Diocesan Committees 2016


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.


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



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.



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.



The Nominations Committee is a standing committee, each member serving a three-year term.  We actively recruit members for all other Diocesan Committees. 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 continue working in 2014 to find and create new ways to communicate the job description, necessary skills/experience, and processes by which each commission and committee are staffed.

Current members of the Nominations Committee:Cordelia Biddle, Lionel Broome, Jane R. Cosby, Rev. Nancy Dilliplane, The Rev. Amanda Eiman, Christopher Hart, The Rev. Betsy Ivey, The Rev. Catherine Kerr, Janet Ross, Liz Wendt, The Rev. Deirdre Whitfield

Contact the Nominations Committee at http://www.diopa.org/nominations, or through the current chair’s email address: cordeliafrancesbiddle@comcast.net



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 2016 Diocesan Convention 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.

The Alternate Deputies will be elected at the 2017 Diocesan Convention.



Current director’s names are posted on the TCF website. http://www.tcfdiopa.org/board-of-directors.html

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.