C1: Proposed Amendment to Article III, Section 1. (e) of the Constitution of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the Diocese of Virginia - Adopted
Approved as C4 at 217th Annual Council on first reading. Submitted to the 218th Annual Council for approval on second reading.
Approved as C1 at the 219th Annual Council

Article III, Section 1. (e)
The Lay members of the Standing Committee, the Lay members of the Executive Board, the Chancellor, the Presidents of the Regions, the President of the Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese, five lay persons, not over 21 years of age at the time of election, to be elected on or before May 1 as Youth Delegates by five of the Regional Councils designated on an annual rotating basis by the Standing Committee, and two five lay persons, not over 25 years of age at the time of election and who are participants in an Episcopal higher education ministry in the Diocese, to be elected by the Standing Committee on or before May 1 as Collegiate Delegates shall be members of Council ex officio.

According to General Convention Resolution 2006-A041, “dioceses are encouraged to give campus ministries canonical status as mission congregations, when appropriate,” and “affirm the value of developing our young leaders of the church by providing opportunities for college and university students to participate fully in the councils of the church.”

We have active diocesan recognized Campus ministries at George Mason University in Fairfax, the colleges and universities in the vicinity of Harrisonburg, University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, University of Virginia in Charlottesville, and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Voices from each of these Campus Ministries should be heard and counted each year.

With the current wording in the Diocese of Virginia’s Constitution, all five of these Campus ministries have only two collegiate delegates; we rotate representation among the campus ministries each year. We are asking that each of the campus ministries that are recognized by the Diocese of Virginia have representation at each Annual Council.

Submitted by the Higher Education Committee of the Diocese of Virginia

The Rev. Nik Forti, chaplain to UVA Canterbury
The Rev. Lauren Kuratko, chaplain to VCU Episcopal Campus Ministry
The Rev. Laura Lockey, Campus Missioner to Canterbury-Harrisonburg; serving JMU, Bridgewater College, Eastern Mennonite University and Blue Ridge Community College
The Rev. Brian Turner, chaplain to UMW Canterbury Club