The Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe, Canon to the Ordinary, has been elected to the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church. Meeting in Indianapolis at the beginning of General Convention, the bishops, clergy, and lay deputies from Province 8 elected Barlowe for a six-year term.
The Executive Council is the highest ecclesial authority of the Episcopal Church between meetings of the General Convention. It carries out programs and policies adopted by General Convention, oversees the ministry and mission of the church, and implements the program, budget, and finances of the Episcopal Church. The Executive Council is also the board of directors of the Domestic and Foreign Mission Society, the historic corporate entity of the Episcopal Church.
Barlowe has over 30 years of experience in growth, inclusion, and positive change in the Episcopal Church. A senior deputy at General Convention, he chaired the Standing Commission on National Concerns, and now serves on the Standing Commission on World Missions. He led one of the earliest and largest training programs for deacons, and promotes baptismal ministry through the Living Stones coalition. An anti-racism trainer, congregational developer, social justice advocate, teacher, and administrator, his doctoral work was on evangelism to young adults. Barlowe is also a former cathedral dean and inner-city parish priest, with two decades of parochial ministry.
The Executive Council is comprised of 20 members elected by General Convention (four bishops, four priests or deacons and 12 laypersons), 18 members elected by provincial synods, the presiding bishop and the president of the House of Deputies.