Constitutional & Canonical Amendments

C-1  Amend the Constitution to Implement R-2
NOTE: The amendment was adopted on first reading at the 2015 Annual Council.

RESOLVED, that the Constitution of the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Virginia be amended by striking the word “Council” wherever the same appears therein referring to the annual meeting of the Diocese, and by replacing it with the name “Convention.”

Submitted by: 
220th Annual Council Constitution and Canon Committee of Council

C-2 Canonical Amendment Implementing R-2

RESOLVED, That the Canons of The Episcopal Church in The Diocese of Virginia be amended by striking the word "Council" wherever it appears therein referring to the annual meeting of the Diocese and by replacing it with the name "Convention."

Submitted by: 
Mr. J.P. Causey Jr., Chancellor

C-3 Amendment to Article XIII of the Constitution

Article XIII. The Chancellor of the Diocese.

Section  1.  A Chancellor of the Diocese shall be appointed by the Ecclesiastical Authority or by the Standing Committee, if it is at the time the Ecclesiastical AuthorityHe The Chancellor shall, upon qualification, continue in office at the pleasure of the Ecclesiastical Authority. The Chancellor shall be a confirmed adult communicant in good standing, as defined in General Convention Canon I. 17., of the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Virginia, and a member of the Virginia State Bar. He The Chancellor shall be the legal advisor of the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese, and of the Council of the Diocese, and to the Executive Board of the Diocese.

Section 2.  The Ecclesiastical Authority may, in consultation with the Chancellor, also appoint one or more Vice Chancellors, who shall continue in office at the pleasure of the Ecclesiastical Authority.  Vice Chancellors shall be confirmed adult communicants in good standing, as defined in General Convention Canon I. 17. of the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Virginia, and members of the Virginia State Bar.  Vice Chancellors shall serve at the direction of the Chancellor and shall assist the Chancellor in the performance of the Chancellor’s duties.  Vice Chancellors shall have seat and voice at the Annual Council, but shall not have a vote unless the Chancellor does not attend a meeting of the Annual Council and certifies to the Secretary of the Diocese that a Vice Chancellor will attend the meeting of Annual Council in the place and stead of the Chancellor, in which case, the certified Vice Chancellor shall have a vote.

Rationale:  This is enabling legislation to allow the Ecclesiastical Authority to appoint one or more Vice Chancellors, if such is deemed necessary and appropriate.  Many Dioceses have one or more Vice Chancellors to provide legal expertise in specific fields of the law or to assist the Chancellor in performing his duties.  This amendment (a) would not increase Diocesan expense, since the Chancellor and Vice Chancellor(s) provide their services pro bono, and (b) would not increase the size of Annual Council since only the Chancellor, or a Vice Chancellor certified to act in place of the Chancellor, would have a vote at Annual Council.    

Submitted by:
J. P. Causey Jr., Chancellor