Once again we are looking for ready and capable leaders to Diocesan positions/elections to be held later in October. Clergy in the NW Deanery can contact me via email for endorsement at email@example.com Here is the list of positions open for this year's ballot and then a description of the duties for each of them.
The 65th annual Convention will convene October 19-21, 2017, at the El Paso Marriott Hotel, 1600 Airway Boulevard. Among the duties required of the Convention will be the election of offices.
The Cathedral and Area Deans will be acting as the Nomination Committee. Persons wishing to stand for election should contact their dean to place their name in nomination. Nomination requires complete the biographical form, answering the questions provided, and submitting an electronic (jpeg) mugshot for publication. The forms will be posted on the Diocesan website in June.
Diocesan Offices to be Elected - 2017
One Lay Person or Clergy for a three-year term
Commission on Ministry of the Baptized (COMB)
One Clergy Person for a four-year term
One Lay Person for a three-year term
One Clergy for a three-year term
One Lay Person for a two-year term
One Clergy for a two-year term
One Lay Person for a one-year term
One Lay Person for a four-year term
One Clergy for a four-year term
About the Diocesan Positions Open
Cathedral Chapter – Though by Canon this body functions as the governing body for the Cathedral, the Cathedral Vestry is responsible for the ordinary operations of the Cathedral parish. The Chapter is the canonical body that serves in the capacity of the search committee when the office of Dean of the Cathedral is vacant. The Cathedral Vestry and Wardens are members of the Chapter, as are the Bishop and Dean, along with three (3) at-large members, elected for three-year terms. This Convention we will elect one (1) lay or clergy person for a three (3) year term. Meets as called.
Commission on Ministry of the Baptized – Shall advise and assist the Bishop with the implementation of Title III of the Canons of The Episcopal Church, determine the present and future opportunities and needs for ministry of all baptized persons, and in the design and oversight of the ongoing process for recruitment, discernment, formation for ministry and assessment of readiness therefore. This Convention we will elect one (1) clergy person for a four (4) year term. Meets 3 times a year, or as called.
Standing Committee / Trustees of the Property – the council of advice for the Bishop. Consists of equal numbers of lay (3) and clergy (3) members with staggered terms; there is a two-term limit. Lay members must have been adult communicants in good standing in this Diocese for at least one (1) year. If there is no bishop, this body governs the Diocese and arranges for an election. It determines certification of candidates for Holy Orders according to the Canons, supervises secular legal functions, manages diocesan properties, advises on diocesan personnel decisions, and carries out work asked of it by Diocesan Convention. This Convention we will elect one (1) Lay person and one (1) Clergy person for three (3) year terms.
Diocesan Council – Reviews diocesan mission, vision, plans, programs and goals, determines Fair Share policy and levels, and prepares and presents the budget to diocesan convention. It consists of members at large (two clergy and two lay persons elected by Convention), the Diocesan Treasurer, a member of the Standing Committee appointed annually by the Standing Committee, the Deans and Vice-Deans of each Deanery and the Bishop. The Canon the Ordinary, or the Assistant to the Bishop, if there be one, as well as the Cathedral Dean, are members with voice but no vote. The two-year terms of the members at large are staggered. The Lay members must be adult communicants in good standing for at least one year prior to election; there is a two-term limit. This Convention we will elect (1) clergy person and (1) lay person for two (2) year terms and one (1) lay person for a one (1) year term. Meets 6 times per year, or as called.
Disciplinary Board – The specific duties, functions and responsibilities are set forth in Title IV of the Canons of The Episcopal Church. Briefly, the Church and each Diocese 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. 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. The Board is composed of nine (9) members, four (4) Lay and five (5) clergy elected for four-year terms. This Convention we will elect one (1) lay person and one (1) clergy person for a four (4) year terms. Meets once a year, or as called.
Blessings, at our next meeting in Grants/Milan the primary business of the day will the presentation of the Diocesan Budget for 2018. Currently the Diocesan Council has approved a budget that includes a .5% Fair Share increase. Community input is important in the budget process, so if you want to be heard this is the venue to do that regarding next year's budget. The agenda for the meeting can be found by using the "NEXT MEETING" button on the upper right. Peace, Robert+