The Diocese of Ohio is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion represented in the United States by The Episcopal Church.
The Episcopal Church of Ohio ministers in our Church and in our communities in many inspiring ways.
The Standing Committee is one of the three governing bodies of the Diocese, along with Diocesan Council and the Trustees. The Standing Committee has the following specific responsibilities:
Standing Committee members serve for a four-year term. Members are expected to commit to working collaboratively with the Bishop for the welfare of the Diocese. Members attend an evening meeting during the annual retreat of the Commission on Ministry. Occasionally, members are asked to attend Diocesan regional meetings. Lay Standing Committee members must be adult communicants of the Episcopal Church in good standing. Clerical members must be entitled to a seat at Diocesan Convention.
The Standing Committee meets at 9:45 am at Trinity Commons on the third Monday of the month, except in December, when the meeting is usually one week earlier. Meetings are usually, but not always, adjourned by 12:30 pm. With the consent of the President of Standing Committee, members who live some distance from Cleveland may, on occasion, join the meeting via conference call.
To assist transition, the November Standing Committee meeting begins with a joint session between outgoing and newly-elected members immediately following the close of Convention. New members also receive a summary of the previous year’s minutes and the annual report submitted at Convention.
In compliance with the 201st Diocesan Convention Resolution R-2, all Diocesan elected office holders are required to receive anti-racism training within one year of their assuming office.
Gifts, Experiences and Skills
The Standing Committee has overall responsibility for the search for the 12th Bishop of the Diocese of Ohio. It appointed a Search Committee, which will announce a slate of candidates in August. In addition, it works closely with the Commission on Ministry to continue improving the care of those in the ordination process; consented to various episcopal elections throughout the Episcopal Church; and consented to parish requests to alienate church property.
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