CONSTITUTIONS AND CANONS
Learn more about our diocese’s organization and administration, as well as its governing rules (i.e., canons) by reading our Diocesan Constitution and Canons [PDF updated May, 2016]. The Canons of the General Convention [PDF] are reviewed and revised during that triennial meeting.
- ensuring sound fiscal management and practices
- supporting and reviewing diocesan ministries
- other duties as requested by the bishop or the Diocesan Convention
Update, February, 2017
The Diocesan Council met at St. Hilda’s, Catonsville, on Saturday, February 18. Here are the highlights of that meeting [PDF].
Update, October, 2016
The Diocesan Council met at St. Margaret’s, Annapolis, on Saturday, September 24. They discussed diaconal formation and deployment, resources for small churches, and listening sessions planned by the Ad Hoc Committee on Reparations. Here are the highlights of that meeting [PDF].
2017 Diocesan Budget
The Program and Budget Committee completed their work on the Diocesan Budget for 2017, it was confirmed by the Diocesan Council. Read this message [PDF] from the committee, then review the 2017 Diocesan Budget [PDF].
The Standing Committee is the body of lay and clergy members of the Diocese elected by the annual Diocesan Convention and authorized by the Canons of the Episcopal Church as the Bishop’s Council of Advice. If there is no Diocesan or Suffragan or Coadjutor Bishop canonically authorized to act, the Standing Committee becomes the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese for all purposes declared by General Convention.
In addition to this, the Canons of the Diocese of Maryland provide that the Standing Committee advises the Bishop or gives consent in matters of the disposition of property, ecclesiastical discipline, the election and consecration of Bishops, and in matters involving candidates for ordained ministry. The election of members and the terms and conditions of their office are defined by these Canons.
Mutual Ministry Review, 2016
The Standing Committee reported the results of the Mutual Ministry Review conducted beginning in late 2015.
A Mutual Ministry Review is intended to be an honest look at what is working well together while considering ways of improving in areas that are less effective. As such, the review looks at church leadership as a system. It’s an intentional time of reflection and discernment.
The review started with a listening phase, in which lay and clergy leaders in the Diocese of Maryland were surveyed about a number of ministry and organizational areas. The survey results identified places of celebration and challenges in ministry.
The next phase was a time of in depth conversation among the Standing Committee and the Bishops about what the Diocese has said and then mutually discerning how to respond. The Standing Committee is now pleased to report what they have heard and learned and to continue with those conversations.
Download the 2015-2016 Mutual Ministry Review report [PDF]
The current members of the Standing Committee are:
- The Rev. Deacon Natalie Conway (2019)
Saint John’s in the Village, Baltimore
- Mr. Paul Durham- lay (2017)
St. Matthew’s, Oakland
- Ms. Casandra (Sandy) Fallin – lay (2018)
Church of the Holy Trinity, West Baltimore
- The Rev. T. Stewart Lucas (2020)
Churches of the Nativity and Holy Comforter, Baltimore
- Jesse Milan, Jr. – lay (2020)
- Mr. Mark Garcia- lay (2019)
Church of the Advent, Baltimore
- The Rev. Canon Dr. Mark Gatza (2017)
Emmanuel, Bel Air
- The Rev. Tom Slawson (2018)
St. Peter’s, Ellicott City
To contact the Standing Committee, please email firstname.lastname@example.org