During the next few weeks all eyes will be on, and many words written about,  the General Convention of The Episcopal Church in Anaheim, California.  But that is not all that is happening in the Church this summer.

While those headlines are being written, planning is continuing here for the Diocese of Pittsburgh’s 2009 Diocesan Convention held at Trinity Cathedral on October 16 & 17, 2009.  The Nominating Committee has been hard at work and has announced that there are ten positions to be filled at this year’s convention.

Recommendations are now being taken by the Nominating Committee for these positions. To make a recommendation, download the form by clicking here (PDF) and return it to the Diocesan Office by Friday, July 31, 2009.  Instructions and the return address are included on the form.

Open positions and brief descriptions are below.  The current Constitution and Canons for the Diocese of Pittsburgh, which are referenced below, are available by clicking here (PDF).


Standing Committee (Article IX, sections 1-7) Two to be elected
One clergy and one lay person to be elected to four-year terms ending 2013.
The Standing Committee consists of four clergy and four lay persons and acts primarily as the council of advice to the Diocesan Bishop. It also fills vacancies in electable seats on diocesan bodies or committees that may occur during the recess of the Convention. If there is no Diocesan Bishop, Bishop-Coadjutor or Suffragan Bishop, or they are incapacitated, the Standing Committee becomes the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese. This body meets monthly.


Board of Trustees (Article X, sections 1-2) Two to be elected
Two lay persons to be elected to three-year terms ending 2012.
The Board of Trustees consists of one lay person from each District, five lay persons elected by Diocesan Convention, and five lay persons appointed by the bishop. This body is responsible for the collection and disposition of all real and personal property and financial resources gifted to or received by the diocese, for the purpose of the aid, benefit and advancement of the diocese, its parishes and organizations. This body meets monthly.


The Array (Canon XIX) Three to be elected
One clergy and two lay persons to be elected to three-year terms ending 2012.
Comprised of five clergy and four lay persons, the Array serves as the diocesan Ecclesiastical Trial Court. This body tries cases brought against priests or deacons of the diocese who are charged with an actionable offense in which ecclesial discipline may be required. This body meets as the need arises.


Committee on Canons (Canon X) Two to be elected
One clergy and one lay person to be elected to three-year terms ending 2012.
This body, comprised of three clergy and three lay persons, examines the canons of the diocese and makes recommendations for additions and revisions that may be necessary. This body meets as needs require.


Cathedral Chapter (Canon XIV) One to be elected
One clergy to be elected to a three-year term ending 2012.
The four representatives to this body, two clergy and two lay persons, serve as the Convention’s voice on the Trinity Cathedral Chapter, which oversees the mission and availability of the cathedral church to the entire diocese. This body meets monthly.

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