Convention 2017 – Nominations


SERVING THE DIOCESE: Diocesan Committees

At Convention 2017, we will elect new members to serve on Diocesan Committees. It’s an exciting time of regeneration and renewal in the Diocese of Pennsylvania, and the Nominations Committee asks that you consider sharing your gifts of talent, service, and time.

We’re seeking members for the Standing Committee, the Finance Committee, the Church Foundation (TCF), the Commission on Clergy Compensation and Employee Benefits (CCCEB), the Nominations Committee, The Christmas Fund, General Convention – Alternate Deputies, and Disciplinary Board.

The Nominations Committee’s mission is to be inclusive racially, geographically, culturally, by gender and gender identity, and by age. We encourage you to participate in building and strengthening our diocese, and in representing the breadth and diversity of our many parishes and deaneries. Each of us has God-given gifts; let us offer them in service to our diocese and to one another.

Candidate biographies can be submitted electronically. The deadline for submitting a biography form is September 16.

Please consider joining one or more of these crucial committees. Here’s the link to an online form to submit your name:

In Thanksgiving,
The Diocesan Nominations Committee: Cordelia Biddle (chair), Betty Berry-Holmes, Lionel Broome, Jane R. Cosby, Rev. Nancy Dilliplane, Rev. Amanda Eiman, Marcia Hinton, Rev. Catherine Kerr, Rev. Jeffrey Moretzsohn, Liz Wendt, Rev. Deirdre Whitfield


Open positions are listed below:

The Christmas Fund
Positions to Fill: 2 Lay

Church Attorney

Church Foundation
Positions to Fill: 1 Clergy, 3 Lay

Commission on Clergy Compensation and Employee Benefits
Positions to Fill: 1 Clergy, 1 Lay

Diocesan Disciplinary Board
Positions to Fill: 3 Clergy, 1 Lay

Finance Committee
Positions to Fill: 1 Clergy, 1 Lay

General Convention – Alternate Deputies
Positions to Fill: 4 Clergy, 4 Lay

Nominations Committee
Positions to Fill: 3 Clergy, 2 Lay

Standing Committee
Positions to Fill: 2 Clergy, 1 Lay


Diocesan Committees 2017



Four lay members, a fifth lay member serving as Treasurer, and the Bishop Diocesan, shall constitute the Trustees of the Christmas Fund. Immediately prior to the 2015 Annual Convention, the Treasurer of the Fund will resign and at Convention, a new Treasurer will be elected for a three-year term. In 2016, when the terms of the other members of the Fund expire, four members will be elected at the 2016 Annual Convention. The two members receiving the largest number of votes will receive a three-year term, and the two other elected members will receive a one-year term. Thereafter, annual elections will be held to replace the members whose terms are expiring, with each elected member receiving a three-year term. No Trustee shall serve for more than two consecutive three-year terms. Vacancies occurring in the Trustees shall be filled by the Standing Committee for the unexpired terms. No Trustee may be a beneficiary of the Christmas Fund during his or her term as Trustee.

To be elected: 2 Lay



Current director’s names are posted on the TCF website.

TCF is a separate corporation. The board is concerned about legal, investment, financial, trust, accounting, and business skills. The bylaws of TCF grant to convention the privilege of nominating at least two candidates for each open position, and then the board chooses new directors from the slate of all nominees, following convention. There are terms, but no limits.

To be elected: 1 Clergy, 3 Lay



The Commission on Clergy Compensation and Employee Benefits (CCCEB) has multiple responsibilities including:

  • Defining clergy compensation standards and proposing annual changes through a resolution to Diocesan Convention
  • Supporting health and welfare benefits for eligible clergy and lay employees of the diocese, including participation and decision making around benefit plan designs, self-insured benefits and other coverages as appropriate
  • Implementation support of the Denominational Health Plan (A177) and Lay Pension System (A138), as defined in the 2009 General Convention and as may be amended in subsequent General Conventions
  • Administration of the Diocesan Health and Welfare Benefits Trust in the provision of related benefits to eligible clergy and lay employees and retirees
  • Setting of the annual Retired Clergy Medical Assistance (RCMA) assessment amounts, and determination of related benefits for the eligible population
  • Defining Clergy Financial Assistance (CFA) assessment and proposing annual changes through a resolution to Diocesan Convention to support:

1) assistance to clergy in financial need

2) provide partial support to the Clergy Sabbatical fund

  • Administering loans and grants from the proceeds of the CFA for clergy who have applied for support due to pressing financial need

CCCEB members come from a variety of backgrounds and life experiences, and are committed to the health and wellness of our clergy and covered lay and retiree populations. CCCEB has particular interests in candidates that have backgrounds, experience, or knowledge in any of the following areas:

  • Health and Welfare Benefits
  • Insurance (Health, Short/Long Term Disability, Workers Compensation, Life)
  • Health/Wellness (population, corporate, benefits)
  • Retiree Issues/Benefits
  • Human Resources/Personnel Policy and Management
  • Employee Compensation
  • Financial and Life Planning
  • Law (attorney, paralegal)
  • Accounting/Auditing
  • Communications
  • Social Services, Pastoral Care, Hospice Care, Healthcare Services/Medicine

To be elected: 2 Clergy, 2 Lay



The Disciplinary Board shall perform the functions and have the powers and responsibilities given to a Committee of that name by Title IV of the Canons of General Convention relating to the ecclesiastical disciplinary process, and by Canon 22 of the Diocese of Pennsylvania.

Members must be fully committed to the vision of Title IV. The General Convention of the Episcopal Church in 2009 revised the canons known as Title IV to make clergy discipline first and foremost a process of discernment, mediation and pastoral response rather than one that is legalistic and judicial.  Canon 1 of Title IV sets the theological context for the process:  “By virtue of Baptism, all members of the Church are called to holiness of life and accountability to one another. 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. 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.”

Please note that clergy members of the Disciplinary Board must be canonically resident and have been in Holy Orders for 10 years, according to Canon 22.

The Title IV process, which deals with clergy discipline in matters of conduct and practice of ministry, is about upholding and maintaining the integrity of the Episcopal Church for its members and to the glory of God.  The Title IV process is also about keeping our Church safe and assuring that the processes responding to charges of sexual misconduct toward adult and minor members are carefully followed.  This work is sensitive and can be stressful, and it is absolutely necessary.

To be elected: 3 Clergy, 1 Lay



The Committee on Finance and Property is responsible for the financial affairs of the Diocese and acts in any other business and executive capacity that may be required of it by Convention. Among those duties is the responsibility to provide for the enforcement of Canon 16 (“Of the Mode of Securing an Accurate View of the State of the Church in this Diocese”),in Canon 17 (“Of Business Methods in Church Affairs”), and Canon 19.1 (“Diocesan Institutions”). The Committee also is responsible for the communication of assessment levels and the accounting for receipts of assessments all pledges and assessments in support of the Diocesan Budget, the Episcopate assessment, Clergy Financial Assistance as called for by the Committee on Clergy Salaries and Pensions.

Each month, the Committee reviews financial reports from the Diocesan CFO and Treasurer.

All candidates for election to the Committee on Finance and Property over the past years have been well qualified. However, as described above, interest and expertise in finance, real estate, budgeting, stewardship, insurance, church growth, business methods and practices and related areas are areas that a member may wish to have some expertise or qualification. As we grapple with ever tightening budgets and declining and failing parishes, compassion is also an important quality.

To be elected: 1 Clergy, 1 Lay



Deputies are elected to General Convention not in order to represent the views of the diocese or any particular constituency; rather, they are extraordinary representatives who, “ideally…should reflect the will of the whole Church, act for the whole Church, and speak to the whole Church.”

Deputies are trusted by the Diocese and by the deputies from other dioceses to be informed and to prepare themselves through study and prayer prior to General Convention. While at General Convention, they are charged to listen to other deputies, bishops and guests; to share their thoughts and ideas; and to attend and vote at all legislative sessions. Deputies are trusted to cast their votes informed by prayer, factual information, and the workings of the Holy Spirit. They have a responsibility to report back to the Diocese after General Convention, and to convey how they voted in light of what they experienced and what they learned.

At the 2017 Diocesan Convention alternate deputies to the 2018 General Convention will be elected, four lay and four clergy. The lay and clergy persons are ranked one through four in each order according to the number of votes received and the ballot on which they are elected. To be elected one must receive a majority of votes in both the clergy and lay orders. Those elected as deputies are expected to attend the General Convention and will have their expenses paid in full.

To be elected: 4 Clergy, 4 Lay



The Nominations Committee actively recruits members for all other Diocesan Committees; each member serves a three-year term, and may be re-elected once. The Committee is committed to creating a transparent process by which we create a diverse and representative slate for the vote at each Convention. To that end, we will be continue working in 2016 to find and create new ways to communicate the job description, necessary skills/experience, and processes by which each commission and committee are staffed. We meet monthly, often by conference call, making it easier for members residing at a distance from one another to participate.

To be elected: 3 Clergy, 2 Lay



Standing Committee is a body of advice and consent, working with the Diocesan Bishop, and is involved in making strategic decisions for both DioPA and The Episcopal Church in raising up, calling and/or approving the call of candidates for ordination and the episcopate.

*         Expertise and/or experience with financial, legal (canonical), real estate, and/or property oversight

*         Working knowledge of diocesan and the Canons of the Episcopal Church

*         Prior experience on a vestry, diocesan committee, or work with The Episcopal Church

*         Average of approximately eight-ten hours per month

Serving on the Standing Committee is an honor, but also requires a considerable time commitment. It is suggested that serving on the Standing Committee be your only diocesan commitment.

To be elected: 1 Clergy, 1 Lay