Bishops and deputies from 20 dioceses of The Episcopal Church in the southeastern United States met last week at Camp McDowell in the Diocese of Alabama for the Province IV Synod. The event brought together those preparing for the 80th General Convention that will take place in Baltimore, Maryland this July to hold elections, hear from speakers on current issues, and hear resolutions.
The Rev. Dr. Wilmot T. Merchant, II, Rector of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, North Myrtle Beach was elected as Province IV Clergy Representative to Executive Council. He will serve for a term of 5 years from 2022-2027. The Executive Council of The Episcopal Church is an elected body representing the whole church. The Executive Council has the duty to carry out programs and policies adopted by General Convention and to oversee the ministry and mission of The Episcopal Church. The Executive Council is comprised of twenty members elected by General Convention (four bishops, four priests or deacons, and twelve lay leaders) and eighteen members elected by Episcopal provinces.
Speakers led plenary session and workshops on topics such as Racial Justice, Church Planting, BI-vocational Ministry, Property Insurance, and Creation Care. Diocesan Ministry Developer and Chair of the Deputation, Andrea McKellar, led a workshop on the Budget of The Episcopal Church that will be presented at General Convention by Program, Budget, and Finance. Resolutions were passed to create an Endowment Fund for Church Planting in The Episcopal Church and create a uniform maternity leave policy that provides equity between lay and clergy employees. A third resolution to increase funding for provinces did not pass.
Our deputation will be meeting next via Zoom on Wednesday, May 11. They plan to meet regularly as they prepare for General Convention. They encourage anyone interested in specific legislation at General Convention to contact the deputation via chair Andrea McKellar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Diocese of South Carolina will be represented by the Right Reverend Ruth Woodliff-Stanley and the previously elected deputies in the lay and clergy orders.
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The 80th General Convention of The Episcopal Church will meet July 8 - 11, 2022 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Deputies representing the Diocese of South Carolina were elected in November 2019. Keep track of their time at General Convention on this blog.