The Committee on Nominations is ready to receive nominations for candidates who will stand for election at Diocesan Convention in October. Delegates will elect two to Standing Committee and Executive Council, one Secretary of Convention, and one Treasurer.
Jay Luther, Marin Deanery, expresses what serving on Executive Council means to him. “Executive Council is the nurturer, and often the birthplace, of some of the most important ideas and ideals of the diocese. Being in close contact with the deaneries, the bishop, and staff, it can hear and act on problems — and plant the seeds of success — as issues are developing, both in the diocese and in TEC itself. If one wants a sense of what it means to be in a living church, there is no better place to sit, or to work, than Executive Council. If one wants to find joy, what better place to find it than in a place where deep interpersonal respect allows many different and thoughtful views to be expressed in a setting of profound and prayerful concern for this diocese and the church.”
Jay further explains, “Canonically, Executive Council is the ‘convention between conventions’ charged with implementing policy decisions made by the bishop and Diocesan Convention. Legally, it is the diocesan corporation’s board of directors. Financially, it is the budgetary arm of the diocese, responsible for judiciously controlling its income and expenses. It is also one of the bishop’s most important counselors. Executive Council currently meets once a month as a body for two to three hours. To keep meetings effective, the documentation that will inform the bulk of the meeting's work is, whenever possible, circulated in advance. During the year, members typically are assigned two subcommittees that closely examine the substantive matters in their jurisdiction — such as program and budget — and make recommendations to the entire body. Most of these subcommittee meetings are by conference call, to minimize time demands on members, and seldom amount to more than a few hours a month.”
Full descriptions of the positions are available to download in pdf format here. We request that all nomination be submitted online. Click here to link to the online nomination form. Upon receipt of a nomination, the Committee on Nominations will email the nominee an agreement to serve along with instructions for submitting their biographical information.
Diocesan Convention materials will be available on the new diocesan website when it is launched within the month.