Convention Actions

Alan Peasley casts a ballot in the diocesan elections.

The 192nd Convention of the Diocese of Georgia met in Tifton, Georgia from February 7-9. During the meeting, the convention elected persons to diocesan offices, passed the 2013 budget without ammendment, passed two resolutions and four changes to the Canons of the Diocese.

Tattnall Thompson IV was re-elected to the Board of the Corporation of the Diocese. Victoria Logue was elected to Diocesan Council as an at-large member. Neil Dickert and the Revs. Cynthia Taylor and John West were elected to the Disciplinary Board. The Very Rev. Billy Alford and Charlie Hough were elected to the Standing Committee and Dr. Deborah Thomas was re-elected as a Sewanee Trustee.

The convention unanimously passed the resolution to move the normative date of the convention to the second full weekend of November beginning with the 2014 convention to be held at the convention center on Jekyll Island. The convention also unanimnously voted in favor of a resolution requesting “that the Special Task Force on Church Structural Reform, created by the 77th General Convention of the Episcopal Church” include as one of its recommendations a proposal the the 78th General Convention of the Episcopal Church adopt the tithe as the standard of giving and as the funding formula for diocesan support of the budget of the Episcopal Church.

Canonical Changes
The convention unanimously passed three canonical changes. The first changed the name of the Department of Finance to the Finance Committee and altered both its duties and the selection process for members to bring this group in line with other diocesan committees and commissions. Then the body unanimously voted to remove the canon calling for an executive committee to Docesan Council and added language making it clear that any member of the Diocese may address the group with advanced permission of the President of the Council. Then the move to change the threshold for an annual CPA audit of church finances for congregations with a $200,000 budget to those with a budget of $500,000 or more.

The last action of the convention occured with debate and passed with a clear majority. The Rev. Sam Buice, Rector of St. Pater’s Savannah, proposed an substitute resolution from the floor to eliminate the diocesan ethical standards canon instead of replacing the current standard with a new one as proposed prior to convention. Buice’s substitute resolution cited the ordination rite in the Book of Common Prayer and the national canons on discipline as a sufficient ethical standard for the clergy of the Diocese. The resolution, the now deleted canon and the proposed change remain online at the Convention Resolutions page.


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