People around the diocese have begun submitting comments in the process of revising the diocesan canons, both through an online survey and by email to the Constitution and Canons committee.
“I am pleased we are receiving comments and input from so many in the diocese. This is what our Constitution and Canons Committee wants: your input.” – The Rt. Rev. Rayford High
The comment period on this first draft will be open through July 17. This first comment period – and the second comment period in July and August – are providing the committee more information and clarity about what kinds of rules people want the diocese to run by.
The committee is encouraged by the level of engagement in the discussion so far and hopes even more people will contribute their thoughts. Committee Chair George Komechak noted that the committee is grateful to have more voices from differing perspectives taking part in the conversation.
“We look forward to receiving the comments. We’re listening to what people are saying and writing, and we can use this feedback in creating a second draft.” – George Komechak, Chair, Constitution and Canons
The proposed Canon changes in their current form are not already decided on or finalized. Rewriting the Canons is a multi-step, multi-year process, and comments are being requested from members of the diocese at several points along the way. The process started in 2012, when the Diocesan Convention voted to study, evaluate, and begin a rewrite of both the Constitution and the Canons. More work on the documents was accomplished in 2014, when the Convention voted on a first reading of our revised Constitution.
“I want to thank all of you who have taken the time to offer suggestions to the committee in this process of rewriting the Canons. As we have said, this is a first draft. We still have much work to do together before we gather in November at our annual Convention.” – Bishop High
The draft will go through two more rounds of revision. After the first round of comments, the committee will revise the document, creating a second draft that takes into consideration the feedback received. That second draft will be published online with another survey to invite further review. Members of the committee also plan to attend all five deanery meetings in August to answer questions and listen to more feedback in person. They will then revise the document again before submitting their proposed changes in resolution form to the Secretary to publish leading up to Convention.
Once the document has been submitted as a resolution, each proposed change can still be amended – or even rejected – by the Convention.
TIMELINE OF THE CANON REWRITE PROCESS
Last week’s article gave a brief summary of the canon rewrite project. Here is a more detailed timeline.