The Report of the Committee on
Constitution and Canons----DRAFT to the One Hundred Seventeenth Annual Meeting of Convention of the Church in the Diocese of Los Angeles
Introduction Under Diocesan Canons, the Committee on Constitution and Canons has the duty to consider and report recommendations about all proposed amendments to the Constitution and Canons. After considering a proposal, the Committee normally makes one of the following recommendations: a.
RECOMMENDED ADOPTION AND SO MOVE. This is done when there appear to be no legal or policy objections and the proposal appears desirable.
b. RECOMMEND NO ACTION. This is done when there are legal or policy objections. c.
RECOMMEND REFERRAL TO…AND SO MOVE. This is done when there is need for further consideration.
d. NO ACTION REQUIRED. This is done when the proposal would not change the effect of existing provisions. e.
RECOMMEND NO ADOPTION AND SO MOVE. This is done when the Committee believes the changes proposed would not be beneficial, advantageous, or necessary.
Proposed amendments to the Constitution and to the Canons must be filed with the Secretary of Convention at least 100 days before the meeting of Convention (Constitution, Article XXIII, Section 47 and Canons, Sections 34.01). Late proposals for amendments can be considered at Convention only by unanimous consent of Convention (Canons, Section 34.05). The Secretary of Convention is responsible for providing the proposals to all delegates at least 35 days prior to Convention. An affirmative vote of the majority of the voting delegates to a meeting of Convention is required to amend Canons (Canons, Section 34.00). A Constitutional amendment requires a majority vote at two Conventions. The “second reading” must be passed by both clergy and lay orders voting separately and concurred by the Bishop. The “first reading” can be amended at the “second reading” by a two-thirds vote of the Convention (Constitution, Article XXIII, Section 47). This year, there are two (2) proposed amendments to the Canons filed with the Secretary of Convention. Each section is followed by an explanation of the proposed changes. Deletions in existing provisions are shown in strike through type and additions are double underlined. The changes proposed to Convention are limited only to the stricken and double underlined materials and not to any other portion of the section or paragraph presented. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE CANONS A. Proposed amendments to Canon II, Section 2.03 and Canon IV, Sections 4.00 and 4.05 by the Committee on Constitution and Canons CANON II MISSIONS QUALIFIED ELECTORS MISSION ORGANIZATION 2.03 A Mission shall be organized by the appointment by the Bishop of a Warden, who shall be a confirmed communicant of the Church in good standing. The Warden shall serve until a successor is appointed. Thereafter, an organizational meeting shall be called for the purpose of electing a Bishop’s Committee which shall consist of the Warden and such additional number of persons as the Bishop may authorize, all confirmed communicants of the Church in good standing. The Bishop’s Committee may elect a Junior Warden from its own membership and shall elect a Clerk and a Treasurer who need not be members of the Bishop’s Committee. The annual meeting of the Mission shall be called on a reasonable notice upon a date and place set by the official action of the Bishop’s Committee at its discretion. At the discretion of the Bishop, a Mission may elect its Bishop’s Committee on a rotational basis, with the exception of the Bishop’s Warden. Only qualified Electors shall be eligible for the appointment or election to such office. Compliance with this Canon is required by December 31, 2014. CANON IV THE VESTRY VESTRY TO BE ELECTED AT ANNUAL MEETING 4.00 The Board of Directors of the Parish shall be known as