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Overview

The Diocesan Council:

  • Serves as an advisory group to the Bishop and the Diocesan staff on financial and other matters. 
  • Oversees the development of the Diocese’s operating fund budget and recommends the budget to Diocesan Convention for approval. 
  • Provides guidance and oversight for the Diocese between conventions.
  • Works in committees to support Diocesan staff and Diocesan ministries.
  • Serves as liaisons to parishes and mission areas of the Diocese.

In recent years, the Diocesan Council has sought to develop a more active leadership role to engage the Diocese in programs which reflect the ethos of the Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Ohio. The Diocesan Council has sought to lead, by example, by participating in and promoting programs such as Commission for Racial Justice, and Seeing the Face of God in Each Other. The Council has actively sought to promote these programs within Mission Areas and within individual Parishes.  

The Council also developed and designed a three-year Leadership program that is designed to promote leadership in Mission Areas and Parishes.  The Diocesan Council desires to help equip Episcopalians in the Diocese of Ohio to be knowledgeable of their role as Christ's ambassadors to the world.  This program is ready for roll-out in the post COVID period.

Following the death of George Floyd in 2020, the work of the Council became concentrated on racial justice in the diocese. Council will determine how to take up the leadership efforts developed in these two programs as it defines its role in the coming year. An introduction to Civil Discourse, based on the program developed by the wider church is under construction and will be offered to the Diocese.

Council members may work in committees to support diocesan staff and ministries, oversee the development of the Diocese’s operating fund budget, and advise the Bishop and the Diocesan staff on financial and other matters. The Council also encourages, supports, and provides resources for mission area leaders.  

Requirements
Diocesan Council members serve three-year terms, meeting approximately eight times a year. Some are elected by Convention, others are elected by Mission Area Councils. Lay Council members must be confirmed adult communicants of the Episcopal Church in good standing. Clerical Council members must be canonically resident in the Diocese of Ohio. Typically, an organizing meeting is held the first weekend of December (Friday-Saturday). Other meetings are usually held on the third Thursday of the months of January, February, March, May, June, September and October from 3:00 pm-6:00 pm. Meetings will occur either at Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland or Bellwether Farm in Wakeman or via ZOOM. 

In compliance with the 201st Diocesan Convention Resolution R-2, all Diocesan elected office holders are required to participate in the diocese’s anti-racism training within one year of their assuming office. 

Expectations
Diocesan Council members should be engaged and committed to developing the mission of the Diocese of Ohio. They have interpersonal and communication skills and possess a general working knowledge of basic financial matters and the structure of the Episcopal Church. Members should also be committed to fostering the welfare of all parishes and affiliated ministries in the Diocese

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