, in its judgment, available funds and anticipated income will warrant subject to such restrictions as may be imposed by the General Convention. It shall also have power to approve other initiatives proposed by the Chair or otherwise considered by Council, in consultation with the Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget and Finance, between meetings of the General Convention, as in the judgment of the Council are prudent and which the Church revenues will be adequate to support.
    9. Regional financial reports.Each Vicar General shall annually report to the Executive Council such financial and other information pertaining to the state of the Church in the Region as may be required in a form authorized by Executive Council.
    10. Each Region shall report annually to the Executive Council the name and address of each new congregation or ministry, and of each congregation closed or removed by reason of any of the following:
      1. dissolution of the congregation;
      2. removal of the congregation to another Diocese due to cession or retrocession of geographic territory in which the congregation is located, pursuant to Articles V.6 or VI.2 of the Constitution;
      3. removal of the congregation to a new physical location or address, identifying both the location or address from which the congregation has removed, and the successor location or address; and
      4. merger of the congregation into one or more other congregations, in which case, the Diocese shall include in its report the names of all congregations involved in the merger, and the physical location and address at which the merged congregations shall be located.
  3. Bishops receiving aid.Sec. 5
    1. Every Missionary Bishop or, in case of a vacancy, the Bishop in charge of the jurisdiction, receiving aid from the General Convention Budget, shall report at the close of each fiscal year to the Council, giving account of work performed, of money received from all sources and disbursed for all purposes, and of the state of the Church in the jurisdiction at the date of such report, all in such form as the Council may prescribe.
  4. Reports of the Council.Sec. 6. The Council, as soon as practicable after the close of each fiscal year, shall cause to be prepared and publish a full report of the work of the Executive Council, the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, and the Episcopal Conclave Theological Institute to the Church. Such report shall contain an itemized statement of all receipts and disbursements and a statement of all trust funds and other property of The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, and of all other trust funds and property in its possession or under its oversight responsibility. The report shall include a detailed schedule of the salaries paid to all officers and principal employees of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society and the Executive Council.
  5. Qualifications of Missionaries.Sec. 7
    1. Ordained Ministers and Lay Communicants of this Church, or of some Church in full communion with this Church, in good standing, who qualify in accordance with the standards and procedures adopted from time to time by the Executive Council, shall be eligible for appointment as Missionaries of this Church.
    2. Members in good standing of Churches not in full communion with this Church, but otherwise qualified as above, may, at the request of the Bishop of the jurisdiction in which the requirement exists.

Canon 5: Of the Archives of The Episcopal Conclave of Global Ministry

  1. Purpose.Sec. 1. There shall be an Archives of The Church, the purpose of which shall be to preserve by safekeeping, to arrange and to make available the records of the General Convention, Executive Council, and other important records and memorabilia of the life and work of the Church, and to carry out a program of records management, so as to further the historical dimension of the mission of the Church.
  2. Records defined.Sec. 2. For purposes of this Canon, records are defined as all fixed evidential information regardless of method, media, format or characteristics of the recording process, which have been created, received or gathered by the Church, its officers, agents or employees in pursuance of the legal, business and administrative function and the programmatic mission of the Church. Records include all original materials used to capture information, notwithstanding the place or conditions of creation, or the formality or informality of the characteristics of the record. The records and archives of the Church are not limited by the medium in which they are kept and include such formats as paper records, electronic records, printed records and publications, photo-reproduced images, and machine-readable tapes, film and disks.

  1. Board of the Archives.Sec. 3
    1. Membership.Bishops shall be appointed by the Presiding Prelate, all subject to the confirmation of General Convention. Consideration shall be given to assure that membership includes persons who possess knowledge either of history or archival administration, or are persons skilled in disciplines pertinent to the resolutions of the concerns of the Archives. Positions of Members of the Board which become vacant prior to the normal expiration of such Members’ terms shall be filled by appointment by the Presiding Prelate, as appropriate.
    2. Duties.The Board of the Archives shall have the duty to set policy for the Archives, to elect the Archivist of The Episcopal Church, and to set forth the terms and conditions with regard to the work of the Archivist.
    3. The Board of the Archives shall meet annually, or more often as required.
    4. Report to Convention.The Board of the Archives shall report to the General Convention, and the Executive Council, through the office of the Executive Officer of the General Convention, and to the Church.
  2. Archivist.Sec. 4. There shall be an Archivist of The Church whose duty shall be to manage the Archives, records, and related information resources.
  3. Expenses to be shared.Sec. 5. The expenses of the Archives of The Church shall be shared by the General Convention and the Executive Council.

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Canon 6: Of the Mode of Securing an Accurate View of the State of This Church

  1. Annual parish reports to Bishop.Sec. 1. A report of every Parish and other Congregation of this Church shall be prepared annually for the year ending December 31 preceding, in the form authorized by the Executive Council and approved by the Committee on the State of the Church, and shall be filed not later than March 1 with the Vicar General of the Region, or, where there is no Bishop, with the ecclesiastical authority of the Diocese. The Bishop or the ecclesiastical authority, as the case may be, shall keep a copy and submit the report to the Executive Council not later than May 1. In every Parish and other Congregation the preparation and filing of this report shall be the joint duty of the Rector or Member of the Clergy in charge thereof and the lay leadership; and before the filing thereof the report shall be approved by the Vestry or bishop’s committee or mission council. This report shall include the following information:
    1. the number of baptisms, confirmations, marriages, and burials during the year; the total number of baptized members, the total number of communicants in good standing, and the total number of communicants in good standing under 16 years of age.
    2. a summary of all the receipts and expenditures, from whatever source derived and for whatever purpose used.
    3. such other relevant information as is needed to secure an accurate view of the state of this Church, as required by the approved form.
  2. Non-parochial reports.Sec. 2. Every Bishop, Presbyter, or Deacon whose report is not included in a parochial report shall also report on the exercise of such office, and if there has been none, the causes or reasons which have prevented the same.
  3. Sec. 3. These reports, or such parts of them as the Bishop may deem proper, shall be entered in the Journal of the convention.
  4. Annual Regional Reports.Sec. 4. Likewise, a report of every Diocese shall be prepared annually for the year ending December 31st preceding, in the form authorized by the Executive Council and approved by the Committee on the State of the Church, and shall be filed, not later than September 1, with the Executive Council. It shall include information concerning implementation by the Diocese of resolutions of the previous General Convention which have been specifically identified by the Secretary of General Convention under Joint Rule 12 as calling for Diocesan action.
  5. Journals to be forwarded to Secretary and Archives.Sec. 5
    1. It shall be the duty of the Secretary of the Convention of every jurisdiction to forward to the Secretary of the House of Deputies, immediately upon publication, two copies of the Journals of the Convention of the jurisdiction, together with episcopal charges, statements, and such other records in paper or electronic format as may show the state of the Church in that jurisdiction, and two copies to the Archives of the Church in a common format as prescribed by the Archivist of the Church.

Canon 7: Of Business Methods in Church Affairs

  1. Standards observed.Sec. 1. In every Province, Region, Parish, Mission and Institution connected with this Church, the following standard business methods shall be observed:
    1. Deposit of funds.Funds held in trust, endowment and other permanent funds, and securities represented by physical evidence of ownership or indebtedness, shall be deposited with a National or State Bank, or a Diocesan Corporation, or with some other agency approved in writing by the Finance Committee or the Department of Finance of the Diocese, under a deed of trust, agency or other depository agreement providing for at least two signatures on any order of withdrawal of such funds or securities. Proviso.But this paragraph shall not apply to funds and securities refused by the depositories named as being too small for acceptance. Such small funds and securities shall be under the care of the persons or corporations properly responsible for them. This paragraph shall not be deemed to prohibit investments in securities issued in book entry form or other manner that dispenses with the delivery of a certificate evidencing the ownership of the securities or the indebtedness of the issuer.
    2. Treasurers to be bonded.Treasurers and custodians, other than banking institutions, shall be adequately bonded; except treasurers of funds that do not exceed five hundred dollars at any one time during the fiscal year.
    3. All reports of such audits, including any memorandum issued by the auditors or audit committee regarding internal controls or other accounting matters, together with a summary of action taken or proposed to be taken to correct deficiencies or implement recommendations contained in any such memorandum, shall be filed with the Bishop or Ecclesiastical Authority not later than 30 days following the date of such report, and in no event, not later than September 1 of each year, covering the financial reports of the previous calendar year.
    4. Insurance.All buildings and their contents shall be kept adequately insured.
    5. Report to Convention.The Finance Committee or Department of Finance of the Diocese may require copies of any or all accounts described in this Section to be filed with it and shall report annually to the Convention of the Diocese upon its administration of this Canon.
    6. Fiscal year.The fiscal year shall begin October 1.

Canon 8: Of Regions

  1. How constituted.Sec. 1. Subject to the proviso in Article VII of the Constitution, the ministries of this Church shall be and are hereby united into Regions as follows:
The Northeast Region shall consist of the churches and ministries within the States of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Deleware, Maryland Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio and The District of Columbia.
The Southeast Region shall consist of the churches and ministries within the States of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.
The Southeast Region shall consist of the churches and ministries within the States of Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
The Northcentral Region shall consist of the churches and ministries within the States of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan.
The Southwest Region shall consist of the churches and ministries within the states of New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, California and Hawaii, as well as US Oceanic Territories in the Pacific.
The Northwest Region shall consist of the churches and ministries within the states of Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Alaska.
  1. Purpose.Sec 2. The primary purposes of the Regions are to facilitate interregional collaboration to achieve church and Episcopal Conclave Church goals, and to enable more effective communications and regional advocacy of significant programmatic efforts. The Presiding Prelate may expand or contract regions as that office deems necessary.
  2. New churches or ministries.Sec. 3
    1. When a new Region or Area Mission shall be created wholly within any Region, such new Region or Area Mission shall be included in such Region. In case a new Region or Area Mission shall embrace territory in two or more Provinces, it shall be included in and form part of the Region wherein the greater number of Presbyters and Deacons in such new Diocese or Area Mission shall, at the time of its creation, be canonically resident. Whenever a new Diocese or Area Mission shall be formed of territory not before included in any Region, the Presiding Prelate shall designate the Region to which it shall be annexed or create a new region entirely.
  3. All bishops have seat and vote.Sec. 6. Every Bishop Diocesan of this Church, having jurisdiction within the Region, every Bishop Coadjutor, Bishop Suffragan, and Assistant Bishop, and every Bishop whose episcopal work has been within the Region, but who by reason of advanced age or bodily infirmity has resigned, shall have a seat and vote in the College of Bishops.
  4. Vicar Generals of the Regions.Sec. 7
    1. The Vicar General of each Region may be one of the Bishops in the Region, selected by the Presiding Prelate.
  5. Provincial House of Deputies.Sec. 8. Each church, ministry and Area Mission within the Region shall be entitled to representation in the General Membership or Deacons canonically resident in the Diocese or Area Mission, and Lay Persons, confirmed adult communicants of this Church in good standing.
  6. Powers of Vicar General.Sec. 9. The Vicar General shall have power: (a) to enact Ordinances for its own regulation and government; (b) to perform such duties as many be committed to it by the General Convention; (c) to deal with all matters within the Region; provided, however, that no Region shall have power to regulate or control the internal policy or affairs of any constituent church, ministry or mission; and provided, further, that all actions and proceedings of the Vicar General shall be subject to and in conformity with the provisions of the Constitution and the Canons for the government of this Church; (d) to adopt a budget for the maintenance of any Regional work undertaken by the Vicar General, such budget to be raised in such manner as the Vicar General may determine; (e) to create by Ordinance a Regional Council with power to administer and carry on such work as may be committed to it by the College of Bishops, or by the Presiding Prelate and the Executive Council.
  7. To consider referrals by General Convention.Sec. 11. Within sixty days after each session of the General Convention at Holy Convocation, the Vicar General such subjects as the General Convention may direct, or as they may deem advisable, for consideration thereof by the Regions, and it shall be the duty of such Regions to consider the subject or subjects so referred to them at the first meeting of the Regional Council held after the adjournment of the Holy Convocation, and to report their action and judgment in the matter to the Second Assistant Presider at least six months before the date of the meeting of the next Holy Convocation.
  8. Records to Archives.Sec. 12. Each Region shall keep minutes, journals or other records of its meetings, and shall transmit one copy of the records to the Executive Council, and one copy to The Archives of The Church.

Canon 10: Of New Regions

  1. Primary Convention.Sec. 1. Whenever a new Region is proposed to be formed within the limits of any Region, or by the junction of two (2) or more Dioceses, or parts of Dioceses, the Ecclesiastical Authorities and the Standing Committees of the Dioceses involved in the proposed new diocese shall submit for approval to the Conventions of each Diocese involved a joint agreement of union setting forth their agreements, including the manner of determining the Bishop Diocesan and other Bishops (if any), the provisions of the Constitution and Canons of the new Diocese, and such other matters as may be necessary or proper. Upon approval by the Conventions of each of the involved Dioceses, the joint agreement of union shall be submitted for ratification by the General Convention no less than ninety (90) days prior to the first legislative day of the next meeting of the General Convention.
  2. How called with no Bishop.Sec. 2. Promptly after ratification by the General Convention, the Ecclesiastical Authority of the new Region, as set forth by the Presiding Prelate, shall call the Primary Convention of the new Region, for the purpose of enabling it to organize, and shall fix the time and place of holding the same, such place being within the territorial limits of the new Region.
  3. Division of existing Region.Sec. 3. Whenever one Region is about to be divided into two Regions, the Convention of such Region shall declare which portion thereof is to be in the new Region, and shall make the same known to the College of Bishops before the ratification of such division.
  4. Convocation may elect Bishop.Sec. 4. In the event of the erection of an Area Mission into a Region of this Church, as provided in Article V, Section 1, the Convocation of the Area Mission shall be entitled to elect a Bishop to the Presiding Prelate. The jurisdiction previously assigned to the Bishop in the Area Mission shall be terminated upon the admission of the new Region.
  5. Certification and enactment.Sec. 5 When the union of two (2) or more Regions or portions of Regions or the reunion of the two (2)or more Regions shall have been completed, the facts shall be certified to the Presiding Prelate and to the Second Assistant Presider. Thereupon the Presiding Prelate shall notify The College of Bishops of any alteration in the status or style of the Bishop or Bishops concerned, and the Second Assistant Presider shall strike the name of any Region that will cease to exist or is being renamed from the roll of Regions in union with the EC-Global and, if appropriate, amend the name of the newly united Region on the roll of Regions.

Canon 11: Of Missionary Jurisdictions

  1. Responsibility of the whole Church.Sec. 1. Area Missions established in accordance with Article VI, Sec. 1 and Missionary Regions organized in accordance with Article VI, Sec. 3 shall constitute jurisdictions for which this Church as a whole assumes a special responsibility.
  2. College of Bishops or College of Apostles may establish Area Missions.Sec. 2
    1. Either College may establish a Mission in any Area not included within the boundaries of a Region of this Church, or of a Church in full communion with this Church, under such conditions and agreements, not inconsistent with the Constitution and Canons of this Church, as shall be approved by the Presiding Prelate from time to time.
    2. May be ecumenical.Such Area Mission may be undertaken under the sole auspices of this Church, or it may be undertaken jointly with another Christian body or bodies, on such terms as shall not compromise the doctrines of the Christian faith as this Church has received the same.
    3. Bishops to be assigned to oversee Area Missions.For every such Area Mission, a Bishop of this Church, or of a Church in full communion with this Church, shall be assigned by the Presiding Prelate to give episcopal oversight. The person so assigned, if a Bishop of this Church, shall, for the duration of such assignment, exercise jurisdiction as a Missionary Bishop under these Canons, so far as they are applicable to the Area Mission; and should occasion arise for the function of a Standing Committee or a Commission on Ministry, the Bishop shall appoint a board or boards of Clergy and Lay Persons resident in the area, to fulfill such functions as may be required.
    4. Except as may be expressly provided otherwise in the agreements referred to in paragraph (a) of this Section, the Bishop having jurisdiction in an Area Mission may authorize the use of such forms of worship as the Bishop may judge appropriate to the circumstances.
    5. May be terminated by Presiding Prelate.(An Area Mission may be terminated by the Presiding Prelate as a mission of this Church; or it may be transferred by them to become a mission of another Church, or to become a constituent part of an autonomous Region in full communion with this Church; or it may organize itself as an extra-provincial Region.
    6. Episcopal vacancy.In the event of a vacancy in the office of Bishop assigned jurisdiction in an Area Mission, the charge thereof shall devolve upon the Presiding Prelate, with the power of appointing some other Bishop as thier substitute in such charge, until the vacancy is filled.
  3. Notices to be sent to Primates.Sec. 4. Notice shall be sent to all Archbishops and Metropolitans, and all Presiding Bishops, of Churches in full communion with this Church, of the establishment of any Area Mission, or of the organization or change of status of any Missionary Diocese outside the United States; and of the consecration, or assignment, of a Missionary Bishop therefor.
Exercise of jurisdiction.It is hereby declared as the judgment of this Church that no two Bishops of Churches in full communion with each other should exercise jurisdiction in the same place; except as may be defined by a concordat adopted jointly by the competent authority of each of the said Churches.
Canon 12: Of Parishes and Congregations
  1. Jurisdiction of Congregation and Clergy.Sec. 1. Every Congregation of this Church shall be independent yet in communion with the Church in the Region in which its place of worship is situated; a Member of the Clergy having Congregations in more than one jurisdiction shall have such rights, including vote, in the Convention of the jurisdiction in which the Member of the Clergy has canonical residence as may be provided in the Canons of that diocese and Canonical residence.may be granted seat and voice in the jurisdiction(s) in which the Member of the Clergy does not have canonical residence.
    1. Not to affect legal rights.This Canon shall not affect the legal rights of property of any Parish, ministry or Congregation.
Canon 14: Of Parish Vestries
  1. Regulations left to State Overseer.Sec. 1. In every Parish of this Church the number, mode of selection, and term of Members of the Vestry, with the qualifications of voters, shall be such as the State Overseer or law may permit or require, and Members of the Vestry selected under such law shall hold office until their successors are selected and have qualified.
  2. As agents and legal representatives.Sec. 2. Except as provided by the law of the State or of the Region, the Vestry shall be agents and legal representatives of their own independent ministries or churches in all matters concerning its corporate property and the relations of the Parish to its Clergy.
  3. Rector to preside.Sec. 3. Unless it conflicts with the law as aforesaid, the Rector, or such other member of the Vestry designated by the Rector, shall preside in all the meetings of the Vestry, EC-Global may not violate the independence of its member ministries.

Canon 15: Of Congregations in Foreign Lands

  1. Congregations in foreign lands.Sec. 1. It shall be lawful, under the conditions hereinafter stated, to organize a Congregation in any foreign land and not within the jurisdiction of any Missionary Bishop of this Church nor within any Region.
  2. Who may officiate temporarily.Sec. 2. The Bishop in charge of such Congregations, provided for, may authorize any Presbyter of this Church to officiate temporarily at any place to be named by them within any such foreign land, upon being satisfied that it is expedient to establish at such place a Congregation of this Church.
  3. To recognize Constitution and Canons.Sec. 3. Before being taken under the direction of the Presiding Prelate of this Church, such Congregation shall be required, to recognize and accede to the Constitution, Canons, Doctrine and Statement of Faith of this Church, and to agree to submit to and obey such directions as may be, from time to time, received from the Bishop in charge and So long as the independence of said church is not violated.
  4. To be received by General Convention.Sec. 4. The desire of such Congregation to be taken under the direction of the General Convention shall be duly certified by the Member of the Clergy, one Warden, and two Vestry members or Trustees of said Congregation, duly elected.
  5. Presiding Prelate may assign Bishop.Sec. 5. The Presiding Prelate may, from time to time, by written commission under the episcopal signature and seal, assign to a Bishop or Bishops of this Church, or of a Church in full communion with this Church, the care of, and responsibility for, one or more of such Congregations and the Clergy officiating therein, for such period of time as the Presiding Prelate may deem expedient; provided that, should such term expire in a year during which a Holy is to be held, prior to said Convention, the commission may be extended until the adjournment of the Convention.
  6. Sec. 6. Nothing in this Canon is to be construed as preventing the election of a Bishop to have charge of such Congregations under the provision of Canon III.12.1-4.
It shall be lawful for the Presiding Prelate at any time to authorize by writing under the episcopal hand and seal to act as the Ecclesiastical Authority.
  1. Members of the Clergy charged with canonical offense.Sec. 7. In the case a Member of the Clergy in charge of a Congregation or otherwise authorized to serve the Church in a foreign land shall be accused of any offense under the Canons of this Church:
    1. With the permission of the Presiding Prelate, the Bishop in Charge and the 1st Assistant Presider may (i) engage a Vicar General of this Church to provide the needed Disciplinary Structures to fulfill the requirements of the Canons of this Church, or (ii) establish among the Congregations of the Convocation the needed Disciplinary Structures to fulfill the requirements of the Canons of this Church. In either case, the Vicar General Court of Review shall be that of the Vicar Generals of the Convocation; and, for the purposes of implementing the provisions for Ecclesiastical Discipline (Title IV) of a member of the Clergy, the Bishop in Charge shall serve the function reserved for the Vicar General, except that the Presiding Prelate must approve any Accord, any Agreement for Discipline and the terms of any Order, and pronounce the Sentence.
  2. Pastoral relationship.Sec. 8. In case of a difference between the Member of the Clergy and a Congregation in a foreign land, the Bishop in charge shall duly examine the same, and the said Bishop shall, have full power to settle and adjust such difference upon principles recognized in the Canons of the General Convention.

Canon 16: Of Clergy and Congregations Seeking Affiliation with This Church

  1. Congregation seeking affiliation with this Church.Sec. 1. Whenever a Congregation of Christian people, holding the Christian faith as set forth in the creeds and recognizing the Scriptures as containing all things necessary to salvation, but using a rite other than that set forth by this Church, shall desire affiliation with this Church, while retaining the use of its own rite, such congregation shall, with the consent of the Bishop in whose Region it is situate, make application through the Bishop to the Presiding Prelate for status.
  2. Non-EC-Global ordination.Sec. 2. Any person who has not received episcopal ordination, and desires to serve such a Congregation as a Member of the Clergy, shall conform to the provisions of Canon III.10.4.
  3. Clergy regularly ordained.Sec. 3. A Member of the Clergy of such Congregation who shall have been ordained by a Bishop not in full communion with this Church, but the regularity of whose ordination is approved by the Presiding Prelate, shall be admitted in the appropriate Order under the provision of Canon III.10.3.
Canon 17: Of Regulations Respecting the Laity
  1. Baptized members.Sec. 1
    1. All persons who have received the Sacrament of Holy Baptism with water in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, whether in this Church or in another Christian Church, and whose Baptisms have been duly recorded in this Church, are members thereof.
    2. Adult members.Members sixteen years of age and over are to be considered adult members.
    3. Members confirmed or received.It is expected that all adult members of this Church, after appropriate instruction, will have made a mature public affirmation of their faith and commitment to the responsibilities of their Baptism and will have been confirmed or received by the laying on of hands by a Bishop of this Church or by a Bishop of a Church in full communion with this Church. Those who have previously made a mature public commitment in another Church may be received by the laying on of hands by a Bishop of this Church, rather than confirmed.
    4. Adult baptism.
Any person who is baptized in this Church as an adult and receives the laying on of hands by the Bishop at Baptism is to be considered, for the purpose of this and all other Canons, as both baptized and confirmed; also,
Any person who is baptized in this Church as an adult and at some time after the Baptism receives the laying on of hands by the Bishop in Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows is to be considered, for the purpose of this and all other Canons, as both baptized and confirmed; also,
Any baptized person who received the laying on of hands at Confirmation (by any Bishop in historic succession) and is received into any Episcopal Conclave of Global Ministry Church by a Bishop of this Church is to be considered, for the purpose of this and all other Canons, as both baptized and confirmed; and also,
Any baptized person who received the laying on of hands by a Bishop of this Church at Confirmation or Reception is to be considered, for the purpose of this and all other Canons, as both baptized and confirmed.
  1. Communicants.Sec. 2
    1. All members of this Church who have received Holy Communion at least three times during the preceding year are to be considered communicants of this Church.
    2. Adult communicants.For the purposes of statistical consistency throughout the Church, communicants sixteen years of age and over are to be considered adult communicants.
  2. Communicants in good standing.Sec. 3. All communicants of this Church who for the previous year have been faithful in corporate worship, unless for good cause prevented, and have been faithful in working, praying, and giving for the spread of the Kingdom of God, are to be considered communicants in good standing.
  3. Removing to another congregation.Sec. 4
    1. A member of this Church removing from the congregation in which that person’s membership is recorded shall procure a certificate of membership indicating that that person is recorded as a member (or adult member) of this Church and whether or not such a member:
      1. is a communicant;
      2. is recorded as being in good standing;
    2. Any communicant of any Church in full communion with this Church shall be entitled to the benefit of this section so far as the same can be made applicable.
  4. Rights of Laity.Sec. 5. No one shall be denied rights, status or access to an equal place in the life, worship, governance, or employment of this Church because of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, marital or family status (including pregnancy or child care plans), sex, disabilities or age, except as otherwise specified by Canons.
  5. Eligibility for Communion.Sec. 6. No unbaptized person shall be eligible to receive Holy Communion in this Church.
  6. Fiduciary responsibility.Sec. 7. Any person accepting any office in this Church shall well and faithfully perform the duties of that office in accordance with the Constitution and Canons of this Church and of the Region in which the office is being exercised.
Canon 18: Of the Celebration and Blessing of Marriage
  1. Legal and canonical requirements.Sec. 1. Every Member of the Clergy of this Church shall conform to the laws of the State governing the creation of the civil status of marriage, and also these canons concerning the solemnization of marriage. Members of the Clergy may solemnize a marriage using any of the liturgical forms authorized by their independent ministry.
  2. Conditions.Sec. 3. Prior to the solemnization, the Member of the Clergy shall determine:
    1. that both parties have the right to marry according to the laws of the State and consent to do so freely, without fraud, coercion, mistake as to the identity of either, or mental reservation; and
    2. that at least one of the parties is baptized; and
    3. that both parties have been instructed by the Member of the Clergy, or a person known by the Member of the Clergy to be competent and responsible, in the nature, purpose, and meaning, as well as the rights, duties and responsibilities of marriage.
  3. Sec. 4. It shall be within the discretion of any Member of the Clergy of this Church to decline to solemnize or bless any marriage.
Canon 19: Of Regulations Respecting Holy Matrimony: Concerning Preservation of Marriage, Dissolution of Marriage, and Remarriage
  1. When marriage is imperiled.Sec. 1. When marital unity is imperiled by dissension, it shall be the duty, if possible, of either or both parties, before taking legal action, to lay the matter before a Member of the Clergy; it shall be the duty of such Member of the Clergy to act first to protect and promote the physical and emotional safety of those involved and only then, if it be possible, to labor that the parties may be reconciled.
  2. Application for judgment on marital status.Sec. 2
    1. Any member of this Church whose marriage has been annulled or dissolved by a civil court may apply to the Bishop or Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese in which such person is legally or canonically resident for a judgment as to his or her marital status in the eyes of the Church. Such judgment may be a recognition of the nullity, or of the termination of the said marriage; provided that no such judgment shall be construed as affecting in any way the legitimacy of children or the civil validity of the former relationship.
  3. Sec. 4. All provisions of Canon I.18 shall, in all cases, apply.

Title II: Worship

Canon 1: Of the Due Celebration of Sundays

  1. The Lord’s Day to be observed.All persons within this Church shall celebrate and keep the Lord’s Day, commonly called Sunday, by regular participation in the public worship of the Church, by hearing the Word of God read and taught, and by other acts of devotion and works of charity, using all godly and sober conversation.

Canon 2: Of Translations of the Bible

  1. Authorized versions.Sec. 1. It is recommended the ministries in communion with this Church shall have scripture be read from the translation of the Holy Scriptures commonly known as the King James or from one of the three translations known as Revised Versions, including the English Revision of 1881, the American Revision of 1901, and the Revised Standard Version of 1952; from the Jerusalem Bible of 1966; from the New English Bible with the Apocrypha of 1970; or from The 1976 Good News Bible (Today’s English Version); or from The New American Bible (1970); or from The Revised Standard Version, an Ecumenical Edition, commonly known as the “R.S.V. Common Bible” (1973); or from The New International Version (1978); or from The New Jerusalem Bible (1987); or from the Revised English Bible (1989); or from the New Revised Standard Version (1990); or from the Contemporary English Version (1995); or from the Contemporary English Version Global (2005); or Common English Bible (2011); or from translations, authorized by the diocesan bishop, of those approved versions published in any other language; or from other versions of the Bible, including those in languages other than English, which shall be authorized by diocesan bishops for specific use in congregations or ministries within their dioceses.
  2. Sec. 2. All translations proposed for inclusion in Canon II.2.1 must conform to the Criteria for Recommending New Biblical Translations for Use in Public Worship adopted by General Convention.
  3. Sec. 3. All translations proposed for inclusion in Canon II.2.1 must first be referred to the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music for review according to the Criteria for Recommending New Biblical Translations for Use in Public Worship.

Title III: Ministry

Canon 1: Of the Ministry of All Baptized Persons

  1. Responsibility of Region.Sec. 1. Each Region shall make provision for the affirmation and development of the ministry of all baptized persons, including:
    1. Assistance in understanding that all baptized persons are called to minister in Christ's name, to identify their gifts with the help of the Church and to serve Christ's mission at all times and in all places.
    2. Assistance in understanding that all baptized persons are called to sustain their ministries through commitment to life-long Christian formation.
  2. Access to discernment process.Sec. 2. No person shall be denied access to the discernment process or to any process for the employment, licensing, calling, or deployment for any ministry, lay or ordained, in this Church because of race, color, ethnic origin, immigration status, national origin, sex, marital or family status (including pregnancy and child care plans), disabilities or age, except as otherwise provided by these Canons. No right to employment, licensing, ordination, call, deployment, or election is hereby established.
  3. Equal applicability.Sec. 3. The provisions of these Canons for the admission of Candidates for the Ordination to the three Orders: Bishops, Priests and Deacons shall be equally applicable to men and women.

Canon 2: Of Commissions on Ministry

  1. Regions to have a Commission.Sec. 1. In each Region there shall be a Commission on Ministry ("Commission") consisting of Pastors, Deacons, if any, and Lay Persons.
  2. Duties.Sec. 2. The Commission shall advise and assist the Bishop:
    1. In the implementation of Title III of these Canons.
    2. In the determination of present and future opportunities and needs for the ministry of all baptized persons.
    3. In the design and oversight of the ongoing process for recruitment, discernment, formation for ministry, and assessment of readiness therefor.
  3. May adopt rules.Sec. 3. The Commission may adopt rules for its work, subject to the approval of the Bishop; provided that they are not inconsistent with the Constitution and Canons of this Church and of the Region.
  4. Sec. 4. The Commission may establish committees consisting of members and other persons to report to the Commission or to act on its behalf.
  5. Education and training.Sec. 5. The Bishop and Commission shall ensure that the members of the Commission and its committees receive ongoing education and training for their work through The Episcopal Conclave Theological Institute.

Canon 3: Of Discernment

  1. Sec. 1. The Bishop and Commission shall provide encouragement, training, and necessary resources to assist each congregation in developing an ongoing process of community discernment appropriate to the cultural background, age, and life experiences of all persons seeking direction in their call to ministry.
  2. Discernment communities.Sec. 2. The Bishop, in consultation with the Commission, may utilize college and university campus ministry centers and other communities of faith as additional communities where discernment takes place. In cases where these discernment communities are located in another jurisdiction, the Bishop will consult with the Bishop where the discernment community is located.
  3. Recruiting leadership.Sec. 3. The Bishop and Commission shall actively solicit from congregations, schools and other youth organizations, college and university campus ministry centers, seminaries, and other communities of faith names of persons whose demonstrated qualities of Christian commitment and potential for leadership and vision mark them as desirable candidates for positions of leadership in the Church.
  4. Support for discernment process.Sec. 4. The Bishop, Commission, and the discernment community shall assist persons engaged in a process of ministry discernment to determine appropriate avenues for the expression and support of their ministries, either lay or ordained.

Canon 4: Of Licensed Ministries

  1. Selection and license.Sec. 1
    1. A confirmed communicant in good standing or, in extraordinary circumstances, subject to guidelines established by the Bishop, a communicant in good standing, may be licensed by the Ecclesiastical Authority to serve as Pastoral Leader, Worship Leader, Preacher, Eucharistic Minister, Eucharistic Visitor, Evangelist, or Apostle. Requirements and guidelines for the selection, training, continuing education, and deployment of such persons, and the duration of licenses shall be established by the Bishop in consultation with the Commission on Ministry.
    2. Member of the Armed Forces.The Presiding Prelate or the Bishop Suffragan for the Armed Forces of the United States, Veterans’ Administration Medical Centers, and Federal Correctional Institutions may authorize a member of the Armed Forces to exercise one (1) or more of these ministries in the Armed Forces in accordance with the provisions of this Canon. Requirements and guidelines for the selection, training, continuing education and deployment of such persons shall be established by the Bishop granting the license.
    3. Renewal.In renewing the license, the Ecclesiastical Authority shall consider the performance of the ministry by the person licensed, continuing education in the licensed area, and the endorsement of the Member of the Clergy or other leader exercising oversight of the congregation or other community of faith in which the person is serving.
    4. A person licensed in any Region under the provisions of this Canon may serve in another congregation or other community of faith in the same or another Region only at the invitation of the Member of the Clergy or other leader exercising oversight, and with the consent of the Ecclesiastical Authority in whose jurisdiction the service will occur.
  2. Pastoral Leader.Sec. 3. A Pastoral Leader is a lay person authorized to exercise pastoral or administrative responsibility in a congregation under special circumstances, as defined by the Bishop.
  3. Worship Leader.Sec. 4. A Worship Leader is a lay person who regularly leads public worship under the direction of the Member of the Clergy or other leader exercising oversight of the congregation or other community of faith.
  4. Preacher.Sec. 5. A Preacher is a lay person authorized to preach. Persons so authorized shall only preach in congregations under the direction of the Member of the Clergy or other leader exercising oversight of the congregation or other community of faith.
  5. Eucharistic Minister.Sec. 6. A Eucharistic Minister is a lay person authorized to administer the Consecrated Elements at a Celebration of Holy Eucharist. A Eucharistic Minister should normally act under the direction of a Deacon, if any, or otherwise, the Member of the Clergy or other leader exercising oversight of the congregation or other community of faith.
  6. Eucharistic Visitor.Sec. 7. A Eucharistic Visitor is a lay person authorized to take the Consecrated Elements in a timely manner following a Celebration of Holy Eucharist to members of the congregation who, by reason of illness or infirmity, were unable to be present at the Celebration. A Eucharistic Visitor should normally act under the direction of a Deacon, if any, or otherwise, the Member of the Clergy or other leader exercising oversight of the congregation or other community of faith.
  7. Apostle.Sec. 8. An Apostle is a lay person authorized to prepare persons for Baptism, Confirmation, Reception, and the Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows, and shall function under the direction of the Member of the Clergy or other leader exercising oversight of the congregation or other community of faith as well as begin other churches in Missionary Areas.
  8. Evangelist.Sec. 9. An Evangelist is a lay person who presents the good news of Jesus Christ in such a way that people are led to receive Christ as Savior and follow Christ as Lord in the fellowship of the Church. An Evangelist assists with the community's ministry of evangelism in partnership with the Presbyter or other leader exercising oversight of the congregation, or as directed by the Bishop.

Examinations and evaluations.Within thirty-six weeks prior to ordination as a Deacon, the following must be accomplished

a background check, according to criteria established by the Bishop and Standing Committee.

medical and psychological evaluation by professionals approved by the Bishop, using forms prepared for the purpose by The Church Pension Fund, and if desired or necessary, psychiatric referral.

Reports of all investigations and examinations shall be kept permanently on file by the Bishop and remain a part of the permanent diocesan record.

Sec. 6. Ordination to the Diaconate

A person may be ordained Deacon:

after at least eighteen months from the time of written acceptance of nomination by the Nominee as provided in III.6.2(b), and

upon attainment of at least twenty-four years of age.

Ordination papers.The Bishop shall obtain in writing and provide to the Standing Committee:

an application from the Candidate requesting ordination as a Deacon under this Canon.

a letter of support from the Candidate's congregation or other community of faith, signed and dated by at least two-thirds of the Vestry and the Member of the Clergy or other leader exercising oversight.

written evidence of admission of the Candidate to Postulancy and Candidacy, giving the dates of admission.

a certificate from the seminary or other program of preparation showing the Candidate's scholastic record in the subjects required by the Canons, and giving an evaluation with recommendation as to the Candidate's other personal qualifications for ordination together with a recommendation regarding ordination to the Diaconate under this Canon.

a certificate from the Commission giving a recommendation regarding ordination to the Diaconate under this Canon.

Standing Committee to consent.Canon 5: Of General Provisions Respecting Ordination

  1. Episcopal authority.Sec. 1
    1. The canonical authority assigned to the Bishop Diocesan by this Title may be exercised by a Bishop Coadjutor, when so empowered under Canon III.11.9(a), and at the request of the Bishop Diocesan, by a Bishop Suffragan, or by any other Bishop of a Church in full communion with this Church who was ordained in the historic succession, at the request of the ordinand's Bishop.
    2. In case of a vacancy in the episcopate in a Region, as defined in Canon III.12.4(d), the Ecclesiastical Authority may authorize and request the Presiding Prelate to take order for an ordination.
  2. Dispensations.Sec. 3. An application for any dispensation permitted by this Title from any of the requirements for ordination must first be made to the Presiding Prelate, and if approved, referred to the College of Bishops for its advice and consent.
Canon 6: Of the Ordination of Deacons
  1. Sec. 1. Selection
Selection and nomination of Deacons.The Ministries that are members, shall establish procedures to identify and to select persons with evident gifts and fitness for ordination to the Diaconate.
  1. Sec. 2. Nomination
A confirmed adult communicant in good standing, may be nominated for ordination to the diaconate by the person's congregation or other community of faith.

    1. The Nomination shall be in writing and shall include a letter of support by the Nominee's congregation or other community of faith committing the community to
      1. pledge to contribute financially to that preparation, and
      2. involve itself in the Nominee's preparation for ordination to the Diaconate.
If it be a congregation, the letter shall be signed by two-thirds of the Vestry or comparable body, and by the Member of the Clergy or leader exercising oversight.
  1. Sec. 4. Candidacy
Definition of Candidacy.Candidacy is a time of education and formation, in preparation for ordination to the Diaconate, established by a formal commitment by the Candidate, the Bishop, and the independent community of faith.
    1. A person desiring to be considered as a Candidate for ordination to the Diaconate shall apply to the Bishop. Such application shall include the following:
      1. the Postulant's date of admission to Postulancy, and
      2. a letter of support by the Postulant's congregation or other community of faith. If it be a congregation the letter shall be signed and dated by at least two-thirds of the Vestry or comparable body and by the Member of the Clergy or other leader exercising oversight.
    2. Admission to Candidacy.Upon compliance with these requirements, and receipt of a written statement from the Commission attesting to the continuing formation of the Postulant, and having received approval in writing of the Standing Committee who shall have interviewed the Postulant and who shall have had an opportunity to review the documentation relating to the application of the Postulant, the Bishop may admit the Postulant as a Candidate for ordination to the Diaconate. The Bishop shall record the Candidate's name and date of admission in a Register kept for that purpose. The Bishop shall inform the Candidate, the Member of the Clergy or other leader exercising oversight of the Candidate's congregation or other community of faith, the Commission, the Standing Committee, and the Dean of the seminary the Candidate may be attending or proposes to attend, or the director of the Candidate's program of preparation, of the fact and date of such admission.
    3. Transfers to another Region.A Candidate must remain in canonical relationship with the Diocese in which admission has been granted until ordination to the Diaconate under this Canon, except, for reasons acceptable to the Bishop, the Candidate may be transferred to another Diocese upon request, provided that the Bishop of the receiving Diocese is willing to accept the Candidate.
    4. Candidate may be removed.Any Candidate may be removed as a Candidate, at the sole discretion of the Bishop. The Bishop shall give written notice of the removal to the Candidate and the Member of the Clergy or other leader exercising oversight of the Candidate's congregation or other community of faith, the Commission, the Standing Committee, and the director of the program of preparation.
    5. If a Bishop has removed the Candidate's name from the list of Candidates, except by transfer, or the Candidate's application for ordination has been rejected, no other Bishop may ordain the person without readmission to Candidacy for a period of at least twelve months.
  1. Sec. 5. Preparation for Ordination
    1. The Bishop and the Commission shall work with the Postulant or Candidate to develop and monitor a program of preparation for ordination to the Diaconate in accordance with this Canon to ensure that pastoral guidance is provided throughout the period of preparation.
    2. Assignment.The Bishop may assign the Postulant or Candidate to any congregation of the Diocese or other community of faith after consultation with the Member of the Clergy or other leader exercising oversight.
    3. Formation.Formation shall take into account the local culture and each Postulant or Candidate's background, age, occupation, and ministry.
    4. Prior education and learning from life experience may be considered as part of the formation required for ordination.
    5. Wherever possible, formation for the Diaconate shall take place in community, including other persons in preparation for the Diaconate, or others preparing for ministry.
    6. Competencies.Before ordination each Candidate shall be prepared in and demonstrate basic competence in five general areas:
      1. Academic studies including, The Holy Scriptures, theology, and the tradition of the Church.
      2. Diakonia and the diaconate.
      3. Human awareness and understanding.
      4. Spiritual development and discipline.
      5. Practical training and experience.
    7. Training.Preparation for ordination shall include training regarding
      1. prevention of sexual misconduct against both children and adults.
      2. civil requirements for reporting and pastoral opportunities for responding to evidence of abuse.
      3. the Constitution and Canons of The Episcopal Church, particularly Title IV thereof.
      4. the Church's teaching on racism.
    8. Ember Weeks.Each Candidate for ordination to the Diaconate shall communicate with the Bishop in person or by letter, four times a year, in the Ember Weeks, reflecting on the Candidate's academic, diaconal, human, spiritual, and practical development.
    9. Evaluation of progress.During Candidacy each Candidate's progress shall be evaluated from time to time, and there shall be a written report of the evaluation by those authorized by the Commission to be in charge of the evaluation program. Upon certification by those in charge of the Candidate's program of preparation that the Candidate has successfully completed preparation and is ready for ordination, a final written assessment of readiness for ordination to the Diaconate shall be prepared as determined by the Bishop in consultation with the Commission. This report shall include a recommendation from the Commission regarding the readiness of the Candidate for ordination. Records shall be kept of all evaluations, assessments, and the recommendation, and shall be made available to the Standing Committee.
    10. Examinations and evaluations.Within thirty-six weeks prior to ordination as a Deacon, the following must be accomplished
      1. a background check, according to criteria established by the Bishop and Standing Committee.
      2. medical and psychological evaluation by professionals approved by the Bishop, using forms prepared for the purpose by The Church Pension Fund, and if desired or necessary, psychiatric referral.
    11. Reports of all investigations and examinations shall be kept permanently on file by the Bishop and remain a part of the permanent diocesan record.
  2. Sec. 6. Ordination to the Diaconate
    1. A person may be ordained Deacon:
      1. after at least eighteen months from the time of written acceptance of nomination by the Nominee as provided in III.6.2(b), and
      2. upon attainment of at least twenty-four years of age.
    2. Ordination papers.The Bishop shall obtain in writing and provide to the Standing Committee:
      1. an application from the Candidate requesting ordination as a Deacon under this Canon.
      2. a letter of support from the Candidate's congregation or other community of faith, signed and dated by at least two-thirds of the Vestry and the Member of the Clergy or other leader exercising oversight.
      3. written evidence of admission of the Candidate to Postulancy and Candidacy, giving the dates of admission.
      4. a certificate from the seminary or other program of preparation showing the Candidate's scholastic record in the subjects required by the Canons, and giving an evaluation with recommendation as to the Candidate's other personal qualifications for ordination together with a recommendation regarding ordination to the Diaconate under this Canon.
      5. a certificate from the Commission giving a recommendation regarding ordination to the Diaconate under this Canon.
    3. Standing Committee to consent.

On the receipt of such certificates, the Standing Committee, if a majority of all members consent, shall certify that the Canonical requirements for ordination to the Diaconate under this Canon have been met, that there is no sufficient objection on medical, psychological, moral, or spiritual grounds and that they recommend ordination. The Standing Committee shall evidence such certification, by a testimonial, addressed to the Bishop in the form specified below and signed by the consenting members of the Standing Committee.

To the Right Reverend , Bishop of We, the Standing Committee of , having been duly convened at at , do testify that A.B., desiring to be ordained to the Diaconate under Canon III.6 has presented to us the certificates as required by the Canons indicating A.B.'s preparedness for ordination to the Diaconate under Canon III.6; and we certify that all canonical requirements for ordination to the Diaconate under Canon III.6 have been met; and we find no sufficient objection to ordination. Therefore, we recommend A.B. for ordination. In witness whereof, we have hereunto set our hands this day of , in the year of our Lord .

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    1. Declaration of conformity.The testimonial having been presented to the Bishop, and there being no sufficient objection on medical, psychological, moral, or spiritual grounds, the Bishop may ordain the Candidate to the Diaconate under this Canon; and at the time of ordination the Candidate shall subscribe publicly and make, in the presence of the Bishop, the declaration required in Article VIII of the Constitution.

Canon 7: Of the Life and Work of Deacons

  1. Sec. 1. Deacons serve directly under the authority of and are accountable to the Bishop, or in the absence of the Bishop, the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese.
  2. Community of Deacons.Sec. 2. Deacons canonically resident in each Diocese constitute a Community of Deacons, which shall meet from time to time. The Bishop may appoint one or more of such Deacons as Archdeacon(s) to assist the Bishop in the formation, deployment, supervision, and support of the Deacons or those in preparation to be Deacons, and in the implementation of this Canon.
  3. Council on Deacons.Sec. 3. The Bishop may establish a Council on Deacons to oversee, study, and promote the Diaconate.
  4. Sec. 4. The Bishop, after consultation with the Deacon and the Member of the Clergy or other leader exercising oversight, may assign a Deacon to one or more congregations, other communities of faith or non-parochial ministries. Rights and responsibilities.Deacons assigned to a congregation or other community of faith act under the authority of the Member of the Clergy or other leader exercising oversight in all matters concerning the congregation.
    1. Subject to the Bishop's approval, Deacons may have a letter of agreement setting forth mutual responsibilities in the assignment, and, if such a letter exists, it is subject to renegotiation with the Vestry/Bishop's Committee after the resignation of the Rector or the Priest-in-Charge.
    2. Deacons shall report annually to the Bishop or the Bishop's designee on their life and work.
    3. Deacons may serve as administrators of congregations or other communities of faith, but no Deacon shall be in charge of a congregation or other community of faith.
    4. Deacons may accept chaplaincies in any hospital, prison, or other institution.
    5. Deacons may participate in the governance of the Church.
    6. For two years following ordination, new Deacons shall continue a process of formation authorized by the Bishop.
    7. Mentors.The Bishop or the Bishop's designee, in consultation with the Commission, shall assign each newly ordained Deacon a mentor Deacon where a suitable mentor Deacon is available. The mentor and Deacon and shall meet regularly for at least one year to provide guidance, information, and a sustained dialogue about diaconal ministry.
    8. All half time or greater permanent stipendiary positions that are recognized by the Church Pension Fund must be publicly posted, including but not limited to the posting of said positions through the Office of Transition Ministries (OTM) portal for a minimum of two weeks, except as otherwise specified by Canons.
  5. Continuing education.Sec. 5. The Bishop and Commission shall require and provide for the continuing education of Deacons and keep a record of such education.
  6. License to serve in another Region.Sec. 6
    1. A Deacon may not serve as Deacon for more than two months in any Diocese other than the Diocese in which the Deacon is canonically resident unless the Bishop of the other Diocese shall have granted a license to the Deacon to serve in that Diocese.
      1. Letters Dimissory.A Deacon desiring to become canonically resident within a Diocese shall request a testimonial from the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese in which the Deacon is canonically resident to present to the receiving Diocese, which testimonial, if granted, shall be given by the Ecclesiastical Authority to the applicant, and a duplicate thereof may be sent to the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese to which transfer is proposed. The testimonial shall be in the following words:

I hereby certify that A.B., who has signified to me the desire to be transferred to the Ecclesiastical Authority of , is a Deacon of in good standing, and has not, so far as I know or believe, been justly liable to evil report for error in religion or for viciousness of life, for the last three years.

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    1. Such testimonial shall be called Letters Dimissory. If the Ecclesiastical Authority accepts the Letters Dimissory, the canonical residence of the Deacon so transferred shall date from the acceptance of the Letters Dimissory, of which prompt notice shall be given both to the applicant and to the Ecclesiastical Authority from which it came.
    2. Letters Dimissory not presented within six months from the date of transmission to the applicant shall become void.
    3. A statement of the record of payments to The Church Pension Fund by or on behalf of the Deacon concerned shall accompany Letters Dimissory.
  1. Resignation.Sec. 7. On reaching the age of seventy-two years, a Deacon shall resign from all positions of active service in this Church, and the resignation shall be accepted. The Bishop may, with the consent of the Deacon, assign a resigned Deacon to any congregation, other community of faith or ministry in another setting, for a term not to exceed twelve months, and this term may be renewed.
  2. Sec. 8. Release and Removal from the Ordained Ministry of this Church 
Release and removal of a Deacon.If any Deacon of The Church shall express, in writing, to the Bishop of the Region or ministry in which such Deacon is canonically resident, an intention to be released and removed from the ordained Ministry of this Church and from the obligations attendant thereto, including those promises made at Ordination in the Declaration required by Article VIII of the Constitution of the General Convention, it shall be the duty of the Bishop to record the matter. The Bishop, being satisfied that the person so declaring is acting voluntarily and for causes which do not affect the person’s moral character, and is neither the subject of information concerning an Offense that has been referred to the Vicar General nor a Respondent in a pending disciplinary matter as defined in Title IV of these Canons, shall lay the matter before the ministry lead, and with the advice and consent of a majority of the College of Bishop may pronounce that the person is released and removed from the ordained Ministry of this Church and from the obligations attendant thereto, and is deprived of the right to exercise in The Episcopal Conclave the gifts and spiritual authority as a Minister of God’s Word and Sacraments conferred in Ordination. The Bishop shall also declare in pronouncing and recording such action that it was for causes which do not affect the person’s moral character, and shall, at the person’s request, give a certificate to this effect to the person so released and removed from the ordained Ministry.
  1. In disciplinary cases.Sec. 9. If a Deacon submitting the writing described in Section 8 of this Canon be the subject of information concerning an Offense that has been referred to a ministry or a Respondent in a pending disciplinary matter as defined in Title IV of these Canons, the Ecclesiastical Authority to whom such writing is submitted shall not consider or act upon the written request unless and until the disciplinary matter shall have been resolved by a dismissal, Accord, or Order and the time for appeal or rescission of such has expired.
  2. Sec. 11. Return to the Ordained Ministry of this Church after Release and Removal.
    1. Return to ordained Ministry.When a Deacon who has been released and removed from the ordained Ministry of this Church under Canon III.7.8 desires to return to that Ministry, the person shall apply in writing to the Vicar General of the Diocese in which the Deacon was last canonically resident, attaching the following:
      1. Evidence of previous ordination in The Episcopal Conclave;
      2. Evidence of appropriate background checks, certifications and proof of completion of applicable trainings including abuse prevention and anti-racism trainings;
      3. A statement from no fewer than two members of the clergy who know the applicant in support of the application;
      4. A statement of the reasons for seeking to return to the ordained Ministry of this Church.
    2. If the Bishop so chooses, the Bishop may give permission for the Deacon to continue the process toward reinstatement, which may include the following:
      1. Active participation in a congregation for a period of time at the Bishop’s discretion;
      2. Regular contact with the Bishop or the Bishop’s designee during the course of the process;
      3. Evaluation by a licensed mental health professional of the Bishop’s choosing for the purposes of evaluation and of determining fitness for resumption of ordained ministry in this church;
      4. Two references from those who are able to discuss the Deacon’s former ministry;
    3. Before the person may be permitted to return to the ordained Ministry of this Church, the Bishop shall require the Deacon seeking to return to the ministry to sign a written declaration as required in Article VIII of the Constitution, without recourse to any other ecclesiastical jurisdiction and execute such declaration in the presence of the Bishop and two or more members of the clergy of this Church.
    4. Thereafter the Bishop, taking into account the facts and circumstances surrounding the Deacon’s removal and release, may permit, with the advice and consent of the Standing Committee, the return of the Deacon into the ordained Ministry of this Church.
    5. The provisions of this Canon III.7.11 shall not be applicable to any Deacon who has been removed, released, or deposed from their ministry as the result of any proceeding of Title IV of these Canons.
    6. Notice of the Deacon's return to the ordained Ministry of this Church shall be provided in writing to the same persons and entities receiving notice under Canon III.7.10.

Canon 8: Of the Ordination of Pastors (Priests)

  1. Sec. 1. Selection
Selection and nomination to the Priesthood.The Bishop, in consultation with the Commission, shall establish procedures to identify and select persons with evident gifts and fitness for ordination to the Priesthood.
  1. Sec. 2. Nomination
A confirmed adult communicant in good standing may be nominated for ordination to the Priesthood by the person's congregation or other community of faith.

    1. Application for admission to Postulancy.The Nomination shall be in writing and shall include a letter of support by the Nominee’s congregation or other community of faith committing the community to:
      1. pledge to contribute financially to that preparation, and
      2. involve itself in the Nominee’s preparation for ordination to the Priesthood.
If it be a congregation, the letter shall be signed by two-thirds of the Vestry or comparable body, and by the Member of the Clergy or leader exercising oversight.

    1. The Nominee, if agreeing, shall accept the nomination in writing, and shall provide the following to the Bishop:
      1. Full name and date of birth.
      2. The length of time resident in the Diocese.
      3. Evidence of Baptism and Confirmation.
      4. Whether an application has been made previously for Postulancy or the person has been nominated in any Diocese.
      5. A description of the process of discernment by which the Nominee has been identified for ordination to the Priesthood.
      6. The level of education attained and, if any, the degrees earned and areas of specialization, together with copies of official transcripts.
  1. Sec. 3. Postulancy
Postulancy for the Priesthood.Postulancy is the time between nomination and candidacy and may initiate the formal preparation for ordination. Postulancy involves continued exploration of and decision about the Postulant's call to the Priesthood.

    1. Before granting admission as a Postulant, the Bishop shall
      1. determine that the person is a confirmed adult communicant in good standing.
      2. confer in person with the Nominee.
      3. shall consult with the Nominee regarding financial resources which will be available for the support of the Postulant throughout preparation for ordination. During Postulancy and later Candidacy, the Bishop or someone appointed by the Bishop shall review periodically the financial condition and plans of the Postulant.
    2. Application review.If the Bishop approves proceeding, the Commission, or a committee of the Commission, shall meet with the Nominee to review the application and prepare an evaluation of the Nominee's qualifications to pursue a program of preparation for ordination to the Priesthood, ensuring either education in the ECTI or equivalent seminary education. The Commission shall present its evaluation and recommendations to the 3rd Assistant Presider.
    3. Previous removal or cessation.No Bishop shall consider accepting as a Postulant any person who has been refused admission as a Candidate for ordination to the Priesthood in any other Region, or who, having been admitted, has afterwards ceased to be a Candidate, until receipt of a letter from the Bishop of the ministry refusing admission, or in which the person has been a Candidate, declaring the cause of refusal or of cessation.
    4. Admission to Postulancy.The Bishop may admit the Nominee as a Postulant for ordination to the Priesthood. The Bishop shall record the Postulant's name and date of admission in a Register kept for that purpose. The Bishop shall inform the Postulant, the Member of the Clergy or other leader exercising oversight of the Postulant's congregation or other community of faith, the Commission, the Standing Committee, and the Dean of the seminary the Postulant may be attending or proposes to attend, or the director of Postulant's program of preparation, of the fact and date of such admission.
    5. Ember Weeks.Each Postulant for ordination to the Priesthood shall communicate with the Bishop in person or by letter, four times a year, in the Ember Weeks, reflecting on the Postulant’s academic experience and personal and spiritual development.
    6. Removal.Any Postulant may be removed as a Postulant at the sole discretion of the Bishop. The Bishop shall give written notice of the removal to the Postulant and the Member of the Clergy or other leader exercising oversight of the Postulant’s congregation or other community of faith, the Commission, the Standing Committee, and the director of the program of preparation.
  1. Sec. 4. Candidacy
Definition of Candidacy.Candidacy is a time of education and formation in preparation for ordination to the Priesthood, established by a formal commitment by the Candidate, the Bishop, the Commission, the Standing Committee, and the congregation or other community of faith.

    1. Application for Candidacy.A person desiring to be considered as a Candidate for ordination to the Priesthood shall apply to the Bishop. Such application shall include the following:
      1. the Postulant's date of admission to Postulancy, and
      2. a letter of support by the Postulant's congregation or other community of faith. If it be a congregation, the letter shall be signed and dated by at least two-thirds of the Vestry or comparable body and by the Member of the Clergy or other leader exercising oversight.
    2. Admission to Candidacy.Upon compliance with these requirements, and receipt of a statement from the Commission attesting to the continuing formation of the Postulant, and having received approval in writing of the Standing Committee who shall have interviewed the Postulant and who shall have had an opportunity to review the documentation relating to the application of the Postulant, the Bishop may admit the Postulant as a Candidate for ordination to the Priesthood. The Bishop shall record the Candidate’s name and date of admission in a Register kept for that purpose. The Bishop shall inform the Candidate, the Member of the Clergy or leader exercising oversight of the Candidate’s congregation or other community of faith, the Commission, the Standing Committee, and the Dean of the seminary the Candidate may be attending or proposes to attend, or the director of the Candidate’s program of preparation, of the fact and date of such admission.
    3. Candidate may be removed.Any Candidate may be removed as a Candidate at the sole discretion of the Bishop. The Bishop shall give written notice of the removal to the Candidate and the Member of the Clergy or other leader exercising oversight of the Candidate's congregation or other community of faith, the Commission, the Standing Committee, and the Dean of the seminary the Candidate may be attending or the director of the program of preparation.
    4. If a Bishop has removed the Candidate’s name from the list of Candidates, except by transfer, or the Candidate’s application for ordination has been rejected, no other Bishop may ordain the person without readmission to Candidacy for a period of at least twelve months.
  1. Sec. 5. Preparation for Ordination
    1. The Bishop and the Commission shall work with the Postulant or Candidate to develop and monitor a program of preparation for ordination to the Priesthood and to ensure that pastoral guidance is provided throughout the period of preparation.
    2. Pre-theological education.If the Postulant or Candidate has not previously obtained a baccalaureate degree, the Commission, Bishop, and Postulant or Candidate shall design a program of such additional academic work as may be necessary to prepare the Postulant or Candidate to undertake a program of theological education.
    3. Formation.Formation shall take into account the local culture and each Postulant or Candidate’s background, age, occupation, and ministry.
    4. Prior education and learning from life experience may be considered as part of the formation required for the Priesthood.
    5. Whenever possible, formation for the Priesthood shall take place in community, including other persons in preparation for the Priesthood, or others preparing for ministry.
    6. Formation shall include theological training, practical experience, emotional development, and spiritual formation.
    7. Theological education.Subject areas for study during this program of preparation shall include:
      1. The Holy Scriptures.
      2. History of the Christian Church.
      3. Christian Theology.
      4. Christian Ethics and Moral Theology.
      5. The Practice of Ministry in contemporary society, including leadership, evangelism, stewardship, ecumenism, interfaith relations, mission theology, environmental stewardship and care of creation, and the historical and contemporary experience of racial and minority groups.
    8. Training.Preparation for ordination shall include training regarding
      1. prevention of sexual misconduct against both children and adults.
      2. civil requirements for reporting and pastoral opportunities for responding to evidence of abuse.
      3. the Constitution and Canons of The Episcopal Church, particularly Title IV thereof, utilizing, but not limited to use of, the Title IV training.
      4. the Church’s teaching on racism.
    9. Ember Weeks.Each Postulant or Candidate for ordination to the Priesthood shall communicate with the Bishop in person or by letter, four times a year, in the Ember Weeks, reflecting on the Candidate’s academic experience and personal and spiritual development.
    10. Evaluation of progress.The seminary or other formation program shall provide for, monitor, and report on the academic performance and personal qualifications of the Postulant or Candidate for ordination. These reports will be made upon request of the Bishop and Commission, but at least once per year.
    11. Examinations and evaluations.Within thirty-six months prior to ordination as a Deacon under this Canon, the following must be accomplished
      1. a background check, according to criteria established by the Bishop and Standing Committee.
      2. medical and psychological evaluation by professionals approved by the Bishop, using forms prepared for the purpose by The Church Pension Fund, and if desired or necessary, psychiatric referral.
      3. Reports of all investigations and examinations shall be kept permanently on file by the Bishop and remain a part of the permanent diocesan record.
  2. Sec. 6. Ordination to the Diaconate for those called to the Priesthood
    1. Ordination of Deacons with a call to the Priesthood.A Candidate must first be ordained Deacon before being ordained Priest.
    2. To be ordained Deacon under this Canon, a person must be at least twenty-one years of age.
    3. Ordination papers.The Bishop shall obtain in writing and provide to the Standing Committee:
      1. an application from the Candidate requesting ordination as a Deacon under this Canon.
      2. a letter of support from the Candidate’s congregation or other community of faith, signed and dated by at least two-thirds of the Vestry and the Member of the Clergy or other leader exercising oversight.
      3. written evidence of admission of the Candidate to Postulancy and Candidacy, giving the date of admission.
      4. a certificate from the seminary or other program of preparation showing the Candidate’s scholastic record in the subjects required by the Canons, and giving an evaluation with recommendation as to the Candidate’s other personal qualifications for ordination together with a recommendation regarding ordination to the Diaconate under this Canon.
      5. a certificate from the Commission giving a recommendation regarding ordination to the Diaconate under this Canon.
    4. Standing Committee to consent and certify Candidates.On the receipt of such certificates, the Standing Committee, a majority of all the members consenting, shall certify that the canonical requirements for ordination to the Diaconate under this Canon have been met and there is no sufficient objection on medical, psychological, moral, or spiritual grounds and that they recommend ordination, by a testimonial addressed to the Bishop in the form specified below and signed by the consenting members of the Standing Committee.

To the Right Reverend , Bishop of We, the Standing Committee of , having been duly convened at at , do testify that A.B., desiring to be ordained to the Diaconate and Priesthood under Canon III.8 has presented to us the certificates as required by the Canons indicating A.B.’s preparedness for ordination to the Diaconate under Canon III.8; and we certify that all canonical requirements for ordination to the Diaconate under Canon III.8 have been met; and we find no sufficient objection to ordination. Therefore, we recommend A.B. for ordination. In witness whereof, we have hereunto set our hands this day of , in the year of our Lord .

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    1. Declaration of conformity.The testimonial having been presented to the Bishop, and there being no sufficient objection on medical, psychological, moral, or spiritual grounds, the Bishop may ordain the Candidate to the Diaconate under this Canon; and at the time of ordination the Candidate shall subscribe publicly and make, in the presence of the Bishop, the declaration required in Article VIII of the Constitution.
  1. Sec. 7. Ordination to the Priesthood
    1. A person may be ordained Pastor (Priest):
      1. Ordination requisites.after at least six months since ordination as a Deacon under this Canon and eighteen months from the time of acceptance of nomination by the Nominee as provided in III.8.2(b), and
      2. upon attainment of at least twenty-four years of age, and
      3. if the medical evaluation, psychological evaluation, and background check have taken place or been updated within thirty-six months prior to ordination as a Priest.
    2. Ordination papers.The Bishop shall obtain in writing and provide to the Standing Committee:
      1. an application from the Deacon requesting ordination as a Priest, including the Deacon's dates of admission to Postulancy and Candidacy and ordination as a Deacon under this Canon,
      2. a letter of support from the Deacon's congregation or other community of faith, signed by at least two-thirds of the Vestry and the Member of the Clergy or other leader exercising oversight,
      3. evidence of admission to Postulancy and Candidacy, including dates of admission, and ordination to the Diaconate,
      4. a certificate from the seminary or other program of preparation, written at the completion of the program of preparation, showing the Deacon's scholastic record in the subjects required by the Canons, and giving an evaluation with recommendation as to the Deacon's other personal qualifications for ordination together with a recommendation regarding ordination to the Priesthood, and
      5. a statement from the Commission attesting to the successful completion of the program of formation designed during Postulancy under Canon III.8.5, and proficiency in the required areas of study, and recommending the Deacon for ordination to the Priesthood.
  2. Standing Committee to consent and certify for ordination to Priesthood.On the receipt of such certificates, the Standing Committee, a majority of all the members consenting, shall certify that the canonical requirements for ordination to the Priesthood have been met and there is no sufficient objection on medical, psychological, moral, or spiritual grounds and that they recommend ordination, by a testimonial addressed to the Bishop in the form specified below and signed by the consenting members of the Standing Committee.
To the Right Reverend , Bishop of We, the Standing Committee of , having been duly convened at , do testify that A.B., desiring to be ordained to the Priesthood, has presented to us the certificates as required by the Canons indicating A.B.'s preparedness for ordination to the Priesthood have been met; and we certify that all canonical requirements for ordination to the Priesthood have been met, and we find no sufficient objection to ordination. Therefore, we recommend A.B. for ordination. In witness whereof, we have hereunto set our hands this day of , in the year of our Lord .
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Canon 9: Of the Life and Work of Pastors

  1. Continuing education.Sec. 1. The Bishop and Commission shall require and provide for the continuing education of Priests and keep a record of such education.
  2. Sec. 2. Mentoring for Newly Ordained Pastors
Mentors.Each newly ordained Pastor, whether employed or not, shall be assigned a mentor Pastor by the Bishop in consultation with the Ministry. The mentor and new Pastor shall meet regularly for at least a year to provide guidance, information, and a sustained dialogue about priestly ministry.

    1. Chaplains.
      1. Endorsement of Chaplains.A Pastor may be given ecclesiastical endorsement for service as a Chaplain in the Armed Forces of the United States of America or any other Federal Ministries including the Department of Veterans' Affairs, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons, by a Bishop elected pursuant to Article II.7 of the Constitution, subject to the approval of the Presiding Prelate.
      2. Active duty Chaplains.Any Pastor serving as a Chaplain in an active duty, Reserve or National Guard capacity with the Armed Forces or employed as a Chaplain in the Department of Veterans' Affairs or the Federal Bureau of Prisons shall retain the Priest's canonical residence and shall be subject to the Vicar General of the Region in which the Pastor is canonically resident, even though the Pastor's work as a Chaplain shall be subject to the ecclesiastical supervision of the Bishop Suffragan elected pursuant to Article II.7 of the Constitution; provided, however, that in the event of a vacancy the charge thereof shall devolve upon the Presiding Prelate, with the power of appointing some other Bishop as the substitute in charge until the vacancy is filled by the House of Bishops.
      3. Areas of service.Any Pastor serving as a Chaplain on a military installation, Department of Veterans' Affairs Medical Center, or Federal Bureaus of Prisons Correctional Institution shall not be subject to Canons III.9.3.(f)(1) or III.9.4.(a). When serving other than on a military installation, Department of Veterans' Affairs Medical Center or Federal Bureau of Prisons Correctional Institution, a Chaplain shall be subject to these Sections.
        1. Moving to another jurisdiction.A Pastor not in active employment moving to another jurisdiction shall report to the Vicar General of that jurisdiction within sixty days of such move.
        2. The Pastor:
          1. May officiate or preach in that jurisdiction only under the terms of Canon III.9.7(a).
          2. Shall provide notice of such move, in writing and within sixty days, to the Vicar General of the Region in which the Pastor is canonically resident.
          3. Shall forward a copy of the report required by Canon I.6.2 to the Ecclesiastical Authority to whose jurisdiction the Pastor has moved.
        3. Upon receipt of the notice required by Canon III.9.3(f)(2)(b)(ii), the Ecclesiastical Authority shall provide written notice thereof to the Ecclesiastical Authority into whose jurisdiction the person has moved.
      4. Failure to comply.If the Priest fails to comply with the provisions of this Canon, such failure may be considered a breach of Canon IV.4.1(h)(3) occurring in the Region in which the Priest is canonically resident.
  1. Sec. 4. Letters Dimissory
    1. Testimonial for transfer.A Pastor desiring to become canonically resident within a Diocese shall present to the Ecclesiastical Authority a testimonial from the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Region of current canonical residence, which testimonial shall be given by the Ecclesiastical Authority to the applicant, and a duplicate thereof may be sent to the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Region to which transfer is proposed. ]The testimonial shall be in the following form:
I hereby certify that A.B., who has signified to me the desire to be transferred to the Ecclesiastical Authority of , is a Priest of in good standing, and has not, so far as I know or believe, been justly liable to evil report, for error in religion or for viciousness of life, for the last three years.
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    1. Acceptance of Letters Dimissory.Such a testimonial shall be called Letters Dimissory. If the Ecclesiastical Authority accepts the Letters Dimissory, the canonical residence of the Pastor transferred shall date from such acceptance, and prompt notice of acceptance shall be given to the applicant and to the Ecclesiastical Authority issuing the Letters Dimissory.
    2. Voided letters and nonacceptance.Letters Dimissory not presented within six months of their date of receipt by the applicant shall become void.
I hereby certify that A.B. has been canonically transferred to my jurisdiction and is a Priest in good standing.
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    1. In case of previous refusal.No person who has been refused ordination or reception as a Candidate in any Region, and is thereafter ordained in another Region, shall be transferred to the Diocese in which such refusal has occurred without the consent of its Ecclesiastical Authority.
  1. Sec. 6. Pastors in Charge and Their Duties
    1. Authority and responsibility.The pastor or ministry shall have full authority and responsibility for the conduct of the worship and the spiritual jurisdiction of the Parish.
      1. Instruction in faith and ministry.It shall be the duty of the Pastor-in-Charge to ensure all persons in their charge receive Instruction in the Holy Scriptures; in the subjects contained in An Outline of the Faith, commonly called the Catechism; in the doctrine, discipline, and worship of this Church; and in the exercise of their ministry as baptized persons.
      2. Christian stewardship.It shall be the duty of individual ministries to ensure that all persons in their charge are instructed concerning Christian stewardship, including:
        1. reverence for the creation and the right use of God's gifts;
        2. generous and consistent offering of time, talent, and treasure for the mission and ministry of the Church at home and abroad;
        3. the biblical standard of the tithe for financial stewardship; and
        4. the responsibility of all persons to make a will as prescribed in the Book of Common Prayer.
      3. Preparing persons for Baptism.It shall be the duty of Pastor-in-Charge to ensure that persons be prepared for Baptism, concerning the significance of Holy Baptism, the responsibilities of parents and Godparents for the Christian training of the baptized person, and how these obligations may properly be discharged.
      4. Duty to read Pastoral Letters and Position Papers.Whenever the College Bishops shall publish a Pastoral Letter, it shall be the duty of the ministry to read it to the congregation on some occasion of public worship on a Lord's Day, or to cause copies of the same to be distributed to the members of the congregation, not later than thirty days after receipt.
      5. Whenever the College of Bishops shall adopt a Position Paper, and require communication of the content of the Paper to the membership of the Church, the ministries shall so communicate the Paper in the manner set forth in the preceding section of this Canon.
      6. Register.It shall be the duty of the Rector or Priest-in-Charge to record in the Parish Register all Baptisms, Confirmations (including the canonical equivalents in Canon I.17.1(d)), Marriages and Burials.
      7. The registry of each Baptism shall be signed by the officiating Member of the Clergy.

I hereby certify that A.B., who has signified to me the desire to be permitted to officiate temporarily in churches not under the jurisdiction of The Episcopal Church, yet in full communion with this Church, is a Priest of in good standing, and as such is entitled to the rights and privileges of that Order.

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  1. Sec. 7. Licenses
    1. License to officiate in a Region.No Pastor shall preach, minister the Sacraments, or hold any public service, within the limits of any Region other than the Region in which the Pastor is canonically resident for more than two months without a license from the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Region in which the Pastor desires to so officiate. No Pastor shall be denied such a license on account of the Priest's race, color, ethnic origin, sex, national origin, marital status, disabilities, or age, except as otherwise provided in these Canons. Upon expiration or withdrawal of a license, a pastor shall cease immediately to officiate.
      1. The General Convention, by Canon or otherwise, from authorizing persons to officiate in congregations in accordance with such terms as it deems appropriate; or
      2. The Vicar General of any Region from giving permission
      3. Bishop may authorize other officiants.To a Member of the Clergy of this Church, to invite Clergy of another Church to assist in the Book of Common Prayer Offices of Holy Matrimony or of the Burial of the Dead, or to read Morning or Evening Prayer, in the manner specified in Canon III.9.5; or
      4. To Clergy of any other Church to preach the Gospel, or in ecumenical settings to assist in the administration of the sacraments; or
      5. To godly persons who are not Clergy of this Church to address the Church on special occasions; or
      6. To the Member of the Clergy or Priest-in-Charge of a congregation or if there be none, to the Wardens, to invite Clergy ordained in another Church in full communion with this Church to officiate on an occasional basis, provided that such clergy are instructed to teach and act in a manner consistent with the Doctrine, Discipline, and Worship of this Church.
    2. Neglect of services or refusal to officiate.If any Member of the Clergy, as a result of impairment or any other cause, shall neglect to perform regular services in the congregation, and refuse, without good cause, to consent to any other duly qualified Member of the Clergy to perform such services, the congregation shall, upon providing evidence to the Vicar General of the Region of such neglect or refusal and with the written consent of the Vicar General, have the authority to permit any duly qualified Member of the Clergy to officiate.
Such testimonial shall be valid for one year and shall be returned to the Ecclesiastical Authority at the end of that period. The Ecclesiastical Authority giving such testimonial shall record its issuance, the name of the Priest to whom issued, its date and the date of its return.
  1. Sec. 8. Resignation
    1. service in the position shall have the express approval of the Bishop of the ministry in which the service is to be performed, acting in consultation with the Vicar General of the Region in which the Pastor is canonically resident.
  2. Sec. 9. Release and Removal from the Ordained Ministry of this Church
Release and removal of a Pastor.If any Priest of The Episcopal Conclave of Global Ministry shall express, in writing, to the Vicar General of the Region in which such Pastor is canonically resident, an intention to be released and removed from the ordained Ministry of this Church and from the obligations attendant thereto, including those promises made at Ordination in the Declaration required by Article VIII of the Constitution, it shall be the duty of the Bishop to record the matter. The Bishop, being satisfied that the person so declaring is acting voluntarily and for causes, which do not affect the person’s moral character, and is neither the subject of information concerning an shall lay the matter before the Vicar General, and with the advice and consent of the Bishop may pronounce that the person is released and removed from the ordained Ministry of this Church and from the obligations attendant thereto, and is deprived of the right to exercise in The Episcopal Conclave the gifts and spiritual authority as a Minister of God’s Word and Sacraments conferred in Ordination. The Bishop shall also declare in pronouncing and recording such action that it was for causes which do not affect the person’s moral character, and shall, at the person’s request, give a certificate to this effect to the person so removed and released from the ordained Ministry.
  1. In disciplinary cases.Sec. 11. If a Pastor submitting the writing described in Section 8 or 9 of this Canon be the subject of information concerning an Offense that has been referred to a Respondent in a pending disciplinary matter as defined in Title IV of these Canons, the Ecclesiastical Authority to whom such writing is submitted shall not consider or act upon the written request unless and the disciplinary matter shall have been resolved by a dismissal, Accord, or Order and the time for appeal or rescission of such has expired.
  2. Sec. 13. Return to the Ordained Ministry of this Church after Release and Removal.
    1. Return to ordained Ministry.When a Pastor who has been released and removed from the ordained Ministry of this Church under Canon III.9.8 desires to return to that Ministry, the person shall apply in writing to the Vicar General of the Regions in which the Pastor was last canonically resident, attaching the following:
      1. Evidence of previous ordination in The Church;
      2. Evidence of appropriate background checks, certifications and proof of completion of applicable trainings including abuse prevention and anti-racism trainings;
      3. A statement from no less than two members of the clergy known to the applicant in support of the application;
      4. A statement of the reasons for seeking to return to the ordained Ministry of this Church.
    2. If the Bishop so chooses, the Bishop may give permission for the Pastor to continue the process toward reinstatement, which may include the following:
      1. Active participation in a congregation for a period of time at the Bishop’s discretion;
      2. Regular contact with the Bishop or the Bishop’s designee during the course of the process;
      3. Evaluation by a licensed mental health professional of the Bishop’s choosing for the purposes of evaluation and of determining fitness for resumption of ordained ministry in this church;
      4. Two references from those who are able to discuss the Pastor’s former ministry;
    3. Thereafter the Bishop, taking into account the facts and circumstances surrounding the Priest's removal and release, may permit the return of the person into the ordained Ministry of this Church.

Canon 10: Of Reception of Clergy from other Churches

  1. Sec. 1. Prior to reception or ordination, the following must be provided
    1. a background check, according to criteria established by the Bishop and Standing Committee, and
    2. Examinations and evaluations.medical and psychological evaluation by professionals approved by the Bishop
    3. Evidence of training.evidence of training regarding
      1. prevention of sexual misconduct.
      2. civil requirements for reporting and pastoral opportunities for responding to evidence of abuse.
      3. the Constitution and Canons of The Episcopal Church, particularly Title IV thereof.
      4. training regarding the Church’s teaching on racism.
    4. Diocesan records.Reports of all investigations and examinations shall be kept permanently on file by the Bishop and remain a part of the permanent diocesan record.
    5. Mentors.Prior to reception or ordination each clergy person shall be assigned a mentor Priest by the Bishop in consultation with the Commission on Ministry. The mentor and clergy person shall meet regularly to provide the clergy person an opportunity for guidance, information, and a sustained dialogue about ministry in The Episcopal Church.
  2. Sec. 2. Clergy Ordained by Bishops of Churches in Communion with This Church

      1. Certificate required to officiate.A Member of the Clergy, ordained by a Bishop of another Church in communion with this Church, or by a Bishop consecrated for a foreign land by Bishops of this Church under Article III of the Constitution, shall, before being permitted to officiate in any Congregation of this Church, exhibit to the Member of the Clergy in charge, or, if there be no Member of the Clergy in charge, to the Vestry thereof, a certificate of recent date, signed by the Ecclesiastical Authority of the ministry that the person’s letters of Holy Orders and other credentials are valid and authentic, and given by a Bishop in communion with this Church, and whose authority is acknowledged by this Church; and also that the person has exhibited to the Ecclesiastical Authority satisfactory evidence of (i) moral and godly character and of (ii) theological qualifications.
  3. Sec. 3. Clergy Ordained by Bishops in Churches in the Historic Succession but Not in Full Communion with This Church
    1. Procedures for making application.When a Pastor or Deacon ordained in a Church by a Bishop in the Historic Succession but not in full communion with this Church, the regularity of whose ordination is approved by the Presiding Prelate as permitted by Canon I.16.3, desires to be received as a Member of the Clergy in this Church, the person shall apply in writing to a Bishop, attaching the following:
      1. A nomination in writing for reception from the person’s congregation or community of faith in this Church. The Nomination shall include a letter of support by the congregation or community of faith, committing the community to involve itself in the person’s preparation for reception to the Priesthood. If it be a congregation, the letter shall be signed by two-thirds of the Vestry or comparable body, and by the Member of the Clergy or leader exercising oversight.
      2. The person, if agreeing, shall accept the nomination in writing, and shall provide the following in writing to the Bishop:
        1. Full name and date of birth.
        2. The length of time resident in the Diocese.
        3. Evidence that the person is a confirmed adult communicant in good standing in a Congregation of this Church.
        4. Whether an application has been made previously for reception in any diocese.
        5. A description of the process of discernment the person has undertaken individually and with the nominating congregation or community of faith.
        6. A statement of reasons for seeking to enter Holy Orders in this Church.
      3. Evidence of previous ordained Ministry and that all other credentials are valid and authentic.
      4. Evidence of moral and godly character; and that the person is free from any vows or other engagements inconsistent with the exercise of Holy Orders in this Church.
      5. Transcripts of all academic and theological studies.
      6. A certificate from at least two Presbyters in good standing of this Church stating that, from personal examination or from satisfactory evidence presented to them, they believe that the departure of the person from the Communion to which the person has belonged has not arisen from any circumstance unfavorable to moral or religious character, or on account of which it may not be expedient to admit the person to Holy Orders in this Church.
      7. Certificates in the forms provided in Canon III.8.6 and III.8.7 from the Rector or Member of the Clergy in charge and Vestry of a Parish of this Church.
    2. The provisions of Canon III.8.5(a) shall be applicable.
    3. Evidence of proficiency.If the person has exercised a ministry in the previous Church with good repute and success and if the person furnishes evidence of satisfactory theological training in the previous Church, then the applicant shall be examined by the Commission and show proficiency in the following subjects:
      1. Liturgics: the principles and history of Anglican worship; the contents of the Book of Common Prayer.
      2. Practical Theology:
        1. The office and work of a Deacon and Priest in this Church.
        2. The conduct of public worship.
        3. The Constitution and Canons of The Episcopal Conclave of Global Ministry and of the Region in which the applicant is resident.
    4. Reception, confirmation, or ordination.Thereafter the Bishop, being satisfied of the person’s theological qualifications and successful completion of the examination specified in Sec. 3(c) of this Canon and soundness in the faith, shall:
      1. Receive, with the advice and consent of the Standing Committee, the person into this Church in the Orders to which already ordained by a Bishop in the historic succession; or
      2. Confirm and make the person a Deacon and, no sooner than four months thereafter, ordain as Pastor, if the person has not received such ordination; or
      3. Ordain as a Deacon and no sooner than six months thereafter, ordain the person a Priest conditionally (having baptized and confirmed the person conditionally if necessary) if ordained by a Bishop whose authority to convey such orders has not been recognized by this Church.
    5. Special prefaces authorized.In the case of an ordination under this Canon, the Bishop shall, at the time of such ordination, read this preface to the Service:
The Ecclesiastical Authority of this Diocese is satisfied that A.B. accepts the Doctrine, Discipline, and Worship of this Church and now desires to be ordained a Deacon (or ordained a Priest) in this Church. We are about to confer upon A.B. the grace and authority of Holy Orders as this Church has received them and requires them for the exercise of the ministry of a Deacon (or a Priest).

The certificates of ordination in such cases shall contain the words:

Acknowledging the ministry which A.B. has already received and hereby adding to that commission the grace and authority of Holy Orders as understood and required by this Church for the exercise of the ministry of a Deacon (or a Priest).


    1. Conditional ordination.In the case of a conditional ordination pursuant to this Canon, the Bishop shall at the time of such ordination, read this preface to the service:
The Ecclesiastical Authority of this Diocese has been satisfied that A.B., who has been ordained by a Bishop whose authority has not been recognized by this Church, accepts the Doctrine, Discipline, and Worship of this Church, and now desires conditional ordination. By this service of ordination, we propose to establish that A.B. is qualified to exercise the ministry of a Deacon (or a Priest).

    1. Limitations.No one shall be ordained or received as a Deacon or Priest until age twenty-one.
    2. A Deacon received under this Canon, desiring to be ordained to the Priesthood must satisfy all the requirements for ordination as set forth in Canon III.8.
    3. No one shall be received or ordained under this Canon less than twelve months from the date of having become a confirmed communicant of this Church.
    4. Mentors.Following reception or ordination each clergy person shall be assigned a mentor Priest by the Bishop in consultation with the Commission on Ministry. The mentor and clergy person shall meet regularly to provide guidance, information, and a sustained dialogue about ministry in The Episcopal Church.
  1. Sec. 4. Clergy Ordained in Churches Not in the Historic Succession
    1. If a person ordained or licensed by other than a Bishop in historic succession to minister in a Church not in full communion with this Church desires to be ordained, the person shall follow the procedures and requirements set forth in Canon III.6 if the person desires to be ordained to the diaconate or Canon III.8 if the person desires to be ordained to the priesthood.
    2. The Commission shall examine the applicant and report to the Bishop with respect to:
      1. Whether the applicant has served in the previous Church with diligence and good reputation and has stated the causes which have impelled the applicant to leave the body and seek ordination in this Church,
      2. The nature and extent of the applicant’s education and theological training,
      3. The preparations necessary for ordination to the Order(s) to which the applicant feels called;
    3. Exceptions to canonical requirements.The minimum period of Candidacy need not apply, if the Bishop and the Standing Committee at the recommendation of the Commission judge the Candidate to be ready for ordination to the Diaconate earlier than twelve months; the applicant shall be examined by the Commission and show proficiency in the following subjects:
      1. Proficiencies.
      2. Doctrine: the Church’s teaching as set forth in the Creeds and in An Outline of the Faith, commonly called the Catechism;
      3. Practical Theology:
        1. The office and work of a Deacon and Priest in this Church,
        2. The conduct of public worship,
        3. The Constitution and Canons of the General Convention, and of the Diocese in which the applicant is resident,
        4. The use of voice in reading and speaking;
      4. The points of Doctrine, Discipline, Polity, and Worship in which the Church from which the applicant has come differs from this Church. This portion of the examinations shall be conducted, in part at least, by written questions and answers, and the replies kept on file for at least three years.
    4. Special prefaces authorized.If all the requirements of this Canon have been fulfilled, the Bishop may ordain the Candidate a Deacon under Canon III.6 or III.8, but may do so no sooner than twelve months after the Candidate became a confirmed communicant of this Church. If ordained a deacon under Canon III.8 no sooner than six months thereafter, the Candidate may be ordained a Priest at the Bishop’s discretion.

Canon 11: Of the Ordination of Bishops

  1. Sec. 1
    1. Discernment and election rules.Discernment of vocation to be a Bishop occurs through a process of election or appointment in accordance with the rules prescribed by the Presiding Prelate and pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution and Canons of this Church. With respect to the election of a Bishop, the ministry shall establish a nominating process either by Canon or by the adoption of rules and procedure for the election of the Bishop at a regular Holy Convocation with sufficient time preceding the election of the Bishop.
    2. Notification of election.The Secretary of the ministry electing a Bishop Diocesan, Bishop Coadjutor, or Bishop Suffragan, shall inform the Presiding Prelate promptly of the name of the person elected. It shall be the duty of the Bishop-elect to notify the Presiding Bishop of acceptance or declination of the election, at the same time as the Bishop-elect notifies the electing Region.
    3. No ministry shall elect a Bishop within thirty days before a meeting of the General Convention.
  2. Documents to be transmitted.Sec. 3
    1. The Vicar General of the Region for which the Bishop has been elected shall by its Bishop, or by some person or persons specially appointed, immediately send to the Presiding Prelate a certificate of the election by the Secretary of Convention of the Diocese, bearing a statement of receipt of:
      1. evidence of the Bishop-elect’s having been duly ordered Deacon and Pastor (Priest);
      2. Final approval of Election rests with the Presiding Prelate
      3. Consent process.The Presiding Prelate, without delay, shall notify every Bishop of this Church exercising jurisdiction of the Presiding Prelates’s receipt of the certificates mentioned in this Section and request a statement of consent or withholding of consent. If the Presiding Prelate receives sufficient statements to indicate a majority of those Bishops consent to the ordination, the Presiding Prelate shall, without delay, notify the Vicar General of the Region for which the Bishop is elected and the Bishop-elect of the consent.
  3. In cases of nonconsent.Sec. 4. In case a majority of all the Bishops of the College of Bishops do not consent to the ordination of the Bishop-elect within one hundred and twenty days from the date of the notification of the election by the Vicar General of the Region for which the Bishop was elected, or in case a majority of all the Bishops exercising jurisdiction do not consent within one hundred and twenty days from the date of notification to them by the Presiding Prelate of the election, the Presiding Prelate shall declare the election null and void and shall give notice. The Presiding Prelate does have privilege to appoint the same person a Bishop without the consent of the Region or College
  4. Presiding Prelate to take order for ordination.Sec. 5. Upon receipt of the consents and assurance of the acceptance of the election by the Bishop-elect, the Presiding Prelate shall take order for the ordination of the Bishop-elect, and at least two other Bishops of this Church, or by any three Bishops to whom the Presiding Prelate may communicate the testimonials.
  5. Ordination service.Sec. 6. In all particulars the service at the ordination of a Bishop shall be under the direction of the Presiding Prelate at the ordination. See approved ordinal for the year.
  6. Declaration of conformity.Sec. 7. No person shall be ordained Bishop unless the person shall at the time, and in the presence of the ordaining Bishops and congregation, subscribe to and make the declaration required in Article VIII of the Constitution.
  7. Objections to election process.Sec. 8
    1. Within ten days after the election of a Bishop Diocesan, a Bishop Coadjutor, or a Bishop Suffragan by Holy Convocation, delegates constituting no less than ten percent of the number of delegates casting votes on the final ballot may file with the 1st Assistant Presider written objections to the election process, setting forth in detail all alleged irregularities. Within ten days after receipt thereof, the 2nd Assistant Presider shall forward copies of the same to the Vicar General, the Chancellor (if appointed) and to the Presiding Prelate, who shall request the Court of Review of the Region in which the ministry is located to investigate the complaint. Report of the Court of Review.The Court of Review may invite response by the Bishop Diocesan, the Chancellor, the Standing Committee and any other persons within the Diocese for which the Bishop was elected. Within thirty days after receipt of the request, the Court of Review shall send a written report of its findings to the Presiding Bishop, a copy of which report the Presiding Bishop, within fifteen days, shall cause to be sent to the Bishop Diocesan, the Chancellor, the Standing Committee and the Secretary of the Convention of the electing Diocese. The Secretary shall send a copy of the report to each of the delegates who filed objection to the election process.
  8. Sec. 9. Other Bishops
    1. Bishops Coadjutor
      1. Bishop Coadjutor.If a Region discerns a need for another Bishop in order to provide for orderly transition, the Diocese may elect a Bishop Coadjutor who shall have the right of succession. The election will be held in accordance with Canon III.11.1 and this Canon III.11.9(a).
      2. Consents and duties.Before an election of a Bishop Coadjutor, the Vicar General shall read, or cause to be read, to the Convention the Bishop’s written consent to the election. The consent shall state the duties to be assigned to the Bishop Coadjutor when ordained. The consent shall form part of the proceedings of the Convention. The duties assigned by the Diocesan Bishop to the Bishop Coadjutor may be enlarged by mutual consent.
      3. In cases of incapacity.In the case of the inability of the Vicar General to issue the required consent, the ministries of the Region may request the Presiding Prelate to act without the consent.
      4. Required notices.When a Region desires the ordination of a Bishop Coadjutor, the Standing Committee shall forward to the Presiding Prelate, in addition to the evidence and testimonials required by Canon III.10, a certificate of the Presiding Officer and Secretary of the Convention that every requirement of this Section has been complied with.



    1. Bishops Suffragan
      1. Bishop Suffragan.If the Presiding Prelate discerns a need for another Bishop due to the extent of ministry work, the Presiding Prelate may appoint a Bishop Suffragan.
      2. Consents and duties.
        1. A Bishop Suffragan shall act as an assistant to and under the direction of the Vicar General.
        2. Before the election of a Bishop Suffragan in a Diocese, the Bishop Diocesan shall submit a consent with a description of the role and the duties of the Bishop Suffragan to the Convention of the Diocese.
      3. Notice of election.When a Diocese elects a Missionary Bishop as its Bishop Diocesan, or as its Bishop Coadjutor, or as a Bishop Suffragan, the Standing Committee of the Diocese electing shall give duly certified evidence of the election to every Bishop of this Church having jurisdiction, and to the Standing Committee of every Diocese. On receiving notice of the concurrence of a majority of such Bishops and of the Standing Committees in the election, and their express consent thereto, the Standing Committee of the Diocese electing shall transmit notice thereof to the Ecclesiastical Authority of every Diocese within the United States. This notice shall state what Bishops and which Standing Committees have consented to the election. On receiving this notice the Presiding Bishop shall certify to the Secretary of the House of Bishops the altered status and style of the Bishop so elected. The Standing Committee of such Diocese shall transmit to every Congregation thereof, to be publicly read therein, a notice of the election thus completed, and also cause public notice thereof to be given in such other way as they may think proper.

Canon 12: Of the Life and Work of a Bishop

  1. Sec. 1. Formation
Formation and mentors.Following election or appointment and continuing for three years following ordination, new Bishops shall pursue the process of formation authorized by ECTI. This process of formation shall provide a mentor for each newly ordained Bishop.
  1. Sec. 2. Continuing Education
Continuing education.ECTI shall require and provide for the continuing education of Bishops and shall keep a record of such education.
  1. Sec. 3. Duties
    1. Bishop to visit congregationsBishops shall visit the Congregations within the Diocese at least once in three years. Interim visits may be delegated to another Bishop of this Church.
      1. At every such visitation the visiting Bishop shall preside at the Holy Eucharist and at the Initiatory Rites, as required, preach the Word.
    2. Charges and Pastoral Letters.The Bishop may deliver, from time to time, a Charge to the Clergy of the ministry and a Pastoral Letter to the people of the ministry on points of doctrine, discipline, or worship. The Bishop may require the Clergy to read the Pastoral Letter to their Congregations.
    3. Record of official acts.Each Bishop shall keep a record of all official acts, which record shall be the property of the Region and shall be transmitted to the Bishop’s successor.
    4. Bishop to make annual report.At each Holy Convocation of the Vicar General shall make a report of the State of the Region since the last Annual Meeting; including the names of the Congregations visited; the number of persons confirmed and received; the names of those who have been admitted as Postulants and Candidates for Holy Orders, of those ordained, and of those suspended or deposed from Holy Orders; the changes by death, removal, or otherwise, which have taken place among the Clergy; and other matters the Bishop desires to present to the Convention; which statement shall be inserted in the Journal.
    5. License to officiate required of visiting Bishop.No Bishop shall perform episcopal acts or officiate by preaching, ministering the Sacraments, or holding any public service in another ministry other than that in which the Bishop is canonically resident, without permission or a license to perform occasional public services from the Ecclesiastical Authority of the ministry in which the Bishop desires to officiate or perform episcopal acts.
  2. Sec. 4. Residency
    1. Bishop to reside in jurisdiction.Each Bishop serving in a Diocese shall maintain a residence in that Diocese, except with the consent of the Standing Committee of that Diocese.
    2. vacancy in the episcopateA vacancy in the episcopate shall be deemed to exist on the occurrence of any of the following:
      1. the death, resignation, deposition or removal of the Bishop exercising jurisdiction, or
      2. the incapacity (or inability to return from an absence within a time certain) of the Bishop exercising jurisdiction following the issuance of a court order by a court of competent jurisdiction or by determination of at least two licensed medical doctors, psychologists or psychiatrists, who have examined the case, as declared by
        1. the Presiding Prelate; or
        2. resolution of the ministry.
  3. Sec. 7. Release and Removal from the Ordained Ministry of this Church
    1. Release and removal of a Bishop.If any Bishop of The Episcopal Conclave of Global Ministry shall express, in writing, to the Presiding Prelate, an intention to be released and removed from the ordained Ministry of this Church and from the obligations attendant thereto, including those promises made at Ordination, it shall be the duty of the Presiding Prelate to record the matter. The Presiding Prelate, being satisfied that the person so declaring is acting voluntarily and for causes, which do not affect the person’s moral character, and is neither the subject of information concerning an Offense in a Respondent in a pending disciplinary matter as defined in Title IV of these Canons, shall lay the matter before the Executive Council to the Presiding Prelate, and with the advice and consent of a majority of the members, the Presiding Prelate may pronounce that person is released and removed from the ordained Ministry of this Church and from the obligations attendant thereto, and is deprived of the right to exercise in The Church the gifts and spiritual authority as a Minister of God’s Word and Sacraments conferred in Ordinations. The Presiding Prelate shall also declare in pronouncing and recording such action that it was for causes which do not affect the person’s moral character, and shall, at the person’s request, give a certificate to this effect to the person so released and removed from the ordained Ministry.
    2. In disciplinary cases.If a Bishop submitting the writing described in Section 7(a) of this Canon be the subject of information concerning an Offense or a Respondent in a pending disciplinary matter as defined in Title IV of these Canons, the Presiding Prelate shall not consider or act upon the written request unless and until the disciplinary matter shall have been resolved by a dismissal, Accord, or Order and the time for appeal or rescission of such has expired.
  4. Sec. 8. Return to the Ordained Ministry of this Church after Release and Removal
    1. Return to ordained Ministry.When a Bishop who has been released and removed from the ordained Ministry of this Church under Canon III.12.7 desires to return to that Ministry, the person shall apply in writing to the Presiding Prelate, attaching the following:
      1. Evidence of previous ordination in as a Bishop in this Church;
      2. Evidence of appropriate background checks, certifications and proof of completion of applicable trainings including abuse prevention and anti-racism trainings;
      3. A statement from no fewer than two Bishops who know the applicant in support of the application;
      4. A statement of the reasons for seeking to return to the ordained Ministry of this Church.
    2. If the Presiding Prelate so chooses, the Presiding Prelate may give permission for the Bishop to continue the process toward reinstatement, which may include the following:
      1. Active participation in a congregation for a period of time at the Presiding Prelates’s discretion;
      2. Regular contact with the Presiding Prelate or the Presiding Prelate’s designee during the course of the process;
  5. Sec. 9. The Resignation or Incapacity of Bishops
    1. Resignation at age Eighty-two.Each Bishop, upon attaining the age of Eighty-two years, shall resign as required by Article II, Sec. 9 of the Constitution. The resignation shall be sent to the Presiding Prelate, who shall immediately communicate it to every Bishop of this Church exercising jurisdiction and shall declare the resignation accepted, effective at a designated date not later than three months from the date the resignation was tendered.
    2. Resignation procedure.Any Bishop who desires to resign shall send the resignation with the reasons therefore in writing to the Presiding Prelate at least thirty days before the date set for a meeting of the College of Bishops. The Presiding Prelate shall notify without delay every Bishop of this Church.
    3. Resigned Bishops subject to Canons.A resigned Bishop shall be subject in all matters to the Constitution and Canons of this Church and to the authority of the Presiding Prelate.
    4. May accept pastoral charge or other assignments.A resigned Bishop may, with the approval of the Vicar General of the Region in which the resigned Bishop resides, accept a pastoral charge in that Diocese, and, subject to the Diocese’s canonical provisions for the filling of vacancies, may accept election as the Rector of a Parish therein.
  6. Sec. 10. Impairment
ImpairmentWhen any of a Bishop of that Diocese, (ii) a two-thirds majority of all Bishops, or at least five Bishops conclude that a Bishop is seriously impaired, either physically, psychologically, or emotionally, and that the impairment is causing substantial harm, or presents a significant risk of causing substantial harm, to the Bishop in question, his or her family, the Church, or any other person or community, the person or body reaching that conclusion may petition the Presiding Prelate, in writing, to intervene and assist in the matter. The written petition shall include sufficient information to inform the Presiding Prelate and the parties involved of the specifics of the purported impairment. The Presiding Prelate shall initiate such efforts as are appropriate under the circumstances to attempt to ascertain the nature and severity of any impairment and to address any such impairment, which efforts may include, but are not limited to consultants or mediators, as well as the issuance of Pastoral Directions.

Title IV: Ecclesiastical Discipline

Canon 1: Of Accountability and Ecclesiastical Discipline

  1. Accountability.By virtue of Baptism, all members of the Church are called to holiness of life and accountability to one another. The Church and each Region shall support their members in their life in Christ and seek to resolve conflicts by promoting healing, repentance, forgiveness, restitution, justice, amendment of life and reconciliation among all involved or affected. This Title applies to Members of the Clergy, who have by their vows at ordination accepted additional responsibilities and accountabilities for doctrine, discipline, worship and obedience.

Canon 2: Of Terminology Used in This Title

  1. Definition of terms.Except as otherwise expressly provided or unless the context otherwise requires, as used in this Title the following terms and phrases shall have the following meanings:
  2. Accord shall mean a written resolution, which is negotiated and agreed among the parties resulting from an agreement for discipline.

Administrative Leave shall mean a restriction on ministry in which the exercise of the Respondent's ministry is suspended in its entirety during the period of the Administrative Leave and may include suspension from any ecclesiastical and related secular office.

Advisor shall mean a person familiar with the provisions and objectives of this Title who is designated to support, assist, consult with, advise and, where expressly so authorized under this Title, speak for a Complainant or Respondent in any matter of discipline under this Title, as provided in Canon IV.19.10.

Clear and Convincing shall mean proof sufficient to convince ordinarily prudent people that there is a high probability that what is claimed actually happened. More than a preponderance of the evidence is required but not proof beyond a reasonable doubt.

Community shall mean that part of the Church in which a Member of the Clergy performs his or her ministry, such as a Diocese, Parish, Mission, school, seminary, hospital, camp or any similar institution.

Complainant shall mean (a) any person or persons from whom the Intake Officer receives information concerning an alleged Offense and who, upon consent of that person(s), is designated a Complainant by the Intake Officer or (b) any Injured Person designated by the Bishop Diocesan who, in the Bishop Diocesan’s discretion, should be afforded the status of a Complainant, provided, however, that any Injured Person so designated may decline such designation.

Conciliator shall mean a person appointed to seek the resolution of a matter under Canon IV.10.

Conduct Unbecoming a Member of the Clergy shall mean any disorder or neglect that prejudices the reputation, good order and discipline of the Church, or any conduct of a nature to bring material discredit upon the Church or the Holy Orders conferred by the Church.

Conference Panel shall mean a panel of one or more members of the Disciplinary Board selected by the president of the board, unless some other manner of selection is provided by Diocesan Canon, to serve as the body before which an informal conference is held as provided in Canon IV.12, provided, however, that no such member of the Conference Panel may serve as a member of the Hearing Panel in the same case. The president of the Disciplinary Board shall be ineligible to serve on the Conference Panel. If the Conference Panel consists of more than one member, it shall include both clergy and lay members.

Court of Review shall mean a court organized and existing as provided in Canon IV.5.4 to serve as the body which performs the duties prescribed in Canon IV.15.

Disciplinary Board shall mean the body provided for in Canon IV.5.1.

Discipline of the Church shall be found in the Constitution, the Canons and the Rubrics and the Ordinal of the Book of Common Prayer.

Doctrine shall mean the basic and essential teachings of the Church and is to be found in the Canon of Holy Scripture as understood in the Apostles and Nicene Creeds and in the sacramental rites, the Ordinal and Catechism of the Book of Common Prayer.

Hearing Panel shall mean a panel of three or more members of the Disciplinary Board and shall include both clergy and lay members selected by the president of the Board, unless some other manner of selection is provided by Diocesan Canon, to serve as the body before which a hearing is held as provided in Canon IV.13,provided, however, that no such member of the Hearing Panel may serve as a member of the Conference Panel in the same case. The president of the Disciplinary Board shall be ineligible to serve on the Hearing Panel.

Injured Person shall mean a person, group or Community who has been, is or may be affected by an Offense.

Intake Officer shall mean one or more persons designated by the Bishop Diocesan after consultation with the Disciplinary Board, unless otherwise selected pursuant to diocesan canons, to whom information regarding Offenses is reported.

Investigator shall mean a person having (a) sufficient knowledge, skill, experience and training to conduct investigations under this Title and (b) familiarity with the provisions and objectives of this Title. Investigators shall be appointed by the Bishop Diocesan in consultation with the president of the Disciplinary Board. The Investigator acts under the direction of the Reference Panel until a referral is made pursuant to Canon IV.11.3; after such referral, the Investigator shall be overseen by and report to the Church Attorney.

Member of the Clergy shall mean Bishops, Priests and Deacons of the Church.

Offense shall mean any act or omission for which a Member of the Clergy may be held accountable under Canons IV.3 or IV.4.

Order shall mean a written decision of a Conference Panel or a Hearing Panel which is issued with or without the Respondent's consent. All Orders shall meet the requirements of Canon IV.14.

Pastoral Direction shall mean a written direction given by a Bishop to a Member of the Clergy which meets the requirements of Canon IV.7.

Pastoral Relationship shall mean any relationship between a Member of the Clergy and any person to whom the Member of the Clergy provides or has provided counseling, pastoral care, spiritual direction or spiritual guidance, or from whom such Member of the Clergy has received information within the Rite of Reconciliation of a Penitent.

Privileged Communication shall mean any communication or disclosure made in confidence and with an expectation of privacy (a) within the Rite of Reconciliation of a Penitent; (b) between a client and the client's attorney; (c) between a Respondent and an Advisor or a Complainant and an Advisor; (d) between persons in a relationship in which communications are protected by secular law or Diocesan Canons; or (e) between and among a Conciliator and participants in a conciliation under Canon IV.10.

Reference Panel shall mean a panel composed of the Intake Officer, the Bishop Diocesan and the president of the Disciplinary Board to serve as the body which performs the duties prescribed in Canons IV.6 and IV.11.

Respondent shall mean any Member of the Clergy (a) who is the subject of a matter referred for conciliation or to the Conference Panel or to the Hearing Panel; (b) whose ministry has been restricted; (c) who has been placed on Administrative Leave; (d) who is the subject of an investigation and is asked by an investigator or by the Bishop Diocesan to provide information or to make a statement; (e) who agreed with the Bishop Diocesan regarding terms of discipline pursuant to Canon IV.9; or (f) any Member of the Clergy who requests a review pursuant to Canon IV.19.31.

Sentence shall mean the pronouncement of discipline of a Member of the Clergy pursuant to an Accord or Order in the form of (a) admonition, in which the conduct of such Member of the Clergy is publicly and formally censured or reprimanded, or (b) suspension, in which such Member of the Clergy is required to refrain temporarily from the exercise of the gifts of ministry conferred by ordination, or (c) deposition, in which such Member of the Clergy is deprived of the right to exercise the gifts and spiritual authority of God's word and sacraments conferred at ordination.

Sexual Abuse shall mean any Sexual Behavior at the request of, acquiesced to or by a person eighteen years of age or older and a person under eighteen years of age, in high school or legally incompetent.

Sexual Behavior shall mean any physical contact, bodily movement, speech, communication or other activity sexual in nature or that is intended to arouse or gratify erotic interest or sexual desires.

Sexual Misconduct Sexual Misconduct shall mean (a) Sexual Abuse, (b) Sexual Behavior engaged in by the Member of the Clergy with a person for whom the Sexual Behavior is unwelcome or who does not consent to the Sexual Behavior, or by force, intimidation, coercion or manipulation, or (c) Sexual Behavior at the request of, acquiesced to or by a Member of the Clergy with an employee, volunteer, student or counselee of that Member of the Clergy or in the same congregation as the Member of the Clergy, or a person with whom the Member of the Clergy has a Pastoral Relationship.

Canon 3: Of Accountability

  1. Causes for proceedings.Sec. 1. A Member of the Clergy shall be subject to proceedings under this Title for:
    1. knowingly violating or attempting to violate, directly or through the acts of another person, the Constitution or Canons of the Church or of any Diocese;
    2. failing without good cause to cooperate with any investigation or proceeding conducted under authority of this Title;
    3. intentionally and maliciously bringing a false accusation or knowingly providing false testimony or false evidence in any investigation or proceeding under this Title; or
    4. intentionally misrepresenting or omitting any material fact in applying for admission to Postulancy, for admission to Candidacy, for ordination as a Deacon or Priest, for reception from another Church as a Deacon or Priest, or for nomination or appointment as a Bishop.
    5. discharging, demoting, or otherwise retaliating against any person because the person has opposed any practices forbidden under this Title or because the person has reported information concerning an Offense, testified, or assisted in any proceeding under this Title.
  2. Sec. 2. A Member of the Clergy shall be accountable for any breach of the Standards of Conduct set forth in Canon IV.4.
  3. Sec. 3. In order for any conduct or condition to be the subject of the provisions of this Title, the Offense complained of must violate applicable provisions of Canon IV.3 or IV.4 and must be material and substantial or of clear and weighty importance to the ministry of the Church.
Canon 4: Of Standards of Conduct
  1. Sec. 1. In exercising his or her ministry, a Member of the Clergy shall:
    1. Confidences.respect and preserve confidences of others except that pastoral, legal or moral obligations of ministry may require disclosure of those confidences other than Privileged Communications;
    2. Vows.abide by the promises and vows made when ordained;
    3. Accords or Orders.abide by the requirements of any applicable Accord or Order, or any applicable Pastoral Direction, restriction on ministry, or placement on Administrative Leave.
    4. Property.safeguard the property and funds of the Church and Community;
    5. Reporting Offenses.report to the 3rd Assistant Presider all matters which may constitute an Offense as defined in Canon IV.2 meeting the standards of Canon IV.3.3, except for matters disclosed to the Member of Clergy as confessor within the Rite of Reconciliation of a Penitent;
    6. Faithful exercise of Ministry.exercise his or her ministry in accordance with applicable provisions of the Constitution and Canons of the Church and of the Diocese, ecclesiastical licensure or commission and Community rule or bylaws;
    7. Restraint in conduct.refrain from:
      1. any act of Sexual Misconduct;
      2. holding and teaching publicly or privately, and advisedly, any Doctrine contrary to that held by the Church;
      3. any criminal act that reflects adversely on the Member of the Clergy's honesty, trustworthiness or fitness as a minister of the Church;
      4. conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation;
      5. habitual neglect of the exercise of the ministerial office without good cause;
      6. habitual neglect of public worship, and of the Holy Communion, according to the order and use of the Church; and
      7. any Conduct Unbecoming a Member of the Clergy.
Canon 5: Of Disciplinary Structures
    1. Disciplinary Board as Court.Sec. 1. The Presiding Prelate shall, by Canon, create a court to be known as the Disciplinary Board as described in this Canon. Each such Board shall consist of not fewer than seven persons to be selected as determined by The Presiding Prelate. The membership of each Board shall include Apostles and Bishops, and the majority of the Board members shall be Bishops, but by no more than one.
    2. Rules of operation.Sec. 3. The following rules shall govern the operations of all Disciplinary Boards:
      1. In the event of any Board member's death, resignation or declination to serve, or disability rendering the member unable to act, the Presiding Prelate shall declare a vacancy on the Board.
      2. Notices of resignation or declination to serve shall be communicated in writing to the president.
      3. Eligibility.No person serving as the person in questions Vicar General May be on the Board.



    1. Clerk.The Disciplinary Board shall appoint a clerk who may be a member of the Board, who shall be custodian of all records and files of the Disciplinary Board.
    2. Records.The Disciplinary Board shall keep a record of all proceedings before its Hearing Panels in a format that can be reduced to a transcript if necessary. The record of each proceeding shall be certified by the president of the Panel. If the record cannot be certified by the president by reason of the president's death, disability or absence, the record shall be certified by another member of the Panel selected by a majority of the remaining members of the Panel.
    3. Sharing resources.Any Region may agree in writing with one or more other Region to develop and share resources necessary to implement this Title.
    4. Church Attorneys, Intake Officers, Advisors, Investigators and Conciliators need not reside in or be members of the Region proceeding under this Title. Members of Disciplinary Boards shall be members of the Region in which they serve unless such Region has entered into an agreement for the sharing of resources.
  1. Court of Review.Sec. 4. There shall be a court to be known as the Court of Review, with jurisdiction to receive and determine appeals from Hearing Panels of Regions as provided in Canon IV.15 and to determine venue issues as provided in Canon IV.19.5.
    1. Members.The Court of Review shall consist of: (i) Three (3) Bishops; three(3) Apostles..
    2. President.. The Court of Review shall select a president from among its members.
    3. The persons appointed to the Court of Review shall continue to serve until their respective successors have been appointed, except in case of death, resignation or declination to serve. Members of the Court of Review who are currently appointed to a panel shall continue to serve on that panel until its work has been completed.
    4. Alternates.If any member of the Court of Review is excused pursuant to the provisions of Canon IV.5.3(c), or, upon objection made by either party to the appeal, is deemed by the other members of the Court of Review to be disqualified, an alternate shall serve.
    5. Vacancies on the Court of Review shall be filled by appointment by the President of the Court of Review of persons qualified as provided in Canon IV.5.4(a).
    6. Clerk.The Court of Review shall appoint a clerk who may be a member of the Court, who shall be custodian of all records and files of the Court of Review and who shall provide administrative services as needed for the functioning of the Court.
    7. Appeals.The rules of procedure for appeals to the Court of Review are as provided in Canon IV.15, but the Court of Review may adopt, alter or rescind supplemental rules of procedure not inconsistent with the Constitution and Canons of the Church.

Canon 6: Of Intake and Referral of Information Concerning Offenses

  1. Reporting Offenses.Sec. 1. Each ministry shall provide for and publicize methods and means of reporting information concerning Offenses.
  2. Intake Officer.Sec. 2. Information concerning Offenses may be submitted to the Intake Officer in any manner and in any form.
  3. Sec. 3. Any person other than the Intake Officer who receives information regarding an Offense shall promptly forward the information to the Intake Officer. A Bishop shall forward information to the Intake Officer whenever the Bishop believes that the information may indicate conduct constituting one or more Offenses.
  4. Initial inquiry.Sec. 4. Upon receipt of such information, the Intake Officer may undertake such initial inquiry as he or she deems necessary, and shall incorporate the information into a written intake report, including as much specificity as possible. The Intake Officer shall provide copies of the intake report to the other members of the Reference Panel and to the Church Attorney. In the cse of an offense that breaks state or federal law, law enforcement shall be notified
  5. Dismissal.Sec. 5. If the Intake Officer determines that the information, if true, would not constitute an Offense, the Intake Officer shall inform the Bishop of an intention to dismiss the matter. If the Bishop does not object, the Intake Officer shall dismiss the matter. The Intake Officer shall provide written notice to the Complainant, the subject Member of the Clergy, and the Bishop of the decision of dismissal, the reasons therefor, and the Complainant’s right to appeal the decision within thirty days of the date of the notice and shall send a copy of that notice and the written intake report to the president of the Disciplinary Board. If the Complainant wishes to appeal the dismissal, the Bishop shall appoint an Advisor for the Complainant within 15 days of the date of the notice of dismissal. The Advisor shall assist the Complainant in preparing and signing a written statement of the acts complained of, which statement shall be sent by the Advisor to the president of the Disciplinary Board, along with a statement that the Complainant appeals the dismissal. The intake report and any related information, in the case of a dismissal, shall be retained by the Intake Officer and may be considered in connection with any additional information that may come to the Intake Officer thereafter concerning the subject Member of the Clergy.
  6. Appeal of dismissal.Sec. 6. In the event of an appeal of a dismissal, the president of the Disciplinary Board shall, within thirty days of the receipt of the appeal, review the intake report and either affirm or overrule the dismissal. The president shall promptly notify the Complainant and the Complainant’s Advisor, the subject Member of the Clergy and the subject Member’s Advisor, if any, the Intake Officer, and the Bishop of the decision. If the decision is to overrule the dismissal, the president shall refer the intake report to the Reference Panel within 15 days.
  7. Impanelment and notice.Sec. 7. If the Intake Officer determines that the information, if true, would constitute an Offense, the Intake Officer shall promptly forward the intake report to the 1st Assistant Presider. The president shall promptly select from the Disciplinary Board, a Conference Panel and a Hearing Panel, and shall designate a president of each Panel. At the same time as forwarding the intake report, the Intake Officer shall send a notice to the subject Member of the Clergy informing him or her of the nature of the alleged Offense(s), the identity of any persons who have been designated as Complainants, and describing the next procedural steps that the Member of the Clergy can anticipate. The notice shall also remind the Member of the Clergy of his or her duty under Canon IV.3.1(b) to cooperate in the subsequent proceedings.
  8. Reference Panel.Sec. 8. The Reference Panel shall meet as soon as possible after receiving the intake report to determine how to refer the report. Referral options are (a) no action required other than appropriate pastoral response pursuant to Canon IV.8; (b) Conciliation pursuant to Canon IV.10; (c) investigation pursuant to Canon IV.11; (d) to the Conference Panel pursuant to Canon IV.12; or (e) referral for possible agreement with the Bishop regarding terms of discipline pursuant to Canon IV.9. Referral decisions shall require the approval of a majority of the Reference Panel. The Reference Panel shall establish a schedule for each approved option and the President of the Disciplinary Board shall be responsible for monitoring each such schedule.
  9. Timely progress.Sec. 9. The Reference Panel shall monitor the progress of each referral on a monthly basis to ensure that the matter is progressing in a timely fashion. Until such time as the matter is referred to a Hearing Panel, if the Reference Panel determines that the matter has reached an impasse or is not progressing in a timely fashion, it may re-refer the matter. Once a matter is referred to a Hearing Panel, Canon IV.15.1 shall govern any issue regarding the progress of the matter. The Intake Officer shall report at least monthly to the Respondent, the Respondent’s Advisor, the Respondent’s Counsel, if any, the Complainant, the Complainant’s Advisor and the Complainant’s Counsel, if any, on the progress in the matter.
  10. Determinations.Sec. 10. If the determination of the Reference Panel is to take no action other than an appropriate pastoral response, the Panel shall notify the Complainant and the subject Member of the Clergy of the determination and the basis for the determination to take no action other than an appropriate pastoral response. If the referral is to conciliation, the provisions of Canon IV.10 shall apply. If the referral is to investigation, the provisions of Canon IV.11 shall apply. If the referral is to the Bishop Diocesan for possible Agreement and an Agreement is not reached within 90 days of the referral, the Reference Panel will re-refer the matter, in accordance with Canon IV.6.9.
  11. Confidentiality.Sec. 11. All communications and deliberations during the intake and referral stages (including the identities of any Complainants, Injured Persons, or other persons who report information concerning an Offense) shall be confidential except as the Presiding Prelate deems to be pastorally appropriate or as required by law.
Canon 7: Of Pastoral Direction, Restricted Ministry and Administrative Leave
  1. Pastoral Direction.Sec. 1. At any time the Vicar Genrals may issue a Pastoral Direction to a Member of the Clergy, canonically resident, actually resident, or licensed in the Diocese.
  2. Conditions.Sec. 2. A Pastoral Direction must (a) be made in writing; (b) set forth clearly the reasons for the Pastoral Direction; (c) set forth clearly what is required of the Member of the Clergy; (d) be issued in the Bishops capacity as the pastor, teacher and overseer of the Member of the Clergy; (e) be neither capricious nor arbitrary in nature nor in any way contrary to the Constitution and Canons or the Region; and (f) be directed to some matter which concerns the Doctrine, Discipline or Worship of the Church or the manner of life and behavior of the Member of the Clergy concerned; and (g) be promptly served upon the Member of the Clergy.
  3. Precautionary measures.Sec. 3. If at any time a Vicar General determines that a Member of the Clergy may have committed any Offense, or that the good order, welfare or safety of the Church or any person or Community may be threatened by that member of the Clergy, the Bishop Diocesan may, without prior notice or hearing, (a) place restrictions upon the exercise of the ministry of such Member of the Clergy or (b) but not within that pastor independent ministry.
  4. Bishop may modify.Sec. 6. Pastoral Directions, restrictions on ministry (a) may be issued and imposed in any chronological order; (b) may be issued and imposed concurrently; and (c) may be modified at any time by the issuing Bishop or that Bishop's successor, provided that the Pastoral Direction, restriction on ministry, as modified, meets the requirements of this Canon.
  5. Disclosure.Sec. 9. The Vicar General or Presiding Prelate may disclose such information concerning any Pastoral Direction, restriction on ministry or Administrative Leave as the Bishop Diocesan deems pastorally appropriate or as necessary to seek or obtain Diocesan authority for resolution of the matter or any part thereof.
  6. Panel to make determination.Sec. 12. After conducting the review and hearing from the persons designated in Canon IV.7.11 who desire to be heard, the Panel shall confer privately and make a determination to (a) dissolve the restriction on ministry or Administrative Leave; (b) affirm the restriction on ministry or Administrative Leave and the terms and conditions thereof; or (c) affirm the restriction on ministry or Administrative Leave, but with modification of the terms and conditions thereof. The Panel's determination shall be in writing and shall be delivered to the Respondent, the Church Attorney, the Bishop and the Intake Officer, and shall be binding in the same manner as provided in Canon IV.7.7. In the event of the dissolution of the restriction on ministry or Administrative Leave, the Bishop may give notice thereof to such persons and Communities having notice of the restriction on ministry as the Bishop deems appropriate.

Canon 8: Of Pastoral Response

  1. Sec. 1. The Vicar Generals shall provide for appropriate pastoral response whenever any report is made to the Intake Officer. Such pastoral response shall embody respect, care, and concern for affected persons and Communities. The response shall be designed so as to promote healing, repentance, forgiveness, restitution, justice, amendment of life and reconciliation among all involved or affected. If the report involves an allegation of Sexual Misconduct, the Vicar General is encouraged to provide for a pastoral response that will include the provision of assistance by a mental health professional with appropriate skills for meaningful response to affected persons.
  2. Available to all affected.Sec. 2. In each pastoral response the Vicar General shall consider offering pastoral care to all those who may be affected by an alleged Offense. Pastoral care shall be considered for the Complainant, the Complainant's family, the Respondent, the Respondent's family, Injured Persons, Injured Persons' families, any affected Community, witnesses, and the Disciplinary Board.
  3. Disclosure.Sec. 3. In every case, and notwithstanding any other provision of this Title to the contrary, the Presiding Prelate may disclose such information concerning any alleged Offense or concerning any Accord or Order as deems pastorally appropriate.
  4. Privacy interests.Sec. 4. The Presiding Prelate shall give consideration to the respective privacy interests and pastoral needs of all affected persons.
  5. Sec. 5. The Vicar General may designate a person to be responsible for the implementation of the pastoral response. Such person may be the Intake Officer. The duties of such person may include coordination of pastoral care and coordination of communications between the Bishop Diocesan and Advisors.
Canon 9: Of Agreements Between Vicars General and Respondents for Discipline
  1. Clergy may propose terms of discipline.Sec. 1. At any time before an Order becomes effective, the Respondent or any Member of the Clergy who has not yet become a Respondent but who is alleged to have committed an Offense may propose terms of discipline to the Bishop, or the Bishop may propose terms of discipline to the Respondent or such Member of the Clergy. Before reaching agreement, the Bishop shall consult with the Injured Persons, if any, the president of the Disciplinary Board and the Presiding Prelate with respect to the proposed terms of discipline. If the Respondent or such Member of the Clergy and the Bishop reach agreement regarding terms of discipline, such terms shall be set forth in a proposed Accord. A Member of the Clergy becomes a Respondent by reaching agreement with the Bishop regarding terms of discipline.
  2. Accord with Respondent.Sec. 2. An Accord under this Canon may be entered into if (a) the Respondent is aware of the discipline to be imposed and the effect thereof; (b) the Respondent has had adequate opportunity to consult and seek advice from, or has in fact consulted and received advice from, counsel of the Respondent's choosing; and (c) the Accord adequately considers and, where possible, provides for healing, repentance, forgiveness, restitution, justice, amendment of life and reconciliation among the Complainant, Respondent, affected Community and other persons and is otherwise an appropriate resolution of the matter.
  3. Sec. 3. An Accord under this Canon may be withdrawn by the Priest or Deacon within three days of execution thereof by the Priest or Deacon and if not withdrawn shall be effective and irrevocable thereafter.
  4. Sec. 4. Accords under this Section shall be subject to all the provisions of Canon IV.14 regarding Accords, not inconsistent with this Section.
Canon 10: Of Conciliation
  1. Sec. 1. Conciliation shall seek a resolution which promotes healing, repentance, forgiveness, restitution, justice, amendment of life and reconciliation among the Complainant, Respondent, affected Community, other persons and the Church.
  2. Conciliator.Sec. 2. Where a matter is referred for conciliation, the Vicar General shall appoint a Conciliator to assist the Complainant, Respondent, other affected persons and the Church in reconciling. The Bishop or a representative appointed by the Bishop may participate in the conciliation.
  3. Sec. 3. If the conciliation is successful in reaching agreement among the parties on a suitable resolution of all issues, an Accord will be prepared as provided in Canon IV.14. If conciliation cannot be achieved within a reasonable time, the Conciliator will report such to the Bishop Diocesan, and the matter will be referred back to the Reference Panel.
  4. Qualifications.Sec. 4. A Conciliator shall be a person skilled in dispute resolution techniques and without conflict of interest in the matter. All communications between the Complainant and the Conciliator, the Respondent and the Conciliator and other participants in the conciliation and the Conciliator shall be confidential except as the Conciliator may have the permission of the respective person to disclose the information to the other participants in the conciliation in order to promote efforts towards conciliation.
Canon 11: Of Investigators
  1. Investigators.Sec. 1. In each Region there may be one or more Investigators.
  2. Sec. 2. Upon referral of an intake report, the Investigator shall investigate all facts pertinent to the factual claims of the intake report. The Investigator shall use appropriate investigative means, with due consideration to pastoral sensitivities, and shall complete the investigation as expeditiously as possible.
  3. Sec. 4. If the determination is to refer for further investigation, the Investigator shall make such further investigation as the Reference Panel directs and shall submit a supplemental report of findings to the Reference Panel. The Reference Panel shall then reconvene and proceed as provided in Canon IV.11.3.
  4. Sec. 5. All investigations shall be confidential until such time as information obtained may be utilized by the Presiding Prelate, the Vicar General or the Panels. All persons, prior to being interviewed by the investigator, shall be advised of the confidential nature of the investigation and when such information may be shared during the course of the proceedings.
Canon 12: Of Conference Panels
  1. Referral to Conference Panel.Sec. 1. Upon referral of a matter to a Conference Panel, the president of the Disciplinary Board shall forward to the Church the intake report, all of the Investigator's reports and any other writings or other file materials created or collected by the Disciplinary Board or any panel thereof during the intake, investigative or referral process. From this material the Church Attorney shall prepare a written statement, describing each alleged Offense separately, with reasonable particularity sufficient to apprise the Respondent of the acts, omissions or conditions which are the subject of the proceedings. The Church shall then forward the materials received from the president of the Disciplinary Board, together with the written statement, to the Conference Panel.
  2. Sec. 2. The Conference Panel shall review the materials provided to determine who, in addition to those listed in Canon IV.12.3, should be directed to participate in the proceeding before the Conference Panel in order to promote the purposes of this Title. Such may include, for example, the Investigator, family members, representatives of the affected Community, or other affected persons.
  3. Notices issued.Sec. 3. The Conference Panel shall issue a notice to the Respondent, the Respondent’s Advisor, the Respondent’s Counsel, if any, the Complainant, the Complainant’s Advisor, the Complainant’s Counsel, if any, the Investigator and such other persons, if any, as the Conference Panel in its discretion may determine. The notice shall describe the nature and purpose of the proceeding, shall contain a copy of the written statement prepared by the Presiding Prelate, shall disclose the names of all persons to whom the notice is sent, and shall establish a date, time and place for conference at which the Respondent is to appear before the Conference Panel, which date shall be not less than twenty (20) days after service of the notice upon the Respondent. The Conference Panel shall endeavor to set the conference at a date and location reasonably convenient for the persons entitled to attend.
  4. Attendance.Sec. 4. The Respondent shall attend the conference and may be accompanied by an Advisor or counsel, if any, or both.
  5. Sec. 5. The Presiding Prelate shall attend the conference, shall represent the Church and shall be heard by the Conference Panel.
  6. Sec. 6. The Complainant may attend the conference but may not be required to do so. The Complainant's Advisor may attend the conference regardless of whether the Complainant attends.
  7. Proceedings.Sec. 7. The proceedings of the Conference Panel shall be informal and conversational. The Conference Panel shall describe the alleged Offense to the Respondent. The Conference Panel shall hear from the Complainant or the Complainant's Advisor or both, if either or both are present, and from the Respondent and the Respondent's Advisor or counsel, if any, or both. At its discretion, the Conference Panel may hear from the Investigator or any other persons present, and may direct the Investigator to conduct additional investigation and suspend its proceedings to allow such investigation to be completed. At its discretion, the Conference Panel may confer with any participants outside the presence of the other participants.
  8. Closed conference.Sec. 8. No witnesses shall be called to testify at the proceedings before the Conference Panel. No record of the proceedings of the Conference Panel shall be made. The conference shall be closed to all except the members of the Conference Panel and invited participants. Proceedings before the Conference Panel shall be confidential except as may be provided in an Order or Accord or as provided elsewhere in this Title. No statements made by any participant in such proceeding may be used as evidence before the Hearing Panel.
  9. Determination.Sec. 9. An Accord may be entered into at a proceeding before the Conference Panel. If an Accord is not entered into, the Conference Panel shall confer privately to reach a determination of the matter, which may include (a) dismissal of the matter; (b) referral for conciliation; (c) referral to the Hearing Panel; or (d) issuance of an Order.
  10. Order of dismissal.Sec. 10. If the determination is to dismiss the matter, the Conference Panel shall issue an Order which shall include the reasons for dismissal and which may contain findings exonerating the Respondent. A copy of the Order shall be provided to the Bishop Diocesan, the Respondent, the Respondent's Advisor, the Complainant, the Complainant's Advisor and the Church Attorney.
  11. Accord or other Order.Sec. 11. If the resolution is the entry of an Accord or the issuance of an Order other than an Order of dismissal, the provisions of Canon IV.14 shall apply.
  12. Objection to an Order.Sec. 12. The Respondent or the Church Attorney may object to an Order issued by the Conference Panel by giving written notice of the objection to the president of the Conference Panel within fifteen days following the date on which the Order is issued. Upon receipt of the notice of objection, the president of the Conference Panel shall notify and provide copies of the notice of objection to the Bishop, president of the Disciplinary Board and the non-objecting party. The president of the Disciplinary Board shall promptly notify members of the Hearing Panel and refer the matter to the Hearing Panel.

Canon 13: Of Hearing Panels

  1. Referral to Hearing Panel.Sec. 1. When the Conference Panel decides to refer a matter to the Hearing Panel, the president of the Conference Panel shall within three days of that decision notify the president of the Disciplinary Board and the Presiding Prelate.
  2. Statement of Offense and notice.Sec. 2. Within 10 days of receipt of a referral for Hearing Panel proceedings, the Church Attorney shall provide to the Hearing Panel the statement of the alleged Offense(s), updated as needed. No other material from any prior proceedings under Title IV shall be provided to the Hearing Panel. Upon receipt of the Church Attorney’s communication, the Hearing Panel shall within seven days issue a notice to the Respondent, to the Respondent’s Advisor, to Respondent’s counsel, if any, and to the Presiding Prelate.
    1. The notice shall describe the nature and purpose of the proceeding, contain a copy of the written statement prepared, disclose the names of all persons to whom the notice is sent, advise the Respondent that a written response to the notice must be filed by the Respondent with the Hearing Panel within thirty days of the mailing date of the notice and advise the Respondent of the provisions of Canon IV.19.6.
    2. A copy of the notice shall be sent to the Complainant and to the Complainant’s Advisor.
    3. Respondent's response.Unless additional time is approved for good cause by the Hearing Panel, the Respondent shall within 30 days of the mailing date of the notice file with the Hearing Panel and deliver to the Presiding Prelate a written response signed by the Respondent.
  3. Document dissemination.Sec. 3. As soon as possible, the Hearing Panel shall make documents available to members of the Church and the Church media as set forth in this Section. The documents shall be disseminated in such a way as to make them broadly known to members of the Church and the Church media. For a matter in which a Priest or Deacon is the Respondent, dissemination shall include, at a minimum, posting to the church website. For a matter in which a Bishop is the Respondent, dissemination shall include, at a minimum, posting the documents on the websites of The Church and notice to all Bishops.
    1. The documents covered by this Section are all documents filed with or issued by the Hearing Panel or by any party or person including but not limited to motions, briefs, affidavits, opinions, objections, decisions, notices, challenges, and Orders.
    2. Notwithstanding the above, the Hearing Panel, at its discretion and for good cause to protect any Injured Person or allegedly Injured Person, may require the redaction of documents provided for in Sec. 5(a), after consultation with the Church Attorney, the Respondent’s counsel, the Respondent's Advisor, the Complainant’s Advisor or Complainant’s counsel, if any, and, where appropriate, the Vicar General.
  4. Sec. 4. If at any time after a matter has been referred to a Hearing Panel an Accord is reached that ends the proceedings before the Hearing Panel issues an Order, the Vicar General shall make the Notice of Accord available to the Church and Church media as provided in Sec. 3 as well as to the Hearing Panel.
  5. Evidence and discovery.Sec. 5. The Presiding Prelate and the Respondent shall each be afforded reasonable time and opportunity to discover evidence in preparation for the hearing as follows:
    1. Within sixty days after the filing and delivery of the response by the Respondent, the Presiding Prelate or if appointed, Chancellor, and the Respondent’s counsel shall each provide to the other a mandatory disclosure of all evidence known to them that would tend to prove or disprove the allegations against the Respondent, including but not limited to (1) the name and, if known, the address and telephone number of each individual likely to have direct knowledge of information which may be used to support the allegations against the Respondent or the defenses thereto, together with a detailed summary of the expected testimony of the person, if called to testify; and (2) a copy of, or a description by category and location of, all documents and tangible things that may be used to support the allegations against the Respondent or the defenses thereto, except as such disclosure would involve Privileged Communications. The parties must supplement mandatory disclosures made under this section as additional information becomes known. Documents and tangible items identified in the mandatory disclosures that are in the possession of a party shall be produced upon request, and copies of all documents provided to the requesting party. The Hearing Panel may, upon request of a party or Injured Person, enter an order limiting production of documents or tangible items of a sensitive nature.
    2. If any party withholds from disclosure any relevant document on the ground of privilege, the party must provide a log containing the date of the communication, a list of all persons party to the communication, and a short description of the nature of the communication. The scope of the privilege shall be determined by the Hearing Panel, pursuant to Canon IV.19.27.
    3. Within fifteen days after the delivery of the mandatory disclosures, the president of the Hearing Panel shall convene a scheduling conference with the Chancellor and Respondent’s counsel. During the scheduling conference, after the Church and Respondent’s counsel have been heard, the president of the Hearing Panel shall issue a Scheduling Order to provide for (1) a calendar for discovery, including depositions and written interrogatories, as provided in this section; (2) filing deadlines and hearing dates for preliminary motions and for dispositive motions; and (3) the date of hearing before the Hearing Panel.
    4. The Scheduling Order shall provide the Church Attorney and Respondent’s counsel authorization to take up to two depositions and propound up to twenty written interrogatories regarding each Complainant.
    5. No other discovery shall be allowed at any point during the pendency of a matter under this Title except with permission of the Hearing Panel upon a showing of good cause.
    6. Notwithstanding any provision of this section, the Hearing Panel shall take reasonable steps to assure that the discovery process will not unduly burden any person from whom information is sought or unduly adversely affect any pastoral response being offered to any such person. The Hearing Panel may impose, after reasonable notice and opportunity to be heard, reasonable sanctions on any party for failure to comply with any discovery order pursuant to the provisions of Canon IV.13.9.
  6. Sec. 6. In all proceedings before the Hearing Panel, the Presiding Prelate or Chancellor shall appear on behalf of EC-Global, which shall then be considered the party on one side and the Respondent the party on the other.
  7. Procedural matters.Sec. 7. All pre-hearing motions and challenges shall be filed with the Hearing Panel within the time limits prescribed in the Scheduling Order. All responses shall be filed by the non-moving party within 15 days of receipt of the motion or challenge. Upon receipt of a motion or challenge, the Hearing Panel will promptly set the matter for hearing. The hearing may be conducted by conference call. After consideration of the argument of the parties, the Hearing Panel shall render a decision within three days of the hearing. The decision shall be final as to all procedural matters. Decisions on evidentiary matters are preliminary and may be reconsidered by the Hearing Panel during the course of the hearing if warranted by the evidence. The decision shall be provided to the parties and placed on the record of proceedings.
  8. Public proceedings and transcript.Sec. 8. All proceedings before the Hearing Panel except its private deliberations shall be open to the Respondent and to each Complainant, to any Injured Person, and to persons from the public. Each Complainant shall be entitled to be present throughout and observe the Hearing and each may be accompanied at the proceedings by another person of his or her own choosing in addition to his or her Advisor. Notwithstanding the above, the Hearing Panel, at its discretion and for good cause, including to protect the privacy of any person, may close any part of the proceedings to any person or group of persons, after consultation with the Church representative, the Respondent’s counsel and, where appropriate, the Bishop; provided, however, that no proceedings before the Hearing Panel, except its private deliberations, shall be closed to the Respondent, Respondent’s Advisor, Respondent’s Counsel, the Complainant, the Complainant’s Advisor, Complainant’s Counsel or the Church. A record of the hearing shall be made by such means as to enable the creation of a verbatim written transcript of the hearing.
  9. Pre-hearing disclosures.Sec. 9. At least 15 days before the hearing, the Chancellor and Respondent’s counsel shall each provide to the other and to the Hearing Panel final pre-hearing disclosures including (1) the name, address, and telephone number of each witness expected to be called to testify at the hearing; (2) identification of each document or other tangible object expected to be used as an exhibit in the hearing; and (3) requests, if any, to have all or portions of the hearing closed to the public.
  10. Testimony.Sec. 10. In all proceedings of the Hearing Panel the testimony of witnesses shall be taken orally and personally or by such other means as provided by order of the Hearing Panel. All testimony shall be given under oath or solemn affirmation and be subject to cross-examination. The Hearing Panel shall determine the credibility, reliability and weight to be given to all testimony and other evidence. The proceedings shall be conducted as follows:
    1. The president shall regulate the course of the hearing so as to promote full disclosure of relevant facts.
    2. The president:
      1. may exclude evidence that is irrelevant, immaterial or unduly repetitious;
      2. shall exclude privileged evidence;
      3. may receive documentary evidence in the form of a copy or excerpt if the copy or excerpt contains all pertinent portions of the original document;
      4. may take official notice of any facts that could be judicially noticed, including records of other proceedings;
      5. may not exclude evidence solely because it is hearsay;
      6. shall afford to the Church and to the Respondent reasonable opportunity to present evidence, argue and respond to argument, conduct cross-examination and submit rebuttal evidence; and
      7. may, at the discretion of the Hearing Panel, give persons other than the Church Attorney and the Respondent opportunity to present oral or written statements at the hearing.
    3. Nothing in this section shall preclude the exercise of discretion by the president in taking measures appropriate to preserve the integrity of the hearing.
  11. Sanctions.Sec. 11
    1. The Hearing Panel shall have the authority, upon reasonable notice, to impose sanctions on the Respondent, the Respondent’s counsel, or the Church representative, for conduct that the Hearing Panel deems to be disruptive, dilatory, or otherwise contrary to the integrity of the proceedings. If the conduct in question is that of the Respondent’s counsel, notice shall be given to the following: the Respondent, Respondent’s counsel, and Respondent’s Advisor. If the conduct in question is that of the Church, notice shall be given to each of the Presiding Prelate, the Vicar General, and the person or ministry body with authority to remove or replace the Church representative. If the conduct is that of the Respondent, notice shall be given to each of the Church, the Vicar General, Respondent’s counsel, Respondent’s Advisor, and Respondent.
    2. Any sanction must be proportionate to the underlying misconduct. Sanctions that may be imposed pursuant to Canon IV.13.11(a) include, but are not limited to:
      1. amending a scheduling order;
      2. limiting discovery;
      3. refusing to allow the disobedient party to support or oppose claims or defenses;
      4. refusing to allow the disobedient party to introduce certain matters into evidence;
      5. striking claims or defenses or responses; or
      6. disqualification of counsel.

  • Presiding Prelate may at their discretion, rescind any sanction


    1. Appeal of sanction.Within 10 days of the imposition of sanctions under this section, the sanctioned party may appeal the sanction to the Disciplinary Board (excluding the members of the Hearing Panel). The standard of review for such appeal shall be de novo. The president of the Disciplinary Board shall establish a hearing date and convene the Disciplinary Board members, within 20 days, either personally or telephonically, to consider the appeal. The Disciplinary Board shall issue its ruling within three days of conclusion of the hearing. The ruling of the Disciplinary Board cannot be the subject of an interlocutory appeal.
    2. The requirements of Sec. 3 of this Canon shall apply to the Disciplinary Board as if it were a Hearing Panel for the purpose of an appeal of sanctions under this Section.
    3. If an Accord is reached that ends the proceedings before the Disciplinary Board issues an Order under this Section, the Vicar General shall make the Notice of Accord available to the Church and Church media as provided in Sec. 3 as well as to the Disciplinary Board and the Hearing Panel.
  1. Determination.Sec. 12. Following the conclusion of the hearing, the Hearing Panel shall confer privately to reach a determination of the matter by (a) dismissal of the matter or (b) issuance of an Order.
  2. Order of dismissal.Sec. 13. If the determination is to dismiss the matter, the Hearing Panel shall issue an Order which shall include the reasons for dismissal and which may contain findings exonerating the Respondent. A copy of the Order shall be provided to the Bishop Diocesan, the Respondent, the Respondent's Advisor, the Complainant, the Complainant's Advisor, and the Church, and a record copy of the Order shall be kept by transmitting a copy to The Archives of The Episcopal Conclave of Global Ministry Archives.
  3. Sec. 14. If the resolution is the issuance of an Order other than an Order of dismissal, the provisions of Canon IV.14 shall apply.
Canon 14: Of Accords and Orders
  1. Accords.Sec. 1. An Accord may (a) provide any terms which promote healing, repentance, forgiveness, restitution, justice, amendment of life and reconciliation among the Complainant, Respondent, affected Community and other persons; (b) place restrictions on the Respondent's exercise of ministry; (c) place the Respondent on probation; (d) recommend to the Vicar General that the Respondent be admonished, suspended or deposed from ministry; (e) limit the involvement, attendance or participation of the Respondent in the Community; or (f) any combination of the foregoing. An Accord may be conditioned on the independent ministry imposing any recommended admonition, suspension, deposition or conditions for restoration to ministry. An Accord providing for suspension from ministry shall specify on what terms or conditions and at what time the suspension shall cease. Any Accord providing for limitation upon the involvement, attendance or participation of the Respondent in the Community shall also provide conditions for restoration.
  2. Accords from Conciliation.Sec. 2. If an Accord results from a Conciliation, the Accord shall be signed by the Complainant, the Respondent and the Conciliator, provided that the Conciliator shall sign last.
  3. Complainant to be heard.Sec. 3. If an Accord results from proceedings before a Conference Panel, the Complainant and the Complainant's Advisor shall have first been afforded an opportunity to be heard by the Panel regarding the proposed terms of the Accord. The Accord shall be signed by the Respondent, the Church and the president of the Panel, provided that the president shall sign last.
  4. Distribution of Accord.Sec. 4. A copy of the Accord shall be sent to the Complainant, the Complainant’s Advisor, the Respondent, the Respondent’s Advisor, the Respondent’s counsel, if any, the Church, the president of the Disciplinary Board, and the Vicar General by the Conciliator or the president of the Conference Panel (whichever the matter was before when the Accord was reached) on the date on which the Accord is signed. If the Accord was reached between the Vicar General and Respondent under Canon IV.9, the Vicar General shall send a copy of the Accord to the president of the panel to which the matter is assigned and the persons listed in this Section on the date the Accord becomes effective and irrevocable.
  5. Pronounce Sentence on Accords.Sec. 5. The Vicar General shall have twenty (20) days from the date on which the Accord is entered in which to advise in writing the Respondent, the Respondent’s Advisor, the Respondent’s counsel, if any, the Complainant, the Complainant’s Advisor, the Church and the Conciliator or the president of the Conference Panel whether the Vicar General will pronounce the Sentence or accept the other terms of the Accord as recommended. The Vicar General shall advise that he or she will (a) pronounce the Sentence as recommended, or (b) pronounce a lesser Sentence than that recommended and/or, (c) reduce the burden on the Respondent of any of the other terms of the Accord. If a Sentence of Admonition, Suspension or Deposition is imposed, the Vicar General shall pronounce Sentence not sooner than twenty (20) days following the date on which the Accord is entered and not later than forty (40) days following such date.
  6. Order issued by Panels.Sec. 6. An Order issued by a Conference Panel or Hearing Panel may (a) provide any terms which promote healing, repentance, forgiveness, restitution, justice, amendment of life and reconciliation among the Complainant, Respondent, affected Community and other persons; (b) place restrictions on the Respondent's exercise of ministry; (c) recommend to the Bishop Diocesan that the Respondent be admonished, suspended or deposed from ministry; (d) limit the involvement, attendance or participation of the Respondent in the Community; or (e) any combination of the foregoing. An Order providing for suspension from Ministry shall specify on what terms or conditions and at what time the suspension shall cease. Any Order providing for limitation upon the involvement, attendance or participation of the Respondent in the Community shall also provide conditions for restoration.
  7. Sec. 7. Prior to the issuance of an Order by a Conference Panel or a Hearing Panel, the issuing Panel shall afford the Vicar General, the Respondent and the Complainant each with an opportunity to be heard on the proposed terms of the Order.
  8. Pronounce Sentence on Orders.Sec. 8
    1. Except for an Order from a Conference Panel to which the Respondent or Presiding Prelate has timely filed a notice of objection, the Presiding Prelate shall have twenty days from the date of the issuance of the Order in which to advise in writing the Respondent, the Respondent’s Advisor, the Complainant, the Complainant’s Advisor, the Church, and the president of the Conference Panel or Hearing Panel (whichever Panel issued the Order) whether the Presiding Prelate will pronounce the Sentence or accept the other terms of the Order as recommended. The Presiding Prelate shall advise that he or she will (a) pronounce the Sentence as recommended or (b) pronounce a lesser Sentence than that recommended and/or (c) reduce the burden on the Respondent of any of the other terms of the Order.
  9. Objection to an Order.Sec. 9. If the Order is issued by a Conference Panel, the Respondent or the Church Attorney may object to the Order as provided in Canon IV.12.12 and the matter shall be referred to a Hearing Panel for hearing as provided in Canon IV.13.
  10. Notice of Accords and Orders.Sec. 10. If there has been no objection by the Respondent or the Church to the Order(s), notice of Accords and Orders which have become effective shall be given without delay as follows:
    1. In the case of any Accord or Order pertaining to a Pastor or Deacon, the Bishop shall give notice of the Accord or Order to every Member of the Clergy in the Region, to the Presiding Prelate, to all other Bishops of the Church, and where there is no Bishop, to the Ecclesiastical Authority of each Region of the Church.
    2. In the case of any Accord or Order pertaining to a Bishop, the Presiding Prelate shall give notice of the Accord or Order to the Vicar Generals of every Region of the Church, to the Assistant Presiders, to the Secretary of the House of Bishops, to all Presiding Bishops of Churches in full communion with this Church.
    3. All notices given pursuant to this Canon shall reference the Canon(s), section(s) and subsection(s) specifying the Offense which is the subject of the Accord or Order.
    4. Similar notice shall be given whenever there is any modification or remission of any Order for which notice has previously been given pursuant to this Canon.

Canon 15: Of Abandonment of The Episcopal Conclave of Global Ministry

(A) By a Bishop

  1. Certification of abandonment.Sec. 1. If the College of Bishops receives information suggesting that a Bishop may have abandoned The Church (i) by an open renunciation of the Doctrine, Discipline or Worship of the Church; or (ii) by formal admission into any religious body not in full communion with this Church; or (iii) by exercising Episcopal acts in and for a religious body other than the Church or another church in full communion with the Church, so as to extend to such body Holy Orders as the Church holds them, or to administer on behalf of such religious body Confirmation without the express consent and commission of the proper authority in the Church, the Board shall promptly notify the Presiding Prelate and the Bishop in question that it is considering the matter. Upon receipt of such notification, the Presiding Prelate may, with the advice and consent of the Advisory Council to the Presiding Bishop, place restrictions on the ministry of the Bishop in question for the period while the matter is under consideration. If, after consideration of the matter, the College concludes, by a majority vote of all of its members, that the Bishop in question has abandoned The Church, shall certify the fact to the Presiding Prelate and with the certificate send a statement of the acts or declarations which show such abandonment, which certificate and statement shall be recorded by the Presiding Prelate. The Presiding Prelate shall then place a restriction on the exercise of ministry of said Bishop until such time as the College of Bishops shall investigate the matter and act thereon. During the period of such restriction, the Bishop shall not perform any Episcopal, ministerial or canonical acts.
Role of Standing Committee.Sec. 5. For the purposes of Section 3 and 4 of this Canon, if there is no Bishop Diocesan, the Standing Committee shall submit the matter to the Bishop Diocesan of an adjacent Diocese, who shall have the authority of a Bishop Diocesan in the matter.
Canon 17: Of Proceedings for Bishops
  1. Sec. 1. Except as otherwise provided in this Canon, the provisions of this Title shall apply to all matters in which a Member of the Clergy who is subject to proceedings is a Bishop.
  2. Definition of terms.Sec. 2. In all matters in which the Member of the Clergy who is subject to proceedings is a Bishop, the following terms used in Canons IV.5 through IV.16 and Canons IV.18 and IV.19 shall have the following respective meanings:
    1. Disciplinary Board shall mean the Disciplinary Board for Bishops as provided in Canon IV.17.3.
    2. Intake Officer shall mean a person appointed by the Presiding Prelate.
    3. Bishop Diocesan shall mean the Presiding Prelate..
    4. Church Attorney shall mean a person appointed Chancellor for Bishops to serve as the Church Attorney.
    5. Investigator shall mean any person who is qualified to serve as an Investigator under this Title, selected by the Disciplinary Board for Bishops.
    6. Court of Review shall mean the Court of Review for Bishops as provided in Canon IV.17.8.
  3. Disciplinary Board for Bishops.Sec. 3.
The Disciplinary Board for Bishops is hereby established as a court of the Church to have original jurisdiction over matters of discipline of Bishops, to hear Bishops' appeals from imposition of restriction on ministry or placement on Administrative Leave and to determine venue issues as provided. The Disciplinary Board for Bishops shall consist of all consecrated Bishops.
  1. Elect president.Sec. 4. Within sixty days following each General Convention, the College shall convene to elect a president for the following triennium. The president shall be a Bishop. If there is no president, the Bishop who is senior by consecration shall perform the duties of the president.
  2. Membership.Sec. 5. The Conference Panel shall consist of three Bishops. The Hearing Panel shall consist of three Bishops, the Hearing Panel for the Offense specified in Canon IV.4.1(h)(2) pertaining to Doctrine Offenses shall consist of five Bishops only.
  3. Sentencing of a Bishop.Sec. 6. The provisions of Canons IV.14.1(d) and IV.14.6(c) pertaining to recommendations that a Respondent be suspended or deposed from ministry shall not apply where the Respondent is a Bishop. Where the Respondent is a Bishop, an Accord or Order may provide for the suspension or deposition of the Respondent. In such event, the Sentence of suspension or deposition shall be pronounced by the president of the Disciplinary Board for Bishops. The president shall have no discretion to decline to pronounce the Sentence or to pronounce a lesser Sentence. Where an Accord provides for the suspension or deposition of a Respondent who is a Bishop, the president shall pronounce Sentence within thirty days after the date on which the Conciliator or the president signs the Accord. Where an Order provides for the suspension or deposition of a Respondent who is a Bishop, the president shall pronounce Sentence not sooner than forty days following the issuance of the Order and not later than sixty days following the issuance of the Order. Notwithstanding anything in this section to the contrary, no Sentence shall be pronounced while an appeal of the matter is pending. However, the president may, while an appeal is pending, place restrictions upon the exercise of the Respondent's ministry, or place the Respondent on Administrative Leave, or continue any such restriction or Administrative Leave as was in effect at the time of the issuance of the Order.
  4. Court of Review for Bishops.Sec. 8. The Court of Review for Bishops is hereby established as a court of the Church to have jurisdiction to hear appeals from Hearing Panels of the Disciplinary Board for Bishops.
    1. The Court of Review for Bishops shall consist of nine members, all of whom shall be Bishops.
    2. President.From among their number, the members of the Court of Review for Bishops shall elect a president.
    3. Expenses.The reasonable and necessary expenses of the Court of Review for Bishops, including fees, costs, disbursements and expenses of the members, clerks, reporters and Church Attorneys shall be charged upon the General Convention and paid by the Treasurer of the General Convention upon Order of the president of the Court of Review. The Court of Review for Bishops shall have the authority to contract for and bind the General Convention to payment of these expenses.
  5. Agreement for discipline by a Bishop.Sec. 9. An Accord between the Presiding Prelate and a Bishop resulting from an agreement for discipline pursuant to Canon IV.9 shall be (a) subject to the right of withdrawal provided in Canon IV.9.3 and (b) submitted by the Presiding Bishop to the Disciplinary Board for Bishops for approval promptly after it is signed by the Presiding Bishop and the respondent. Unless withdrawn under Canon IV.9.3, it shall be effective upon approval of the Disciplinary Board for Bishops and not subject to appeal.
Canon 18: Of Modification and Remission of Orders
  1. Application.Sec. 1. Any Member of the Clergy who is the subject of an Order which has become effective may apply to the Vicar General of the Region from which the Order issued, or the Presiding Prelate in the case of a Bishop, for modification or remission of the Order. If the Bishop is satisfied that sufficient reasons exist for granting the modification or remission sought, in whole or in part, the procedures provided in this Canon for modification or remission shall apply.
  2. In case of a Bishop.Sec. 4. In the case of an Order pertaining to a Bishop, any provision of the Order may be modified or remitted by the president of the Disciplinary Board for Bishops with the advice and consent of a majority of the members of the Board and the Bishops who are then serving on the Court of Review.
  3. In case of abandonment.Sec. 5. In the case of any Order deposing a Member of the Clergy for abandoning the Church, no application for remission shall be received by the Vicar General until the deposed person has lived in lay communion with the Church for not less than one year next preceding application for the remission.
  4. Opportunity to be heard.Sec. 6. No Order may be modified or remitted unless the Member of the Clergy, the Church Attorney and each Complainant have been afforded sufficient opportunity to be heard by the Disciplinary Board, or the Disciplinary Board together with the Bishops who are then serving on the Court of Review, as the case may be, as to why the proposed modification or remission should or should not be permitted.
Canon 19: Of General Provisions
  1. Discipline of the Church.Sec. 1. Proceedings under this Title are neither civil nor criminal but ecclesiastical in nature. These proceedings represent the responsibility of the Church to determine who shall serve as Members of the Clergy of the Church, reflecting the polity and order of this hierarchical church. Members of the Clergy have voluntarily sought and accepted positions in the Church and have thereby given their consent to subject themselves to the Discipline of the Church. They may not claim in proceedings under this Title constitutional guarantees otherwise associated with secular court proceedings.
  2. Secular courts.Sec. 2. No member of the Church, whether lay or ordained, may seek to have the Constitution and Canons of the Church interpreted by a secular court, or resort to a secular court to address a dispute arising under the Constitution and Canons, or for any purpose of delay, hindrance, review or otherwise affecting any proceeding under this Title.
  3. Sec. 3. No secular court shall have authority to review, annul, reverse, restrain or otherwise delay any proceeding under this Title. No action shall be brought in any secular court to enforce the terms or provisions of any Accord or Order unless otherwise expressly provided therein.
  4. Limitation on proceedings.Sec. 4
    1. A Member of the Clergy shall not be subject to proceedings under this Title for acts committed more than ten years before the initiation of proceedings except:
      1. if a Member of the Clergy is convicted in a criminal Court of Record or a judgment in a civil Court of Record in a cause involving immorality, proceedings may be initiated at any time within three years after the conviction or judgment becomes final;
      2. if an alleged Injured Person was under the age of twenty-one years at the time of the alleged acts, proceedings may be initiated at any time prior to the alleged Injured Person's attaining the age of twenty-five years; or
      3. if an alleged Injured Person is otherwise under disability at the time of the alleged acts, or if the acts alleged were not discovered, or the effects thereof were not realized, during the ten years immediately following the date of the acts alleged, the time within which proceedings may be initiated shall be extended to two years after the disability ceases or the alleged Injured Person discovers or realizes the effects of the acts alleged; provided, however, the time within which proceedings may be initiated shall not be extended beyond fifteen years from the date the acts are alleged to have been committed.
    2. The time limits of Subsection (a) above shall not apply with respect to persons whose acts include physical violence, sexual abuse or sexual exploitation, if the acts occurred when the alleged Injured Person was under the age of twenty-one years; in any such case, proceedings under this Title may be initiated at any time.
    3. The time limits of Subsection (a) above shall not apply with respect to persons whose acts include sexual misconduct.
    4. Except as provided in Subsection (b) above, the time limitations for initiation of proceedings in this Section shall be retroactive only to January 1, 1996.
    5. No proceedings under this Title shall be initiated for acts which are alleged to violate Canon IV.3.1(a) or to constitute a breach of Canon IV.4.1(b), (c), (e) or (h)(2) unless the acts were committed within or continued up to two years immediately preceding the time the proceedings are initiated.
    6. For purposes of this Section 4, proceedings are initiated under this Title with respect to a particular Offense when specific allegations of the commission of that Offense are made to the Intake Officer.
  5. Jurisdiction and venue.Sec. 5. Jurisdiction and venue for proceedings under this Title shall be as follows:
    1. A Member of the Clergy shall be subject to proceedings under this Title for the alleged commission of an Offense in the Region in which the Member of the Clergy is canonically resident or in any Diocese in which an Offense is alleged to have occurred.
    2. If objection is made by the Bishop Diocesan of the Diocese of canonical residence as provided in Canon IV.19.5(b), the Bishop Diocesan of the Diocese of canonical residence and the Bishop Diocesan of the Intake Officer's Diocese shall promptly agree as to which Diocese will assume jurisdiction over the matter and conduct proceedings. If the two Bishops cannot promptly agree, the disagreement will be resolved as follows:
      1. Either may promptly request the President of the Court of Review to decide which Diocese shall conduct the proceedings.
      2. The requesting Bishop shall provide a copy of the request to the other Bishop. A reply to the request may be made by the non-requesting Bishop within fourteen (14) days of service of the request.
      3. The President shall have the discretion to hear from the Bishops Diocesan or the Church Attorneys for the respective Dioceses, either personally or telephonically, concerning the request and any reply. The President shall have the discretion to request additional submissions from the Bishops Diocesan or the Church Attorneys.
      4. The President shall decide which Diocese shall conduct the proceedings within fourteen (14) days of service of the request.
      5. It is a goal of these processes to not delay unduly the progress of any proceeding under this Title. Therefore, the parties shall not use the full extent of these deadlines for the purpose of prolonging the proceedings.
  6. Failure to appear.Sec. 6. In any proceeding under this Title in which the Respondent fails to appear before the Conference Panel as required by Canon IV.12.4, or to appear before the Hearing Panel as required by Canon IV.13.2(a), or to file in a timely manner with the Hearing Panel the written response required by Canon IV.13.2(c), such Panel may, in its discretion, proceed in the absence of the Respondent. In proceedings under this section, such panels may consider the materials described in Canon IV.12.1, and any other types of evidence whose use is permitted in proceedings conducted before such Panels. The failure of a Respondent to appear, or to fail to file a written response, as described in this Section shall not, in itself, provide the basis for a finding that any Offense has been committed, other than any Offense specifically arising from such failure to appear, or failure to file.
  7. Sentence of suspension or restriction on Ministry.Sec. 7. Unless otherwise expressly provided in writing in the restriction on ministry or Sentence of suspension, a Member of the Clergy under a restriction on Ministry or Sentence of suspension shall not exercise any authority of his or her office over the real or personal property or temporal affairs of the EC-Global except such matters as may not be exercised by a person other than the holder of the office, and may exercise authority in those matters only with the advice and consent of the Vestry or Bishops Committee, in the case of congregational property or affairs, or the Standing Committee, in the case of Diocesan property or affairs.
  8. Sec. 8. In computing any period of time for proceedings described in this Title, the day of the act or event from which the designated time period begins to run shall not be included. The last day of the time period shall be included, unless it is a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday in that jurisdiction, in which event the period runs until the end of the next day which is not a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday in that jurisdiction. Whenever a party has the right or is required to do an act within a prescribed period after the service of notice or other paper, if the service is by mail, five days shall be added to the prescribed period. Whenever it is provided in this Title that an act be done promptly or without delay, such act shall be done as quickly as is reasonably possible under the circumstances.
  9. Quorum.Sec. 9. In all cases in this Title where an action is performed or power exercised by a canonical body consisting of several members, including Reference Panels, Conference Panels, Hearing Panels and Courts of Review, and the full membership has been notified to convene, a majority of the members of the body shall be a quorum; and a majority of the members present when a quorum exists shall be competent to act.
  10. Advisors.Sec. 10. Each Region shall make provision for Advisors to be available to Respondents and Complainants as provided in this Canon for the purposes of support, assistance, consultation and advice regarding the process provided in this Title and the rights, responsibilities, consequences and alternatives pertaining thereto.
    1. The Vicar General shall make an Advisor available to the Respondent not later than the earliest of (1) reference for conciliation, to the Conference Panel or to the Hearing Panel, (2) the imposition of restriction on ministry or placement on Administrative Leave, (3) the Respondent or Bishop Diocesan proposing terms of discipline to the other under Canon IV.9, or (4) any interrogation or request for a statement or other information from the Respondent.
    2. The Vicar General shall make an Advisor available to the Complainant not later than the earliest of (1) the forwarding of the intake report to the Reference Panel, (2) 15 days after the Complainant receiving word of a dismissal under Canon IV.6.5, (3) the Respondent or Bishop Diocesan proposing terms of discipline to the other under Canon IV.9, or (4) the Bishop's designation of an Injured Person as a Complainant.
    3. The following shall be disqualified from serving as an Advisor: the Bishop Diocesan, the Church Attorney, any member of the Disciplinary Board, the Intake Officer, any Investigator, any person who is likely to be a witness in any pertinent proceeding and the Chancellor or any Vice Chancellor of the Diocese.
    4. No Respondent or Complainant shall be required to accept the services of any Advisor made available by the Bishop. Any Respondent or Complainant may use the services of any Advisor of his or her choice after designating that person as Advisor in writing to the Intake Officer.
    5. All communications between the Respondent and his or her Advisor or attorney and between the Complainant and his or her Advisor or attorney shall be privileged.
    6. The reasonable costs and expenses of providing Advisors made available by the Bishop Diocesan shall be the obligation of the Diocese in which the matter of Discipline is proceeding unless otherwise provided in an Accord or Order. The reasonable costs and expenses of providing Advisors chosen by the Respondent or Complainant and not made available by the Bishop Diocesan shall be the obligation of such Respondent or Complainant unless otherwise provided in an Accord or Order.
    7. In all proceedings under this Title at which the Respondent or the Complainant has the right to be present, their Advisors shall also have the right to be present.
  11. Improper influence.Sec. 11. No person subject to the authority of the Church may attempt to coerce or improperly influence, directly or indirectly, the actions of any body performing functions under this Title, or any member of such body or any other person involved in such proceedings.
  12. Right to counsel.Sec. 12. In all proceedings under this Title whenever a Respondent or a Complainant is required or permitted to appear or to participate or to be heard or to be present, they each shall have the right to be accompanied by and to be represented by counsel of their choice. Whenever any notice or other document is provided to or served upon a Respondent or a Complainant under this Title, such shall also simultaneously be provided to or served upon their respective counsel, if Respondent or Complainant, as the case may be, has notified the Bishop of the identity and contact information for such counsel. Nothing in this Title shall be construed as requiring any Respondent to be represented by counsel. Anything in this Title required or permitted to be done by the Respondent's counsel may be done by the Respondent personally.
  13. Concerning impartiality.Sec. 14. Impartiality of officials and bodies described in this Title shall be addressed as follows:
    1. Any Vicar General exercising authority under this Title shall disqualify herself or himself in any proceeding in which the Bishop's impartiality may reasonably be questioned. The Bishop shall also disqualify himself or herself when the Bishop, the Bishop's spouse, or a person within the third degree of relationship to either of them, or the spouse of such person, is the Respondent, Complainant or an Injured Person.
    2. The Church Attorney or any member of any Panel provided for in this Title shall disqualify himself or herself in any proceeding in which such person's impartiality may reasonably be questioned. The person shall also disqualify himself or herself when the person, the person's spouse, any person within the third degree of relationship to either of them, or the spouse of such person, (1) is the Respondent, Complainant or an Injured Person, (2) is likely to be a witness in the proceeding, (3) has a personal bias or prejudice concerning the Respondent, Complainant or any Injured Person, (4) has personal knowledge of disputed evidentiary facts concerning the proceeding, (5) has a personal financial interest in the outcome of the proceeding or in the Respondent, Complainant, any Injured Person or any other interest that could be substantially affected by the outcome or (6) is a member of the same congregation or otherwise has a close personal or professional relationship with the Respondent, the Complainant, any Injured Person or any witness in the matter.
    3. The Church Attorney or any member of any Panel provided for in this Title who has not disqualified himself or herself as provided in this section may be subject to challenge by the Church Attorney or the Respondent on grounds described in this section. The Complainant or the Complainant's Advisor may inform the Church Attorney of any such grounds. The challenge shall be investigated by the remaining members of the Panel who shall determine whether the challenged person should be disqualified and replaced according to the procedures of this Title for filling vacancies.
    4. No Bishop or Panel shall accept from the Church Attorney or from the Respondent any waiver of any ground for disqualification enumerated in this section unless preceded by full disclosure of the basis for the disqualification, on the record.
  14. Presumption of innocence.Sec. 15. There shall be a presumption that the Respondent did not commit the Offense. The standard of proof required for a Hearing Panel to find an Offense by a Respondent shall be that of clear and convincing evidence.
  15. Burden of proof.Sec. 16. In all matters under this Title, it shall be the burden of the Church through the Church Attorney to establish an Offense by any Respondent.
  16. Duty of Church members.Sec. 17. Except as otherwise provided in this Title, or except for good cause shown as determined by the Hearing Panel, it shall be the duty of all members of the Church to appear and testify or respond when duly served with a notice to do so from any Panel in any matter arising under this Title.
  17. Notices duly served.Sec. 18. Notices or other papers to be served according to procedures of this Title shall be deemed to have been duly served if a copy is delivered to the person to be served, is left with an adult resident of the abode of the person to be served or is mailed by certified mail to the person's usual place of abode. Notice by publication shall be made in a newspaper of general circulation in the jurisdiction of the person's usual place of abode. Acceptance of service renders unnecessary any further process.
  18. Legal counsel.Sec. 19. A Disciplinary Board or Court of Review may in its discretion obtain legal counsel to give it or the president of the Board or one of its Panels opinions on any questions of law, procedure or evidence. Such legal counsel, if any, shall have no vote in any proceeding before the Disciplinary Board, one of its Panels, or Court of Review.
  19. Expenses.Sec. 20. Except as expressly provided in this Title, applicable Diocesan Canon, or in any Accord or Order, all costs, expenses and fees, if any, shall be the obligation of the party, person or entity incurring them.
  20. If Presiding Bishop is unavailable.Sec. 20. If the Presiding Prelate is unavailable to act by virtue of absence, disability or other disqualification, actions to be performed by the Presiding Prelate in this Title shall be performed by that 1st Assistant Presider who would be the Presiding Officer of the College of Bishops as provided by Article I, Section 3, of the Constitution in the event of the resignation, infirmity, disability or death of the Presiding Bishop.
  21. Diocese to arrange for a Bishop.Sec. 21. If there is neither a Bishop Diocesan nor a Bishop Coadjutor nor a Bishop Suffragan nor an Assistant Bishop expressly assigned the administration of clergy discipline in a Diocese and not under a restriction on ministry or Sentence of suspension, the Diocese shall, by agreement pursuant to Canon III.13.2, arrange for a Bishop to perform the duties of the Bishop Diocesan under this Title before commencing or continuing with any proceedings under this Title. A Bishop performing the duties of the Bishop Diocesan under this Section has all the authority and powers of the Bishop Diocesan under this Title.
  22. Confidential communication.Sec. 22. Wherever in this Title it is provided that any communication, deliberation, investigation or proceeding shall be confidential, no person having knowledge or possession of confidential information derived from any such communication, deliberation, investigation or proceeding shall disclose the same except as provided in this Title, in any Accord or Order, or as required by any applicable law.
  23. Privileged communication.Sec. 23. Privileged Communication shall not be disclosed, nor shall any negative inference be drawn respecting the claim of the privilege, unless the privilege is waived by the person to whom the privilege belongs. Waiver of a privilege may occur by (a) voluntary disclosure; (b) failure to timely object to use of a Privileged Communication; or (c) placing the Privileged Communication at issue. Notwithstanding any provision of this section to the contrary, no waiver by a penitent of the privilege which attaches to communications or disclosures made within the Rite of Reconciliation of a Penitent shall work to require any confessor to divulge anything pertaining to any such communications or disclosures, the secrecy of the confession being morally absolute as provided in the Book of Common Prayer.
  24. Sec. 24. Noncompliance with any procedural requirements set forth in this Title shall not be grounds for the dismissal of any proceeding unless the non-compliance shall cause material and substantial injustice to be done or seriously prejudice the rights of a Respondent as determined by the Panel or Court before which the proceeding is pending on motion and hearing.
  25. Removal.Sec. 25. Solely for the purposes of the application of these Canons to persons who have received the pronouncement of the former Sentence of removal, the former Sentence of removal shall be deemed to have been a Sentence of deposition.
  26. Preserve records.Sec. 26
    1. Records of proceedings shall be preserved as follows:
      1. Deliver to the Archives.The Panel or Court shall promptly deliver the original certified record of its proceedings to The Archives of The Episcopal Conclave of Global Ministry.
  27. Sec. 27. No Member of the Clergy shall be accountable for any Offense if the act or omission constituting the Offense shall have occurred only prior to the effective date of this Title, unless such act or omission would have constituted an offense under the predecessor to this Title.
Canon 20: Of Transitional Provisions and Conforming Amendments to Other Canons
  1. Transition to Title IV revision.Sec. 1. Capitalized terms used in this Canon and which are not otherwise defined in this Title shall have the meanings provided in the predecessor to this Title.
  2. Sec. 2. The effective date of this Title shall be October 17, 2019. Except as otherwise provided in this Canon, the predecessor to this Title shall stand repealed on the effective date of this Title.
Title V: General Provisions
Canon 1: Of Enactment, Amendment, and Repeal

  1. Procedure required.Sec. 1. No new Canon shall be enacted, or existing Canon be amended or repealed, except by concurrent Resolution of the two Houses of the General Convention. Such Resolution may be introduced first in either House, before adoption by the House; provided that in either House the foregoing requirement of reference may be dispensed with by a three-fourths vote of the members present.
  2. Separate enactments affecting the same Canon.Sec. 2. Whenever a Canon is amended, enacted, or repealed in different respects by two or more independent enactments at the same Holy Convocation, including the enactment of an entire Title, the separate enactments shall be considered as one enactment containing all of the amendments or enactments, whether or not repealed, to the extent that the change made in separate amendments or enactments, are not in conflict with each other. The two members of the Committee on Constitution and Canons from each House of General Convention appointed pursuant to Canon V.1.5 shall make the determination whether or not there is a conflict and certify the text of the single enactment to the Secretary of the General Convention.
  3. Sec. 3. Whenever a Canon which repealed another Canon, or part thereof, shall itself be repealed, such previous Canon or part thereof shall not thereby be revived or reenacted, without express words to that effect.
  4. Form of amendment.Sec. 4. If a Canon or Section of a Canon or Clause of a Section of a Canon is to be amended or added, the enactment shall be in substantially one of the following forms: "That Canon . . .(Canon, Section or Clause designated as provided in Canon V.2.2) . . . be hereby amended to read as follows: (here insert the new reading)"; or "That Canon . . . (Canon or Section designated as provided in Canon V.2.2) . . . be hereby amended by adding a Section (or Clause) reading as follows: (here insert the text of the new Section or Clause)." If amendments are to be made at one meeting of the General Convention to more than one-half of the Canons in a single Title of the Canons, the enactment may be in the following form: "That Title . . . of the Canons be hereby amended to read as follows: (here insert the new reading of all Canons in the Title whether or not the individual Canon is amended)." In the event of insertion of a new Canon, or a new Section or Clause in a Canon, or of the repeal of an existing Canon, or of a Section or Clause, the numbering of the Canons, or of a division of a Canon, which follow shall be changed accordingly without the necessity of enacting an amendment or amendments to that effect.
  5. When Canons take effect.Sec. 6. All Canons enacted during the Holy Convocation of 2019, and thereafter, and all amendments and repeals of Canons then or thereafter made, unless otherwise expressly ordered, shall take effect on the first day of January following the adjournment of the General Convention at which they were enacted or made.
Canon 2: Of Terminology Used in These Canons
  1. Use of the term Diocese.Sec. 1. Whenever the term “Diocese” is used without qualification in these Canons, it shall be understood to refer both to “Dioceses” and to “Missionary Dioceses,” as these terms are used in the Constitution, and also, whenever applicable, to the “Convocation of Episcopal Churches outside the United States.”
  2. Use of the term Canon.Sec. 2. Whenever in these Canons a reference is made to a Canon or a Section of a Canon or a Clause of a Section of a Canon, the word “Canon” shall be set out, followed in order by the numerical or alphabetical designation of the Title, the Canon, the Section and the Clause, in each case separated by a period.
Canon 3: Of Bodies of General Convention; Quorum
  1. Report membership.Sec. 1. The membership of all committees, subcommittees, task forces, panels, or other bodies elected or appointed by any church-wide body or leader throughout The Episcopal Conclave of Global Ministry including, but not limited to, the College of Apostles; the College of Bishops; the Executive Council; and Standing Commissions, Committees, Agencies, and Boards of The Church; and their respective Presiding Officers and Chairs shall report their membership to the Office of General Convention, which shall publish the information within 30 days after election or appointment.
  2. Quorum.Sec. 2. Except where the Constitution or Canons of the General Convention provide to the contrary, a quorum of any body of the General Convention consisting of several members, the whole having been duly cited to meet, shall be a majority of said members; and a majority of the quorum so convened shall be competent to act.
I: Debate
  • members may debate.
    • Eligibility for debateAny Deputy or person given seat and voice on the floor of the meeting may participate in debate, unless a Rule of the House specifies otherwise.
    • Any Deputy or person participating in debate will provide their name and the Region they represent.
    • Any Deputy may speak only after being recognized by the Presiding Prelate
  • Definitions
    • Debate. Debates are an opportunity for Deputies to engage in discussion on any matter.
    • Matters before the HouseMatter. A matter includes any Resolution, Memorial, motion, message from the House of Bishops, or Committee report, that is presented to the House to consider and act upon.
  • Deputies may engage in debate on any matter except when:
    • debate has been ended by a vote of the House;
    • debate is not allowed due to a Rule of the House, a Joint Rule, a Canon, or the Constitution.
  • Time Limits
    • A total of 30 minutes is the maximum time allowed to debate on:
      • any matter; and
      • all motions related to that matter.
    • If a person rises to speak during the first six minutes of debate on a matter, no member may move the following unless no person seeks to debate on the matter:
      • amend the motion or Resolution;
      • move a substitute;
      • end debate.
    • During a debate on any motion or other matter, a member may:
      • Time limit on speakingspeak up to two minutes; and
      • speak twice.
    • TranslationFor each speech that requires translation or interpretation, all time limits on debate in these rules, or adopted by a special rule of order, will be extended by two minutes.
    • End of debateDebate will end following:
      • a successful vote to end debate;
      • the end of the time allowed for debate by a Rule or Special Order; or
      • by ruling of the Presiding Officer if:
        • at least three Deputies have spoken in favor of the matter and no one rises to speak against it; or
        • at least three Deputies have spoken against the matter and no one rises to speak in favor of it; or
        • no one rises to speak on the matter.
XIII: Motions
  • How Made
    • Motions may be made by any Deputy or other person authorized to make a motion by the Rules of the House.
    • A Deputy wishing to make a motion must:
      • provide their name and the Diocese they represent;
      • acknowledge his or her intent to make a motion in any queuing system; and
      • be recognized by the President or presiding officer.
  • Motions allowed on House floorTypes of Motion. Any Deputy may make one of the following motions and no other motions may be made on the floor of the House, except as otherwise provided by these Rules.
    • Motions that affect the general business of the House.
      • AdjournAdjourn or Recess:
        • is used to end (adjourn) a session or take a short recess;
        • has the following characteristics:
          • no debate is allowed;
          • no amendments may be made;
          • a majority vote is required.
      • Adjourn and reconvene at a specific time:
        • is used to end a session and set a time to reconvene;
        • has the following characteristics:
          • debate is only allowed on the time;
          • amendments are only allowed on the time.
      • Appeal rulingAppeal the ruling of the President or presiding officer:
        • is used to appeal any decision of the President or presiding officer on any question of procedure;
        • has the following characteristics:
          • debate is allowed;
          • amendments are not allowed;
          • a majority vote is required;
          • must be made immediately after the Presiding Officer’s ruling.
      • Special OrdersTo Create a Special Order of Business or Change the Order of Business:
        • is used to create a Special Order of Business that is not included in the Convention schedule or change an existing Order of Business. It may also include special rules to govern how the order is to be carried out.
        • Has the following characteristics:
          • amendments are allowed;
          • debate is allowed;
          • a two-thirds vote is required.
      • Suspend RulesTo Suspend the Rules:
        • is used to suspend or modify the Rules of the House that interfere with a particular goal of the House;
        • has the following characteristics:
          • amendments are allowed;
          • debate is allowed;
          • a two-thirds vote is required.
    • Motions that affect debate on a Resolution or other matter.
      • End debateEnd Debate and Vote Immediately:
        • is used to end the debate on a motion, Resolution, report, or other action item and force a vote. It is also sometimes known as “moving the previous question.”
        • has the following characteristics:
          • affects only the matter being debated;
          • no debate is allowed;
          • a two-thirds majority vote is required.
    • PostponePostpone Debating a Motion or Resolution until a Specific Time:
      • is used to postpone debating and considering a motion or Resolution until a certain time, after a certain time has elapsed, or after an event has occurred. It cannot be used to postpone action until after General Convention has adjourned.
        • has the following characteristics:
          • debate is allowed;
          • amendments are allowed;
          • a majority vote is required.
    • RecallTo Recall from a Committee:
      • is used to bring something out of a legislative committee and immediately to the floor of the House;
      • has the following characteristics:
        • may not be brought until the fourth legislative day;
        • debate is allowed;
        • no amendments are allowed;
        • a two-thirds vote is required.
    • Motions that affect what is done with a matter.
      • Refer backTo Refer Back to the Originating Committee, a Different Committee, a Standing Commission, or Other Body:
        • is used to refer a matter to a legislative committee or group to study the matter and report back suggested amendments or actions;
        • has the following characteristics:
          • may be debated;
          • may be amended as to the body referred;
          • a majority vote is required.
      • No actionTake No Further Action:
        • is used to stop considering a particular Resolution or Memorial and remove it from further consideration at the current meeting of the House;
        • has the following characteristics:
          • debate is allowed;
          • no amendments are allowed;
          • a majority vote is required.
    • Amend or substituteTo Amend or Substitute:
      • is used to modify or change a Resolution or motion. This would include a technical change or a substantive change that would alter the meaning or the intent of a Resolution or motion. Amendments must be related to the item in the Resolution or motion that they are trying to change.
      • Secondary Amendments are:
        • proposed changes to an amendment. Secondary Amendments must relate to the specific subject of an amendment and may not be used to alter other parts of a Resolution or parts not affected by an amendment.
      • has the following characteristics:
        • debate is allowed;
        • only Secondary Amendments are allowed;
        • a majority vote is required.
    • DivisionTo Divide the Matter:
      • is used to divide a Matter or Resolution into separate parts and vote separately. If the Matter is easily divisible into separate subjects, it may be divided by the Chair at a request of a member.
      • process to use this matter:
        • first make the request to divide the question and explain where the question should be divided;
        • the President then rules on whether the question is divisible or not;
        • if the question is divisible, the House proceeds to debate and act on the divided parts of the question;
        • If the President rules the question is not divisible, any Deputy may appeal the ruling.
    • ReconsiderationTo Reconsider Something Previously Acted Upon:
      • is used to reconsider a Matter which was previously voted upon by the House at the current meeting of the General Convention;
      • has the following characteristics:
        • any Deputy may move to reconsider a Matter;
        • no amendments are allowed;
        • debate is allowed if the Matter being reconsidered is debatable;
        • a majority vote is required;
        • a Matter may only be reconsidered once;
        • if the motion for reconsideration is adopted, the Resolution is restored to where it was immediately before the previous action being reconsidered was taken by the House.
XVI: Confirmation of the Election of a Presiding Bishop
  • When the 1st Assistant Presider receives the name of the bishop elected by the College of Bishops to serve as Presiding Prelate, the Presider will refer the name on the Confirmation of the Presiding Prelate.
  • If the College chooses to receive the report in a closed session, the College may continue in a closed session for the purpose of debate.
  • Following the end of debate, the College will move out of a closed session. The Presider will repeat the recommendation and the House will immediately vote on the recommendation.
  • The College will vote by individual secret ballot, paper or electronic, unless a Vote by Orders is requested.
  • A super majority (75%) vote is required to confirm.
  • The Presiding Prelate is only replaced through death or resignation, or the age of eighty-eight years old.
  • The College of Bishops may elect the Presiding Prelate as Archbishop with a Super Majority vote.
XVII: Parliamentary Authority
  • Robert's Rules of OrderThe latest edition of Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised will govern the interpretation of these Rules and Procedures to the extent that Roberts is not inconsistent with these Rules.
  • The Constitution, Canons, Joint Rules, and Rules of this House take precedence when there is a conflict with Robert’s Rules of Order.
  • XVIII: Supremacy and In Force Clause
  • SubordinationThese Rules are subordinate to the Constitution, Canons, and Joint Rules of Order of the General Convention.
  • These Rules remain in force at each meeting until amended, revoked, or replaced.
XIX: Amendments to the Rules of Order
  • Two-thirds vote to amendThe House may amend these Rules at any time by a two-thirds vote of the members present.
  • The Legislative Committee on Rules of Order will consider all proposed amendments to the Rules and make recommendations to the House.
  • Immediate effectAll amendments to these Rules take effect immediately unless expressly provided otherwise.