141st Annual Diocesan Convention preview

The 141st annual convention of the Diocese of Southern Ohio will be held Nov. 13-14, 2015 at the Dayton Convention Center

WELCOME

The Episcopal Church in the greater-Dayton area invites you to join us at the Dayton Convention Center for our 2015 Diocesan Convention on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 13 and 14. We look forward to welcoming you back to our community!

The Committee on Dispatch of Business began working with our bishop in April on this year’s theme and agenda. Our new diocesan Convention Manager, Mike Miller (from St. Paul’s, Dayton), has taken over the responsibility of working with the Convention Center and with the Crowne Plaza Dayton, this year’s convention hotel. Our facilities will include an expanded exhibit area, adjacent to but separate from the meeting space. Our intention is to provide the space and accommodations that we need for representatives from throughout our diocese to come together for prayer, for selecting leaders, for making important decisions and for enjoying fellowship with one another.

As we look forward to this annual gathering, please consider whether God might be calling you to one of these elected positions in service to the church and the world.

The Rev. Mike Kreutzer and Mr. Randy Young
Co-Chairs, Local Arrangements Committee

2015 POSITIONS FOR NOMINATIONS

BUDGET COMMITTEE / THREE YEAR TERMS
Elect 3 (one of whom must be clergy), Class of ‘18

Budget Committee members are responsible for preparing and reviewing the annual operating budget of the diocese. Primary work occurs in the spring, with collection and review of budget requests.

DIOCESAN COUNCIL / THREE YEAR TERMS
Elect 2 clergy + 3 lay, Class of ‘18
Elect 1 clergy to fill unexpired two-year term (Class of ’17)

As the convention-between-convention, members of Diocesan Council play a critical role in the governance of the diocese. Members review the budget and mission share review requests, follow implementation of convention resolutions and work with the bishop on ministry and mission decisions in the diocese.

EPISCOPAL COMMUNITY SERVICES FOUNDATION / THREE YEAR TERMS
Elect 3 clergy or lay, Class of ‘18

The Episcopal Community Services Foundation is a self-governing, self-supporting foundation for local ministry across the diocese. Through education and grant programs designed for congregational based outreach ministry, ECSF encourages, supports and creates opportunities for Episcopalians to help other Episcopalians serve God and neighbor.

STANDING COMMITTEE / THREE YEAR TERMS
Elect 1 clergy + 1 lay, Class of ‘18
1 clergy to fill unexpired one-year term (Class of ’16)

The Standing Committee serves as the bishop’s council of advice. It shares responsibility for the ordination process, is consulted for consent for the election and consecration of new bishops in the church and reviews requests from congregations to encumber their property. This group also carries out a mutual ministry review with the bishop.

TRUSTEE OF THE DIOCESE / FIVE YEAR TERM
Elect 1 clergy or lay, Class of ‘20

The Trustees of the diocese (also known as the Procter trustees) is the group responsible for management of diocesan and certain other investments and property owned by the diocese; and for serving as the board of advisors to the bishop on administration of the William Cooper Procter Fund.

TRUSTEE OF CHURCH FOUNDATION / FIVE YEAR TERM
Elect 1 clergy or lay, Class of ‘20

Trustees of the Church Foundation are responsible for administering loans and funds for church buildings as well as some oversight over diocesan-owned properties

PROCTER BOARD OF DIRECTORS / STAGGERED* THREE YEAR TERMS
Elect 3 clergy or lay *1 for three year term, 1 for two year and 1 for one year

Procter Center’s newly formed Board of Directors is accountable to the Bishop for all aspects of the day-to-day operation of the Center in coordination with the Center’s three stakeholders; i.e., the Church Foundation, the Trustees of the Diocese & Diocesan Council. Such accountability includes the hiring of the Center’s Executive Director. Three at-large Directors are to be elected by the 2015 Convention and one in each subsequent year. Those elected are eligible to serve an additional three-year term.

In Southern Ohio, we self-nominate for positions. The nomination form can be found on the diocesan website in the convention section. Nominations must be received by Sept. 29. Contact Nominating Committee Chair Nadya Richardson at Nadya19767@aol.com if you have any questions.

CONSTITUTION AND CANONICAL CHANGES

The Constitution and Canons guide the governance of the diocese. A committee reviews the Constitution and Canons each year and considers whether to propose changes. Proposed amendments may come from any member of the diocese, although the committee requests an opportunity to review the proposal to make sure it abides by wider-church rules. Proposed amendments must be submitted in writing by Sept. 14 to convention@diosohio.org. Contact diocesan chancellor Joseph J. Dehner at 513.651.6949 or jdehner@fbtlaw.com with any questions.

PROPOSING RESOLUTIONS

Proposing resolutions is a key way for the people of the diocese to discuss and reflect upon issues in the church and beyond. There are a variety of types of resolutions, ranging from those that ask the diocese to take a stand on a particular issue to special observances to calls for commitment to certain ministries.

All proposed resolutions must be sent to convention@diosohio.org and received by Sept. 29. Those submitting resolutions are expected to attend or have a representative present at all pre-conventihearings. Contact Jim Heathcote at 937.446.2108 or jheathcote@earthlink.net with questions.