2020 Virtual Annual Council
[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]November 13 – 14, 2020[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][/vc_section][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1615256531020{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/6″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][lvca_accordion][lvca_panel panel_title=”Bishop Wright’s Address”]Watch Here[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_title=”Worship Service Video”]Watch Here[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_title=”Registration”][vc_btn title=”Register Here ” align=”left” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fpublic.serviceu.com%2FRegistrationForm%2F10852842-445417213%2F%3FOrgKey%3D7d7ed618-26bb-48b6-b8da-5273f3545433||target:%20_blank|”][/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_title=”Agenda”]

Thursday, November 12

7 PM: Worship Service


Friday, November 13

8 AM: Check-in + Participant Virtual Council Tutorial

9:30 AM: General Session

Noon: Midday Break

1:30 PM: Council Committee Meetings


Saturday, November 14

9:30 AM: General Session

[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_title=”Virtual Platform (DOTS Connect) Information”]DOTS Connect is the virtual platform we will be using to host Council. It facilitates the virtual experience by consolidating everything we need in one place including Zoom video, electronic voting portal, event information, and more. We strongly recommend you use this resource to learn more about how we will be using DOTS Connect.

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2019 Diocesan Council Minutes[/lvca_panel][lvca_panel panel_title=”Committee Meetings”]Please register for Council committee meetings as soon as possible. Only those registered in advance may vote in the committee meetings. You’ll receive further instructions on the day of Council.

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2021 Major Changes – Proposed Budget

2020 Treasurer’s Report

Clergy Compensation Report 2020

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C. Wynn Callaway, Director of Administration: wcallaway@episcopalatlanta.org

The Rev. Dick Game, Secretary to Council: fr.dick@stpat.net[/lvca_panel][/lvca_accordion][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/6″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”75px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1615256543364{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/6″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]


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Submit Nominees for Office


Elections for diocesan offices will be held on Friday, November 13.   Convocations, Lay Delegates and Clerical Members may make nominations. Follow the instructions on the nominee biographical information form here by November 1 for publication. If other nominations are to be made on the first day of Council, biographical information in MS Word and Photograph must be submitted to the Council Secretary, the Very Rev. P. Richard Game at Fr.Dick@stpat.net before midday break.


Member, Standing Committee (Diocesan Canon 3)

One Lay Member and one Priest Member each for a three-year term; no successive full terms permitted.

The Standing Committee acts as a Council of Advice to the Bishop, consents to elections and ordinations of Bishops and to ordinations of Diocesan Priests and Deacons, becomes the ecclesiastical authority should the office of Bishop Diocesan become vacant, and to other matters. It meets as often as needed, frequently monthly.


Governor, Mikell Camp and Conference Center (Canon 8)

Two Governors, lay or clerical, for a three-year term; no consecutive full terms.

The board is responsible for the care and maintenance of the physical properties, the programs and activities of the Center, and the uses to which the facilities may be put. The board meets no less than four times a year.


Trustee, Sewanee, University of the South (Canon 10)

One Lay Trustee, for a three-year term; no more than four consecutive full terms. Persons interested in this office must consult with Bishop Diocesan, who nominates one or more candidates. Trustees attend the annual spring meeting at Sewanee and act on issues of substance that affect the governance of the University of the South.


Nominated by the Bishop Diocesan and Elected by the Council


Diocesan Officers: Chancellor, Chancellor Emeritus, Treasurer, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, and Registrar (Canon 2)

Each for one-year terms

Diocesan Disciplinary Board (Canon 42 for clergy discipline)

One clerical member for a five-year term and one lay member for a four-year term

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How to Submit Legislation for the 2020 Annual Council


Proposed resolutions and amendments to the Constitution and Canons may be presented by Convocations or Diocesan Departments and Commissions or any Lay Delegate or Clerical Member.

A proposed resolution must be submitted by November 1, 2020, if it is to be published on the Diocesan Council website. After that date, a resolution may only be considered at Council if submitted by email MS Word attachment to the Council Secretary, the Very Rev. P. Richard Game at Fr.Dick@stpat.net. by midday break on November 13, 2020.


Amendments to the diocesan constitution or canons must be submitted to the Council Standing Committee on Constitution and Canons no later than October 13, 2020 (Canon 45 Sec.2[a]). Send them to the Council Secretary, The Very Rev. P. Richard Game, by e-mail MS Word attachment to: Fr.Dick@stpat.net




1. A resolution must require specific action. The resolution should be phrased so that it will result in some action by the Council or by an identified person or agency of the Church.

2. Use the subjunctive verb tense: Examples: “That the 114th Council adopt the following statement…”(instead of adopts); “That the 114th Council confirm” (instead of confirms).

3. If a resolution contains more than one resolve clause, the two or more are joined together with a semicolon followed by the words “and be it further”. (for resolutions amending the Constitution or Canons, see below).

4. If you reference a report, study or other document that is not generally known by members of Council or readily available, you must provide a pdf attachment with the resolution by email at Fr.Dick@stpat.org.

5. If the resolution calls for the creation of an Interim Body, it should state the composition of the proposed body, and, unless otherwise provided for in the Canons or Constitution of the Diocese or of the Episcopal Church, how it is to be constituted.

6. Do not include web references in your resolution. Websites come and go and may not be relevant in the future to the legislation passed.

7. Do not refer to or attach Georgia General Assembly or congressional legislation or bills. They often change and may have “riders” attached that do not refer to the intent of the resolution being proposed.

8. Do not use “whereas” clauses. Instead, include an “Explanation” that focuses attention of the Council on the substance of the resolution.


A Model Resolution

Resolved, that resolutions submitted to any Council shall not include a preamble (“whereas” clauses); and be it further

Resolved, that any resolution or proposed Constitution or Canon change shall be followed by an explanation of the matter to be acted on by the Council.



Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised recommends that reasons for a motion not be in the motion or in a preamble, but be included in an attached explanation. This makes it clear that only the substance of the resolution is being acted on. A statement of the effect of the resolution can be included.


A Model Canonical Change of Some Complexity

Resolved, that Section 1 of Canon 23 Of Church Debt be amended to read as follows:

Section 1. No long term indebtedness shall be incurred by an Aided Parish or congregation without the prior approval of (a)both the Bishop and the Board of Officers, or (b) the Bishop and Department of  Finance Committee.



Words to be deleted are lined through. Words to be added are underlined (or in italics if desired). The explanation should show the intent of and the effect of the proposed amendment. This format is followed also for proposed amendments to the Constitution or the Council Rules of Order.

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Annual Reports

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Appleton Episcopal Ministries

Commission on Stewardship

Ministry Innovations Task Force

Mikell Camp and Conference Center

Jubilee Ministries

Global Mission Commission Energy Grants

Global Mission Cape Coast Partnerships

ECF Impact Report

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